siem reap the sequel

Half a decade ago, a hyper-active, overly excited and juvenile version of me first set foot on the rustic town of Siem Reap, the mecca for every small boys who dreamt of becoming Indiana Jones (or maybe Lara Croft). I remember waking up when the aircraft wheels...

the living ruins (a photo essay)

Knowing locals and immersing in their everyday lives  are the things that we never failed doing whenever we go out on a trip. It's a leaning, enriching and inspiring experience. It makes us feel like toddlers all over again--ignorant and clueless as blank slates. My favorite subject is people,...

Tarantula Canapé, anyone?

The town of Siem Reap is a provincial capital, a concrete oasis sprouted out of the vast land of scattered temples, rice fields and jungle. It has its own international airport and a fair share of first class accommodations. No building is higher than three floors and...

on sadness…

"the tormented heart doesn't just find happiness, it becomes happiness".   ¬umeed merchant. "the ground beneath her feet" by salman rushdie my feet draws me to the sound of rock. and you, i am not so sure. but there must have been a constant sadness that made...

of beauty and drowning

There is such a thing as being lost to reality. A reality spun by ancient dream weavers so that what you see is a reflection of what used to be. Angkor's magic is like such, and we were willing to get lost in its web.  Banteay...

the river of 1,000 lingas

Once, Shiva, a very powerful god, grew tired of the cycle of life and death and reincarnations. He decided to give up the pleasures of life and he smeared his body in ash and he didnt eat or drink or indulge in any physical pleasure....

rise and shine world

It was early morning when Monette literally pulled me out of the bed. We need to rush to Srah Srang in time for the break of dawn to witness the rumored “best place to see the sunrise.” According to most tourists: the most popular place...

a kiss that never betrays…

The most faithful of all kisses is that of the sun on the rock. The sun's rays would touch upon its face, never leaving it till it sets. And even at that, when the sun lends it's light on the other side of the earth,...

an anatomy of magnificence

Angkor Wat is comparable to Parthenon and the Coliseum. With it's rich culture and history you would feel its soul haunting every block of stone of its temples. After several youtube clips and books I have read prior to our trip to Cambodia, I felt that every inch of Angkor Wat's ornate wall got...

majestic angkor wat

We thought we have to bring passport size photo for the temple ID , which Monette forgotten that we have to look for a photo studio in Kuala Lumpur. Apparently, the Apsara Authority upgraded their ticketing system recently, they will take a digital photo right...