moments

Current and past moments

It’s all a blur

Hello riverside. Sitting at my usual spot along the Sisowath Quay. The thunder booms. Maybe rain comes. The beer is cold. There’s the flag of this kingdom. Thanks for having me. Now the Grand River bar playing host. Great day today. Rain is coming soon.

Phnom Penh times

This week in the big city. Basically came to see my friend Ah Vy for an early birthday thing and then my friend Chetra. Known both these sweet and beautiful Khmer women for 5 years. Now it’s nice when I want to see them or just be in the big city awhile. Five hours on a bus or minivan and I’m here. Not really any photos yet. Maybe today will do a walk in the evening and show the city. Now it’s morning so I am at this coffee shop mostly favored by Khmer people but it’s beautiful inside and...

Life’s Little Turns, Twists, and Things

I remember my mentor and the person that took me to archeology would never give life advice even when pressed for it. We would walk along some dusty, desert trail in the Mojave or in the foothills outside of Mojave California. Sometimes I could hear RWR humming silently to himself. He had an eye for finding archeological sites and we’d stop sometimes mid walk and he and I would spread out and flag a site. We would then find ourselves on a topographic map using a compass and map the site in. Triangulation is a wonderful skill. Perhaps it is...

Friday Morning Stuff

Welcome to my Friday morning. Last night I walked to clear my head of some thoughts. Walking is a mantra to me. I can focus on the steps and not the outcome. Find the space walking the Siem Reap River to just be. Last night was simply beautiful and the bridges were lit up farther up the river. I sat at this bench for awhile enjoying the peaceful evening. Kind of between steps. Almost like the person walking away from me. Perhaps he too hesitated his steps and found that pull, that primitive sensation of steps. Then off to sleep...

Vietnam is so cunning

The place knows I am wanting to come. I read an English language Vietnamese paper online. Ads and travel stories pique my morning considerations. I see Hanoi featured in many stories. Then a Vietnamese friend messages me just to make sure I am coming still. My good friend duyen asks how I have been. That she can’t wait to cook for me. The boys are anxious to see Mike. So cunning and smart is Vietnam. It pleads with me to post some photo. oh. I have one. Or thousands. The same with memories and experiences. So here is one. Just...

Sunday morning

Seems like Sundays slow down. I get notifications from google photos of three years ago. So let’s see. So where was I? A hint. An island nation in Asia. Wonderful street food. Nice people. Has high speed rail on one side of the island. Okay. I’ll tell. In 2019 I spent almost three months wandering around Taiwan. I took the high speed rail south along the west side of the island as far as it goes. I spent a week in 4 completely different cities and then rode back to Taipei. My last night in a hotel we had an...

So looking up

I stopped I guess for a beer or so last night down on Pub Street. There’s a nice bar and restaurant I enjoy there. I can sit and observe in big comfy chairs. I ate a pizza last night. I looked up and I noticed this rather interesting lamp. I would say it has character or feeling but it also looks rather lonely. There are more modern lights around it. I think I have noticed the lamp before. I decided I would share the photo on the blog there and then but of course, after a few beers and meeting...

And out of the blue and the beautiful

Today was a pretty nice day. I went for breakfast down the street, had some coffee out at the usual place and then went for a walk by myself. I decided to get a burger for dinner and go shopping. And then… My gosh. Then my Vietnamese friend Chinh messaged me on WhatsApp. I had not heard from her for over a year. We caught up as we could and I let her know I would be back in Hanoi in December. I guess I have a couple of Vietnamese families out there and I am so happy. Chinh and...

An Ice Cream Roll Day

Down by the Pub Street thing there are vendors selling fresh ice cream rolls. This is my favorite stand. It was a nice day for wandering around and I even took a few photos. My friend J and I walked to a supermarket and then back another way. I don’t think he had a good time on the way back. I had decided to make the walk longer because it was so beautiful out but he had enough and let me know he was heading back. Then I wandered down for dinner and sat by the river for awhile. I...