Botanic Gardens of Singapore

Someone, I know says, “Why bother with nature when you are surrounded by it already?”

Our reasons differ from each other, it depends on the person.  As for me, it feels good roaming around, inhaling fresh air, sounds of birds that ring my ears, and most of all, the quietness make me at peace like something like this..

While strolling around, stop and follow your curiosity for something educational.

The playground of squirrels that were aloof and hide when they see people.

After enjoying the long walk, we stopped by in a certain restaurant called, The Halias for our breakfast. Four sets of this for SGD61.

I knew my Mom loves plants and flowers so I bought entrance tickets for SGD5 each and SGD1 each for seniors.

And the rest was amazing!

Look at those faces, we are all living in the mountains, yet we still appreciate nature.  That is the benefit of mountain living, a healthier and happier life.

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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!

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat

After Angkor Wat Complex and Ta ProhmTa Prohm, Angkor Wat was our last activity throughout the day.  This temple is the biggest of all the three temples in Siem Reap.   The way alone going to the temple is exhausting or maybe we were really tired that day since it was our last activity before going back to the hotel.  Visiting this huge temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site is overwhelming and exciting, I can’t  find any other words to describe these temples.  All I can say is, during our 3-day trip, it was all memorable.

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Walking towards you
Mesmerized by your beauty
Let me be with you.

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A sacred journey
Keep on traveling while young
memories are prized.

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Happiness is a choice – why are you not picking it?

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All that matters to me – experience is the best learning.

 

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Staying together – getting to know you.

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Could not ask for more – thanks to him.

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Look at the sky – it’s an ocean of possibilities.

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My home is calling
This journey does not end here
I’ll keep on roving.

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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

Crossing Cambodia From Vietnam

We traveled a total of 14 hours from Pham Ngu Lao, Saigon to Siem Reap, Cambodia through Mekong Express.  It was a long journey, a bumpy but fun adventure.  Inside the bus, we were the only Asians.  At exactly 0730 military time, we left Saigon, and our day one starts here.

There was much nothing to see until we arrived the Vietnam-Cambodia Border. We stopped for immigration purposes, immigration officers were unsmiling and sedated but better than those immigration officers in Manila, Philippines.  This was my first border crossing experience which was more educational than riding in a plane which took us a total of 5 hours from Saigon.

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After passport stamping and everything, we transferred bus from Phnom Penh, going to Siem Reap. The trip is about 6 to 7 hours, and we were entertained well by the female bus attendant who is friendly and ready to accommodate all her passenger’s inquiries.

When it comes to long journey by land, the good thing is, you see good sceneries along your way, and if you are an observant person, you can’t avoid comparing even the simplest things that you see while the bus is moving.

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We arrived Siem Reap at 21:00, I immediately saw our driver with a banner in his hand.  He helped us with our baggage and drove us directly to our hotel and informed us to pick us tomorrow at 0900 to give us enough time to rest and be ready for our hectic schedules for the following days.

Alright, so after checking-in on our chosen hotel. We just left our pieces of luggage and immediately went out to the night market.

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We went out for just an hour since the night market is closing at 2200.

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Part 2: Siem Reap: Angkor Thom Complex