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At times like this it’s easy to forget those less fortunate than us.  As Christmas draws nearer, the song, “Do they know it’s Christmas,” comes to my mind.  It reminded me of my Christmas at the orphanage of Project Papillon in Haiti in December of 2008.  If you are interested and would like to help out please visit the following web pages:

AYUI (safe house for at-risk hill tribe children in Thailand)

Los Quinchos (landfill in Nicaragua)

CMI Project Papillon (orphanage in Haiti)

As a founder of LOVE, I have worked with these amazing organizations. The joy and life that they bring to the children is  priceless.

Los Quinchos provides more than just a meal for the children of the landfill of La Chureca, they also give love and attention to the children too.

an 8 year old boy who wants to be a garbage pick up truck driver when he grows up because that's the only thing he knows in life: picking garbage for food and recyclables and driving the truck.

I got to give it to the Thais for being creative when it comes to food.  While walking through Chiang Rai’s walking street, I am just amazed at all the different types of food I saw them selling along the street.  There is always a new twist to everything.  Here are some of the stuff I saw them selling.

chicken satay

chicken satay

Fried cricket with green onions.  I actually ate this...it's pretty tastey:)

Fried cricket with green onions. I actually ate this...it's pretty tastey:)

Tod yum pla muk...deep fried catfish salad with mango, peanuts and sweet/sour sauce...I can't wait to try this recipe at home!

yum pla duk foo...(thanks to Pi Khantipol for the correction...)deep fried catfish salad with mango, peanuts and sweet/sour sauce...I can't wait to try this recipe at home!

Squid and hotdog on sticks...the sauce is a sweet/sour sauce...eventually these will be grilled...I had the grilled squid, just not the hotdog for obvious reasons.

Squid and hotdog on sticks...the sauce is a sweet/sour sauce...eventually these will be grilled...I had the grilled squid, just not the hotdog for obvious reasons.

fried quail eggs...

fried quail eggs...

seafood fritter...they use this pot for alot of snacks...

seafood fritter...they use this pot for alot of snacks...