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Come with me, to Cambodia

(2012-04-11 16:31:19)
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柬埔寨

暹粒

吴哥窟

分类: 游遍天下

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It was our first vacation together, right after we settled down in Guangzhou on the 24th of March. On the 22nd, I released the earnings of 2011 for my former employer, putting a nice period on my previous one year and 2 months employment. I started with the 10K annual report, and finished with 10K the annual report. A nice closure, I shall say. What I really needed after a full year of intense work, was a relaxing vacation, so we decided to go to Cambodia, a place I always wanted to go, but never really got a chance. S asked me to fill out a simple form and took my passport away. Amazingly, after 2 days I have the Cambodian visa on it. It was easy breezy.

在广州安顿之后,我们去了柬埔寨。这是我们第一次一起度假。3月22日,我为公司公布完了2011年财报新闻以后,算是给一年零两个月的工作划上了句号。我加入公司时做的第一件事就是写2010年的10K财报,而现在,我以带着新人写2011年的财报作为结尾。那是一年的高强度工作,我学到不少。这个时候最需要的,就是一个悠闲的假期了。而柬埔寨,是一直想去的,只是没有机会。S让我填了张表,然后把我的护照拿走了。2天以后,签证就搞定了。太简单!

 

Of course, prior to our trip, he bought the Lonely Planet. He is a big fan of the book, a Lonely Planeter. So am I, but not as much as he is.

当然,出发前,The Lonely Planet是必买的。我们都是大粉丝。

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Duty free shopping again! But this time was for mommy’s birthday. Happy birthday, Mom!

免税店!必须逛。香水两件之后,买了给妈妈的生日礼物,妈妈生日快乐!

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Before I even realize, we were already late for boarding. And before I even realize again, we have already arrived! Ha! What a pleasant vacation destination – I only wish all vacation travels are short and pleasant like this.

原来以为有很多时间可以逛的,很快就已经登机了。而且两个半小时以后,我们就到达暹粒了。太快了,真希望所有的度假旅途都是这么快的。

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

There is one hour time difference between Siem Reap and Guangzhou. By the time we arrived, the night was still young.

暹粒和广州有一个小时的时差,我们到达的时候,时间还早。

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia
Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

We went through immigration, and the officer asked for tips just for stamping our passport. Shame on them!

过境官员居然问要小费,无耻!

Anyway, we got through. Siem Reap, here we are!

不管怎么样,我们到了。

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Such a nice tropical evening. The palm trees, the warm breeze, the moist air…well well, I shall regret on the moist air and the warmness. March in Siem Reap was already too hot for my taste.

典型的热带气候,初初开始的时候,还是很让人愉悦的。棕榈树在夜风中摇摆,温润的空气......但是很快,我就开始讨厌那太过温暖湿润的气候。三月的暹粒,于我已经太热了。
Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

About 20 mins of taxi ride, we arrived in Borei Angkor resort and spa hotel. Lotus was abundantly used in every possible way.

大概20分钟以后,我们就到达了预定的酒店。在这里,莲花的装饰随处可见。

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia
Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia


Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

 

As they greeted us with the lovely little pudding-like sticky rice cake and sweet green tea, I immediately formed an impeccable first impression on their hospitality.  But it was quickly ruined when they told me they had run out of King Bed rooms, and had to put us in a twin bed room for one night. But they will upgrade our room for the rest of our stay. What’s the point of making a reservation when you will be told what you reserved will run out anyway. I remember in Seinfeld, there was a scene where Jerry made quite a statement when he had the same situation with rental car. You can always find something relating to your life in Seinfeld. I love that show.

Fine! I will take it.

酒店用可爱的小点心欢迎我们,这让我很快就对这酒店产生好感。但是很快,这种好感就被打破了。他们没有大床房了。晕死!我们订了大床房的,现在告诉我没有??第二晚会升级给我,管什么用?我记得Seinfeld里面有一集Jerry订了车,而到了租车店,却被告知他要的车型已经没有了,他说的话,就是我当时想说的。“既然订了也会没有,那还定个屁啊!”

