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When Kids Grow Up On Tropical Islands Without Electronics

“They’re not attracted to the TV screen,” observed my 10-year old daughter in disbelief. Last week we stayed on the remote Thai island of Koh Phrathong where electricity only comes between sunset and 10 pm, so residents of Lions Village can socialize after dark. What my daughter said referred to the six village kids playing around her and her sister, ranging in age from three to 11 years. While adults next door gathered with sodas in front of a TV blaring Thai soap operas, kids simply played on. In fact, they spent hours with my girls with only hand gestures as a common language and it was one of the best times my girls had on the island.

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Bang Krachao: Biking through Bangkok’s Green Lungs

Bang Krachao: Biking through Bangkok’s Green Lungs

Bang Krachao peninsula, known as Bangkok’s green lungs, is a welcome breathing escape from Bangkok only a 10-minute boat ride from the bustling Klong Toey dock area. There, you can ride a bike through protected mangroves and orchards, on elevated paths and open roads, through a market and restaurants. This is what I found there with my children in tow.

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Songkran 2009 in Bangkok

Songkran 2009 in Bangkok

The anticipation leading up to Songkran is much like Halloween’s. There’s something scary outside your door and you’ve got to gear up and fend for yourself. Songkran – the traditional Thai New Year – is a celebration of renewal, getting together and merit-making but it is popular for reasons not quite so lofty: getting doused […]

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Siam Niramit: Broadway in Bangkok

Siam Niramit: Broadway in Bangkok

Went to see Siam Niramit in Bangkok tonight. It’s my third time. Second for my girls. Great and grand, as planned. Although I’ve seen it before, I still get a thrill from the majestic scenes and the guy diving in the stage-long canal. The sets and costumes designers did a beautiful job at illustrating Thailand’s […]

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Sarika Keo: Country Life in Cambodia

Sarika Keo: Country Life in Cambodia

Curious to know how and where things grew next to Phnom Penh in Cambodia, I went with my girls and my dad to the rural village of Kadai Kanda, subdistrict of Sarika Keo on the Mekong River. April is in full dry season and the fields we visited are usually under water in November. We […]

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