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…

Escaping into the embrace of the eagle

L.A.N.G.K.A.W.I. Ahh, the island of the giant eagle. Guess which lucky girl’s going there?! I repeated this mantra to myself for the past week. I am going to Langkawi. I am going to Langkawi. I am going to Langkawi. Counting down to Langkawi under my breath when something frustrating happened is basically what kept me alive for the week. You have no idea how stressed I was. Yet, like every dirt poor backpacker, I decide to subject myself…

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…

To my fellow dreamers.

You can’t do it. It’s dangerous. Come on, be realistic, do you really want to travel till you die? Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? More often than not, these people are your family, people you love. It’s extremely difficult to fight the people you love. You know they have your best interests at heart. You know that their fear of waking up to news of your death in a foreign land. You know they’ve read the horror stories and…

Useless 2016 resolutions.

Happy New Years!  I’m starting 2016 with a clean slate. In 2016, I’ll be a single fresh graduate, with no prospect for a job and is expected to be financially independent. It scares to me hell and back. I have to be prepared for so many different things that will undoubtly shake my world. It’s been a while since I felt that way. I don’t get shaken that easily.  I’m a firm believer of new years resolutions. New…

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…