THE PHILIPPINES TO CAMBODIA 

20 Apr

The Beautiful Sunset At Matabungkay in the Philippines
Since I’ve been in Cambodia it’s taken a while to adjust to the differences between the Philippines and here. What I miss is the spirited singing and children laughing and the chickens in the morning. I’d go to sleep to karaoke singing and wake up to the music of the roosters. 

Here life goes on peacefully from what I’ve seen. And the people in Cambodia seemed very relaxed, helpful, and friendly. I do wish we had a visa that lasted more than a month because of the pleasant life style here. 

View From Our Guesthouse 

I am in the middle of the city staying at a hostel with a restaurant below it. Many Westerners frequent the eight blocks here in the center because of all the sidewalk cafés. Mine is called Curry Bay. We have a private room which is very quiet. And when we want to be with people we come downstairs, finding many with whom we’ve already made friends. 

Independence Monument in Phnom Penh

A Mexican Restaurant Near the River I Phnom Penh
I love it when many cultures come together. That is the case here. Last night I had dinner with people from Nepal, California, Cambodia, Australia, and Morocco. Next month we may visit the south in a city where I have heard there are a lot of French people. First I’m enjoying watching people and seeing how they react to each other and us. People seem unable to take their eyes off my husband. He appears to them like a rockstar. I believe that it’s because they think that he looks like Jimmy Hendrix. 
I’m enjoying see Americans again. 

I’m sitting here at breakfast writing while my husband hunts for a job. From what I have heard, they hire real estate agents without a license. These agents then sell apartments and other things. They have English teaching jobs here as well. Native speakers often do not need paperwork saying that they are a teacher. They pay $300 a month though. When you have the proper credentials you can make $2000. 
It’s time to rest from our travels for a while. Cambodia might just be the place! It’s close to both Vietnam and Laos where we can renew our visas easily.  
It feels a bit like Amsterdam here with pizza places and coffee shops selling marijuana. It isn’t legal though people do smoke openly along the river in the chairs of outside restaurants. 
Tuk tuks park outside each cafe waiting for customers to take places. They sleep until someone wants a ride. 
Monks walk by or ride scooters (motorbikes). People dress comfortably for the heat and high humidity. 
We will go to Laos next in order to feel the coolness of the forests and waterfalls there. Then we may return again to this Kingdom of Wonder. 

Travelers gather in common areas to exchange information and ideas

Most guesthouses here have a restaurant out front

My husband job hunting in Phnom Penh

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