the moon and the lamp post..what a lonely sight.:(
After 5 hours, we arrived in Siem Reap
and got a tuktuk to Prince Mekong guesthouse for 2 usd. :D It wasn't that far from the station but it wasn't near either. :P We chose that guesthouse because they offer free laundry, free bikes and it has good reviews. :) True enough to their word, they have all the amenities except for the bikes - apparently, the bikes were all for repair? hehe.
Not a minute after we sat down waiting for our keys to be given, Wayne already got two mugs of beer to drink...one for me of course. Haha! Then we booked seats for the apsara dancers show.
I made use of the time efficently on that long bus ride by updating my travel journal and going over the things I wrote from day 1 and secretly smiling to myself while Wayne seemed to be bent on finishing the book I picked - which was meant to be good.
almost over this one! Wayne drank only a glass! don't deny that! LOL!
;) He's not much into reading books, so looking at his crunched eyebrows behind that book gave me some kind of satisfaction. Wayne with a book? It just doesn't match! Haha. Well, we actually bought 2 books, I didn't get to leaf through any of it during the whole trip. For one thing, reading in a moving vehicle hurts my eyes. Not good. :P
So we set foot in Siem Reap before dusk, Wayne took out the wikitravel printouts again and we ignored every tuktuk driver who came to us until we've made up our minds on where to go. We settled on Prince Mekong Guesthouse because of the reasonable price and the freebies! Well, like free use of bikes and free laundry! :P And hmmm, it's actually not bad. The host was nice and the swiss-german specialty was good too...just a little too salty for my taste.
That's my name! I did that! hahaha!
Haha ;) After we have scheduled our trip to Angkor
Wat and signed up to reserve ourselves seats to see the apsara dancers' performance for the next day, we proceeded to rest a bit before going out. But hell, where's the remote for the aircon?! Ahhh no!! Since Wayne's too lazy to ask for it and I was too (lol), we decided to just get it after our first night out in Siem Reap. Good idea! But well, we came back a little later than expected. After walking around taking pictures and stuff, we found ourselves heading to the bars again! lol! We made a pact that we'd just have a beer or two this night, but err...what's beer and a pitcher of Angkor sunset cocktail,huh? :P I think it's already way past 1am when we left Angkor What? Bar.
Not really sure. All I could remember was telling Wayne that I only have less than 4 hours left to rest my eyes...but guess what? I think I actually got my eyes glued on my mobile phone's lcd waiting for it to alarm. LOL! Exaggeration, of course. :P I also dozed off sometime between 1 and 5am for a total of a few minutes. :P Maybe I was just too excited. hahaha :DDay 2
Our 12-dollar tuktuk service came before we could even say, "we're ready". haha! The morning breeze gave me the chills on our way and I tried not to fall asleep by pinching myself. Haha :) First stop of course is, Angkor Wat. Seeing all those spectators waiting for the sun to rise almost left me in awe. What a sight! There must have been thousands out there! Hahaha! How you can get away from all those people would be perfect, but it was beyond me.
gazillion of people!
..until we found a secret hideaway where you can take pictures without tourists like us ruining your photographs. :P It was beautiful. :D So we took the opportunity to snap away and wander around as we climbed up those stairs. On top was an opening which seemed like an exit or an entrance depending on your perception. lol! So Wayne turned to me and asked me if we should go back or just take that route wherever it leads. Well, I was pretty sure it would lead us back to where we once were. What we weren't certain about was how long it would take us to get there. Haha! Anyway, I said okay, let's see where we'd end up. Haha.:P A few meters out on the dusty and grassy route haha, Wayne was already wanting to go back to that "portal" but I said keep going...we've already gone this far.
Is this the perfect time?
Be optimistic. Haha. So much for our optimism, after seeing a few cyclists who went past us...I started doubting my decision and we have finally admitted we're lost.Haha! Well, I shouldn't have followed Wayne! Haha! :P Nah, we have both decided to struggle in this part so we'd suffer together. lol! I almost got tempted twice to steal one of those bikes parked against a tree, but Wayne kept telling me not to touch it. Since when did he take the role of my conscience?! LOL! ;)
With the company of huge ants on the trail we walk on and the constant appearance of piles of leaves which Wayne had developed a fondness on, we have finally reached the end of our agony! Yay! :D 6 'til 8 in the morning on the grounds of Angkor Wat was simply memorable! Haha! :P One thing I've relearned, there are really no shortcuts in life.
