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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 😛
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.
… and this is what I’ve been doing while I was gone from blogging.
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.
Here’s another post, recalling some moments associated with the signs that I took a photo of during my Laos trip.
After crossing the Laos border and finishing immigration formalities at noontime, we were picked up by a van along with many other backpackers. The van traversed a smooth highway that didn’t seem to end and with hardly a traffic at that time of the day. The view was pretty much the same as the Cambodian countryside and the weather equally as hot as a sunny day in Cambodia.
An hour or so later, after passing through several villages and Wat Phu signs, we were deposited at a pier (the name escapes me now). A lot of those who were with us in the van were going to Don Det, a small island sitting in the middle of the Laos side of the Mekong River, while my husband and I had to wait for another van that would take us to Pakse.
Don Det, I found out, is one of the bigger islands of Si Phan Don (meaning 4,000 islands) measuring about four kilometers long and is a backpacker’s haven.
After so many years, I found the SD card that contained most of my travel pictures. Happy head now that I’m reunited with my Laos pictures, some five years later!
This photo below was taken in one of the road trips my husband and I did some years ago. Of course, my travelling doll, Khmer Iggy, was with me during that trip. Khmer Iggy finds the buses in Laos delightfully colourful, except for a few that are -ahem- gaudily decorated. You can find more of Khmer Iggy and her other sisters’ travels around the world here – Postcards from Miss Igorota.
The sign on the side of the bus says “Vientiane, Pakse”.
Paksé is a city in Champasak district of Laos and is the halfway-point to Vientiane, the capital, when entering Laos via one of the border crossing in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province. It is also one of the most-visited cities in Laos due to its popular attractions of Wat Phu (an ancient Khmer temple ruins) and Si Phan Don (popularly known as the 4,000islands, much similar to the Philippines’ Hundred Islands).