Gong Xi Fa Cai!

All's quiet in the Penh as celebrations to welcome the year of the Horse continue. It's our second chance to kick into gear those New Year's resolutions. But for those who truly excel at procrastination the biggest one is yet to come, Khmer New Year in April. … [Read more...]

New Year’s Eve on the banks of the Mekong

Phnom Penh actually got into the festivities, installing a street PA system that counted down to the new year. A bunch of friends and I decided to watch this year's fireworks from a boat. Naga Casino, Cambodiana and the riverside all set off fireworks. This event was even more special because of the clear skies and a blue moon which coincided with NYs Eve for the first time in 20 years. These were taken with a Nokia e71. Pics aren't great but they're ok no? … [Read more...]

ringing in 2010

On a personal level, it was a great decade, a time of many landmark events that changed the course of my life and thoughts. I made my biggest mistake, I bought that one-way ticket to Thailand, and I married the kindest, most generous man in the world. Some of the best conversations in my life happened in this decade, and I met incredible people breaking new paths I'd never considered possible. Externally, it was also the crummiest decade and I join the chorus of those glad to leave it behind. On the cusp of tectonic changes in the course of political ideologies and the fate of humanity, I'm glad to have experienced it from this Asian side of the rock. I have no resolutions, just a few long-term objectives that don't break easily into … [Read more...]