Day 12 (part 2)
02.04.2009 - 02.04.2009
We visited the translation office next, made up of about 10 members, just a single detahed house. They have to do their own housekeeping, while various pioneers come on different days of the week to help with kitchen work. We had lunch together. After that Wathana went for work while I went home to get some rest and watch some TV. Went out with one of the missionaries to a bible study during late evening. Very interesting.
Earlier during the day I had already arranged to have dinner with Wathana, thinking of giving him a treat for spending the morning with me on his fuel expenses. We went to a place called Boat Noodles for some Cambodian fare. Wathana ordered chicken wings and papaya salad, while I tried something called "cha greung". The dish is actually marinated beef or chicken stir fried with lime leaves, lemongrass, turmeric, onions, bean shoots and capsicum. The taste is very nice and unique! But also quite expensive! The meal burnt USD11 out of my pocket. The lighting was again too atmospheric (read: not bright enough) for me to take any meaningful pictures.
Wathana asked if I want him to phone up some friends in Siem Reap to arrange things for me and bring me around. Why not? Went back home and started packing for my early departure tomorrow morning. By now I already sensed that my holiday is coming to an end soon. Sooner than what I felt it to be. I have made a few friends in Phnom Penh, and tthat made all the difference, because without them, Phnom Penh will not be very memorable to me.
Well, maybe except for the genocide museums.