Signs, signs: Shoes off

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 3, Expat Life, food, Signs, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 0 comments

signs, signs take your shoes off

It is considered polite and respectful to the host to take your shoes off when entering somebody’s house in Cambodia. This etiquette also extends to some local establishments. The sign above was from the Epic Arts Cafe in Kampot province. Epic Arts Cafe is run by differently-abled persons through the support of Epic Arts UK/Cambodia.

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My husband and I always visit Epic Arts Cafe whenever we visit Kampot. They serve plenty delicious sandwiches, cakes and local fares and also the beverages. Great place to go and proceeds go to a great cause — supporting programs geared for those with physical and learning disabilities.

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Wordless Wednesday: It’s all about budgeting

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 3, Expat Life | 0 comments

I shop for food only twice a week and buy only the veggies and other food items that I know. So, last Monday, these were what I had in my basket, with a US$15 budget:

Here's what US $15 can buy you at one of Cambodia's small public markets.

Stretching $15 budget at the local market is quiet a feat.

 

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Our World Tuesday: Fruits

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 3, Expat Life, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 2 comments

The colours are so inviting!

tropical fruits

These are some of the tropical fruits found in local markets – durian, rambutan, banana, longgan, sapodilla, snake fruit, local lychee, and mango. Imported fruits like apples and oranges are also sold side by side these tropical fruits.

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Monday Mellow Yellows: Beehive

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 3, Expat Life, sights, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 2 comments

Found something odd – my guess is that this is a beehive-shaped room fronting a coffee shop. Through the glass door that you see on the right side, I could see that it is air-conditioned and a plush half moon-shaped sofa. Must be a special room for Bee-IPs, hah.

I’m not Bee-IP enough to be in this room, methinks.

But take note, there is an electric fan to the left, partially hidden from view.

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Throwback Photo

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015 in All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Expat Life, That's My World, transportation, What's On in Cambodia | 0 comments

Look how pretty Mao Vy is while I looked like a plain Jane next to her.

Look how pretty Mao Vy is while I looked like a plain Jane next to her.

I was arranging my digital photo albums the other day when I came across this picture.

This was taken a few years ago. On a cyclo was my former colleague Mao Vy and I. If I remember it corrrectly, it was after work and we were were on our way to the wedding reception of our officemate in one of the restaurants at the riverside.

It is common that friends and colleagues of the bride and groom are invited only to the reception, which is only fair enough as the ceremony is very long and has several rituals. The wedding ceremony begins very early in the morning and lasts till the late night dancing during the reception.

When we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by the newly-wed couple with their bridesmaids and groomsmen with a sompeah in their dazzling costumes. The bridesmaids handed us some cute figurines and realised that we received the wedding favours were were handed to us. I smiled at the bride who thanked me in return. The bride, who was a volunteer at the office, asked me before about getting these and I told her to check out wedding guest favors at FavorWarehouse.com and many other online shops for ideas. Which she did as she got some really cute stuff.

At the dining hall, I was surprised. The women, especially, were dressed fancily. Heavy make up. Big hair. The more sparkles they wear, the better. And I felt so scruffy for wearing my office clothes. Hah.

 

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Sky-watch Friday: Off to work

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 3, That's My World, travel, What's On in Cambodia | 3 comments

See you this weekend, Kep.

Cambodian fishermen and squid-jiggers

The fishermen are on their way to work. And their workplace is this wide expanse of the Gulf of Thailand.

We’re off to another road trip down the southern coast of Cambodia, to Kep province where the seafood are fresh and plenty and the town is quiet and laidback.

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Signs, signs: Favourite love story

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 3, Expat Life | 3 comments

Saw this sign at the entrance gate of a local coffee shop somewhere in Boeungkengkang area. My good friend Lui-in-Penh decided to try this quirky coffee shop after our lunchdate. We were greeted by this lovely sign.

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Sweet. What’s yours?

It’s just unfortunate that the sign was placed beside a trash bag, a sore sight that left a not so pleasant impression to a first-time customer, that’s me. Why would a trash bag be placed at the entrance? I have no idea.

However, inside the coffee shop was lovely! I was impressed.  I didn’t take a lot of photos inside but the interior was something that’s out of the pages of a magazine, so cute and cosy.

It's a nice place to hang out.

It’s a nice place to hang out.

Don’t you agree?

I hope the management realises this and moves their trash somewhere that’s not conspicuous.

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