We said goodbye to Battambang at the crack of dawn. We had to catch a tuk tuk to the bus station and our reserved seats for Siem Reap. We bid adieu to our gracious host Jen and a couple of cooks that were up at this hour and hurried to make the departure time our […]Read More To Siem Reap, Part I: A Very Long Ride
(This film is a complement to our last essay from the Transfagarasan Highway in Transylvania, a route made famous by the UK’s Top Gear. Stax shot the driving footage (GoPro Hero Black 3 and Canon 60D) and Beej shot much of the scenery with his trusty Lumix GH2. Edited by Stax, who found very cool […]Read More VIDEO: Tackling the Transfagarasan Highway: Transylvania, Romania
Story by BEEJ. Photos by STAX. Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu pushed through construction of the Transfagarasan Highway in 1970. By all accounts the construction was hellishly difficult and brutal. Legend said he was spooked by the Soviet invasion of the former Czechoslovakia and wanted to build a military route to head off any similar invasion by […]Read More Taking on the Transfagarasan Highway: Transylvania, Romania
The sound of music and dancing grew louder. We were going to crash this wedding of complete strangers and worse, we were going to invade the proceedings with cameras and try to get some footage.Read More Wedding Hunters!: From Wedding Hunt to Wedding Crash
Ek Phnom Temple The ancient ruins of Ek Phnom Temple are quiet most days of the week. Monks peek curiously out of their bare wooden stilt houses at travelers. Dogs sleep in the sun, leaves rustle and families from surrounding villages picnic upon giant blocks of weathered and chiseled sandstone. It is an impressive, but […]Read More PHOTO ESSAY: Ek Phnom Temple or Can I get a wat?
Ivana and Gianni, from the great digital nomad travel website Nomad is Beautful , interviewed us about our travels, our web series project and everything under the sun for their series Love on the Road ! We were thrilled to be featured and show off some of our photography, and Ivana’s questions were really thoughtful. […]Read More Read Our “Nomad is Beautiful” Interview!
BY BEEJ The time came for us of course to leave the town of Battambang. It was a reluctant good-bye: a place we had gone on a total whim to investigate a possible segment for our Web series became one of our fondest memories of Southeast Asia and a must-return destination. The town and surrounding […]Read More Here Be Dragons: There be Great People
by Beej In the last post we talked about some heavy history. But Battambang has a ton more to offer these days. For example, there are places you can scarf down mezze platters while ogling fine art, browsing literary works of spiritual gurus, or watching indie films in a small theater. Namely, the Lotus Bar […]Read More Battambang, Cambodia: “The Bong”. Part II
What do they say about motorbikes? You’ve gotta get back on them? Or is that horses? Even after all our failed attempts to reach Wat Banan, Stax and I aren’t willing to let ourselves be deterred by a minor life-threatening crash or two. No way, not us. We hop directly back on the motorbike the […]Read More Phnom Sampeau, Cambodia – An Essay in Pictures and Video
by Beej. The Battambang tourist clinic is casual to say the least. The woman at the outdoor check-in counter is about to leave for the day as we pull up to the window on our scraped-up motorbike, which held up fine on our 25km journey back from the crash site. The woman kindly sticks around […]Read More Battambang, Cambodia – The “Tourist Clinic”