flow of my thoughts…

It was not frequent I have a free time on weekday afternoon like today. Thus I’m just going to let my mind flow and indulged in the writing for a moment.

Since the start of this year, given a new job scope from my boss, I spend my afternoon reading, researching and analyzing. The other days which I have to take leave (need to clear up last-year-carried forward leave), I spend my leisure time at home doing laundry or watching dvds as we do not have streamyx yet. Not just yet. Perhaps in the future. *wink wink*.

For now, I’m outsourcing our Philips dvd player as the entertainer in the house. So far, it has played various kinds of movies. There are tv series like Gilmore Girls, CSI Miami, Prison Break and Heroes. Some latest movies like Blood Diamond and The Holiday, and good old movies like The LOTR Trilogy, Braveheart, Con Air, The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan, The Net and IT (awful clown that scarred me when I was still so young). We have started this new hobby to collect good old movies. Well, maybe not that good to critics but good + memorable to us.

Right now, I’m waiting for A Pursuit to Happyness and Mukhsin to come out.

Congratulations to Yasmin Ahmad for winning two awards at Berlin Film Festival. After a lot of negative criticism, Yasmin has over and over again proves she has what it takes to put Malaysia in the international film industry. Amazing huh. But that is the harsh reality in the real world.

It is irony that some people really hate other people’s success, and when jealousy is beyond control, stupidity then will emerge. Too bad. But it’s a wonder that quite a lot will get influence by these stupid people.

Well, I believe the real world is like a wheel. So anything that comes up will come down eventually. We just don’t know when exactly. Some people’s wheels are bigger, I suppose.

last day @ Siem Reap

We went for the grand tour on the 4th day. We woke up very early in the morning to watch sunrise @ Angkot Wat. Sejuk betul atas motor!!!

A lot of people were there already, looking for the best spot to watch the sunrise. It was such a pleasant view as unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west.

We visited the famous Bayon next. Its most distinctive feature is the multitude of smiling faces on the towers which rise up to its central peak. You can see it smiling when the sun start rising, so its good to visit Bayon early morning.

We then visited Angkor Thom, which was was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. It was a grand city, with monuments like terrace of the leper king, terrace of the elephant, Baphuon and Phimeanakas. It’s like entering LOTR shooting set, except this one is for real. My legs getting tired to walk around plus the weather getting warmer!

We finished our grand tour with other temples like Preah Neak Pean, Preah Khan and Pre Rup. By the end of the day, I was so exhausted yet so satisfied.

The next day, we discovered a Muslim village within 10 minutes walks from our guesthouse. Hubby joined the Subuh prayer at the mosque there and later we had breakfast at one of the stall. They actually serve nasi ayam for breakfast. It tastes like Malaysian’s nasi ayam, only it is only available in the morning. (Something like our nasi lemak I guess). Hubby quite happy as we have not eat any meat since we arrived:).

We have to leave for the airport around 10.00 am. We actually felt that we need one more day, as hubby wanted to visit the war museum and I wanted to go to the floating village at Tonle Sap. Well, maybe next time.

Anyway, it was such a great and peaceful place to visit! I recommend it to those who love sightseeing, discovering new culture and adventure.

 P.S: Congratulation to my favorite team, Joe Jer and Zabrina for winning The Amazing Race Asia, makes it the first all-female team to win such race!!!! Malaysia Boleh!!! Girl Power!!!

2nd day @ Siem Reap

Thanks to Nany for making me realise that I did not continue my Cambodia story. I should have jotted down all the things while I’m there so I won’t forget any great details after few months (like now). Well, next holiday round I’ll do just that.

Okay, here you go…

The 2nd day, we start our 1st day tour in Angkor Wat City. There were many temples/historical buildings to visit, each with its own story. Among it were Ta Prohm, which was hubby’s favorite. Unlike most of the other Angkor temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found:-the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings.

We had our lunch (again, own-made tuna sandwich) while enjoying the windy day at the foot of Chau Say Tevoda temple. We headed to Angkor Wat next. The first view when you entered Angkor Wat entrance was absolutely magnificent and breathtaking. We took our time strolling inside the place as our tuk tuk will only come back 3 hours later. The temple as well as the outer garden was well-maintained. I was reluctant to climb to the top of the temple (as it is very high, very steep and I’m a little bit gayat), but finally do so following hubby’s encouragement. However, once on the top, I did not dare to even look down! To climb down the steps was even harder but I made it, yeayy!!!

We finished around 2.00pm. We were very tired due to the hot weather. While resting and eating juicy pineapple at the Angkor Wat entrance, a local lady tried to sell us some kind of fried meat. We did not know what is it actually as the lady can’t speak English, but the feet looks like a rat of some kind. Ugghh…

On the 3rd day, we visited Banteay Srei and Banteay Samrei. These temples located in Angkor Wat City, but further up north. It took us around 1 hour to reach there. Although located further from others, it is popular with tourists due to its elaborate and deeply carved decoration. We met the Malaysian guys (that were in the same plane with us) there busy taking pictures. You can check out one of the guy’s site, a lot of awesome pictures there:- http://www.flickr.com/photos/azlijamil01/

We spent our extra time in the afternoon shopping around town, which is only 15 minutes walk from the guesthouse. Siem Reap is famous with its table cloth, but I didn’t buy any as I don’t need any :). We bought a few souvenirs for relatives and for ourselves. It was interesting to discover that sellers and hawkers are hostile and not pushy at all. They even recommend their next door stall if what we wanted is not available (which is a bit different with other Asia Countries).

I was very impressed with the children, trying to sell drinks/food to the tourists. They spoke fluent English and very adorable. No wonder Angelina Jolie adopted one.

 To be continued…