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There will always be Comparisons made,

Expectations to live up to,

And People who want to be Pleased.

The only thing we have, is Choice.

Do we want to look at Shadows, or take in Light?

Do we want to lament the passing of Beauty, or learn the art of Acceptance?

Do we want to live, always worrying about what others are thinking of us, or do we want to live a life that would make ourselves happy and proud?


Angkor Wat

As we made our way to Angkor Wat, bathed in the dim early-morning light, I thought: This is it. This is the reason why we came here in the first place – to experience the wondrous Temples of Angkor. Angkor Wat.

Waking up at 4AM and leaving the hotel at 5AM was totally worth it. Though we did not get the ideal sunrise, we managed to beat the crowds which started coming in hoards after 8AM.

I loved the freshness of the early morning air, the slanted sun’s rays through the ancient pillars, and just the general feeling of mystery and secrecy, while walking around the temple grounds, admiring stories and sights from long ago, hidden within the temple walls. If only all the temples we visited had remained like that – quiet and pensive, without tourists spoiling the atmosphere with camera clicks (ok I’m guilty of that too), extravagant poses, and louder-than-necessary voices.

I miss you, Angkor Wat, and if there was a reason why I’d want to visit Siem Reap again, it would be YOU!

Royal Palace of Phnom Penh

My day at the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh will always be remembered as a hot and sticky one, because I was not allowed to go in without purchasing an over-sized white shirt with sleeves, after finding out that shawls were not allowed, and I had no other clothing with me to cover my sleeveless arms.

Nevertheless, we were fortunate to get a rather detailed guide, making our tour around the palace more bearable.

Toto Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Cafe

One VERY good thing which came out of our initial accomodation fiasco was that our new hotel, though more run-down, was situated practically just next door to this amazing cafe – Toto Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Cafe.

We fell in love with the exterior immediately, and we were not disappointed when we stepped in.






The ice cream, pastries, tea, and on top of it all, the service of the staff  – was world-class and puts the standard at home to shame, really.

We enjoyed the food and ambiance of the place so much, we visited this cafe not just once, not twice, but THRICE, in the entire 2 and a half days we were in Phnom Penh. (Of course it helped that it was just next door to where we were staying 😉


Toto Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Cafe

75 Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh