Wednesday Happy Thoughts!

Sep 3, 2014

Happy Wednesday! Happiness is:
1. Bati na kami ulit. Yeah, we are crazy like that.
2. Rice subsidy is here. Kahit na no rice or half rice lang me.
3. Ace Water Spa last Sunday
4. My niece and nephew, and my sis and bro-in law for the surprise over nigth visit.
5. Corn. Yummy!
6. No more extension wires! Thanks Kuya Mher for the power outlets.
7. Kikay bonding with my daughter. Hot oil for her and pedi for me!
8. First time massage for my mom! She loved it!
9. Loving my hair! I just woke up like this, hahaha!
10. Calamansi muffin.

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South Gate, Angkor Thom

Sep 1, 2014

Even the gates of the Angkor Thom complex deserve a separate post! They are so grand, lined with giant faces and with the main entrance with four faces! 

Breathless in Bayon!

Aug 30, 2014

If I have to choose only one place to go to in the whole of the Angkot Wat Heritage Complex, that would be heartbreaking and impossible. But if I really have to choose only one, I really can't.  But if I have to choose two, then Bayon would be definitely one of them.  It is just so grand and majestic! The most distinguishing features of Bayon Temple are the four smiling faces of Buddha on each of the towers.
Nose to nose with one of them, the silly tourist! The temple is at the exact center of the Angkor Thom and is not enclosed on any side.  It is perfect for picture taking from all vantage points!
There are said to be around 49 towers in the temple, each side carved with a face, but now only 37 remain.

There are various bas reliefs on the wall as well that contains scenes of  everyday life, or what appears to be dancing, festivals and others.
Aside from Angkor Wat, this is the grandest temple that I have seen in my visit.  The Bayon is said to be the last temple to be built in Angkor.
Can I just say one more time how grand and spectacular the Bayon temple is? If you really have only two places to go to in Siam Reap, never ever miss the Bayon!
Remember, this was my second visit and I was still awed at its beauty!

Preah Ngok

Aug 29, 2014

On our way to Bayon, we passed by this big Buddha statue.  I actually didn't know what it was called and just googled it now and found that its called Wat Preah Ngok. There were locals, or monks sitting there so we just took a photo from afar.

Wednesday Happy Thoughts

Aug 28, 2014

Happiness is:
1. Done with one paper (out of 5) for one subject (out of 3). Hahaha, small joys!
2. My hair is gorgeous, if I may say so myself, hehehe.
3. Almost done painting the room pink. Need to buy more paint.
4. Four boxes of Yellow cab pizza.
5. Watching movies on the tab is so convenient!
6. Yummy Pastel.
7. The kids doing great in their exams!
8. Re-reading Wonder. Still heartwarming.
9. Me-time.
10. Some peace, and a waiting game.

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Royal Terraces: Terrace of the Elephants

The Terrace of the Elephants has the best view of the whole palace grounds and was where the King would view his army.  It is where parades and games are held. And I can imagine the grandeur of the celebration, just by standing there!
The pictures above were taken in February 2014, while the ones below were taken in February 2013.

Royal Terraces: Terrace of the Leper King

Aug 27, 2014

The Terrace of the Leper King, which is still inside the Royal Palace is a 25-meter long terrace where the statue is called the Leper King because he was said to have leprosy.
"The 25m (80' long) terrace is shaped like a redented "U". Its north, east, and south walls face outward, and are deeply carved with seated gods and goddesses. Within, and separated by a narrow trench, there is another set of walls, also carved. The inner walls were built first, but then started to collapse, at which point the outer walls were added.," according to this source
The carvings on the walls are just so grand! There are areas where they looked new and restored, and portions where they look old and mossy. 
The corridor was added so that visitors can view the relief on the first wall.  When it collapses, a second wall was built.  This was also believed to be a burial site.

The Pyramidal Phimeanakas

Aug 26, 2014

A three-tier pyramid inside the Royal Palace enclosure, Phimeanakas was a temple to behold.  Legend says the tower was once covered in gold. Can you imagine it? 
Phimeanakas means Celestial Palace and it was said that the King had to visit a celestial being at the tower every night or a disaster will befall his kingdom.

There were many stone blocks round the temple, which I think are still part of the reconstruction in the grounds.

Baphuon, Baffling Baphuon!

Aug 23, 2014

You know, there are really no words to describe the beauty and grandeur of these temples and Baphuon is no exception.  You just stand there, and you marvel at the ingenuity of the human mind (and the power of the king, of course) to create these things!

The temple is still under construction, as is most the temples in the heritage site.  I think this was the temple that was torn apart, the stones marked, and then it was supposed to be reconstructed to save the temple.  But a war stopped this effort, and the puzzle that was Baphuon was only completed, or parts of it, in 2011.  Going up to the top is a challenge, but there are stairs to make this manageable. 
The temple, and the view from the top was really something! Can you picture how everything looked when it was newly built? I just can't! 
The clocks that litter the temple are those which still needs to be pieced together as the records were destroyed in the war. So piecing together the puzzle that is Baphuon continues to this day.   
Next stop: Phimeanakas

East Gate, Angkor Thom

Aug 22, 2014

We are now ready to enter the Angkor Thom, which literally means, Great City.  There are several gates going inside, and this is the East Gate.  Below are the super couple.
And below is the super blogger. 
And further below are the Superfriends.  


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