The fireworks were great last night, but the moon was spectacular. I spent the last minutes of 2015 and the first two hours of 2016 gazing at the moon and stars with my cousins, and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I know this gets used too often to the point of it becoming annoying, but I really do feel so incredibly fortunate. If this was Instagram, I would definitely #blessed this post.
Happy New Year, everybody. 🙂
I completely forgot they existed. And when I found them, I realized I also completely forgot the little girl I once was. It’s kind of amazing really, when you see the child you once were through the eyes of the adult you’ve become. I can’t describe how it felt trying to reconcile the girl in the photographs to the woman staring back at me in the mirror.
I like to think I still remember how I was as a kid. I like to think I was smart for my age, that I knew how to share my toys and that I didn’t give my parents any trouble. I’d speak when spoken to, always in a polite manner, never forgetting to say please and thank you. I’d never forget to say my prayers at night and before meals.
But the truth is, the things I remember are more made up of pixie dust than real memories. And the truth about that truth is, I kinda like it that way. I like imagining different versions of myself as a kid and I like that I don’t ever really know which version is the correct one. There’s no reason. Just because.
So thank God for old, dusty photo albums. Thank God for the many versions of my kid self. And most importantly, thank God for my twin sister because it is now proven that when it comes to baby pictures, two is definitely cuter than one.
My sister and I had a 6-day trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia last December. It was seriously the most enjoyable trip I’ve had so far. Here are some of the activities we did, and listed below are the details of our trip just in case some of you plan on going and need a few ideas.
1. Driving an ATV to the paddy fields of Siem Reap to watch the Cambodian sunset
Tour by Quad Adventure Cambodia: http://www.quad-adventure-cambodia.com/
We did the sunset tour which cost $30. You start out at their garage, drive through the streets of Siem Reap and then into the paddy fields. The sunset is so incredibly beautiful. It was as though everything else stopped to give the sun its due. If you’re doing this, I highly HIGHLY recommend Phy as your guide. He’s incredibly warm and friendly, and we had such a great conversation while watching the sunset.
2. Kayaking through the floating village
Kayaking Tour by Indochine Exploration: http://www.indochineex.com/
We did the kayaking tour to the stilted & floating village of Kampong Kleang. I have to admit, it’s not that cheap, around $120 each because it was only just the two of us. But the entire tour is pretty long and their tours are private, and you get to enjoy a hearty meal (complimentary) at a local’s house. Our tour guide, Sokun, and his companion, Lee, were so much fun to talk to and they took care of us all throughout. So I’d have to say you’re definitely getting your money’s worth.
3. Zip lining inside Angkor Park
Flight of the Gibbon: http://www.treetopasia.com/cambodia-holiday/angkor
This is also expensive but, again, still worth it. The entire course took around two hours to complete. The highlight of this tour, I must say, are our guides, Rahul and Vanna. They were so hilarious, often making fun of each other and telling us jokes that were so silly that it actually was pretty funny.
4. Well, you can’t NOT see the temples of Angkor Park
We stayed at the Model Angkor Resort & Residence during our stay. It’s a 4-star resort away from the main road where most of the hotels are located, but still near enough to get there in five minutes via TukTuk or bike. Their rates are high, but luckily I was able to book our room at a special discount + flash deal rate through Agoda which came up at about $60/night. Both of us prioritized relaxation for this trip so we decided to splurge on our accommodations, and just save up on food and airfare, which was a good decision on our part because this place is spectacular. And, just like all the people we met in Siem Reap, the resort staff and employees were so nice, helpful and sincere.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is if you’re thinking of going on a trip and Cambodia isn’t on that list of possible destinations, well, it should. In fact, you should put Siem Reap, Cambodia on your list of places you SHOULD go to. It has the perfect balance of adventure and leisure. I guarantee you you’ll love everything about it.
And if you have any questions about our trip, feel free to ask. I’ll try to answer them as best as I can.