Off the beaten track

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Beauty News -

Re­al­ity TV ad­ven­tures aside, Melody’s vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties have also taken her out­side her com­fort zone. Sure, she’s had hol­i­days in glam­orous places like San­torini in Greece, and Mau­ri­tius, but it’s her jour­neys off the beaten track that have made the most im­pact on her. Take her trip to Bangladesh in 2010, for in­stance, where she vis­ited the child she was spon­sor­ing un­der World Vi­sion’s Child Spon­sor­ship pro­gramme.

“The trip was an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – phys­i­cally, men­tally and emo­tion­ally. For­get about five-star treat­ment; the living con­di­tions there were re­ally rudi­men­tary. But it re­ally touched my heart to see the chil­dren so happy with the sim­plest of things,” she re­calls. Fol­low­ing her visit, Melody be­came a World Vi­sion Sin­ga­pore Good­will Am­bas­sador for three years.

She has no qualms about rough­ing it out dur­ing her trav­els, and would love to strike other far-flung places off her bucket list. “I’d love to visit Machu Pic­chu in Peru, as well as the Ama­zon, and I’ve al­ways dreamt of go­ing on sa­fari in Africa,” she says. “Trav­el­ling just makes life so much more ful­fill­ing!”

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