Cambodia

Indigenous and Prodigenous – A Case for Authentic, Local Experiences

-+*A few months ago, I wrote a post about what Star Trek has taught me about travel. It remains one of my favorite posts to date. I love the way the crew of the Enterprise sought to interact with the indigenous population (especially when they were either green or furry),...

Phnom Penh, My Friend

-+*There’s something to be said about old friends. Sure, new friends are great, too. There’s that whole period where you’re just getting to know each other and every new detail makes that person seem that much more awesome. Wow! Really? You’ve been to Antarctica? That’s just so awesome. And you...

Will Work For Travel

-+*I’m officially unemployed. Wow. It feels weird to say that out loud. I know we all consciously resist the idea of letting what we do define who we are, but is that really possible when it’s always the 2nd or 3rd question that people ask you? Wonder how I’ll answer...

Where Feather Dusters Are Born

-+*I’m always intrigued by finding out how things are made. And because labor is so cheap in SE Asia, an incredible array of things are made by hand that you would never expect. For instance, ever wonder where feather dusters are born? Well, I found out one morning when I...

“Just Say No” to extra wontons

-+*It had to happen sooner or later. The world economic downturn took the better part of a year to really find its way to Cambodia, but when it came, it came with  a vengeance. One report said that within 6 months, 51,000 of 350,000 garment factory workers were laid off,...

Why Asia Makes Me Mad

-+*It’ll soon be my 10th anniversary of living in Asia and more specifically in Cambodia. Being ethnically Vietnamese, a lot of things have come really easy. Looking Asian: My Western friends get stared at anytime they do something interesting. Like riding a bicycle. Or walking along the road. Or breathing....

$5 Seafood Smorgasbord in Kep, Cambodia

-+*Now that I know I’ll be leaving Cambodia at the end of the year, I have a sudden urge to visit all the places that I was too busy traveling outside of Cambodia to actually visit. This weekend, I hit Kep, a sleepy coastal town, with some friends for a...