Cambodia’s Floating Villages: Straight, No Chaser

Floating village in Cambodia

Across the Mekong river from Phnom Penh, lies one of the many Vietnamese ‘floating’ villages in Cambodia. These communities of ethnic Vietnamese formed on the river because according to the government they are not considered Cambodian citizens, and by law cannot own land in Cambodia. So they built their ‘floating’ homes on stilts above the water (technically not built on Cambodian land!).Post Magazine published an interesting article about this.

On our second day visiting Phnom Penh late last year, we took a car ferry over to visit this village as a part of a half day photography tour that I had joined. I found this to be an intriguing, visually exciting (thus the photography tour), but morally confusing experience. Should we be taking tours that profit by taking tourists into the backyards and peeking into houses of some of the most downtrodden people in the country? On the other hand, it is perhaps not a bad thing for the outside world to be aware (even if it is through tourism) of these floating vietnamese communities- who have been completely abandoned by the country they call home. The villagers themselves didn’t seem to be bothered by us at all- in fact the villagers were all smiles, and children were very playful and loved having their photo taken.


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Posted by on May 27th, 2015 in Photo Diary | 0 comments.

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Peruvian Cerviche Recipe on Straight, No Chaser

My favourite Peruvian dish is cerviche- which features fresh raw fish marinated in lemon juice, garlic, ginger, and aji peppers. We went pretty mad for cerviche during our trip to Chile and Peru (consuming a cerviche almost every day we were there), so I was really happy about getting a chance to how to prepare an authentic Peruvian cerviche during a cooking class in Cusco. We were taught by a chef from Lima.

Peruvian Cerviche Cooking Class Recipe

Peruvian Cerviche Recipe


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Posted by on May 22nd, 2015 in Food and Drink | 0 comments.


Bridal / Bridesmaid makeup look #3: Rusty toned Eyes, Orange Red Lips

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– Matte light brown shade from Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage blended all over the top lid. I also smudged this under the bottom lashline concentrating on the outer half towards the temples.

– Rusty brown satin shade (the right side) of NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo applied on the top lid close to the lashline and blended up stopping just before the crease.

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink to line in a cat’s eye


– MAC Gingerly


– NARS Heatwave lipstick



Posted by on May 21st, 2015 in FOTD | 0 comments.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Distinction: Review, Swatches


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I purchased the Rouge Allure Gloss in Distinction (rrp $52 AUD) as I was going through Duty Free last year. I’m a sucker for a glossy berry lip, and even though I have a number of nearly identical berry toned lip products– there’s always room in my heart for one more.

Chanel Distinction Rouge Allure Gloss Lip Swatch   Chanel Distinction Rouge Allure Gloss Review

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Distinction is a pigmented cool berry shade with a juicy gloss finish on initial application. It is almost opaque in 2 layers and the pigmentation intensifies with each reapplication through the day.

I feel like it is at it’s most gorgeous when first applied and then loses it’s glossiness quite quickly- becoming more of a cross between lipstick texture and stain on the lips. The product still looks reasonably nice once the shine wears off but what initially drew me to Distinction was the dimensional glossy colour- so it’s a little unfortunate that this aspect of the product is so fleeting. Wear time overall is about 3 hours.

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Distinction is neither drying nor moisturising. As with many dark colours,  (exceptions to this include YSL Glossy Stain in Brun Glace, and at the other end of the price point spectrum- Face Of Australia Lip Paint in Very Berry) it can sometimes settle into lip lines if your lips are dry- so prep lips beforehand if you want this to sit nicely.

Overall- it is a stunning colour on initially application but becomes a bit blah after about 15 mins. For the luxe price point I would hesitate to repurchase


Comparison swatches (from left): Chanel Distinction, YSL Glossy Stain in Violet Edition, MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Good To Be Bad

Comparison swatches (from left): Chanel Distinction, YSL Glossy Stain in Violet Edition, MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Good To Be Bad


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Posted by on May 19th, 2015 in Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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