A moment before we said goodbye

On my last full day in Cambodia, I had a little moment. I had left the house in a tuk tuk to get some final gifts and we had to weave our way through a busy market street in Phnom Penh. It was bustling with local shoppers and stalls offering everything from lush tropical fruit … Continue reading A moment before we said goodbye

Don’t give up, ’cause you have friends

I worry about what the future holds for girls from poor families in Cambodia. I’ve had concern for a few years now about one little girl in particular, but the more I’ve been exposed to during this visit, the more that concern has spread. The particular girl I’m talking about is someone I’ve met a … Continue reading Don’t give up, ’cause you have friends

Don’t go changing

There were dark, dusty village streets to be navigated in order to find your way to the Night Markets the first time I visited Siem Reap in 2008. I remember distinctly that my friend and I relied on a local colleague to help us find our way from the restaurant in Pub Street to the … Continue reading Don’t go changing

Juggling expectations

As I typed this latest instalment of pinchmyself in downtown Phnom Penh, I looked out the window just in time to see a man throw a large machete up a palm tree toward his co-worker. I gasped and held my breath as the young man about 10 metres up the tree managed to reach out … Continue reading Juggling expectations

Finding strength in adversity

After four previous visits to Cambodia over the past five years, I often get asked what it is that keeps drawing me back. When people ask me, I do talk about the ancient history, the natural beauty, the lovely people. These things are also true of many other countries, including neighbouring Vietnam, yet I haven't … Continue reading Finding strength in adversity