Author Archives: fienuts

Phnom Penh: Rubber Stamping Class with Now.HerePP

  An art studio with a purpose. “N O W H E R E” (pronounced Now.Here) is an independent art studio in Phnom Penh founded by artists Lolli Park (South Korea) and Syahrulfikri Salleh (Malaysia). They recently opened this creative ...

Safari World and My Last Elephant Ride.

  Where animals roam just outside the city.  During the taxi ride to Safari World, we chatted with our driver, Mr. Yo and asked him if the place was still in good condition and whether the animals were taken care ...

Bangkok: Inside the Erawan Museum.

  Erawan the “Fighting Elephant”.  The elephant is a significant character in Thailand as it can be seen in souvenirs, shrines and even a dedicated museum. Erawan is better known as Airavata, the “Fighting elephant” carrying the Hindu God Indra. ...

The Sunflower Fields of Lopburi.

  We got the season right this time.  The sunflower fields in Lopburi only blooms end of the year (November – January) in Lopburi, a province that’s 3 hours away by train. I was concerned about bringing the parents along ...

Sniffing Flowers At Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market).

  How To Get There.  I arrived in Bangkok with such high spirits because I’ll be meeting my parents and sister for the week long holidays. I haven’t been back to Kuala Lumpur and couldn’t pass up this chance to ...

Blogging for 2016.

  I’ve come to realize that blogging is hard work. It requires a lot of attention to details, planning, research, creative thinking which is parallel with my day job that I should be able to do this with ease. I ...

A Long Bus Ride To Saigon.

  Another long holiday.  The Water Festival (or Bon Om Touk) was a three days celebration to mark the end of the rainy season in Tonle Sap. It also meant a long weekend for everyone here and the city would ...

Malaysia: Alternative Places To Visit in Kelantan.

  Road tripping to Kelantan, Malaysia A visit to the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia will bring you to a laidback town of Kota Bharu in the state of Kelantan. This Islamic state has often been overlooked as as tourist ...

Royal Buildings: Istana Jahar of Kelantan

  Visiting the Istana Jahar turned Museum.   Jahar Palace (Istana Jahar) is a well-known landmark in the capital city of Kelantan, on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. A road trip here takes you 6 hours from Kuala Lumpur with ...

UNESCO #15 : Stonehenge, UK

  UNESCO Site #373 says: “Stonehenge and Avebury, in Wiltshire, are among the most famous groups of megaliths in the world. The two sanctuaries consist of circles of menhirs arranged in a pattern whose astronomical significance is still being explored. ...

The Kingdom of Fast Internet Speed

  A developing country with fast internet speed.  If there’s one thing that’s good in Cambodia (besides the heritage and cultural value), is that the internet is super fast compared to what we have back home in Malaysia. Being a ...

Phnom Penh: The Horrific Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

  Be still my heart.  It’s hard to imagine the things that happened during the Khmer Rouge until I stepped foot inside the horrific Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, also known as S-21. This was once a high school where happy students ...

Starting a new kind of Cult: Kafeculture

  Connecting Indie & Coffee Lovers Everywhere.  If you’ve been following my Instagram page (@fienuts), you would probably have seen my latest project which involves a lot of drinking and eating in cafes. First of all, I love coffee and ...

Living Abroad: Cambodia Dreams with dbk Community

  Kids drawing their Cambodia Dreams.  Before the Pchum Benh holidays, Forte Insurance Cambodia had sponsored a drawing contest for the children in the city. It was called the “Cambodian Dreams”, where participants had a chance to come up with ...

Heritage Weekend Hotel Stays In Penang

  One of the Top 10 Cities to visit in 2016.  Recently, the folks at Lonely Planet listed our Penang Island as number 4 on the ‘Best in Travel’ Cities to visit in 2016. Besides being our UNESCO heritage site, Penang ...

JJ Green Vintage Night Market Bangkok

  The night market version of Jatujak Market.  This final market series post is about JJ Green Night Market which is located just beside the large and popularly crowded Jatujak daytime market. We crossed the green park filled with people ...

The Train (Rod Fai) Night Market of Bangkok

  An open-air Train Night Market of retro goods.  I kid you not when I said that the theme of this Bangkok trip is ‘indie market finds’ because that’s exactly what we did while we were here. Well the Train ...

Indie Vibes at Artbox Market Bangkok

  Feeling indie at Artbox Market Bangkok.  If you’ve ever visited Bangkok and are a big fan of the local arts & creative stalls, you’d be sure to know about the weekend Artbox Market. This market is held in a series ...

My First Airbnb Stay in Bangkok

  Trying something new. I must confess that when I signed up for Airbnb a few years back, I never really got into renting out a place from the website. This was merely because I have gotten used to the ...

Travel Spotlight: Erman “Ini Jalan Bapak Aku”

  How I Met Erman.  Erman and I go way back when we were both starting out in a local advertising company. This was 8 years ago. Our friendship has grown leaps and bounds to the point that we have ...

A Khmer Fortune Teller Once Told Me.

  It was because of that darn magazine.  A Khmer fortune teller told me something strange. I was restless one weekend and wanted to get out of the house to see something new in Phnom Penh. So while reading a ...

UNESCO Hunt #14 : The Great Wall of China

  UNESCO Sites #438 says: “In c. 220 B.C. under Qin Shi Huang, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defence system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), when ...