Thursday, 5 May 2011

Templing and being hustled by 4 year olds

Hired a driver and car for the day to go templing as decided I needed air conditioning in 37 degree heat. Having a driver suits me just fine. The temples around Sien Reap are absolutely amazing. Gave up taking photos in the end as impossible to do them justice and capture the sheer scale and beauty. There is also a tree which apparently featured in the movie Tomb Raider. Not being familar with the adventures of this large titted lady the significance of this was somewhat lost on me. Got the outfit completely wrong. Short dress and lots of steep stairs resulting in the tourists at Ankor Wat seeing far more of my ass than anyone really needs to. Unless you have a really nice bum I would strongly recommend shorts. I ended up having to buy a berry harem pant jumpsuit, partly due to the flashing and partly due to the fact that like Uncle Ho, Buddha is not a massive fan of ass/shoulders/ legs and I didn't want a repeat of the loud hailer whore incident. Potentially the most unflattering purchase of all time - looked like a cherry blimp and then it kept billowing in the wind which only added to the effect. There were lots of little kids selling stuff around the temples. I got followed for ages and they wouldn't  leave me alone so decided to buy stuff. This was not a good idea as they just swarmed me and it is really hard to say no to cute hungry looking four year olds selling bracelets and fridge magnets. Ended up with quite the selection of magnets, bracelets and postcards. I did wonder if anyone would notice if I just popped one in my car. A child who can help with expenses is not an enitrely flawed concept - cuts down on all that day care shiz. She could sell bracelets on P Road while I had a flat white. Needless to say looked tre ridiculous templing in my jumpsuit and arms full of friendship bracelets.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

More from Siem Reap

Offering to Buddha including a can of Sprite and some two minute noodles.

Excellent Cambodian beer for $1.50.

Amok - also excellent.

Dr Fish

Had one of those pedicures where the fish eat the dead skin off your feet. Not very relaxing, in fact kind of terrifying. Spent the whole time thinking they were getting carried away and actually starting on flesh. They did eat all the remnants of the spray tan so hope they dont die or go a weird orange colour. Spent three hours in the spa being basted like a well prepared roast which was bliss apart from some weird bum massaging. There were a few moments there where I thought that perhaps the full harmony room experience came with a happy ending but thankfully turned out to be unfounded.

Markets in Siem Reap

Pretty but the smell of semi off fish and meat makes you dry retch.

A deviation on the lemon detox theme

Sea shells cooked by roasting them in the hot sun. Delicious apparently and somewhat of a delicacy if you like off seafood. Am quite tempted to indulge as a way of shedding a few kgs before I return. Somewhat more effective than living on lemon juice I imagine.

Solo voyager

Off to Cambodia to find myself. Didn't get off to a great start as plane delayed for four hours which meant I arrived in the dark. Noone was there to pick me up but got a taxi to the deceptively named Mekong Palace.

Dirty old Mekong adventures

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

For the person who has everything

Elephant feet - usefully hollowed out for storing things. Wouldn't mind the baby version for work to store my key stationery items.

Some much needed luxe in Ho Chi Minh

Checked into the Continental Hotel for some much needed luxe after training. Best shower/breakfast ever. Amazing grand old hotel where all the war correspondents used to stay. Spent lots of time in the courtyard drinking beer and pretending to write something important in my notebook. Ho Chi Minh city completely different from Hanoi. All designer stores and high rise buildings and really hard to get around. Did some war museum type stuff which is just really sad - have seen enough images of people deformed by Agent Orange to last me a life time. Lots hotter than Hanoi which is not good. Liberation day coming up so red flags and banners hanging all down the streets and lots of montages on TV to the Vietnam Ho Chi Minh song which is extremely catchy. This new kind of communism seems pretty sweet. While I could never support a political system that denies the people Chanel, if you can have designer stores and lots of flags/montages it seems like it could work.