Friday, September 19, 2014

Magnificent Angkor Wat - My Eyes Opened 柬埔寨吴哥窟

Let me share a bit about my traveling bug that started around the year 2006. That time AirAsia just started their first ZERO FARES which I guessed was in early 2005 and no friends of mine dared to click & book many months ahead which was the requirement. I took the daring plunge and risks to click so many destinations without second thoughts. We happily flew to Siem Reap, Bali, Bangkok, Penang and others over the period of 24 months! 

I decided to post something which I unexpectedly found in my external hard disk. These photos were taken in 2006 at Cambodia's Angkor Wat ruins before I started my blog in the year 2008.



1. That was my first trip to a place which has full of historical buildings inside the huge ruins of the Angkor Wat's Ancient City. I remember that I was very stunned and probably shocked to see so many gated ruins all over Siem Reap. The trip made me think a lot with self reflects that this once feared Kingdom fought many battles with Thailand, Burma and others several hundred years ago.




2. The holy monks sat high above inside the ruins and looked out. 
It tells me that "Nothing Is Permanent In Life." Even this once very powerful and rich kingdom could be reduced to a poor and powerless nation today. Unbelievable!




3. The steps are all very small and so narrow that only allows half your feet size to step on. The travel books explained that it was made in such to force the folks to humbly look down while making their way up to pay respects to the shrines or warlords above.



4. Most of the ancient ruins were carved out of huge granite rocks and boulders! They did not have machines or helicopters to carry them up so high. It was so thought provoking for me for many years about this Khmer Empire!




5. I was much younger, looking fatter and ugly before I signed up the gym to stay healthy.






6.   These elephants took lazy tourists up the hill at Phnom Bakheng to watch the sunset. My wife strongly objected saying that it would be cruel of me to pay for these suffering elephants to carry me when I still have 2 good legs for walking. Ommmph!!! Poor me, I had to walk and whine all my way up. It was so damn hot but so fun to greet "Hello" to all those poor elephants who passed us.




7. Nah! Where's the sunset? We had to wait for a few hours more like those sohaiiis. We took many photos and trekked down again. Adoi...!!!






8. The next day, our hired tour guide Ngoy Nget drove us in his old Camry to a place farawaaaay. We went to hike up the Kulen Hills which was famous for its amazing waterfalls!






9. This was half way up to Kulen Hills and called "Kbal Spean" the famous valley of 1000 Lingas and carvings. If you wish to understand and see more photos of Lingas - Click HERE




10. Goodness! It was a drought season with no rains. The waterfalls were dry and all the butterflies were so thirsty like me.




11. That evening we proceeded to another magnificent place where they claimed to be the last built ancient structures where they have the best preserved & intact carvings until today.




12. I have forgotten the name of this very isolated place. Anyone knows, please advise me! The buildings were never completed as their chaotic Kingdom was falling then. It has attracted thousands of prominent tourists here to study and observe the drawings and ancient patterns!





13. LOOK!!! I bumped into this very famous actor and film director here. 
He is Tsui Hark.






14. We greeted "Hi" and he was so busy walking all over the place to survey the whole place for their shapes and designs. I just kay poh & followed him everywhere.



15. His entourage from HKG consisted so many members and I guessed they were film crews.
He spoke and behaved exactly like in the movies - all of himself naturally.





16. Since that day, I could see that he has the best computer graphics and animations in all the big budget movies made in China. It is not easy to be successful and rich with inspirations without traveling overseas. As a result, my own hunger and interests for very ancient historical sites have taken me to China several times.





17. We stayed in this lovely hotel that have a traditional looking hut for its restaurant. The chefs were Europeans and they cooked very marvelous meals.



18. We both concluded that hotel served the best breakfasts and yoghurt we have ever eaten anywhere.
That's all my friends and my photos were selected to be different from SK's awesome ones. We have quite similar photos actually but you can view his lovely photos HERE



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129 comments:

  1. You two look so different that time!!!!

    OMG... sudah 8 years!

