IT'S LYNNY KANSAS
DON'T LET THE RUBY SLIPPERS,
OR THE DOROTHY INSPIRED NICKNAME
FOOL YOU., THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,
BUT TRAVELING IS FUN.
Making the most of the kids being on this side of the World, a trip to Cambodia was top of our list, it is somewhere I personally have always wanted to go to. It is only a 2 hour flight from Singapore which is really nice and as we only had 3 days it fit the bill perfectly. We also knew it would be a completely different experience for the kids from Singapore.
Even from such a fleeting trip it was hard not to be struck by the hardships caused mainly by war that this Country has gone through in fairly recent times. We saw some really sad things, kids begging in the streets and desperately selling trinkets at the temples for one. Yet, the people are so gentle, kind and humble.
We also were amazed at the every day life we saw in Siem Reap. The main mode of transport is the motorbike and the tuk tuk, making moving around on the roads let me just say "interesting"! We knew we were in for a few wild rides when on our first tuk tuk trip out from our Hotel, the driver pulls into the road going against the traffic!! He just kept ringing his bell and eventually just worked his way onto the right side of the road - phew!!! We also kept an eye out to see if we could spot the most people on one bike - sometimes whole families were piled on, amazing!
I thought I would give you guys a glimpse of some of the area near to where I am staying here in Singapore. Most days I walk down Paterson Road, past a major construction zone, towards my nearest Mall, Ion Orchard which houses my local MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) train station. The MRT is a very easy and inexpensive way to get around Singapore, that, along with a fantastic bus system, plentiful taxis and good old "hoofing it", it's pretty easy to get everywhere without having a car.
Finally this May, the stars and schedules aligned and the kids were both able to come out to Singapore to see where the "rents" have been hanging. It was so great to have them here and get to show them around Singapore. They were impressed by our little apartment and thankfully Martin's first job was to set up our wireless internet which had proven to be a "pain" in Graham's side!
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