This site has moved!!!

Since my time in Cambodia has come to an end (yes, 700+ hours completed), I have moved on.  And the blog is moving with me….

Please come check out and bookmark the new site:


10th of 10 list: Reasons why you should read my NEW blog

List 10 of 10: 10 Reasons you should read my new blog


  1. The coming2cambodia name has become obsolete now that I no longer living Cambodia; the new blog will be universal and stay with me as I travel.
  2. I will continue, on occasion, to blog about the situation in Cambodia (just as I have continued to blog about Moldova issues and Chile issues).
  3. Recipes from a different continent. Yum Chilean food!
  4. It makes me happy when I my stat counter tells me that people have stopped by; comments make me even happier.
  5. How else are you going to keep up with my comings and goings?
  6. More photos both on the page and on my flickr account.  Perhaps I will even get better about actually posting Photo Wednesday photos on Wednesday
  7. Up coming posts on the debate over the legalization of prostitution.
  8. Harley, the dog, is coming with me to Chile for the new job and will be making guest appearances on the blog including a post on tips for traveling internationally with your canine friend.
  9.  I have moved the entirety of An MSW in Cambodia over to the new site for your archiving pleasure.
  10. The last, but most important reason, because Clare Says! (Note: the new website is

6th list of 10: Blogging as a form of communication

6th list of 10: Blogging as a form of communication, originally uploaded by coming2cambodia.

As I started my 101 entry, I thought I should do something fun. Inspired by Polly, I have decided to make 10 lists of 10; here is number 6.

  1. Talk to people back home.
  2. Meet new people with similar interests.
  3. Create community–this is referenced in the picture above. This drawing was done by John when during my last night out on the town party. Arriving alone, he ended up sitting next to my friend Steph, who is deaf. After exhausting his sign language skills, they started witting and proceeded to have a lively conversation for the rest of the evening. This is a remnant of one of the pieces of witting– blogging means instant connection.
  4. Share pictures.
  5. Talk about important issues both to a wider audience and things that are weighing on your mind.
  6. An anonymous space to express your thoughts– although my blog is hardly anonymous, some people do prefer it that way.
  7. Space to educate others. Plus the more blogs there are out there on different issues, the less space (percentage wise) of the world wide net is filed with porn.
  8. The archiving of peoples comments is great to have record of and ability to go back to.
  9. For forgetful people, blogging is great because of the archiving system.  This way they can look back and see what was said.  Kind of like having a court transcriptionist follow you around, but not nearly as costly or intrusive.
  10.  Unlike phone or even mass emails, it is always around and people, friends, family, can visit your site on their own timetable.

5th list of 10: 10 sites I read regularly and why

As I started my 101 entry, I thought I should do something fun. Inspired by Polly, I have decided to make 10 lists of 10; here is number 5.

  1. BBC and NY Times. I also search for key words about human trafficking. Lots of interesting, scary, illuminating news. For example: this story with an interview of a trafficker.
  2. Myspace and Facebook to keep in touch with people.
  3. Jason in Japan which is written by someone close to my heart and contains lots of thoughtful pieces on life and philosophy as well as great photos.
  4. Mombian for LGBT news around the world. Also Lesbian Family
  5. Face the Sun, again written by someone I used to know, but very funny and very well written. Its about the travels of an American Foreign Service Officer. Also, The Wandering Gringo is another good blog about travel, specifically one trip by land from Chile to California.
  6. Hillary and Obama‘s blogs. I actually just stared reading, but since I am out of the country and not seeing the debates, this is how i keep up.
  7. Liza was Here, again someone I have known forever and who has a lot to say– plus an adorable kid.
  8. M|O|N|G|K|O|L, the blog of a Cambodian in America. I like seeing how he sees my home country, as I see his. Also, he is a wonderful photographer.
  9. Flickr because I love photos(both taking them and looking at them).
  10. Email, because, let’s face it, I am obsessed. I admit that I am one of those people who checks my email every 10 minutes and cannot seem to sit in a room with a computer without checking. Also, I am a huge gmail convert and love their chat and search features.

*** There are so many other blogs I read that I could have put here– but I was trying to spread out the subject matter a bit. ***

2nd list of 10: What I need to do before I leave Cambodia for good on Wednesday

As I started my 101 entry, I thought I should do something fun. Inspired by Polly, I have decided to make 10 lists of 10; here is number 2.

  1. Work stuff: clean off desk, uninstall programs from computer, reinstall programs on computer, say good-bye.
  2. Project stuff: get a final copy of the book (about 178 pages), set aside 6 hours to edit it on Tuesday.
  3. Money stuff: close out bank account, pay lady at market that I owe 10 dollars, pay tailor who made me 2 dresses and a suit.
  4. Housing stuff: pay landlady, hand in key, move out (Tuesday night to my friend’s place for my final night).
  5. Transport stuff: find way to airport in Phnom Penh, figure out what I am doing, where I am going, and how I am getting there once I arrive in St. Louis.
  6. Stuff stuff: get odds and ends I am leaving here (my gas stove, etc.) to my friend Samnang who is extremely ill with malaria and completely bedridden.
  7. Shopping stuff: I need a case for my DVDs and possibly a new CD or two. And a pair of pants for Diane for her birthday because she came back from Guatemala 6 years ago with big purple pants for me.
  8. Friend stuff: See friends. Get photos from friends.  Give photos to friends.
  9. More stuff: Pack and somehow make everything fit! Sleep if at all possible.
  10.  Final stuff: Leave!

1st list of 10: What I plan to make lists of 10 about

As I start my 101 entry, I thought I should do something fun. Inspired by Polly, I have decided to make 10 lists of 10.

My first list will actually be a list of the 10 topics I plan to blog about:

  1. What I plan to make lists of 10 about
  2. What I need to do before I leave Cambodia for good on Wednesday
  3. Favorite Cambodian memories
  4. Favorite foods I eat in Cambodia (not all necessarily Cambodian)
  5. 10 blogs I read regularly and why
  6. Blogging as a form of communication
  7. Reasons I am excited about my new job in Chile
  8. Facts about human trafficking
  9. Things I need to do when home in States for 17 days
  10. Reasons why you should read my NEW blog that I will be keeping from Chile (and the new blog’s URL address so you can link to it)

Girl meets world

Interestingly enough, I came on to write about the anonymity or lack there of as an internet blogger. As I usually do before any post I am composing in my head is put to screen, I read everyone else’s blogs (well the ones i read daily at least) to get me in the right mind frame. Liza’s post could not have been more on target.

It was bound to happen– I mean, my readership does seem to be increasing. Yup, mum and dad are no longer my core audience (although I do believe they continue to hold front row season tickets). I have been welcoming people to my blogs from many fronts, including: Mombian, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, blogher, Mongkol (a Cambodian Fulbright in Boston) and Liza’s loyal readership. Not to mention all the people I have harassed into reading. But it happened yesterday.

What happened you asked? And why am I blogging about it? And why so much build up? Well, to answer your questions, in no particular order. I am blogging because it was a first for me. I have build up because, let’s face it, it makes for a better blog. And, “it” is– I was recognized in the real world for my presence in the blog world. John recognized me! Not only that, but he could tell me about myself (or at least the info in the blurb on the left side of the page). Anyways, not sure how I will feel long term about this lack of anonymousness– but for now, I just thought it was neat!