Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Channeling helmet chic. Is it possible on the streets of Phnom Penh?
And three things:

1. My Aussie flatmate is back after almost two months of medical treatment in Melbourne. With a clean bill of health. Last night, until 3am, we caught up with a few others on our balcony, as we enjoyed his imports from Australia: a few bottles of red wine, vacuum-sealed salmon, capers, baguette, brie.

2. The streets are filled with golden baskets and other gifts for sale. And already, the city is emptying itself of its Khmer residents, who are all flocking to the countryside to celebrate Pchum Ben with their families, and of its foreign residents as well, who are enjoying this extended holiday in the Cambodian countryside, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Bali, etc. I've been told this is the exact opposite of the Water Festival, in November, when the entire countryside floods this city. Literally.

3. I, however, will stay in the city for Pchum Ben, because CK and Spence are visiting! Yay!


  1. I'm curious about Pchum Ben - I don't think we celebrate it in Thailand...we don't have any holidays right now :( But we do participate in something similar every year.

    Feel free to re-post the balloon pics. I got the pics via weheartit- they always have lovely pics to choose from.

  2. It may just be a Cambodian holiday, though Thailand probably has something similar, maybe? Arghh, I intended to go to Bangkok two weekends ago, but I was ill, so could not. I was craving Chatuchak market and Topshop.


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