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6/6/2012 -   Kalinisa, Kenesh Village, Kyrgyzstan

6/6/2012 -   Lama, Jordan LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/12/2012 - Mujeres de Xeconjom Group, Guatemala LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/12/2012 - Nuevo Horizonte Group, Mexico LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/18/2012 - Miriam, Negev, Israel

6/18/2012 - Noem, Ang Snoul, Cambodia  LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/20/2012 - Phally, Takeo Province, Cambodia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

7/10/2012 - Carmel, Cadiz, Philippines LOAN REPAID IN FULL 

8/4/2012 -   Julia, Boane, Maputo, Mozambique LOAN REPAID IN FULL

8/4/2012 -   Khishigjargal, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

8/11/2012 - Miladys Dayana, Barranquilla, Colombia
LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/23/2012 - Dugarmaa, Arhangai, Mongolia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/29/2012 - Divino Niño Jesus Group, Caaguazú, Paraguay LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/29/2012 - Armando, Tonala, Mexico   LOAN REPAID IN FULL

10/17/2012 - Doraliza, Ica, Peru LOAN REPAID IN FULL

10/27/2012 - Sola, Bilasuvar, Azerbaijan LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/27/2012 - Sergio, Huatusco, Mexico LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/28/2012 - Sophie, Yaoundé, Cameroon LOAN REPAID IN FULL

12/29/2012 - Paradi De Dolval Group, Trou-du-Nord, Haiti
LOAN REPAID IN FULL

12/29/2012 - Makieu Andrew's Group, Kenema, Sierra Leone LOAN REPAID IN FULL

12/30/2012 - Alia, Wihdat, Jordan

1/1/2013 -     Prudence 3 Group, Brazzaville, Congo LOAN REPAID IN FULL

1/8/2013 -    Marcia De Jesús, El Sauce, Nicaragua
LOAN REPAID IN FULL

1/21/2013 -  Caroline, Toluca Lake, United States

2/5/2013 -    Diana Cecilia, Huaraz, Peru 99% REPAID (currency exchange loss)

2/20/2013 -  Lorna, Poblacion 3, Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Phillipines LOAN REPAID IN FULL

2/20/2013 - Kwamboka, Nyamira, Kenya

3/15/2013 - Halima, Malindi, Kenya LOAN REPAID IN FULL

3/15/2013 - Mwanaisha, Malindi, Kenya LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/25/2013 - Leda Del Rosario, Managua, Nicaragu LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/25/2013 - Seda, Ujanis village, Syuniq region, Armenia
LOAN REPAID IN FULL

5/15/2013 - Vilma, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines LOAN REPAID IN FULL

5/19/2013 - Teimuraz, Kutaisi, Georgia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/20/2013 - Leonora, Bogo, Cebu, Philippines

6/20/2013 - Sherry, Knoxville TN, United States

6/28/2013 - Zahava, Kiryat Ono, Israel

6/28/2013 - Ilkin, Azerbaijan

7/25/2013 - Sine, Albania

7/25/2013 - Luzdina, Pucallpa, Peru

7/25/2013 - Wossidji Iv Group, Warinibougou, Mali LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/5/2013 -  Norma Carolina, Managua, Nicaragua

9/2/2013 -  Nubia Teresa, Montería, Colombia

9/22/2013 - Salina, Kapsabet, Kenya

9/29/2013 - Purevsuren, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

9/29/2013 - Sambath, Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia

10/1/2013 - Rinat, Beit Shemesh, Israel

11/3/2013 - Asiya, Ibanda, Uganda

11/3/2013 - Nafisakham, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

11/13/2013 - Harriet, Bombo Road, Uganda LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/13/2013 - Elizabeth, Naivasha, Kenya

11/14/2013 - Sonia Antonieta, La Esperanza, Intibuca, Honduras

11/26/2013 - Lidia, Cochabamba, Bolivia

12/11/2013 - Teresa Aracely, Osicala, El Salvador

1/4/2014 - Queren Yined, Bogota, Columbia

1/4/2014 - Jorge Carlos, Cochabamba, Bolivia

1/9/2014 - Esther, Sanniquellie, Liberia

1/19/2014 - Sarim, Siem Reap, Cambodia

1/20/2014 - Betty, Kampala, Uganda

3/4/2014 - Hulkarkhon, Khujand, Tajikistan

3/4/2014 - Fenehas Jason, Hoima, Uganda

3/6/2014 - Maa Bastaren Group, MURIBAHAL, BALANGIR, ODISHA, India

4/10/2014 - Karine, Vanadzor, Armenia

4/10/2014 - Mona, Araara, Israel

4/10/2014 - Nermin, Kosova

4/10/2014 - Juana Patricia, El Salvador

 

 

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    Tuesday
    Jun282011

    At Home In Chinatown



    It seems no matter where we live, we yearn to experience cultures that are different from ours, from far away places, places that are not easily accessible, places that seem out of reach, and places that take us away from our everyday life so we can experience what others are doing, seeing, smelling, living.

    It is so for me.

    Everywhere I go, everywhere I live, I search for sights and signs of home. I go on the hunt for an Asian grocery store, I scope out the most authentic places to eat. And I seek out people who will share the experience with me - just to remind me of where I came from.

    I find that a lot of people are searching for the same thing and it is so in Washington DC. This is Chinatown and though I'm not Chinese, I find a multitude of all different types of Asian restaurants, including some from my own home country of Thailand. It brings a little bit of my childhood to my adulthood, many miles and many years apart.

