Finding the Courage to End Well

•July 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment

As a former staff member and board member, I am admittedly biased when I say that I am continually impressed by the poise, transparency and focus of the PEPY Cambodia team.  In their effort to better serve the needs of the local community, they’ve had to make tough decisions to wrap up formerly-core programs at the local junior high school and pivot to a new, more impactful intervention with high school graduates.

The team has been mindful in engaging all stakeholders throughout the difficult process, including the wider development community.  This stakeholder is often neglected, since NGOs rarely tend to publicly admit hardships and failures out of fear of losing donor funding or government approval/endorsement.  PEPY’s commitment to sharing lessons learned and best practices, as well as transparency with all stakeholders (PEPY employees, government partners, beneficiaries, community members) throughout the process, should be commended.  How else will the sector become more effective?

You can read the full PEPY blog about the program transition here.

Selamat Datang

•July 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Arrived in Jakarta on Thursday.  Very happy to be here after a year of Bahasa classes, planning and packing.

Here is a photo of the morning commute around Tugu Tani (Farmer Monument), which is right in front of our new home.


On Earning a Sunset

•June 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The best part of undertaking a morning 40 k climb?  A secluded lake at the end of the trail and plenty of daylight, perfect for a lazy afternoon of setting up camp.

Mountain biking and camping in Kirirom National Park Cambodia

View of the lake from my hennessy hammock

Weekend in Hibernation

•April 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Following my New Year’s Resolution to plan nature excursions at least once a month (if not twice), I booked Rock Spring Cabin in Shenandoah National Park this past weekend,  I was pleased to share this time off-the-grid with a great group of friends, new and old.  I set my GoPro atop the roof of the cabin while we prepared a delicious dinner of campfire chili, cornbread and eggplant yum-yum, washed down with a bit of Wasmund’s Single Malt Whiskey from Sperryville.


Check out the sites below if you’d like to escape the DC metro area for a pleasant weekend in the woods:

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (rents rustic cabins throughout VA, MA and PA to members and non-members)

Shenandoah National Park

Hiking Upward (trail maps)

An Invitation – Cycling to the Heart of the Southern Cardamom Mountain Range

•April 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

November 2010 Cardamoms Adventure 271

In the spirit of Alastair Humphreys‘ micro adventure movement, I would like to invite any and all to join my latest trip: a cycling journey to the heart of Cardamoms Mountains in Cambodia.

From the 9th of May to the 13th of May, we will be cycling from Kirirom National Park through the souther Cardamom Mountain range through the Areng Valley to Koh Kong province.  We will follow the route discovered by my friend named Steve, but based on his input, we’ll switch up the route a bit to explore some other (potential) trails.

The trip is expected to take four days and depends largely on the quality of the trails, the height of the rivers , and the number of overgrowth in the rainforest (even though the rainy season has not yet arrived , there is a small possibility that the trails are impassable).

Everyone is invited – please send an email to me via the Contact page. You should be able to cycle long distances (70-80 mountainous kilometers per day in hot, tropical weather) and be willing to camp out in the jungle.  Other than that I think just about anyone can do it.  I will organize all the preparations and the group will split all the daily expenses .


Sebuah Undangan – Ekpedisi ke Jantung Pegunungan Cardamoms di Kamboja

•April 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

November 2010 Cardamoms Adventure 271

Seperti kampanye Petualangan Mikro (atau Micro Adventure) yang diluncurkan oleh Alastair Humphreys, saya ingin mengundang semuanya untuk ikut petualangan mikro saya yang terbaru:  Ekpedisi ke Jantung Pegunungan Cardamoms di Kamboja.  Teman saya dari Kamboja akan ikut petualangan ini dan saya berharap bahwa orang yang berasal dari Indonesia juga bisa ikut dan mengalami indahnya Kamboja.

Dari tanggal 9 bulan Mei sampai dengan tanggal 13 bulan Mei, kami akan mencoba untuk bersepeda dari Taman Nasional Kirirom ke jantung pegunungan Cardamoms melalui lembah Areng yang baru-baru ini diancam oleh pembangunan bendungan hidro-elektrik.  Kami akan mengikuti rute yang ditemukan oleh sahabat saya yang bernama Steve, tapi berdasarkan masukan dia, saya berencana untuk naik jalan kecil yang berbeda dari pusat hutan hujan ke lembah Areng.   Petualangan diharapkan untuk makan empat hari dan bergantung pada mutunya “jalan kecil”, ketinggian sungai-sungai, dan jumlah tumbuh-tumbuhan di hutan hujan (meskipun musim hujan belum tiba, ada kemungkinan kecil bahwa jalan kecil telah habis).  Ketika kelompoknya tiba di lembah Areng, kami akan mempunyai kesempatan untuk berkayak dan melakukan kegiatan lain.

Setiap orang diundang – silakan kirimlah surel kepada saya melalui halaman Kontak.  Calon peserta seharusnya bisa bersepeda jarak jauh (70-80 kilometer per hari dalam cuaca panas / tropis), mempunyai pengalaman bersepeda gunung, dan bersedia untuk menginap di hutan hujan (dalam kelambu/tenda tentu saja).  Saya akan mengatur semua persiapannya dan kelompoknya akan membagi semua biaya harian.

The Questions We Ask

•March 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Phenomenal short about the questions we ask and why go on an adventure.

My favorite bit:

What is adventure?
I am not so sure we know these days.
Movies and magazines
all scream extreme.
Gortex suits and vertical routes,
foreign trips and big cliff hits,
but that’s not a part of it.
Adventure is curiosity,
the willingness to embrace uncertainty,
about the possibility
of doing just one thing
than before.



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