Monday, August 29, 2011


 What better way to capture the magic and fun of a carnival than the cool shots of a hipstamatic?

Featuring my most beloveds in Luxembourg, using my most loved lense (Matty ALN) and film (Kodot XGrizzled).

Useful info:
1. The carnival/ fair happens in Luxembourg once a year, for about 3 weeks during the summer break.
2. Entrance is free, but rides are approximately 2.50 to 5 euros.
3. Burger costs 3.50 euros.
4. Fish dish costs 19.00 euros.
5. Waffles costs 4.20 euros.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Phnom Penh

The sun's shining brightly today, but I've been stuck to my sofa since 6am today and have been very reluctant to move. It's a veryyyyy painful time of the month. Almost makes me think that giving birth would cause less pain. Just almost.

Anyway, sofa time is a good time to catch up on blogging. Today, let's take a trip to Phnom Penh. I might end up giving you some good travel advice or I might not. I dunno.

Donc. Here goes.

I liked Phnom Penh very much. Had a lot to do with the fact that I loved my company very much too. I'm all about the company, ya know?

Then, there was the hotel we stayed at. A brand spanking new boutique hotel owned by a super elegant, chic and teeny tiny lady who's also the chef of the hotel restaurant. Super Mi and I became her super fans.The hotel is small, cosy, clean and wonderfully maintained by a dedicated and friendly crew. It's cheap too. I'm debating on whether or not I want to share the scoop about this awesome place, and I thought I should. And I just might. If you ask me nicely.

Then comes the next best thing. The food. We decided to eat a LOT at the hotel simply cause it was just so brilliantly good. And our gorgeous idol did all the cooking. *swoons. she's so awesome* Look at the pictures. I'm salivating again.

I didn't take many pictures apart from these because it was infuriatingly hot and humid while we were there. Super Mi and I were also getting over our jet lag and we somehow wanted to sleep ALL the time. THAT could also have been due to the fact that the beds in our rooms were crazy comfortable.

I was about to end here, but thought I should add in some travel tips so you don't feel your 3 minutes of reading this was entirely un-informational.

So, voila: Heather's guide to discovering Phnom Penh.

1. Bring lots of USD in small denominations. You don't wanna get change for $20 in trillions of riels (Cambodian currency) which will confuse the hell out of you.

2. Tuk-tuks are the main and best form of transportation for tourists. They're available everywhere, 24/7, and they take you everywhere. I tried bargaining real hard, but the lowest I ever got was $1 for a 10 minute ride. On an average, rides are $2. Though they will try to fleece you and say something like $5. Stick to your guns, and they'll cave. But tip the ones that are nice to you, please?

3. Shop at the Russian Market. Yes, it's commercialized. Yes, it's hot. Yes, it's disorganized. Yes, it's full of stuff you can find at lots of other markets all over Asia. But it's also a treasure trove of very fun stuff and good quality factory overruns. It's also THE place where the locals shop. Be prepared to dig and sweat a lot though. And bring a huge bottle of mineral water. I think I almost fainted from dehydration when we were there once in the afternoon. Average prices we forked out for some buys are as follows: polo shirts for men: $5 / 925 silver hoop earrings: $7 / Backpacks: $7 - $10 / Lace panties: $2 / Men's boxers: $2 / Assorted silver stuff: $5 - $20 / A kilo of fresh lychees: $2 / (I'm told I paid too much for everything, so if you're a better bargainer than me, knock yourself out and go as low as you can) 

4. Dress decently when you want to go visiting. I know, I should have known better but the heat had fried my brains, and I went a-visiting in teeny tanks and shorty shorts. I was of course denied entry to the Royal Palace. I learned my lesson and covered up (my legs) when we visited the museum the next day.

