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The Amazing PePY Race
What to do on Easter Sunday in a Buddhist country??? Amazingly enough I found tiny easer eggs in Ankgor Supermarket and yes they tasted as bad as Easter egg chocolate in Australia (not a fan except for the new Malteser Bunny mmmmm) and then I found an Aussie making hot cross buns so one dozen were ordered for pick up straight out of the oven!
We (Liz, Sarah, Paloma and I) decided we would join in The Amazing PePY Race. PePY is a NGO in Siem Reap (http://pepyride.org/) and had organised the race to raise money for their cause. Obviously being a race AND Easter Sunday we decided that we must dress up (and we thought everybody else would think the same!) My job was to get the tinsel, Liz to get the hats and others to dress in their colour!!!
2pm we meet downstairs in the hostel. A G&T with fresh hot cross buns and butter and Easter eggs and the ladies had their Easter afternoon tea! The staff at the hostel also got to share in the chocolate and hot cross buns and they thoroughly enjoyed their western experience, especially when I left the remaining eggs with them!
Off we ride to the Royal Gardens to meet our competitors. First challenge – where to park our bikes – no not there; no not on the grass; no you cannot bring them into the park; no not on this side of the road …….. We walk into the park to greet the others – is anyone else dressed up – No but our efforts were appreciated!!!! Team name: Esme and the ladies!!!! We see that others are going by moto or by tuk tuk BUT no not us! We will ride!!!!
The clues are handed to us and we are off!!!! We figure out a few and head towards our first location – the Butterfly restaurant where the clue is to find 3 animals that are near the water but can’t move to drink it! Now we (or I) thought we were clever and came up with the answers: buffalo grass, spider orchid and bird of paradise!!! It wasn’t that difficult and we were supposed to be looking by the river!!! Oh well points for originality!
Another challenge was the game that many locals play here – basically it is a feather with a rubber stopper on the end and you kick it around like a hacky sack. We need to get 6 continuous kicks – we gave up!!!!! And I am please to say it was not just me that was challenged by this game.
We also had to make up sentences from the page number; paragraph and word number in a sentence from a book; complete an indoor rock climb, eat a cricket and play charades. The charades was hilarious as 1. Paloma didn’t understand the English word and so made sound effects for her word monkey and 2. Liz got Battambang (pronounced Battambong; a town about 2 hours away from Siem Reap) – being an Aussie the bat was her miming playing cricket and the bong was well you know!!!! We were the first to come up with it and I got it straight away!!! Hilarious.
We rode far and wide around Siem Reap – yelling out Happy Easter or Happy New Year (Khmer NY was beginning that week) and getting lots of smiles. At the end of the race we all gathered for a drink and to find out the results. We won a prize for dressing up (it was worth it!) and a girl who none of us had met before commented on how great we looked and the fact that for most of the race she didn’t see us but could hear us!!!!!!
The night ended with one of our favourite meals at Rosy’s – baked spud with a choice of toppings and salad with a juice slushy mmmmmm. We were supposed to continue on and watch friends perform fire twirling but as the dinner progressed you could see us sinking into our chairs and not wanting to come back out!