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    1. Of course anyone will look different after 8 years. I thought I looked like a nerd last time. LOL

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  2. You look way better and more handsome now, Anay. :)

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    1. Amboi! Mulut Manis, terima kasih. That's why I had to run in the gym to keep fit like Pak Kura! He is really an eye opener! You should post his "Before & After" photos to inspire and encourage others to exercise like Mak Lina's family.

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  3. A friend just came back from a holiday there, using a pair of tickets she won during Malaysia Women Marathon and now I see Anay do a post here. :)

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    1. Wah! Your friend is so lucky dei. Funny thing is that not everyone will enjoy such places unless they have some sense and interests in History & Arts. Few friends found it a torture visiting a boring & dead town. Those idiots liked high rises, modern malls and blah blah.... Hope your friend enjoyed!

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    2. She did.

      Thankfully I am surrounded with learned, cosmopolitan friends who see beyond shopping when they travel.

      They include you and Thambee too! :)

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    3. I would say thanks to my wife who doesn't like shopping, jewellery, designer bags or parfums! That saved my shopping money and time a lot. She still calls me a Shopping Queen anyway.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your photos taken a few years back.

    1. I wonder how those people do all those detailed carvings on the stone wall that you were pointing at in this photo. How long did they take? How many hours? Did they draw out the design first before carving? So many questions in my head when I look at your photo.

    2. Powerful message you have here. "Nothing Is Permanent In Life." I wonder will the next world war be in my lifetime.

    3. Wow, I did not know this fact. That forcing us to look at our feet while climbing up the narrow steps is to teach us the meaning of being humble. Another powerful lesson because for those who don't know and are not careful, they will fall down the steps. Painful lesson for those proud ones.

    4. Again, how did they carve magnificent place out of granite rocks? Were they helped by aliens that they thought were gods?

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    1. After visiting various China's ancient sites, I could see the craftsmen used just hammers and mason tools like tungsten carbide to carve the toughest granites!! They must have exported them to carve the Angkor Wat as China's well preserved historical buildings were dated over 2,000 to 3,000 years ago.

      The war has begun in the Middle East just as predicted by the famous French psychic Nostradamus whose predictions have been precise and quite accurate.. In case you have not heard of him, the link is here http://opishposh.com/10-incredible-nostradamus-predictions-that-actually-came-true/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostradamus
      Other websites shared how he predicted the inventions of planes, submarines, WW1, WW2 and even the death of the Princess of Wales!

      I learnt from that trip that many Asians have this humble gestures to bow or lower their heads as a respect. My naive American classmates found it strange to see my Korean & Japanese housemates bowing so many times like silly assholes!

      These ancient arts were never tough during their era. It's us the lazy ones who prefer the lazy way out now to use lasers to cut stones today! LOL

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  5. but that time the so-called zero fares were not all inclusive, there were still things like fuel charge, admin charge, airport tax etc which added up to quite a significant amount also.. anyway, at least cheaper than full fares and certainly a lot cheaper than the other airlines.. i actually got zero fares for MAS for my flight to Siem Reap in 2008, just slightly more expensive than AA so why not?? haha~~

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    1. Before AA, no airline ever had this Zero Fares gimmicks to draw buyers. Of course the fare was zero and we have to pay the tax & fuel lah! Who on earth gives Thambee a Zero Payment flights?? That one only happens at cremations la, can float to anywhere. These days MAS don't offer Zero fares now la, after lost millions yearly. They should hire Tony to manage. Did you know that Tony bought a heavily debt ridden AA from gomen and turned it around? He is amazing with Midas touch.

      I also prefer flying with MAS.

