Sihanoukville - Beach at xmas
24.12.2010 - 29.12.2010
Merry Christmas haha. On friday morning we left for Sihanoukville, about 4 hours away from Phnom Pehn. We got there and immediately headed for the beach for lunch. The menu had a few happy pages where you could buy 'mushrooms' and 'joints' but we decided to stick to something a bit less dodgy and went for some noodles. We were immediately approached by loads of people, people who were giving fliers for the xmas eve partys in the evening, children who want food, or to collect bottles or sell you stuff and beggars- most with no arms or legs dragging themselves across the sand because they have no legs for landmines and the government refuses to give them any money or wheelchairs. The children come over all the time to sell stuff but your never meant to give them anything because it just encourages the people who look after them to send them out onto the beaches, also they never see any of the money. Some of them collect plastic too, to sell back to restaurants and bars for hardly anything, our coordinator said that often they get 2 dollars per 20 kilos of bottles they collect. We got changed in the hotel (we stayed at a place called White Beach hotel) then came back down to the beach. We sunbathed for a bit then went into the water, its so warm! We paid a dollar to go onto the slides in the sea, and on the trampolines too. Jasmine and I went on the trampoline, and because it wasnt very good quality it moved with the waves and everytime it did we fell over. We also ordered some Jetskis. All three of us went on together first but it was much too hard to drive and I tipped it over 3 times in about 10 minutes, so James had his own instead and we raced him up and down the coast. It was really good fun, except I returned to the hotel with a very red face from the sun. In the evening we went to ''Monkey republic'' which was a backpacker resort and restaurant, they were playing all the xmas classics and everyone was drunk and singing, it was a really good atmosphere and the perfect place to start the night. We got given a flier to go into JJ's bar to get a free mixer and shot each. However the bar man- 'Koala' and his friend who looked like an Irish version of 'Shaggy' from scooby doo took a shine to the three of us so gave us 4 free shots and a free drink each. I hated the shots so the second one I had I spat out, unfortunately James put his foot in the way and went mad when he realized ahaha. We walked along the beach but there wasnt much going on so we headed back into town to go to Utopia, a back packer club. We sat down and ordered drinks and literally didnt move all night. These two Russian men came over to us and were asking us about our football knowledge, we were pretty drunk and managed to convince them that Chelsea wasn't a real team and Acrington Stanley was top of the premier league. There names were Sergio and Harris, we introduced our selves as Ron, Harry and Hermione. I was Hermione, James was Harry and Jasmine was ron. Hahaha. Then we told them about my niece Voldemort and we were in stitches. We all rang home at 12 to say merry Christmas, everyone at home had got back from our traditional Indian Christmas eve dinner so I got to say hello to everyone. For the rest of the night we were constantly annoyed by a racist estonian who kept telling us english are lazy.... So we left and we got home about 2am. Christmas was nice too. We went to the beach by 12am so it was boiling, we had bought Jasmine a little present so it was nice to give it to her, James and I decided not to do presents but it was so hot it felt nothing like xmas so i wasn't fazed. For the rest of the day we stayed on the beach, we went on this huge trampoline in the sea (on the other side of the beach from yesterday) and James got bullied and pushed off by a little Cambodian boy who after James had left then persisted in throwing both Jasmine and I off too. We went on a banana boat and were scammed, we paid 10 dollars for a ''round trip'' which consisted of us being on there less than a minute... we weren't very happy. I skyped my family, they were all just waking up and in their dressing gowns because of the time difference. We then went to the Coolabah Resort for xmas dinner. They gave us - turkey, (and ham if you wanted it) carrots, potatos, pumpkin, green beans etc and it was really nice, didnt quite compare with the one I have back home though. We went to the Dolphin Shack in the evening. We had been hoping to go to a full moon party on the beach but when we went to look for the place- Shevvy Shack (or something like that) it had been closed down because of gunfights. The Dolphin Shack was okay though, it was on the beach and we sat having cocktails on the sand. James' drink was spiked though so he wasnt well and went home, he had only had one or two and he was really ill even the day after, and he told Jasmine and I to finish his drink so we had a sip and it didnt taste at all like Vodka and Coke, more like some thick brown juice. When James left there were gunshots on the beach and most people started to leave so we followed. The beach was nice at night though, children go around selling fireworks (theres no think 21 like back home haha) and you can just set them off wherever you want on the beach, a load of them backfires though so we didnt try. If you look up the shore at night the fireworks are coming from everywhere, it looks lovely. On boxing day we had a relatively laid back day, just sunbathing and enjoying the sun, I got burnt because the sun was so hot. We left Sihnoukville after a bbq on the beach on the 27th of December and got the Paramount Nihgt Bus home. We all had reclining seats but these two spanish men (who shouted when speaking and kept the whole bus awake) wouldnt let us put our seats back, so we had no room what so ever.
We had school the next day, but we were told we wont be doing anymore teaching and just farming instead. Today I was ill so we stayed in the hotel then went out for a late lunch when I was feeling a bit better
Love Aliss xoxox