Cambodia

Day 174- Birthday Party

Today we had a leisurely morning with another yummy Cambodian breakfast! Then we went with Gary, Lois, and Anna to run some errands to prepare for Anna and KimLeng’s birthday party tonight! Anna is turning 2 and Kimleng is turning 30! 

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 (Their birthdays are actually tomorrow, but they were so sweet and moved the whole party a day early so that we could join!!) 

We took the tuk tuk across town to a supermarket that a lot of expats shop at because it carries many familiar brands! We picked up party supplies and then came back to get ready for the festivities! 

Even though it was his birthday, Kimleng insisted on cooking a Chinese meal for everyone, since he is part Chinese. It was delicious noodle soup! I think it was a big hit! 

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Alexander and I had a great time chatting with everyone and getting to know some of the young people from Gary and Lois’s ministry! They were all such kind and fun people! We also got to know the neighbors who are also expats from the United States! 

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Of course, later on it was time for CAKE! Alexander was psyched to find out that we were having a western style cake! It was a yummy white cake with fruit in the middle. Kimleng and Lois gave him the biggest piece with a giant scoop of ice cream! (He also got to finish the cake after the guests left!)  

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 Then, once most of the people left, it was time for Anna’s presents! She got bubbles and play dough and animals! Alexander and I got her a pink My Little Pony! 

It was really nice playing with her for a little bit before bedtime!  

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Day 173- National Museum, Wat Phnom, and Cambodian Barbeque

Today after breakfast we headed to the National Museum! 

There, we saw many sculptures and artifacts from daily life in the early times in Cambodia! We also really enjoyed the pretty courtyard in the middle! 

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Then, we hopped back in the tuk tuk and drove to Wat Phnom! It was built in 1372 and is in the center of Phnom Penh. According to legend, a woman named Penh found four Buddha statues inside a tree in the river and then made a small shrine on top of this hill.  The small shrine eventually became a large temple in the city named after her. 

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 After, we came home for some lunch and relaxation! Everybody in the house had a nice nap! 

 After, we came home for some lunch and relaxation! Everybody in the house had a nice nap! 

 Then in the evening, we all went out for Cambodian barbeque! It was SO good and we had SO much food!! We had grilled veggies and beef, and I tried okra and squid for the first time!  

 Then in the evening, we all went out for Cambodian barbeque! It was SO good and we had SO much food!! We had grilled veggies and beef, and I tried okra and squid for the first time!  

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Then after dinner, Gary and Lois took Anna back home to bed, and Kimleng and Sarun showed us around a few places! We first went to the container market that had a lot of neat shops and had bars with music! At the market they were so sweet and bought us both Cambodian Kramas (scarf)- I’m wearing mine in the photo!

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While at the market, I ate a cockroach and a cricket!! They really didn’t taste bad, but I still couldn’t convince Alexander to do it with me! 

Kimleng and Sarun also bought us chunks of sugar cane while we were walking along the river! You just chew them to get the juice out and then throw the pieces away. They were so yummy! 

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It was nice to spend the evening with another couple our age and getting the chance to chat with them! We really appreciated them doing that for us!