Thoughts on my Siem Reap Travel.

No serious tips or advice here.  And no review whatsoever.   Just thoughts.

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the towers of the Angkor Wat

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prasat kravan

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ta phrom
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when nature takes its course > ta phrom
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ta keo
  1. I love the weather! It was first week of December when I visited and temperature was just right.  Not too hot nor cold!
  2. I love riding the tuk-tuk (since the weather is perfect).  I enjoyed the ride over the greeneries we passed on the way to the temples.  I love how I can stretch my legs after the long walks around the temple.
  3. The temples were overwhelming! Angkor Wat was magnificent  but Ta Prohm, Bantay Srei and Bayon didn’t disappoint.  They are unique on their own.  They speaks history!  One could marvel on every carving,  panel, crevice and just be lost for hours.  There are sections that becomes eerie  but hey, they are more than a hundred year old.  So I guess, this is expected.
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bantay srei

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4.  I noticed over a hundred statues without head. I called them Headless Nick!

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4.  Just like any other tourist destination, everyone is there! Every color, size and shape.

5The people are friendly. My tuk-tuk driver, who was with me the 4 days I was there, the hotel receptionist, even those at the market.  Just be aware of scammers (#9).

6.  I love their mangoes and pineapples.

7.  No, i didn’t sample anything exotic (the bugs and/or insects cost USD1 at the market and USD 0.50 just for taking pictures). I regarded my safety and my sensitive stomach first than sampling them.

8.  I was scammed by a local.  He was gracious, sociable (talked about Manny Pacquiao when he learned I came from the Philippines)  and offered to take my pics.  When I told him I had enough (3 to 5 pics), he was asking for a specific sum.  Ha, and I just  thought he was just being friendly!  Yep, I gave him what I thought is just enough.

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9.  While immersed on the temples, stop to rest , and give your legs a break. You’ll thank yourself for this the morning after.

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Bayon

Tan lines.

The tan lines overlapped from the last beach outing.  And my brown skin became browner.

I never cared when I was here.  I was just happy, calm.  I was breathing.  I was under the bright blue sky over the clear but blue waters.  It was simple indulgence.

I can do this over and over again.  Anytime.  No questions asked.

 

 

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Thunderbird Resorts and Casino, Poro Point, La Union.  September 10, 2016

 

 

 

 

Day 365/365. Who would have thought I will be writing happily today?

At the stroke of midnight, I will leave 2014 with a grin.  It was a feeling a million miles different compared to how I welcomed it on Day 1.  I woke up then with a heavy heart, a headache and a butterfly on my stomach but of the bad kind, the kind that makes you throw up.  Maybe because of the almost 2am sleep, the coffee I drank and the decision that I am not happy welcoming a new day, a new year.  And I will be true to myself that this is mostly because of a meet up with an ex that unearthed some painful memories even more.  And having to hear of a one-year-late explanation why he decided to leave, I could have just leave it cold just like the coffee we shared because all he can muster is a lie.  Yep, this was my Day 1.  Dang!

And all I could think about is to go out, far, fast.  So I did!

I slaved myself to work five times a week.  Literally clocking in at 7am and leaving at 7pm.  And at some point, even on a Saturday.  I survived this kind of life.  The new project at my office made me realize how persistence, thinking hard, eating with people you love to work with (even if it’s a cold spaghetti!), shouting when ideas collide, and some tears would actually let you see the end.  With an almost 200 hours extra work and 90% done,  it was a relief to see the *ERP on-going* sign put down last September.

My sugar went rolling this year.  It never stayed beyond what’s normal but it was high. I did what I have to do but it was never enough.  I accepted that I am a little bit sweet this time.  I promise to do better next year.

I traveled this year.  Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Singapore, Tokyo and Taipei.  It always brings me back to my core.

Someone from the past came back too.  It was a complicated.  And complicated is not good for me this time.  So No.

And I turned a year older!  I hope what they say is true about turning forty.  That it begins.  Well, what had I been doing for the past 39 then?  Maybe, that life, not begins, but will, be better, happier, calmer.  Hhmm, i like that, calmer.

