It's beautiful when you get to share your passions and desires with other people who feel the same way. I'm extremely excited to be able to embark on a journey with a wonderful group of people who also want to intentionally live out their lives by serving the community in Cambodia. Back at home, there's none other than Stephanie, who the Father has brought to help me pursue and explore my love for food and art! The food at The Meatball Shop is delicious! I got a spicy pulled pork burger with mushroom sauce. It was probably one of the best burgers I've had. I mean, that's what happens when you get to share lunch with someone who knows what good food is! (Check out her blog - amazing recipes!) It's even better to get to end your day with some awesome galleries in New York City. It's amazing to see how beautiful everyone's talents is. It is a constant reminder of how beautiful the children of the Father is whenever I see the many unique talents these living-artist have. From brushstrokes to choice of material, they are uniquely chosen just like how the Father has uniquely molded us. Like art, we are to inspire, provoke, and change the ordinary.
Saying 'see you later' is probably one of the most difficult things ever. I use it to replace my 'good-byes' only to make myself feel better about whether these precious people in my life will appear again. In the end, you just have to remember that everyone is in your life for a season and a reason. I know it sounds super-serious-sad-, but that's just the truth! As humans, we're constantly wishing and hoping that the past will repeat. We want it to come back because we desire for familiarity. It's fear that holds us back and ultimately restricts us from a mind-blowing future the Father has prepared for us.
I visited Cambodia for a week back in the summer of 2012. This means that I am no expert to life in Cambodia but there are some main differences I can draw. On the other hand, I've lived in New York City for the last 12 years of my life. This is a pre-journey comparison -- that I will first of all say, can be extremely inaccurate.
New York City: You can eat anything in New York City. From authentic tacos from Mexican food stands to mystery meat at Taco Bell. There's not much you can say. Every craving is satisfied, whether you have the money and time to sit at a classy restaurant or make a quick run to the deli.
Cambodia: Many of the dishes we had were extremely similar to the ones you can find in a Chinese Restaurant but for some reason...tasted a million times better! (A) For breakfast, we had roasted pork on rice. It's just like the Chinese version except a lot less oily & fatty. (B) They make their coffee with condensed milk. I love condensed milk & coffee. I was told that Cambodia is famous for their coffee, more than their tea. (C) Rice noodles. I had that for breakfast one day. Good stuff. (D) I believe this is sweet and sour chicken/pork? (E) We called it colored water. It's really just watered down tea. That's what was given to us to drink whenever we went to eat. -- We also went out for Indian food and pizza. Both are delicious in Cambodia! Fruit is amazing there, I had so much Dragon Fruit!
New York City: There are so many cultures that reside in New York City. This means that people of many lifestyles come together - with their different social norms and traditions. What's okay in one culture can be seen as rude to another but I personally feel like we all get along very well!
Cambodia: THE NICEST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER MET. That's all I can really say. There's nap-time everyday after lunch, it's great. You can also hear the birds in the morning! Geckos are everywhere and harmless, you'll take showers with them...but then they disappear once you're finished!
I'm really looking forward to going back. It will be with a different group of people with a different purpose in mind. Either way, Cambodia's beauty won't change!