“On 25 July, 1861, I reached Luang Prabang, a delightful little town, set in its amphitheatre of mountains…a paradise.”
– Henri Mouhot, explorer

Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang Salad

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

Facing the Cambodian Genocide

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.

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October 23, 2011: “Stuff”

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”