dane: child sponsorship

In front of me sat a girl, with her long hair pulled up in a pony tail, dressed in the primary school’s uniform of a crisp white button-down shirt and pleated navy blue skirt. Her brown eyes were big, matching her smile.  “How are you?” she practiced her English with me for a few minutes,…

a photographer eats, shoots, and leaves

  Last week I was able to experience Cambodia on a whole different level; I travelled to the Kampong Leng district about two hours away from Phnom Penh to help out with the filming of a short video that I had written the script for the week before. Even though the distance was a mere…

fishing for mangos [not to be confused with fishing for men]

Wow! I honestly can’t believe that it’s been over a week since arriving in Cambodia! The week has seen a million different emotions and experiences. Work started out a bit on the slow slide, which was a great transition into a new environment. The first two days were definitely ‘transition’ days as my supervisor was…

have you had your rice today?

Over the weekend I was able to go shopping for some food, which is always an exciting adventure in a new culture and country. Cambodia food is typically known as ‘Khmer cuisine’ and involves a great deal of stir-frys, curries, etc. It uses a lot of different spices and herbs and, most importantly, RICE; which…

day one;

A miracle happened today. A small one, to be sure, but a miracle nonetheless; I woke up at 6:00 am. Of course that was due to jet-lag and the fact that I fell asleep at 3:30pm yesterday… but still; I’m shook. I could write a cliché paragraph about the ‘perfect wake-up’ to the sounds of…

and so it begins;

On Wednesday the 31st of May, in the wee hours of the morning; 1:45 am to be precise, my plane took off, marking the official bottle-breaking of my voyage. Of course, by regarding that as the ‘official’ beginning one cuts out the previous 8 hours of bus rides and lounging around in the entryway of…