Category Archives: Southeast Asia

Mee Fa Ben Baan , Mee Yung Ben Puan

A Thai proverb relating to the fauxbo mindset: “Have sky for house, have mosquito for friend.” That pretty nicely sums up life as a cyclist in Southeast Asia. By the time this post goes up, my squad and I will … Continue reading

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Myanmar: The Shape of Things to Come

Four times now I’ve set foot in Myanmar, but I’ve never stayed for more than a few hours.  Just long enough to have a snack and a look around before coming back to Thailand on a fresh visa.  Just long … Continue reading

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Thai Food, Installment #???

Whaaaat, almost three months in Thailand (again) and I haven’t done a food post yet?  Something is wrong.   New fruit alert!  They look like miniature coconuts that were left a little too close to the bonfire.  Wikipedia calls these … Continue reading

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The Isthmus of Kra

A fact unknown to me up until a few weeks ago: this world has an Isthmus other than that of Panama. I can’t make any comparisons about the scenery, food, or culture along the way, but I feel justified in … Continue reading

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Laos: Third Time’s a Charm, Just Like the First Two Times

Warning: this post is mostly an excuse to upload a few pictures that I really like. Did I ever tell you the story about the time my horde of cyclist friends and I spent too much time dilly-dallying around Vietnam?  … Continue reading

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An Homage to Khmer Street Refreshments

Cambodia in January is hot.  Hot and dry.  Way hot, and way dry.  I’m pretty sure it’s still technically cool season, but it’s hot anyway.  So hot that you sleep naked in your tent, windows wide open to allow maximum … Continue reading

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Cambodia: The Best of the Rest (Phnom Penh – Poipet)

Once again trying to rescue a few memories before they fade into oblivion.   Just to spice things up, I’ll try doing this one topically. Nature / Scenery   Cambodian towns and cities have some pretty intense names, part Star … Continue reading

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The Venerable Louis

It’s only natural that during my time as an English teacher here in Asia, I have made an interesting assortment of friends.  Many of them have done the same thing as me: teach for a few years before moving on … Continue reading

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Ten Days with Sustainable Cambodia

Just a note: on the original post, I wrote that SC students paid tuition on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay.  I was wrong – that was the case at another school in the area, but I’ve been … Continue reading

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Cambodia: The Monk Post

A look back at my records indicates that I only slept at temples three times this month.  That’s more than in northern and central Vietnam, where I don’t think I saw a single Buddhist temple, but far less than in … Continue reading

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