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

Writing

#365grateful halfway point, check-in and pit stop

For the last few months, I’ve been miserable. At the beginning of this school term, I was handed a shit schedule that involved losing much of my free time, sleep and sanity. And I really, really resented it. At first, I tried to get the barest minimal change made to my schedule because I was… Continue reading #365grateful halfway point, check-in and pit stop

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

Writing

Confessions of a brave and insecure memoir writer

I’ve been in a “working on the book” mode. I haven’t been in the mood for doing much of anything else, besides maintaining my life so I’m not living in complete disorder and eating from old pizza boxes. // When I decided to start my project on growing up Asian American, I enthusiastically created a… Continue reading Confessions of a brave and insecure memoir writer

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