Hello! It’s now 8:03 AM on Sunday, January 7. It’s been an incredible first week of 2018 so far, and it’s just getting better and better.
Last night, Grandpa and I went for a walk – but not before the waistband of his PJs broke and we had to stitch it up with a makeshift needle made of a bent bobby pin and a bandaid. It was fun to improvise this creation.
Afterwards, Grandpa showed me his diary. Since he’s learning English, he writes entirely in English. It’s truly so impressive, and he’s so humble about it.
Dad and I went for a walk to the Tonle Sap, a river that eventually becomes the Mekong river. I learned that the low tide level of the river in Cambodia is lower than the high tide out at sea, and the flow of the Mekong inverts in Vietnam and up to Phnom Penh. The flat Mekong delta in Vietnam is prone to flooding near the Cambodian border.
We liked the Sisowath Quay a lot, and it was fascinating to see all the different boats and guess what they were used for.
Afterwards, Dad took a bit of a nap while Grandpa and I went for a little walk. We explored the pool, the fitness centre, the massage clinic, and both cafes. It was very enjoyable to watch the sun set.
For dinner, we dined at a restaurant called Khéma. Khéma is a French restaurant on Pasteur Street. I ordered the lobster bisque, which had a piece of crab ravioli underneath, as well as a cheese gratin. Grandpa loved his cheesy French onion soup. We were lucky to receive a complimentary plate with pate and sausage.
Dad liked his carbonara, which had thick-sliced bacon and a rosemary garnish. Grandpa’s spaghetti bolognese was, according to him, typical. My mozzarella and spinach cannelloni was quite tasty, too.
For dessert, I had the chocolate fondant, AKA molten chocolate lava cake. There was so little vanilla ice cream, and I needed more to go with the rest of the chocolate cake, so I ordered an extra scoop. I am, in case you haven’t noticed, in love with hot chocolate desserts and cold vanilla ice cream. This was a beautiful way to end the day.
This is the view outside our hotel. The blue skies and grassy knolls are beautiful.
Brunch at Feel Good Cafe consisted of:
- potato, pepper, onion, and cheese omelet for me, with tomato relish and baguette bread
- Dad had scrambled eggs with potato hash and bacon
- Grandpa ate fish and rice porridge with some veggies and garnishes
After the meal, I savoured this hot cheesecake tart. It was divine and reminded me of a different, but equally delicious, version of the cheesecake tarts I devoured when living in Toronto last year.
The brunch came to just over $20 USD, including drinks.
Then we returned home so I could plan a few things, check out the maps, and consider doing a trades course with Dad and Grandpa and some local professionals via Backstreet Academy.
Keep updated for more! The next few days are sure to be exciting – then we’re off to Angkor Wat, which is in the city of Siem Reap.