Cambodia June 2012: Part 3
yes my friends, this is the third and last part of my Cambodia trip last year in June (time to move on to a new topic! hehe.). our last day was dedicated to making the most out of our hotel’s amenities, enjoy the nearby places, eat at a nice restaurant or cafe, and do some last-minute shopping.
despite sleeping late the previous night, we made sure we didn’t party too much so we could wake up early just in time for the breakfast buffet.some of us took a dip in the pool afterwards. talk about maximizing time!before having our lunch out, we already had to fix our things and pack to avoid any “Home Alone” (movie) stress in preparing for our flight back. we also had to say goodbye to our lovely villa, the hotel, and take as many photos as we want while still in the area.a comfortable outfit will always be a travel essential! leave the fussy outfits at home and make sure to pack clothes that are light and suitable to the country’s weather and your activities while there. (wearing a Uniqlo tank, Cotton On harems, Chucks, and H&M bag)we went back to Pub Street to savor the last hours of our stay. we had lunch at The Red Piano, a restaurant where Angelina Jolie and her Tomb Raider crew frequented while filming the movie. the interiors gave off a cool vibe that i couldn’t help but take photos of. i didn’t want to order a hefty meal as i was still full from breakfast, so i just went with their chicken salad sandwich buns. i believe they were just right for my full stomach. haha! after lunch, my friends and i made our last minute purchases in the market and had coffee and snacks at Le Grand Cafe. we did our best in making the most of our last day and i was pretty much satisfied with how it went. i will miss Cambodia!how i wish our trip were longer because i’m sure we still haven’t seen a lot during our stay. Cambodia was quite the experience and i’d always want to say that when visiting other countries or cities. my friends and i are looking forward to our next trip and we’re hoping in a country we all haven’t been to so that we could discover and marvel as a group! haha. traveling will always be a dream and i’m so happy to be going places i thought i’d never be in. anyway, why not book your ticket to Cambodia now and have your own experience of it, ‘eh?
Cambodia June 2012: Part 2
it’s time to work on my post backlog! do you still remember the first post on my June Cambodia trip months ago? if there’s a part 1, there should be a part 2 and/or 3 right? haha. here it is!
my friends and i dedicated our third day to of course, the temples! first stop, the breathtaking Angkor Wat!i honestly felt like i was in a dream because it felt so surreal to be in such a historical place. walking along the hallways and doors of Angkor Wat felt like stepping in a time machine. my friends and i even had a breakfast (we went there extra early) picnic along the steps of one of the many corners of the temple!aside from marveling at the entire place, we also got crazy with posing for our cameras! i actually enjoyed that! hehe. that’s one tip i can suggest to travel bugs- do a TON of crazy poses while having your photos taken in tourist spots!i couldn’t help but remember Ancient Aliens as i observed and admired the structures and details of the Angkor Wat. any fans of the show, reading? hehe.sadly, my camera’s battery died as soon as we got to Ta Prohm temple, so i used my phone instead. Ta Prohm is where parts of the movie, Tomb Raider, was shot! what’s spectacular about the temple is that tree vines and roots have already become part of its structure. i did feel that “tomb raider” in me as we visited one temple from another. we still visited the nearby temples even if some of my friends were already tired and gave up on all the walking. i was also feeling exhausted but i didn’t want to give up as it’s not everyday that you get to discover places such as these. it was the travel bug’s fighting spirit in me that kept me going! haha.it was indeed our “temple day” as we ended up having dinner and drinks at Temple in Pub Street! how apt, right? we also checked out Angkor What? bar just across us since it was packed and seemed fun to party in. it was such a fun night that people were already dancing in the streets; it was literally a street party! my friends and i couldn’t help but join in! ending this post with a pic that best describes how i felt that night! hahaha!stay tuned for the last part of this trip! :)
before adding to my pile of delayed posts (guilty much?), i’d like to greet you all a Happy and Blessed New year! until now, i’m still not over the fact that 2012 has already ended! i always wish time could slow down a bit and one reason is because i don’t want to turn a year older! hehe. anyway, i wish you all had a wonderful time during the holidays with the people closest to your hearts.
i want to go all the way dramatic with my New Year’s post but it would take more time to compose a well-written blog entry (choice of photos included) with a review of the previous year and what-not. so i’m reserving that for another post! in the meantime, let me share with you some photos (including Instagram photos) from my recent Holiday celebrations with family and friends.
