Wish List: (update 07 ’14)

PLEASE know that I don’t expect to get everything on the list.  Anything will be greatly appreciated, but none is required.  And certainly no one is required to send anything at all.  These are just some ideas of what would … Continue reading

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Soon there will be brick!

Just got back from Phnom Penh. Paid for the firebrick!! Transferred $320 including shipping to the border, Thailand VAT, and money transfer fees to the manufacturer this morning. They are ready to ship to Poipet. So now I am working … Continue reading

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Project Update: Oh how slowly, yet surely, the wheels of progress do turn…

It was back in November of last year that our villages raised enough money to buy the materials to build the high temperature, brick incinerator I had proposed in order to have a better way (note, I didn’t say best, … Continue reading

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International New Year; CHECK! jan.1st

Chinese New Year;  CHECK!   jan. 31st Khmer New Year; Ah – just wait.  Still a couple of weeks away! I’ve been invited to a few different family festivals to celebrate Chjoal Ch’nam Th’mey this year. Fortunately, they’re all reasonably close … Continue reading

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A friend from America meets friends in Cambodia

So now I am home again after my first vacation since coming to Cambodia.  It’s actually the first ‘vacation’ I’ve taken in longer than I can actually remember. 10 days to meet with the first of my people from America … Continue reading

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Chjoal Ch’nam T’mey Chen

January 30, 2014 Today is the eve of the Chinese new year.  Although the Khmer new year is still a few weeks away, there are enough Khmer people with Chinese heritage that this is also an important family holiday.  The … Continue reading

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Incinerator Team

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For the past year, every Sunday morning, These very dedicated students have been going out to the community, about 11 villages, visiting door-to-door to teach the people of the community about the dangers of burning plastics in the small, smoldering … Continue reading

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Last dance for 2013

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After getting hit by a car twice already; both very minor incidents resulting in no injury at all – but impacts made none-the-less, this past Saturday I managed to actually get run over by a tuk-tuk! It now seems that … Continue reading

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Rockin’ in Cambodia!

WOW! Some English pop music does make its way to the radios and MP3 players of many people here. And some of them are not always the best examples of good taste. But since they were recorded and performed in … Continue reading

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Sunday in the sports stadium

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Got some sun poisoning on my nose yesterday. Not bad.  Just a little. It was an Ultimate day! Yes, THAT Ultimate – the frisbee game that is sweeping Cambodia!  (well, maybe more like a little light dusting than actually sweeping … Continue reading

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Are we in China yet? Or again? Or maybe still!!!

Cambodia has been influenced by many foreign countries over the centuries. Originally the Angkor empire and culture encompassed pretty much the entirety of Southeast Asia, certainly what is now Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Indian culture influenced the Khmer in … Continue reading

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The “Ultimate” day for the kids!

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It has been a great pleasure to see the kids in my community open up to so many new ideas. Once they got to know me, they knew they could expect the unexpected, and that it would probably be something … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: “How do you know when someone really doesn’t like you”

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House Arrest!!

Though my work has changed my bike riding habits a little, I still enjoy riding often, and sometimes for no apparent (to Khmer people) reason. It’s fun to find a new path or road I haven’t been down before.  Or … Continue reading

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Volunteer Status Update (March 20, 2013)

At the top-right of each page I put the years of my volunteer Peace Corps service.  Up until a couple of days ago, it has always read; 2011>2013 to reflect the 2 years of my original service. You will notice … Continue reading

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Spelling Competition – Team Speu!!!

Our provincial Spelling Bee was an unqualified success!!!  Students came, they competed, some lost, and some won – exactly how a competition should be.  But seriously; The kids seemed to have a great time.  I know my kids did.  My … Continue reading

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Finally; The Project…

So it’s been more than a year, 15 months, actually, since I first arrived at my village where I have been assigned to live and work. We were given general assignments as to what we should be doing, almost entirely … Continue reading

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Some important holidays in Cambodia

According to information provided by Tourism of Cambodia, the Khmer citizens of Cambodia celebrate nine important holidays to commemorate special historical events. Those holidays include 7 Makara (the 7th of January); International Day of Women; Khmer New Year; The King’s … Continue reading

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