Siem Reap, Cambodia: Day 1-5!! Food/Travel Pics + GOOD NEWS!!
HI GUYS!!! I’M ALIVE lol!! :D
I just got back from Malaysia and Singapore a few days ago and I'm currently in Taipei!
Woww, I feel like I haven’t posted in foreverr. I’m sooo sorry for being MIA for so long!! Forgive me??
...I’m a terrible blogger I know. *hangs head in shame*
I feel absolutely horrid for not uploading for so long, but trust me, I was thinking about you guys the entire time!! :D
I had this post all typed up and ready to go right after I got back from Cambodia, but I was having trouble uploading because of wifi issues…
I literally spent a day in Taipei going from Family Mart to Starbucks to the library looking for fast wifi...to no avail lol. And after staying in Taipei for 2 days we were off to Malaysia & Singapore!! And while we were in Malaysia & Singapore I tried uploading at the hotels we were staying at but because of the amount of pictures it just wasn’t possible because their wifi was too darn slow :(
As soon as I came back to Taipei I had to reformat all of the photos which took a while lol, and by some miracle I finally got this post up after 5 failed attempts and a few sleepless nights, even with spotty wifi!! Thank the Lord!! :D
Anyways, I’m sure you guys don’t want to hear any more of my excuses, but I have some good news!!!
I’ll be back in Van in early March!! You know what that means right? Back to my normal schedule of posting everyday!!! YAYY!!!
We were planning on staying till April, but our bodies and wallets are BURNED OUT. Majorly burned out lol. It’s probably going to take me a month to recover LOL. And then schools starting up again in May.
So coming back in March is a lot earlier than we had anticipated, but I gotta admit, as much as I love traveling, I can’t wait to come home, because I miss Van…SO MUCH!! :(
I miss the fresh air, the awesome food, Richmond (yes, Richmond), my purple feet (Yes, my feet turn purple in the winter)…I even miss, the rain, THE RAIN. (Am I out of my right mind?!) And STUDYING. (Okay, not REALLYY, maybe a bit) Wow I never thought this day would come. Yea, sweating bullets with the sun beating down on your skin everyday ain’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Especially since I’m getting really sun damaged haha, because I’m allergic to sunscreen.
And I miss my dad. He’s all alone haha. You guys know I hang out with him everyday LOL. Wowww I sound pathetic. But you guys understand right? :D
But I’m getting along with my mom just fine haha, she’s less uptight than usual now that she’s vacationing haha.
I probably sound like I’m typing this post half drunk but it’s actually past midnight and I’m the only one awake lol. Staying up late does that to ya. You do your best (or worst) work when you’re awake up night. Epiphanies tend to occur in the wee pee (yes I just said pee..get it?!) hours of the night.
But I digress…I should probably start talking about Cambodia now ;)
OH, but before we start, I just wanted to tell you guys I’m heading to Vietnam next week!!! Yes, I’m having dreams about pho & bun bo hue already LOL.
Anyways, my mom wanted to go to Cambodia because she’s been dying to visit Angkor Wat (a world heritage site) for the longest time! The trip itself was amazingg, Cambodia and Angkor Wat itself was absolutely stunning beyond belief.
Since we went with a tour guide, I didn’t have any control over what we ate.
Not going to lie, most of the food we ate wasn’t all that exicting lol…I was pretty disappointed. You’ll see what I mean if you look at the pictures haha. They pretty much fed us chinese food everyday, which is fine, but it was pretty much all the SAME dishes, just at different restaurants!! Steamed fish, mapo tofu, stir fried shrimp, and pea tips get old, fast. Especially when you eat it 4 days in a row.
We did eat Cambodian/South Asian food a couple of times, but it was mostly at buffets catered to tourists...definitely not up to par with restaurant quality.
Andd for breakfast we just ate at the hotel we stayed at because they put out a breakfast buffet (with the same items) everyday.
But thankfully the food we ate on our Malaysian + Singapore trip was a lot better because we switched travel agencies! This time we went with Lion Travel which has locations all over Taipei (they have a location in Crystal Mall too lol…across from De Fresh Bakery)
Something random I just thought of:
Since Phomn Penh is pretty close to Siem Reap every time I saw “Phomn Penh” on a license plate or sign all I could think was “Gee, I could sure use some butter beef and chicken wings right now!!” LOL. What else?! ;)
Oh, and probably the funniest/interesting food related thing that happened in Cambodia was a conversation I had with a Taiwanese girl the same age as me! Just thought I’d share haha. I’m not making fun of her, just thought it would be neat to hear someone else’s perspective on our lives in Van!! ;)
(Wow, this post is getting really random…lol)
Anyways, our convo went something like this (in Mandarin)
Her: So you’re from Canada? So do you eat burgers everyday?
Me: I actually rarely eat burgers lol. I’m more into asian food.
Her: (In Disbelief) That can’t be true! Then why do all asians think white people eat burgers & fries everyday?
Me: haha It’s a common misconception.
Her: So what do you eat?
Me: I’m a food blogger, so what I eat varies day to day! We have everything in vancouver! Chinese food, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, French, Italian, Taiwanese, Filipino, African, even Cambodian!
Her: No way. I thought you guys only had American food in Vancouver. The other food can’t be authentic though.
Me: Most of it is! Since there’s so many immigrants, the food is pretty authentic!
Her: It must be expensive.
Me: It depends. A decent meal can run you anywhere from $10-20 CAD.
Her: For one meal? Wowww that’s insane. How do people afford to live there?
Me: haha I guess we’re just use to it.
