Posted by: Simon & Becci | April 27, 2011

Settling In

Well, we have now been here a week and I’m pleased to say it feels like we are already settling in. We are finally over jet lag and Simon is sleeping much better – which is good for him and for me! We are getting used to the heat. And we have been having fun getting on with normal life things: everything from meeting the church to working out how to pay bills and choose an internet provider.

Sunday was a wonderful day going to our first church service and meeting old and new friends. The days begin early here to make the most of the cooler mornings, so we were at the church building by 8.45 for a 9am start. We had a chance to introduce ourselves during the meeting and also to show Jubilee Family Church the photograph of Jubilee Church Coventry waving hello to them – they responded with a wave back:

Jubilee Family Church...

...waving back

As you can see from the photo there is a mix of Cambodian and Western people in the church and a range of ages. The service is bilingual with songs being sung in both languages-sometimes both at the same time; sometimes once through in one language and then a second time in the other. The sermon, prayers and prophetic contributions are translated.

April Birthdays

After the service we celebrated the April birthdays of people in the church with a very western tradition of a birthday cake and a couple of renditions of ‘Happy Birthday’ sung in English (everyone seems to know that one!)

An oasis of calm

Monday, we had a well-earned morning off. Steve and Midge took us to an idyllic spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city where, for US$2, you can use the pool of Hotel L’Imprevue for as long as you like: cooling off in the water and reading on sun loungers under refreshing greenery (there are very few trees in the city).

On our way back from the pool, we stopped off to see one more house and hit the jack pot! We loved it: it is brand new; beautifully finished off; spacious and the landlady is very friendly and (crucially) speaks English! We are going back tomorrow morning to negotiate with her about specifics, so if all goes well (please pray!) then we will post some photos in our next update.

Lady grilling corn on the cob while driving!

And lastly, for your amusement, a photograph of a lady with a mobile corn on the cob business – We were just too late in taking the photo to catch the moment when she was turning the cobs over on the grill next to her while simultaneously negotiating the busy Phnom Penh roads in her tuk tuk! They certainly are resourceful and fearless here in Cambodia!



  1. Mmmm…corn you have to catch.

  2. I love the corn on the cob lady!!Great news about the house and can’t wait to join you for a church service! lots of love and enjoy the next two weeks 🙂

  3. Hey
    Great news all round Glad to hear youve got the house you’re looking for! The lady with the tut tut & Corn adds a whole new meaning to fast food!
    Lots of love Martyn Judy Beth

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