Disrupting a School Day in Cambodia

I just finished a picnic lunch in the countryside outside Siem Reap. I am sitting under a tree next to a Buddhist temple. Two sad, dirt covered dogs gaze at me while a puppy jumps playfully at the table hoping … Continue reading

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Cao Dài Temple: The Great Religion of the Third Period of Revelation and Salvation

I am in front of a magnificent building in the town of Tây Ninh in southern Vietnam. It is the Holy See of the Cao Dài religion—a relatively new religion that started in 1926 right where I am standing. Like … Continue reading

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The Killing Fields of Cambodia

“In 1978, the Khmer Rouge killed my father and uncles. Five men in my family, all killed,” my guide explains before we set off in his tuk tuk to the Killing Fields just outside of Phnom Penh. It is just … Continue reading

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Sunrise at Angkor Wat

I am wearing a light jacket. I wish it was made of fleece. Chugging along at 30 mph in a tuk tuk makes 15 degrees C seem much colder, The “RealFeel”, as perceived temperature is referred to around here, seems … Continue reading

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Eating My Way Through Vietnam and Cambodia

My mouth waters when the waiter sets down a steaming bowl of noodle soup. Bits of fresh vegetables and chicken float in the broth, The wide rice noodles are the perfect texture. I squeeze fresh lime over the soup. The … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Meditation: Vipassana Dhurak Buddhist Centre of Cambodia

My quadriceps protest the position I put them in. I am seated on the floor, legs crossed yogi style, attempting to sit up straight. I imagine a string that’s attached at one end to the temple ceiling and the other … Continue reading

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Standing Face to Face With Death

The tank before me is rusted and punctured by bullet holes. Any part that could be removed is gone. About 40 years ago the tank rolled over a booby trap that destroyed its tread. Unable to move, it became a … Continue reading

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Investing in Vietnam: An Unhappy Tale

About 20 minutes outside Ho Chi Minh City I find myself on a highway in the midst of rice fields stretched to the horizon. I’m on my way to the Mekong Delta, another hour or so from here, where I … Continue reading

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Surviving the Streets of Ho Chi Minh City

My jet-lagged eyes recoil from the light when I step outdoors. My hotel, the Caravelle, is in the center of Ho Chi Minh City. It’s hazy, but bright. I see a huge group of motorcycles, ten abreast and I don’t … Continue reading

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The Flight to Hong Kong

It’s minus 63 degrees outside. We are flying into a 110 MPH head wind, which probably explains why it takes almost 15 hours to get to Hong Kong, I try not to think about the thin wall of composite separating … Continue reading

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