Something inside me changes every time I travel. A new experience makes me appreciate life’s beauty and I feel so lucky given the chance to experience a new culture. The curiosity in me is satisfied when I learn about the history of the place and how the people coped up with the challenges thrown their way. We may come from different countries, different religions, different beliefs and cultures but we are all the same in a way – trying to find that one thing that makes our world a better place.
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.
I have been lazing off this holiday season. Blame it on everything that involves the holidays – shopping, gift wrapping, online games, parties, food and booze. I am still in the middle of my holiday and enjoying it immensely. I hope everybody is enjoying their holiday as well. Happy Holidays everybody!
It was my first time to visit Cambodia and the tour guide on the boat suggested to watch the sunset on the floating restaurant at the floating village. I, together with the other tourists, waited for the sunset on the viewing deck while sipping beer. I was surprise at how big the sun looks on the sky. I was even more surprise when the huge sun was setting in the middle of the sky! Whoa! Talk about surprises! 🙂
When I hear the word green, the first thing that comes to my mind is nature. Nature gives me a sense of peace and tranquility. It’s the reason why I love to travel and enjoy the beauty of life. Here’s my collection of ‘green’ from my adventures. Enjoy!
People visit Siem Reap mainly to see the Angkor Wat. If you have a few hours to spare, tour guides will suggest you visit the Floating Village. It is located on the Tonlé Sap Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is a major part of Cambodia’s water system.
The port where you can ride a boat going to the Floating Village.
After a 30 minute drive, you will reach the port area where you can pay for your ticket ($20) and board a boat (with a tour guide) going to the Floating Village. Everything floats on the village (well, that’s where they get the name :D). People use boats to move around. Well, some kids use a basin!
Floating Village: Children use the basin as an alternative to go around the village.
Floating Village: A Vietnamese mother and child trying to catch the attention of tourists.
The tour around the village takes about an hour or two and you get to observe how the people live around the area. Some residents would go near the boat with tourists and ask for a dollar. Some would bring their kids (for added drama) and some with a snake. You can have your picture taken with the snake and pay them a dollar.
Another sunset shot taken at the floating village
If you get the chance to visit the village in the afternoon, be patient and wait for the sunset because it looks beautiful