Cambodia Snapshots: Dusk in Kep

It’s been awhile. I guess the universe has been conspiring to keep me away from blogging with too many things happening towards the end of 2016! I don’t do new years resolutions anymore, but if there is one thing I wanted done this January, its to revive this blog. I’ve been fixing up the themes and the back-end plus organizing the galleries. To start off, I have this melancholic photo of Kep sundown. It’s my goodbye to 2016! Previous year hasn’t really been kind to me but I’m grateful for family and friends and the fact that I’m here with …

Processing Vietnam Exit Visa

Losing my passport and ID’s in a street robbery in Ho Chi Minh has been a real nightmare for us. Our 2-day trip has been extended till I can get my Travel Document from the Philippine consulate. I got my Travel Document 4 days after the robbery happened. At this point my frustration and hopelessness was at the all time high! Then came the news that after I secured TD, I had to process exit visa from Vietnam Immigration. I understand this is their rule, I am in their country so I will follow their rule. So I proceeded to …

Processing Travel Document in Lieu of Lost Philippine Passport

If you lost your Philippine passport while you are a tourist in another country, you will need to apply for a Travel Document. You will also need to have the police report authenticated by the Embassy, plus you will need to execute an Affidavit of Loss. Why do you need to do this? The travel document will allow you to travel back to the Philippines without a passport. This is only valid for a one-way travel to Philippines. As for the authenticated Police Report and Affidavit of Loss, you will need this when you reapply for your replacement passport. This …

Vietnam Travel Nightmare

It all started as a 2-day, 1-night Ho Chi Minh trip with a good friend. We were keen to explore craft shops in this city since craft supplies are still lacking in Phnom Penh. So you could say I was very excited. My friend is a keen calligraphy hobbyist and I was interested in exploring and meeting craft suppliers. I was thinking who knows I might just put up a specialized craft supply shop in Phnom Penh. Also, I’ll be honest, I was in a dire need of a break. I was a happy but really tired mama for the …

Cambodia Snapshots: Seven Sea Resort in Kiri Sakor

Absolutely gorgeous, not to mention almost deserted beach in Koh Kong (Kiri Sakor area). Last April we drove with some family and friends over to the area being developed by Chinese companies. They are building golf courses and resorts in the area. They actually built an all new road called Union Road. It was massive but most facilities weren’t finished yet. Click on the photo for a bigger view. But we did find this little resort called Seven Sea. The water was crystal clear, you can actually see lots of fishes swimming about. I’ll post soon about this trip. But …

Baking Supplies in Phnom Penh

I LOVE baking. I make my own breads, pastries and cakes. In fact, from an enjoyable pastime, I managed to make baking now into something that keeps me busy and an income earner. Yes, I have my own baked goodies business, but I’ll talk about that in a separate post. When we moved here almost 8 years ago, I gave up baking for a couple of years coz I found it hard to source baking supplies in Phnom Penh. But I think once you are a ‘baker’ you’d always be one. There are lots of treats that are not easily …

Shopping in Phnom Penh: Le Marche

Phnom Penh really has come a long way. When we first visited in 2004, I remember there was only Big A grocery along Monivong and Pencil Superstore.┬áThose were the places┬áto go for a little ‘Western style’ shopping. And we always took cyclo to go there. Those cyclo rides were one of the most memorable things I’ve done here. These days there are malls, and countless small grocers sprouting all over Phnom Penh. While the malls/shops are yet to be at par with say Bangkok or even Saigon, its nice to see more shopping options around. It’s a good thing to …