At the Eastern Transit

"Isn’t Cambodian a democracy?"

- Misinformed tourists

Apr 2
Khmer cemetery. Contrary to Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhism, Cambodians cremate their dead. It is said if one is not cremated, one’s soul cannot properly achieve a rebirth and become an angered spirit roaming the earth. #vietnam #khmer #temples #wat #buddhism #asia #travels
Feb 25

Khmer cemetery. Contrary to Chinese and Vietnamese Buddhism, Cambodians cremate their dead. It is said if one is not cremated, one’s soul cannot properly achieve a rebirth and become an angered spirit roaming the earth. #vietnam #khmer #temples #wat #buddhism #asia #travels

Buddhist temple ceiling in Cambodia are painted with stories of Buddha and his ascension into enlightenment. Within these temple walls, children from an early age are taught the Khmer script from the monks, in return alms are given to the monks. #cambodia #khmer #temples #battambang #buddhism
Feb 13

Buddhist temple ceiling in Cambodia are painted with stories of Buddha and his ascension into enlightenment. Within these temple walls, children from an early age are taught the Khmer script from the monks, in return alms are given to the monks. #cambodia #khmer #temples #battambang #buddhism

Feb 7

elizabethklee:

Apsara Dancers

01.17.2014
Koulen, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Khmer classical dance, the indigenous ballet-like performance art of Cambodia, is called “Apsara Dance.” An Apsara is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythologyApsaras are thought to be beautiful, supernatural female beings - youthful, elegant, and superb in the art of dancing. 

(via fckyeahcambodia)

This is my Cambodia
Palm trees and palm sugar
The kuyteav brewed in the morning for all
Mee kadang for late night binges with friends
A karaoke set is never too far away
Oh we miss you Sinn Sisamouth, Ros Sereysothea, Pan Ron
Romvuong, apsara and soksabbay
This is my Cambodia

This is my Cambodia
I dream of us playing in the river
We fish, we bathe, we sing
The heat drains us
The night surprised us
I hear my parents call me
They sing lullabies that all us children know
In the hammock while the shopkeepers close up
This is my Cambodia

This is my Cambodia
Where our past is a memory
Our present is a future we fought for
Our name is represented among the stars
We are korn khmai
Klung nah, jumuy na oh kneer
This is my Cambodia

Jan 6
This is my Cambodia
Now how to extend this tattoo…
Nov 13

Now how to extend this tattoo…

There’s something about having a heritage that few people know about. As a Chinese-Cambodian there is this certain phenomenon that seems to have people apologise to me about the Khmer Rouge when they find out of my heritage; worst yet they may not even know of this country and assume it is in Thailand or Vietnam. The former makes me want to backhand people, the latter just leaves me speechless.


What we need is Cambodians of varying origins to be role-models. Not half naked models that do not pertain to intelligence and rather a visual aid for a man’s late night desires. We need a range of role models to show that we are taking control of ourselves and that we can grow from the hell we have experienced.

I believe we need to celebrate the beauty in our culture, respect the horror, and celebrate our potential. We need to unite as a whole community, with the realisation of our plurality as a global community that have discovered ourselves in intriguing parts of the world. We have the luck to now mesh our cultures and teach others so much.

As a first generation child of parents who experienced the regime; it is important as a first generation child to remind our parents that their fight has not been forgotten. It is our responsibility that we give others to option should they feel it is within their identity to grasp onto their Khmer roots. We need to show the elders that we thank their tenacity and their prowess; we need to show the youth how the blood of survivors are running through our veins, hence my tattoo ‘We the Survivors’.

Each migrant culture has different roles to play in breathing fresh new life into our pasts. There is so much fascination for us to taste; a world to enjoy. We need to open ourselves, cast aside our judgments and preconceived notions and delve a little deeper.

Oct 31
Colourful Child
Banh hoi! Vermicelli noodles, fish and vinegar sauce, Chilli, pork belly, mint, lettuce! #khmer #cambodian #food #eat
Sep 7

Banh hoi! Vermicelli noodles, fish and vinegar sauce, Chilli, pork belly, mint, lettuce! #khmer #cambodian #food #eat

Mee kadang! I am home! #cambodian #food #khmer #noodles
Sep 1

Mee kadang! I am home! #cambodian #food #khmer #noodles

The first thing about my heritage is that you do not feel sorry for my family suffering under the Khmer Rouge.

Aug 21