A Questionable Wendy

Seeing as 99% of people who read my blog don’t know me and I am terrible at writing a bio I thought I would do one of those old Facebook question note thing instead 🙂 I found this on my own Facebook from nearly five years ago and cringed at the answers I gave 55

Enjoy 😀

Pick out a scar you have and explain how you got it – When my face gets wet you can see on my left check that there is a lot of scar tissue that came from a very bad ice skating accident with me being the only girl playing British Bulldog. Needless to say, I went about 6 feet on the ice, on my face, because a boy couldn’t face being beaten by a girl 🙂

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My resulting face – beautiful right

What is on the walls in your room? – I don’t actually have anything on the walls in my room at the moment, I am going to be filling them with all of my Thai language revision though

What does your phone look like? – It is a 64GB white iPhone 5 in a green edged case with a lots of blue heart stickers that Nikki gave to me yesterday

What music do you listen to at the moment? – I have developed a huge love for Thai and Asian music in the last few months


Bodyslam, possibly the most famous band in Thailand

What is your current phone lock and home screen? – At the moment my lock screen is Rainbow Dashs’ cutie mark from My Little Pony, and my home screen is the reflection of water on a thatched roof at my friends lake house.


My lock screen


Home screen

What do you want more than anything in the world right now? – To be fluent in Thai

What time were you born? – I think it was some time in the mid afternoon

What are you listening to right now?Kook Kao by Cocktail (click the name to check them out, they are really good; I promise)

Are you scared of the dark? – I am scared of the dark when I am inside but outside doesn’t bother me

What colour hair/eyes do you like on the opposite sex? – I have no real preference but everyone knows how much in love with Asian boys I am 555

Coffee or energy drinks? – Energy drinks, but I would always choose an ice smoothie over anything else

Cats or dogs? – Dogs are number 1!

What is your favourite pizza topping? – I can’t get pizza in Thailand sadly, but my favourite in England was the Chicken BBQ with bacon, sweetcorn and onion with a BBQ sauce base and stuffed crust. God I miss pizza!!

If you could eat anything right now, what would it be? – Well now I am desperate for pizza

Do you speak another language? – I am getting pretty damn good at Thai now

What was the last gift you gave? – I bought my big brother a crate of beer the other night

Are you double jointed? – In my thumbs I am yes

Who is the person you call the most? – Nangfa


Miss her face so much!!!

What annoys you the most? – That it isn’t ok in Thailand to tell someone when they are being prat; sometimes people just need to be told that!

What is your biggest weakness? – That I am probably the most stubborn being on the planet

What is your favourite Western and Thai holiday? – Oh this is an easy one, Western holiday has to be Christmas and favourite Thai holiday is hands down is Songkran – the worlds biggest water fight

What were you doing before writing this? – Writing even more blogs 🙂

What do you get complimented on the most? – Thai people are obsessed with my skin being white and girls are always telling me how jealous they are! Western people always say I have nice eyes

What do you want for your next birthday? – I would really love a pair of high tops, sometimes I get tired of wearing flip flops and want to wear socks

Who are you named after? – I’m not so much named after anyone, it was just that my mum never knew a Wendy. My Thai name, Rung, is because I always have rainbow hair

Worst habit? – Definitely that I stay up for way to long on an evening

Where is your second home? – My big brother, Dooks house


My big brother Dook and his beautiful niece, Per-sia

What was your favourite toy as a child? – It would have to be my stuffed lamb, very aptly named Lambsy

Most treasured memory? – I think that it would have to be when my sister and her family and my best friend, Aron, and my mum came to the airport to see me off. Everyone was in tears and I have never not wanted to stop hugging someone so much. My sister gave me a note that I read whilst waiting for the plane that made me bawl my eyes out!!

Best live music you have seen? – Speed hahaha But I think it would have to be Atreyu, they were so good, and made a huge effort to talk and interact with so many of their fans

Do you have any pets? – I did have a beautiful puppy called Skylar for a month or so but then was told I wasn’t allowed to have her anymore, definitely one of the worst moments during my time in Thailand.


I miss my baby, Skylar, SO much!!!!

What is your favourite colour? – Always has and will be, green

What was the last book you read? – I have recently read every Game of Thrones book, which makes it very confusing for me when I periodically hear about events on the TV show and knowing that far worse things happen later on

What was the last thing you ate and drank?-Me and a volunteer called Alice went to Swensens, a beautful ice cream company, for dinner last night. The last thing I drank was water 🙂

Who was the person you spoke to on the phone? – I am always on the phone with Nangfa!!!

Do you believe in love at first sight?– I believe in love at first sight with Thai boys haha

Best present you have ever received?  – Even though they came from an idiot, the best present I ever got was my CCM Ice Skates

Do you have any siblings? – I have a beautiful older sister called Emi. A younger brother called Josh and my Dads wife is currently pregnant with a baby girl 🙂


Sibling in progress


Baby brother Josh


Big sister. Emi, and her son, Reuben

What colour hair do you have? – I have every hair colour!

