A spot of SCUBA in Koh Rong

Due to our very minor injuries -grazed shoulder for Joe, grazed knee and foot for me- from our recent motorbike accident we were not quite sure whether diving was going to be the fun experience we had planned. We even thought about cancelling but in the end decided due to only a small amount of time left we should go! So we set our alarms for 6 am and headed off to catch the ferry to Koh Rong. We’d been previously informed that there was to be a film crew documenting the whole thing for a Cambodian documentary. This was very interesting as they whipped out the camera and Joe commented that he thinks Taid has a similar model!

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I finished a book on the boat ride there and we were both tired. When we arrived we were met by Tom who introduced himself as our instructor for the two days. We discussed modules and theory for the course and what dives we would like to complete. we decided on Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Dive, Fish identification. Deep Dive and Navigation are compulsory. After this we got changed and then headed for the boat… after some spring rolls and chicken wings (making of an alternative breakfast). The boat was nice all be it slow as there other boat had broken. There was a nice relaxed environment and we both started to get excited for our first dive of the day. First was Buoyancy, so we had a quick dive briefing and jumped in. I was pleasantly surprised that the graze on my knee didn’t sting too much and now really excited. First test passed with flying colours. We didn’t take any  underwater pics for the whole trip because I was concentrating and my underwater photography is questionable but i’ll put one here of me!! On a dive a few  weeks ago and if you want to see more underwater pictures try Underwater in Koh Tao or Koh Phi phi with Papa Dre

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With the first Dive having been a great success we headed to town in Koh Rong for some lunch, fried rice with chicken. For an included lunch on a trip it was lovely and we all sat together discussing our mornings dive. Back on the boat and dive number 2… the one i’d been dreading… NAVIGATION. Those of you that know me can appreciate how much i struggle with directions at the best of times. I can get lost with a Sat Nav!  Tom was very patient and explained it above the water at least four times. When we jumped in I still wasn’t really sure I knew how to make a square at the  bottom of the ocean using a compass but I decided i’d try wing it.  Surprisingly I managed it first time!! And there were a lot of underwater high fives! Dive number 2 passed obviously Joe had no problems performing the same task! Woop.

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Dive number 3… By now we are very tired and back at the accommodation, which by the way was provided free and lovely. We were told it was basic but not by our standards i mean there was a flushing toilet and everything! We had a little rest and a bit more theory and then went to the pier to jump. We had a few set back as some how joe had the wrong fins and they were like 4 sizes too small but one of the Khmer staff ran back to get them and we changed them over quickly… Dive number 3 as you should be able to guess is the Night Dive. A first for both of us! We headed down and it really is bizarre I must admit it wasn’t my favourite. its very strange, but after a few minutes i’d settled into it a little. The highlight was seeing an octopus! I’d seen one before but at night it was amazing and this one was a bit bigger and walking- if octopi walk- plus at night it looked AMAZING! We also got to see a small wreck of an old dive boat. So although we didn’t choose a wreck dive kind of a two for one! ;). We were invited to a BBQ with the staff and the TV crew that evening so headed off but chose an early night due to being very tired. The next morning up bright and early and off for Dive number 4! The Deep Dive. This was my favourite I felt like a mermaid descending into the blue where that is all you can see blue blue blue. It was amazing I was so happy. At the bottom the red and orange light are filtered out and everything looks brown. But never have I seen brown look so beautiful. My fave dive of the lot. Back to the boat for some fish revision before Dive number 5 and the view was pretty cool despite some on and off rain.

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Dive number 6 to look and identify fish! We had to get 3 each I think, but spent the whole dive looking at different fish and identifying them one by one. it was harder than I thought as i’m quite easily distracted but safe to say we both passed again with flying colours!! And are now qualified Advanced Open Water Divers! WAHOO! I’m so happy as been wanting to do this forever. We headed for lunch to fill out dive logs and I celebrated with not one but 2 mango shakes.

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Back to Sihanoukville after saying goodbyes to all the team that have been so helpful. So glad we chose REEF to dive with after shopping around a little bit. AMAZING team and location you are doing a spot on job guys, if anyone is interested in diving in Cambodia these are the guys check them out, http://reef-dive-resort.com/

Back in Sihanoukville and we booked a room at Smile we’d stayed there before and it was easy to haggle a few dollars off a room with Air con! $12 in the end so cheaper than a dorm. We headed out for some food and then to Jack and Daniels for the eve. we planned on having one. But… Becky has brought a puppy so we were busy having cuddles and then we got hit by a torrential downpour and no longer fancied the walk home. So we waited it out and enjoyed our last evening with some good friends.

