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    • Day 5

      Day 5

      March 6, 2020 in Cambodia ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      Up at 4. This is going to be a looonnng day.
      Decided not to do my makeup and wore my hair out - clean cause I washed it last night.
      Wore me new nana dress and headed downstairs. We were the first ones there. Our taxi was $15.
      Sabdy’s parents live in a gated community. We were met last the guards and at the end of the street was an extravagant tent joining to the side of her house.
      Inside was fucked. What an extravaganza.
      Pictures don’t do justice but do a better job at retelling what it looked like. Lots of tables set up and then foods and gold. Gold everything.
      We went into Sabdys house and got told we could have our hair and make up done so that works out well lol.
      Lots of waiting around. They asked if I wanted straight or curly. I said straight and feel u got rippedoff because everyone got an up doo. I just got my hair straightened haha.
      My make up was far more natural than everyone else’s.
      The groomsmen outfits are hilariously. Tom looks like a bellboy.
      They had a waffle truck for breakfast.
      The tent was airconned.

      So I’ve actually lost track off what happened today cause it was just the most out roof days but it went something like this...
      We got given gifts to walk down the street with. Normally it would be from the groom to the brides house but as bobbin doesn’t live here we walked down the road, lined up then walked back again. Lol. I was carrying this pyramid package that because very heavy after a while. The bestmen has umbrellas held over bobbins head. People played music as we (Nessa and I) walked.
      We gave our presents over to people then found a seat. We then got told to sit at the top of the tent where all the action was to take place and important people sat.
      All white people must be family. Duh. 😂
      Boy did we regret this.
      No English translations. No sight of Bobbin or Sabdy. I have no idea what the crap was going on. Lots of bowing.
      People filled bowls with food.
      That part eventually ended and we ran away.

      Some government person came. Deputy prime minster I believe. Lots of photos.
      I cannot believe the amount of costume changes of mother of the bride and bride. Over 10 each at least.

      There was a hair cutting ceremony that took a billion years. People pretending to cut the bride and grooms hair.
      The best part about this was that it was all pretend but they still showed them the “results” with a gold mirror like they do at the salon.
      “Does it look ok?” 😂

      This is where I stopped paying attention but I know there was a lot of chanting, people touched bride and groom on the head with roses and threw spaghetti flower stuff onto them and gave them red envelopes with money.
      Also some Bow-y pray thing with candles

      I think there was a ring exchange at the beginning.. 😅

      There was a coffee cart with free drinks like ice tea and frappes.

      This tent is honestly something else.
      Chandeliers on the ceiling.

      We were starving. It was 11:30 by now and the tumm pains had arrived.
      Eventually got fed but they have a fucked up rule thy if you’re table isn’t full they won’t bring you food.
      Lots of fish with bones hiding.
      Chicken head that no one ate.
      We sat next to a Norwegian Mum and daughter. The Mum though Will was flat out hilarious. She also insisted sheep head is delicious. No thanks.
      At the reception later on the daughter was like thanks so much for being so nice to my mum she rang my dad to tell him about you guys ❤️❤️❤️

      Decided to go home for a nap cause it was such a long intermission.
      Our tuk tuk driver didn’t know where to go but we got there lol. I like the tuk tuk community, they help each other out, they give each other direction and help break bank notes for each other. It’s really nice. All in it together.
      What a wonderful nap we had. It felt like a deep sleep. Both just passed out for 2 hours.
      I got up and redid my makeup and decided to rock a ponytail.
      My dress is way too long but I’ll manage.

      Got ready tuk tuk there with our driver friend who camps out the front of the hotel. Cost us $7. More than reasonable. About $1 per km.

      We HAD to be there by 5. No idea why. Guests started to arrive 6:30 🙄

      This was the most impersonal load of shit we have ever experienced.
      So the food rule came back into play. They wouldn’t feed us until we could get randoms to join our table.
      The father did a speech and not a single person out of the 700 guests stop to listen.
      We were all shocked by the rudeness.
      The whole thing was so inpersonal I couldn’t believe it. It was just a chance to flash your money as nothing else.

      The 2 dads did a speech and Bobbins dad obviously did his in English - only English of the day - and it was very political as if he was being made to say it. It was all about combining our two great countries.
      Almost like there were some behind the scenes political crap about trying to justify why it was ok that Sabdy was marrying a white boy.

      Groomsman had to stand out the front and meet every guest. It took 3 hours and they were FERAL.
      Everyone is so pissed about the lack of forewarning and getting in trouble for things that weren’t specified.
      For instance Stephen got in big trouble for his suit. Now while stupid looking, no one said he had to wear a certain color.
      When we arrived we went in but actually lead so we could renter and do the proper greeting crap with the bridal party. I had trouble doing the bowing to everyone cause I had to use my hands to hold up my dress.
      The food was shit hahaha majority was seafood.
      I did enjoy the rice and some mi go reng type noodles.
      100 years later Bobbin and Sabdy joined the wedding and had to walk to the front through a tunnel of people. It would seem that tradition is if two people opposite each other hold hands, when the bride and groom reaches them they have to kiss before they can continue.
      They then did a dance and cut the cake with hat looked like a samari sword lol.

      The background music was like a cd. Perfect but also not good. Just background noise you’d hear in the foyer of the hotel.

      The Cambodians dance was hilarious. Such small movements. No real boogie. 🕺🏻

      They did have one dance though that everyone knew. Like their version of the nut bush. Haha.

      Half the guests left after 30 mins.

      Made Will get some photos together lol.
      In conclusion.
      We all had a terrible time 😂😂
      It would have made no difference if we were there or not. That statements true even for the groomsman. No purpose.
      Too long, too impersonal. No translations didn’t help either.

      Caught a tuk tuk home. Will felt like he was gonna vomit but thankfully didn’t. We both crashed :)
      - we left early like 9:30ish. Half the tables had already been packed away.

      Sabdy made a point that the evening was for fancy dresses. The Cambodians wore the exact same style peplum dresses sooo??
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    • Day 44


      October 17, 2018 in Cambodia ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

      Manchmal ist es immernoch schwierig. Ich geh abends ein Bier trinken bei einem Kambodschanischen Freund. Größere Runde sitzt auf der Veranda (man sitzt ja immer draußen) die meisten kenne ich, zwei nicht. Kein Porblem bei To ist immer was los und ich kenne jetzt schon die hälfte seiner Nachbarn und gefühlt seine komplette Familie. Wobei das nach deutschen Maßsteben gemessen ist, ich kenne nur seinen Bruder seinen Onkel und eine Nichte von ihm er hat noch unzählige Verwandte mehr. Wobei ich setzt mich halt dazu die zwei neuen und ich stellen sich vor. Kaum hab ich mir ein Bier aufgemacht Zack das erste Photo von mir. Nachher noch ne Liveschaltung zu irgend welchen Freunden weil oh schau mal der ist so weiß. Es ist immernoch eigenartig. Ich warte drauf das irgend wann mal wer vom Roller fällt vor lauter starren. Heute war ich inner Provinz bei einer Veranstalltung und für die Kids wahr ich wohl wirklich der erste Weiße den sie live gesehen haben und dann ging es los oh der ist sooo Groß und der Bart und der ist soo weiß und die Nase sieht so anders aus. Ich weiß gar nicht wie es Asiaten in Deutschland ging vor 50 Jahren aber hier ist man auf jeden Fall vor allem in den ländlichen Gegenden eine absolute Attraktion.Read more

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