Time to learn a little bit about me: I'm a HUGE film buff. There was no way in hell I'd fly to a distant country without having reliable access to movies. I made sure to bring my laptop and headphones, and was ready to watch Netflix to my heart's content.
The one thing I didn't account for, was that Netflix is not available in most countries, including those in Southeast Asia. However, I have watched quite a few movies during my travels - on Netflix - and I will teach you how to do the same. There are two very simple ways to access Netflix (and all other websites that aren't available everywhere) that I'll touch upon. Both are VPN services, which "trick" Netflix into thinking you are in the United States, United Kingdom, or whatever country you want. Obviously, you will also need a paid subscription to the various website(s) you are trying to access.
Method 1 (free method) - If you have a laptop with Google Chrome or Netflix, download the plug-in called Hola. Simply install it, then pick the country of your choice to begin watching. Note, I have found this app to greatly slow the internet down. It also only works for laptops.
Method 2 - If you are OK signing up for a paid service, check out Unblock-US. It does not slow down your laptop like Hola does. Additionally, you can set up multiple devices (laptop, mobile, video game system) with it. It costs $4.99 per month, but you can sign up for a free one-week trial.
These are the two programs I have used; I'm sure there are hundreds of VPN services available online. If you feel like getting the best of the best, do some research before choosing one.
The food that convinced me to take a cooking class was "LokLak," a French inspired Khmer dish. This recipe comes straight from the cookbook I was given by Coconut restaurant. There are quite a few ingredients; however, when done right, it is a phenomenal dish! I've had both beef and chicken LokLak, and I slightly prefer the chicken variation. However, this is all subjective, so use whatever kind of meat you prefer. Makes six servings.
Beef Tenderloin or Chicken (1000 grams)
Cooking Oil (6 Tbs)
Soy Sauce (4 Tbs)
Oyster Sauce (6 Tbs)
Salt (1-1/3 Tbs)
Chicken Powder (2 Tbs)
Sugar (6 Tbs)
Ketchup (6 Tbs)
Pepper Powder (1-1/3 Tbs)
Chili Sauce (6 Tbs)
Lime Juice (3 Tbs)
1 Egg (optional)
1) First, prepare the beef/chicken and sauce. Clean the beef/chicken and cut into cubes. Then add soy sauce, oyster sauce, ketchup, chili sauce, 1/3 of a tablespoon of salt (not all of it!), 1 tablespoon of chicken powder (not all of it!), 3 tablespoons of sugar (not all of it!), and 1/3 of a tablespoon of pepper powder (not all of it!). Mix it all together with the beef/chicken, and stir for 5 minutes.
2) Fry it with the oil and chopped garlic in a pan.
3) Make the LolLak sauce. Mix the lime juice, and remaining salt, pepper powder, sugar, and chicken powder together.
4) Prepare vegetables and steamed rice (read step #5).
5) Serve it like in the picture above: Beef/chicken and sauce on one plate, garnished with vegetables. Steamed rice on another. LokLak sauce in a small, separate dish. I'd highly recommend frying an egg and putting it on top. It's aesthetically pleasing, and tastes delicious!
So there you have it, a great recipe for LokLak! Enjoy.
My name is Yonah Paley. I quit my job in the United States to travel. I also write movies and do photography. As I backpack across the world, I share stories, philosophy, and travel tips.