Journal, Life + Style, Photographs, Videography

My favourite snapshots from Cambodia

I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything since January even though I had intentions to do so. There were many things to write about really, including this post. I finally completed my series of Cambodia posts over on my food blog culminating with a recipe for Cambodia Green Mango Salad. Mostly they are journal entries detailing my travel to Siem Reap, the links of which I have written down below. But first I want to share with you the short travel video I made. It’s not by any means an amazing video, but I really hope it provides a glimpse of what Siem Reap holds.

I really enjoyed my trip there and wouldn’t mind going back. I don’t actually say that often enough because there are too many places in the world I want to visit and I don’t have the time nor the resources to travel to a certain place over and over, but if given the chance, I’d definitely want to get to explore Siem Reap- or the rest of Cambodia- some more.

Now on to the photos! I’m still working on developing my eye for spotting the unusual elements and emotions in a scene and I’m hoping I get more chances to do so in the near future, wherever adventure may call my name once again. But all in all, I’m pretty happy with many of the photos I captured during this trip.

As I mentioned, I had written slightly more detailed entries on my food blog about my trip to Siem Reap. The first part of my travel diaries talks about the faces, places, and my general first impressions of Siem Reap, plus some bits about the silk and handicraft centre called Les Artisans d’Angkor.

Every day’s a busy day for the Khmer

My second diary entry is about my appreciation for the Temples of Bayon and Ta Prohm. Bayon Temple is my favourite temple here in Siem Reap mostly because it blows my mind to think about how much talent the sculptors who carved out these great detailed faces of Bayon had. To think they had used some rather primitive tools to capture such expressions! Ta Prohm on the other hand is well-known for being the location for movies such as Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones.

How does one put into words the grandeur of the temples in Siem Reap? Here, my favourite temple– the Bayon.

My family and I enjoyed a lovely sunny day at the ruins of the Bayon Temple

Finally, my last travel diary featured the Grand Ol Angkor Wat, and the Ton Le Sap Lake.

My absolute favourite shot for the trip is this one of a young snake-charmer. It's a shame it's not any sharper. Most children in the Ton Le Sap Lake make a living like this.

My absolute favourite shot for the trip is this one of a young snake-charmer. It’s a shame it’s not any sharper. Most children in the Ton Le Sap Lake make a living like this.

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Journal, Videography

The trip to Hong Kong that led to nostalgia

Been a while since I wrote on my personal blog. It just seems like a lot of my thoughts lately are way too personal to write here, so I just kept them all in the safety of my head. When it got too much I wrote them down in my Memento app on my iPhone because that one has a passcode. People have the habit of using the cliche “I need a vacation away from here or else I’ll go crazy!” when they get too tired from their regular lives, but in truth it’s one of the best things a person can do for his/herself.

Sometimes you really need to step away for a little bit because yes working the same job over and over everyday can drive you crazy. And there are times when you leave and then come back, you find some new perspective, or at the very least become refreshed and re-energized.

Over the Halloween weekend, I was lucky enough to escape to Hong Kong for three days of eating and shopping. All that I decided to capture in my first ever travel video, just because. This is the sort of thing I love and I think I will adopt this into a habit every time I travel from now on.

What I really love about Hong Kong is how alive it always seems to be. Everywhere you look you see people of all ages walking fast, going places. No matter what time of the day, the MTR’s and the streets are always packed with people. I love walking around this city at night because everything is lit up and I actually feel safe (except maybe in Mongkok where the crowd is literally a wave of people that sweeps you off your feet), and the streets are the best place to feel the pulse of the city. It raps and thumps like a beat that demands attention, and you can’t help but go along with it.

Oh hai that’s me in the mint cardigan! 🙂

What sometimes astonishes me is how people have their phones and tablets out in the open as they walk about or ride the train. That’s something you can’t do here in the Philippines, because whether it’s light or dark out your gadgets and handhelds are always in danger of being stolen haha! Sometimes when I ride the MTR in Hong Kong, I watch drama shows over other people’s shoulders and read the subtitles to understand what’s going on. No matter how glued to the screens or how plugged in everyone is, they never seem to miss their stop!

Hong Kong is one of the most convenient cities I have ever been to. Every place is connected to an MTR station. If not, there is always a bus that will take you wherever you want to go. The MTR for me is the best transportation option for when you want to explore on your own because it’s fast and easy to follow on a map. The interconnecting lines will take you absolutely anywhere you want to go on either Hong Kong or Kowloon Island. Personally I like spending time in Kowloon more (maybe because my family lives there and I spent more time there visiting as a kid), but you can probably close your eyes and randomly pick a station and still have something to do wherever you disembark. And I say that especially if you love shopping. You can even shop at the MTR station!

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I’ll be seeing you soon!

Hong Kong is the only country I’ve managed to visit more than three times and I still appreciate each trip I take here. The only other country I’ve ever visited exactly three times would be China, and I even spent one whole summer vacation studying there when I was in high school. Ahh memories! That’s another country I would love to return to because it’s been years and I really miss it. It’s funny because what I miss the most about China is hearing Mandarin being spoken by myself and all those around me (Hong Kong’s language is Cantonese).

You can read a more extensive travelog on my food and travel blog:

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