August 16, 2016

Noh Place Like Home

Noh Bo, one of our favorite places in Thailand, is a small village in the heart of the Karen homeland. It’s about two hours north of Mae Sot and edges up the Moei River, which doubles as the border with Burma. It’s also the location of one of Blessed Homes’ centers: a collection of homes for children who have no place to go. / continue reading

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August 8, 2016

That Time I Was Horribly Offensive

I committed a cross-cultural faux pas the other day. If you’d like to know more about what that means, read this. If you want to find out what I did, keep reading. / continue reading

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July 3, 2016

This Fall – What to Expect

Thanks for supporting The Noted Project! Whether you backed us on Kickstarter, read our blog posts, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you’re part of the journey. You’re awesome. And since you’re along for the ride, we want to keep you updated on what to expect in the next few months: / continue reading

June 19, 2016

Kulu’s Song

Last week we were invited to visit the Chai Lai Orchid ecolodge near Chiang Mai. Aside from being a gorgeous place, the resort also works closely with Daughters Rising: an organization that focuses on empowering Karen women. / continue reading

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June 12, 2016

Find a Wife in the Rice Fields

While staying near Chiang Mai, we were told about a local flute maker who we should meet. One hour-long drive and a ten minute hike later, we arrived at a waterfall compound where he makes and sells his instruments. / continue reading

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June 7, 2016

A Buddhist, a Catholic, and an Animist Walk into the Woods

I’ll explain. Last weekend we were invited to attend a Karen forest preservation ceremony in a small village outside Lamphun, Thailand. We were told that we might be the first foreigners ever to visit that village. We’re pretty sure that was not the case… but we were definitely a novelty.

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I don’t think white people go up that way too often (there must have been 30 people who came up to us asking for photos with us). / continue reading

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May 26, 2016

A Rainy Morning at Church

Like many of our experiences here in Thailand, attending Karen church was both deeply familiar and foreign. We could tell that Western influence runs deep in Karen Christian culture.

Anyone who has attended an evangelical church in America would be familiar with the basic elements of the service.

Brief history lesson: the first western Christian influence with the Karen people occurred in the early 19th century. / continue reading

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May 18, 2016

Meeting Eh Klo

Tuesday morning. We leave the city of Chiang Mai and take a songthaew (one of the most popular forms of public transport in Thailand) to the suburbs. We are meeting with Eh Klo Moo–a Karen musician, producer, and dreamer.

Eh Klo is a man with one foot in the past and one foot in the future.

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May 9, 2016

4 Days in Thailand

We arrived in Thailand about 4 days ago. Traveling always requires adjustments: to your schedule, diet, climate, etc. That’s what the past few days have been for us. We spent a very fun 21-hour layover in Japan. Japan is where it’s at. It’s definitely on our list of places to visit again… someday. We eventually reached Blessed Homes (our final destination and home base for the project). It’s a great organization, and very generous for putting up with us for the next two months. / continue reading

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April 23, 2016

A Connection to Home

“No better place to start off The Noted Project than 10 minutes away from home.”

That’s what I thought when I recently met Kaw Kaw: musician, Karen native, and refugee living in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Believe it or not, I actually met Kaw Kaw through my car insurance agent, who knows Kaw Kaw from church. In Lancaster County, everybody knows everybody through church. / continue reading