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
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!
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
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
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
Whenever I asked my colleagues or students what they thought of Phnom Penh, most replied, “I don’t like it.” But I knew I had to go to Cambodia’s capital to get my passport renewed, so I decided, why not make a little holiday of it, and judge for myself. Phnom Penh, once known as the… Continue reading A quick visit to Phnom Penh
Negotiate a river by following its bends, enter a country by following its customs. – Cambodian Proverb It’s been 7 months since we landed in Siem Reap and I still don’t feel ready to write about it, at least with any authority. The problem is I lived in Thailand since 2010 (if I don’t count… Continue reading Further impressions + updates on life in Siem Reap