Friday, January 23rd, 2004 – Day 339

Friday, January 23rd, 2004 – Day 339

Again most businesses in town are closed. Indeed all the markets were closed as well. The influence of the Khmer-Chinese Community is astounding. I was up at 8.30am and stayed watching Rasputin on TV. I headed down town to get a bite to eat. I walked to the New market and the Russian Markets. Parts of them were open but the majority of stalls were closed. I looked at some DVD’s. They are expensive here (although they are DVD-9) at 3 US per copy. Music CD’s are 2 US.

I did little the rest of the day. I really like the city. Its relaxed, small enough to walk around but has a edge. If you want drugs, guns or sex they are easy to find. They are characters from all around the world, some deranged, some dangerous who have found refuge here. Some of the Western expats are junkies.

I went to the Rose Bar beside my hotel for a few drinks. Nice place with pool tables. Nice and quiet which is what I wanted. Trouble was I met an Australian who was out for the craic. To cut a long story (drinking) short, I was in bed by 3.00am.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations (23-01-2004)

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Chinese New Year Celebrations (23-01-2004)

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Waitress at Rose Bar (23-01-2004)