Seeking Nirvana: Understanding Genocide Amidst Meditating Monks and Golden Temples in Myanmar and Cambodia

Monks Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

According to Wikipedia, Buddhism is practiced by 95% of Cambodia and 88% of Myanmar’s population with Myanmar being the most religious Buddhist country in terms of the proportion of monks in the population (~300,000). How, then, can these two neighboring countries, full of meditating monks and gilded temples, have fallen victim to some of the […]

Water, Water Everywhere – Floating Villages, Thingyan Festival, and Typhoons in Kompong Pluk, Cambodia & Inle Lake, Myanmar

Thanaka Inle Lake, Myanmar

One of the most eye opening living arrangements that I have come across in South East Asia are the floating villages. Floating villages have been around for hundreds of years in Asia and have typically popped up as a result of land scarcity. I have now seen floating villages and stilt houses in Malaysia, Vietnam, […]

Cambodian Family, Faith, and Food: Celebrating the Lunar Harvest Festival & Supporting Silk Island Widows

Lunar Harvest Festival, Village, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

After settling into Phnom Penh, I had the opportunity to take a few side trips outside of the big city to a nearby silk farm and lunar new year harvest festival. What quickly becomes evident in Cambodia is that families and communities stick together  – solving problems together, listening to elders, and pooling resources. The […]