Do women also control family finance in your family?

Woman repairing a punctured tyre of a motorbike near Tha Khaek, Laos

Woman repairing a punctured tyre of a motorbike near Tha Khaek, Laos

 

You know, it's a myth that there are "men only jobs" and "women only jobs". Women in Asia can perfectly well do any type of job - change a flat tyre of a motorbike, load a truck with cargo or go for industrial fishing.
That leaves men with a time pressure relieved and some extra time available for being able to enjoy a fine company of other men and round or two of a serious card game.  READ MORE »

Cheerful numbers

Children diving into a water pool in Laos, Pakse

Children diving into a water pool in Laos, Pakse

 

Driving through a countryside, walking by a house in a city, or waiting in a bus station - if there are kids around, they'll greet you, smile and shout "Sabaidee!!".  READ MORE »

Been there, done that

Sunset with a dramatic sky in Pakse, Laos

Sunset with a dramatic sky in Pakse, Laos

 

It is not so easy to get off the beaten track during travels. Same cities as everybody else, same buses, same guesthouses. Boring, banal, but comfortable.

And there's always the question - "if that town is not in the guide book, it probably has nothing special about it, hasn't it?"  READ MORE »

Fed up with well-being

Tat Fan waterfall near Paksong, Laos, dropping down 120 meters. Rainbow included.

Tat Fan waterfall near Paksong, Laos, dropping down 120 meters. Rainbow included.

 

I heard an abbreviation "AFW" a few days ago, which deciphers as "Another F&^%$#* Waterfall". It was uttered by an unidentified traveller heading back home from Australia. She was obviously fed up with them waterfalls.  READ MORE »

Roasted bugs

Buggy snack

Buggy snack, Laos, Don Khong island

 

The major discussion during today was the name of these roasted bugs offered to us as a snack on a ferry from Don Khong island.  READ MORE »

Snake soup

Fancy feasting on some snake soup?

Fancy feasting on some snake soup? Laos, Don Khong island

 

Having visited an early morning market and passing by a Laotian house, I've had a conversation. Since my part is not so interesting, I'll present excerpts of my counterpart:

- "Snake good eat, like chicken, but better"  READ MORE »

A different full moon party

Full moon rising over Don Det island in Laos

Full moon rising over Don Det island in Laos

 

Don Det island of southern Laos. Relaxed, just like this silent moon rising over Mekong river.  READ MORE »

How does Marlborough country look like in Cambodia

Cambodian cowboy smoking near Kratie town

Cambodian cowboy smoking near Kratie town

 

A cowboy with a three days unshaved beard, riding his horse during a sunset and watching over a glorious landscape. That's the type of Marlboro commercials that we're used to.  READ MORE »

Filling clown shoes

Woman selling "monkey food" in Kratie market, Cambodia

Woman selling "monkey food" in Kratie market, Cambodia

 

A fast glimpse at a market in Kratie, Cambodia. This woman is selling "monkey food" according to locals. All I know is that it is somehow connected with lotus, and when I tried to eat it, locals were giggling quite intensively.  READ MORE »

Replica temple says farewell

Replica of one of the towers of Bayon temple in Siem Reap. In storm.

Replica of one of the towers of Bayon temple in Siem Reap. In storm.

 

Leaving for Laos tomorrow. Cambodia farewells us with a storm, warm feelings about Khmers and their smiles.  READ MORE »

White and big, fluffy and nice

Lone palm in front of white clouds

Lone palm in front of white clouds, Cambodia, Siem Reap

 

Realized what I've been missing during our time in Asia.

Most of the time the sky is bright blue, sometimes it is grey. Rarely it has big, white, beatiful clouds.  READ MORE »

Traditional, or untalented?


 

 

Sunday. Time for some time in front of TV. These moments are very rare during the last few years for me. Not because I can't spare a minute, its just that its much more and useful things to do with a laptop and/or internet.

Anyway, television is part of culture, and since we are in different culture each month during our travels, it can be interesting to gaze for a few minutes.  READ MORE »

Ladies and gentlemen, it's raining!

Three on a motorbike under a heavy rain

Three on a motorbike under a heavy rain, Cambodia, Siem Reap

 

People in the countryside love it, city dwellers hate it, we wait for it.

Today it's raining, ladies and gentlemen.  READ MORE »

River dry

Dried up river near Siem Reap, Cambodia

Dried up river near Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

Cambodia. April. Hot.

Lakes are shrinking in size, rivers are drying.  READ MORE »

Transparent food

Soft drink can made of transparent plastic with metal top

Soft drink can made of transparent plastic with metal top, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

Even if we are resting after three days tour all around temples of Angkor, it does not mean that there are no interesting things to discover, but on a smaller scale.  READ MORE »

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