• The faces of Ratanakiri
    February 4, 2013 , 11 Comments

    The little boy’s face in front of me is smeared with dirt, coupled with snot. But, he doesn’t care. Instead, he pushes his tiny, dark face closer to me. Closer [...]

  • The seedy side of Bangkok: Nana Plaza
    January 30, 2013 , 14 Comments

    The girls stand around poles, clad in tiny bikinis, looking entirely uninterested at the crowd of mostly expats (and sexpats) who sit around the stage, sipping watered down drinks and [...]

  • To rescue elephants
    January 27, 2013 , 49 Comments

    It is pitch black when Lek knocks on the door of my room at the guest house. “Ok, we go,” she says softly through the wood. “The elephants are ready.” [...]

  • When leeches attack
    December 7, 2012 , 26 Comments

    I remember the scene from “Stand By Me” so vividly. My childhood crush, Wil Wheaton, is stomach-deep in water and emerges with big, fat, juicy, blood-filled leeches on his skinny [...]

  • Giving thanks
    November 22, 2012 , 4 Comments

    I’m sitting in the kitchen of the house where I grew up. Around me, I can hear the happy chatter of my mom, dad and brother. I hear the jingle [...]

  • In memory of Rajah Gajah
    October 4, 2012 , 12 Comments

    The day I arrive to Chiang Mai, I am greeted with beautiful news: Elephant Nature Park has a newborn baby boy. Instantly, I feel my heart flutter at the idea [...]

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