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  6. #1.. muahahaha!! now we all knew that Anay didn't just pose or show silly expressions in the photos just for blogging!!! look!! before he even started to blog, he's already showing that silly CB face, ooopsss i mean that shocked face, in the photo, muahahaha!! you really cracked me up dei~~

    #2.. this image tells Anay "Nothing Is Permanent In Life" but you know what this photo tells Thambee?? it tells Thambee that the monk was scolding Anay, "KNNCCB why are you taking photos of us??!! F*ck Off!!".. okay, just a joke and no offence~~ :)

    #3.. ah, "the steps were made such narrow to force the folks to humbly look down while making their way up to pay respects to the shrines or warlords above".. great info this is, thanks for sharing Anay!! :)

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    1. Kaneeneh SK! What CB face? That was natural looks because the chicken bone stuck inside my teeth la.

      Aiyo! Phiak your mouth Thambee. The monks will be stunned to see your comments.

      Okay kneel and bow your head down when you walk outside after reading this. Don't step and kill any ants. Good Day!

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  7. #4.. yes, an even historians and architects and engineers are amazed how this huge structure was built in the ancient time without the advanced machines or helicopters!!

    #5.. both also looked so so so young in 2006!! where got fat and ugly?? both of you looked good lah.. and Letchumy looked just like a school girl~~

    #6.. i've been there also, and i couldn't remember the name, thanks for telling me this is the Hill of Phnom Bakheng!! Anay is superb, you still can remember the name!! and the walk uphill was easy lah, no need to ride on elephants dei..

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    1. The best thing was the history books recorded what and what were built at where and where but they seldom & hardly describe the tools and methods used. It was too easy and not important during those ancient days to record them.

      Those days Letchumy had very spiked hairs in shades of red, blonde and green! Terror lah!

      Hey, the walk up hill was terrible and so hot those days. Even the poor elephants were crying with knee aches! Maybe you had steps to climb in 2008!

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  8. Continuing here:

    5. Very nice memorable couple photo. Both of you look so young!

    6. I agree with your wife. I will not sit on an elephant too but rather walk. Good for her!

    7. So where's the sunset photos after you have waited for so long. Must share here mah.

    8. Nice pose before the hike to the water fall.

    9. Oh, now I know what Lingas are. Still wondering how they were carved.

    10. I have not seen so many butterflies on the ground and not on flowers.

    11. Is this the entrance to Banteay Srei? Must preserve this place well so that explains the two signs - no touching and no stepping on the carvings.

    12. This place is Banteay Srei I think because same photos as in this link:

    http://www.theroadtoanywhere.com/the-amazing-carvings-of-banteay-srei-in-angkor-cambodia/

    13. Wah, you can recognize him. I don't think I can although I know of him.

    14. You followed him but did you ask him to take a photo with you and for his autograph? Or you are a good fan so don't want to disturb him.

    15. I wonder he was surveying the area for what movie.

    16. You have a good photographer here. Managed to get you and him in the same door frame - perfect photo!

    17. The hotel looks indeed lovely.

    18. Wah, I must stay in the same hotel then if I go there. What is the name please?

    You are so kind. You even promote SK link in your blog. Ok Now I go and see his photos.

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    1. We didn't wait for 2-3 hours for the sun to set at 7.00pm. What happens if the sun set at 8pm? Cry lah!! Anyways we see same sunsets in Malaysia everyday. Those tourists must be living inside caves and had never seen sunsets. Wakakakaka

      WOW! WOW!!! You found the correct link and it's called Banteay Srei. You have yet to visit Angkor Wat but you found the name for me. Thank you!!! Earlier I spent a long time trying to google but gave up.

      Since that day I could see that many Tsui Hark's movies used ancient carvings as props somewhere on the walls. Even the pillars and designs were great combinations from his observations.

      I will slowly find the photos that showed the name of that hotel. Will let you know later but there so many better hotels now that you should consider. Back in 2006 was still less choices like a handful only.

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    2. You are most welcome!

      Have a good weekend!