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Thankyou once again for reading we are getting very near the end of our Asia adventure and things are exciting and scary once again as we look forward to our next leg. I have a jam packed few days panned in Bangkok, maybe with a few surprises along the way. So keep reading as always its been a pleasure, you know what to do like, share and subscribe!

Paris X

New Years Resolution update:

28.04.2017 (Week 17 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: TWO WEEKS BEHIND

 

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One last chance Sihanoukville..

We’d come into a little money this week and ummed and arred about what to do with- some of- it… One thing was quite certain we didn’t want to spend a penny of it on drink and partying!!! We agreed that we wanted to save most of it for setting ourselves up in NZ and potentially buying a camper van in time for the summer. But we needed to do a little shopping and also both really wanted to do our next level in scuba diving (the advanced qualification). So while the shopping can wait we decided to do our diving qualification in Sihanoukville before we leave.

Joe has also been playing football for the local Pub team and came back drenched in sweat after making himself sick unfortunately I do not have any photographic evidence as I stayed in bed and caught up with some admin. The rest of the week has been spent going to local pub quizzes with T and S, which we are still yet to win and just hanging out and enjoying our lovely air b n b apartment. I have taken to wearing my lucky shirt to the quizzes though so there is still time fingers crossed.

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The one night I didn’t play they came first but I did manage to get a free glass of beer. I managed to squeeze in a bit of shopping and a local showed us to a shop where everything is $2.50 so we each got a hoody and I got some leggings and tracksuit bottoms! Getting a bit more organised now. I also treated myself to a $30 gorgeous silver ring with a moonstone in it, and i’ve put it underneath my Nanas wedding ring! I’m pretty chuffed with it. Joe wasn’t too impressed but I think he’s over it now! Sorry theres a toilet in the picture it was the best lighting. 

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The food here has been amazing I have loved cooking cheese on toast almost every single day and Joe has enjoyed his salami sandwiches. Its nice even just having a fridge. I did try and save myself some money by making my own mango shake it was a bitch to peel… took the best part of an hour, tasted shit, and saved me 20cent so I don’t think i’ll be repeating the situation.

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One night we had a power cut which is very common in Cambodia as i’m sure you can manage. So we headed to the nearest place with wifi mainly so that we could inform T and S that the power was out. We stumbled upon a little gem called missing monkey and headed back later for food. The steak here was $15 each but we’d had a heads up to share one and we couldn’t even finish that is was delicious, came with a lovely salad that even I tried and was cooked to perfection. The place has a random lone monkey chilling in a cage but it hates girls so I didn’t brave going near him he was however trying to groom Joe through the bars of the cage. Poor monkey I think he’s a bit lonely. If you love steak def check out Missing Monkey if you are ever in town though. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Missing-Monkey/292021074341799

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Other things we’ve been enjoying is of course the local beer and the lovely company of everyone at Jack and Daniels. Celia, Ricci, Sophie, Sophie, Massi, A, Vut, Haydon, Natalie, Danny and of course Jack We love you all and you have made the last week hilarious! We’ve had some finny times. Its been nice for me to have a little bit of a girl tribe going on again and i’ll miss you all. PS. Celia you have to get your arse over to NZ and see us soon! Hanging out at the pool one day we met a couple who have been living in NZ Bianca is going to be in Queenstown which is now our intended destination we’ve swapped contact details and will hopefully meet up when we get there getting really excited now and we’ve got loads of tips from people who have traveled  NZ before so should almost know what we’re doing.  

