June 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
I think it’s a sign that I’m just not really meant to have kids! Between my mischievous ways, notorious travel habit, and sense of selfish irresponsibility, it’s probably just not going to happen. This past weekend, with my friend in town we headed out to Phnom Penh. The last ten days were just brutal so I really haven’t written as much as I liked. The ten day agenda went something like this — Angeles City – 2 days, Manila – 2 days – Saigon 3 days (1 day was rest) – Phnom Penh– 3 days. Each day was somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 shots of vodka (rest days not included).
I did my best to rally hard for Phnom Penh, being the end of the adventure with my friend from the US. We pretty much hopped every bar on streets 136 and 8 but just ended up at my usual spot, the 69 bar. I wish i could post my boys pic on line as he literally was getting a 10 hand massage (that’s 5 chicks for those of you still trying to get by 2nd grade math). I snuggled up with three of the same girls I hooked up with on my last trip. We bounced around for a bit, ended up back at 69 where I proceeded to bar fine 4 girls for $28 to head to the club. This time we checked out a “hi-so” club (my local buddy’s phrase for high society) called Platinum. Bottle of Smirnoff was still only $40. Other liquor was all pretty cheap as well. If you’re like me and enjoy clubs and the GFE(girl friend experience) the bar/bar fine/clubbing route is not a bad way to go.
Back to the kid… We were supposed to leave after two nights but the bus was packed and I was seriously hung over after two straight nights with the same agenda. On the way back to the Lux Riverside, I got a text from a girl by the name of Leak from the Rose bar. After lying in bed for 2 hours motionless, I decided some pizza with her and her sister was a good way to go. Be forewarned fellas who haven’t traveled much, girls from the bars look a LOT different when you meet them at night than they will when you see them the next day. Liquor, lighting and make up are a man’s worst enemies when it comes to scouting talent! We met up with the girls at Sorya mall and got a couple of pies at the Pizza Company. After that, the girls wanted to head upstairs and play some games. Another FYI — if you want to make an Asian girl happy, load up your iPhone with a bunch of games, suggest playing games at the mall, and have a nintendo wii back in your room! It all started out harmless enough with some air hockey. My friend played Leak’s sister and I just observed. After the first couple points, a small crowd of kids and adults had gathered around to watch this big ol black dude and tiny little Cambodian girl battle it out. When it was my turn to play, we got to just a couple points each when the puck slid off the table. The cute kid in the pic picked it up, set it back down, the proceeded to grab the paddle out of my hand. I looked across the table and, same same, his homie straight jacked my girl without a word being said… Gangsta. I thought about throwing down but my head was still buzzing from the night before and i really didn’t want to get my ass kicked by an 8 year old.
Next up was the roller coaster… well, sort of. The girls talked me into these $4 tickets to some “game” as they called it. I thought it was some crazy shooter or something and didn’t pay much mind, well, it was a damn roller coaster simulator! Drinking 8/10 nights and pizza is a BAD combination to pair up with a roller coaster simulator… 3 minutes later I was thanking the powers above that we were on the way back to the hotel to watch TV as she suggested. 3 sessions later, she was headed home in the morning and I was on the way to the car we rented and feeling much better! And… she didn’t even ask me for money! Amazing, there is love in the world. Being the nice guy I am I still dropped her a $50 and told her to buy her mom something cool.
Moral of the story, girls will like you a lot more if you actually have fun with them, even if that fun comes at the expense of your man hood being jacked away by an 8 year old!
June 6, 2010 § 2 Comments
Man, the only way to describe the last weekend in Phnom Penh is ROUGH. It all started with a bottle of Hangar Lime that we easily downed half of prior to even getting to the city. For those who haven’t tried Hangar Lime Vodka, you really should. I’m a connoisseur of sorts having spent 7 years in the night club business and, I can confidently say that hands down, it’s be best
Back to the trip… This time we took my car to the border and my buddy picked us up. In the past I have taken the bus, Mekong Express, for about $11 one way which really wasn’t a bad experience. Can’t really beat a road trip with the fellas though with your own beats bumping. It’s about a 5 hour trip including a short stop at the border, 6 hours if you go by bus. Flying from Saigon to Pnom Penh is an option too but, that’s gonna cost you a couple hundred bucks at least.It’s one of the few SE Asia flights that is still expensive.
I stayed at the Lux Riverside hotel which is about 1 year old, SUPER nice for only $30. (correction, $35 to $40 now) I haven’t stayed anywhere else in Phnom Penh and i don’t really have too much desire to try. It’s that good. The Lux is located right by the water and on a street with a bunch of expat bars. My two favorites are Oasis and 69 bar (correction, Dream 2, Club Blu and down the strip, Rose). Oasis is much more mellow, 69 can get pretty wild going into the night. Stay away from Candy Bar unless you like ugly chicks and super sleezy tourists. Our first stop was Oasis where we did a little $2 happy hour action. Oasis was pretty chill as always, chatted up a few of the staff, then headed to a karaoke bar called Star Palace. This was the first time i’ve tried Karaoke in PP and, from what i remember it was pretty fun! Girls were cute, definitely more expensive. As with most places, girls were pretty much all take home. $50 bucks was the going rate which, is about double most places. My friends ate as well and said it was pretty good, especially liking the Chicken Wings.
I decided to bar fine my girl. I don’t remember the cost but, what i do know is that 2 bottles of Jack Daniels, food, and bar fine came out to about $175. Next up, hopped in the Tuk Tuk and headed to the Naga World Hotel and Casino to a live music bar called Darling Darling. Watch out a little for the Tuk Tuk drivers as they always try to charge you more. Always ask the rates first, then offer then about 1/2. The Filipino bad was good as usual, we got a nice little table and a bottle of Sky Vodka. That bill was about $80. Yeah… this night money went fast.
At this point is was only about 11pm so we went to a club called Heart of Darkness. Two level place, pretty crowded. There is no cover charge here and i think the drinks were reasonable. My buddy met some tourist girls so, we ended up doing some tequila shots which was probably the end of me. This bar was full of girls, most of them prostitutes was my guess.
I’m thinking the influence of Red Bull kept us going. My buddy wanted the not so sweet variety from the US so he was pretty psyched that I’d brought a couple cases over. Somehow, with three more girls in tow, we ended up rolling some Tuk Tuk’s down to a place called the Prime Lounge. Prime was nice, but, pretty quiet. It was fun for us as the DJ played whatever we asked and we had our own company. For any desires beyond that, i wouldn’t recommend it.