September 2022

morning coffee and birthdays

I’m sitting at this very peaceful cafe that I really love. There is a peace and solitude to it away from the hurry and rush of the city. Yet only steps away. It is like someone placed a wonderful cloak of solitude and peace. The latte always lasts and the art is beautiful. Sitting here lets me find my morning. The miles from Mexico to Asia have fallen away and it seems often I first feel in a rush to find. Find what? I don’t know. It takes me a few days to simply slow down. Then the morning latte...

blogging on Sunday

There is an enjoyment factor I think on Sunday at the very close Starbucks with a latte close at hand. The words always seem to just come when the preconditions are met. Nice WiFi, hot grande latte, a pastry this morning. I read over on Rays blog some say blogging is dead. I remember people saying that almost since I started in 1999. Now I approach it as a statement I can make. On my own WordPress but with a cloud hosting partner. I found my balance to this writing thing. It comes alive with Ulysses but the thoughts are...

thankful and grateful

Sitting here at Starbucks. On Saturday. Wow. Not Sunday. But this coffee shop is 5 minutes for me from my Airbnb. From the time picking up my passport with the new visa extension which lets me just live here, have similar benefits in many cases as Khmer people, and enjoy a cost of living which probably lets me do as I please with food and drink, I’ve felt this sense of peace. Cambodia this time was a little bit of a wait. I tried to do this in March this year but the visa landscape changed at the last minute...

Little red wrist band

I was thinking on this since my little red wrist band broke. It was one of those you see so often in Asia. I got that one from a deaf girl in a mall in Da Nang Vietnam. She carefully tied it on my right wrist and I donated about $.50. She was happy and I felt like I would not take the wrist band off. Finally it fell apart before I left the United States. I was shocked. Perhaps dismayed that it would not last until Asia. It became this part of me. I noticed the red thread that...

casual wandering

Today I took time to enjoy some coffee, getting my Kindle Paperwhite going on my new book, and then walked over to Central Market. The market is the major local market of Phnom Penh. They have just about everything. Not comparable to markets anywhere else. This market sets the baseline to me of what a local market is in Asia. From flowers to suits to hair salons. Wet and dry market items. To wander the market is to be assailed with all the flavors of Asia. Spices and senses and the almost over the top sensation of it all. This...

Wednesday morning blog time

I decided to try another new place for breakfast this morning. I could probably go all three weeks without a repeat for food and coffee in the mornings. Reminds me of being in Saigon years before and deciding to do a different coffee shop every day. Wonderful experience in the land of coffee. I walked across the street and some miles to find a new place. Often though I would stop and get a banh mi on the way unless I happened to pick a place that had breakfasts. Most Vietnamese coffee shops don’t do food but everyone welcome to...

visa extension joys

One of the major things was extending my 30 day ordinary visa to the retirement extension which gives me a year. I can enter and leave as I want. Take off for Vietnam or Malaysia. And run around Cambodia. There are places here to go as well. Like Kampot and Battambang. Cambodia is rich with culture and history. Traveling around the country is mostly done by bus. Most buses will go from Phnom Penh to any of the other places. Maybe the best way to organize bus service is Giant Ibis. The best way to plan a more complex trip...

Today’s Little Adventures

I have a few things to get done today so I will just pack this blogpost with me since Ulysses is kind enough to sync the writing on iCloud and let me pick it up again. First though a few little places to go. One is kind of needed today since it requires a passport to do it. I have to get a new SIM card which carries a phone number here in the kingdom. To do that this morning I will walk down the Quay to where there is a SMART Shop and either get a physical SIM card...

Enter Phnom Penh

So the last day or so was spent flying. It is a long haul from San Francisco to Seoul Korea. Takes about 12 hours. I was pretty lucky that no one sat next to me on the first flight. Once in Seoul I just had this wondrous complete feeling like my life had become full again. I spent some time chatting with two young women from Singapore on vacation in Korea. I wandered Terminal 2 at Inchon Airport a little bit just taking it all in. Terminal 2 is quite pretty. I had about 2 hours until my connecting flight...

let’s transit

I checked in on Korea airlines to my 12 hour flight to Seoul Inchon. Very polite and patient airline staff on this airline. Since I’m not leaving Inchon airport no entry requirements for me. Now I can look back at my leisure with 0 nights left. With no responsibilities and nothing needing done. I particularly hate responsibility but I also dislike tasks and todo items. I only really had three here in California. Go to meet my buddies Sean and Art. Go see my daughter and drink beer and eat American bbq with her. Finally find a pharmacy with the...