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T / apparently i make videos now

Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures

Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures (and completely aspirational).

Somewhere in my mind, I decided that I should get into video.  I’d dabbled in it a couple of times, but it just seemed daunting.  Better let the pros take care of it.

Maybe it was because I was tired of the stop motion clips I was making.  Or maybe it was because I went total fangirl on Koheun and Justin’s gorgeous glimpses into their peripatetic life, while also living vicariously through this lady who gets all the fresh air.  And maybe somewhere along the way I met one of these guys and they said the magic words: “go for it.”  So I did.  I got a fancy (temporary!) traditional job that would help pay for all the gear.  And before I knew it, I got obsessed with wearing a GoPro while doing (almost) all the things.  I’m hoping to get better. I can’t wait to make things look brighter.  And sharper.  (The list of things that could be improved is neverending).  And I can’t wait to show you all the snapshots of these lives of Cait and I, of all the places we go.

Last Friday, my pal Adrienne suggested an impromptu drink in our neighbourhood’s new speakeasy.  I live in the [insert Williamsburg/Shoreditch/Kreuzberg/Noe Valley] of Phnom Penh.  Something is always opening.  It generally involves someone impossibly hip and in suspenders.  So I decided to start a brand spanking new series of all the wonderful local haunts.  Here’s my first stab at it (and you can see all the other mostly Crossfit-inspired stabs here).  I wouldn’t be doing any of this without all of your support.  So here’s to hoping that these videos only get better over the next year.

Tiff Does Happy Hour – Nissai Bar from Tiffany Tsang on Vimeo.


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T / ladies drawing brunch

ladies-drawing-brunch-headerSo last week, Rhiannon and I were chatting.  Specifically about how we both needed to draw more. And further, that we should draw together. And that we should invite other creative ladies in our lives to join us.  We wound up with two pros (Rhiannon and crazy talented visiting Nat) and a wonderful group of incredibly creative lady friends (including singers!).  Under the shade of the very hospitable Rambutan’s Phnom Penh Resort on a bright and cool Sunday in the city, we ordered tasty things, delicious leftover birthday cake was had, all pastels and coloured pencils came out.  And most importantly, we planned for future crafternoons. It was really the perfect thing.

ladies-drawing-brunch-tiff1ladies-drawing-brunch-tiff2I’m naturally easily distracted. Especially if I have a new toy with me.  So I was more than eager to shoot all the creating that was happening around me.

This afternoon was inspired by Leah Reena Goren’s new book, Ladies’ Drawing Night.  I’m a huge fan of her work.  Alongside fellow illustrators, Julia Rothman and Rachael ColeI love their push for this collaborative creativity.  We brought together a bunch of beautiful women, some of our dearest friends, some of whom had never met each other.  I was bursting with excitement watching new friendships form and hearing a desire for more events like these to happen. (Because I tend to be that creepy fly on the wall).  To be in this company of women?  Epic.

Rhiannon lead the session with timed drawing exercises surrounding a theme.  Your crazy uncle!  High heels!  Feet! The person sitting across from you! You have 3 minutes! Go!!  Check out what Rhiannon can do in that tiny speck of time.  Tiffany Tsang

Tiffany TsangWherever you are, I definitely recommend grabbing a bunch of your buddies, and spending a few hours letting your creative freak flag fly and discovering a side that doesn’t typically come out over just a glass of wine.


All photos by Tiffany Tsang. Please request permission for use. Cait + Tiff are not liable for any pastel-related clothing stains.


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T / shooting emily

Tiffany TsangOh my word.  I cannot believe I got to shoot this beauty.

