When was the last time you REALLY switched off? Forgetting (on purpose) about all the deadlines and responsibilities and just looking after yourself.
Lucky me. Siem Reap offers me just that! It is a pretty special place to nurture my mind (overly charged at times) and body (it’s the miles, not the age ;-))).
My favourite way to nurture my body has to be having a 4-hand massage. What?! Is there such a thing called “4-Hand Massage”? Yes! It involves 2 very experienced therapists synchronising their massage movements while working on my body. It feels like having 2 hours massage in 1 hour, but with the maximum intensity. Without me knowing it, the 4-hand massage has become one of my ‘happy treats’ while staying in Cambodia.
Some of the better spa include my favorite in-house spa at any of the Golden Temple hotels, Lemongrass Garden and Bodia Spa.
Slightly more active than a massage is yoga which not only gives my body a good workout, but it cleanses my mind at the same time. After each yoga session, I find myself being far more grateful for life and things that I have. It helps me to reinforce one of my personal beliefs which is to be grateful every day for everything we have, health .
In Siem Reap town centre, there are many excellent yoga studios around and it only costs a few dollars to attend some of the best yoga studios. It is fairly popular with the expat community in Siem Reap but some of the local Khmer are catching up and loving the practice too.
Some of the more well-known /-liked studios can be founded here.
In the late afternoon, we tend to play a bit of football or volley ball when the children are around. Children here are very inventive which due to their curiosity and also the lack of resources. It is beautiful to see them make kites from bamboo sticks (straight from a bamboo tree) and paper, or using plastic bottles to catch fish in the small river.
I normally rise up and get ready for my day at around 5:30am. There is no need to set any alarm clock because the beautiful sound from the cow bells never fails to wake me up gently in the morning. There are plenty of cows walking slowly passed my home and heading to the field for their work day from 5am.
8+ hours quality sleep and little distraction. Heaven! Judging by how refreshed and energized I feel after a few days I sometimes what toll the hectic work and lifestyle takes on our bodies. I certainly wouldn’t want to miss my village ‘get aways’. This is my little sanctuary.
My Happiness journey
This blog is the part 2 of my sharing as “Currency of Happiness”, which expresses what happiness means to me, especially when I am in Cambodia.
I don’t believe there is an exact formula to happiness because personal perspective plays a vital role in determining what happiness means to us individually. It is more or less like a currency which works in one country but perhaps not in another. Some currencies are worth a little bit more than others but there is beauty and happiness in every single one.
There you have it, my take on “Currency of Happiness” in Cambodia!
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