my barkada had our annual Christmas party and we decided on a “Crazy, Colorful Christmas” theme. Nicki Minaj was obviously our major inspiration! my outfit was of course Nicki Minaj-inspired but i added a twist to it; i looked to Minnie Mouse for finishing touches! haha.Christmas Eve (until the early hours of Christmas day) is usually spent with family at home. we hear mass, Mom prepares Noche Buena, the family dines together, then we exchange gifts. this Christmas routine has become part of our tradition (with added quick visits to relatives) and every year, i feel blessed to be doing so. i will forever be grateful to spend Christmas with mom, dad and my siblings. as they say, nothing beats family!sorry to be cheesy but i just had to add this photo i took of my mom and dad last Christmas (pardon the blurry image as i am using my mom’s extra camera for the meantime because my camera is still under repair). despite the poor quality of the image, their smiles still radiate (i love you mom and dad!)!as for my Christmas outfit, i already had this colorful jumpsuit in mind but i wanted to tame it down by wearing a blazer and nude heels. i wanted a festive look, which wasn’t over-the-top (again, sorry for the last crappy photo!). vote for this look in my Chictopia account: www.chictopia.com/nasche! Mango blazer, H&M jumpsuit, Pedro heels, and Kenneth Cole watch
we greeted the New Year at my grandparents’ like we usually do. some of our relatives weren’t present, which was kind of sad, but i still enjoyed my time with them. for me, the most important part of the celebration was the thanksgiving and prayers because we owe everything to God.another memorable holiday season has passed and i am so thankful i was present in almost all the parties and gatherings i was invited and required to go to! the season may have hurt my wallet (haha!) and i fought almost getting sick, but i’m happy i spent time with my family, friends, and all the people who matter most to me.
the celebrations may be over and i haven’t quite gotten over it, but i know i’ll find strength in the coming days and months to get on with 2013. i’m honestly nervous with what 2013 has in store for me but i lift it up to no one else but Him. here’s to a healthy, successful, and blessed 2013 to us all! :)
Cambodia June 2012: Part 1
my blog deserves a splendid post after neglecting it (again) for some time. last June, my college barkada and i went to Cambodia for a much-awaited out-of-town barkada trip. we wanted to go somewhere none of us had gone to and it led us to exploring Cambodia. one of them chanced upon online coupons to one of Cambodia’s hotels and it was such a steal that we felt we made the right choice. i will try my best to feed essential information on our trip, especially for those who are planning to visit Cambodia soon.
our flight to Cambodia was in the evening and it took us about 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach Siem Reap. their airport was kind of small but interesting. it was constructed in the form of temples, a significant tourist attraction in Cambodia (it is said that there are still undiscovered temples in Cambodia). we immediately saw our hotel guide as we got out of immigrations. that’s my kabarkada's name, “Diane”! we were booked in Paradise Angkor Villa Hotel but they informed us that they’ll be transferring us to Angkor Paradise Hotel for the night, as they were having problems with their water. we didn’t really mind since it was already late and there was not much to do but eat and sleep. plus, i liked our replacement (for the night) hotel! after settling down and resting for a while, my friends and i decided to check out any resto or cafe that was still open. little did we know that there was an eating joint just a few walks from our hotel! almost all the small eateries seemed to serve Khmer Soup so we thought of trying it anyway. we ate at Snadai Khmer Soup and ordered away. my friends and i were kind of worried of what the soup might taste like or what ‘creatures’ we’ll find in it. fortunately, it was just soup with veggies and beef with an interesting taste! it’s quite similar to Vietnamese Pho. among all of us, i was the one who ate the most. it was too good to resist! come morning, we headed for the breakfast buffet (my favorite when it comes to staying in hotels) and prepared for our transfer to our ‘official’ hotel. i really loved our balcony view so we took advantage of it by taking photos! this was my outfit for that day. i made sure it matched the heat! hehe. nothing fancy because i knew we’d do a lot of walking. (Cotton On top, Just G shorts, Cotton On sunnies and Converese sneakers) we finally arrived at Paradise Angkor Villa Hotel to check-in. since our booked rooms still had water problems, we were upgraded to a villa! woohoo! here’s a photo of my friend, Donna, while she was taking my photo! hehe. guess which is mine? haha. the happy group about to go to our villa! and for the heck of it, a solo pic on our ride! haha. presenting…our villa! my room which i shared with Joy, again. after admiring our villa and unpacking (again), we rode the Tuk-Tuk to Pub Street for lunch. my friend told us that based on her research, Khmer Kitchen Restaurant was a must-try as it served authentic Khmer food. since we adapted a “buddy system”, we ordered in two’s. Joy and i ordered Chicken Amok and spring rolls. Amok is a curry-like dish with vegetables and can be served with chicken, beef, pork and fish. i find it delishhhh! after lunch, we hopped on our designated Tuk-Tuks and headed to the Floating Village. apparently, you had to pay for entrance and since we were all on a tight budget, we just took photos by the river. that’s me with the obviously intense heat! haha. we went back to Pub Street to just spend the remaining hours of the day there. we had coffee and snacks at The Blue Pumpkin and simply chilled. when we felt that we had enough rest, we did some shopping at the nearby Old Market and Night Market. we also bought our dinner and delighted ourselves in all the shops and restaurants we passed by.Chie, Mish, and i’s loot (check out the print of the amazing harem pants i got to purchase!).that’s it for part 1 of our Cambodia trip! swing by again for the next parts! hope you enjoyed browsing thru my photos. ;)