Cambodian Rice Noodle Soup and a Surprise
Jul21

Cambodian Rice Noodle Soup and a Surprise

When it comes to street food sometimes things are not what they appear to be. At other times things taste far better than they sound. Last summer I went on a tour and street food adventure in Cambodia with my friend Pin Vannak. I knew I was going to be leaving Siem Reap and I asked Vannak to show me to some of his favorite, but little known, sites around Angkor Wat and at the same time to take me to a few of his favorite places to...

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Photo: Lotus Flower Harvest in Cambodia
Jul19

Photo: Lotus Flower Harvest in Cambodia

The lotus flower is one of the most plentiful flowers in Cambodia. Everywhere you travel in SE Asia you will find them in lakes, ponds, canals and even in roadside ditches. The flower is not only beautiful, it has symbolic meaning in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Because it roots in muddy water, then rises and blooms above the murk, it symbolizes enlightenment. The seeds can be eaten (quite delicious actually) and there is medicinal...

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Sarah’s Thai Massage Adventure
Jul15

Sarah’s Thai Massage Adventure

I love Thai massage, no not that happy ending kind of massage but the fabulous traditional, sometimes painful, slightly tortuous massage that’s like doing yoga but without the effort. I never need much of an excuse to have a massage, oh look I have an hour free between classes, let’s have a foot massage or it’s so hot or so rainy outside, let’s have a massage. So having done my first almost half marathon in Bangkok, well my body was...

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Ngapali Beach on the Bay of Bengal
Jul15

Ngapali Beach on the Bay of Bengal

I had mixed feeling about going to Ngapali Beach on the west coast Myanmar. The guidebooks said that it was the most popular beach in Burma and I am not a big fan of busy. I had talked to people, that hadn’t been there, that said it was crowded and overpriced so they were looking for some place “cooler”. But, after our little adventure of trekking over 50 miles in the mountains of central Myanmar we were really wanting to retire to...

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Photos of Bangkok’s Temple of Dawn : Wat Arun
Jul02

Photos of Bangkok’s Temple of Dawn : Wat Arun

Wat Arun  also called the “Temple of Dawn” is one of Bangkok’s most famous Buddhist temples. Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River it is probably best known to visitors of Thailand because it is featured on much of the coinage. The temple, which was originally built in the 17th century, is named after the Hindu god Aruna who is often depicted as the embodiment of the rising sun. At sunrise the temple’s spires,...

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Heaven and Hell
Jul01

Heaven and Hell

I don’t know why but one July day in Houston, Texas in 2002 I got it in my mind that I wanted to run a marathon. I had never been a serious runner; I wasn’t in particularly good shape at the time and I wasn’t looking to take my fitness to some lofty “next level”. I had never been particularly taken with the sport of running; in fact I found it to be exhausting and kind of boring. But, on this sweltering summer day I decided I wanted...

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