And so we're back to the land of adobo, which means time to return to normal daily life. Our one week vacation to the rice bowls of Asia (literally) namely Vietnam and Cambodia was a wonderful respite.
I havent been able to upload photos because I'll need access to my laptop to read my SD cards, but I'll put a sneak peak here of a few of those I was able to take during the tours.
This trip is the first I've ever been on with my in-laws. Visiting both countries was also like coming home for Martin and I since we spent our honeymoon in the same places. We visited all the old haunts we enjoyed during our first trip such as Siagon Square, Ben Tahn Market and Tru Nguyen coffee as well as doing new things such as the cooking class, National Museum and Botanical Gardens.
I personally didn't expect my in-laws to enjoy Vietnam as much as they did. With clothing very cheap in the area, Pop went crazy buying shirts, jackets, pants and shorts at a fraction of what it cost here in the Philippines. Mom, meanwhile was in her element ordering Pho and learning how to cook Goi Cuon with me.
Cambodia was also a great experience!! Despite addled by age, both Mom & Pop were able to survive a day tour of the Angkor Wat complex. And that is no easy feat considering the heat and sheer expanse of the land you have to walk through. They enjoyed smiling back at the Bayon Temple faces, eating local Khmer food and visiting UNESCO Heritage Site Angkor Wat.
Ever since our visit, food in Cambodia has improved greatly. Two years ago eating Khmer food was a risk because you didn't know what you'd get on your plate. But perhaps with the influx of tourists (Approx 4milliion/year for Siem Reap) they have been able to fine tune their local cuisine to suit the imported tongues that were going to taste it. We had fish amok, salads, noodles and many more! We also loved buying local fruits such as pineapple, langka (jackfruit), dragonfruit and papaya. Sample of each cost about USD1/plate. Cheap as compared to how much it would cost us to buy back home.
We left the Cambodia on a Cebu Pacific plane at 10:30pm and arriving on local soil by 2:00am. Physically exhausted but emotionally elated by the experience, we slept by 4am dreaming of all the good food and wonderful sites from both countries.
I am perhaps pounds heavier than before I left (I'm too scared to check!) but munching on Pho, Bahn Mi and good fruits was worth the extra weight. Now back to tackling my New Year Resolutions which include losing weight!
Will post photos soon!!
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