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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...

Checking in or Out

I got tired of the drone of RSS news and readers and apps either paid for as a service like feedbin or news blur or included like getting iCloud syncing for news. For me, there are a few things with the services and apps that always get me and make me erase them. I can only consume so much. There are directories of blogs like blogroll and ooh.directory. Truth be told there are only a few blogs I choose to consume with any regularity. The old 1000 stations and nothing on thing. I can subscribe with abandon or hesitation to...

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...

another morning

I think here it is Thanksgiving. The holidays really go by here with no real mention since this day not celebrated. So instead I sit at Ricky Coffee. A cup of hot latte for the spirit and soul. A tea to warm the heart. Some WiFi to write this post. Little bits of thanks. While I don’t celebrate, I find little bits of what I have that seem so worth it. Like counting days until 27 December when I fly to 🇻🇳. Having a month with most of the time spent in Hanoi. It has been since July 2021. Over...

Mindfulness on an arc

About three years, I suffered from more than occasional back pain down in the lower area. I mentioned this to a Vietnamese friend C. She and I talked about the problem or problems and she felt I should try restorative yoga. Since then I have adopted or adapted a practice to my use. I go now for sometimes 30 minutes in very slow arcs. None of the positions induce sweat or make me sore or unhappy. I also use no yoga blocks or pillows. I hold each pose for about 3 minutes. I enjoy using different Apple Music playlists I...

Sunday Morning Coffee

Welcome to Sunday morning room coffee time. It is a cooler and cloudy morning here in Siem Reap. Quiet times in the city but soon I think the temple next door will become lively. What I love doing in the mornings now is opening the window which for all intent purposes is the window to the world for me. My little part of this world almost at Wat Bo. This Wat is one of the prettiest ones and I think one little side trek I will do one day is show you both Wat Bo and Wat Damnak. Both live...

Thought I would not post again but…

I was out today when my dear friend Lily in Vietnam messaged me. It has been I think over a year since seeing her and I have not been back to Vietnam since July 2021. It is rather amazing I guess that the year that went by in Mexico and now the months back in Southeast Asia have gone by. At first after leaving Vietnam, things just seemed rather pointless or I felt this lack. Sometimes sadness or despair could strike but I also had Mexico and I managed to stay in a few wonderful places. Vietnam still was there...

Blog themes and stuff

I decided I wanted to try my hand at WordPress Block theming. I found this kind of starter theme called Powder which is very minimal so been playing with it a bit. The graphical theme editor is okay but it does have rough edges and sometimes does not display text blocks correctly in the preview it seems. Also it is a sea change from the old theme customizer. What I do like is the ability to change everything about the theme and how it looks by simple experimentation. I can kinda mess things up and I know how to get...

Early Friday morning on the blog

Today I meet my friend J for the first time since Merida Mexico earlier this year or so. He and I stayed at the same airbnb for awhile and then he left a few weeks before I did. He went back to work in the US and I left in March for a week in Houston. Now it has been months later and he arrived early this morning in Phnom Penh hopefully. He will get the retirement visa here today after we meet some khmer friends for breakfast down the street and get him a SIM card so he can...