I'm sorry I have not updated the blog for over a month. Especially sorry to the new followers who have joined this blog. I can tell you all now why I have been M.I.A.: I am opening a guesthouse!
Yes, I fear I am becoming a cliche -- "How romantically ex-pat of you", said an American philosopher friend.
I'll explain why: I have had so many emails from people asking me to recommend a guesthouse I figured I may as well open my own.
Anyway, so this is what I have been up to. I was very lucky to have found this lovely 2 storey, 10 bedroom villa located on the road to Angkor Wat.
We are in between the Old Market and the temples of Angkor. A 5 minute drive to the temple ticketing booth and less than 10 mins to the Old Market (where the Bloom bag shop is located).
If you know me, you'd know I love nature. I've always dreamed of working with the National Parks Board in Singapore, just taking care of plants (I also love animals and went to Nepal a few years ago to learn from the fantastic animal shelter there - the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre). So it was a criteria that the guesthouse had to have a garden. Flowers are a bonus as it fits into the Bloom idea of Cambodian women blossoming once given the right encouragement and environment. So I was happy to find the garden is full of flowers like periwinkles, roses, japanese roses, chrysanthemums and my favourite, orchids (also Singapore's national flower).
There are only 10 bedrooms, each 4m by 5m and with ensuite bathroom. Every one of the rooms opens to beautiful greenery. I find it very tranquil and soothing. Seriously, if I did not have 5 dogs , I would move into this house.
The breakfast area is big enough that I am thinking of using the place in the mornings to teach English to tuktuk drivers like Om Pheon ("Om" is how you address an elderly old man in Cambodia).