好吧,认了。

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

We hired a tuktuk and the driver said, the old market? Everything is new there, it should be called the new market! He was probably right. But whatever it was called, off we went!

我们要了一辆三轮摩托去逛老市场。酒店到老市场不需要10分钟就到了。司机说,老市场?哪里来的老市场,那里什么都是新的,应该叫新市场才对。我看也是。


Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia
Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

The market was just as exciting as I expected. All the street food, the bars and restaurants, the people, the music, the alcohol, the pretty people…

老市场跟我想象的一样。街边的餐馆,酒吧,大堆大堆的游客,音乐,酒,还有漂亮的人们。

 

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

We walked around trying to find a good place for dinner. But before that, I need to get my treats.

我们闲逛着找吃的,但是吃饭之前,我必须先吃我的ice cream. 必须的。
Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

That’s blue pumpkin Italian gelatos! Yum yum! So many choices, it gave a hard time making up my mind. Like I always said, the happiest time, is when you only have one choice, and it happens to be the right one. I know I am not being logical, but when I have ice cream, what the hell…

蓝南瓜是当地的连锁意大利冰激凌店,很多口味选择。我总是觉得,最快乐的是,当你只有一个选择,而你知道这个选择是对的。这个时候,我迷茫了!


Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia
I ended up choosing pistachio and caramel and cashew nut. 2 scoops for 2.75 USD. I thought it was a good dessert, but wait until I tell you the story later.

我记得好象是选了开心果和焦糖的。2球的才2.75,那时候我以为这是很好吃的甜点,那只是在我没有吃一个本地小摊的甜点之前。


Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Honestly, I was never a big fan of street food. To me, the comfort of dining is a very important part of the food experience. I wouldn’t say the street food is always most authentic, it’s just a big myth those travel columnist made up to fool you. They probably don’t really like it themselves, they only pose to enjoy it and wine and dine somewhere else, somewhere with air conditioning and table cloth that’s not a plastic film.

我从来不喜欢街边的食物。于我,舒适的就餐环境是餐馆买的食物的重要部分。街边摊很正宗,只是那些写游记的人们拿来骗人的。他们很可能就是在一个有空调的餐馆里面,就着红酒写这些游记哄你的。

 

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

With all that said, S did took some lovely pictures of the food stand where all the food were cooked in the humid warm air, food that's dust and fly attracting, desirable. The magic of the light, as S said. Certainly under this circumstance. 

话虽然这么说,S同学还是拍了不少漂亮的食物照片的。虽然那些食物是在潮湿的空气里面裸露着,吸引着灰尘和苍蝇。S说,是光的魔力。

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

I quietly sat there, while we wait for his food to arrive. S disappeared for a little while and got me mosquito spray and hand squeezer. He is lovely for thinking of small things like these. The last time was when I needed candles on a piece of tiramisu for my unplanned birthday party. He is magical.

我安静的坐在那里等待S叫的食物的出现。S消失了十分钟,带着避蚊水和免洗洗手液出现了。他就是这么可爱而细心的,有的时候。上次是在我随意的生日party上消失了一下,然后带着蜡烛出现。

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

Come <wbr>with <wbr>me, <wbr>to <wbr>Cambodia

The night was still young when we finally decided to go back to the hotel. We hired a Spiderman tuktuk, with fluorescence painting all over the roof. Pretty cool, huh! I never knew riding a tuktuk can be romantic when the moment is right, or I should say, with the right person.

我们离开老市场的时候,夜也还没有太深。招来一辆三轮,上面画满了荧光的蜘蛛图案。从来不知道坐三轮还能很浪漫,跟印度充满灰尘的经历完全不同。那是因为在对的时候,跟对的人吧!

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