Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

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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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

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!

Photo of the Day: Happy Holidays!

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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!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Camdodian Sunset

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! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

I am grateful for everything that comes into my life – good or bad. The good things make life bearable and the bad things teach me lessons to make me a better person.

I am most thankful for the opportunity to travel, for finishing my masters degree, for my dream job and for friends and family who never cease to support me in my decisions.

I make it a habit to appreciate what I have, not just on Thanksgiving but everyday of my life. It keeps me grounded and makes life worthwhile. Cheers!!!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

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!

The Floating Village at the TonlĂ© Sap Lake

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 TonlĂ© 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.

The boats.

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