Sunday, July 16, 2017

Theater Review: Virgin Labfest 13: Wagas, A Showcase of Purely Brilliant Plays

What made the stage plays in the Virgin Labfest 13: Wagas true to its theme, “wagas” (pure)? Well, all of them were purely brilliant!

SET A

The SET A of the Virgin Labfest 13 – Rick Patriarca’s “Birdcage” (directed by Ian Segarra), Eljay Castro Deldoc’s “Pilipinas Kong Mahal With All The Overcoat” (directed by Roobak Valle and Tuxqs Rutaquio), and Dr. Oggie Arcenas’s “Loveteam” (directed by Michael Williams) – brought a lot of realizations to the audience.

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Set A posters

“Birdcage” was the perfect play for those who have been constantly questioning their dreams. The play reassured the audience that dreams do not die, they just change due to changes in priorities. Birdcage was the most relatable play among all the entries this year. It should not only be revisited for next year but should be restaged in other venues for everyone to see.

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With Rick Patriarca, playwright of "Birdcage"

“How far does one go in the name of money? ” was the question raised in the second play “Pilipinas Kong Mahal With All The Overcoat”. Another hysterically entertaining play from one of the country’s best young playwrights, this play ridiculed our “love” towards fake news and historical revisionism.

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“Pilipinas Kong Mahal With All The Overcoat”, Cast, Director and Playwright

The last play, “Loveteam” left the message that we fall in love in the person, not in his or her gender. Featuring two of Filipino theater’s good looking actors, “Loveteam” never failed to make the audience scream in romantic excitement.

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"Loveteam", Cast, Director, and Playwright

SET B

If a play is not bold enough, then it’s not for Virgin Labfest. The three plays in SET B, which included “Boses Ng Masa” (written by Joshua Lim So, directed by Guelan Luarca), “Ang Mga Puyong” (written by Ryan Machado, directed by Ricardo Magno), and “Hindi Ako Si Darna” (co-written by Maynard Manansala and UZ Eliserio, directed by Andoy Ranay), proved that the audience of VLF plays should be prepared to be shocked.

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Set B and Set C posters

The first play, “Boses Ng Masa” tackled the dilemma of a political campaign officer on whether or not he would release the sex video involving the son of a corrupt politician in order to ensure the victory of his own candidate. One would question, “what sacrifices should be made to promote the greater good?” The audience should brace themselves for the play’s numerous “what the f*” moments. 

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"Boses ng Masa" Actors

Meanwhile, SET B further intensified the shock factor with “Ang Mga Puyong”, a play which unraveled the secrets (every three minutes or less!) of two adolescent boys (who were about to be circumcised) as they talked about life, friendship, and sexuality, among others. At the end of the show, the audience would be asking, “what else to be revealed?!”

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"Ang Mga Puyong" Cast, Director, Plyawright

Finally, the set closed with the highly entertaining “Hindi Ako Si Darna”, which was about the Pinay superhero “Darna” who, in the story, was already old. With star-studded cast led by Tetchie Agbayani (Darna) and John Lapus (Valentina), this play was a reminder that our capacity to be “heroes to others” should not be limited by our age, by other body shape, or any by handicap that we could think of. After watching “Hindi Ako Si Darna”, the audience would definitely leave the theater smiling.


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"Hindi Ako Si Darna" Cast


SET C

How does one find happiness? The plays in SET C, which included “Si Dr. Dolly Dalisay At Ang Mga Ladybugs” (written by Layeta Pinzon Bucoy and directed by Jonathan Tad Tadioan), “Ang Bata Sa Bus Stop” (written by Sari Saysay and directed by Topper Fabregas), and “Dear and Unhappy” (written by Carlo Vergara and directed by Ricky Villabona), showed us the ways how.

