‘Twins’ Reinventing Cambodian Food in Siem Reap

October 2, 2013


A couple of months ago I was fortunate enough to interview two luminaries of the Siem Reap culinary world, Pol Kimsan and Sok Kimsan, affectionately known as the “Kimsan Twins”. Not only do they represent a new generation of Khmer chefs, they are also women succeeding in a traditionally male dominated industry. And most importantly, […]

Creative Writing Siem Reap. Part 2.

September 12, 2013


I wrote about the Siem Reader, a non-profit, creative writing publication, back in early July.  Since April 2011 it has published quarterly magazines show-casing the literary talent of Temple Town. And it’s with some sadness that it is now coming to an end, due to the work and travel commitments of its editorial team (including […]

Your Body is a Temple: Getting Fit in Siem Reap

August 6, 2013



This month saw my first monthly column published in AsiaLIFE magazine. I’ve been a fan of the free publication for well over a year and am thrilled to be its new Siem Reap correspondent. You can read the whole issue online here and I urge you to take a look. Better yet, if you’re in […]

How Being an Expat is Making Me Less British

July 30, 2013


Originally posted on Everything But The Kitchen Sink:
By Joanna W Firstly, before the Queen revokes my passport, I should probably state for the record that I’m still pretty pleased to be British. While I am naturally suspicious of over-the-top patriotism, I’m happy to admit my great affection for the country I call home. What’s…

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Spoken Arts Siem Reap: a new Creative Writing event.

July 5, 2013


Spoken Arts Siem Reap is a new spoken word night which is launching on the 9th July at J4B bar. In a recent post I wrote about the creative nature of the community in Siem Reap and Spoken Arts is yet another example of people organising something new and exciting for the town. I chatted […]

Posted in: The Siem Reap Scene

5 essential beauty items to pack for travel

July 4, 2013



Although I once backpacked around India with little more than a bar of solid shampoo, a bit of sun lotion, and a spare pair of pants, I now like to look slightly more polished when I travel, not least because I’m often working when I arrive at my destination, rather than curling up with a […]

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Creative Writing in Cambodia Part 1: The Siem Reader

July 1, 2013



Siem Reap is a small town with plenty going on. It’s an inspiring and exhilarating place to live, where the prevailing attitude amongst many – locals and expats alike – is stop bitching about a lack of something, pull up your boots straps and make it happen yourself. Of course the same approach can be […]