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

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10 ways I’m finding my sanity this month

For what feels like the first time since moving to Siem Reap, I’m attempting to sink into it and accept it. Part of the problem is I’ve been telling myself that this move to Cambodia was only a temporary situation, and well, it’s been almost 2 years now. Sometimes it looks like as soon as… Continue reading 10 ways I’m finding my sanity this month

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7 wonderful days in Penang

Penang Malaysia was one of those places that I constantly heard good things about, but never had made it to. But this year, I set my jets to see it. I planned months in advance to get a good ticket price and timed my hotel reservations, too. I’m so glad that I did. Penang is… Continue reading 7 wonderful days in Penang

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

Asian American · Expat

An Asian American expat musings on the post-election malaise

As an expat, one of the things I experience is how different governments treat their people, and how my passport country measures up. Until I had moved overseas, I had taken for granted American infrastructure, rules and regulations and our homegrown love for criticizing politicians and government. I lived in a democracy where political cartoons… Continue reading An Asian American expat musings on the post-election malaise

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