Land Degradation in Rural Communities: Balancing Development and Conservation in Cambodia

*Photography by Manuth Buth  Desertification and land degradation are global issues with far-reaching and pressing implications. Here in Cambodia, soil erosion, deforestation, and competitive land use are causing land degradation, depleting ecological services and watershed functions, and threatening rural livelihoods. Tackling these issues head-on, several government-led projects are leveraging education and sustainable agricultural practices to … Continue reading Land Degradation in Rural Communities: Balancing Development and Conservation in Cambodia

Rendang, the ‘Girl Next Door’ of Malaysian Cuisine

There is nothing more satisfying in this world than the sound of minced garlic and finely diced onions hitting a hot frying pan, anyone who disagrees with this statement is clearly deranged and it’s in your best interest to immediately cut such “people” from your life. Trust me on this one. The sultry hiss, the … Continue reading Rendang, the ‘Girl Next Door’ of Malaysian Cuisine

Meet My Malay Family: My Experience Living with the Lokmans

Disclaimer: for my non-Malaysian readers, there is a glossary of terms at the bottom of this posting. “Qasih, makan makan?” I’ve been stashed away for hours, meticulously tapping away on my laptop, day-dreaming, listening to music, and reading up on Canadian news. It’s a pretty standard Friday night, and for a moment reality escapes me. … Continue reading Meet My Malay Family: My Experience Living with the Lokmans