Taking photographs of professionals in the aesthetics industry is incredibly intimidating.  Because these cats know what they’re doing.  They know how to make people look good. So if you can’t get your light right, then you’re just ruining everything they’ve just worked on.  But the ladies who run the tools at Kate Korpi (you’ve heard us wax poetic about them before) put me at so much ease. Like when I was getting my first pouf.  Which is how I met Emily.

tiffany-tsang-emily-kate-korpiHailing from Arkansas, Emily first landed in Phnom Penh as one of Kate Korpi’s roving guest artists.  Uber talented hair stylists that they woo over to Phnom Penh to teach new cool things to KK’s students.  Then I guess Emily got bit by the Phnom Penh and Kate Korpi bug (the good bug, not the sucky belly kind) and wound up staying for a few months!

So in Emily’s last week  in the city, she asked me to take a couple of fun “senior shots” around the city.  And I basically cannonballed at the opportunity.  I made lists of everywhere I wanted to shoot this infectious red head in.  And over four hours and six locations, this gorgeous gal got all the shots.  We’re gonna miss this lady.  If you bump into her somewhere around the world, do get your hair did with her.  She might even introduce you to the poof.  Here are some of her shots 🙂


Wat shots are a must.

Wat shots are a must.

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Coconuts are my new favourite prop.

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I also like making my models hide in the foliage.

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Thank you to whomever parked that Vespa in an incredibly strategic location.


All photos by Tiffany Tsang. Please request permission for use.  We are not liable for costs incurred for dying your hair red.


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T / jen’s taste explosion

coffee-headerIt’s National Coffee Day!  So of course I had to share this little amazing thing that happened for my birthday.  I wanted to do something different this year.  An adult alternative to a bowling party.  Not a dinner at one of Phnom Penh’s fine but finite number of restos.  But definitely still food related.  So I invited a small group of friends who have the most discerning of palates and appreciations and asked our coffee Yoda if she could host a coffee cupping in her own personal laboratory of magic.

No. Not Michael Phelps.  Or what they have been doing all over Asia for centuries.

A proper coffee tasting is what a traditional cupping is. But what we got instead (after I told Jen to go nuts) was a taste explosion.  It was epic.  Some are still talking about a certain menage á trois that happened. Taste pairings? More like illicit taste orgies.  I’m serious.

Our coffee magician explains it all.

Our coffee magician explains it all.

Our coffee magician gathered us first to get our palates ready with a bunch of opinion generating tiny things. The bitterest of chocolates.  Three teas with the tiniest of differences.  The fun of bacon fused with chocolate and a mystery ingredient.  All the pink drinks.

All the palate cleansing instructions.

All the palate cleansing instructions.

All the flavour notes being taken.

Flavour notes being taken.

And then came the coffee.  There was a lot of slurping.  It’s an industry standard, you know.  Jen walked us through the entire brewing process. You could totally tell all the minds being blown, knowing that they’d been brewing their beans a little to hot, too long, or not enough.  Bitter, sour, sweet, extraction, pow.

coffee-tastingTiffany TsangTiffany TsangOh right, there was also birthday cake.  But that naked and so lovely espresso red velvet wasn’t what my pals are now trying to recreate at home.  Instead, Jen invited us to put the following in our mouths, at the same time: blue cheese, pineapple and her spherified cold brew coffee jelly.

And then we fought over the last pieces.  As if raised by wolves.  Because that was how good it was.

Tiffany TsangFuture taste explosions are being planned in Phnom Penh!  Keep an eye out on your social media because I hear a bunch of culinary collaborations are in the making!

Thank you Jen for the bestest way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon in Phnom Penh!  I can’t wait to see what you concoct next!!!

Footnote: While we all agreed that everything was delicious. There was something clearly missing: Cait.


All photos by Tiffany Tsang. Please request permission for use. We are not liable for any mishaps with production of spherified cold brew coffee jelly.


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T / uniform, vol.1 (new series!)

This one has been a long time coming.  We are constantly surrounded by the most talented, smartest, wonderful women.  Seriously, Phnom Penh is a cool lady town.  And they’re stylish to boot, bringing pieces together from all the places they’re from, are currently, or have been.  I wanted to capture all of this on my camera and make it a monthly feature while I’m at it.  Every outfit is a winner, so let the uniform games begin!