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  9. #7.. ah, i've been there!! but the place looked like not as crowded as when i was there.. probably it was 2006 and the place wasn't more famous like it was in 2008 when i went there.. or maybe it was still early?? looks like it's quite early in the afternoon as the sky was just so bright..

    #8.. Anay remembers the name of the tour guide!! wow, impressive, and this sees Anay respect everyone he knows.. i mean remember one's name properly is a sign of showing respect.. Anay so rich lah, being driven in Camry, Thambee only took tuk-tuk and somemore had to bargain with a few who were willing to haggle with tourists, and the cheapest one got the deal~~ :D

    #9.. eih, Kulen Hills?? i didn't know this place at all.. and Thambee noticed Anay and Letchumy wearing the same color pants, aiyoh, so sweet lah.. go travel also wearing couple pants dei~~ :p

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    1. It was already packed like sardines back in 2006. We just shooed everyone away from my camera's range to get perfect shots la.

      I googled and realised there were many areas which the tuk tuk would not venture, so I thought that an English speaking guide would be nice. He even took me back to his house on stilts like15 feet high to enjoy simple dinner cooked by his wife. We sat on the bamboo stilt floor that could see the ground below.

      When you visit that place again in your next life, remember to hike up the Kulen Hills. By then the waterfalls could be as big as Niagara Falls. Also remember to wear the same colour pants la.

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  10. #10.. wow!! what an amazing sight this is!! Thambee has never seen so many butterflies at one go, of course exclude the Butterfly Farm lah.. the nature is so beautiful.. guess Anay took lots of photos of the butterflies?? now, reminds me of Anay's "tau hua" that attracts so many butterflies and bees and lalats~~~ :D

    #11.. never been to this place.. hmmm, so that's the pro of having a local guide driving you around.. we only could go to places based on our knowledge, and whether the tuk-tuk driver wanted to bring us..

    #12.. definitely Thambee is not able to tell Anay the name!! I have not even been there, not even seen or heard about this place!! all people know about Cambodia is just Angkor Wat i guess.. :)

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    1. Aiyo you remind me again about butterflies and flowers!! Not related lah - choi choi choi!!!
      That photo was just part of the whole village of butterflies gathered and it was quite eerie!!

      The guide waited below under the tree and we had to trek up into the jungle & hills before coming down some 2 hours later with nothing to see!!!! It was so far from Angkor Wat and the roads through the forests were amazing sights and dusty!!! You might suffocate inside the Tuk Tuk!

      Mun has found the name and she is like an Encyclopaedia to me!!! So amazing of her. the name is Banteay Srei.... remember to tell your grandchildren this name!

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  11. #13.. wow!! the famous film producer and director of HK!! Tsui Hark he is.. he must be there to source for scenes for his next movie..

    #14.. muahaha!! Anay followed the famous HK director everywhere he went like a paparazzi.. did he feel irritated?? or maybe he just thought he was in danger because a sohaiiii kept following him~~ :D

    #15.. oh, so that's the whole group of his entourage!! i think they must be making a lot of noise there huh?? errr, i dunno, just my impression of groups of tourists, and especially Chinese groups of tourists!! no offense and discrimination at all, but probably just stereotype~~ :p

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    1. He was pleased to see of course and offered me leading roles in his future movies!! Ahem! Ahem! I woke up and it was a bad dream.

      He knew I followed him all over but he was too busy walking in very hurried pace, so I let him be. The entourage were all speaking in HKG cantonese. I think the mainlanders would have peed and pooped everywhere on the small steps and pillars! LOL

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  12. #16.. oh, how Thambee love this photo!! it looks like a photo with a frame and embedded into the stone walls!! and best of all, you've got 65% of the famous HK director Tsui Hark in the photo too~~

    #17.. fuyoh!! banyak majestic lah Anay punya hotel.. even their restaurant is bigger than the guest house Thambee stayed!! the two yellow umbrellas in front of the entrance looked so royal.. welcoming the Prince and Princess of Tirachiruppallisinggalingham to Cambodia~~

    #18.. oh really?? the best breakfasts and yoghurt you have ever eaten?? they looked just simple, plain and dull only, but surely cannot judge a book by its cover huh?? so which hotel exactly was this??