In the first play, “Si Dr. Dolly Dalisay At Ang Mga Ladybugs”, happiness was about “finding one's self-worth”. Another masterpiece from a multi-awarded playwright, the play depicted the mother-daughter relationship of Leticia (a contractual technician) and Dr. Dolly Dalisay (an enthomologist) and the insecurities that weakened their bond. Like her previous VLF entries, “Si Dr. Dolly Dalisay At Ang Mga Ladybugs” would surprise the audience with its twist at the end of the play.

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"Si Dr. Dolly Dalisay At Ang Mga Ladybugs" Cast, Director, and Playwight

The second play, meanwhile, “Ang Bata Sa Bus Stop” reminded the audience that “happiness means living the life you wanted”. The story was about a priest who gave up priesthood and met a seven-year old kid at a bus stop. The two talked to each other and as their conversation about life progressed, they realized that they knew each other.

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"Ang Bata Sa Bus Stop" Cast and Director

The set ended with “Dear and Unhappy”, a play that emphasized that “happiness is standing by what you believe is right.” Featuring Cris Villonco and Bernardo Bernardo, this play was a speculative/historical-fiction that could earn its spot in the lineup of revisited plays next year. If there would be a best actress award for this season, that accolade should be given to Cris Villonco who was able to sustain her British accent all throughout the play (find out who her interesting character is!)

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"Dear and Unhappy" Cast and Playwright

SET D

It is your DECISION that shapes your fate. This was my takeaway from Virgin Labfest Set D, featuring the plays “Sincerity Bikers Club” (written by Adrian Ho, directed by Jenny Jamora ), “Ang Bahay Sa Gitna Ng Kawalan” (written by Eliza Victoria, directed by George B. de Jesus III), and “Nothing But Dreams” (written by Dingdong Novenario, directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna).
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Set D ticket

“Sincerity Bikers Club” was about a small group of bikers who needed to decide whether to accept a new member whose husband was killed in a “Tokhang” operation. A timely, heartwarming piece, this play presented both the pros and cons of the conflicting sides, yet, concluded in way that would restore one’s faith in humanity.
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"Sincerity Bikers Club" Cast, Director, and Playwright

“Ang Bahay Sa Gitna Ng Kawalan” was about the cycle of revenge and how the protagonist decided to break this cycle. This was an interesting play, yet, challenging to stage because the genre was horror/suspense (or rather, horror/suspense-comedy); but with great direction and a powerhouse cast, this play would not disappoint.

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"Ang Bahay Sa Gitna Ng Kawalan" Cast, Director, and Playwright

“Nothing But Dreams” was a story of a husband and wife who welcomed their “balikbayan” daughter who brought from the US her “black” American boyfriend. Although the guy was the very opposite of the “white” foreigner boyfriend that her parents expected her to have, the daughter decided to choose what her heart desired. This hilarious play questioned our famous Filipino hospitality and made us realize that we are, in fact, discriminating in terms of how we treat other races (i.e. “whites” are superior than “blacks”).

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"Nothing But Dreams" Cast and Director

SET E (REVISITED)
The Virgin Labfest SET E (Revisited) made the audience feel the pain of the women characters in the plays “Ang Sugilanon Ng Mga Kabiguan Ni Epefania” (written by May Cardoso, directed by Charles Yee), “Ang Bata Sa Drum” (written by Dominique La Victoria, directed by Dudz Terana), and “Mula sa Kulimliman” (written by Carlo Vergara, directed by Hazel Gutierrez), and proved why they deserved to be revisited this year.

“Ang Sugilanon Ng Mga Kabiguan Ni Epefania” told the tragic story of Epefania and what she did just to be loved by Bambangin, the handsomest boy in town. Narrated by a group of drunken men in Negros, this “kwentuhang lasing” was a magically entertaining play that never failed to leave the audience teary-eyed.
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“Ang Sugilanon Ng Mga Kabiguan Ni Epefania” Cast




“Ang Bata Sa Drum”, meanwhile, was a heartbreaking dialogue between a girl and her younger brother who never wanted to go out of the drum, which he ironically considered to be a better (and safer place) compared to the world outside of it. Despite using a regional language, the play was able to surface the agony of the siblings through their conversation.