WWWW---Julia-Header--4Julia’s one of the wonderful people we are so lucky to be friends with in Phnom Penh.  In reverse chronological order: she’s one of the bestest jewelry models, she shot the heck out of Cait’s first show (here, here, here, and here), she directs the bejeesus out of the communications department for a local organization that helps people in southeast Asia access clean water, and before her move to Asia, she was a producer for Canada’s national public broadcaster (our NPR to my American friends).  Also, she’s from Toronto.  Need I say more?

Uniform123I see Julia pretty much every work day morning in a week.  We’ll just have finished some crazy early workout, and I’ll emerge out of the locker room, as quickly as possible,  in whatever I decided was clean and borderline viable for the office, with my hair all over the place.  But Julia, a few minutes later, will saunter out in her typically super happy post-workout cheer looking absolutely perfect in what could only be described as the perfect uniform.  I couldn’t help but notice how put together she is, while still carrying some bright or fun element (check out that Khmer Creations necklace fashioned out of a spoon!), and always bicycle ready (which also means uber comfortable).  Each outfit always looks really light while also fitting her so well. Her pieces come from all over, some skinny fit pants from back home, tailored pieces from Phnom Penh, very cute flats and bags from Chatuchak Market, the list goes on.  So naturally, I had to shoot the heck out of her.  And that’s exactly what we did for a week this past month.

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Thank you Julia for being our inaugural Uniform model!  Check back next month to see who I capture next!

 

PS: 8am light is amazing!

 


All photos by Tiffany Tsang.  Please request permission for use.  Cait+Tiff are not liable for any minimalist fashion binges.


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T / client love / penh lane and khmer creations

KC-HeaderWhen you’re first starting out, you’ve got to be infinitely grateful for the clients who come to you. And even more thankful for the ones who are patient enough to understand that you are still learning.  This is when I learned that white background product photography is one tough cookie.  There was definitely more than one attempt to produce this:

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Angkor Necklace and Turning Leaf Bracelet by Khmer Creations available through Penh Lane.

Eventually you figure things out, and that relationship with your very patient client grows into something awesome.

So I wanted to give a shoutout today to a client who first came to me out of nowhere to me last year.  Khmer Creations Jewellery Studio was first founded by one, two and then three ladies.  Antonia and Jane, who are from Australia, joined forces with Samnang to create a social business that provides income generation for women in vulnerable communities in Cambodia, and has since grown to become an all-female, locally managed jewellery design and production studio that now exports its products to Europe, North America and Australia.  Women from low-income and vulnerable communities in the Phnom Penh area are provided with an income matched to the local living wages, as well as health insurance and a safe workplace.  Not only that, but they’re also educated and equipped with skills in financial literacy and personal development.  They’ve even got a savings and loan group going on inside Khmer Creations.  Some are single moms, and Khmer Creations even has a day-care to make sure that the cutest bubs are taken care of. Penh Lane came around shortly after as a trading company that not only works with Khmer Creations, but also four other Cambodian social businesses to design, wholesale and retail jewellery and other accessories to markets around the world.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been taking editorial shots for Penh Lane, featuring models of my choosing. I picked my lady lifting buddies from Crossfit Amatak because they are a joy to work out with.  Rebekah has an infectious smile even during the toughest of workouts, Julia is always amazing conversation in between the burpees and Lyda can lift a mighty mass and look fabulous at the same time.  I knew they’d look great in Khmer Creations’ goodies.

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Upper: Angkor Earrings, Lower: DeVine Recycled Timber Necklace (left) and Cotton Bead Earrings (right). All by Khmer Creations.

I also got to shoot a couple of the gorgeous ladies that work at Khmer Creations Jewellery Studio.  Which was just so much fun and a big lesson in directing a shoot with my could-definitely-be-better Khmer language skills and with Samnang as my translator.

So I’m beyond thankful to Khmer Creations and Penh Lane for supporting me and my growing skills.  I can’t wait to work with you guys again!

Find Penh Lane and Khmer Creations products online and at local stockists!  If you’re in Phnom Penh, you can find the goodies at Lot369, Teahouse Asian Urban Hotel, the Watthan Artisans shop on Street 240 and at Aeon Mall!

A big huge thanks to Farm to Table for letting me run around your beautiful green space!


All photos by Tiffany Tsang for Khmer Creations. Please request permission to use. We are not liable for any accessories shopping binges.


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T / hair and makeup

Glamour-Shot-HeaderIt’s a rite of passage for the expatriates in live in Phnom Penh.  The Khmer glamour shots. There we go again, bastardizing a local practice. Go through their catalog of costumes and settings and you might see someone you know.  I’m already an old hand at this. (Remember this?) But Cait and some of our more recently arrived friends hadn’t had the joy of pounds of make up and the shiniest of outfits. So with a bottle of rosé, into the studio we went.  Our favourite Lyly event got outfitted as an apsara!  As usual, I had Giorgio handy and snapped a whole bunch of behind the scenes shots because backstage shots are my jam.  This included a whole series of Cait realizing that the hair pieces erected atop her head did not exactly match her platinum locks (too many to share here this time).  So without further delay, let the show begin.

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In the chair. With my four ladies.

Apsara in construction.

Apsara in construction.

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In the waiting line.

View from the front of the lines.

View from the front of the lines.

Et voila.

Et voila.


All photos by Tiffany Tsang. We are not liable for any profound desire to wear cakey make up and fake eye lashes.


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T / fly on the wall saturday

Saturday-headerSaturday was fun town!  But fun town also means “whoa tired i need a nap” exhaustion town.  Sometimes my energy dips during events.  And to compensate for my lack of ability to focus on adult conversation, I’ll get into what I like to call my “fly on the wall” mode.  It’s even better when I’ve got Giorgio, my massive muscly camera, with me.  And I’ll get the sneakiest photos. On a single day this past weekend, Cait and I had a photoshoot that was bright hot and early, a fabulous brunch with our beautiful Alissa who was visiting, a brilliant pop up, all topped off with some (sort of) late night nourishment.

So during all those energy dips this past weekend, I got my camera out and took some fun shots.  This is how we turn a hot season day in Phnom Penh into the best thing ever.


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I was still post-earlier-morning-workout sweating when we convened for the Cait’s upcoming look book shoot. So towels were more than handy. All the best ladies were there. You met them all already. Coffee and delicious carbs, and of course Lemonade were all present. I can’t forget to mention our favourite contributor, Alissa, who made a return to Phnom Penh for the weekend. All the way from London.  I was in a perpetual photo squat.  Shots were taken.  I can’t wait until we share them with you!


Saturday-Morning-2And since Alissa was back, we had to get our eat on.  The Tiger’s Eye is genius chef Timothy Bruyns’ newest outpost in Phnom Penh!  He usually makes our tastebuds go nuts in the evenings, but now he’s cornered the brunch market and the city couldn’t be happier.  So we had to have our second meal of the morning here.  That bread! And marmalade!Saturday-Morning-3


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Lady bosses Louisa from La Familia (left) and Katia from Good Krama get down to business.

After a quick nap, it was time to get the pop-up started.  We drove as fast as we could through an unbearably hot Phnom Penh afternoon, locked ourselves in La Familia’s new retail spot, La Casita to help out Katia set up for the Good Krama pop up!Saturday-Afternoon-2

We even got to see samples from Good Krama's next collection! I can't wait to get my hands on these!

We even got to see samples from Good Krama’s next collection! I can’t wait to get my hands on these!


Saturday-Afternoon-4And it was such a success!  We can’t thank everyone enough for coming!   It was such a fun evening with all the best people in Phnom Penh.  And the best drinks.  Hands down favourite was mixology goddess Jen Queen’s debut of the Whitewalker with Snow (get it? eh?).  Homemade horchata and fernet with crushed ice makes a lot of hot and thirsty cocktail connoisseurs happy.

