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australia.

Mark and Anna, Sept. 30//Oct. 1

I keep waking up in the middle of the night. Sometimes from the acid ravaging my esophagus from some annoying ailment, sometimes from the jet lag that sits heavy on my eyelids at two in the afternoon and pries them awake at four in the morning. I tell myself that first thing in the morning, I will finally compile all of the golden thoughts and sparkling experiences- and predictably, this will vanishes as soon as the sun’s morning rays streak through the window. But after fingers fluttering around my neck and keyboard and apartment for several days, it’s time to write of the past two weeks. My past two weeks in Australia. Our past two weeks in Australia.

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Whirlwind.

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Layers of ugliness and masterpiece.

It has been 13 days since soaring into the air towards Phnom Penh, Cambodia and two full back home, in Washington- in Tacoma, That Quiet Little Mountain Town. The amount of breaths, thoughts, experiences…stuff… that has happened in these past two weeks: in the world, in America, in my heart: vast. I am exhausted, fatigued to the bone and only able to process scraps at a time, little scintilla of memories as my mind rests and wanders, wakes and tremors.

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Xiao long bao.

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Writing today from Gate B9 in Taipei, waiting for a plane to- you guessed it- Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I’ve spent the past few weeks back in Washington making sure life still exists there (it does, and it’s thriving) and making some connections for work which has been rather exciting.

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Sharing “a.hä”

Photo Credit: Nataly Lee

Photo Credit: Nataly Lee

The times are few nowadays when I can or want to sit down and look at the same photos repeatedly- especially if they’re of places, people, or things I see recurring in my day to day.

I do cherish going through old photos of friends and family, I always have. As a little girl and to this day, would sit with the thickly bound photo albums my mother so carefully crafted and kept throughout my sister and my childhoods to reminisce and create stories and simply be back in each moment, whether in Albania with my skinny cat, gathering sticks at the Oregon Coast, or placing a set of Minnie Mouse ears atop my dad’s head.

A few years ago, I was a tumblr fanatic- looking, posting, reblogging, looking more- into the wee hours of the morning. Now, I prefer to scribble and plan and write and sleep. However, when Nataly Lee launched her photo blog today- I was enthralled by the stories she managed to tell through the lens. She brought the viewer in, and wouldn’t let them go. Each detail, each soft nuance- makes me want to go back and look one more time…just in case I missed anything.

Visit her page, a.hä! for whimsical yet rich photos, bound to pull you in to a world you may just have skipped over.

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DNAK Square.

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If a deli or grocer sells meat- and quality, rich, well cured meat at that- I will be a loyal patron.

I had my first experience at DNAK Square for the first time last night and was extremely and pleasantly surprised.

Even the exterior aesthetic is impressive with a covered outdoor patio, reminiscent of the tropics in Thailand with details down to the rope wrapped around the banisters and lit up in BKK, DNAK Square shines brightly atop a modern and somewhat eerily familiar building.

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The Common Tiger.

Ever changing quotes in the menu.

Ever changing quotes in the menu.

After imbibing in a smorgasbord of exquisite cuisine, it’s very safe to say The Common Tiger is anything but common. From my experience, it was extraordinary.

When meeting Timothy and Christina, the owners of The Common Tiger, they seem much like oil and vinegar; very different but together create the perfect combination. Timothy is a busy bee, always on his feet and running about to find the best of what’s the on the menu. Christina is laid back, soothing, yet full of warmth and life.

I had the pleasure of lunching at The Common Tiger with my friend and co-worker, Lyda, last Thursday. Part business, all delicious- it was definitely one of the favorable perks of my job.

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“The city’s top 30 dining deals for budget gourmands”

ILLUSTRATION by DAVID PINHO

ILLUSTRATION by DAVID PINHO

My friend Chad sent me this link this morning to The Phnom Penh Post’s 7 Days section of their site for “The city’s top 30 dining deals for budget gourmands” , saying it “seems up your alley“, which he was indeed correct about.

The title of the post speaks for itself, but it’s a long list of delectable spots to check out when your purse strings are tight-or when you just feel like doing a little exploring outside of your favorite haunts.

I’ve only managed 13 of the spots on the line-up-but with the help of this little beaut of a guide I’ve got my eyes set on some Chive Cakes on Street 178.

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Siem Reap. August 4, 2013.

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I had the enjoyment of spending a few days this past week with friends (Jesse, Ritchie, Duncan, Steve, newly friended Eric and a few Scottish gals whose names I unfortunately don’t remember) and family (mom and Rachel)  in Siem Reap. Full of relaxation, naps, entertainment, loads of good food, and several Indiana Jones-like tuk tuk rides: it was a weekend away to be remembered.

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