Back to Phnom Penh
Cambodia is really in my blood now. Whenever I go somewhere out of this country, I miss everything Cambodian. Even the chaotic traffic. Fancy that. And I never thought I’d say that when I first visited this country almost a decade ago. Whilst before, some things just drove me nuts, now I could safely say I’m well adjusted and careening motos with 4-5 passengers is a normal sight.
Anyway I was just gone for less than 2 weeks coz I figured I deserved (ha!) a nice little shopping and sightseeing trip. That’s the downside of living in Phnom Penh if you are a mall and shopping rat. You really get these crazy bouts of longing for a nice mall and some serious retail therapy. The upside is that, shopping paradises are just an easy reach from the city. It’s quite easy and cheap to fly off to Singapore, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. So this time we went off to Kuala Lumpur and for a few days till I gave up (more like my wallet gave up, hahaha!).
Then we flew off to Manila then on to Legazpi City for a few days for my father’s 1st death anniversary. It was great to see my mom now okay after what we all went through last year with my dad battling cancer and ultimately moving on. Now we could say,we are all really fine. I know he’s somewhere where he can’t feel pain anymore and I occasionally get the feeling that he is watching over us. That might sound weird, but it comforts me.
A week was not really enough to catch up with family and friends. Sigh.I didn’t even get to see my college buddies so I’m a bit frustrated, but no matter. Plans have been made to celebrate Christmas in the Philippines this year and I’m praying hard this would push through.
Bidding my mother and brother a temporary goodbye was hard, but I was also excited for our return trip coz we booked the new Cebu Pacific route Manila-Siem Reap. This route have just been operating since April 19, 2012 so we were excited to try it out.
Can you imagine how happy I was that the traveling time was just 2 1/2 hours? I haven’t even dozed off and we were in Siem Reap. I was also pleasantly surprised that the flight was almost full. The only downside of landing in Siem Reap is that we had to take the bus to Phnom Penh the next day, so I now wish they had a Manila-Phnom Penh direct flights. Is that asking too much?