Kep: the Crab Capital of Cambodia

When thinking about what represents Cambodia, seafood doesn’t often top the list. Angkor Wat, tuk tuks, dusty roads, amok, Siem Reap, Khmer Rouge, poverty, orphanages are probably what most people think of. But the seafood on offer, especially down in the southern region of Kep is sensational, particularly for those who are willing to get their hands dirty with crab, prawns or clams.

Read More »

Posted in Planning, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment
Click here to see more sharing options. |

Recipe: Stuffed Squid

One of the excellent things about being in Cambodia and living opposite a local market is the access to super fresh food every day. On any day I can wander across the road in the morning, collect any ingredients I might want for the day or evening meal, hand over a small amount of cash and go on my merry way. I will definitely miss this aspect of Cambodia when we leave!

Read More »

Posted in Cooking | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment
Click here to see more sharing options. |

Olympic Stadium Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is sadly devoid of the leafy parks, sports fields and open areas that we are so used to back home. The main park areas near the Independence Monument, Vietnam Monument, Wat Phnom, Royal Palace and Riverside are surrounded by busy roads which makes exercise and picnic-ing not the nicest experiences.  Koh Pich (Diamond Island) is another local haunt of open areas that unfortunately is also devoid of trees so is really just a concrete jungle.

Read More »

Posted in Planning, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment
Click here to see more sharing options. |

Cambodia – Still developing

RobertoSerrini

Director Roberto Serrini created an incredibly moving piece of footage about Cambodia that was taken using a GoPro and a DJI Phantom drone. The resulting piece of work is a beautiful collection of people, farmland, homes and communities that show what Cambodia is like beyond the confines of the tourist spots of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Check it out here.

Read More »

Posted in Travel | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment
Click here to see more sharing options. |

9 Month in the Penh

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALife in general is coming along really well here, despite some of the political and social instability that has been going on the past few months. This has had some impact on our lives but not anything that is cause for concern! We are now used to the razor-wire barricades that are still around the city, and the guys with AK-47′s under their arms don’t even register any more…That makes Cambodia sound like a bit of a police state or war zone, but it is far far from that! We just happen to live in a country with a paranoid (and weathly) ruler who likes to show his “strengths” through intimidation…oh the fun!

Read More »

Posted in Planning, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment
Click here to see more sharing options. |

Review: Yeon Ga Korean Restaurant

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKorean food is something that I have come to really enjoy of late, which is funny considering Sydney is a bit of a hub of Korean food activity not Phnom Penh! But despite this, Mick and I live just around the corner from our own little “Korea-town” on Sotheros Blvd. Amongst the massage parlors, karaoke bars and hotels, there are some absolute gems such as Yeon Ga.

Read More »

Posted in Dining Out, Review | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment
Click here to see more sharing options. |

Review: Sofitel Phokeethra Christmas Brunch

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This Christmas, Mick and I decided to take the bull by its horns and splurge on a feast at the Sofitel Phokeethra in Phnom Penh. We wanted to experience a buffet of international standard, drink as much wine as we could fit in our bellies and have a grand old time with our friends while we were away from our families. This was an excellent choice!

Christmas in Cambodia is not a big deal, unless you go to visit expat shops such as the local supermarket, gourmet shops or gift places. The rest of the country runs as normal as this Christian celebration isn’t anything to talk about. The expat sector is well catered for though with tinsel and trees and shortbread and ferrero rocher chocolates available at inflated prices in your shopping malls and supermarkets. Some places are getting into the spirit however with apartment buildings featuring giant snow-globes with santa and his sleigh inside, christmas lights adorning tuk-tuks and beer company banners with santa hats on street corners.

Read More »

Posted in Dining Out, Review | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments
Click here to see more sharing options. |

Breakfast Pork & Rice

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALiving in Asia definitely takes some getting used to and for some, its not as easy to get used to certain aspects such as street pissing, sugary bread, offal in soup. Breakfast is probably the hardest meal to adapt to, with many people struggling to down a plate of fried rice or noodle soup first thing in the morning. In the west our breakfasts usually consist of bread, fruit, eggs, cereal and on weekends a special brunch with all the trimmings such as bacon, bernaise sauce and chorizo thrown in.

Read More »

Posted in Dining Out | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment
Click here to see more sharing options. |

Christmas In Phnom Penh

Spending Christmas in an Asian country like Cambodia has its perks and its downfalls. For one, you escape months of the hype that the shops, media, tv and every friend or acquaintance you have is spreading thickly about Christmas. Early shopping, late shopping, food shopping, everything shopping! Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of shopping, but the months of hype is enough to turn you spare. On the flipside, spending it here you forget that its coming up and usually at the last minute you decide that you probably should do something for it – have lunch, dinner…have a tree? tinsel?

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas cheer that is going around in Phnom Penh – from the giant inflatable santa that has been up outside our local convenience store for a month, to the giant snow-dome outside an apartment block to the Tiger Beer Christmas tree that is up in the local supermarket. Some places have gone all out for it despite the fact that its not a celebrated holiday here and everyone will be working as usual.

Read More »

Posted in Dining Out, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment
Click here to see more sharing options. |

One Day in Singapore

Mick and I recently headed back to Australia to visit friends and family, but more importantly to be part of the wedding celebrations for my sister (Yay! Pip! Yay Danny!). We had a really great time back in Australia, seeing friends, eating delicious lamb, napping in comfy beds, hanging out with Mum’s, spending time at the casino (aka. bowling club), driving in a car, drinking cider and many other things. The wedding was really lovely and romantic, not too many dramas (lets not include the busted floor in the lodge in this email) and great food.  Here’s to Pip and Danny having a long and loving marriage <3 /clinks glasses

Read More »

Posted in Dining Out, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment
Click here to see more sharing options. |