..if it is, then take my picture now. hahhaa!
.. :) Things can be tough sometimes, but the experience is rewarding. :D
So we have been told that it would take us days to see all these temples in the archeological park, but since we've got not much time on our hands we only purchased a 1-day pass and hoped to power through. We have decided that we only need to see the temples that is of interest or sounds intriguing to us - Bayon,Ta Phrom, Ta kew - because they say it's a romantically peaceful place.haha Not that we're into that, but our guesthouse host insisted that we see it. =P I actually liked the place, really except for the kid who kept pushing her pricey postcards and ratan bracelets on me. From 4usd per 5pcs of postcards down to 2usd for all of those (10 or so postcards) plus the bracelets?! How stupid do they think am I? I would have really bought it or even just gave money to the kid, but when the prices started fluctuating like that and it was obvious she's trying to rip me off, I got pissed.
temples and whatnot
"I said no, kid. And that means no." Then she still kept following us, murmuring something behind my back - of course in a language I couldn't understand. I swear next time, I'd learn how to say shut up in Khmer. :P While the kid kept pestering me, a man came out of nowhere and approached Wayne - introduced himself and started a litany of facts about the temple, the cambodian royalties and people, etc etc. Well, I got a feeling he's up to something but well, we gave the guy a chance and hoped that maybe we're wrong about him and that the kindness in his act was actually out of goodwill. So he showed us the easiest way to get to the top, which was still scary by the way..but anyway, we were grateful for that. After taking tons of pictures and answering the trivias he's been throwing at us perhaps to keep us entertained (blah), we made our way down from the steepest stairs ever (if you could actually call it stairs).
me at the temples and whatnot
Now we're motioning to leave and the guy blurted out what we feared he would say, (I think it's something like this. It's not in perfect English but this is how it sounded to me) "Won't you give me money for being your tour guide?" Wayne and I looked at each other, gave out a sigh as if we have known all along we're right which was actually true. And Wayne said, "We didn't really ask for a tour guide, did we?" and the guy answered back as if it was due to him. Ahhh! So I just told Wayne to give him a dollar to end it all and just learn from it. Just like what happened to the kid, if he didn't try to fool us from the very start we would have given him a dollar or two without a heavy heart. Now Wayne had developed another phobia with strangers who would approach us and try to be nice.
while I was lost, I had the opportunity to take a glorious picture :P
Before we proceeded to the last temple (on our list), we grabbed breakfast at the eatery of the first lady who said I was so beautiful. Haha! I know they were trained to say it (but not to everyone - Wayne never get it.lol) as if it's a common courtesy on how to greet a woman. Haha! ;) After that we hung out at our tuktuk service waiting for the driver then a few tuktuk drivers came to us with their Learning English workbooks asking us if we could help them with it to improve their English skills. So we began filling out the synonyms for the words like shy, uneasy, etc. Then onto constructing a complete sentence out of the random shuffled words and I was like, What the hell are these stuff?! Nobody could ever learn from this! It doesn't make any sense! Haha.
Whiskey bucket galore!
=P You find shuffled words such us, "You english friends learn need" What kind of sentence can you make out of this shit?! Even if you added the preposition "to" to the sentence it's still doesn't sound right, does it?! I really didn't tell them that they couldn't learn from that book just because I didn't want to discourage them - but I felt bad for them. Wayne's like, "Tsk,it was probably made by someone like them." Wahh! Probably. :(
On our way back to our hostel, we wondered why some people have to spend 3 full days at the archeological park when you could do it in under 6 hours – like we did! :) I went for a siesta after eating lunch and getting our money changed since I wasn’t able to get a proper sleep the night before and Wayne thought I was just being lazy? Hmph!
Our last pub crawl session in Siem Reap fired up early tonight as usual.
temples and whatnot
Went to Temple Bar and Angkor What? again and took god-knows-how-many cocktails and power irish car bombs including the drinks Wayne accidentally knocked off the table that I have salvaged. I had almost gotten him sick if he just drank the beer! Tsk, he’s become too much of a responsible drinker since he met me. Haha! I know I could just drag him across the street if he gets para and let the tuktuk driver pick him up and hurl him into the wobbly vehicle – easy! The good thing about us is that we always feel responsible for each other and for ourselves...so nobody gets into any trouble! ;) We’ll be picked up at 7am from our hotel to the bus company for our trip back to Phnom Penh
the next day so we made ourselves a great favor for not getting uberwasted – just suitably smashed.