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A Fresh Start in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Monday, 20 June 2016

There're so many things happened to us for the past few months. We are really overwhelmed with the downs and ups of our small family life during this period. Some are sad and some are good, but glad that we’re still holding on to each other. And, here comes our new journey and adventure in this Kingdom of Cambodia.

To be frank, we’re excited yet nervous about our moving to this country. We have been to Siem Reap last two years to visit Angkor Wat and taking our pre-wedding photos, but we’ve never been to Phnom Penh.

The first day we arrived here, we went directly to my husband’s office to attend his interview, and after we have our day spent in the city. It’s totally hot and dusty and tiring (woke up at 3 am to catch the flight at 6 am). Not an enjoyable moment at all, and we’re really ditching the idea to consider moving to Phnom Penh. But the next day, it seems better and we managed to visit few markets; BKK and Russian Market. It’s stuffy and hot, but I guess if you come early in the morning; then it’s fine. The day after, things getting better and after giving so many thoughts, we agreed to move to Phnom Penh. Anyway, it’s only 1 hour and 50 minutes from Kuala Lumpur.

I’m stuck in Kuala Lumpur for a month as we need to sort out the moving company; sorting household stuffs to Perak (my hometown) and some to Phnom Penh. At the end, we have 60 boxes awaiting to be shipped to Phnom Penh, and a fully cramped 5 tonnes lorry to my hometown. My goodness, what have we bought for these past few years!!! Moving is super tedious, plus my husband has started his job in Phnom Penh. It’s not easy for me as I’m just few months pregnant and that makes me double lazy to pack up anything. But, I’m so lucky to have my mum helping me with the packing and cooking. And another thing, I’m stuck in KL because I’m waiting for 30 days period for Mat’s normal + rabies vaccination to fulfill the export permit documentation. Oh yes, I’m bringing her with me. My husband said it’s better to bring her though I’m quite nervous with her flying at the age of 8 years old. Not so young for a cat…

Anyway, it was hilarious plus headache bringing Mat into KLIA. I feel like Paris Hilton with her dog… Ooopss, not really… I feel like an assistant to a diva cat. I’m pushing a trolley with 2 heavy luggage and a cat that never stop to meow. She meowed all the time until one of the customer service’s staff thought a cat was lost in the middle of KLIA. I’m so glad the nightmare was over when I handed her to the security staffs. But what I can advise is; you better be superbly early if you hand carry your pet, I’m so unlucky this time because the queue is so long and having a non-stop talking cat means ‘Headache’.  And another thing, it's good if you use a relocation company to help you with the export/ health certificate documentation. It's making me so nervous trying to understand the whole process. And during the flight, all I can think of is Mat, and Mat and Mat again. I’m scared if the plane sounds making her stressed, the take off and landing part (it's more bumpy for her I guess), passed out or lying unconscious etc. etc. So many things I can make of.

Upon reaching Phnom Penh Airport, I can almost say I’m doing a 100 metres marathon to make sure I don’t have to wait for so long to do the visa. What I know is, in here the luggage arrived so much earlier than you are, so I’m scared Mat will need to wait for so long. Reminder: The pet will come on the same belt as your luggage. But I’m so lucky the visa counter only has only 2-3 people waiting (maybe a lot of tourists did online), so I managed to do my visa quite fast. And when I went to the luggage collection area, all I can see was the pink carrier (which belongs to Mat) and few other luggage (less than 6 I guess), and 2 of them are mine. She meowed when she saw me… and thankfully she’s in good condition… and in the waiting area, we saw Abang Mat (my husband) waiting for us…our adventure in the Kingdom begins smiley

p/s: that is Mat's picture in the new house after few days of quarantine inside the house. We have a dog name Tutu staying downstairs (the landlady's dog).