Cement Planters

With all staff (except for Dara, Wayne, and I) off for 5 days during the Khmer New Year holiday we had a lot of time to fill with keeping the kids busy.  So with my new obsession with flowers and plants in mind, the kids tried their hand at making small ‘cement towel’ planters.  This […]

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Kimchi Again!

The first batch of kimchi was a HUGE hit and it wasn’t long before two massive bags of mustard greens showed up with a request for more of the same.  I grabbed the only helper I could see and we got busy cleaning and cutting off the hard stems of all those greens! Did I […]


A few months back the Wat decided to fill in their part of the pond we shared and in the process, the deteriorating fence that separated us for several years was weakened and part of the wall came down. It will have to be repaired before the rains return but all of the options so […]


Making Cambodia “sa’at”

Many mornings everyone walks to school, including those who do not have class that day and those who are too young to attend.  We walk from classroom to classroom saying “goodbye” and “have a good day” and then make out way back home. One morning, as a handful of us were walking back from the […]

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Cleaning up

For many years we have had a saying here “Make Wat Opot Sa’at” (Sa’at being the Khmer word for beautiful) when ever we want the kids to clean up. The school year has started, but there is a lack of teachers so 1st through 3rd grades have been cut in half because of the large […]

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Making Kimchi

As we have posted about before, we are growing lots of food.  Greens grow very well and fast and we often have an abundance. One day this large 5 kilo (11 lb) stack of mustard greens was brought to me with the request to make kimchi out of it.  I have made kimchi many times, […]