Cambodia, Fashion, Phnom Penh

Shop Girl. April 26, 2013.

Fancy pat

An unrelated picture of a baked potato guinea pig.


If you’re taking a visit or landing down for some expat life, I can only assume you’ve done your online search for places to shop. If not, don’t expect h&m, Sephora, and Saks. Instead, be greeted with numerous markets full of character, unfamiliar smells, and cramped spaces and the most oddly laid out malls you’ve ever seen along with a few awesome boutiques.

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Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Travel

Move to Cambodia.

Planning things is important to me. I really like lists, of the shopping and to-do variety in particular, and I feel like I’m missing an extremity when I don’t have my planner (paper! oldschool!) at hand. So when I decided firmly that I wanted to move to Cambodia, I spent hours online searching for blogs (Dear Lady Expat) and resources that would help me plan as much as possible for my future expat life to be.

Move to Cambodia

I now know that its a bit ridiculous to try to understand the life you may lead across the world and that all the knowledge gleaned doesn’t really make all that big of a difference once you’re there. However, it would have given me some peace of mind if I had been a little more sleuth savvy and found Move to Cambodia by Lina Goldberg.

This read, a perfect 200 pages, is the expat’s field guide to life in Cambodia. Whether giving a detailed yet interesting overview of Khmer history and culture or helping give an idea about cost of living, Move to Cambodia should be the number one purchase item for anyone interested in picking up from their current lives and exploring life in the Kingdom of Wonder.

Now if only I could get some of my best friends to move out here…

Order a copy on Amazon for only $11.66 or pop it onto your Kindle for a steal at $6.99.

Personal, United States

Mills. April 24, 2013.

Glen & Amanda Miller's Wedding, 2012.

The heavy, unrelenting rain accompanied by the low rumble of thunder reminded me of a time not that long ago, but feels like years past.

My first week in Cambodia in the lush hills of Mondolkiri, I fell asleep reading, swathed in mosquito net in bungalows to the same constant growl and the familiar staccato sound of raindrops against the rooftop. Last night I listened to the rain, somewhat masked by the hum of my floor fan from inside my apartment and bundled in soft cotton. As I lay quietly listening to the nostalgic lullaby I thought of my closest friend, Brooke Miller.

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Cambodia, Fashion, Food, Personal, Phnom Penh, Travel

BKK. April 18, 2013.

Thai Ronnie and Me. Looking bossy.

Thai Ronnie and Me. Looking bossy.

I’ve mentioned before that I am generally not very good with vacations.

I am, however, excellent at shopping. This most recent holiday to Bangkok met somewhere in the middle.

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Snack Attack.

It’s been a hot minute since I last posted on my favorite spots in Phnom Penh. Although the pool generally stays small, there are always new places opening up, improving their crafts, and offering fresh options. I remember when I first decided to move and the numerous questions I had. Although I knew the city had a vibrant nightlife, a multitude of dining options, and plenty of bars to sip at it was difficult to know exactly where the desirable places would be.

While Cambodia Pocket Guide and Door2Door certainly helped, I was disappointed in the lack of blogs sharing information about the local gems. Maybe this will reach a questioning soul somewhere off in the wild West or one of my pals back home who have been saying they’ll come visit.

Post note: after writing the post, I found the entire thing to be about food. So there you have it.

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