2nd weekend (alone) in Phnom Penh

This post should have been posted 2 weeks ago.  For some reason, the Wi-Fi connection in  our condo is blocking WordPress and Twitter and I’m too busy to go out just to blog. I put everything in Microsoft Word and forgot to post this until now. 

Anyway, we (my bosses and I) are currently in Siem Reap after visiting few distributors, markets and casinos for work. Moreover, we went to see the great Angkor Wat and all other temples near the area. But before I go on with that part of the story, let me tell you first the 2nd and last weekend that I was alone as I’ve typed it 2 weeks ago: 

Second week of being alone is not bad either. By far, this is the only chance that I have more time for myself than when I was in Manila. I only need to think about eating, sleeping and working. I get to have more non – working activities (that maybe requires no socialization, haha!) like watching TV, blogging or even just staring at the ceiling. I even had the time to do simple exercises which I am too lazy to do when I’m in the Philippines.

Last June 15 (Saturday), just because I pity myself for having no one to hang out with, I looked over all the newspapers, magazines and travel booklets that I have and checked out all the latest events in the area. After hours of looking, I was about to give up and told myself that I’ll stay in over the weekends. But then after I went down to buy food, I saw leaflets of the 3rd Phnom Penh International Half Marathon at the lobby area of our condo. I checked on the date and immediately logged in to their website to register. Though it was posted that the last day of registration was June 9, I still emailed them hoping that I can get in. I even messaged them on Facebook just to double-check (talk about desperate! haha!). Thank God my persistence paid off! The admin of the Facebook page replied to me and said that the last day of registration was that same day. Hurriedly, I called one of the tuktuk drivers to pick me at 2PM to register. BOY, I AM THAT EXCITED!

Twenty minutes later, my boss texted me and asked me if I wanted to go with him to buy groceries before we go to mass at 5PM. We usually buy our groceries together during the weekends as it is more efficient and cheaper to share the fare for the tuktuk. I told him that I can go but I need to go to the Royal Palace first to register, in which he’s totally fine with it. After registering, he toured me in Wat Phnom, the tallest religious structure in the city and one of the must- sees. Entrance fee is just $1 for tourists.

I'm used to climbing up the stairs! This is no sweat! :D

I’m used to climbing up the stairs! This is no sweat! :D

Haha! That's my boss right there.

Haha! That’s my boss right there.

That's one big golden Buddha! O.O

That’s one big golden Buddha! O.O

The main stupa!

The main stupa!

Statue of King Sisowath at the far middle. The giant clock and the giant snake.

Statue of King Sisowath at the far middle. The giant clock and the giant snake.

Not a selfie! Yes! Thanks, Sir!

Not a selfie! Yes! Thanks, Sir!

Aside from Wat Phnom, we visited this chic vintage shop called “Trunkh.” My boss knows the owners of the shop and wanted to drop by and say hi.  The place was fantastic! I just love their interiors as vintage is something I am well – fascinated with.

I just love this mirror!

I just love this mirror!

Also near the vicinity of the shop,  my boss wanted to take a shot of the so – called “White Building” which consists of old and deteriorated townhouse-like structures, portraying a very dramatic and moving life of people in poverty. Just seeing this place really tells you a lot. According to the locals, this place is well- known for prostitution, crimes and all sorts of violence that even one of our tuktuk drivers warned us to never go inside it.

The so - called "White Building"

The so – called “White Building”

Sunday (June 16) came and I had to wake up early! The thing about waking up early is that you feel like you have all the time in the world to do whatever you want the entire day but will come to realize that you’ll probably use all your time sleeping the whole day (HAHAHA!). The weather was perfect – not too hot nor cold. The event started on time and even at 3KM, I sweat like hell.

The Singlet. The Number. The Leaflet.

The Singlet. The Number. The Leaflet.

We're waiting for our turn!

We’re waiting for our turn!

At the finish line!

At the finish line!

Running time was 27 minutes (boo, I know!), but hey, this is shorter than my last run. And please me credits for wearing Converse because I didn’t bring my running shoes here!

After running, I managed to try the free massage given by Champei Spa. Hooray for perks!

Free foot massage! Perfect, or-koon!

Free foot massage! Perfect, or-koon!

Then I tried cooling off the Riverside area, watching families and children play with the birds. How I wish I was with my own family back then.

A girl who's trying to get the birds near here by bribing with food!

A girl who’s trying to get the birds near here by bribing with food!

Mother and child.

Mother and child.

As a reward, I went to Bistro Lorenzo to get myself a true FILIPINO meal – TOCILOG! Congratulations to me for being such a health buff this weekend.

If I managed to go out to places even if I’m alone, I bet that there’ll be more to see and do now that I have someone with me in the condo. To more great weekend adventures!

That’s it for now. <3 lots, Irene

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