Give me hope

We are born into hope A wide open world waiting for us, anticipating our arrival ‘Dream big little one,’ we hear And so we do, because everything is possible when nothing is impossible  We discover the world without fear of failure, without fear of wrong turns, without fear at all We hope, and then we […]

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Got no sleep

I’ve got no sleep Not today, not yesterday, not even tomorrow It dodges, it weaves, and I can’t get a hold on it for long That’s my problem with sleep, it doesn’t like to be held A grip on sleep is tryin’ too hard, wishin’ too long I’ve got no sleep

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Who are you?

I found it hard to get a job post-university. It crippled me. I had spent my entire schooling and university years working towards getting a ‘career’. I wasn’t sure what it would look like, or even how it would work exactly, but I knew I wanted one. When I couldn’t find work, I became acutely […]

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Footfall

I seem to be getting to know your streets well. With an empty wallet and a head that tells me I’m killing multiple birds with one stone, walking is an effective form of getting around you. I get to see the real you in all of your disarray and disorder. I get to play limbo […]

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Here, There, Everywhere

When I came to Thailand, I thought I’d be based in Chiang Mai. Only Chiang Mai, with maybe a small chance to be a part of The River Asia’s work in other parts of Thailand. I am here for just under 5 months, which is not a lot of time in comparison to others who have […]

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Reveal

Did I reveal you today? In my smile, in my words, in my touch, in a look? You gave them to me, because you trusted me, but did I give them you? It’s the endless circle that always leads back to you. Around and around it goes, beginning with you, ending with you and then […]

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My Community

I follow Pi Nou and Pi Nit out into the community. I’m in the tray of the car, with the hot wind drawing hair across my face and sending all the smells of all the streets in Chiang Mai into my nose. I have to squint my eyes to keep the dirt out of them. […]

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The Heui Hie Way of Life

The villagers start to come in the door at 7.30am on a Sunday, one at a time and then some more. They wake before the sun, with the sound of crickets and roosters and so 7.30am is a good hour to arrive at church. They’re cautious of a group of ‘farang’ (foreigners) who wait for […]

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Introduction: More Than

More: greater in amount, size or number. It is a phrase I turn into a question everyday. What more could I have done? I try not to make it guilt loaded – and yet invariably it is.  There’s always more room in the day to think about one more than I. And yet how many […]

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