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    1. I also love that photo but we didn't stand together to pose. That would be nicer! Next time I will be brave to tap his shoulder and ask for a selfie! The same goes with Bosco Wong and collect his spa water for Yannie to do facials! Muahahahaha Wakakakakaka

      That interesting hotel was like a small tiny village with facilities and rooms scattered all over the whole gated compound. I didn't like the room I slept as it was too traditional and a bit stained but service was very good. Those days I almost never snapped photos of the food in restaurants but I remembered the buffet tables were long with few Mat Salleh chefs walking around to inspect the food on display and chatted with so many ang moh guests eating there. Every morning they would ask us whether the breakfast was good(?) That's very unique to happen in Cambodia, right?

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    2. Thambee, just look at the way the chefs insisted the jams should be served in small saucers lined neatly in wooden trays! Even our 5* hotels here just leave a bowl filled with iced water that contained butters in cubes and jams. That hotel was very prim and proper with quality services.

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  13. Ah, today my comments interspersed with SK's comments. No wonder SK not at his blog marking the comments. Rupa rupa he is here. The link to SK's post is the post mimic TM.

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    1. Only some lucky days, SK would drop by here in daylight to leave comments. Normally he would give my blog his visits at midnight when the bats and draculas are busy.

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  14. We had been here! The historical monument is certainly stunning. Every angle is perfect for a photo shot.

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    1. Yo! That place is wonderful for photography but I might not visit twice. Would you??

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  15. You look so young and handsome in the picture.. Actually, now also look young and yau-ying la.. You know ahh, men, the older they get, the more matured they look, the more women will find them attractive la, really.. Wow, is that wifey in red-hair? Canggih babe! In fact, I think wifey looks younger and sweeter now, like 25 years old only, serious..

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    1. Haha, I’m laughing on your elephant paragrapgh.. Err, you may curse me la, but I think I will pay for an elephant ride.. Aiya, to get that experience.. And if I go with the kids, lagi they wana ride on the elephant I think.. Haha..

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    2. So, on #7, were there any sunsets afterall? No picture taken means I assume couldn’t catch the sunset lor? Or covered by the haze, so could not catch a nice photo..
      Opps, the butterflies look scary, staring at me, like wana eat me up and suck my juices.. Haha, kidding.. But I tell you la, I never like butterflies leh, very geli..
      Eh, I am expecting to see you bumped into some HK lengchai actors or lenglui actress.. No?

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    3. Eh, #18 sounds suspense wor.. Best yogurt you guys tasted? What kinda yogurt? Plain or fruit one?

      Pssstt, princess ribbon makes the best homemade yogurt popsicles too, yogurt not homemade from scratch, but considered homemade also la.. Princess steams+blends+purees fruits, then add into plain yogurt, or Greek yogurt, depends on you, then mix and pour into popsicles moulds.. Then can enjoy homemade popsicles on a hot sunny sluuprrss.. Think of dragonfruit strawberry blueberry yogurt popsicle, ooohhh la la !!!

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    4. Me handsome? You kidding an uncle here!!! kikikiki... I tried to look handsome like Chow Yuen Fatt but I look more like Chow Si Fatt. Muahahaha

      If my wife doesn't teach, her hair would still be in spiky red and blonde today.

      So cruel lah to ride heavy elephants up the steep hills. If you take your kids for rides on the flat grounds of the zoo, I think the elephants would be happy to carry and earn money for their meals. Now I look back, I think those elephants had to climb up and down over 30-50 times a day! Ouch! Their poor knees! LOL No sunset photos as we were roasted under the blazing sun and got down quickly.