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"Ang Bata Sa Drum" Cast

“Mula Sa Kulimliman”, lastly, was a speculative play that one would want to see over and over again, not only because of the thrilling, well-crafted story by Vergara, but also because of the talented actors, particularly Mayen Estanero who played the role of the mom. I felt her frustration over the “absurdity” of the events that involved her husband (played by Tadioan, another actor whom I love seeing on stage) and her son. With its comic timing, the ensemble brought the house down.

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"Mula sa Kulimliman" Cast

We want to see more plays like these! The Philippine theater is definitely alive!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Trip to The Zoos in Tagaytay: Paradizoo and Zoori


I have been to Tagaytay a million times already because our house in Lancaster New City is just less than an hour drive from the this popular destination south of Metro Manila. However, it’s just recently that I discovered that there are zoos in Tagaytay, Paradizoo and Zoori! Because my three-year old niece loves animals very much, we decided to visit these zoos on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day 2017, respectively.

PARADIZOO

Paradizoo is a farm in Mendez, Cavite that serves as a haven for various species of flora and fauna. Farm animals such as cows, carabaos, goats, sheep, pigs, ducks, and chickens, among others, are present in Paradizoo. What my niece enjoyed during our visit was feeding the camels with grasses and stalks. Another attraction that made her excited was the butterfly garden.

Paradizoo Zoo in Tagaytay
At the Paradizoo Entrance Marker


Paradizoo Zoo in Tagaytay
Alpha feeds the camel

What makes Paradizoo a natural paradise is the different kinds of gardens, such as vegetable gardens, orchidarium, and eclectic gardens, among others. We also saw the best practices in farming being implemented in Paradizoo.

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Garden in Paradizoo

Paradizoo Zoo in Tagaytay
Butterfly haven

Paradizoo also offers amenities for events as it has a wedding pavilion, a restaurant, and room accommodations (although, I do not prefer to sleep there because the roosters would have to cut your sleep short!)

Paradizoo Zoo in Tagaytay
Paradizoo Cafe

The entrance fees in Paradizoo are Php 249 (adult) and Php 190 (kids 3ft. to 4 ft.).

ZOORI

Located along Nasugbu-Tagaytay Highway, Zoori (Zoo at Residence Inn), boasts not only of the variety of animals it houses (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and arachnids, to name a few), but also of the other attractions inside.
Zoori Zoo in Tagaytay
At the Zoori Entrance Marker

Zoori Zoo in Tagaytay
Horses


Zoori presents a room full of aquarium with different kinds of fishes, reptiles, and arachnids, as if you are in a miniature version of Manila Ocean Park.

Zoori Zoo in Tagaytay
Snakes 



Zoori Zoo in Tagaytay
Fishes

Zoori Zoo in Tagaytay
Arachnids and exotic animals

Zoori Zoo in Tagaytay
Cockroaches!


It also has cages where birds are kept. Some of the birds were displayed out of the cages for photo-op. My niece was able to take picture with her favorite bird, the owl (which she calls “owlie”).

Zoori Zoo in Tagaytay
Alpha and Owlie

But what thrilled her was seeing tigers and lions and hearing them roar!

Zoori Zoo in Tagaytay
Tiger in Zoori

Among Zoori’s other attractions are the cable car and zip line, restaurants, and playground. There are souvenir shops and a restaurant inside. On scheduled slots, a show featuring an animal is being held. During our visit, we watched a black potbelly big creating an artwork!

Zoori Zoo in Tagaytay
Plants for sale


Zoori Zoo in Tagaytay
Pot belly big show

The entrance fees in Zoori are Php 249 (adult) and Php 190 (kids 3ft. to 4 ft.).


