Tag: Homelife

My calligraphy wishlist

My calligraphy wishlist

This year, I have been having the best time with my calligraphy works even though I don’t have much spare time. I absolutely enjoyed practicing hours and hours, albeit doing same strokes over and over again. My death grip is no longer deadly as I’ve […]

What is the best comeback blog post?

What is the best comeback blog post?

I don’t know but I’m starting mine with this – Hope all is well, my friends, wherever you may be. #calligraphy #calligraphypractice #calligraphygeek #moderncalligraphy #pointedpen #dippen #handwriting #penhscript #calligraphykh #sreisaat #cambodialife #expatpost #pinayincambodia A photo posted by Sreisaat_in_Cambodge (@sreisaat) on Sep 28, 2016 at 12:21am […]

Hello, it’s me.

Hello, it’s me.

Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.
It’s been playing in my head over and over for no reason. Anyways…

The first two months of 2016 has just flown by and I can’t quite believe that we are on the last week of March. Soon it will be Khmer New Year!

Thinking about time flying by so quickly, I think I’ve been productive in a sense that my morning schedules have always been packed since the beginning of 2016 and I’ve spent less time on the Internet. I’ve kept my house relatively tidy and my dogs are healthy, I’ve caught up on my favourite TV series, I’m making progress in calligraphy and hand-lettering, and on top of that, I think I’m doing okay with my after-school “job”. What do you think?

A bowl of spicy udon and onion tempura filled my hungry stomach quickly. Very good meal for affordable price.
A bowl of spicy udon and onion tempura filled my hungry stomach quickly. Very good meal for affordable price.

Thursday last week I caught up with a friend and her awesome Binosaur over udon noodles and it was the first time we’ve been together again since, errrmmm, January? We proceeded to Aeon Mall and had coffee at Costa while catching up on the latest gossip (and shopping stuff like top selling dj gear).

Also, I finally got a hair cut!

I had a long, thick hair and a coarse texture that,  prior to getting a hair cut, gets in the way when I work around the house.  I usually tie (pony tail) or braid it.  Now that I have a shorter, more manageable hair, I think I’m ready for the hot summer days in the Penh.

Saturday Photo Hunt: Pets

Saturday Photo Hunt: Pets

Hi, friends! Happy to be back at Photo Hunt again. How are all of you after all the months I’ve been away? Hope all is well. The weekend is generally a lazy affair in our household. We can do whatever we want, and whenever we […]

My quiet life

My quiet life

Hello, world! Yes, I’m back again 😛 I’ve been very quiet here lately, like blah.  I’ve been meaning to write an update for the longest time now but never got to it. I don’t really have a very good excuse to offer either. I’ve just been […]

Signs, signs: Gasoline shop

Signs, signs: Gasoline shop

My husband and I go for Sunday rides outside Phnom Penh with our trusty old Hagrid. Hagrid is a 1992 Honda 400 SuperFour motorbike.

Once in a while, when on road trips, we run low on gasoline. No problem. There are lots of roadside gasoline vendors, even in remote areas.

signs gas seller

For a first-timer in Cambodia, you might mistaken this roadside stall for a drink shop because of the soda bottles. It is actually a makeshift “gas station”.

Gasoline is smuggled across the border, in plain sight, and sold in shops like this in rural villages, quite openly, even in the capital Phnom Penh. Gasoline is sold in re-used soda and plastic water bottles and are displayed out front, as you see in the above photo. You don’t see this in developed countries.

open

My week

My week

What a whirlwind week it was! Here are a few of my favourite photos taken last week. I prepared coconut macaroons for my good friend’s son’s birthday party. I was a bit nervous so I practiced, hah. Yobo assured me that the macaroons tasted good. […]

Signs, signs: In search of “hi”

Signs, signs: In search of “hi”

It really pays to have your camera with you at all times. You never know what or who you’re going to bump into. Take for example this photo below. I was on my way to the mall to check out a u22 recommended by a […]

Shopping for art’s sake

Shopping for art’s sake

Hah, it’s been awhile again. I wasn’t up to writing (again) because Rafa (Nadal) lost in the QFs of this year’s Roland Garros tournament.  I was beside myself (slight lang, hihihi). Thankfully, my husband knew exactly what to do to get me out of this funk — he took me shopping.  And when I say shopping, I meant shopping for calligraphy supplies 🙂  So I want to share some of my spoils.

But before I went on a splurge, my husband and I went to Home Top first. For quite some time now we have been meaning to get new frying pans but we couldn’t find ones that we’re looking for. While checking out the frying pans, I overheard an elderly expat couple at the aisle opposite us discussing to Buy spandex table cover. Didn’t mean to be eavesdropping, but, really? A spandex table cover? It’s the first time I heard that, pardon my ignorance. Anyways, we found what we’re looking for — a decent non-stick frying pan.

His and hers frying pan, lol.
His and hers frying pan, lol.
Sponges! There can never be enough of them.
Sponges! There can never be enough of them.

We bought two, of course. We also got dish-washing sponges.
We then drove to Aeon Mall for my calligraphy supply – check out the stuff I picked up. My last splurge was in early January this year when I ordered various nibs, pen holders and ink from an online shop in Manila through my sister, DonyaBooding. Aren’t sisters the best? 🙂 This time though, it was my husband who offered after seeing that a) I needed cheering up after Rafa’s loss, and b) I have the knack for hand-lettering and calligraphy. I kid, I kid!

Pencils, erasers and Sakura Gelly Roll pens!
Pencils, erasers and Sakura Gelly Roll pens!

I was surprised to find Sakura Gelly Roll pens at PBC. They’re only $0.85 each.

Dotted notebook, calligraphy ink, white art paper and a wooden block.
Dotted notebook, calligraphy ink, white art paper and a wooden block.
A plastic nib case to house my nibs. The nibs were purchased in Manila.
A plastic nib case to house my nibs. The nibs were purchased in Manila.

And because I’m exploring other tools, I got these brush pens. So now I’m both into dip-pen and brush calligraphy. Bah, yabang!

Pentel colour brush pen in blue and 2 refill cartridges and a Faber-Castell artist pen in orange.
Pentel colour brush pen in blue and 2 refill cartridges and a Faber-Castell artist pen in orange.

Some of you might scratch your heads and wonder … since when have I been artsy-fartsy? It’s kinda, sorta, hidden, just like my talents are, lol. Seriously though, learning calligraphy is #40  in my bucket list. And this year is the year that I get to pursue this creative hobby. So watch out for more artsy-fartsy goodness in the future posts.

Signs, signs: Holy crab

Signs, signs: Holy crab

The sign that says it all! This was actually our second choice as our favourite restaurant was closed for the holidays. Holy Crab is one of the newest  restaurants at Psah Kdam (Crab Market) in Kep. Food was okay, more expensive than other restaurants I […]