LUANG PRABANG, Laos – Cambodia-based NGO Friends-International has opened Khaiphaen restaurant, its sixth training restaurant and vocational school, their second in Laos. Continue reading Friends-International restaurant Khaiphaen opens in Luang Prabang
At first glance, “Luang Prabang Salad”, one of Luang Prabang’s local signature dishes, looks rather ordinary. It doesn’t have an insane amount of chilli on top, nor does it contain water buffalo skin, fermented fish or animal paws. Called yam salat in Lao, this delicious fusion salad is made with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, watercress, mint, coriander and spring onion. Continue reading Luang Prabang Salad
LUANG PRABANG, Laos – As you stroll through the night market, there’s a good chance you’ll end up gobbling down khao nom kok, bite-sized Lao coconut cakes. Made with rice flour and coconut cream, these sweet street treats are ridiculously tasty, addictive and easy to make. Continue reading Khao nom kok – Lao coconut cakes
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — She looks like me, the young woman in the photo. Same roundness of face, same straight black hair that rebelliously flares out at the ends. Like me, her lips downturn slightly at the corners when faced with something serious. She’s clever, I can tell — a spark in the eyes. Her gaze pierces through the display glass into me. She’s tagged with the number 3.
From historic silk road desert towns to modern metropolises to remnants of the glorious ancient Persian empire, Iran will amaze even the most intrepid of travellers. Continue reading Iran: Persia, picnics, pomegranates & poetry
DONSOL, The Philippines – After three hours of aimlessly crisscrossing the waters I thought the guide would call it a day without us having caught a single glimpse. Not a fin. Even the spotters, perched high on the small boat’s bamboo towers, slumped and seemed less optimistic. Continue reading “Butanding!”
Ten colours, ten stories. This photo essay is the first of a series of posts on the mountainous, ethnically diverse region of northern Laos.
LUANG PRABANG, Laos – Silvery, slithery things indignantly flick their tails sending a wave of water out of the bucket. Unidentified creatures with small paws sizzle on a grill. Continue reading Plunge into local life in Luang Prabang at Phosi Market
I recently stumbled upon something I had written and long forgotten about. It was entitled “Stuff”, dated October 23, 2011. Exactly two years ago today, I was frantically packing up my stuff, my life in Toronto for an opportunity to pursue my dream job abroad as a travel writer. It felt crazy; I was taking a huge leap of faith. Did I really have the balls to do it? Here is the entry: Continue reading October 23, 2011: “Stuff”