Toilet Paper Craze in Australia

“Too – late Paper”

There were viral videos circulating in the news and in Facebook where people are seen fighting in the Supermarket just to get a pack of toilet paper rolls recently… People are panicking and hoarding toilet papers due to coronavirus scare which leaves other shoppers with none. So, I went to investigate if the news I was seeing in TV is real.

It is indeed!

But why toilet paper? Why not over canned goods or food? I don’t understand at all.

To the hoarders/shoppers out there, please be considerate to the needs of other people especially to those who need it most such as our elderlies and people with physical disabilities.

As an alternative, we can always get back to the basic of using soap and water which is the best way to clean ourselves.

Always remember to clean your hands effectively for at least 20 seconds to stop the spread of harmful viruses and bacterias.

Taking Yourself Out For Coffee

Last Friday , Kris was at work and I was on my day off. I went to our favourite Cafe to enjoy a good cup of coffee.

I felt guilty going there alone and not waiting for Kris to be free so we can have coffee together. I really love my husband’s company that going there alone is a bit weird. I stopped myself from thinking that way and said out loud that going out on solo is not an entirely bad idea.

I placed my phone on silent mode and placed it inside my bag. I opened my journal and started writing in my thoughts and think about my life and our life together. It has been 6 months since we have moved to Australia. Moving on with our lives meant leaving but not forgetting our past. New Zealand will always be home to us but we are meant to move forward and continue with our adventure. It felt good to know that each chapter of our lives is authored by God and that there are no mistakes in His book as long as we walk according to His will.

We can easily become busy in our jobs and in social media that we sometimes forget to pause, reflect and meditate.

Life can become a routine at times. It can be tiring but giving yourself a break to observe everything happening around you from a different perspective can give you a fresh start. It can also be a powerful opportunity to be reminded of God’s never ending faithfulness in our lives.

I believe that having your “me time” is not selfish but rather a special of way giving yourself that kindness and love so you can have the capacity to be kind and loving to those important to you.

How about you? How do you spend time alone to recharge?

Australia is literally on fire!

Yesterday, I asked someone how was their New Year and have they spent it at home. She said they lost their house by the fire and have to live on a camper van with a sick child. For a moment I was speechless and the only word that came from my mouth was ” Sorry”. I felt the pain in an instant. It felt surreal. That encounter made me reflect on the lives and properties lost by the bushfires.

Australia has been battling the worst bushfires ever that has claimed the lives of thousands of animals, killed residents and firefighters, burnt houses and farms leaving a number of people without their homes to stay this new year.

I have seen news updates in facebook, television news. I have seen a weird looking brown sky and a sun looking like a giant orange fireball reflecting the large fires happening around New South Wales.

Kris and I just moved to Australia last year and haven’t experienced summer in this country yet. We’ve heard that it can really get super hot as 45 degrees.

Why do bushfires happen in Australia?

There are plenty of reasons but the topmost one I could think of (and have heard) is the extremely hot weather. Australia is about as big as United States of America but majority of the land is dry and uninhabited. Fires in dried grasslands may start naturally by lightning strikes. Australia has also got lots of Eucalyptus trees (that provide food for the Koalas) that can be a very good source of oil and can burn fast. The wind may cause the fires to spread quickly in any direction.

There is no way we can stop bushfires from happening but a lot of people think it has gotten worse than ever.

Does global climate change have to do with this?

I think it has created a significant difference to what we are experiencing right now. Not only in Australia but in Amazon and Indonesia. It’s all over the world.

What can we do to help?

Here is a link that provides direct help to the families and communities affected. You can donate online and can make a difference wherever you are.

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au

For those living in dry areas please spare a bucket of water as a refreshment for our wild animals.

Thanks for your help everyone. Remember to say a prayer for our brave firefighters, people battling the fires in the frontline, families, koalas, kangaroos and the wildlife.

Much love from the land down under.

Kris and Aileen