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Cambodia Ep 20: Orphan story

Our next stop was a sudden and unexpected one. It was a favour done on behalf of my good friend, Wenyan; which consequently led us in doing good deed too. Wenyan went to Cambodia 6 months before mine. While vacationing, she was saddened with the fact that the children in Cambodia lost their parents due to war (with Khmer Rouge) and landmines. Hence, she vowed to donate the remaining USD50 from her trip to the orphanage. However she couldn’t place the donation herself in the airport, thus asking me to donate on her behalf. She did tell me to bank in the money to the orphanage…

Cambodia Ep 21: of massage, beer and slippers?

After 5 days of walking, it’s time to pamper our body the Cambodian style! Sat had pre-arranged with Mr Kunn earlier to include in a free body massage for each of us. Initially Ailing doesn’t want to join, but after a little bit of tricks and much coaxation, we managed to pull her into this! Muahaha! We were brought to this big white mansion. There were few ladies standing in front of the building and seeing our van pulling in, they quickly went in. (pic stolen from Emily) I heard bout ‘special’ massage in Thailand but unsure if there are such service in…

Cambodia Ep 18: 1000 Lingas for a day!

Another 2 weeks to Chinese New Year! This weekend gonna make my favourite snacks – don’t know what’s it call but it’s the small roll thingy that contains sambal prawn. Sedapssss! <3 Before I start, I need to warn you – this post contains lots, lots photos! This place is different from the other temples we’ve covered. This needs our physical strength. Hidden up in the hill of Kulen, tuck away from the city of Siem Reap, there is this popular retreat place for the King in the past, and also the hiding place for Khmer Rouge troup during war.…

Cambodia Ep 19: Last 3 temples of the entire trip!

Woohoo! Today is a public holiday, many thanks to Phophet Muhammad! It’s his birthday today! Though I’m not celebrating his birthday, but I’m glad that with this holiday, I’m able to be at home resting, spending time with my family and updating blog! Last year I wrote about the carved riverbed and Cambodian food at Borey Sovann Restaurant. Today I’m gonna cover 3 temples – Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre and Prasat Kravan. So this post is gonna be lengthy again. Or should I make it short and break this post into two? Oh well, let’s the flow decides the length. …

Cambodia Ep 17: conquering 3 Angkors in a day!

Continuation…From the library, we made our way to middle of the temple where the high tower situated. As much as we wanted to climb the stairs up to the highest tower, the route is gated and a big NO ENTRY sign is placed there. Oh well, since we didn’t get to go up, we walked around the tower then. I was really amazed with the architecture of Angkor Wat. Really spell-binding. @_@ Was so attracted to the temple until I took thousands of pictures of it. Okay la, maybe not thousands but hundreds. Yet I felt I didn’t take enough.…

Cambodia Ep 12: Romantic sunset view at Phnom Bakheng

From afar, I could see high rise majestic ruin. 4 beautiful faces ‘building’ of high archway. But I never asked what’s the name – well, couldn’t do so because I walked last. Siya and the those who walked first stopped at the side of the ‘building’ and waited for us to gather there. Seeing this, the ‘belakang’ ones quite walked there. He then explained that we were standing under the South Gate of Angkor Thom. We asked him on why the arch is built so high up. He said, “for the elephants to walk through in the past.” Immediately all…