Skywatch Friday: Sunset over Kep

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 3, Expat Life, That's My World, travel, What's On in Cambodia | 1 comment

Sunset in Kep Cambodia

Watching the sun disappear in the horizon. Kep has, arguably, the best sunsets in the whole of Cambodia.

Photo taken from the upper floor of Kep Lodge’s restaurant.
Kep (facing the Gulf of Thailand), Cambodia

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Signs, signs: Par(k)ing

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 3, Expat Life, Signs of Times, That's My World, travel, What's On in Cambodia | 2 comments

I’m back in Signs, signs again :) Please excuse the long absence.

I tried to return earlier – many attempts actually – but to no avail. I was asked to temporarily replace an office staff, at a friend’s workplace. The staff was on a maternity leave and I was glad, of course, to accept it. It was an admin position and, by golly, was very challenging! The position I took entailed a jane-of-all-trades sort of tasks. From the required extensive admin and office support services (including canvassing cheap recorders and such), Internet research skills was also a must.

Anyhoo, after the short-term job placement, my husband and I embarked on a road trip (motorbike) to Kep for the Khmer New Year Holiday last month. Upon arriving at our hotel, this sign greeted us:

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You know what it means.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Abandoned church

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 3, Expat Life, That's My World, travel, What's On in Cambodia | 0 comments

Old church built by the French at Bokor Hill Station

An old abandoned Catholic found in Bokor hill station.

One of the exciting things we did during the Khmer New Year holiday was go on a road trip to Kampot, to the popular Bokor Hill station. There we saw this old church that stands by the road, the image is eerie and haunting. More about this church in the following posts.

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Our World Tuesday: Ruins of Bokor Palace Hotel

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

We celebrated the Khmer New Year in the coastal town of Kep, located down south of the country. The highlight of our holiday was a side-trip to neighbouring town, Kampot.

Kampot is a sleepy fishing town. It is small but the streets are wide and a bit dusty. It is the jump off base to the popular Bokor Hill Station up in Bokor Mountain where the popular ruins of an old French hotel and casino, Bokor Palace Hotel and Casino, is located. I was excited to go see the ruins for the first time but I was disappointed when I found this:

Bokor Palace Hotel

Do you feel what I feel, too? It used to be like this:

Photo by Mark Roy via Flickr.

The before-renovation photo was eerily beautiful; brooding and menacing at the same time that it was a fav destination for exploration by foreign visitors as well as ghost hunters. Some genius had the idea of renovating/refurbishing the hotel — and the result is the ugly, grey thingie that you see on the top-most photo.  I’m sure it was called a ruin for a reason :(

For more details about the ruins, you can read about it in my other blog, Sreisaat Adventures.

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Monday Mellow Yellows: Consumer goods

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 3, Expat Life | 2 comments

I always go to local markets for our food supplies and, I tell you, it’s chaotic and noisy and it’s so easy to get caught in things when there’s so many things screaming for your attention.

And this is one shop that sells dry goods – from seasonings (soy, oyster, chilli sauces), cooking oils, the pungent fish sauce, dishwashing liquid, laundry powder and bath soaps as well as mature coconuts – all piled together!

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All the goods, from cooking to bathroom products, are arranged neatly. Some of the food stuff are put beside laundry products though.

 

After many years of living in Cambodia, I’ve learned how to navigate the public markets. I’ve also became familiar with the products, their packaging and multi-lingual labels.

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Our World Tuesday: Piece of heaven

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cycle 3, That's My World, travel, What's On in Cambodia | 1 comment

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Watching the sun go down.

Celebrating Khmer New Year in the southern beachtown of Kep.

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Monday Mellow Yellows: Ready-to-wear clothes

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cycle 3, That's My World, What's On in Cambodia | 2 comments

Hello, I’m back! I wasn’t planning on a long blog hiatus but there you go… I just did.
Now that I’m here again, I would try to make up for the lost time.

Here’s my Monday Mellow Yellows entry for this week:

Tshirts galore, available at Psah Thmey (Central Market).

Tshirts galore, available at Psah Thmey (Central Market).

I just happened to pass by and these brightly-coloured merchandise caught my eye. Most of the shirts actually have good quality similar to those sold in air-conditioned shops, but are way cheaper!

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