Our day in Siem Reap would usually end by going to the Psaar Chaa (Old Market) to scout for food to eat or to find just about any interesting thing to buy for our pasalubong. Our last night in Siem Reap was no difference.
We went to the old market to do some last minute shopping. Psaar Chaa is like a reduced version of Greenhills or one of those night bazaars that you would find in the streets of Metro Manila. It got (almost) everything: t-shirts, (fake) antiques, Khmer textiles, drawstring pants, postcards, bags, play money, carved sandstones, and just about any souvenir item you could find.
Lyn literally did her “last” day shopping in Siem Reap as she had to go back to Bangkok the next day while Oki and I will be moving on to Phnom Pehn, capital of Cambodia. The three of us did our shopping separately. Except for the two bags and some shirts I bought, I practically spend the night just taking photos.
A wide array of Khmer products and souvenir items in Psaar Chaa. It is in this street that we met the young Filipino couple who recomended to us the Temple Club.
Some Khmer delicacies sold in the market.
A lady fruit vendor setting up her goods.
The RED PIANO. This is a rather well-known spot in Pub Street as Angelina Jolie used to hang out here during the shoot of Tomb Raider in 2002. They even named one of their drinks, Tomb Raider (mix of vodka, rum and pineapple juice) in her honor.
After shopping, Oki tried a Khmer massage in a nearby parlor while Lyn and I waited for her in the villa. Then we ate our dinner at the Temple Club.
The night before, we met a young Filipino couple whom Lyn met during her flight from Manila to Bangkok. Little did we know that she’ll meet them again. One time, inside one of the temples we’ve visited and another time, while were in the old market. The young couple recommended that we go to the Temple Club. They told us that we get to watch free Aspara dance while we enjoy our food. We haven’t seen any cultural show since we got to Siem Reap so we tried it.
Front of the Temple Club featuring their 'drink specials". Oki and I tried their draft beer. Masarap pa rin talaga ang San Miguel beer ng Pinas! Yung Angkor beer nila super pait at pakla, hehe. Masarap pa Heineken ...
One of the featured Khmer dances during the cultural presentation. This is almost like our tinikling although less challenging.
The famous Aspara dance. Lovely!
The place is a two-floor club maximized with a wide front area. On the second floor is where the cultural presentations are being held. The presentations were starting when we got there. There were many people. Overall, the food was okay. We get to enjoy some of the traditional Khmer dances too.
A bite to the apple that was never met to be bitten…
I wish I know what to do next time. I wish I will have the guts to change my destined direction. Or if I am bound to be anywhere. If that’s the case, I guess I have to enjoy the ride. Put the ‘fun’ between the words bore and dom.
P.S. It's my sister's b-day today. Happy is your birthday, kapatid! ;-)