    The sights and smells are the same and the neon signs blink as brightly here in Washington DC as they do in Bangkok, Thailand. In the month of August, I can close my eyes and swelter in the heat and the smells just the same and I could be back in the Pratunam Market as well as smack in the middle of the capital of the United States.

    It is in these times the I long to be back in Thailand, if only for a short while. I can't get it out of my blood. You can take the girl out of Nakonsawan - well you know the rest.

    I wonder about my own children, how will they be reminded of where they "come" from? We have been nomads for most of their childhood, moving from state to state and country to country until finally settling down in the mundane neighborhood of suburban Maryland. Are we short changing them? Are we depriving them of the multi-multiculturalism that defines the "well traveled" and "worldly?"

    Will they have the memories that I have, the yearning to explore and to experience?

    I find that a home to come to is more important, thus our decision to "stay put." But I do want to cultivate that longing and yearning that comes from a wanderlust heart - one that searches far and wide if only to come home again, wherever that may be.

    Cheers to all my Vision and Verb ladies who live far away in exotic places, my heart longs to be with you.

    Reader Comments (14)

    Finding something Dutch is hard, all over the world, so I dip myself into the other culture, not automatically by free choice then, but lack of home signs... China Town is everywhere, each city has one, so Asian is better to be found... lucky you!

    June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChantal

    This is so beautiful!! I know that feeling of sights and sounds and smells that bring us right back to our childhood homes. I'm sure your kids will carry their own sensual memories with them - either from your years of wandering..or of suburban Maryland. These things become ingrained in us -y'know???

    June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

    i have lived in the same place for nearly 28 years, and my children moved away as soon as they were done with college! sometimes, roots sprout wings! my children travel the world with ease, because we took them to see it instead of disneyland. it felt natural to visit far away and exotic places, and i would imagine that your children will feel that same sense of wonder and comfort, as they begin to explore outside of their maryland home.

    lovely post.

    June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    Lovely post, Puna. I could totally relate. I'm not Filipina, but I grew up in the Philippines, so I've grown up with the food, the music.. so in the different places I visit, I feel a little sense of familiarity when I discover a Filipino eatery or hear Filipino music played by the bands. :)

    June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBuckeroomama

    I have lived in the same house for 20 years now and I think I'll be here for a while longer. I love all my friends here at V&V and my internet friends who let me travel and discover their surroundings via pictures and stories. Lovely post Puna.

    June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrida

    i think for me it is not so much the culture but the food. I was born and raised in Holland, and i still live here, but I was brought up with Indonesian food, and it is the Asian food i miss and searched for when i am abroad.
    And I love to visit every china town in the world in search for ricepaper and brush :-) lovely post!

    June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPOBSB

    I totally understand your longing. I wish we traveled more as a family....But I don't think you need to be well traveled to be worldly - instilling the values of multiculturalism in our kids will give them an appreciation of the world.
    It's so much easier now for them to gain that exposure - the internet really helps. And blogs / places like V&V. Thanks for a wonderful post. I think I need some Chinese food now.

    June 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershirley

    A really wonderful post, Puna - gorgeous photo, too. I've never really done any traveling and that is one thing I've always wanted to do. Hopefully next year I can begin to make that a reality. My sons never had the opportunity to travel abroad while growing up, but my oldest traveled Europe for six weeks (I think) and he and his wife have done some traveling in the not quite two years they've been married. Have no fear, Puna, if the desire is there, they will make it happen.

    June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterToni

    Perhaps my background as a music teacher has sparked my interest in various cultures -- music, customs, traditions, clothing, etc. I wish I would have had the opportunity to travel more and explore more of this beautiful, wonderful, magical world we live in.

    June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    I'm big on natal charts, Puna, so perhaps I come at this from a different perspective. Some of us have much planet energy in our houses of short and long distance travel (the 3rd and 9th houses respectively). No worry if you don't know what I'm talking about. The point is that some have more of the wanderlust ingrained in them than others, just by virtual of their birth data. Apart from that, I do think it's wonderful if/when we reach out to gain the travel/cultural experiences for ourselves or our kids...just because! It makes us grow as people when we realize that the world is much bigger than ourselves.

    What a delightful post about those longings. Thank you.

    June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    I can relate to what you wrote here. When we travel we always look for German restaurants, bakeries, delis... Sometimes we make detours just to eat some German food and talk about our native country (that always comes with the food). I am thankful that my daughter keeps a lot of German "stuff" although she only was three when we left the country. Don't worry about your kids - they will have their special memories.

    July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    once a nomad always a nomad i think :) sometimes i am almost knocked down by a longing for someplace else, a memory usually of england and somewhere i loved. i'm pretty good at making home wherever we are - but i think we, as people with wanderlust, are luckier than most.

    July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliza

    I love to explore and get in touch with new cultures, but with age it seems I've become less prone to stay away from home for long... Whereas some years ago I would not have missed home, now I find myself longing to come back after a while. Great read Puna!

    July 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersil

    This really made me think, because I appear to be one of those people that does not have wanderlust, though my husband is just the opposite. And it is interesting because his daughter is just like him, but his son, not so much. I think you are right that your heritage is so important, and I think it does ground us in so many ways. And sometimes, just the idea of getting away from it all has great appeal!

    July 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

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