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Skywatch Friday: Cloudless

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, Cambodia life, Cycle 4, Expat Life, That's My World, travel, What's On in Cambodia | 4 comments

skywatch friday cloudless sky in kep

A boat cruises along the coast of Kep in southern Cambodia. The islet in the background (right side of the photo) is very visible on this good weather and it, according to locals, belongs to Vietnam.

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Signs, signs: Looking for a locksmith?

Posted by on Feb 25, 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 | 5 comments

I have this thing, a fascination, for traditional handmade signs in Cambodia. So naturally, I had to take a photo of this roadside sign while on a road trip with my husband.

A locally-(hand)made sign. Signs like this are common in rural Cambodia. The can on top of the sign is an incense stick-holder.

A locally-(hand)made sign. Signs like this are common in rural Cambodia. The can on top of the sign is an incense stick-holder.

Look at the intricately painted Khmer script. It’s  For non-Khmer speakers, don’t fret. There’s a drawing (of a key) enough for us to imagine what the sign is all about.

Handmade Cambodian signs are unique but, sadly, they are slowly disappearing now that big advertising firms churning “modern” images have mushroomed in the country 🙁

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Our World Tuesday: Kampot riverside

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, Cycle 4, Expat Life, That's My World, travel | 1 comment

During the Chinese New Year, my husband and I drove to Kampot for a daytrip. Kampot is a sleepy town in the southern coast of Cambodia. It has the kind of sleepiness that lure a city-dweller to its small-town and chill atmosphere.

My husband and I left Phnom Penh very early in the morning and arrived in Kampot around 10am. It was cold (perhaps below 15C) early morning and it was breezy all the way through. Hagrid, our Honda motorbike, was running smoothly.

The weather was actually very pleasant and great for a motorbike ride around Kampot town and Kep. A trip to these towns wouldn’t be complete without a meal at our favourite Espresso Cafe and Kim Ly’s restaurant.

This is one of our favourite spots in Kampot – the promenade at the riverside. We chanced upon these floating in the water:

our world tuesday Kampot riverside

Kampot riverside view.

In the background you can see the outline of Phnom Bokor (Bokor Mountain) and the new bridge in the middle-ground. In the foreground are “floats” in the shape of rumdul, Cambodia’s national flower.

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Our World Tuesday: Rainy

Posted by on Jul 21, 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 | 2 comments

The wet season is upon us once again!

Kep, Cambodia

Photo taken at Psah Kdam (Crab Market)
Kep, Cambodia

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Skywatch Friday: Dreary

Posted by on Jul 17, 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 | 2 comments

Psah Kdam (Crab Market) Kep, Cambodia

Psah Kdam (Crab Market)
Kep, Cambodia

To be honest, I kinda like this weather. I call it the lazy weather – it’s wet outside and cold (but not as cold as experienced in the West)- and a very good excuse to stay in bed, with a book to read on one hand and warm chocolate beverage on the other to give me warmth. This is the very reason why, when I was younger, my dad coined me another nickname, the snake, lol.

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Signs, signs: Inclusivity

Posted by on Jul 16, 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 | 2 comments

"Make every person count."

Epic Arts in Cambodia works to change people’s attitude towards disability and encourage the belief that every person counts.

A month ago, my husband and I visited Kampot. During this time, we had breakfast at our favourite cafe. Since it was early and there were not many customers yet, I had a chance to go up and check out the second floor (first floor, for the locals) and was really amazed at the things I found there. Above is one of the signs that decorate the interiors of Epic Arts Cafe in Kampot.

This is the second floor of Epic Arts Cafe. I've been there many times but this was the first time I've checked it out and took photos because it's always full of customers prior to this visit.

This is the second floor of Epic Arts Cafe. I’ve been there many times but this was the first time I’ve checked it out and took photos because it’s always full of customers prior to this visit.

Chok-full of Goodness. Chok is a young man with Down syndrome and the artwork on the left is his self-portrait.

Chok-full of Goodness. Chok is a young man with Down syndrome and the artwork on the left is his self-portrait.

Epic Arts Cafe is a project of Epic Arts with the aim of providing opportunities for people with disabilities to work as well as a place to hang-out.  The cafe also houses a little shop showcasing the many artworks of the many young disabled people in their Arts Centre. It is one of the popular spots especially for foreign visitors in Kampot and it stands proudly as a model for an inclusive working environment in the community.

 

 

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