Her: So are there a lot of chinese people in Vancouver?
Me: Tons. Sometimes it feels like the population’s 80% asian.
Her: Really? Hard to believe.
Me: Really! Mandarin/Cantonese is just as common as English.
Her: Wow, I didn’t know that.
Me: You should visit!
Her: It’s so far away though. Maybe when I’m done my Masters.
Oh, another funny thing that happened (like I need to make this post longer lol)
My mom had a funny convo with the tour agent she booked with regarding our trip:
Tour Agent: Okay, I booked your trip to Angkor Wat.
Mom: Great! I can’t believe I’m going to Cambodia!
TA: You mean Angkor Wat.
Mom: Yes, Angkor War is in Cambodia.
TA: What’s Cambodia?
Mom: The name of the country.
TA: No, the name of the country is Angkor Wat.
Mom: No it’s not.
TA: Um, yes it is madam.
Mom: I’m pretty sure the country’s called Cambodia. Angkor Wat is the name of the historical site.
TA: I’m a professional madam.
Now that we’re done my ridiculously long intro (I hope I didn’t bore you guys to death), on to some food and travel pics!! :D
Before heading to the airport,we had lunch at G Brunch, which serves HK style breakfasts! The sound "G" in Mandarin actually means chicken,hence the chicken logo above their name haha!
Smoked Ham & Egg Breakfast Burger
Sometimes you forget how something so simple can taste so good lol. A fried egg, some mayo, ketchup, and ham!! :D The bun was super pillowly and soft, totally satisfied my craving for something carby!
Luncheon Sandwich w/ pork floss, ham & cheese
My mom had the luncheon sandwich, and she said it was pretty solid!! The best part is the bread haha, because they use Taiwanese style bread, which is softer and sweeter than HK style bread!
Wowerz, this stuff is seriously addictive! Apparently this stuff is really popular, but it was my first time trying it!
According to my mom, they sell jars of this stuff at T&T!! I am SO getting myself a jar as soon as I get back to Van LOL! It's citrusy, sweet, and just plain awesome!!
I'm coming for youuu Siem Reap!! I have no idea what company the tour agency booked for us, but apparently the aircraft was called V Air! The flight attendents all dress in Tshirts, and they actually introduce the flight attendents as "Model Cheryl" and "Beautiful Angela!!" as they walk down the aile LOL!!
Update: I'm sure you guys all heard about the plane crash in Taipei. Turns out it was this airline that crashed!! My thoughts go out to all those affected.
Random meal at 4 pm LOL. Taiwanese pork chop Rice! Not too shabby for plane food!
Dorayaki!! But instead of red bean, there was chocolate whipped cream in it!
Guava punch!! :D
They had the pork chop meal advertised in their magazine haha!
Time for dinner!! 2 hours after our pork chop snack LOL.
For breakfast the next few days, we had lunch at our hotel, buffet style!!
Egg making station!
Mini pancakes!! So cute!! :D
The cake was delish! It didn't have a sign so I didn't know what it was haha. But it tasted like rice cake with some malt on
The mysterious green juice was actually artificial guava juice lol
Pretty much what my mom ate every morning!! Cambodian breakfast noodle soup!! The broth was super fragrant and really flavourful, not bad at all!
Anyone know what this fruit is called in English? Subtly sweet, with a smooth mouth feel!
For lunch we went to another Chinese restaurant. -.0 Not going to comment on the food because nothing really stood out haha
Stir Fried Pumpkin!
Steamed soy fish!
Then we went back to our hotel to rest and we had some afternoon tea! Donuts on top, some fruit, and mini snacks! The donuts were your generic donuts you can get at superstore LOL...as were the sandwiches/mini pizzas.
For dinner they brought us to this HUGE touristy buffet place which was completely packed with people! They had a huge selection of south asian dishes and a few asian dishes (they even had korean food!!) but nothing was particularly impressive, as expected haha. It's a buffet afterall!
Some south asian desserts!
See how many people there were? This was only half LOL
Durian popsicles for dessert! My mom said it was the best part of the meal LOL!! I think that's saying something ;)
The next day we went to visit Angkor Wat!!
Some fresh coconut juice!! :D
For lunch the next day they brought us to another touristy buffet place...
They had a couple of stations specializing in one dish, which was great for people who don't like pre cooked food!
They even had chinese pork hocks haha! I tried a piece and it was super fatty, virtually inedible LOL!
Crab cakes wrapped in banana leaves, a Cambodia speciality!
The white noodles were pretty interesting, it tasted like red wine!
Some Morning Glory (stir fried pork w/basil)
We had dinner at our hotel, and we had chinese- cambodian fusion style food! It was actually pretty tasty haha, better than the chinese food we had on previous days!
This was really dry...and kind of hard lol.
Cambodian sweet & sour pork!
Soy Ginger Fish!
The next day we visited more local markets!! :D
For lunch the next day they brought us to yet another chinese restaurant...
After refuelling we went to visit more temples!! :D
How neat is this water bottle holder I got?! And it was only a dollar!!
We went riding in street cart buggies and it was AWESOME!! :D
Then afterwards we went boating!! :D
We visited a floating house!!
Then for our last meal they finallyy brought us to an actual Cambodian restaurant! :D
Fish cakes!! Chewy & bouncy!
Fried fish w/ citrusy dipping sauce!!
Sour mushroom soup!! :D
Cambodian style sweet and sour fish!!
Right before we left for the airport, I had some deliciouss real mango icecream hehe!! Super satisfying since it was 35 degrees outside lol