Monday Mellow Yellows: Mickey Mouse Plant

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 4, Expat Life, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 1 comment

Guess what — the mystery of this unknown plant in my garden has finally been unraveled when it flowered over the Khmer New Year for the first time in years. I got excited! So my husband and I had to Google search and found out it is called the Mickey Mouse plant. Ha. I know, I know this bright and pretty yellow flower doesn’t resemble Mickey Mouse at all, at least the ones that came out from my plants.

Vietnamese Mickey Mouse plant, Ochna serrulata.

This is widely popular in Vietnam, especially during the celebration of Tet, or the Vietnamese New Year. They are most sought after around this time due to the belief that this plant brings in good luck and prosperity. To know more about this and why it’s called the Mickey Mouse plant, please check this link.

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Monday Mellow Yellows: Cacti

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 4, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 1 comment

What a pretty sight! I don’t have any luck growing them though.

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Monday Mellow Yellows: Post box

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 4, Expat Life, sights, Signs of Times, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 2 comments

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I wonder if this yellow postbox has a different lease rate compared to the regular wooden boxes (partially seen) like mine.

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Our World Tuesday: Ruins

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 4, Expat Life, That's My World, travel, What's On in Cambodia | 3 comments

Millions of visitors flock to Cambodia to see the world-renowned Angkor Wat. Expect the Big Three temples – Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, and Ta Prohm – to be overcrowded. Unknown to many, there are other temples that are not in most tour itineraries, like this one:

A lesser-known temple inside Angkor Wat archaeological complex in Siem Reap.

A lesser-known temple inside Angkor Wat archaeological complex in Siem Reap.

The name of the temple escapes me now (will post the name as soon as I find my notes). It is not well-known as it is often left off the routes of arranged tours. It is just a small temple with some parts were partially collapsed and other areas  in relatively good condition. However, at the time of our visit, it was closed for restoration work (hence the fences) and we could only see the facade but not inside the temple. As you can see, there was nobody else in sight when we visited (just me and my husband).

Update: The temple is called Baphuon, a three-tiered temple dedicated to Shiva and is “next door” to Bayon Temple. Both temples are found inside Angkor Thom.

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Monday Mellow Yellows: Vishnu monument

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, Cycle 4, Expat Life, That's My World, travel | 1 comment

statue of Vishnu and his avatar turtle Kurma at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok

The monument of Vishnu and his avatar turtle Kurma (below him) attracts the attention of travellers inside Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. On the left and right sides of Vishnu (cropped out of the frame) are the asuras and devas.

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Skywatch Friday: Tower crane

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 4, Expat Life, That's My World, travel, What's On in Cambodia | 1 comment

tower crane

This was taken last year, if I am not mistaken. A cloudy sky served as the background to this giant tower crane I passed by along the Chroy Changvar bridge in Phnom Penh.

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Signs, signs: Crab

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 4, Expat Life, That's My World, travel, What's On in Cambodia | 2 comments

giant crab sign in Kep

This giant crab sign welcomes you to the beachtown of Kep in the southern coast of Cambodia. It is beckoning visitors to enjoy its laidback and chill atmospher, to partake of its bountiful seafoods.

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