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One day started really well and I got my legs and armpits waxed, we also found a western hairdresser and Joe treated himself to a beard trim and a haircut! Just a trim though as he’s still going for the long locks. That evening went from good to worse as some idiot pulled out in front of us on our way back from dinner and joe went straight into the back of him. Before I finish the story… no-one was hurt bar a few minor grazes that have been well and truly patched up! I could immediately see it was going to kick of as obviously it was a local we’d crashed into and before long there seemed to be a lot of local people around the place all getting involved. I ran to Jacks bar leaving Joe there and asked Jack if he’d go help. He rushed of on his bed but was soon back saying that the police were there and that he’d better take the khmer boys from the pub with him. So Jack plus Massi and Vut headed off again leaving A to run the bar, Jack at this point told me that I should probably go and empty my bank account as there really is only one thing the police want here. $100 dollars later and the whole thing was sorted, apart from now we need to get the bike fixed before taking it back to the rental. I’ve got a bit of a grazed knee and Joes got the same on his shoulder but we’ll both live to tell the tale and I think thats enough motorbikes for one trip! Poor Jack as the night before one of the British girls we know who works for him got punched in the face by a Korean man, its a very long very random story. But basically Jacks spent two nights in a row trying to sort out the police. We owe ya one Jack thanks a bunch. If we didn’t know locals I think the price would have probably been double so it comes in quite handy being friends with everyone. My main concern was that after my leg wax and finally feeling like a girl I now have grazed knees and feel like a 4 yr old boy. Oh well we live to tell the tale and we’re off to Koh Rong now for a break and a some more Scuba Diving before one more night here saying our goodbyes. I’ll leave you with a picture of how bad my armpit hair was (you can’t really tell from the picture but you will have to take my word for it). Love you all. 

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Paris X

New Years Resolution update:

25.04.2017 (Week 17 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress but I am making progress!)

Status: TWO WEEKS BEHIND

Right back at ya… Sihanoukville

So we arrived back after an uneventful night bus journey from Siem Reap. We found somewhere to stay and slept all morning as we arrived at about 6am. Everywhere was expensive because its khmer new year celebrations tomorrow and that lasts for few days. So the detox is officially on hold. First thing we did was pop into Jack and Daniels bar and meet up with Jack and few other people we know who work there. 2nd thing we did was go get some marmite on toast as it is my favourite! YUMMY!

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We moved hostels 3 times in the first 3 days and ended up back at the faithful Monkey Republic where the food is good and they have a pool. However the room was very hot so we looked around for other options initially to no avail! We had loads of fun for new year squirting all the children with water pistols and drinking way too much beer.

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Joe has now developed a kebab addiction and I have to say I feel it might be the way forward we have been enjoying the nightly intake of 2 or 3 kebabs each!

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We had a really nice day at Otres with Rikki and Celia who both work at Jacks and hired mopeds so we could get around!

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Joe felt ill for a few days and one night I decided to head out alone. I ended up at a pub quiz and randomly joined a team of strangers, here I met Tim and Seravin. We didn’t win the quiz but got chatting. Tim mentioned that they had just opened an air b n b and that we could stay for a bit of a discount as its low season! It has air con and a kitchen and I was very excited. So off we went the next morning. Joe was a tad concerned about all this as i was very drunk and he was convinced we were going to be moving in with some weirdos but everything went swimmingly and they are really lovely people. We’ve spent a bit of time hanging out with them and its been nice to unpack all my clothes and get a bit of order!!

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That same night I met T and S I was on my way home trying to be sensible and bumped into the girls from the night of the night boat catastrophe (read about it here! If you have no idea what i’m on about)  They’d just got into town and wanted to know where to go so I took them down to Jack and Daniels and managed to get myself a free drink for my promoting work. Lets just say I had a few too many! Joe wasn’t too impressed with the state of me.

This is the start of what I think is going to be a good week so look out for Sihanoukville take 2 coming soon.

Paris X

New Years Resolution update:

22.04.2017 (Week 16 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress i’ll keep at it)

Status: STILL ONE WEEK BEHIND

The end of Siem Reap

So we spent the last few days in Siem Reap just chilling out…

**WARNING this post is in no particular order and i’m hungover so i’m not even sure if it makes any sense but its been a while so needs must**

Incase anyone missed it there is more about our fave things to do in Siem Reap here! As always thanks for reading like, share and comment! Enjoy.

We found an amazing place in Siem Reap that does $3 pizza. We headed there for a drink and then some scrummy food one sunny afternoon! The order got a bit messed up and I ended up with this…

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…instead of a margarita PIZZA but Joe was happy to drink it and I got some pizza after I re-explained myself to the waiter and we all had a pretty good laugh about the situation. We didn’t do much for the remainder of that day and chilled by our pool and in our still very hot room.

