Capturing Cambodia

Told ya I love alliteration for titles, haha. A problem with late posts is that you tend to forget details about what you are writing and since I’m not that OC to jot down details, well…… you can use the internet to supply for the missing information.

Welcome to the historical place of Siem Reap, Cambodia. They say that it’s the oldest civilization in south east asia and its very historical past makes it very colorful place. Most of the people here can understand English very well, which makes communication better, but they also speak some Cambodian dialect and French (some signage there have French translation). Welcome to the place of the Khmers. Sounds familiar? Probably. I guess their tales of war, devastation and survival are ones of the well known. I suggest that you watch Killing Fields to know and understand more about the history of Cambodia and its people. Its nice to see that even after what happened to them they showed that, indeed, life goes on. So, join me! Let’s go and capture Cambodia.

I must say that this is the CHEAPEST out of the country travel I ever had. For this travel I was with my mom, my friend Abi and her mom. We bought the tickets in May and our travel date was last June. Tickest are way cheap, at least we need more than two months to score cheap airline tickets but with this one we got lucky. Then, the issue of accomodation. The best way to search and book for your hotel is with Expedia (available for Apple and Android). I soooo love using it. It is so addicting! Anyhoos, the hotel that we have chosen was the Angkor Spirit Palace. It was amazing. It’s not really a hotel so that’s why there’s only few rooms. The place is an old heritage cultural house and they kept their interior very Khmer and Hinduistic. The place itself is already a tourist attration. With free breakfast for our 3 days stay we only pay less than $120 dollars, that’s like we’re only $30 dollars each, $10 per day. WOW!

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Angkor Spirit Palace

They also have the best pool in town, no kidding! Just look for the reviews about their pool.

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Best hotel pool ever!

Like what I’ve said earlier I suck with details. You can learn more from my friend Abi when she post her own take of our travel. All hotels in Siem Reap offers tours and packages, so better take advantage of the front desk! For all of our tours we always rent the tuk tuk for the whole day which will only cost you $25. Another tip for travelling here is that you need to pack your sunblock lotions and have an umbrella so that you’re ready for all types of weather. Well, June is the end of summer so expect some drizzles if you’re heading here this time of the year.

For our first day, we went to the Floating Village, then to Angkor National Museum which have fantastic galleries then we went and enjoyed a lot with the Cambodian Cultural Village (highly recommended). Then we spent our night at Pub Street and Night Market. Our second day is the temple tour, you need to be there around 4am to be able to catch the sunrise in Angkor Wat. I think there are at least 7 major temples/ruins there. You might need to spend a two days or three to take in everything! It is a sight to be remembered. It was so magical that I can easily believe that it was aliens that made it. Unfortunately, during our visit most of the temples are being reconstructed and that’s why we’re not able to roam around much. For our final day we spent it with the old Pagodas and the various Artisans Angkor around Siem Reap and haggling for the best prices at the Old Market. We always spend our nights at Pub Street and Night Market (best place to buy your pasalubongs). I enjoyed Cambodia a lot, from its best tasting coffee up to the warm smiles of people. This is really a very special place to visit…

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Angkor Wat
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Tah Phrom
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Stone carvings
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One of those amazing temples which I forgot the name
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Mama and me 🙂

With all those walks we sure are hearty eaters and food here is also cheap but nonetheless very yummy! One of the best resto here is the Blue Pumpkin. I’ve heard they sell bugs and exotic food on the streets here and, luckily, I didn’t encountered any.

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Me in front of the Blue Pumpkin
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Sweet macaroons
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Spicy Chicken, love it!
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More food!

Some more captured memories from Cultural Village…

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Replica village
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Wax museum
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Peacock dance

Some good finds at the Night Market…

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Tiny turtles
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Elephant mobile
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Vintage finds 🙂

Some sweets and eye candies (there are lots of these here!)…

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A very chocolatey cake
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I do prefer coke more than pepsi! Haha

Meet the people I was with…

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Tita Aida at the Silk Farm with Kry
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With Abi at the Blue Pumpkin
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Our tuk tuk ride
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Abi, Tita Aida, Mama and Me

So there it is! Dear reader, what have you captured lately?

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Floating village 🙂
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Strolling in Singapore

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Say hello to Singapore dear readers! I recently went there with my family and it was fun. I would definitely go back there!

Let’s talk about the weather first. I guess we were still lucky even though it was rainy for two days there. It isn’t really that bad to stroll in Singapore on a rainy day. The streets are clean, so you don’t have to worry about floating garbages. It doesn’t flood also. Lastly, most of there walk way or paths are indoors or it has a roof. Although, even if it was already raining it was still hot (but not as humid as Hong Kong).

The first thing we did was to eat at the airport while waiting for my cousin to fetch us. So we ate at McDonald’s and we all ordered McSpicy. I am one for spicy food but McSpicy in Singapore was on another level! It burns….

First stop for all the first timers in Singapore is Sentosa island, you can do a lot of activities there which is suitable for all ages. Plus, Resort’s World Singapore and Universal Studios Singapore are also located there.

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That’s me riding an old bike in Sentosa! There are so many things to see and do in Sentosa like there is the biggest oceanarium, going up inside their own Merlion, watching shows, and a lot more! In the Resort’s World side they do offer high end boutiques and good eating places like Hard Rock Cafe and Din Tai Fung. It is really one of the places in Singapore that tourist must go to.

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Going to Sentosa we opted to ride their cable car instead of riding a train. This picture is the rules that you will be able to read there! My favorite is the first one!

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My cousin, plus all of Singapore, said that you have not been to Singapore until you have gone to see the Merlion! The Merlion is the symbol of Singapore. You should really go there for, aside the quintessential Merlion, you would also see buildings of different companies on one side and on the side of the water you would see buildings of superior architectural design plus Singapore’s own observation wheel (which, sadly, we weren’t able to ride).

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The following day we went back to Sentosa to experience Universal Studios! The kid inside me was super duper uber happy!!!  It was a rainy day but nonetheless I enjoyed it a lot! I also think that the rain helped us to maximize Universal Studios. I expected a very very large crowd because it was the weekend but lo and behold there were not so many people. And because of that I felt like I had a quick pass or something for the lines are so short or even nonexistent! The rain also didn’t hampered us to ride the rides for most of the rides there were indoors. Since it is a theme park their streets are well… themed. My two favorites are Sci-fi City where there are the rides called Galactica and Transformers and the other one I loved was the New York side which is full of Sesame St. characters and stuff plus I so love the architecture. The down side of a rainy day there was that the Parade of Stars was cancelled but fortunately for us the rain stopped during the night that we were able to watch their fireworks display!

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That’s a picture of the Galactica, it is actually two rides. I love the blue one more than the red one. For the blue one your feet dangle in the air while your world turns upside down and all around! I love it so much!!! The thrill and the chill are the best!

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For our last day in Singapore we went to Orchard Road and Chinatown to do some shopping. Of course, if you are one to give gifts to your love ones when you come back from a vacation, then for Singapore, Chinatown is your safest bet! They have ref magnets, keychains, shirts, and food. Don’t anchor your happiness with how much you were able to buy in Chinatown but anchor it with the richness of the culture that you would see there. Singapore is expensive, haha. On a more positive note, Singapore is tax free especially for tourists and that’s why I was able to get a new pair from my favorite store which is Charles and Keith.

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There you go dear readers! Enjoy life and explore the word. There are so many things to see outside our comfortable corners, let’s see them… Dear reader, what have you seen in these past few weeks? Care to share?