29 April 2010

when i grow up i want to love radically

[i came upon this exceprt from a friend, of a friend a few days ago & have been thinking about this conquering love ever since]

The love for equals is a human thing - of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing - the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely. This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world. The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing - to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy those who rejoice, the love of the poor for the rich, of the black man for the white man. The world is always bewildered by its saints. And then there is the love for the enemy - love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured's love for the torturer. This is God's love. It conquers the world.
- Francis Chan, Crazy Love

21 April 2010

beach retreat to the city of ghosts [hannah visits cambodia part 2]


the day after hannah arrived i figured what better way to beat jetlag than by relaxing on a tropical island. so we hopped on a bus (with ryan & daphne too!) & ended up in kep, an old french colonial seaside town. during the civil war it was heavily bombed so the town is now littered with haunting burnt-out villas. cambodians call it "the city of ghosts".

but the town is slowly coming back to life & i am guessing that the beautiful beaches on nearby rabbit island, where we slept in simple wooden bungalows & ate delicious fresh crab, shrimp, & squid won't be an expat secret for too much longer.

7 April 2010

our neighborhood [hannah visits cambodia part 1]

last month we had the really great pleasure of hosting my dear friend hannah for 3 weeks. she is a pediatrics resident in St. Louis & was able to arrange to do a rotation at the national pediatric hospital in phnom penh (more on that later).

there were so many amazing things about her visit, but one great thing is being able to look at cambodia through fresh eyes & her amazing camera lens. our neighboorhood has become routine for us, but hannah was able to capture some really great, iconic "bun tum puun" (our neighborhood's name) moments...

[goats on a pile of bricks - watching the goat try to come down was pretty hilarious - goats & bricks were sliding/falling everywhere!]

[sunset walk by the (sewage?) canal]

[some neighbors let us try fishing, although all we caught was sludge]


[this is our house. our landlord has a small store in the front & we live on the second floor of the house in the back]

[our street, in front of our house]

[rooster patrol]