      I felt very eerie too when I saw a whole village of hungry & thirsty butterflies!! It was an unusual sight.

      I am not surprised that you can make good yoghurt popsicles! You have shared so many wonders from your kitchen that could make your boys eat happily! Your idea to mix them all together is a good & fun dessert for hot days. So unusual to add fruits too. Why don't you learn to make your own yoghurt too! Just boil the plain milk and add 1 spoon of yoghurt before let them set. Bingo!!! Ooooh la la!!

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  16. I like that photo of you and your wife (5th photo) as you both look so cute!

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    1. Thanks! I was reluctant and thought so long before daring to post an old photo up!

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  17. Good afternoon TM, hot weather in Singapore

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    1. Good Afternoon Sharon!

      It is cooler now. I hope it will rain this evening! We need money and water here!!! LOL

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    1. Huh? I thought No. 1 is better as SK was cracked up into pieces....

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  19. Aiyo, Anay and Letchumy looked so raw that time. Of course Letchumy and Anay are fitter and looked better right now. By the way, Anay always bummed into HK actors one. I still remember Anay soaking in the same spa with the handsome Bosco. Jealous!

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    1. So malu those days as we didn't know how to pose in photos. When everyone starts blogging, we somehow become more conscious in taking many photos before selecting the better angles.
      Yeah, I have bumped into many celebrities all my life but pity I am not their friends! Next time I will selfie with Bosco and collect his water for you. Kikikiki

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  20. I was going to laugh at you for joining those sohais to wait for a few hours under the hot sun for the sunset, but I see you just took photos and then went down. Or did you mean you waited that few hours before you took the sunset photos and went down??
    You can laugh at me back if that is the case though. When I went to Scotland, we drove a few hours to a spot famous for watching sunrise and slept in the car waiting for it. But end up we overslept and missed it.

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    1. Yes I will laugh at you now for oversleeping and miss them! I think it was all gimmicks to attract Western tourists who lived in congested cities like Manhattan and seldom get the chance to admire the sunrise or sunsets. We have plenty of nice scene in Malaysia.

      I think it is worth watching sunrise in Japan before 5:00am and watch the sunset at midnight in Norway. I am more interested to watch the Aurora Borealis someday. It gave me thrills and goosebumps to watch how the colourful Aurora Borealis swept across the skies!!

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  21. Aaahh this brings back memories! I visited Cambodia in 2012. Truly wonderful place. I loved wandering around the temples with my camera in the early morning hours. Did you visit Bayon? The temple with all the smiley faces?

    By the way when I visited they had a flight of modern stairs with handrails up the highest level of Angkor Wat. Apparently, some tourists fell and got injured from the steep and narrow steps.

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    1. Yes I visited Bayon and almost every available sites there. I didn't post all the photos here as they look so similar so I chose something different to share. I bet your photos would be the most beautiful with your keen eyes and excellent photography skills.

      I had guessed that someday the steel handrails would be installed. We saw them using rusty cables which was shaky and tourists still slipped & fell. Ouch!

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  22. I was about to say that was Tsui Hark!!

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    1. Yes! Tsui Hark was there and he looked cool.

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  23. I love elephants, they are such intelligent and family oriented animals and they have "elephant" memories too

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    1. Elephants are so huge yet cute and nice. I love them too!

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  24. Eeeee, I very scare of butterfly

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    1. Aiyoyo! They won't bite you as they have no teeth!

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  25. Like Anay's wife, I have no interest in jewellery, designer bags and shopping most of the time, I am rather thrifty and conservative when it comes to shopping, I only have one watch and one pair of shoes for many years wahaha

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    1. Such ladies who are not materialistic like you all are like rare diamonds!! My friends' wives have no self confidence and needed to have all these to boost their egos.

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  26. The stairs and steps look so steep, if one is not careful, may just fall off

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    1. It was too steep with tiny steps which made my climb rather unsteady. It was a fun experience!

