Living in Phnom Penh: Cruisin’ Through The Week

General, Living in Phnom Penh / Thursday, November 17th, 2011

You know it just occurred to me that I have really adjusted to living in Cambodia. For one the things that were ‘novelty’ to me seems to be commonplace now. Before, I see a lot of curious things. I have tons of things to blog about, to take photos of, but now I seem to think that everything is as it should be. Gone were the days when I could sit outside and marvel at everything, motorbikes careening everywhere, how Khmers could actually fit 6-8 persons in a moto.

Hi-ace says maybe I’ve started to see things the way locals do. He’s right, I think. Now that I think about it, I’m pretty comfortable about living here already. Sure there are things that are still foreign to me, but most of the time I feel like this place is so much part of me, it really is my home now. Whilst before I would be terrified to ride a moto taxi, now riding them seems like second nature to me. Lol. Even rapidly spoken Khmer is like a normal thing to hear now. And I was pretty much amazed coz now I could easily identify spoken Khmer from other language, where before I just think it sounds the same as other languages I don’t know. Now, I only get the old amazed ‘I’m in a foreign land’ feeling whenever we venture to the provinces.

This week has been rather uneventful, that’s why I feel like the week has just cruised by. After a whirlwind drive through Kep and Kampot last week and the two week Philippine vacation we had, I was actually glad of the reprieve. For once I didn’t want to go out. I just did the laundry, cleaned the house, did some errands. And oh, I renewed my visa. The travel agency said the prices increased so I paid $285 for a 1 year multi-entry visa which is $10 more pricey than last year. The processing is a bit long though, the agent said to expect the visa after one week coz the long holidays sure left a big pile up of visas to process at the immigration office.

I also got the chance to get down and do some work online. At least on my other blogs that needed updating. And I’ve been inspired enough to go back and do some digi scrapping kits again and reviving my crafting blog – My Crafting Den. At least now I’ve got my creative juices flowing and the blogging mojo back. I also have tons of photos for editing and I’ll be sharing Kampot photos soon.

And to end this post, let me just share a photo I shot of some geese wandering in a pagoda in Kandal province. Pretty aren’t they? I might not find things Cambodian or the Khmer landscapes as novelty anymore, but I would always think this country and everything in it is beautiful.

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