Letters of Life

Tag: Cambodia

In the Moment

    Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. Omar Khayyám (1048 — 1131) Riding pillon behind Kimmy on her moto (the Khmer nickname for motorbike), we rode the wide lanes of Monivong Boulevard in downtown Phnom Penh. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, we’d just had lunch at a North Korean restaurant (Pyongyang… Read More ›

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A Georg Jensen Watch For Cambodia

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. — John Keats. The Vivianna bangle watch by Georg Jensen is a thing of beauty. Designed in the early 1960s, this open-bangle watch remains a work of iconic watch design; the cool stainless steel encircles the wrist magically without a clasp, and the dial reflects light as… Read More ›

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The Faces of Cambodia

Photographs by Chan Kwai Onn and Daniel Sim We played games, gave prizes and Christmas gifts and even hooked up a photo printer in the village to a dangling electrical socket to print out these portraits of the children to give them as mementoes. They say that every picture tells a story. And so it… Read More ›

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Pensive in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — A varied day. We visited the genocide museum, Tuol Sleng, in the morning, and met one of the two remaining survivors of Pol Pot’s violent regime. To understand a country that is *still* recovering from the ravages of war, one must try to grasp what its people went through in recent… Read More ›

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Cucumber-Cool in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — One thing I learned in the newsroom back in the day was to establish one’s dateline (the date and location of the story, placed at the top) when one is abroad, in the field. Coming to Cambodia soon after Christmas can be an iffy thing. Either I am unprepared for the… Read More ›

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Five Things You Might Want to Know About Mission Trips

I realize that people go on missions for reasons they don’t always acknowledge or are aware of. It is true that sometimes, the motive or aftereffect is one of misplaced pride or smugness that one has done a good deed. This is what I know, based on my experiences on short term missions. I’m aware… Read More ›

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When a Higher Court is Needed

The whole history of the world is summed up in the fact that, when nations are strong, they are not always just, and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong. Winston Churchill, 1874-1965 Where there are too many policemen, there is no liberty. Where there are too many soldiers, there is… Read More ›

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