Cuandixia- 500 year old Ming Dynasty village

Cuandixia was an unexpected surprise. At the doorstep of Beijing, this 500 year old village harking back to the Ming Dynasty is still ‘alive and well’ and still holds many descendents of the Han family that founded this village. A perfect weekend away would involve 2 nights stay at Cuandixia, sipping beers while playing cards … Continue reading

A walk through a traditional Chinese hutong

This is a walk through one of the few preserved hutongs on China. Hutongs are small alleyways but are also taken to refer to the traditional architecture of old China.                       I would describe hutongs as ‘quaint’. Cooling in summer but freezing in winter. And … Continue reading

The killing fields of Cambodia- short video

This a rough video of my visit to the Choeung Ek killing fields. 17 Rotary World Peace Fellows, as part of their 3 month fellowship with the Peace Centre at Chulalongkorn University, visited Cambodia this August 2011 to learn more about the post-conflict reconstruction work taking place there. As part of our field trip, we … Continue reading

Tuol Sleng S-21 Torture camp, Cambodia

7 August 2011 I visited the killing fields of Cheoung Ek, just outside Phnom Penh. It was sobering to see the shelves of skulls and learn how the excavation of more bodies have ceased as there were insufficient number of genocidal monuments to house the bones of those killed during the Khmer Rouge‘s regime during … Continue reading

Photo-journal of Mae Ai, North Thailand

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My first week in Beijing

After getting over feeling extremely daunted in a completely foreign land and unable to communicate with people, Beijing has slowly grown on me. Our introduction to Chinese bureaucracy is still ongoing- we sent 7 boxes via freight to China (the day before we left) and they are still held up in customs after 1.5 months. … Continue reading

The Kiwi Identity:From ‘Meat and three vegs’ to Rotis and Thai green curry

For much of the last century, New Zealand has identified itself more with ‘Western’ powers such as Britain and Australia. However, within the last ten years, the influx of Asian migrants has occurred faster than developments in New Zealand’s government domestic and foreign policy, still caught in the British/Maori biculturalism debate. While New Zealanders come … Continue reading