Posted by: Simon & Becci | March 7, 2013

Here, there and everywhere

Apologies to our blog readers for such a prolonged gap in postings. We’ve had a couple of months of being here, there and everywhere. Here’s a quick summary of where we’ve been in postcard style. Wish you were here….


In mid-January Becci travelled to Singapore for some training for the English International Baccalaureate course she is teaching. Becci’s summary of Singapore – it was clean, green and cold (in comparison to here).


The day after Becci returned I travelled 8 hours by minibus to the north of Cambodia to the town of Stung Treng. One bump too many on the “road” led to some emergency repairs with electrical wire when the exhaust pipe fell off….


The purpose of my trip was to visit the opening of a Children’s Development Centre which has been built by the UK charity CRY. The colourful opening ceremony consisted of hundreds of people sat in two tents facing each other – one for the public and one for special guests (like me!), listening to speeches by local dignitaries and watching a display of traditional Khmer dancing.


I was accompanied by visiting friends from Australia and the Philippines. The latter, Eden and Fe Singson, who lead the newfrontiers church in Manila, then spent a few days with us in Phnom Penh encouraging the church. We are due to repay the favour in April when we visit Manila.


We enjoyed a brief moment of calm at the start of February due to the funeral of the former Cambodian King Sihanouk. Roads, schools and businesses closed down for at least a day during the funeral and cremation which lasted a whole week.


Mid February saw us travelling again, this time to Sydney for the latest newfrontiers Pacific Rim leaders conference. 70 of us gathered from several nations and had a wonderful time. I have written a report for the newfrontiers website that I’ll share once it has been posted. We took five Cambodian leaders with us, three of whom had never left the country and two had never seen the sea. Sdam’s (pictured with body board) first comment on diving in was “Wow, it’s salty”!


At the entrance to Sydney Harbour trying to figure out where Phnom Penh is


After the conference we travelled 5 hours by plane to the remote city of Perth in Western Australia (WA) for a few days of rest with our friends in the church there. The state of WA is vast – it is 20 times larger than England but with only 5% of the population! After speaking at their Sunday meeting we have finally made our way back to Phnom Penh for a few weeks of normality!




  1. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. God clearly has his hand on you, dear Simon & Becci. — In the meantime, our experience of Coventry is turning more and more into a Chinese experience.Many blessings. Hugh & Sue

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