Signs, signs: Hiding

Did you see my dog?

Pet Humour Red Dog

Someone didn’t want to be seen.

This was months ago and my dog, Red, was just over two months old.
I was looking for him as I realised it had been quiet so suddenly in the veranda where I let him play. I called him; no Red. I kept on calling him. Over and over. Till I found him here. Called him again but he just wouldn’t budge. I guess someone didn’t want me to find him. Oh well.

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Photo Hunt: Rock

Howdy!
In this week’s Photo Hunt I am reminiscing the time I traveled to Sri Lanka back in 2002. It was work-related but I had this good intention of mixing business and pleasure, so to speak. After the conference ended, I met up with my Sri Lankan friend for a week-long road trip!

One of the most memorable stops we had was a popular tourist attraction in Dambulla.
Rising about 200ms up the amazing green plains of central Sri Lanka is the gigantic, flat-topped rock called Sigiriya. Once a stronghold of Sri Lanka’s rogue King, its extraordinary beauty and historical and cultural significance have made it today a World Heritage Site. Very much like Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, it is the source of national pride of Sri Lankans.

Lonely Planet says it is not only one of the most impressive geological formations in the island-country of Sri Lanka, but also one of its greatest archaeological legacies. You can find more info here.

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Unfortunately, as I have a bad case of vertigo, I did not dare climb up to the top :( Instead, I took pleasure in exploring the royal gardens and lakes at the base of the rock as well as several ancient temple ruins. To this day, I regret not trying. And who wouldn’t be? The thousand-year old (perhaps older!) ceiling frescoes are out of this world and well preserved as if they were just done recently and the view from the top – breath-taking! If given another chance to make another trip – I’d surely re-visit Sigiriya and re-claim what I had missed!

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Wordless Wednesday: Bouquet

Today, the whole Kingdom marks the second death anniversary of the King Father Norodom Sihanouk and there was a big Buddhist ceremony this morning at the Royal Palace with the Queen Mother and King Sihamoni, and joined by PM Hun Sen and the country’s top officials.  A wreath-laying ceremony was also held at the King Father’s statue near the Independence Monument in Norodom Boulevard. Some more ceremonies are also planned later today.

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Although the planned outing today with friends was called off, I am having a nice day at home.

My husband and I had a busy morning going about our chores together and, after lunch, we retreated to our own corners busy with our individual interests. He is tinkering with his school project while I, on the other hand, will soon be binge-watching after posting this photo for this week’s (not-so) Wordless Wednesday :)

Garlic and chives bouquet.

Garlic and chives bouquet.

I just couldn’t resist playing with my “food”!

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Geekery

Oh, hei, look!
I haven’t blogged again. Didn’t you notice? Tee-hee-hee. It seems like forever, I know.

Since deciding to quit my job early this year, I’ve never been busier!
Making the decision to stay at home was lightning fast and the changes that came after were remarkable! Staying at home and taking care of the house and those in it is not a breeze, but I am not complaining.

Cartoon from Les tribulations d'une Aspergirl

Cartoon from Les tribulations d’une Aspergirl

And so when I have glorious times off, it’s always steeped in geekery. I’ve been geeking about pretty much everything – books, TV series, movies, crafting, games and other stuff that keep me away from blogging.

But, no one is interested in the past, so, fast forward to… Wait! Season 4 of the American Horror Story has just began and since we just had our Internet service back this week, I missed the season opener. I do not really watch telly and I do not have the patience for episode installments, so I rely on the Internet for marathons (at a breakneck speed, I tell you).

Okay, this is what I’m up to and that’s all for now folks. I have some binge-watching to do.

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Signs, signs: WarmShowers

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We’re one of the few in Phnom Penh that hosts touring cyclists from warmshowers.org.

This was a sign I made when we had guests from WarmShowers. In June, we hosted two  - a couple from England, and a solo cyclist from Australia. It was really nice to meet them and my husband, who was also a touring cyclist before, and I loved listening to their adventures in different parts of the world. We’ve been on-and-off hosts since 2006 and, so far,  we had hosted couples and solo cyclists from Canada, Spain, and the USA.

N.B. Please excuse the other sign that I deliberately pixelized. It showed our house and street numbers :)

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Hello, September!

September rrrrrolls in and my dogs are like "ho-humm".

September rrrrrolls in and my dogs are not thrilled. Ho-humm.

I can hardly believe it is September already. This year surely flies so fast. I remember when I was younger, my mum used to say “wait till you get to my age, time will fly”. Indeed, it has. Now I’m not sure if this is because we are always busy doing something round-the-clock or, as my Grandma feared, time is really running faster than ever. I don’t know, really.