What was the last thing you watched? – I have been obsessed with Jeremy Kyle lately haha

Summer or winter? – I adore Winter but now live in a constant Summer state

What is your favourite movie? – Tangled is by far the best movie of all time, oh and Josie and the Pussycats, and Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves!

Have you met any life changing people in the last year? – I think my two best friends in the world Aron Jackson and Anya Gartside would be at the top of that list, closely followed by my big brothers Dook and Tee.


Aron on his recent volunteering trip to Africa


My homeslice Anya


My brothers, Tee, the one on the left, and Dook on the right

Morning or night? – Always night

What is your full name? – Wendy Ann Victoria Reece

If you could be an animal for a day, which animal would it be? – It would have to be a snow leopard as they are the coolest animal on the planet!

You get granted one superpower, what do you choose? – I think teleportation would be the best thing in the world, I could go to all the places I have always wanted to go!

What is your favourtie smell? – Bacon. Bacon and bacon.

Hopefully these silly questions will give you a bit more of an insight to me and my life and will mean that you understand my madness a little better from now on 😀

If you want to volunteer with a mad woman then take a look at the Starfish Website and the Starfish – Volunteer Thailand Facebook page.

You can also always check out my TwitterTumblr and Instagram pages for more of my silly antics!

Build. Protect.Teach. Care. – The Starfish Motto


A Reflective Wendy

So I have been in Thailand, working for Starfish for about a month now, and I can honestly say that despite being the most wonderful experience I have ever had and hopefully a life that I can live for a lot lot longer, the one thing I don’t like is the goodbyes.

I have already had to say goodbye to 14 people and I didn’t think it would be as sad as it is but I can very truthfully say that I do have a sence of loss for each and every person. I remember joking with the Lane Community College nurses when they turned up that I get to have new best friends every week and I will become Facebook famous from all of the new friends, but as stupid as that sounds it is actually true; well minus the Facebook famous part!!

I spend such a huge amount of time with each of the volunteers that I do end up seeing them as my genuine friends, wether it is;




taking them to Speed 3 for the first time and introducing them to the BEAUTIFUL staff that work there, going out to dinner on an evening,




translating as best as I can for them or just hanging out.




I get so close to the people that come out here and then I have to say goodbye to them and that is without a doubt the only bad thing about this job.



Me, my sister and my Dad, who taught me that goodbye is never for forever


I come from a military family so have never really had an issue with goodbyes or missing people but it would seem that I am actually starting to really dislike goodbyes. The inspiration for this blog came from just having to say goodbye to a volunteer that I absolutely adored called Olivia who was on the elephant project for two weeks.




I was there the first time she went to the elephant village, the first time she rode an elephant and took it down to the water to swim and when she first tried cutting sugar cane down and did a hash of a job doing so 😀

But I can honestly say that the last two weeks with Olivia have been so much fun and thinking about her travelling off to Chang Mai actually makes me worried; I want her to be safe and happy and know that I can ensure she is safe when she is with me but now she has taken flight I can’t make sure of that now; it makes me feel very much at a loss. I didn’t think I would end up clock watching the last hour of her being here. I didn’t think that I would demand that she messaged me when she got to Chang Mai and that she better hug a tiger extra tight for me as well, but I did.

And I do miss her.

I miss how she would steal drummer boy ‘Beer’s cap;




or how we were both dissapointed that neither of us had cameras when we went to Swensons Ice Cream Shop as the ice cream we ordered was too pretty to eat.

I know that the goodbyes will get easier after some time and I am looking forward to that but sometimes I wish I didn’t have to say it at all, that I could just go with them or make it so that everyone could stay here and hang out and have an awesome time but sadly there are other adventures that they need to have which aren’t here with the Starfish family, because that is what we are and what I hope every volunteers feels as well.

Now I feel like that random girl from Mean Girls when they are all saying the things they have done that are mean and she just pops up and says how she wishes it could all just go back to how it was in middle school. I am that girl right now, but hopefully no one will get hit by a bus later on; if the Mayans don’t get us before hand of course!!

But despite all my sadness and feelings of loss that comes with every goodbye I have a new best friend that is in my life for a long time. She is beautiful and I love her very much 😀




She is my new guitar 😀 I couldn’t go any longer not being able to play ‘Little Things’ by One Direction so went to Big C this afternoon and got her 😀 Welcome to Life On The Back Of An Elephant 😀

So if you want to be my best friend for a few weeks or if you would like to do some life changing volunteer work or even meet my new guitar friend then you need to jiggle on over to the Starfish – Volunteer Thailand Facebook page, the Starfish Website or even the Starfish Tumblr page. Alternatively you can also check out the Instagram page which is #starfishvolunteers or even my personal Instagram which you can see by clicking the blue Instagram icon below :D

Oh I also now have my own Tumblr account now which is updated all the time with what is going on in my life, elephant or non elephant related; I am new to Tumblr though so don’t mock my uselessness!!

Build. Protect.Teach. Care. – The Starfish Motto