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.

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Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep: 7 days and 6 nights

Cambodia’s provinces. (Credit to wikimedia. Click on image.)

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).

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Beyond Pub Street: where to eat in Siem Reap

Short noodles at Malis. So Khmer.


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 Pub Street.

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I did it! #365grateful challenge completed.

Starting off, over one year ago…

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:

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

Hey, I’m on holiday! I don’t want to get sick! [Angkor Heart Bungalows, Siem Reap, Cambodia 2017]

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 regular thing.

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Do you have to be anti-social to be an artist?

Ever since I moved to Siem Reap I’ve been fairly anti-social. That is to say, whenever I’ve been asked to be part of a group, an outing or even a casual meal, I’ve thought about it a great deal because: 1) I’m such a homebody, and 2) I’m working on my second memoir.

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Chiang Mai versus Siem Reap: an expat weighs in

Chiang Mai ,Thailand (L) versus Siem Reap, Cambodia (R) roads.

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 cities rather than countries.

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