On the upside though is that I’m back on the web. How awesome it would be if, with me now owning my time, I could update my blog, make lots of crafts and bake cookies and cupcakes, but these didn’t happen as well, haha. Instead, I’m catching up on books and watching TV series online. My inner geek has come out, I realised! I just finished the first season of Penny Dreadful, and the first three seasons of American Horror Story. I’m so hooked and I can’t wait for the coming season 4 of American Horror Story. So who isn’t? With lots of new characters and twisted plots in the works, I could not stop thinking about it! There are also other series that I started watching like Grimm, The Strain, Sherlock, Vikings, among others. Too many, so little time! I also finished 2 seasons of Game of Thrones but decided to discontinue watching because I want to read G.R.R.Martin’s series of books (A Song of Ice and Fire) first before proceeding to the following GOT seasons. So I’m on the lookout for that one, a secondhand copy would be nice.

Anyways, I’m babbling once again so please excuse. It’s been a nice day so far today and very nice to put up a post again. Till next.

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Photo Hunt: Cloudy

Weather forecast is cloudy with a chance of meatballs :)
Ahem, I borrowed this line from a movie title! Have you seen it? My nephew and nieces just loved it.

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Sunset and a dramatic cloud formation over Yeak Lom Lake. Beautiful.

This is my favourite spot in Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province, the Yak Lom Crater Lake, and this is where we took our international volunteers after a week-long medical mission in December last year.

Yak Lom Crater Lake  is a popular tourist destination in the northeastern part of Cambodia, with crystal clear waters, cool temps and a peaceful, verdant scenery. Sunrises and sunsets here are like no other, with shimmering waters accompanied by jungle sounds. This is why I come back here everytime I’m in Ratanakiri. A must-see for visitors.

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Signs, signs: Loom bands craze

As you might have noticed, it has been more than three months since I last posted. I’ve also not been reading blogs – just because I feel so meh. You can also say that I’m trying to find out – like an experiment of sorts – what it is like to be (almost) blog-free. Something like that.

I actually found out that I missed blogging. And reading other bloggers’ posts. So now that I basically have some free time, I can actually return to blogging *crossingmyfingers* and be transported again to other virtual worlds.

So let me come back with a recent anecdote involving my soon-to-be-six-years-old niece, Chappy.

A must-have accessory these days, this I learned from my six-year old niece, Chappy.

A must-have accessory these days, this I learned from my six-year old niece, Chappy.

Two weeks ago, Chappy sent me this cute present – a bracelet made up of tiny rubber bands that she made herself.  I appreciate her interest in handmade stuff and sent a message to her through my sister’s FB to thank her for the lovely rubber band bracelet. Chappy promptly corrected me – this is called a rainbow loom band bracelet, not a rubber band bracelet. I feel so old. These loom bands looked the same as the rubber bands I played with in the 80s. I find nothing fancy with these loom bands but it’s probably just the old me. Apparently, this is the hottest toy in the planet these days!

My sister told me she is so seriously into it that she asked her dad to buy her more loom band kits. She spends a lot of time making bracelets that she told her dad she is starting her “bizniz”. And one morning, everyone at home were surprised to see these signs she made herself and asked Grandpa, my dad, to post on our wall. I think these handmade signs deserve a post for this week’s Signs, signs meme :P

I think these loom bands are great for children for these not  only allow them to be creative but also give them something fun and worthwhile to do (making things) for hours while mums or dads are busy over something. In the Philippines where it is now the rainy season, the loom bands will keep them busy.

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Sorry I was away…

… and this is what I’ve been doing while I was gone from blogging.

Operation Smile Cambodia. Giving new smiles. Changing lives of Cambodian children. My apologies to the owner of this photo - I just nicked this from the slide presentation shown during the closing dinner. If you know him, or, if it's YOU, let me know so I can give a proper attribution.

Operation Smile Cambodia. Giving new smiles. Changing lives of Cambodian children. My apologies to the owner of this photo – I just nicked this from the slide presentation shown during the closing dinner. If you know him, or, if it’s YOU, let me know so I can give a proper attribution.

Preparing for Operation Smile Cambodia’s international mission and the official opening of the Smile Center. It’s no easy work, I tell you that. However, seeing 109 kids receiving free reconstructive surgery and spending my birthday with them is just another reason to celebrate. I am very proud to be associated with OpSmile Cambodia’s work.  Thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime.

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