Southeast Asia Backpacking Part 1: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Thom

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”

Phimeanakas

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.

To be continued…

Rattrapper Le Temps Perdu

MRT Taft Avenue Station

2013 has been good to me, so far.

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.

The Office

 

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.

Coffee

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.

Moi

 

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.

Oh, what to do next?

 

 

 

 

Birthday Trip, no more

In 8 days, I’m turning a year older and hopefully, a better version of me. Being 21 marked the start of my adult years.

Moving out of the house, finishing my internship and graduating from College – these are events that highlight my 21.

Updates? Sad to say, the dream vacation remained a distant dream. Reasons? Lack of funds and precious free time. My review for the licensure exam starts on the 15th of next month. Instead of traveling, I need to save money for the enrollment fee and the application fee for the exam.

Siem Reap, I will try see you next year.

Cambodia. Courtesy of Ms. Tricia Gosingtian.

You too, Ho Chi Minh.

Saigon at night, by Ms. Tricia Gosingtian

For now, I just have to save enough passion for traveling. Hopefully when I start working, I can reward myself with trips every now and then. *Cross Fingers* Life please be good.

 

I’m a Kid Magnet

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I used to and still get a lot of looks whenever we go out together. She loves taking my hand and holds it real tight each time. Today, she buried her face in my month old sheets, telling everyone how good it smells. I call her “Pam” and she’s my baby but she isn’t biologically mine. She’s the love of my life’s godchild and niece through a cousin. I remember the first time I met her, she was a snob. My love says I have a way with kids. “The first time and they fell in love with you already.” If we have terms like chick magnet – a guy who attracts girls, and boy magnet – a girl who attracts boys, my love says I am the rightful owner of the term Kid Magnet.

Speaking of kids, I’ve bumped into an old schoolmate and she asked me how my kids were. Funny, there were rumors circulating that I am a single mother of 3. No matter how hard I try to avoid those people for reasons I will save for my next entry, there’s still talks about me behind my back. Let me tell you Small Minds, that despite being voted as the “first one to get pregnant after high school”, I proved you all wrong. Take that! (I suppose this had gone way out of the topic.)

So it’s dinner time. I’m thinking about tuna in scrambled eggs and rice. Ok. Gotta go.