Tag Archives: Battambang

Once upon a time… French influence

3 Apr
Kampot town - South Cambodia

Kampot town - South Cambodia

It is probably impossible to get rid of one’s colonial past, and you could ask yourself if the past is just a part of your Culture like anything else.So why not embrace it and be proud of it?

Around South-East Asia the French have been very active, and I must say that the most of the beautiful architecture (the houses or areas that would jump to the eye and stick out) are French. Around Cambodia for example many of the quaint areas, are the streets where some of the French colonial houses ‘survived’. Continue reading

Being Happy with Little Things in Life

30 Mar

How local is local

Traveling a few months has a big impact on one’s perks and pleasures. It’s wonderful how you get enchanted by the little things in life – give me a sunset and a hammock and I’m in heaven. Your standard of living alters and the most simple thing bring a smile to your face – just the view of cheese makes me utterly happy.

Traveling to remote places like Pailin or Kep (Cambodia) also forces you to get back to basics, because there basically is nothing else but the basics. It also becomes so blatantly clear that you are a ‘barang’ (foreigner) and often the only one in the village.

Living Cambodian Style

I had the pleasure of sharing a flat with Continue reading

Computer blues

24 Mar
The last time I used my netbook before it died...

The last time I used my netbook before it died...

Is there life without computer & internet?  Why do I blog?

I will certainly have to give internet-less life a try the next 2 weeks as my netbook went into coma last week (so only compact blogging from internet cafes – sorry). One beautiful day I closed it, and it would never come to life again, whatever buttons I pushed, no matter how much I stroked or kissed it, egal what I whispered into its orifices…

I ran around about all the computer shops in Battambang (the second city of Cambodia), even some monks at the computer shop helped me out with some translation, but the verdict was unanimous:

  • a hardware problem – shiiiiiiiit – and the only way of resuscitation would be to go to the head office of the most renowned computer shop in Phnom Penh – or go to computer hospital (Acer service centre) in Bangkok.

I just came back from the computer shop in Phnom Penh and Continue reading

Pailin Picture Post

20 Mar
Cooking for my 'temporary husband'

Cooking for my 'temporary husband'

Pictures tell more than a thousand words – so have a look at the visual impression of the week away from it all in the Pailin countryside – north-west Cambodia, sharing house with a good friend. And some pit-stop in Battambang on the long way there and back…

And what does one do in the countryside? Simple:

  • read my books – and finally finishing one
  • cook, wash, clean, arrange the house (being housewife)
  • go food shopping at the market (the only place to get food)
  • smile to the neighbours (no english)
  • drive around with my friend’s scooter (nothing to see)
  • visit the local temple, bar/restaurant,…
  • get a haircut (wanted to get a pedicure, but ‘no have’)
  • Pictures below 

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Bye bye blogging – hello countryside

15 Mar
The last time I used my netbook before it died...

The last time I used my netbook before it died...

Great! just when i was telling everybody how happy i was with my notebook, it decided to break down. I went to about every PC shop here in Battambang City (the second city in Cambodia) but there is only hope left if I’d take my ailing computer to Phnom Penh or even an Acer Service Centre = Bangkok…

Or maybe this is a good excuse to stop blogging for a while and focus on important things – being with a friend here in the Cambodian countryside (Pailin – not even in my guidebook). Just read, relax, think and BE!

So if you don’t hear from me for a while that’s normal. I’m playing husband and wife in the middle of nowhere here – Pailin (North-West Cambodia, near Thai border).

I will be back on the radar – the latest at 5 April when i fly from Phnom Penh to Bangkok (for a ridiclous 25 US$ with AirAsia) to meet with my best Brussels friend that’ll be visiting me. Yippee.


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