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July 28, 2009 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Dancing and flesh eating fish

Interesting follow-up on my previous post about my disdain for drinking. Bandolier medical journal suggests that people should drink regularly for optimal health.

“Moderate alcohol consumers have lower mortality than either non-drinkers or heavy drinkers. This meta-analysis aims to quantify the level of alcohol which provides the most protection against death and disease.”

My reasons for not drinking are almost exclusively based on my dislike of alcohol’s taste. I feel like i am drinking a never-ending supply of piss when i drink beer. At least vodka is drunk quickly and with more enthusiasm. My primary reason for not smoking is also because it tastes bad. Sometimes i wish i smoked because if i did i’d have something to occupy me as i careened the introduction with new people.


Last night we went to see some traditional dancing. The dancing was charming, especially the dances that included the boys. It reminded me of Cossack dances, with the men dressed as peasants and making the “huh” sound in unison. The restaurant served a buffet to the 200+ guests. It was the first time i have seen a buffet run out of food…


A really interesting thing happened at the end of the performance, when basically all the Japanese tourists in the audience started going on stage to be photographed with the dancers. I’d never seen a thing before.


Interested in a natural sustainable spa experience? Go to the Siem Reap night market.

Two nights ago i put my feet into a pool of fish with an appetite for dead skin. The fish were imported from Turkey said the young Khmer entrepreneur. Unfortunately he couldn’t tell me if the fish breed in the same pool. It took me several minutes to gather enough courage to keep my feet firmly inside. I can’t confirm if it made my feet any softer but it did tickle!



January 27, 2009 at 12:29 pm 1 comment

Please share

It was during my 18th year when i read Rand, Sartre and other existentialists that i became more preoccupied with accommodating my own desires rather than compromising and blending them with those of others. Ever since, i have been more honest and comfortable with myself but i have also alienated myself from many. The problem is that i don’t want to alienate myself completely. I want to remain receptive and warm, not hostile and unapproachable.

The virtue of traveling is that there are so many people to choose companions from and so many settings to aid you. Living with 10 other people in a house imposes on these freedoms. I have not amended my ways and i have had 2 months to witness the growth of my isolation from nearly everyone in the house. I feel stuck in an environment with people i don’t relate to and where doing my own thing is perceived as hostile.

A factor that contributes to my isolation is my dislike of bars. I don’t drink and I need an activity (like dancing or games) or a conversation to keep my interest, otherwise i feel bored. I have a need that cannot be satisfied by going to a bar or participating in similar social activities, but when i don’t go i further alienate myself from people i am surrounded by on a daily basis.* So what’s the solution? “Take one for the team” and bore myself engaging in generic time-consuming banter? I feel so much pressure to compromise and i rebel against it by prioritizing my desires over those of the group.

What do you do? How do you deal with people (you can’t simply part with and have no desire to gain anything from) who have different interests from you without appearing hostile, judging, or alienating? Please share.

*this can be generalized to participating in chit chats with neighbors who gather outside the building to gossip together, or co-workers sharing a table in a cafeteria, etc.

January 25, 2009 at 3:18 pm 1 comment

return to Siem Reap

Chinese New Year is not a national holiday in Cambodia but my school is not holding classes again until Thursday. So I went to Siem Reap.

The roads and infrastructure are still familiar from the week i spent here 2 months ago. I am staying in a guesthouse not far from the touristy “pub street” for $6 a night. According to their sign-in sheet i am the first guest since last week. The other volunteers are staying farther away in a hotel that costs $15 a night.

On the way from the bus station 4 km away from the center we passed (construction?) a very dusy road.



My Einstein hair, which was so soft from the wash i gave it this morning is now hard and grimy.

Tonight i’m going to attend a concert by Doctor Beat Richner. He was a physician in Cambodia before the Khmer Rouge take over in 1975 and returned a dozen years ago to care for the hundreds of thousands of children who are unable to get medical care. The concerts are part of a fund-raising effort for the several hospitals he has built since his return to Cambodia…

January 24, 2009 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

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