Living in a city doesn’t always make you feel comfortable even though it is convenient in many ways. The accessibility to foods, basic needs and technology can be one of the very reasons why people prefer big city to small town. On the other hand, residing in a so-called crowded city can bring you stress, boredom, loneliness and other metal issues possibly.
I have been living in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, for roughly eight years, and all the above problems have occurred to me every now and then. If you have a lot of friends, this can be less headache for you. However, if the friends part is not true to you, then this article might give you a slight idea on how you may find a tiny space to lift up your spirit at the weekends in order to prepare yourself for the weekdays to come.
Getting up early in the morning at the weekends remains the problem for teenagers and adults. We love our beds more than anything. Every morning, most of us do not want to get up and only want to stay in bed for another 5 minutes. It’s weekend; why should I get up early? However, researches suggest that being an early bird makes you more productive during the day. I used to do that in the past, but this is not the case anymore. I have started to get early and do some exercise in the early morning, and it refreshes my mind. You don’t know how much you can do in 1 or 2 hours your extra sleep can do until you try it and find out. I promise you will be surprised.
I know I sound like an extra kind of person who goes to gym to take pictures and post them on social media in order to claim that he or she is a healthy person; however, going to gym doesn’t only help us be healthy physically, but can also improve our mental health as well if you do it right. Going to the gym gives you time to enjoy your time. I notice that I have become stronger. I rarely get sick, nor do I find it hard to sleep at night like I used to. Thanks to my new acquired habit of going to gym. I spend some time of my Saturday morning to perform gym and I feel a lot better for the whole day. Believe me or not, exercising helps release stress and boredom. Don’t be so mean to yourself, go to gym some time or at the weekends; it won’t make you poor, but it will possibly make your health rich.
Cycling in the city?
NOPE! Cycling make me look poor. I won’t do it. I hate sweat. It’s hot outside. It’s dusty.
If all the above mentioned statements are true to you, I bet you have not tried it. REALLY. Cycling is a form of exercise which costs your almost nothing but your little energy. It doesn’t make you look poor. It makes you look healthy in people’s eyes. I have to admit that it’s hot in Phnom Penh or in other cities, but with proper clothing, you should not give yourself the excuse. If you are afraid to sweat, learn to. It’s one of the ways you can be healthy. Not saving your sweat and go to see the doctor at the end of each year. Sweat it out. If you have the problem with ride bicycle, buying one should be your concern. I know it is not really cheap, but you can save it. Just do it once, and you can have it probably … forever? Let say if you don’t buy new clothes this month or not going to expensive restaurants, you might be able to get your bike the following month. DEAL?
My cycling experience last Sunday
Last Sunday, my friends and I rode to Oknha Tei Island, which is located about 15km away from the city. We had to meet up at about 6 at the Independent Monument. To get to our destination, we had to take a ferry. It was quite an interesting experience. We only paid 500 Cambodian riels per person and one bike. Traveling on water has always scared me, but I do it anyway.
When we got there, we had breakfast and bought some water for our journey. We spent the whole morning riding. We explored the island, the promising city. It has been being developed for some time now, and soon before we notice, this island will be as crowded as Singapore. (Fingers crossed)
We did not stop at just one island; we took another ferry to visit another island near by. Silk Island was the name. We loved how quiet the place was. People were friendly and the smell of grass just made me miss my hometown. We had lunch there at the Silk Village. We got to see how the silk cloth was really made. As I know, to make one 8 meter silk cloth, a person has to spend 10 days. And this is the reason why silk cloth are expensive.
After spending some time there, we decided to come back. This time we had to cross a bridge to another island called Koh Dach (isolated island). We did not spend much time there. We took the next ferry to get to the main land and rode home. It was a long ride after all.
I was exhausted when I got home, so decided not to go out and take some rest.
My weekends now never make bored, stressed or lonely anymore. I make it the way I want it. And you can do the same.