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  27. You looked younger but then skin is still that fair til now, I guess that's your gene la! Jealous nya~

    And your wife's hair that time very yeng! =)
    This Angkor Wat is indeed famous! Wish to go there some day.
    And you met Tsui Hark there? Wow, lucky lucky!

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    1. It is not nice to see a fair looking man as they look soft like cream puffs. LMAO. I think a man should be very tan and macho instead.
      You can save this Siem Reap as the last place to visit as it is so near home.

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  28. Oh I thought you just went Cambodia!

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    1. That was 8 years ago and still have vivid memories!

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  29. I love visiting all those temple ruins in Siem Reap!

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    1. I wished that I had more time to study the many walls.

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  30. Phnom Bakheng to watch the sunset? Hahaha!! I also kena tipu. Where got nice sunset there? The sunset in KL is nicer hahaha!

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    1. I agree that we have lovelier sunsets in Malaysia....!

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  31. Ah! Kbal Spean! I ove trekking up the hill to reach the thousand lingas! :)

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    1. I bet you were lucky to see waterfalls flowing the cool mountain water.

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  32. That place which you did not know the name is called Banteay Srei. Love that place!

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    1. It is an amazing place with best carvings but not the best site for me. I prefer those huge ancient complex with many characters and buildings. I was dreaming about who lived inside.

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  33. Wah!! You bump into Tsui Hark? So lucky!! And followed him everywhere? LOL!

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    1. Me lucky? He was lucky that I gave him peace and not harass his work. LOL

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  34. Hahaha! I find it funny your one post summarizes your whole trip to Cambodia, whereas I blogged close to 40 posts for my Cambodia trip! LOL!

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    1. That's me and you as bloggers with different goals. I think you are long winded and sentimental person. Muahahahaha I like to read your blogs and fish out info.

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  35. But err...the title should not be Magnificent Angkor Wat right? Since you posted more temples than just Angkor Wat.

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    1. I agree that the title should not be this one. If you care to give me a better one, I might change it.

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  36. Oh I wanted to go SR one day... the other time in 2007 when I was in Phnom Penh, I wanted to go from there but then my friends didn't want to.... so till today, I didn't go.. rugi!! I heard that the Angkor Wat is going to be under construction or something like that... it will not be original anymore...
    Now that you showed them up, at least I know what to see even if I cannot get to go next time... :)

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    1. Siem Reap is 1000 times more interesting than Phnom Penh and hope that you will go there soon!

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  37. TM very sure you did not steal and eat those 'tar han hoon' *preservatives* from your mother's kitchen? You can never grow old at all.

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    1. I should be asking you this evergreen recipe that keeps your bananaz face so handsome and young till today. You are just teasing me dei.

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  38. Likey your wifey spiky hair style. Nice to visit your tour guide's house and having dinner there as well. Always love to visit this kind of visit to understand their lifestyle and way of life.

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    1. These folks around Cambodia are so humble and nice. I wish to visit them again and do people watching in the rural areas. It was scary to travel across their kampungs but it was safer than KL actually.

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  39. Ahhh.... i've always wanted to visit this place! I am so envious! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos!

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    1. It is so near from Penang and you should go there soon! You will love their insect food.

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  40. I went this Chinese New Year and the Angkor ancient city was amazingly huge and i was impressed with those carving on the walls. I definitely will go back to take more picture in the near future.

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    1. Wow! You just went there so recently! Goodness! You cover nearby places later after conquered the West!

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  41. Hope to visit this place someday!!

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    1. You will love this place. Nice to drink a hot cuppa and do people watching. I love the ancient ruins that was so thought provoking!

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  42. wow, how lucky, you actually have seen Tsui Hark in person.

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    1. He was lucky!!! Do you know who I am?? I am the famous blogger Twilight Man. Ahem!

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  43. Zero fare?? You serious? That reminds me when I won a 6-mth Jetstar unlimted travel many years ago.I only used it once to Hong Kong & that's it! Guess I'm not used to flying budget airlines. Lol!

