Category Archives: The Weekend Break

Phnom Penh: Staycation in Aquarius Urban Hotel

  A weekend away, but still in the city.  It had been awhile since we left Phnom Penh to go anywhere, especially after the incident which left me passport-less for a bit.  I was restless, wanting to see or experience ...

Kampot: An Eco Outdoor Trip

  Starting the day to Kampot before dawn This would have been my second trip to Kampot, except that it was with a different group of friends. We were connected with Adam, a Cambodian-Muslim, through work and he had invited ...

Phnom Penh : Walking with Khmer Achitecture Tours

Khmer Architecture Tour

  About Khmer Architecture Tours (KA Tours). KA Tours conducts architectural tours in Phnom Penh in order to promote understanding of modern architecture in Cambodia. The tours focus on buildings erected after Cambodia’s independence in 1953, described as ‘New Khmer ...

An Expensive Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

  An hour away from Bangkok city.  One of the reasons why I came back to Bangkok is to visit a floating market which is popular in Thailand. We rented a car with Mr. Yo (again) as our driver who ...

Phnom Penh: On The Boat, a Future Art Museum.

  All about The Boat project.  At the last minute, we had the opportunity to join the complimentary visit to The Boat, a project that was originally abandoned by a hotelier. Our host for the day was Alexis De Suremain (Founding ...

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 ...

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 ...

Road Trip Selangor: Mah Meri Ancestral Celebration

  Road trip weekend to Carey Island. The Mahmeri tribe can be found on an island located in Selangor. From Kuala Lumpur, it takes about an hour to reach Klang town and then another 30 or so to Carey Island. ...

Tini Tinou International Circus Festival 2015

  The Tini Tinou Circus is in town! When Bart saw the event post online that the circus would be in town, we jumped at the chance to see their performance. We’ve heard of the Cambodian circus troupe who was mostly ...

Cambodia Urban Art Festival

  Bringing Urban Art To Phnom Penh. Oh no, not another Urban Art post! It seems April is a month of murals and graffiti discovery including the ones featured at the recent Cambodia Urban Art Festival. I had missed out ...

Obsessed: Street Art in Phnom Penh.

  Boeng Kak Lake used to be a beautiful fishing village place in the heart of Phnom Penh. I’ve come to know about this because I often cross the area during my ride to the old office. It was then ...

Phnom Penh Photo Festival 2015

  Attending the opening ceremony of Phnom Penh Photo Festival 2015.  I saw the Phnom Penh Photo Festival 2015 announcement in the Expat FB page and was happy that I was able to attend it this year. The festival was hosted ...

My Favorite Part of Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans.

When in Rome see the Colloseum and when in the Netherlands, see the windmills! This was our main destination when returning to Amsterdam and we made sure we had a lot more time for sightseeing in this city as well ...

Happy New Year from Cambodia!

  Suo sdey charm thmey! Happy New Year from the Kingdom of Wonder, our first time celebrating it abroad and with new found friends. It has been a quiet week here at work since we’re busy with year end events. ...

My First Khmer Wedding Dinner Experience

The invitation. I’ve been seeing a lot of local weddings here in the city and secretly wanting the opportunity to attend one. So when my colleague placed a red invitation card on my desk I was excited and happy to ...

Experiencing Muay Thai in Patong Stadium Gym, Phuket

  There are other ways to release all that pent anger though and this often reminds me of one of the company trips we had last year, to Phuket, Thailand. On those rare occasional days, I’ll feel like punching something out ...

Trivia In The Garden: Night Out in Phnom Penh

  Trivia in the Garden happens every Wednesday night from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Willow Boutique hotel near the Independence Monument. The one hour event is centered around a series of trivia questions which would be asked by the ...

Cambodia Chameleon: The Types Of Tuk Tuk Drivers You’ll Meet

From the first day we came here we have met with different types of tuk tuk driver who have been fetching tourists and locals to their destinations daily. Even until today we’re still struggling a bit with our current tuk tuk guy who ...

Road Trip: The Shadow Play Master (Wayang Kulit Pak Dain)

I’ve always been fascinated with the traditional cultural play of wayang kulit, otherwise known as shadow play. Meeting Pak Dain, the owner of the Kelantan Malay Traditional Shadow Play Gallery in Palekbang for the first time was so exciting. It ...

A Kelantan Travelogue – The Local Lingo

Alas, I woke up early on Eid Al-Adha as soon as dawn hit the curtains, packed my things and head downstairs for the best home made macaroni soup ever. The Yahya’s hospitality has been so wonderful and I felt spoiled ...

#TSDayOut to Amazing Race FRIM

I have always wanted to join the Amazing Race ever since they opened it up to Asia and when Tourism Selangor announced this event for the March 2013, I was jumping with joy! I was so excited that I signed ...

Walking in On Ukulele Malaya

I wasn’t really sure how to begin this story because it was all a coincidence. My friend Sue (I have been hanging out a lot with her lately) bought herself an Ukulele two weeks ago online and I remembered asking her ...