29th of November, Friday.
29.11.2013 - 29.11.2013 31 °C
Friday - the week has slipped away, though it has been jam-packed with activities. We had a lazy start, but still managed to have breakfast by 8 o'clock. Then we headed to the market to look. Danielle wanted to buy some gifts, so we wandered through tiny stalls packed with clothing and interesting handiworks. We bought colourful trousers with elastic at the ankles - lounge wear at home, some beautifully woven straw baskets, and hair clips for the girls in Danielle's class.
market stalls - Maybe some pictures later.
We came upon many manicure/ pedicure/massage places and finally decided to treat ourselves. We had a wonderful deluxe treatment that started with our feet being washed in lemon and jasmine water. We relaxed in the cool room for just over an hour while our feet were pampered and our nails polished. The young ladies were so attentive and gentle, and did a superb job. The price: $5 each. The $3 tip was considered too generous, but it was worth more!
Danielle is enjoying the luxury. Me too!
Oh, I could have this done every month if I were to stay in Cambodia.
It was getting close to 12:00 so we headed off to ACODO. Today went smoothly, with Danielle and I sharing the teaching and enjoying getting to know the kids better by spending one-on-one time with them in the classes. Th 5 hours of classes were soon over - a breeze with 2 teachers.
We headed back to the hotel to change and to head to town for a light supper. Indian food this time. We chatted to the owner of a tiny establishment, and were soon looking over a fine and varied display of wonderful aromatic dishes - too much for us to finish!
We didn't linger all that long, as we had booked tickets to see "Rosana The first and only International Cabaret" We dressed for the evening, and took a tuk-tuk to the site. We were ushered into a large grand theatre, and sipped on a cool drink as the seats filled up. Soon the show began. We were in for a treat.
The show started and soon, in one number featuring brides, the brides all came up the centre aisle and one came through each aisle and daintily shook hands with each of the audience members. They are "lady-boys" but most Canadian brides don't look so luscious and striking.
There were grand and graceful waltzes.
A Chinese Opera.
Sultry Brazilian, and West Indian "Carnival." Rumba was a hot number.
Bollywood - As good and as showy as I've ever seen!
This dance was actually the opening number. One that is often featured at the ACODO orphanage. I watched it so carefully, as I had been told that some of the girls that had left ACODO were performing at this show. I studied each face, but these girls (yes, actual girls in this number only) were not the ones I had gotten to know in January.
The peacock dance is a traditional Cambodian dance. So very graceful.
The show was alive with energy: The curtain on the stage hardly touching the ground before it rose so reveal another ornate set featuring 20 or more splendidly dressed ladyboys. One of the spectacular numbers was one that was pumped with energy and was more than 5 minutes long. A marathon of dances. I will add that to today's blog as soon as I find a chance to upload some of the video I filmed.
Well ! Not a bad start to the weekend!