Cait creeps on homemade syrup (left) and La Familia founder Jen Queen (right) mixes the most delicious inspired cocktails (namely, the Whitewalker with Snow!)

Cait creeps on homemade syrup (left) and La Familia founder Jen Queen (right) mixes the most delicious inspired cocktails (namely, the Whitewalker with Snow!)

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Saturday-Evening-2By 8pm, I was a more than a little ravenous.  My last memories of the pop-up involve shovelling the remains of Artillery’s delicious nachos and mango salsa.  So while I was hard pressed (aka hangry) to get on my bike and drive to our local Korean BBQ joint with the cool kids, I eventually relented and it was the best choice ever.  Saturday basically ended on a high note before I passed out from a horchata, fernet and grilled meat stupor.Tiffany Tsang


All photos by Tiffany Tsang. We are not liable for any financial incursions from relocating to Phnom Penh.


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T / all the flips and the faces

Tini-Tinou---Circus-HeaderSo remember when we suggested that you run away with the circus?  I went and did it for a night. Thanks to the folks over at Phare, and its partner organization Phare Ponleu Selpak, I was front and centre at Saturday night’s show to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tini Tinou International Circus Festival.  And of course I brought my cammy-cam, whom I’ve named Giorgio (more on me naming appliances in another post).

And I know you’re thinking, okay, photos of these ultra talented kids in mid-air.  The usual circus photos.  But what really took me on this show were the facial gymnastics being thrown by the Cambodian artists from Phare.  These guys know how to act.  And flip. And throw down mighty fine stories that kept the audience wrapt,  on their toes and gunning for the good guys and gals.  All with a spot on soundtrack with live musicians on traditional Khmer instruments.  There were also muscles.  Sculpted ones to boot.

If you’re in Cambodia, and are keen to see Tini Tinou, as well as opening acts from Canada, France, Australia and Indonesia, you’re not too late.  The show still goes on with one more tonight in Battambang, and from May 8-10th in Siem Reap.  Check out Tini Tinou’s website for tickets and venues.

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All photos by Tiffany Tsang. We are not liable for any facial or bodily gymnastics that result from the circus.


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T / postcards from nepal

C+T---Postcards-from-Nepal---13I’m still adjusting to civilian life after our little big week in Nepal.  And it’s not just the unrelenting heat in Phnom Penh that drives me to go back to Kathmandu in a heartbeat.  With a friend’s wedding in full swing, we barely had any time to get to know the place.  I didn’t reach my critical mass of momo consumption.  Nor truly get my textiles on.  So when I sat down today to finally go through 28 gigabytes of raw images, I knew what I had to do.  Postcards.  Enjoy!

C+T---Postcards-from-Nepal---2 On our way, overland, from Pokhara to Kathmandu.  To those who haven’t yet graced cliffside, un-fenced, Asian roads (and their drivers), this might be a little death defying.  But once you get over that, the views are amazing.


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C+T---Postcards-from-Nepal---10We spent the tiniest bit of time wandering through Patan Durbar Square.  I could easily come back here for a cuppa masala tea. Stat. C+T---Postcards-from-Nepal---11 C+T---Postcards-from-Nepal---9 C+T---Postcards-from-Nepal---8


C+T---Postcards-from-Nepal---4On our last day, we got to visit Bhaktapur, the ancient Newari capital of the Kathmandu Valley and its royal palace.  Just in time for Nepali New Year celebrations.  Which, when you’re getting over a night of wedding festivities, is the best wake me up a girl could ask for.  And this is when we really confronted the damage caused by 2014’s earthquake.  Five hundred year old temples rendered into rubble, not to mention the lives lost.  But the city was in full swing for new year festivities and the celebrations were just infectious.  After a pot of masala tea, of course. C+T---Postcards-from-Nepal---5 C+T---Postcards-from-Nepal---6 C+T---Postcards-from-Nepal---7


All photos by Tiffany Tsang. Please request permission for use. And you should definitely go to Nepal.