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When the evening arrived, met up with a friend for a dinner by the river, and after that, met up with Jess, she introduced me to her friends, took the ferry acroos the river, to some guy's apartment and had lotsa vodka. It was a Russian party. The rest was a blur.
I changed to new guest house today, its called Okay guesthouse, it is swamped by backpackers and tuk tuk drivers. I like it here,it's brilliant clean and homely.b Staff are incredibly friendly and they speak fantastic english, which was very very impressive. Met quite a few backpackers, and started travelling with an American chic, she's cool and fun. We hit it off at first spot and we have a great chemistry. Walked around with her, near to the Palace, being haggled by tuk tuk drivers and motos, nothing new. Just find it funny how they always wanted to charge us 10USD per way. God, I am so not born yesterday.
Later in the afternoon. Heng picked me up and visited a few NGO based handicrafts shops. First stop was Friends International, it's a vocational training centre that educates young people to make handicrafts. I reckon their stuff is pretty expensive for local standars and its mainly targeted for tourists anyways. I didnt feel bad shopping and buying cos I know its for a good cause :). Second, another the main headquaters for Friends International. They serve food and beauty service! Guess how much isit for a manicure and pedicure, 2 USD!!!
After that, we ended up heading to more cotton factories, outside the city centre. Was an interesting experience, the village area we were in was pretty poor and dirty. As usual, there were more stares, as I was probably the only foreigner in that area. Heng's tyres gave away, and we needed to push the bike half way to the workshop. Waited till it was done and we were off! During the evening, we went to the river side for some drinks in a fancy bar, called the Chinese Bar. Beautiful place and totally chilled out. I have to stop drinking as the drinks here are pretty cheap and the bars here are great. But, Angkor Beer is sooooooo good. I have to stop drinking so much as the last thing I would want having a beer belly by the time I get back to KL.