Best Travel Adventure: Volunteer In Cambodia | Clozette

One of my best travel adventures was traveling as a medical volunteer to Cambodia. I flew solo to Phnom Penh and from there, with the rest of the volunteers; we made our way to the health centre, which was about 2 hours away. The ride itself almost gave me a heart attack as the Phnom Penh highway is a one lane road and how they overtook cars before cutting back into their own lane when they were only barely 5 meters away from each other still thrilled me to this day. 



The health centre is tucked away in the middle of a tropical jungle with plenty of mosquitoes, rambling elephants, limited electricity so much so we had to work with the patients and our way around the toilet in the dark at night, cold rain water showers even in the monsoon season and in a very simple environment with nothing but the basic necessities. Our sleeping area was a shared area with mats below and mosquito nets above. There are not even fans but being au naturale, at night we can see fireflies blinking brightly above us as we dozed into sleep creating a very beautiful and romantic sight. 





Though simple, I had a most fulfilling time there providing medical services and organizing free health check-ups for the children which we picked up with a fire truck from villages as far as 2 hours away. We also helped to build a library so that in future, children can go to the centre to study too. The Cambodians are certainly very kind and friendly people, ensuring that we were always well taken care of during our entire stay. 







I would always remember that up till our very last day, even though we left for the airport way ahead of their lunch hour, they specially cooked and packed us lunch boxes just so we would not had to experience even a moment of hunger on our journey. They may not have much, but they tried to give all that little that they could offer.  I’m touched deeply and really humbled by their warm hospitality. I had travelled to many places but that was the first time I travelled abroad for medical volunteer work and it had surely given me a very different yet valuable travel perspective, adventure and worthwhile insights.





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Fall is almost here and it's a wonderful time of the year because Net-A-Porter.com has just released its Fall collection. For this batch, the purveyor of luxury added a whole new edit of contemporary brands that are kinder to our wallets. Which means, our dream wardrobes for Fall are now more attainable!


Celebrate with us as we grace through brands such as Harris Wharf, Vanessa Seward, Sam Edelman, Theory and whole lot more for our top picks this Fall.


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F.R.S Printed Silk-Twill Wide-Leg Pants



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F.R.S. or For Restless Sleepers is a brand that caters to those women who work double time but still want to look stunning and sophisticated the next day. And yes, this pair of pajama-inspired pants is one of those pieces that you'd love to wear on a chilly and hectic work day. It's crafted using lush silk-twill and classic white piping finish that you can pair with a classic blouse, tailored jacket, and heels for a chic look from 9-5.

JOSEPH Asymmetric Contrast-Knit Wool Turtleneck Sweater



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Fall in love with a whole new oatmeal colour with this knitted piece from JOSEPH. Unlike your usual jacket or coat, this one takes the boring out of the sweater season with its cutaway asymmetric hem. It manages to look soft and feminine despite its bulky-looking aura. 



Vanessa Seward Absolu Leather Skirt



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Leather is not just for the tough chicks, it's also great for those with a more feminine taste. This Net-A-Porter.com online exclusive Vanessa Seward skirt is cut from luxuriously soft leather and sits nicely at the waist with a concealed zip fastening at the back. With this skirtwomen can now strut through Fall in a midi leather skirt with a flattering silhouette. 



Harris Wharf London Wool-felt Coat



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Nothing speaks better than Fall that a camel-coloured coat. This one from Harris Wharf London is made from smooth wool-felt and unlined for lightness. Its relaxed tailoring warms you up while creating shape with its waist tie design. the best thing about it? It looks good with everything. 



Frame Denim Le Classic Striped Washed Silk-Charmeuse Shirt


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Stripes--the go to pattern for an effortless, crisp, and sophisticated look. Frame Denim makes it even better with a silk-charmeuse fabrics, and ultra-soft and delicate cloth that's a great insulator for cooler days for the season. It features a subtle pleat at the back and placket for a sharper, sleeker silhouette.


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It's that time of the year again where we leave our handbags behind and put our backpacks to work. Backpacks may not be the most fashionable bag for your style, but they have certainly evolved to more wearable and chic designs that go well with any outfit. There's literally tons in the market for each style.


So whether you're classy or sporty, here are 5 ways to style your backpack! 


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Classy



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If you find yourself leaning towards the neutrals and classy pieces, then you're a girl with a timeless style. For school, match it with a bucket type or tote backpack so you can safely bring your school essentials in style without showing the bulkiness of your bag. Try canvas or leather material for a sophisticated touch. 

Sporty



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Comfort is your best friend, that's why you're more into sneakers and slip-ons rather than heels and sandals. You've got that sporty trend going on! Complete that look with a backpack from one of your favourite sports brands or opt for those classic backpack brands for a bigger and sturdier bag for your school stuff.



Edgy



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You go for black--always. But it's more than just the usual monochrome look because you like it better if it's studded, made of leather, and has that cool, rebel vibe. The right backpack for you is exactly all those things but instead of wearing it, you're carrying it. Your bag is an addition to your statement, and you carry it so well. 



Feminine



(photo from RoxanneChia)


You live for floral prints, pastels, soft fabrics, and sundresses. A backpack may not be the right bag for your dress, but it can work! You just have to find the right print and colour. Since you're aiming for something you can use all-year round, find a colour that complements your wardrobe and opt for either stripes, polka dots, or florals. 



Vintage



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You're the kind of fashionista who's not of your time because you like all the things your mom wears that's basically from the 70's or 80's. You like satchels, loafers, big glasses, and don't mind if people call you hipster. Extend your vintage love at school and take a trip to the flea market or to underrated leather stores to find that perfect backpack for you. It should be structured enough to fit all your school stuff and plus points if it has that aged leather smell too!



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