One thing we decided when we arrived in Cambodia to help us adjust to life here was to set up some new traditions or family events. One of our favourite traditions is on someones birthday they get to choose somewhere to go to eat ice-cream. Over the last five years we have alternated between Swenson’s, Blue Pumpkin and Snow Yogurt.
This weekend it was my birthday and I chose to go to the new AEON Mall which has a nice ice-cream shop called TOTO. Very chilled out and girly!
The new mall is the first one in Cambodia that has outside brand names as well as well known quality brands in Cambodia. It was strange walking around a mall that made you feel like you were in Bangkok or even England. It is new, shiny and clean! There are brands like Costa Coffee, Burger King, Mango, Toni&Guy which I know from England. There are also lots of well known Korean, Thai and Japanese brands. It also has a Cinema, Bowling, and Ice Park as well as a nice World Food restaurant section.
It is nice to see opportunities opening up in Cambodia but the reality is at the moment many of the Cambodians I know could only window shop. (Looking at the prices in some shops think I will also be window shopping most of the time!) However it is lovely to have a sparkling, clean air-con mall to wander round in and remind me of home!
I’m not sure if Colin enjoyed the nearly 3 hours of shopping to explore the new mall but he said the ice-cream was good!
At home I got to eat a lovely gluten free carrot cake which Lucia had made for me!