Since we’ve been in Siem Reap I have literally developed a mango shake addiction to the point where I am researching the quality of Mango’s in NZ. So Joe ran out to get me one before bed! What a hero.

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We had one mad night out at a little cocktail, roadside bar/cart we chose this one in particular because they had a laptop and you could choose what you wanted to listen to. Me and Joe went straight for the country and western and that pretty much guaranteed that we had the place to ourselves for the evening apart from one other Australian guy who turned out to be really really weird.

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Safe to say in the morning we had headaches. But no problem we headed to the nearest cinema and for once Joe agreed to watch my choice of film. Moana. It was brilliant and we had a private cinema room and lots of snacks and coke. All for about $10 each not bad. Joe enjoyed it so much he watched 15 minutes then slept the whole time.

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The last thing on our Siem reap bucket list was to get a Khmer BBQ, we’d scoped out the place that had good reviews and looked like the best value for money. It was amazing, we were so full that we had to keep having breaks i’ll load a picture of the set menu we had. As well as the meat you get alot of veg and noodles all cooked in a broth and the meat you all cook yourself so you can take your time. I would highly recommend it I personally think it was one of my favourite meals to date. Normally when they serve you here you get flags in the meat to tell you whats what. Although just before we ordered they had run out of flags so it was a bit like a bush-tucker trial trying to differentiate between the different meats but i’m pretty sure that we worked it out in the end.

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We ended up leaving a little bit earlier than planned due to the hotel telling us at the last minute that they have no more availability due to it being New Year. We booked a night bus and already knew that Sihanoukville was to be our final Cambodian destination before spending the last few days of our trip in Bangkok!

Paris X

New Years Resolution update:

20.04.2017 (Week 16 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  16. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (Among others still a work in progress i’ll keep at it)

Status: ONE WEEK BEHIND

 

Top 5 things to see and do in Siem Reap

Heres our top 5 – in no particular order, due to running out of money and being near the end of our Asia adventure we have spent along time here but Siem Reap has a lot to offer so have fun exploring!

1. Angkor Wat

Well doh! I would go as far as to say the highlight of my trip it speaks for itself.

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2. Phare Circus

A community run project that focuses on getting street children into employment through the arts. The skills of everyone involved in this are amazing and we throughly enjoyed ourselves. The circus tells a beautiful story and was enjoyed by everyone there. An amazing evening. Its on every night and I wish I could go every night!

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3. Old market/Street food

The street food opposite the old market (which is an attraction all of its own) is wonderful. You can choose from their menu for just $1.5 and the food is ample and delicious. As we are now on a very tight budget we have enjoyed many a meal there. OK you have to sit on a plastic chair pretty much in the middle of the road but its a great place to people watch and chat to locals.

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4. Landmine Museum

A bit of a trek, and a few tuk tuk drivers tried to put us off going but we loved every second and was worth the trek. We rented a moped that worked out cheaper and was much more fun. The museum itself is small and quite run down but shares a remarkable story of one man and his wife who want to make Cambodia safe from landmines for their people. Its inspiring and some of the statistics are mindblowing.

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5. Pub Street

If you want good western food or a traditional khmer BBQ this is the place with you. You can watch Apsara dancing for free and most places do 50cent beer. If you want to eat aa tarantula or a crocodile burger this is also the place for you. it has everything from family fun to romantic dining, from quiet bars to dance the night away parties. Angkor Wat bar and temple are personal favourites of ours but make sure you visit the street that has everything!

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Paris X

New Years Resolution update:

13.04.2017 (Week 15 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. **Currently 400 pages into War And Peace so might take a while***

Status: ONE WEEK BEHIND

Angkor WHAT?

So today…. after 3 failed attempts we went to Angkor Wat. I was adamant on doing the sunrise and i’d heard really mixed reviews. Joe was in two minds about it as it gets really busy at this time. We were first meant to go a few days ago but cancelled as we both felt ill. We were also meant to go yesterday but for some reason the alarm didn’t go off so we slept straight through.

