Hello, 2016!

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Cambodia life, Expat Life | 0 comments

Well, the new year is here and hopefully I’d be more successful in posting regularly :)

I can’t believe that we are about to end the first month of the year. Whew, time just flew by. So how is everybody? Did you all have a great holiday celebration? Did you get lots of pressies? I know you did 😉

One of my expat-friends here got himself peavey classic 30 (or something similar) for Christmas, something that he’s been longing for a long time. He’s into music production (he’s got gigs with his group and they do a lot of recordings), and boy, this lad couldn’t be more thrilled when his wife surprised him. So we expect more noise, errr, music, I mean, from him in the coming days.

 

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A simple Christmas celebration

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Cambodia life, Expat Life, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 0 comments

It’s the day before Christmas and, just like what we did last year, we will be offline for a few days to celebrate the holidays quietly.

We didn’t put up the Christmas tree, we didn’t make any lists or shop for presents, and we won’t be preparing special treats. Instead, we are going for a simpler, more enjoyable holidays. For the past three years we have avoided the holiday fuss, the mad rush, and the crazy mass-commercialism the holiday season bring, and we intend to do so in the coming years.

Somewhere, someone is wishing for the latest gadget, a luxury-brand bag, or that awesome scott ian music accessory. My husband and I wish to celebrate simply and without much fuss, like enjoying Christmas dinner that we prepared ourselves and have a movie-marathon. Not bad, eh?

Anyways, I wish you all a very merry Christmas. May the new year 2016 be better, brighter and kinder to us and the whole world.

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Our World Tuesday: Statue

Posted by on Nov 10, 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 | 0 comments

Just a random photo I took while visiting a local wat (Buddhist temple) in one of our weekend rides outside Phnom Penh.

Cambodian wats

I don’t know for sure who this man is supposed to represent but he could be representing the many patrons and/or donors of this wat.

Behind the statue of a well-dressed man are images of the Buddha. There were many of them, in different sizes, too.

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Monday Mellow Yellows: The day I woke up in the land of Berk

Posted by on Nov 9, 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

Hello, friends! I’m back online.
Finding a reliable ISP here in Phnom Penh is like a needle in a haystack. That explains the blogging absence, sorry.  Oh, and the holidays that came one after another. Two weeks more and another one week holiday, the Water Festival, will be celebrated in the Kingdom.

Anyhoo, my yellow photos were taken the day before Halloween. The kids in my husband’s class were keen on making something spooky but since Halloween is not celebrated in Cambodia, my husband decided to do a make-a-dragon project instead since the class was reading the story of “How to Train Your Dragon”, anyway. And how the kids jumped gleefully at the idea. Here’s some photos that I took:

paper dragon made by kids

A two-headed dragon with crab pincher-like tails.

paper dragon made by kids

A duck-beaked dragon (top) and a Chinese dragon (bottom).

paper dragon made by kids

A stumpy-legged dragon.

paper dragons made by kids

A three-headed, four-winged dragon.

The kids are so imaginative and creative, aren’t they? Whatever language lessons and ideas they’ve learned from reading the book gets practiced or used via the making of paper dragons. Plus, they are learning handicrafts and problem-solving skills in a fun and engaging way.

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Monday Mellow Yellows: Gold-dusted ornamental plants

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 3, Expat Life, sights | 2 comments

My husband and I were looking for bat-manure for our plants along Phlav Chea Sophara when we passed by rows and rows of this ornamental plants with yellow variegated leaves. From afar, they really look like they’ve been dusted in gold! I don’t know what the name is in English — even the Khmer name is very hard pronounce let alone remember, hahaha. But anyways, I think they are great house plants and gives you a bright and cheery mood.

This beautiful cheery plants can brighten up a room.

This beautiful cheery plants can brighten up a house, or a yard!

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Monday Mellow Yellows: Bell peppers

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, Cambodia life, Cycle 3, Expat Life, food, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 1 comment

Prepping for lunch.

Prepping for lunch.

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Update, update!

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Cambodia life | 0 comments

Sorry, I have been really delinquent with my blogging duties lately. It’s possible you haven’t noticed I’m gone, but still… here I am :)
We had some trying times recently so blogging had to take a backseat while I stood together with family members during this period. Filipino families like ours are very resilient. We can adjust to the situation and slowly but surely overcome the difficult situation. Communication has certainly made it easier for everybody and we are coping fairly well.

In other news, it’s the rainy season. It rains once or twice a week but when it rains, it really pours! Just 30mins of heavy downpour, the whole city is transformed into a water world. And everybody knows what happens when there is so much water in the city.

An old friend who I haven’t heard from for a long time texted me, out of the blue, about a musicians friend phone number. My friend’s daughter wanted to learn how to play the guitar and was egging her to find someone who could teach her. Luckily I still have the number. The girl was just a year old the last time I saw them – and now she’s a 10 year old girl who loves music. Darn, I feel so old.

This is all for now. More stories and photos next week to make up for the lost time :)
Ta-ta.

 

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