Tagaytay City’s landscape changes by the minute. Truly, there are more to explore.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Our Fabulous Do-It-Your-Own Tri-country Trip (Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam) - Part 3

When we were in high school, the farthest place that we had been to was in Calamba, Laguna, Jose Rizal’s hometown, during one of our field trips. Being in a public school, we thought that field trips were a luxury. Back then, we could not afford to have leisure travels unlike the teens of our age who were born with silver spoon. Yet, almost 15 years after, here we are, setting our feet on foreign grounds to reward ourselves for not giving up on our dreams. On March 29-April 4, 2017, I and my high school best friends traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam to experience the surprises that these lovely countries had to offer. It was a trip that definitely strengthened our friendship.
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April 2, 2017. Millionaires in Vietnam.

                We checked out at 10pm the night before and left Siem Reap via a sleeper bus around 11pm. It was my first time to ride in a sleeper bus, where your seat was actually a bed so you could comfortably sleep! We traveled for six hours and reached Phom Penh at 530am. We waited for another 2 hours for the van and tuktuk that would transfer us to the bus that would bring us to Vietnam.

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Sleeper bus going to Phnom Penh

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Bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh

                There were free bottled water inside the bus! We traveled for how many hours until we reached the boundary of Vietnam and Cambodia where we had to get off the bus, pass through the immigration, and return to the same bus. We reached Ho Chi Minh at 245pm and looked for the taxi that would bring us to Vung Tau. The challenge of being in Vietnam was the language. Compared to Thailand and Cambodia where people spoke English quite fluently, conversing with Vietnamese (particularly with those whom we met) was like being in a game of charades!


                From Ho Chi Minh, we traveled to Vung Tau for an hour and a half, without traffic which cost us one million dong ($65). Yes, we’re millionaires in Vietnam! We stayed in Romelies Hotel, a 3-star hotel facing the Vung Tau Beach. We booked a family room with 3 queen sized beds and 2 toilet and baths! We exchanged our Dollars to Dongs with the hotel receptionist, who, thank God, can speak English! The exchange rate was $1 = 2,200 Dongs. So for $10 (or Php 500) I had 220,000 Dong!

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Millionaire in Vietnam!

                We ate at a hole in thewall eatery beside our hotel hoping that the food there would be cheaper than the other well-kept restaurants. Because of the language barrier, the foods that were served to us were different from what we ordered! More than that, when we surveyed other nearby restaurants, their prices were a lot cheaper!

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                At night, we planned to go to a night market. The hotel receptionist told us that we just needed to walk for 15 minutes and we would reach the “night market”. Walking for almost 30 minutes, we did not find any night market! Only a mall that’s open at night, the Imperial Mall. She was probably referring to that!

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The Imperial Plaza, Vung Tau, Vietnam

                We stopped over at Rainbow Yogurt, a yogurt house, and played “Pinoy Henyo”, before we went back to our hotel. We would enjoy the beach the next day!


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At Rainbow Yogurt, Vung Tau, Vietnam

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Playtime at Rainbow Yogurt, Vung Tau, Vietnam

 April 3, 2017. Vung Tau Beach/B*tch.

                The reason why we went to Vung Tau, which was an hour and a half drive from Ho Chi Minh was the beach! Situated along the highway (imagine Manila Bay), it was not as good as the beach in the Philippines. But my girlfriends wanted to flaunt their sexy bodies, so we went there!

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Vung Tau Beach, Vietnam


                Prior to hitting the beach across the hotel, we had our buffet breakfast. We felt so deprived the past few days so we devoured everything that we could! The buffet breakfast in Romelies, I should say, was the best among all the hotels we’d been to!

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Breakfast at last!

                At the beach, we had our usual photoshoot! And man, the people were staring at the bodies of my friends!

                Afterwards, we continued swimming at the swimming pool of Romelies Hotel for about an hour before we prepared for checking out.

                We were driven back to Ho Chi Minh and stayed at 4 Boys, a backpackers’ Inn. The rate was very cheap, around less than a thousand pesos. It’s where we kept our bags and luggages while we went for shopping. Aside from Thailand, Vietnam, I supposed, was another best place to shop! At Saigon Center, I was able to buy a leather laptop bag (Mont Blanc) for less than Php 3,000! Tita Chato, Karen, and Harold, shopped ‘til they dropped! There’s a Nothface bag that I wanted to buy, but was not able to because I was short of money! If somebody I know would go to Vietnam, I’d ask him or her to buy me that bag! Or, I’d probably go back to Vietnam just to shop!

