Flowers stop blooming,
Once it has bloomed,
The rain stops pouring,
After it has poured.

You grew a garden in my heart,
You made it rain love,
You saved me from harm,
Until the thunder finally struck.

Lightning made me numb,
Raindrops made me frigid,
I can’t hear my heart’s thrum,
And the garden is now flooded.

You were my saving grace,
Then I lost my faith,
Hope buried me to my grave,
When love was too faint.

Leave me in this chaos,
Where the ground is barren,
Overgrown with vines and moss,
Where your love is poison.


Moon River

A still river full of water,
Where colorful fins swim by,
And vibrant flowers sway,
Under the blue sky.

The quiet hum of dragonflies,
Leaping from stone to stone,
Envious is the water—
As stiff as a bone.

For the water stays at its home,
Destined to kiss its own;
Trapped by its own corners,
And left all alone.

Award: First So Far


The Liebster Award 2016 is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011.Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Jotting Thoughts Site has been nominated by Stewie Overseas, thank you.


  1. Answer the 11 questions given by the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Nominate other 5-11 blogs or site and description.
  3.   Write 11 new questions for your nominees to answer.

Q & A:

  1. What do you love about the city/town you are living in right now?

Originally, I was not born and raise here but, the good thing about this place is the climate.  Of all the provinces and cities of the Philippines, Baguio City is the only city with 6-20 degrees celsius all year round.

2.  How many countries have you been to?

Taiwan – 2 years
Israel – 5 years
Hong Kong – 4 days
Vietnam – a day
Cambodia- 3 days
Philippines – proud Filipino

3.  What is your favorite place you have traveled to and why?

Israel and its people.  Israeli’s are the noisiest people in the world but, they are family oriented, brutally honest, and I love their sincerity especially when you chat with them, I can feel their presence.

4.  What is your favorite memory from traveling?

My favorite memory from traveling is spending my birthday in a strange place alone.  For me, it is a perfect day where you can always remember your special day with an additional set of friends while on the trip.

5.  What is the best thing you have eaten while traveling?

I am not adventurous enough when it comes to food, all the food I have tried so far are normal foods.  I am not ready to try exotic foods yet, I don’t think I can manage it.

6.  What lessons have you learned while traveling?

After solo and group traveling, I develop my confidence.  At the end of the day, I tell myself how smart I am to do things on my own.

7.  What was the scariest thing that has happened to you while traveling?

I can’t swim, so every time I’m on a boat I consider that as the scariest thing for me.  I love traveling alone.  I may look brave on the outside but, there are so many “what ifs” inside me.

8.  If you go somewhere anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

If I would be given the chance to travel around Europe, I am dying to see Amsterdam or some other places that are dog and bicycle friendly.

9.  What was your motivation for starting a blog?

Thoughts are just like RAM (Ramdom Access Memory),  it won’t stay there permanently.   Writing is my stress reliever and at the same time, I want to record everything I see and feel while I still can.

10.  What do you see your blog a year from now?

If I publish articles regularly, I might get more followers but, too short to make it popular.

11.  What do you want your readers to take away from your blog?

Simple, get inspired, get motivated, go out and discover the world.  That are the only things I wanted to share from my blog since photos and articles were originally taken and written by ourselves.

My nominees are:

  1. Galway Girl Abroad
  2. 18megapizel
  3. Girl in the Big Smoke
  4. Amyy Abroad
  5. Around the World

My Questions:

  1.  How many countries have you visited so far?
  2. What is your favorite thing about traveling?
  3. What do you prefer group or solo travel?
  4. Do you plan ahead or a free spirit?
  5. Among the countries, you have visited what country you liked the most?
  6. What is your most unforgettable travel experience?
  7. What are the things you can’t live while traveling?
  8. What is your longest trip so far?
  9. How often do you travel?
  10. Do you need to be rich to travel the world?
  11. Is the Philippines included in your list? Why and why not?











Siem Reap: Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm is formerly known as Monastery of the King, a Buddhist temple.  It is a combination of jungle, nature and man-made art.

After Angkor Thom Complex, Ta Prohm is the most famous of all temples.  I hadn’t watched the movie Tomb Raider yet and just recently found out when I was in this location that the cast and crew did indeed shoot the film in this temple.  The entrance alone is magical, it’s like a jungle hopeful for Tarzan to rope swing on his forceful strength.


The photo is the famous “Tomb Raider” tree.  Everyone is keen to pose and take a closer look at the tree.  Since the weather is sunny and I was with elders, we didn’t lineup for close-up photos.



When we visited this place, the restoration is in the process.  They said, restoring the area is a challenging one because of the huge trees growing over the structures.

Even with big crowds, a sunny day, and how the buildings and nature have become one is fascinating.


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The charm of those gigantic trees and how the roots covered the architecture is mythical. I don’t really mind walking under the sun with a massive crowd if the reward is pleasant to look at.

Part 1: Crossing Cambodia From Vietnam

Part 2: Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Complex

Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Complex

After a long and exhausting land trip from Saigon to Cambodia, here’s the highlight of our journey.

We visited the said old town of King Jayavarman VII, known to be the most dominant and recognized king in the late 12th century.

Angkor Thom

The south gate and bridge going to Angkor Thom is the most eye-catching area to take photos.  It is surrounded by man-made river and relic trees.  Sitting just outside the gate and stirring those amazing structures makes you think as if you are part of the history.  Very impressive!

Too bad we arrived late, too hard to take a clean shot due to heavy vehicles and tuk-tuk going in. As we go nearer, there are statues on both sides.  The left side is called “the gate of the god”, while on the other side is “the gate of the demons”.


The gate of the gods (54 figures of devas)


The gate of the  demons (54 figures of asuras)


The south gate tower has four magnificent curved faces on different directions or commonly called as “face towers”.


After passing through the south gate tower or face towers, here comes the Bayon Temple with crowded tourists in and out.



Next to Bayon is the Baphoun Temple, just a short walk,  but need a lot of energy to climb hundreds of steps just to be on top.



I must say, it was indeed a physical challenge to ourselves in our 40’s and we survived.


Prepare your camera for panoramic views like this..


The most difficult are actually, the going down part.  If you have acrophobia, either you face it or back out.  Some of the tourists went down backward to avoid the breathtaking heights.

Angkor wat is strikingly historic.  There are no other words to describe it, just go and visit to see for yourself.

2017 Travel Bucket List:12 Locations to Visit

Part 1: Crossing Cambodia From Vietnam

The Road We Travel

This road can turn to highways,
Congested and fast paced,
It can have big bridges,
Over a river’s distance,
Concrete can be poured,
Over grasslands and moors,
Up hills and mountains,
Drive over rough terrains,
Ruin and then build,
Place what will fit,
Further and farther,
From where it is darker.

Echoes of Misery

I repeat myself over and over
An endless string of blunder—
Knotted and tied with my affliction
Ending nowhere but in damnation
Echoes bouncing on walls and pillars
While I’m locked under cellars—
My words falling with a clatter
Echoes of bone-chilling isolation
Over and over
My voice travels in crevices of the river
Slowly drowning in water
I can see my reflection
A figure of distortion—
Falling deeper and deeper
Over and over.

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