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musings from cambodia

“Live each day as if you will live forever. That means, first and foremost, that you should treat the people around you as if they too will be around for a very long time to come. The choices that you make today matter, because their consequences will grow greater and greater.

That is what Einstein was getting at when he supposedly said that compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. This isn’t just about finance or money, but it’s about the idea that you’ll get the best returns in life from investing your time in building durable friendships and long-lasting relationships.

In one sense, all of you are here today because you were approved by the admissions office of Hamilton to pursue a course of study, which is now over. In another sense you are here because you found a group of friends to sustain you along the way, and those friendships will continue. If you take care of them, they will compound in the years ahead.”

Peter Thiel at the Hamilton College 2016 Commencement

Cambodia’s worst drought in five decades 

A fantastic feature story about Cambodia’s worst drought in five decades (which might make us all speechless): “Sometimes we almost do not have enough water to wash a baby after a mother gives birth.”

Must-read: Scenes from a drought

“I see the project as both colonialist and deceptive,” Ethan Zuckerman, the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, told me. “It tries to solve a problem it doesn’t understand, but it doesn’t need to understand the problem because it already knows the solution. The solution conveniently helps lock in Facebook as the dominant platform for the future at a moment when growth in developed markets is slowing.”

ASEAN leaders in Sunnylands for Summit: who should they meet?

First thing first, Prime Minister of Singapore met Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, California. 

Who do you think individual ASEAN nation leaders would meet with technlogy founders or CEOs in the Silicon Valley?

So much diplomacy will be at play. Also selfie!

Hun Sen Heads To US for Asean Summit


It’s this time of the year for new family photographs.

Sophie is now a year and a few months old.

This year, Tom, a little over 4 years old of age, is a kindergartner at The Giving Tree School.

Photographs taken at New Peace Studio (run by my younger brother).

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