Sally Hetherington

Life

That Awkward Moment You Realise You Have Been Robbed

I live in Cambodia. Crime statistics are high, and although I have heard plenty of stories, nothing has ever happened to me. Until now. I have been living in an apartment for 2 months which is part of a building with 8 apartments and a house at the back where a Khmer family lives who owns the apartment building. I live on the ground floor, in the apartment closest to the Khmer family. I have never been a good sleeper, however I have been sleeping even less the past couple of months, and  ...

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Life

My New Life

On Wednesday of this week, I touched down in Siem Reap, Cambodia, A.K.A the Land of the Rising Flood Waters. When I stepped onto the tarmac (no, they don’t have those lovely enclosed bridges which take you from the plane to the airport), my first impression was that Siem Reap had developed  ...

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Rotaract

Reflections of a not-so-hungry soul

It is 5am on Saturday, 21st May, and I am sitting in bed working on a presentation for Rotaract Eastern Region Club Officer Training next weekend. How easily I have slipped into my old routine of no sleep, after having my first post LBL meal last night. In case you were wondering, it was a  ...

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Charity

The end is in sight…

Today is the final day of LBL. This morning I had about 5 mouthfuls of my rice with frozen veggies before I just couldn’t stomach anymore. Not only has my stomach shrunk, I burnt the rice I had cooked, so it taste like burnt popcorn. Not the most appetising of meals, but it kept me going for a  ...

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Sickly

Today was Day 4 of LBL. When I woke up I felt tired, dizzy, nauseous and hungry. I almost didn’t go into work, but knew that I was swapping lunches with another LBL’er, so had to go in as he was expecting a change from his usual soup. At work, once again, I lacked concentration, but  ...

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Charity

Lunchtime Blues

As I write this entry, I am sitting at my desk at work eating the same thing I had for breakfast – rice with egg and frozen veggies. My workmate that is also living below the line forgot his food today and I gave him some of mine, leaving me with around half of my lunch. I have lost all  ...

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It’s only day two…

I started day two off with some delicious scrambled eggs and rice. I needed the extra energy as I mentor a kid at Bourke St Primary on Tuesdays. I caught a cab there instead of walking, and ended up having to mentor not only one, but two little girls. Needless to say, they were VERY energetic,  ...

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Hungry

Today was my first day of Live Below the Line. I decided to sleep in and skip the walk to work, so wasn’t incredibly hungry when I ate my bland omelette when I go to the office. Around 10am my hunger pains started to kick in, and I became sleepy. Without my usual morning Pepsi Max to wake  ...

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Off to a bumpy start

Yesterday I went for a walk up to Vaucluse in the morning, and had my $10 with me to purchase my Live Below the Line food on the way home. I lost that $10 somewhere between Rose Bay shops and Point Piper. Even after backtracking, I couldn’t find it. My friends raised a good point –  ...

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