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“I don’t ever really get frustrated or mad about much except when forced to deal with lying, self-serving arrogance, or capricious dumb shit.”
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
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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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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
…. “for a limited time only……….” At my market this morning, I witnessed the modern-day Khmer equivalent to what we used to call in America, a snake oil salesman! He had the same kind of self-contained traveling show setup, with … Continue reading
NOTE: Mailing / Shipping Address shown on the “GENERAL” page has been updated from the original version. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you DO NOT use the old version of the mailing address as anything sent to the old address … Continue reading
‘Pretty close to’ Posole is just as addictive as real Posole!! The lye treated corn they have here is so close to posole in New Mexico that I had to try to make it. I have the legit red chile … Continue reading
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UPDATE: As of the beginning of December, “mom” pig is due to have her next batch of yunguns the end of January, and, sad to say, all the boys (7) having reached around 200lbs. each, … Continue reading
Yesterday was another interesting first. The new volunteers for this year, the “K6s” arrived in Cambodia on July 15th. They are now heavily immersed in their 8 weeks of training to prepare for the beginning of their service. Having been … Continue reading
In case anyone is interested. http://www.rebtel.com/ At 3 1/2 cents / minute, maybe a quick ‘hello’ isn’t such a big deal once in a while???? My number is: 011 855 90 427 189
Found a NEW brand of coffee here. It tastes the same as the very delicious, chocolatey one I really like from PP. This one costs about the same, but I can get in my district town, 7km away!! Translating the … Continue reading
Due to some recent care packages, I now have a pretty healthy supply of NM red chili powder, oregano, garlic powder, and pinto beans. THANK YOU so much for those (and many other things). And as if that wasn’t enough, … Continue reading