Born and raised in Washington with a penchant for all things soft with my heart on my sleeve but a book hard to read.


I realize I hadn’t updated my ‘About’ section since I lived in Phnom Penh. I can’t bring myself to delete, so an update will have to do. I’m back stateside, trying to figure things out day at a time. 

I first started Mischke Business as an outlet to share my travel adventures and experiences as an expat in Cambodia, believing my time here would be short lived and that-well, I would have many adventures. It turns out that after a year and a half, I’m still here in Phnom Penh and not one bit ready to head back to the states.

The adventures I had planned on writing about are not full of monkeys, elephants, trekking, leeches (of the Annelida family at least), or temple runs- but rather of daily life and the experiences I have with people, work, bathroom runs and the ins and outs I would likely be facing anywhere else in the world.

I’m happy you found my blog, whether through shameless self-promotion, a link from a friend’s site, or just scanning the internet; welcome to my business.

A little more about me in disconnected, short sentences.

Hermit at heart.

Short fuse, burning all the time.

Creature of habit.

Feline enthusiast.

Editor in cheese.

Constant snacker & die-hard meat eater.


Girlfriend from Tacoma, you know, it’s serious. (also The Smiths lover)

Cheeseburger connosieur.



  1. How refreshing to read an “about me” section where the author proudly announces she eats cheeseburgers. amen and amen.

  2. Hi,

    I really like your blog. Its unique and different. What kind of topics are you interested in writing about? I work for a startup magazine company and would be interested in having you join our team. We have a 3-4 week deadline for the release of our 1st issue, so we need writers desperately.

    Please contact me tonight or tomorrow if interested. What would your rates be.

    From what I gather by looking at your blog you are into the
    fashion scene
    art scene
    night club scene
    music scene

    Would you be interested in writing about global issues?


  3. Hi Mischke. I enjoy reading your blog. I am also a Phnom Penh ex pat from Seattle. Still working on my own blog to make it a bit more interesting to view. Cheers! Amazing portrait fashion shots!

  4. Dear Anna,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Cambodia, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

  5. Dear Anna

    My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in Cambodia and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at joepinzone@leopardusa.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Joe Pinzone
    Casting Producer
    P: 212-231-7716
    Skype: Joefromnyc

  6. Anna,

    First, I want to say I love your blog. Second, your posts about Cambodia have left me feeling ever so nostalgic. Third, keep doing what you are doing. Keep trusting in the life you are living. You are doing great.

    xoxo, Josie.

    1. Josie-
      What a delight to read this. Thank you for taking the time to be kind, to share words of support, and to choose brightness in a world where there is so much dark. You are something special. x

  7. Dear Anna,

    I contact you regarding my email below for an interview for ExpatFinder.com.
    I would like to know if you could complete the attached questionnaire. Like I told you previously, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website and this interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers.

    Best regards,

  8. Hi,

    I recently moved to Phnom Penh so I can relate to a lot of your posts and totally fell in love with your blog. Do you have any advice on places to go, things to see that are not the typical truistic things? Or any advice at all about the city. Also I was wondering if you had any idea of where to get M.A.C products here? I finish my lipstick and I’m dying :(

    Thanks and love love love your blog.

    1. Hi Paulette! Thank you massively for your kind words ✨ I hope some insights (although old) have helped you transition- I miss PP so much. As far as MAC goes, the only truly legitimate place is Western Pharmacy (I know the owner would go on buying trips) as far as I know! Take a gander at my friend Sheila’s blog http://www.phenompenh.com for anything up to date as far as the goings on! Best of luck and maybe one day we’ll connect :)

  9. Hi! I just randomly came across this and as someone who had lived abroad before I can def relate! Keep kicking ass and know that your words mean a lot to even those who don’t have the pleasure to see you or even meet you!

    I loved Cambodia for the short visit when I was there and hope to go back. :)

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