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Archive for February, 2011

Feb '11

Giant Puppet Parade 2011

Here’s a storm demon from the annual Giant Puppet Parade. There were about ten of them this year, built and carried by swarms of schoolchildren. At sunset the parade circled around the Old Market and along the river, where the parade segued into music. We were able to look at the puppets up close. They […]

Feb '11

Mango Rains

The seasons are turning. We’re leaving the cool and dry season, and heading into the hot and dry season. It’s been noticeably hotter for the last couple of weeks, and sometimes uncomfortable. Comfort is all relative. It was coolest around New Years. Residents were putting on layers and complaining about the cold. At that point, […]

Feb '11

Photo: Praesat Preah Vihear graffiti

I have a soft spot for graffiti. It’s like a message in a bottle. This was scratched in the stone next to some steps. There was plenty more, but this was one I could read.

Feb '11

More Photos from Preah Vihear

This corridor ran along the library, back in the day.

Feb '11

Preah Vihear Temple, a Century-Old Argument

Preah Vihear temple has been in the news lately as Cambodia and Thailand exchange gunfire. Prasat Preah Vihear is significant both as an archaeological site and a longstanding point of contention between the two countries. Although the recent outbreak was sudden, it’s another in centuries of disagreements. Prasat Preah Vihear is one of the most […]

Feb '11

Spotted in Bangkok

I went on a weekend getaway to Bangkok with some ex-pat friends. It was a luxury to travel with them, as they knew the city and arranged all the transportation. I felt quite spoiled. It was a short trip, and I only caught glimpses of the city. Bangkok is a modern Asian city, with a […]