Weds 12/Thurs 13/Fri 14/Sat 15 April 2017 – Siem Reap, Cambodia and Singapore, Singapore
Hello from Auckland! While we wait for our flight home, I just thought I’d finish off my blog! 😊
Sadly our last day in Siem Reap wasn’t a very good one for Craig – he woke up feeling unwell just like he had a few days prior, with flu-like symptoms. I called the resort nurse and she came along with her little straw hat and carrying a green medics case… the getup was quite cute, and has obviously been styled to fit in with the rest of the resort. Her English wasn’t great, but she had a huge smile on her face and was really sweet. He had a slight fever and so poor Craig had to lay there getting his whole body sponged with cold flannels 😂He was out for the whole day and night, which was a bit of a shame – I just chilled out for the day… went and had breakfast/ went for a massage and the lovely girl (the one who had been doing my hair styles) told me all about how she got to meet Angelina/read my book/went swimming.
On Thursday our flight wasn’t until 4pm, and we didn’t have to check out until 12, so Craig (feeling better) did get to enjoy a little more time by the pool before we had to leave.
When we were in the line to check in our bags there was a group of older ladies travelling together and chatting away excitedly, and we noticed their accents and asked where they were from. Coincidentally , they were also from Christchurch and had even booked their trip through one of our company’s offices. Lovely as they were, they didn’t do much for my nerves on the fight when we a little bit and they all screamed at the same time!
It was about 8.30pm by the time we got to our accommodation on Sentosa Island – it probably wasn’t the best location for what we were wanting to do at this part of our trip, but I just LOVE the W Hotels… if you’ve ever stayed at one, I’m sure you feel the same way. They are so funky! We arrived and they had decorated our room with LOVE decor, and left us a box of chocolates, and then when we came back from having a swim in the awesome pool (who doesn’t love a swim up bar?), they had left us a cute box with a love-heart helium balloon attached, and a cake inside the box… nice touch. Craig ate the cake the next morning, with a pair of chop sticks, because we couldn’t find any forks or spoons.
Our following day in Singapore was a bit of a let down – it poured down with rain all day, which sort of ruined the plans I had in mind for walking around various neighbourhoods. We caught the free shuttle into Orchard Road and then went to some mall called *Scape, which had been recommended as somewhere you could get good deals… it was terrible. Don’t go there 😂.
Then we grabbed a taxi to IMM Outlet Mall in Jurong, which was OK – not dissimilar to Dressmart though. We bought a few things there and then decided to head to China Town, as I wanted to check out The Library… a speak easy. We managed to find the password for April online (1879, for anyone planning to go this month) and walked down the road to find it – luckily we had the address, as the street is full of similar looking buildings (very cute) and the door was unmarked except for a very small logo.
When we walked in, it was a funny little room pretending to sell teas, and the lady waiting in there was not giving anything away, as in she wasn’t even going to ask us if we needed help… hilariously mysterious. Once Craig recited the password, we were allowed trough the mirror door, which uses a switch behind the book case, and suddenly you’re in the dimly-lit bar. They’ve tried the keep the music reminiscent of the times of prohibition, and it made me think of that episode of the Simpsons when Bart and Homer are making home brew and putting it into Bowling Balls.
The cocktails were absolutely amazing – they were $25 each, but amazingly presented and I always appreciate a good mixologist. We were only planning on having one or two, but this British couple (living in Aussie) walked in and started chatting to us, and asked if they could buy us a drink to get us to stay. They were heaps of fun and we had a lot in common – they are married and work together – so we accepted and one drink turned into six, and we ended up leaving around midnight, which was a bit naughty when we had to get up at 5.30 for our flight home, but it was good fun.
It’s fair to say I was feeling a bit seedy on the flight home yesterday, but I got through it regardless of the girl next to me being the most fidgety person I’ve ever come across, and a fair bit of turbulence.
5 things I learned on this trip:
#1 – there is no point in getting Cambodian Riel – they prefer USD, and it’s just confusing having to convert USD to Riel (and then figuring that out in NZD in your mind as well). It’s also hard to get – you can pretty much only buy it in Cambodia
#2 – the effects of the Khmer Rouge are still very visible
#3 – unlike the Thai people, the Cambodians won’t necessarily show their appreciation/respond to you trying to speak their language
#4 – Crickets taste like kettle chips
#5 – mango in New Zealand tastes like cardboard compared to mango in Cambodia
THE END! See you next holiday ♥️♥️♥️