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Today we were determined although it nearly got cancelled again due to the tuk tuk driver still being asleep! We headed off  at 4.45am i’m pretty sure thats a lot later than most people leave but we seemed to overtake them all on the way!! When we got to the ticket office busy was an understatement but it seemed like a well oiled machine and we soon got to the front. Disaster struck when they refused to take our $100 for two tickets (prices have just gone up so costs $38 each for the whole day). The reason for them not wanting the note was because it was dirty. I didn’t have any cards on me but luckily Joe did so we rectified the problem.  And off we headed to watch the sun come up. Over all its busy, and its expensive. But its a once in a life time opportunity and worth every minute. I didn’t think it was too busy compared to what i’d heard previously and it is massive. We got a mango shake after sunrise and then headed off around to the other temples. All of which were stunning. I recommend going for sunrise, because by 11 the heat was unbearable we were home by lunch time but loved and appreciated every minute. I would also recommend getting a guide, we didn’t because we’d read a book about it and know our Tuk Tuk driver is very knowledgeable and speaks good english, but I think to get the most out of it a guide would be beneficial. I’ll spare you all the details because I really think it is something everyone should see for themselves. So i’ll leave you with some photos. Enjoy. (Bare in mind we are not professional photographers and i’ve not edited any of these pictures. Just straight off my iphone)

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“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr Zeus.

Paris X

New Years Resolution update:

11.04.2017 (Week 15 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. **Currently 400 pages into War And Peace so might take a while but making steady progress :)**

Status: ONE WEEK BEHIND

Siem Reap, first impressions

First of all sorry its been AGES! Our wifi is rubbish and we’ve been enjoying being lazy!

Our flight went well I was fretting that my bag would be over the 20kg allowed but it weighs only 9kg haha… Joes was similar. We got greeted by a free airport transfer and headed to our room. Its nice but very basic and only has a fan so is very very hot. We spent all morning sleeping then headed out to pub street that we’ve heard so much about the food and drinks are nice and cheap and its got a chilled yet party atmosphere if thats such a thing. We had a few drinks and food the first night then back to bed.

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Our plan is to lay low this week as we’re waiting for a transfer of funds… (Thankyou MUM) We’ll do some research and then get to the sight seeing next week. Our second night we went out for a quiet drink and headed to Angkor What bar which had been recommended along with a few other places by Sophie who has spent a great deal of time in Cambodia so her advice is greatly appreciated. We bumped into another couple and started to have some drinks with them. They were lovely, we all got a bit peckish and walked off in a hunt for some food. The couple we’d met offered to buy us dinner at a restaurant that they had been recommended by their daughter, we told them that we’d pay our share but agreed to go to the restaurant with them and jumped in a tuk tuk. unfortunately upon arriving at the restaurant it was closed so we re-routed. Sophie had mentioned a restaurant named Genevieve’s, although she did say we might have to book we decided to take our chances and headed off in that direction. After 10 minutes they found us a table and the food was AMAZING!!! Joe and I shared spring rolls to start and I had duck breast -medium rare – with chips as a main. Joe Had pork belly. We all tried a bit of each others and had a really nice meal. Christine and her partner refused to let us pay even though we tried to insist and the night went on, we got the first round of drinks back at Angkor What bar and  the four of us danced the night away.

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We both had headaches the next day and have spent the remainder of our time chilling by the pool, which much like the room is basic but suits our needs just fine!

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We enjoy pub street most evenings where beer is cheaper than water and fried ice cream rolls are a must.

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Among a lot of relaxing we have also enjoyed exploring the local markets and night markets! The night markets are better as you cannot even imagine the heat here. As i am writing this it is forecast to still be 33 at 10pm! BOILING!!!!!! The markets are full of local activity and Joe loves looking at all the meat and fish, while I prefer the hand made scarves and jewelry. We’ve loved just milling around and relaxing but cannot wait to start seeing some sights and exploring so look out for more of what we actually do in Siem Reap!!!

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New Years Resolution update:

11.04.2017 (Week 15 of challenge) Books Read:

  1. A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
  2. A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
  3. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  4. Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
  5. Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
  6. Girl Undone – Marla Madison
  7. The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
  8. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  9. On The Road – Jack Kerouac
  10. Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In The Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
  11. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  12. Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
  13. Sabotage – Dale Wiley
  14. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  15. **Currently 400 pages into War And Peace so might take a while***

Status: ONE WEEK BEHIND