5. Eat at nice places. We didn't try any street food, and judging from the violent reactions of our stomachs the last night we were there after eating at a shopping mall food court, I'd say we were smart not to. Also, since food is so cheap in Phnom Penh, a nice meal at a nice, slightly upper market Cambodian restaurant costs approximately $10 - $20 per person. Which is a fortune compared to the $1 you'd spend on street food. But I tell you, great dining places in Phnom Penh are aplenty and comfy, so why not splurge on something you'd probably pay 4 times more for in your own country/ somewhere else? Also, good Cambodian food is fine, flavourful, and most importantly, plays with your senses very, very delicately. Something they do really well in their nice restos.

6. Eat beef. Cambodian beef. They have good beef there! Tender, succulent, flavourful... Not at all like the local beef we normally get around South East Asia. I had steaks, beef salad, beef soup, beef curry... All tender! All good!

And that's it for now folks! If you've got more to add on Phnom Penh, I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Remembering Jo

Today was a sad day. A friend I loved left this world, and I wept tears of sorrow for a woman who's love for life always made me smile.

Since the first day we met, her kindness and generosity of heart touched me. Even though I was a young punk then, she had the unfailing ability to speak to me on equal terms, and she'd listen attentively and unjudgingly as I yapped about boys and parties and such, and we'd end up giggling away like girls in a candy store. As I grew up, we never did meet up that much, but every single time we did, those little rendezvous never failed to lift my spirits, and I'd always look forward to when we could meet, talk, catch up and laugh deliriously again.

I feel blessed to have been able to know her, and her dear hubby. Both of them were always tied to the hip, and I'd look upon them with so much admiration, wishing for the day when I'd meet my prince charming too, and live happily ever after, till we're both white in the hair, and holidaying the world, content on enjoying life and each other after collecting a lifetime of stories, just like them.

Then one day, I DID meet him. And I brought him home. And one of the first few people outside of the family who met him was dear Jo and Brian. She gave me a cheeky wink and a thumbs up as she kissed me goodbye after that meeting, and a year and a half later, we were married. Both of them played such a huge role in our wedding, and for that I'm eternally appreciative. After all, they were half family to us. But little did I know, after the last dinner we had after the wedding, it was the last time I'd ever see that gorgeous smiling face in person ever again.

Jo taught me so many things. But her biggest gift to me was her simple joy and appreciation for every single thing. Her smile could light up a million buildings, and just being around her was something indescribably beautiful. She may not be here physically anymore, but in my heart, she lives on as a beacon of light and hope to live a life truly worth living. And that smiles and kindness and goodness and humor will always get you by, cos in the end, that's what matters.

You will always be missed and remembered, dear Jo. And thank you for being the wonderful you that you were and will always be.

** Daddy told me not to be sad because that's not how you'd want us to be. So I wiped dry my tears, and we celebrated your life today instead, dear Jo. And over the seas, we toasted to you. Daddy with a glass of wine, me with a shot of Martini and William with a whiskey. You'd have been proud of us. And I like to think you were smiling on us as we did it. Your life was one worth living. Just the way you wanted.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Island Loving

Lucky KK-ites like us get to run off to the islands whenever we like. While it's become a bit too crowded and commercialized compared to the times we were kids, Manukan, Sapi and Mamutik will always have a special place in my heart, and occupy at least a day of my holidays.

This time, we headed to Manukan.

Price per speedboat ticket: 17 ringgit (4 euro)
Boat ride length: 20 minutes
Time in the sun: 5 hours
Tan level: 15/10
Must-pack: 1. Loved ones ° 2. A bucket of KFC

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Back from the most invigorating and awesome break ever.
So bear with me trying to relive every precious moment here as I fight nostalgia, home-sickness and delayed jet-lag.
Though right now, it's hard to write cos I'm desperately missing the world's most wonderful Super Family. 
Absence does make the heart grow fonder, doesn't it? And it takes bad times to make the sweet times sweeter. Boredom to make fulfillment fulfilled. Ying to make yang. Stress to make a break relaxed.
After all, how can it be a happy reunion if you never were sadly separated?