It’s 365 of 365 of 2014.  I will blow the green new year horn we bought tonight.  No sparkles to be lighted for safety reasons and the fireworks at the neighborhood will suffice.  I have good vibes for the number 2 0 1 5.  I will flash  my wide grin tonight.  I decided to be happy.  And if butterflies will be on my stomach tonight, theirs will be just as beautiful as the colors of a new day.

Hurray 2014!  Cheers 2 0 1 5!

Summer and Blues.

How can summers

Be as beautiful

And yet be as

Lonesome?

 

This expanse of blue

Reminiscent

Of laughters and promises

Shared

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And of these ever greens

Remains hopeful

Even if

The rain start to fall

 

How can summers

Be as lonesome

And yet be as

Beautiful?

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“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”
** Irish Blessings quotes

– taken at #Tulipmania #Flower Dome, #Gardens By the Bay, #Singapore, May 1, 2014

In transit.

I was spring cleaning the IPad and found this. Maybe a selfie(!) or someone took it for me, I can’t remember. I also can’t remember where it was taken at first but the date being June 29, 2013 helped me remember that this was the day of the latest trip to SG. But this trip, unlike the other trips, was a test of my emotional state that time. It’s as if I was slowly crossing an unknown territory and yet is afraid to know what I’ll find out.

As they says this picture speaks a thousand words. I may only see some sadness or fear here. I may even feel it just looking at it but what’s more important now is I left SG then with some hope that I’ll be okay and that the heart will definitely heal.

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TwentyFourteen.

I started Year 2013 on a bad note.  I struggled the first few months but learned to moved on.  I learned to accept that somethings and some people never really stays for good.  And sometimes they leave taking something away from you and yet you learn to accept this too.  I learned the hard way in 2013.  The trust quotient and self-esteem has gotten into its super low, I made bad decisions at work, even snapped at few people.  I was mean the whole time, hate and anger ruled my heart.  

This made up my first half.  But I got tired.  The negativity sucked my whole being.  
And I decided to let go.

Friends and family helped me through.  Writing and this blog was my voice to all what’s inside me.  It was hard to get back but since I know that no one will help me but myself and I realized that I owe it to friends and family especially the sisters who’ve been helping me through,  I snapped back.

And so I look forward to 2014.  With a little bit of fear to make it exciting, with some smile to brighten each day, with a whole lot of hope and faith to carry me through, with much gratitude for all things I now have and for the things that will be.  With a little love to put sunshine on my days, maybe some good sunsets to appreciate life  more.

So for 2014,  I made my list.  May your 2014 be as prosperous!

1.  Choose well. 

2.  Forget the past but not its lessons.  And sometimes, it’s okay to look back just to check how far you already have come. 

3.  Be kind to everyone.  Be kinder to yourself.

4.  Got this from one of my readings :  Be okay with giving the gift of your absence to those who do not appreciate and respect your presence.

5.  Read more.  Write more!

6.  Exercise more.  Eat well.

7.  Travel to new places – Bali, Batanes, Paris, South Korea, Coron.

8.  Travel alone.

9.  Peace of mind and of heart.  Happiness in all its form. Love in all areas.

10.  More blessings to share.  

11.  Be a blessing to others.

12.  Be grateful.  See the positives in the negatives.

13.  Learn to forgive others.  Learn to forgive oneself too.

14.  Work hard.  Invest smart.

15.  Let go of the small stuff.

16.  Believe that the universe is limitless.  So ask for anything and everything.

17. Pray more.  Meditate.

18. Coffee and friends are always a good combination.  Give time for both.

19.  Sometimes it’s okay to put up walls.  To know who cares enough to knock them down.

20.  Smile. For every reason.  Especially when there’s no reason.

21.  Appreciate the little and simple things.

22.  Time, patience and faith.  Believe in them.

23.  Believe that God has a way of doing things – in His own way and and in His own time. Trust Him even if sometimes in your terms, it’s unfair and unreasonable.

24.  Love oneself.  You’ll never go wrong.

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