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Undeserved

11/9/2015 Siem Reap The air was jovial and serious at the little TAL kitchen. The consistant thud! thud! thud! of metal on wooden/ plastic chopping boards reminded us of our mission and our goal today: to feed little children on the facility at 2pm today. Once everything is ready, we moved everything to the front of the house and waited for the kids. I’m in charged of the noodles. The kids sampeahed everyone in the yard, greeted everybody and then proceed…

Entertaining whims

10 Sept 2015 Siem Reap Great start to the day! Ifthings were to go according to plan, I will be on the bus to Batambang at this very moment. Instead, I’m freaking out over going to the volunteer place that Stacey, Mervyn and Cho went on and on about. “The volunteer place is so fun and meaningful! You’d meet a lot of people there. Mavis, the lady running the organization, is so nice!” Stacey said. “Come on!”  As a…

I flashed tuktuk drivers

-9 Sept 2015-Siem Reap I woke up today, determined to ride a bike to the National Museum. It’s less than 2km away from my hostel on a straight road with virtually no need of navigation. Boy, was I wrong.  I rented a bike at my hostel for $2 and tried to get a hang of it in front of the hostel. Turns out my bicycle riding skills has regressed into nothingness. Don’t practice riding a bicycle on a busy…

Archaic beauty- Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm main temple Fascination with stones and trees is just not something you would imagine yourself doing until you’ve been to Ta Prohm. The long scenic route Get your Angkor Pass ready and you’re good to go! A short walk down dirt path lined with willow trees and Cambodian instrumental music and there’s Ta Prohm!When I got to Ta Prohm, I had to choose between the short express route and the long scenic route. Truth be told,…

Finding life amid new friends.

8 Sept 2015Siem Reap I was thoroughly burnt out by the temples yesterday and wanted a break. At this point of life, I was appalled at the prospect of seeing another temple. When I got to the common room, an odd ensemble of people sat on the mat on the floor. A middle aged Indian man formed a circle with a bunch of Asian girls. I didn’t know what to do, so I smiled and nodded politely and…

Temple Run

7 September 2015Siem Reap Ugh.  In the short 10 minutes I’m awake, I’ve deduced my 2 fatal mistakes.  #1, I shouldn’t have chosen the top bunk.  #2, I shouldn’t have drank so much last night.  On the bright side, at least I didn’t get a hangover. I stumbled out of bed, nearly fell to my death or at least bodily injury and took a shower. Then I scaled up the ladder again like a three-legged cat and frantically…

Riel issues: Money matters in Cambodia

Today I’m going to talk about money. I used a total of $366.85 for 12 days (11 in Cambodia, 1 in Vietnam) all in except for airfare. That means, on average, I spent about $30.57 per day. I got my round trip tickets for 5 nights in Siem Reap for RM150 but realized that I wanted more days, so I booked another flight home from Ho Chi Minh for RM200, bringing my total air tickets expenditure to RM350…

Siem Reap: First taste of adrenaline, freedom and impending alcoholism.

-6th September 2015- I embarked on a spiritual journey; one that would allow me to examine my thoughts and discover myself.  I went on my first official solo trip.  My flight was at 1pm. I remember waking up nervous and jittery but boy, was I raring to go. I went to the airport, kissed everyone goodbye and rushed out of the car. I went on search mode for my departure gate with a resting bitch face (because what…

Day 1, I came and I was mesmerized; Day 5, I fell in love; Day 12, I can’t wait to come back again.

As I was waiting not-very-patiently for my flight home at Ho Chi Minh City, I was overwhelmed by a sudden surge of sadness. So this is it huh? A fitting end to my first solo travel trip: alone in a foreign airport, frantically scribbling on my soaked diary, trying to preserve any memory that I have made here.  Good start to my adventure! It started a little like the end for me. I strode purposefully across the hallways…

Off to an adventure!

Photo credits: www.rome2rio.com Woots! I can’t believe time flies so fast. It’s 5th September already! Tomorrow I’ll be embarking on a journey to Cambodia through AirAsia.  This will be my first overseas solo travelling trip (phew, that’s a mouthful) and I’m so nervous and excited at the same time! As I’m typing this, my heart is pounding so quickly! I can’t believe time goes by so fast that it’s almost time to go already. I mean, I’m not…