A Whole Day Affair in Camp John Hay

After five long years in college, who could have thought she would make it, from graduation to the board exam. Of course, I am a proud ate! As a result, we ended up eating the whole day and roamed around the city where we don’t normally do.

An early lunch at Hi Mile Diner, Camp John Hay

If we managed to satisfy our hunger, so with the eyes.

Why do you always have room for dessert?

Can’t resist, the powder room was awesome!

How to end up your day? Another set of a meal!

Congratulations sister for passing the licensing exam for teachers, secondary level. You are now a teacher!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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The gate of the gods (54 figures of devas)

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The gate of the  demons (54 figures of asuras)

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

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

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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.

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

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Prepare your camera for panoramic views like this..

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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

2017 Travel Bucket List:12 Locations to Visit

1.Basco, Batanes

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2. Coron, Palawan

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3. El Nido, Palawan

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4. Penablanca, Tuguegarao

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5. Saigon, Vietnam

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6. Siem Reap, Cambodia

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7. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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8. Bali, Indonesia

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9. Maligcong Terraces (Mt. Fato and Mt. Kupapey) (articles soon)

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10. Laos

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11. Vigan, Ilocos Sur

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12. Boracay, Aklan

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Photo credit goes to google images

FOR SALE: imported handicrafts

Decomposition

A flower will be picked from its roots,
One of these days—
For where there is beauty,
It never stays.

Envy wilts the flower in bloom,
While leaves fall to the ground;
No one can be trusted,
And loyalty is never found.

Flowers are in demand,
To be put in vases;
They’re purposes is their scent,
And the beauty of their faces.

Flowers don’t grown into trees—
They’re cut even before they can grow,
And once they’ve served their purpose,
They are then thrown out the window.

FOR SALE: imported handicrafts