Welcome to Asia

By , June 28, 2014 4:58 pm
Hello Kitty!

Hello Kitty!

I haven’t even made it to my final destination, Phnom Penh, and so much has happened.  I don’t mean just travel-wise but also Christine-wise.  First, there was saying “goodbye” to my sweet baby.  I know, I’m the one who planned this little getaway but man, I sure didn’t think it would be so hard.  I kind of think at the time of the ticket purchase, I was under the influence of hormones and thank goodness I can’t just cancel everything because I think I might have now that the ol hormones are under control.  Anyways, all that to say, I have an amazing husband who is the biggest supporter of this adventure.  I wish he was by my side experiencing all this with me.  At any rate, I’m trying to tap into that adventurous solo traveller Christine that I knew 10 years ago.

Taipei Teddy

Taipei Teddy

My hotel is so fancy

My Hotel is so fancy

You might find this odd, but I am sooooo scared of flying.  It’s horrible and sometimes down right embarrassing.  I like flying with Paul because he holds my hand and makes me laugh.  That is, when he’s not peeling me off his arm so he can take photos out the window.  The other night we got together with a friend, Craig, who used to have the same irrational fear.  Now he says turbulance just rocks him to sleep.  Not sure how that works but I have been thinking about Craig through these turbulent times.

In one swift action, Craig automatically bought a $6 candy bar

In one swift action, Craig automatically bought a $6 candy bar

So, if you know me, you know I love, just love, monks.  You can imagine how excited I was this morning when I got to the gate and there were two beautiful monks.  I quickly took a sneaky photo of them for Paul and sent it with something witty that said, “you have competition”.  No sooner did I do that and I looked down at my keyboard and my ‘delete’ button is missing.  What???  Instantly, I think it’s karma and if I hadn’t stolen their souls in that one little photo I would still have my delete button.  I looked everywhere and can’t find it.  It’s vanished.  Oh well, I’m sure it’s not the only thing I am going to lose on this adventure.  Don’t you hate losing things on holiday?  Note to self, no more photos of monks.

Beautiful Monks

Beautiful Monks

Then, I got on my remaining flight to Phnom Penh.  A three hour flight and thought how happy I am that Paul lovingly put a bunch of movies and music on my tablet.   Only to find out the disc is damaged and neither my tablet or camera recognize the disc.  What!!!  So, I am forced to read and start reading a book in my Kindle about living life simply.  What timing as my life is getting simplier by the minute today.  It did make me think that maybe this is a blessing in disguise because I will have more time to experience my surroundings.  I won’t be hiding in music or movies or even delete buttons.  I’m going to be thankful and open to each and every moment.  With that, we are just about ready for our decent into Phenom Pehn.  Finally.

Well, the roads are as crazy as ever…people driving every which way.  No rules except don’t hit anyone.  We make it to the guesthouse and I’m not sure what to do.  After hanging out for a while, the electricity goes out.  Bummer considering it’s incredibly hot and humid.  So I decided to go to the water front and on my way out the door, I meet several people from my TEFL program.  What luck!  Before I know it, there are 7 of us heading to the waterfront for dinner.  A great start to Cambodia.

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk

Crazy moto riders

Crazy moto riders

Ahhh, I feel at home with the view

Ahhh, I feel at home with the view

7 Responses to “Welcome to Asia”

  1. Vivian Miller says:

    Tina,even with some bumps along the road, you always manage to have the best adventures and stories!! So excited for you to be on this adventure – getting back to your roots is a great way to feel young again and keep this part of you alive!!!! I totally love the Hello Kitty store! Did you get to keep the panda bear? Enjoy!!!

  2. Christine says:

    Haha. No panda bear for me this time. Just photos!

  3. Trina Williamson says:

    Love reading about your adventures! Cannot wait to see what is next for you. And I love monks too! I spent a lot of my childhood in Japan so I saw them all the time!

  4. Kathy says:

    Hope you are having a blast. I loved Cambodia, one of my favorites was doing a boat trip on the mekong… really eye opening.
    Glad you are out living the dream, wish I was out there with you exploring!

  5. Angela says:

    I’m glad you made it safely! I’m looking forward to reading about your next adventure!

  6. Christine says:

    Angela, how are you doing? did you get your house? and job?

  7. Angela says:

    Hey Christine! I just read your newest entry. I’m doing well. Work has been crazy but oh well. Only 3 weeks left!!!! We sign papers for the house tomorrow and get the keys on Tuesday! I wish we were in it already! I haven’t heard the final word on the job yet… but I think all is well. 😉 You sound like you’ve been very busy! I’m sorry to hear that you got sick! That’s horrible… but you’re famous! That’s pretty cool!

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