Cambodia

Day trip to Kulen Mountain!

Just like Tonle Sap, I’ve wanted to check out Kulen Mountain for some time. But it can be expensive, so I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity. And said opportunity finally came a’knockin’ on my front door this month when my friend’s sister was visiting. Gotta love visitors! Kulen Mountain or Phnom Kulen (Mountain of… Continue reading Day trip to Kulen Mountain!

Asian American · Expat

Celebrating 7 years abroad

It was Facebook that reminded me that the milestone had passed. Otherwise, I’m sure I would have continued to scroll past this moment, drinking my coffee and eating my banana. I posted, “I signed up for Intensive Thai, but based on my photo (with my application) I was enrolled in Intensive English instead.” Now, normally,… Continue reading Celebrating 7 years abroad

Cambodia · Expat

Tips for finding an apartment in Siem Reap

We’ve been here for about a year which makes us expert expats in Siem Reap. Now, in Thailand, like Chiang Mai, if you are an expat for less than 3 years you are a fledgling, considered a mere babe in the eyes of wizened and longer-lasting expats who probably will be all too eager to… Continue reading Tips for finding an apartment in Siem Reap

Cambodia

A visit to Siem Reap’s floating villages

Siem Reap is best known for the ruins of Angkor Wat, but Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and a UNESCO biosphere reserve, is another standout feature of the area. If I was a tourist, rather than an expat, I don’t know if I would have ever made it out to Tonlé… Continue reading A visit to Siem Reap’s floating villages

Expat

How much space do I really need?

Our biggest worry when we moved into this apartment was space. Will we have enough? Where was everything going to go? We were moving from a two bedroom to a one bedroom apartment. And even though we had to admit, our two bedroom was filled with wasted space, we still fretted. As it turned out,… Continue reading How much space do I really need?

Writing

Confession: I have bad writing habits.

What? But you seem so disciplined, Lani. You’re always writing these lovely posts on how writing has elevated your life – and we all know that you are working on another book. Exactly. My goal of getting it done, came and went like all those other empty goals. I went through a phase of reading… Continue reading Confession: I have bad writing habits.

Cambodia · Expat

Reflecting back on my first crazy year in Siem Reap

On July 15, 2015 we moved from Chiang Rai, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Yippee! Right? Wrong! First of all, there was no honeymoon phase for me. As you might remember, it was looking for a place to live straight away and starting work. And work was an uphill slog. Most of it had to… Continue reading Reflecting back on my first crazy year in Siem Reap