Reading For Pleasure in Cambodia

Reading For Pleasure in Cambodia

Wat Damnak is one of my favourite places on earth.  It is a an expanse of land on the east side of the Siem Reap River housing the wat, a school, an NGO which teaches poor women to sew, a dormitory for the monks, and the Center for Khmer Studies. The Center is...

Monkeys and Horses and Dragons – Oh My!

It started ten years ago as a good idea.  Now the annual Giant Puppet Parade is one of the highlights of the Siem Reap calendar. I watched it last year from the sidelines and wrote about that experience here.  But this year, I was a part of it. The project is the...
Bringing Dylan to Cambodia

Bringing Dylan to Cambodia

Believe it or not, today is the last day of this year’s Anjali House Writing Workshop. The theme was change, and we used David Bowie’s song, Changes, as the starting point for our two weeks of writing and discussion.  But these kids know me and the process...
Made in Cambodia

Made in Cambodia

Many of the hotels in Siem Reap find ways of helping the local NGO’s do the good work that they do. Many have specific programs that they champion or even run themselves. The Shinta Mani Hotel started running a Made in Cambodia Market last year which has grown...
Week 1: Writing and Thinking with the Kids

Week 1: Writing and Thinking with the Kids

It’s hard to believe that today is the end of the first week of the Anjali House Writing Workshop. It always goes so fast. But already we accomplished a great deal. I decided to have this year’s theme be about change. I started off by playing David...