#shonilyas · 30 by 30 · Bucket List · Places worth visiting · Travel · What to do during leave

30by30 watching a sunrise and a sunset on the same day and big props to my bf 

I’d hope that I begin this year on a good note, a happier note. Things have been going not-so-swimmingly and I think I could do better in handling myself sometimes. Otherwise a week or so has passed and I think 2016’s pace has already picked up 😦

This is a throwback post to something I think is so simple but I always take for granted– the sunrise and the sunset. I don’t take the time to watch the sun rise or set much because of the fixation I have with my crazy life. I used to be able to watch the sunrise from my kitchen window while drinking my morning tea or coffee (I can do both!) but of course on morning shift days, I have to leave earlier. Nowadays when the sunset hits my face, i — regrettably, get pissed off knowing it’s already nearing the end of the day and I’m probably stuck in traffic somewhere wanting to go home. 

My #30by30 experience may not all monumental ones but it means a lot to me to finally get down to do this. (Maybe I’ve said this before.) and of course I’ll remember my youth to be a pretty awesome one.

I experienced this one in Siem Reap, Cambodia. 🙂

I woke up in the wee hours of the morning (it was about 0300h) and met our wonderful guide Mr Pin Vannak who I still remember today as an extremely, extremely knowledgeable man. His guides are definitely not off the books. We had such a great time for all the days we were with him as the conversations we had weren’t only about the fun, touristy stuff but I won’t delve into it right now because I wish all my friends would go one day to see the real lives of the Cambodian people. Especially the children’s and why we shouldn’t cave in to buying from the kids. 😦 Long story short, I’d rather see the children in school than on the streets peddling. 

On a sidenote, I’m grateful that my boyfriend has taught me to speak to people from all walks of life. I’d say I’m pretty introverted whereas he is the social butterfly (I’m not kidding). But travelling with him around has made me keen to learn more about people. He is the only one who will suggest to our guide s/friends to see and learn about the locals. We’ve eaten what locals eat by the road side, at times the weird stuff, I’ve helped a Balinese lady make “rojak” to sell in front of her home and shared a bbq dinner with a couple while at a caravan park. I don’t think I could’ve done this out my own effort really. 

I know I’ve digressed a long way haha. Here’s my sunrise and sunset experience in Siem Reap

With the rest of the world in front of Angkor Wat, Angkor Archeological Site. 

For sunset watching, Mr Pin initially suggested an itinerary that brought us to another temple. I have to admit I was getting a bit of a temple fever from all the walking and temple visiting (it was a whole lot of walking for 3 days). So we went for a quieter emptier location 😊

A padi field in someone’s backyard 😂

While I was watching the sun go up and go down that day I thought about my heart. It beats all the time and I think of the disasters that could happen the moment it stops. 

Something else i take for granted is my beating heart. 


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