Last Saturday there was a special Saturday opening of a cake shop and training centre called Bloom run by one of the parents at school. She has trained some Khmer ladies to an international level in hospitality, cake making and decorating. Me and Phoebe decided it was time for a mother and daughter treat…where else but a cake shop.
Bloom is like no other cake shop cafe, the cakes are a work of art!!!! But that is not all, Ruth who runs it, is not just doing this to create a buisness but to help young women who have been rescued by International Justice Mission from a life of slavery in brothels, to rebuild their lives,to give them confidence and a trade and a livelyhood. Her aim is to train them up and make it a Khmer run buisness. Read about it here it is an amazing story…she even met Princess Norodom of Cambodia this week who wanted to take her cupcakes to the King of Cambodia!
It is so nice to know that as a teacher in HOPE school, I am allowing parents the time to invest in people here in Cambodia, to make a difference in peoples lives who would never hear about Jesus and the value he puts on them as people. By being our supporteds and partners you are helping maany, many projects like this impact people here in Cambodia. Thank you so much for all your support!
Which cake shall we have? (Phoebe with her friends Zoe and Karla)
After cake we NEED to swap and check our sticker collection…..dont you love the decor??? This is a me shop!! And did I say…. the coffee is the BEST in Phnom Penh… I had a *flat white* coffee with steamed milk no froth…mmmmm….with three of my lovely friends…introducing….
Camera shy April..(Zoe’s mum)
Not so camera shy Katy (Karla’s mum and Lucia’s fantastic pre-school teacher)
The gorgeous Kate (Jamie’s wonderful teacher….she is awesome)
What I didn’t tell you was preceeding this fantastic little coffee morning was quite a bit of stress for myself and Kate. I had worked out my route and planned it ou t so I could pick up my camera lens. This took me to a very busy part of town one which I avoid. On my way down I wwent down a street following other traffic when suddenly a policeman steps in front of me and takes the keys out of my bike! Apparently it was a one way street….not sure where the sign was but I didnt see it. Anyway I was told my bike had to go to the police station for 2 days or I had to pay a ten dollar fine. One thing I was sure of me and the moto were not parting company… I also had Phoebe and her friend on the back! After awhile he said I had to go somewhere ans pay a fine $10 so I said in Khmer it was too much….so he said $5….still too much I said…..no then you have to go to police station…..by this time I am getting a little worried so I phoned a friend who talked to the police man and said just pay the $5 and get out quickly! The trouble was I only had a $10 bill and some change. If you give them the $10 you never see the change so I went up and said I’m sorry I can only give you $3 which was all my change. Just to put it in context the charge is actually $1.25 for a traffic offence. Kate on the other hand was much quicker off the mark when she was pulled over and said here is a $1 go and buy yourself a coke!
By the time we got to Bloom we were in desparate need of a coffee and cake to restore our stress levels! 🙂