4/1/18: No Friends In Siem Reap

I was woken up at 4 am to some chatter and a weird smell.

At first I just thought it was a group of loud drunk people, but then I realized that they were up because our floor was flooded.

There was a storm going on, and the rain water had leaked into the building and flooded the first two floors.

I grabbed my backpack and all the other crap I had laying around and put it all in the stairwell. The floor was so slippery, it was hard to walk around without falling.

All our stuff in the stairwell

I went back to bed for a couple of hours before my alarm went off at 6:30. I had to catch a bus to Siem Reap at 8 am.

The bus arrived at the hostel, and I assumed it was just a transfer to the bus station. It turned out to be the bus to take us all the way to Siem Reap. What a lovely surprise!

I checked into my hostel, Siem Reap Pub Hostel, around noon and then went to get lunch.

I went to Mahob Buos because of a recommendation from a vegan friend who I had met in Bangkok. I got the tofu amok (amok is a curry usually made with fish), which also came with soup, pickles, rice, and a dessert. It was all really good and well worth the $6.

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Amok with rice
Pumpkin/tapioca dessert! (Borbo skor la pov)

Next I walked to Peace Cafe to do some work. I got a smoothie and worked for a couple hours.

I kept seeing cheap manicure places everywhere and it made me want to get one. I walked by one place called Master Hand Massage and looked at it long enough that one of the employees knew I was interested. She came over to me with a menu and asked me what I wanted. I saw a manicure cost $5, but knew other places did it for $3, so I walked away. She chased after me and asked what I wanted and told me she’d give me a discount.

“I want a manicure with color.”
“Ok I do $4 for you.”
“Can you do $3?”
“No, $4 is already cheap.”
“Ok but other places do it for $3.”
“Ok $3.”

Success! I went in and spent the next 10 minutes trying to decide on a color. I never know which color to get when I go in for a manicure. How do people do it??! I always struggle over bright or dark, neutral or colorful, sparkly or normal. I eventually went with a light pink/purple.

The lady did quite a decent job for a $3 manicure.


I meant to go home to drop off my stuff, but after waiting 30 minutes for my nails to dry I was quite hungry so I just went to dinner instead. I chose Chamkar Vegetarian and got the mushroom stir fry: it was good but it wasn’t quite enough food.


I was alone the whole day, but I quite liked knowing that no one here knows who I am and I have no one to call to.

I don’t have any pressure to hang out with anyone because no one knows I exist. I am no one.

I got back to my dorm and got in bed, but the girl in the bed above me was being so loud and talking nonstop.

She and everyone else in the room could see that I was trying to sleep, yet she literally said,” I don’t care” when someone pointed out that fact to her.

I was a bit dumbfounded– it made me feel small and unimportant, but I really shouldn’t have internalized it. Her behavior was more a reflection of her than of me.

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