    The steep steps looks scary! Going up isn't a problem, but I'm afraid I may have problem going down. Hahaha!

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    1. Aiyo! Next time pass to me the budget airlines ticket, I won't mind.

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  44. that photo in 2006 ah? wow...your face no change leh...still so young looking

    ya when zero fare we tend to think there might be some gimmick and dare not click.

    Now my parent in law like to find zero fare. buy months ahead so that can get cheaper

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    1. Yeah everyone wants Zero Fares! No gimmick lah and worth it. They only do it for short time only with limited tickets.

      My face no change? You need new specs lah!

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  45. 1. Not only that and must think of how they make the carving. Those time they dont have modern tools leh.,.dont know how long it took them to carve out the scene. Must have a very dedicate mind.

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    1. They were simple minded people and genius! No drawing plans whatsoever and how did they design so precisely?

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  46. 2. nothing is unbelieveable. after all ashes to ashes dust to dust...we cant take what we have it here to the nexr life

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    1. So pandai. Looks like you will get enlightened this life.

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  47. 3. hmmm....not easy to climb the stair of enlightenment. it's so steep some more

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    1. You can do it better than me. The cat's paw is so small and cute.

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    1. What I posted was just 1% of their whole ancient ruins!! It is so huge!

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  49. 5. LOL got ugkly and fatter meh? Hahaha for a moment there i cant recognise Letcumi. ...she look shorter in this photo than in real life

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    1. Yeah she wore loose clothes with hair raising up sure makes one look shorter.

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  50. 6. Your legs can walk faster than the elephant la. as for the poor elephants...well....maybe think of bright side. ...tourist money gives opportunity for the people there to earn an honest living. Secondly, the elephant is some what safe from those hunters that want to kill them for their tusk.

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    1. I agree that those elephants have better lives now with plenty of food daily, safety and daily baths!!!

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  51. 7. the land of the never setting sun :p

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    1. The sun sets lah. The land of bluffing sun advertisements.

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  52. 8...hahaha this photo looks like you saying HAH? Gotta walk some more ah??????

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    1. Yup! The walk was so long and deep with lots of mosquitoes and summer heat. I will never go inside again.

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    1. What cat talking is that? That place was an incomplete complex or palace perhaps. The carvings were the finest and still not lost.

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  55. 12. too bad about that....that is life. some times we do not have time to complete the things that we need to do

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  56. 13. Wah....you ah...everywhere u went sure bump into someone famous or some weird incident.....aduiiiii

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    1. Maybe I am more famous and they have to bump into me instead. Muahahahaha

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  57. 17 & 18...hmmm would have thought you will go hunting for local food

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    1. I didn't dare to eat much of their local food as they didn't appeal much to me. Lots of fried insects and snakes. Did you see Ah Boy's post? He ate snakes and still hissing today!

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  58. KH has been bugging me to go Cambodia

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  59. I will faint by just looking at the almost 90 degree steep stairs @_@

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  60. Great post on the marvelous archaeological site! You got indeed different, yet interesting perspective, than usually focus by other only on the main temple structure of Angkor Wat. The Kulen hills sounds like a wonder itself to drive though natural hike. Liked the elegant façade of the hotel u stayed

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  61. sounds so interesting..but I wonder when I will visit it..maybe after I have covered the furthest.

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  62. Hi! Nice collection of your beautiful photos. I enjoyed them very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  63. Hi There, Thanks for so many wonderful comments on my blog. I have missed you...I love your blog posts --especially your love of traveling (like ours)... I wish I could see some of the areas you have seen over there --and that you could see some of the areas around here which we have seen.

    Our problem (at least MY problem) is that I find 'favorite' places --so I want to go back to them over and over instead of trying new places... ha

    Your pictures from 2006 are fantastic.. Wow--what a marvelous place... Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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