|The Saturday Super Slugs getting ready to roll: Carl, Katrina, Sam, Tadashi and the team hero Dennis|
(courtesy of Phyllis Taylor)
Monday, September 19, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
With the exception of pub street and the beer gardens, Siem Reap closes down by 9 pm. Tonight it rained quite heavy, so I decided to enjoy the perfect weather and the music of the amphibious animal that is like a frog, but not a frog (and no, It's not a toad).
Nobody we know can translate the name into English, but after many years of hearing it, we were finally lucky enough to see it (sorry, no photo). It only comes out when it rains and it sounds like a calming, rhythmic zuzuvela (yes, I know that sounds like a contradiction).
After spending half an hour out here, I decided it wad high time to crack open a beer and read a book.
Tonight reminds me why I love this town. I'll be sad to leave next week. It's been a fantastic summer, and I think we've both learned that apartments are definitely the way to go.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
|The picnic party|
As is the custom, Sophath made yummy fried chicken. Siem Reap has a KFC now, but we had
Monday, July 4, 2011
We celebrated Independence day with our Cambodian friends, including Sophath as well as Leak and Bun and their adorable son Chan Noriet (aka Mario).
We had a great spread, which was appreciatd by all.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
|Tadashi and our good friends: Horn, DJ and Sophath|
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
First, a Khmer BBQ dinner at street stall (Yum!) with Sophath, his wife Dahlin and daughter Leak (pronounced "Leah"; you may recall that we named Leak, so she's a like a God-daughter to us). Also at the table were four of Sophath's employees, De Jay, Hong Kong, Horn and Cheuey (pronounced "chewy"). It was a fun bunch. Sophath brought a bottle of gin and the drinking commenced with many, many rounds of gin and tonics. A good time was had by all.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Team Super Slugs (L-R): Sea Slug (aka Tadashi), Sassy Slug (aka Katrina), Suave Slug (aka Carl), and our virtual rider, Ryan (not pictured). Combined, we raised over $5700 for MS research and programs. Katrina alone raised $3600, making her the 40th fundraiser of the 2,000 riders!
We'll be riding again
Below are photos from the 2010 ride: 40 miles on day one, and 50 miles on day two.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Talk about no good deeds going unpunished: we think we figured out why we got so sick last time we where here. We like to be responsible travelers and not use so many plastic water bottles, so we bring our own water purifier. Even though our purifier is still pretty new, Tadashi decided it would be a good idea to test it before leaving for this trip, just in case. And a good thing too! It turned out that this purifier -- although it's only been used a few times over the last few years -- wasn't completely purifying the water!
AND, It was the same purifier we brought to India last time.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Add to that the fact that I can't seem to shake this ridiculous cold, and that now Tadashi is beginning to come down with a cold as well; you can imagine that we're not in the best of spirits right now. But we've been catching up on our HBO and Star Movies.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
According to Cambodia’s Prime Minister, 50% of that country’s budget relies on foreign aid. On the one hand, it’s good that foreign governments and people are helping this poor country (one of the poorest in SE Asia), but on the other hand, seeing all the corruption and lack of involvement of the government makes me wonder if the aid is a good thing, or just allowing the county to slide by without any incentive to fix itself.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
At any rate, let me tell you about our progress on the project.
Friday, July 4, 2008
While we were there, the Miss Universe pageant was beginning its visit to Vietnam, so they made a stop in Hoi An. There was a parade through the old town, so only foot traffic was allowed.
Monday, June 30, 2008
|Flower H'mong fabric being woven in Sapa|
Vietnam has some beautiful textiles, and we were lucky enough to see some being made. One town we visited, Hoi An (in the center of the country, near the de-militarized zone) is especially famous for its clothing. Nearly all people who come here get clothing made. Although we left without custom clothes, we did get to see the pre-process in action.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
|A sweet family in Moung Koung|
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
All of our H’mong friends – as well as most of the H’mong selling to tourists in Sapa – are from the village of Lao Chai. This is a huge village, and
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
About one hour into our stay in Sapa, we were invited to our friend's wedding reception -- which we had to leave nearly right away for. Tadashi's written a very good description about this on his blog, so I won't try to be redundant. You can read about it
Saturday, June 7, 2008
After 24 hours of traveling, we're finally in Hanoi. The flight to Hong Kong was 14 hours, then 2 hours to Hanoi. I tried a pair of compression socks for the long flight, and man-oh-man, what a difference! It was so amazing that I'm going to get T a pair when we get back.
We've been to Hanoi many times, but a lot has really changed since the last time 3 years. The biggest difference is
Monday, June 2, 2008
And I've been ok'd to take a semester off (without pay) to work on it with him! (Not easy to be non-tenured and given a semester off!)
Although we'll be beginning the project this summer as planned, we'll be in Southern working on this project Jan - July 2009. Freaky, isn't it??
We will begin in Vietnam, in Sapa then Hoi An, before moving on to Siem Reap. Look for an update in the next week or so.
Friday, April 25, 2008
We're going to begin working on a book about education in poor, rural, Southern Asia countries. This book will have narratives about teachers, students and parents that we will interview. It will also have background information on the country and area, as well as photos of our informants, the schools and the region.
To begin this project, we're going back to the places that first inspired this project: Northwest Vietnam, to Sa Pa, and Siem Riep, Cambodia (that's where Angkor is).
Our very dear friend, Gom, lives in Sa Pa, so we're going to start the project off by interviewing her and her family. We're also going back to a school in Siem Reap.
I'm in the process of finding a publisher for this book, but we'll see how that works.
I may not do the e-mail list this year, as I have a new blog. That way, I don't have to worry about clogging up your inbox. Anyone can leave comments, and I've set it so that you don't need to have an account or anything. You can check my blog here.
Also, Tadashi has a blog that's been maintaining. He updates it quite frequently with his most recent photos, so it's definitely worth a look as well. You can get there through his website, or go there directly from this link:
That's it for now. Best to all!