In Honor and Celebration of International Women’s Day 2014

“International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.” In honor and celebration of International Women’s Day 2014, these are some of my favorite photographs that I have taken of women in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bhutan. To me, all these women are beautiful and inspirational. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day on March 8 is “Inspiring Change…for greater awareness of women’s equality…for more women in leadership roles…for equal recognition of Continue Reading →

Cambodia: To the Peaceful World

When I visited the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek Memorial, and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, I was speechless. Without going into details of the atrocities that happened in Cambodia in the 1970’s, I was in disbelief, saddened, angered, and shocked, to say the least, about what I learned when I toured these two memorials. I cannot even write a blog about it really. And as I walked around, I could not, just could not, take any pictures there. Except for taking these few pictures of this refreshing art exhibit at the Genocide Museum towards the end of my emotional Continue Reading →

My (Almost) Wedding Dress from Cambodia

Visiting the Local Market in Phnom Penh is an experience in-and-of-itself. It is not like going to a grocery store back home. It is not like going to a department store or a mall back home. It is not even like going to a superstore. No, going to the Local Market is like going to every store, restaurant, and specialty shop imaginable and possible all in one place. One-stop shopping. Literally. With everything you need. Need some toothbrushes? You got it. Need some flashlights or car parts? You got it. Need some shoes or jewelry? You got it. Need some Continue Reading →

Silk Weaving Women in Cambodia

Silk Island outside of Phnom Penh. Appropriately nicknamed, because as one bicycles around for what could be hours, you are able to see some amazing women sitting at their looms, weaving silk into beautiful pieces of material. Watching these women silk weaving is like watching a well choreographed dance, as they effortlessly and gracefully use their hands, feet, and bodies to blend the silk together. There is so much action going on in their silk weaving process that I could not quite follow what these women were doing. Basically, they would push a roll of silk through the strings of Continue Reading →

Creating Rice Paper for Spring Rolls, by Hand, in Cambodia

As you drive along the road through the village of Pheam Ek near Battambang in Cambodia, you can literally see hundreds of round circles placed on grid-like trays, leaning against the edge of the greenery of plants and trees, out in the sun. They are the specialty of this village, made in family workshops. They are rice paper for spring rolls. As I stopped in this village, I was able to watch two women hard at work making these rice paper circles by hand. One by one by one, into the shape of perfect circles. It was hot out, and Continue Reading →