Currently here in Bangkok, Thailand and I am two nights away from leaving for Malaysia. Bangkok is a kind of city that grows on you. It’s busy, everything is far apart but I definitely love their transportation.
The ferry is the fastest way to go around, and the cheapest way as long as you ride the right express boat that only cost 15 Bahts.
The trains are great and very convenient as they are intertwined and it’s very easy to change trains to get to your point of destination. A lot of tuktuks are scammers so I don’t recommend them. They will agree to a fare worth 10-20 Bahts. You think you got it cheap but then the tuktuk will take you to certain souvenir shops with low quality products and will force you to buy so the tuktuk drivers will get their commission. So tuktuks are actually a no-no. The taxis are expensive especially during traffics. So the past four days, I did a lot of walking and ferry rides and train rides.
This city makes me miss Cambodia. Siem Reap has the cheapest way of life and I love how I can have a draught beer for $0.50 only. Everything here is pretty much a notch up from my home away from home. A 640ml Chang Beer cost 90 Bahts averaging $3 per beer. Frustrating, I could have 6 beers back home in Siem Reap already. (I’m sorry for ranting about prices, work with me. I am homesick.)
Meals here starts at 170 Bahts for a main cuisine on the regular Thai restaurant. You can get cheap meals starting at 40 Bahts for street foods. I found my haven in the “Rotee” Banana Nutella flavor. The cook and his wife make such good team and they are spic and span as well. Photo op for the cooked scorpions, beetles, and other insects cost 10 Baht. I was thinking about trying the scorpion but I’m a coward. Anyway, they also have sweet corn that I love so much but the stall that sells it is not along the Khaosan Road but at the Susie Walking Street which is parallel to Khaosan.
I must say, Khao San Road is not as lively as my Pub Street. Way of living here is very expensive, and I know it gets more expensive as I go on to my final destination.
The Angkor Temples of Siem Reap, Cambodia as the first leg of my Southeast Asia Backpacking Trip.
A big trip for a dreamer.I daresay, all dreams come true only if you decide to make it happen. This all started with a Php 99.00 base fare promo to Siem Reap and everything came right after. Booking flights are complicated. Setting out an itinerary is science. Set out your heart and mind as well as plenty of energy and all will come together. A few disappointment along the way but I learned that everything can’t be planned so you just have to deal with it.
Siem Reap turned out to be a home away from home.
I am with My Love for this trip. We booked our stay at the Rosy’s Guesthouse. They arranged a tuktuk to pick us up at the airport. It was raining the night of June 4 when we arrived. Our flight was delayed for 30 minutes (yes, it’s Cebu Pacific Airlines) but still the tuktuk was there waiting for us. On our way to the town, the tuktuk driver offered to take us to the temples the next day for $15 for the Grand Tour. The Grand Tour takes the route for Angkor Thom, Preah Khan, Neak Poan, and Bantay Kdei.
“The Bayon Temple”
As for food, the restaurants around the temples are overpriced. A meal cost $4 and a 1.5 litre water cost $1-$2. After the tour which took all day, we went to the Old Market to eat dinner. The prices for a fried rice ranges from $1.50-$2. The 1.5 litre mineral water is $0.50.
My favorite restaurant at the Pub Street is Easy Speaking. My fave dish there is the Phnom Pleung together with an Angkor Draft Beer. It’s $7 for the Single Deglutition that has 3 meats – bacon, beef and crocodile. We had the bacon changed to chicken since we don’t eat pork. For $13 dollars, you can get the Couple Deglutition that is for two person which has 5 meats – beef, chicken, crocodile, snake and shrimp. The Phnom Pleung comes with a serving of rice and noodles.
Pardon my absence. I am still mustering every ounce of my soberness to edit every photo worth posting. I just thought you guys should know, I am in love with Siem Reap and I am hoping to spend more time there in the future. I am currently in Hanoi finally after a 12 hours bus ride from Cambodia and an hour and 45 minutes plane ride. I am off to a Ha Long Bay cruise later so till then!
I have been sulking all day, carrying a burden that has been causing me a lot of stress these past few days. How did I deal with it? For starters, I have been very mean to everyone and I think, even to myself. I tried to drown the feelings with work but efforts were hopeless.
My dilemma is:
“I am leaving the country in exactly two weeks and I don’t have enough money for food, transportation and emergency.”
I have tried everything I can, sold everything I have and asked for help from some friends yet results are futile. My current situation made me realize that most travel blogs forget to mention the hard part of traveling, in example, that budgeting is very hard and planning a trip can turn your world upside down. I am literally on the verge right now. Flights are ready and some of the hostels I’m staying are paid in half or full, all I have to do is to be there. Problem lies is when I get there.
What will I eat? How can I get from the airport to the hostel I will be staying that is 18 miles apart?
Added dilemma is I don’t have a waterproof bag to take. The Samsonite bag I was supposed to take was ruined by the person I lent it to.
Everything’s not going as I imagined it in my head. I’m still hoping for the better.
I started the year by getting my dream job. I was stagnant for a month. Truth be told, the search was frustrating but it lead me to an opportunity that is very promising but different from the job I want.
Come February, I became a working girl. I work regular shifts, dress in corporate attire and deal with irate clients. Payday came and I was ready to cash out my paycheck when the ATM machine decided to restart and it ended up debiting my whole paycheck. I recovered my money after a week. All in all, work is work.
While I was gone here, I reconnected with a past lover, Brewed Coffee. My heart palpitated after 5 cups and since then, I swore not to drink or even think about it ever again.
So that’s me and what I was doing with my life these past few months. My contract for the company I’m working is due to terminate at the end of the month.