The year 2012 was pretty exciting for me. I was able to finish my master’s degree, find work abroad and still get to squeeze in a bit of travel time. I had fun reminiscing on all the things that happened in my life for the past 12 months and choosing the pictures that best represent each month.
Here’s my 2012 in pictures. Enjoy!
January: Revisited Bangkok and when to the floating market.
February: Hot Air Balloon Ride at Clark.
March: Trekked to Osmena Peak with friends.
April: Beach time at Malapascua
May: After finishing my masters degree, I revisited the beautiful Angkor Wat to celebrate.
June: Visited the Sahara Desert for the first time!
July: I moved to another country and this is my temporary home while I look for an apartment.
August: I miss the beach so much. I went to Samet to unwind.
September: I went to Samui to dip my toes on the beach.
October: Visited the Plain of Jars in Laos.
November: Visited the Long Karen tribe in Chiang Mai.
December: Back to home base to celebrate Christmas with the family.
This photo was taken by my sister at the Angkor Wat.
It took a heartbreak to rediscover my love for traveling. From traveling, I rekindled my interest for photography. From photography, I was inspired to blog. My blog is where I share my travel adventures, new experiences and collection of photographs. What better way to share your traveling experience than with photographs?
I have discovered a lot of things about myself while doing photography and traveling. I become open to other cultures and it totally changed my view of life. I also became a wise spender by buying only the things I need and saving the rest of my money for future travel plans. My love for photography and traveling has inspired me to follow my dream of living and working abroad. I am currently immersed in a new culture and I am loving every single bit of it. Life is an adventure so enjoy the journey. It makes the ride worthwhile.
This photo was taken in Prasat Bayon found at the center of Angkor Thom temple complex in Cambodia. For a post about the temples in the Angkor Wat area you can check out this post (Temples And What Nots). Monks live in monasteries found in the area and they frequently visit the temples. I took this photo as the monk was descending the stairs, on his way home to the monastery where he lives.
Angkor Wat is one of the places that I really want to visit. My curiosity was piqued when I heard a rumor that they will close down the UNESCO World Heritage Site to the public. I swore to myself that I will visit the place before this will happen. I was fortunate enough to visit the Angkor Wat twice. I was excited when I first set foot on Cambodia way back in 2010 and I still am excited on my second visit to the country. The place still amazes me. Below are some of the pictures I took of the Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples.
Aerial view of the Angkor Wat.
The beautiful Angkor.
Prasat Bayon located at the center of Angkor Thom.
The Baphuon Temple located at the Angkor Thom complex.
The Entrance of Ta Prohm Temple aka Tomb Raider.
The East Mebon Temple.
Ta Som is a small temple built by King Jayavarman VII to honor his father.
One of the ponds that surrounds the Neak Pean Temple (The Coiled Serpent). You can’t get any closer since the area is fenced.
A rainy visit to the Preah Khan Temple.
The Banteay Srei Temple sometimes referred to as “Jewel of Khmer Art.”
Have you ever been to the Angkor area? Which one is your favorite temple? Leave a comment below.