Wow, it’s been four weeks now that I haven’t updated this blog. It does feel weird. I have some stories to tell and pictures to show from my recent vacation in the Philippines but my non-online life is pretty busy these past couple of weeks after we got back.
So for now, let me just post a not so old photo of me in Banteay Kdei at Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
I love how my husband captured the different shades of light in the doors of this temple.
I am still about 25lbs heavier in that picture. LOL! This was taken two years ago. So many things have changed since then.
Ahhh…I wish I could go back to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.
We just came from the beach last week. We were in Sihanoukville, to be exact.
It’s a beach town in Cambodia, about 4-hour drive from Phnom Penh. This was our second time to visit the place. And on both occasions, we just took the bus. It’s cheaper that way.
We stayed at Independence Hotel again. And just like the first time we were there, we had a wonderful stay.
My son loves the beach. Probably because he was conceived in the Maldives. Speaking of, I am a tad jealous that my friends will be having their yearly maldives holidays again this April. I wish I could go to Maldives again. To visit. It’s not so much for me, but for my son.
I want to show Maldives to him. I want to show him where his parents found each other and fell madly in love with each other. I want to show him the place he called home during his the first year of his life. Yes, we lived in Maldives for over a year. We have lovely memories of the place.
I told my husband we should go back there. He agreed. I should start saving now unless a company would like to sponsor me and my family for an accommodation in exchange to writing for them. Wishful thinking. LOL!
Filipino expats in Cambodia have been waiting for this for a long time now. Finally, it’s happened!
And they are currently on sale until January 29, 2012 or until seats last.
This is the first direct flight from Manila to Cambodia, in Siem Reap to be exact.
I am happy for my kababayan in Siem Reap. They can now go home in less travel time and less expenses. No more connecting flight at Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh.
I hope that a direct flight from Manila to Phnom Penh will be next in their agenda. Now, that will make me happy.
We’re going home this April. Hopefully, we’ll be travelling with Cebu Pacific already.
It was last year when we visited the whole of Angkor Archeological Park in Siem Reap. One leaves there inspired, awed and humbled. At least in my case.
We visited several temples and one of my favorite is the Bayon Temple.
From afar, according to Angkor-scholar Maurice Glaize, the Bayon appears “as but a muddle of stones, a sort of moving chaos assaulting the sky.” It’s true! Look at the picture above.
When you move in closer, that’s the only time you realize how magnificent it is! There are about 37 standing towers with 200 or more carved smiling faces.
The Bayon Temple has been built during the reign of Jayavarman VII, around 12th or early 13th century.
“It was the centrepiece of Jayavarman VII’s massive program of monumental construction and public works.”
“The similarity of the 216 gigantic faces on the temple’s towers to other statues of the king has led many scholars to the conclusion that the faces are representations of Jayavarman VII himself’”
My son, EJ, in Bayon Temple. He still looks like a baby here.
Hubby at Bayon Temple.
And last but not least, yours truly at Bayon Temple.
We only had a short time here but it left a very lasting impression on me. When I have time again, I really wish to go back to the temples at Angkor Park. It’s definitely worth a visit again.
This is my first time to join Tuesday Travel and here is my entry.
We went to Siem Reap last year. It’s about a 4-hour bus ride from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. On our second day there, we went to Angkor Archaeological Park, where the magnificent Angkor Wat is located together with the rest of the Angkor Temples.
This is at the entrance of Banteay Kdei.
Inside Banteay Kdei
At Ta Prohm. Do you recognize this somehow? It’s made famous by Angelina Jolie’s movie called Tomb Raider.
This is the Angkor Wat. We were not able to get closer because it was scorching hot and there were hundreds maybe even thousands of locals going inside. We did not anticipate this. After all, it was a holiday and in this particular holiday locals pay homage to their ancestors who built this awe-inspiring structure.
I hope to be able to come back here again so I can truly appreciate its beauty.