Writing Memoir

Seeking solitude and sanity in everyday life

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal I was contemplating the complexities of being an introvert or what feels like introvertedness when I thought about the times I had tuned out. On my 21st birthday I was dragged out of my comfort zone to… Continue reading Seeking solitude and sanity in everyday life

Writing Memoir

How the right books found me at the right times

Island of the Blue Dolphins fed my melancholic soul when I was a child. I wasn’t naturally sad, but after my father’s death, I felt very alone and withdrawn. Island of the Blue Dolphins is about a girl stranded alone on an island (and interestingly enough was based on a true story), and it comforted… Continue reading How the right books found me at the right times

Cambodia · Expat

Sharing a memory: reflecting on 2 years in Cambodia

  // I love milestones because they give me a chance to reflect and disrupt my day-to-day routine and forward-oriented thinking. // The things that initially shocked me the most about Siem Reap was the poverty, specifically, fewer infrastructures (i.e. the lack of paved roads, how dirty it was), and how much better Cambodians spoke… Continue reading Sharing a memory: reflecting on 2 years in Cambodia

Cambodia · Expat

Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep: 7 days and 6 nights

I’ve been avoiding Sihanoukville because: a) I’m from Hawaii, therefore a beach snob (okay, I have high standards), b) it’s either a 12-14 hour bus ride (no, thank you) or an expensive plane ticket, and c) I’ve heard that it’s a seedy beach town that caters to male travellers (yeahhh). But I have been wanting… Continue reading Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep: 7 days and 6 nights

Cambodia · Expat

Beyond Pub Street Eats: where to eat in Siem Reap

  Pub Street can be overwhelming and crowded and once you’ve taken a turn around there, it’s nice to go somewhere else to eat. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are some good restaurants in that area, and we occasionally stop by, but since living here, we’ve found a whole other world of eats beyond… Continue reading Beyond Pub Street Eats: where to eat in Siem Reap

Writing Memoir

I did it! #365grateful challenge completed.

  Practicing gratitude, not unlike meditation, has gotten a lot of attention these days for having many benefits. I imagine if I was a writer for Cosmo magazine, I’d probably have to claim something like this: Being grateful has proven to: make you more bedable (their word, not mine) give you stronger thicker hair firm… Continue reading I did it! #365grateful challenge completed.

Cambodia · Expat · Thailand

What to do + what to buy when you get sick in SE Asia

I was quite ignorant about sickness and health when I first moved to SE Asia back in 2009. Yes, I had gotten a nasty bout of food poisoning when I traveled to Thailand when I was 16, but I didn’t know that getting sick is a regular thing for explorers and expats here. Yes, a… Continue reading What to do + what to buy when you get sick in SE Asia