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

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

Cambodia · Expat · Thailand

Chiang Mai versus Siem Reap: an expat weighs in

Folks have been asking for this one for a long time, but I never felt ready until my latest Thailand visit. Originally, I was going to do a Thailand versus Cambodia post, but then I realized both countries can be quite varied depending on where you are at. So, it made more sense to compare… Continue reading Chiang Mai versus Siem Reap: an expat weighs in

Cambodia · Expat

Living with lizards: a love story

If you ask SE Asians what they are afraid of, they will most likely say: ghosts, snakes and lizards. Since I grew up in Hawaii, I can certainly understand why ghosts would be a legitimate concern. Ghost stories are very much part of Hawaiian culture, whether this be a modern development or something that spans… Continue reading Living with lizards: a love story

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!