Anh – The Smiling Undercover Superhero Of Da Nang, Vietnam

September 17, 2012

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For me, Da Nang, Vietnam conjures up one image – the smiling face of Anh. In Da Nang I arranged to couchsurf with Phuong. But she told me I couldn’t stay in her home, but rather I’d stay with a friend of hers – the founder of an organization called Tam Thien that helps kids with […]

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Hoi An, Vietnam – Asia’s Ancient Trading Hub

September 15, 2012

Traditional Hoi An Way Of Life

Hoi An is one of the stops on the Vietnamese Tourist Trail. It used to dominate trade in Southeast Asia a couple hundred years ago and was a melting pot of trade among Asians, Arabs, and Indians – later Europeans as well. With such a rich history comes a very beautiful town. The streets are […]

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Photo Friday – Filipino Spiderman – Liloan, Philippines

September 14, 2012

Filipino Spiderman - Taken 8-Sept-2012 - Liloan, Philippines

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“Going Rogue” And Renting A Motorbike

September 13, 2012

Me On My Rented Motorbike

When I was in Ho Chi Minh City I had the crazy idea of buying a motorbike and exploring Vietnam on my own, going from city to city using my motorbike. Logic won me over in the end. Plus, I read online that if you are involved in an accident and you have no valid […]

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Dalat, Vietnam – Vietnam’s Honeymoon Capital Up In The Mountains

September 12, 2012

Flower Farm

Da Lat is the honeymoon capital of Vietnam and it’s easy to see why. You may think of the perfect honeymoon destination being a warm, sandy beach. But most Vietnamese people already live in a very hot environment and beaches line the coast. Da Lat offers something special for the Vietnamese – chilly weather! It […]

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Cambodia In Pictures

September 11, 2012


Cambodia is an amazing and beautiful country. Below are some of my favorite pictures, which can, in a small way, tell the story of this beautiful country.

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Getting Bitten In The Ass.. In Cambodia.. By Bedbugs

September 10, 2012

The Marks Of The Bedbug Beasts

It’s obvious that I’ve been bitten by the travel bug. My trip to Egypt in 2004 infected me with this incurable infirmity. But in Cambodia I was bitten by another kind of bug.. Bed bugs. At least I’m 90% sure they were bed bugs. The red bumps are not mosquito bites and I’ve never had […]

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The Joy Of Cambodian Tuk Tuks

September 8, 2012


I definitely prefer motorbike taxis here over tuk tuks. The tuk tuks are slow and cumbersome, but when it rains they can be closed and the passenger is shielded from the rain as you can see below. But in Siem Reap, they take tuk tuk design to the next level. Some places I went in […]

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Photo Friday – Inspiring Future Generations – Abellana National School, Cebu, Philippines

September 7, 2012

Inspiring Future Generations - Taken 4-Sep-2012 - Abellana National School, Cebu, Philippines

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So Many Questions And So Much Sadness In Southeast Asia

September 6, 2012

Amazing People (2)

So far my time in Southeast Asia has made me contemplate and look within a lot. It’d be easy to let the sadness of the recent past overwhelm all the awesomeness and smiles currently going on in these countries. But some horrible atrocities have been committed here very much within living memory – namely the […]

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Siem Reap, Cambodia – Asia’s Laboratory For Social Business?

September 5, 2012

Common Grounds Cafe

Siem Reap has a lot of exciting stuff going on from a social business point of view. I’ve never been somewhere so full of social businesses. What’s a social business? To me, it’s a business that exists to benefit a cause, a community, or humanity instead of maximizing investment return for shareholders. Or, put another […]

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Sunrise And Motorcycle Rescue At Angkor Wat

September 4, 2012

Sunrise At Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world. At 400 square kilometers / 154 square miles, the site is enormous. It’s full of temples and structures built between the 9th and 15th centuries. It is believed that this site was the largest pre-industrial city in the world. What started off as monuments to […]

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Are Cambodians The Happiest People On Earth?

September 3, 2012


As I learned about all the horrible things that have happened here in Cambodia over the years, and fresh off the horrible things I learned in Vietnam, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’m in the wrong country. Cambodia is very poor. It ranks 147 out of 183 measured countries on the IMF’s GDP per capita scale […]

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What A $5 Hotel Looks Like In Cambodia

September 1, 2012

The Room

$5 will get you a meal and milkshake/smoothie at touristy restaurants. It’ll get you 13 1.5L bottles of water. It’ll get you 10 rides on a motorcycle taxi around the city. But it’ll also get you a night in a nice guesthouse near the center of town. I stayed at the appropriately-named “Happy Guesthouse” in […]

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Photo Friday – A Sunset Through Monk Eyes – Bang Mun Nak, Thailand

August 31, 2012

Monk Sunset - Taken 24-Aug-2012 - Bang Mun Nak, Thailand

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The Angkor Butterfly Center

August 30, 2012


On the way to the Cambodian Landmine Museum, I passed by the Angkor Butterfly Center. The landmine museum was kind of heavy, as you can imagine, so I asked my motorcycle taxi driver if we could stop at the butterfly center on the way back. The butterfly center serves as an alternative for local farmers. […]

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Aki Ra – Change Your Community, Change The World.. A True Hero

August 29, 2012

Aki Ra thumb

Outside the city of Siem Reap is the Cambodia Landmine Museum. It was on my list of things to see, but had I not been encouraged by someone on my Facebook page I may not have gone. But, the stars aligned and I’m so glad they did. Aki Ra had a tough life by any […]

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