Wednesday, 13 February 2013

~ On Hiatus ~

Hiya Lovely Readers,

Just want to start off with a massive thank you to everyone who stops by this little blog - it's meant the world to me!

Unfortunately, push has recently come to shove and a few aspects of my offline life have dictated that it's time for a little blogging break. At this point, I'm not sure how long the hiatus will last, but I'll be sure to shout back when things are ready to start up again :)

Until then, lovelies, I hope life treats you kindly!

xx Lady Expatriate

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Loveliest Links ~ February 7th Edition


Hello lovelies!

How have things been ticking along for you, lately? I just got back from being pampered at The Dollhouse, and am prepping for a new term to start with my evening teenager English class. They're anxious moments, those hours just before the new term starts... I kind of can't believe that it's time for the massive cycle of homework checks and weekly quizzes to begin anew. And the To Do List grows.

In the meantime, here's some internet finery to make us all a little more well-rounded, if not temporarily less productive. Enjoy! 


As aforementioned, bungee jumping is really not on my bucket list. Having at 'er on a giant swing suspended over a canyon, though... THAT sounds awesome.

<3 It's never a bad thing to have a reminder about good posture.

<3 An English expat takes us on a tour of her neighborhood in Doha's West Bay

<3 Brilliant interview (conducted by my smartypants friend Charlie) about the future of Cambodia's royal family

<3 Hierarchy of airport crushes

When/if I have little ones of my own, those suckers are definitely going to grown up bilingual. In... some language. Um, haven't decided which yet. Christine shares the method she will use to help her baby grow up bilingual.  

<3 Sarah's 5 Travel Splurges (Even if you're broke, says she!) 

<3 I would sooo be into starting a career group. Anyone keen!?

<3 A post for my Canada friends to read...! (Also good for anyone with a big ole' bucket list goal that needs crossing off.)

<3 Brilliant interview with an expat who's been kicking it in Cambo for quite some time.


As for me...
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson - I had no idea science could be so un-dreary!

Listening To: The Triple J Hottest 100 tracks for 2012... And what a good year it was.

Girls, though I'm maybe starting to be a little over it? Also finally going to watch Mystic River this weekend. Know I'm years behind, but PIC and I both just read it as our 'book club' pick. (#HowWeRoll, etc.)

Excited About: Not one, but TWO live shows by The Cambodian Space Project this weekend! Friday night at La Croisette, Saturday at Equinox.

Hopefully I'll catch up with some of you lovelies at the Space Project shows, and otherwise hope everyone has a delightful rest of the week!

xx Lady Expatriate

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Humorous Things People Have Googled To Find My Blog, Part 1

(This is Anabelle. She is my pet wombat.
She doesn't say much. Usually because she's too busy eating shoelaces.)
~ tutu wombat ~
~ wombat hugging ~
~ edward beers wwii mn ~
~ girls with smelly boots ~
~ crazy deer lady interview ~
~ chocolate need now ~
~ grand art deco apartment ~
~ girls stinky shoes stories ~

Oh internets. You're always good for a giggle.
I think my favorite is "tutu wombat", but of course I love "grand art deco apartment," too!
What's your favorite!?

xx Lady Expatriate

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

A Final Farewell to Cambodia's King Father


Over the past four days, Cambodia bid a final, mournful farewell to His Majesty King Father Norodom Sihanouk. The ceremonies began with a 6km procession on Friday February 1st, and ended with the cremation of his remains on Monday February 4th.

Avoiding the crowds and feeling as though my presence as a fairly new barang expat wasn't appropriate, I spent a quiet long weekend reflecting and lesson planning. While I was on my oasis of a balcony, though, many journalists, bloggers and photographers were out and about, working hard so that others could see and get a feel for what was going on during this solemn but momentous time.

For anyone who fled the city and the crowds, or for those not living in Cambodia but interested in seeing how one properly mourns a King (complete with cannon blasts), here's the best of the best of coverage from the past four days.


Casey Nelson at LTO Cambodia did a fantastic job covering the past weekend, with a post summarizing each day

The Phnom Penh post had good coverage, including a summary with a slideshow.

It's no surprise that the most stunning photography coverage of the event comes from Kampuchea Party Republic. Phenomenal. MUST check these snaps out - they really capture the epic and grand nature of the event, as well as the emotions that ran high all weekend.


My thoughts are with the King Father's family, and with the Cambodian people as they attempt to recover from this loss. May the King Father rest in peace. 

xx Lady Expatriate