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4 Boys Backpackers Inn

                When we’re done shopping, we found this delicious rice cake along the street. The vendor, upon giving us our orders and receiving our payment, quickly ran away. Perhaps, peddling was prohibited where he previously stayed.

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Yummy rice cakes!


                We packed our things, had our dinner, and got ready to go to the airport. I wasn’t able to buy Starbucks tumbler in Cambodia and Vietnam. In Cambodia, there were only three Starbucks branches and were unable to visit them. In Vietnam, there were only three branches as well and these were not as hit as the other coffee shops in the country. After all, local Vietnamese coffee were far better than Starbucks.


                This trip was indeed, one for the books. While we’re the same high school students at heart, we’re now realizing our dreams together. In the next years, we would continue traveling the world. 

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CEZ SHARES HER EXPERIENCE IN VIETNAM:


1.)    What is your best experience in Vietnam?

It wasn’t exactly in Vietnam, but the best experience for me was taking the sleeper bus going to Vietnam. I just thought it was so cool! It was a unique experience for sure! It was really long and tiring but I conside it one of the highlights of our trip.

2.)    What is your worst experience in Vietnam?

I wouldn’t say worst but the language barrier was a little tough.

3.)    What is your tip to first time visitors of Vietnam?

Be prepared for the language barrier, but at the same time, have fun! Enjoy the street food (pho soup is a must, of course!) and the shopping!

4.)    Anything you want to say/add?

Do your research before going anywhere. But if it turns out to be not what you expected it to be, still make the most out of it and enjoy the experience. I would love to go back and enjoy yhe rest of the beaches and other beautiful destinations Vietnam has to offer.

5.)    What is your next dream country/destination you want to tour with your friends?

OMG. Europe, please! Or Latin America!


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Cez at the beach!

Read Part 1 and Part 2 here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Our Fabulous Do-It-Your-Own Tri-country Trip (Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam) - Part 2


When we were in high school, the farthest place that we had been to was in Calamba, Laguna, Jose Rizal’s hometown, during one of our field trips. Being in a public school, we thought that field trips were a luxury. Back then, we could not afford to have leisure travels unlike the teens of our age who were born with silver spoon. Yet, almost 15 years after, here we are, setting our feet on foreign grounds to reward ourselves for not giving up on our dreams. On March 29-April 4, 2017, I and my high school best friends traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam to experience the surprises that these lovely countries had to offer. It was a trip that definitely strengthened our friendship.

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March 31, 2017. Come home to Cambodia!

             We had our last buffet breakfast in the hotel and prepared for check out. We went to the swimming pool at the roof deck and had a quick photoshoot until around 10am. The cityscape was a perfect background for the shoot! I really thought though that the view was better at night.

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Photoshoot at the roofdeck of Grand Sathorn Hotel before we leave


                 We left the hotel at 11am and reached Dong Meung Airport at 12nn. We left for Siem Reap via AirAsia at 150pm and landed in Siem Reap Airport in Camboadia at 230pm. Siem Reap Airport was a lot smaller and simpler  compared to the that of Thailand’s. If you’ve been to Aklan Airport, it’s quite similar to that except that Siem Reap Airport was a lot cleaner. Upon arrival, we were greeted with welcome drinks since it was #SmilingDay. From the airport, we were transported by the hotel shuttle to Royal Crown Hotel. The scenery was very different from Bangkok’s. Siem Reap reminded me of the provinces I visited in the Philippines. Their tuktuk looked different as well compared to Thailand’s tuktuk.


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Siem Reap International Airport


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Bayon Face at Siem Reap International Airport

    
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#SmilingDay at Siem Reap International Airport


              Upon reaching Royal Crown Hotel, we were welcomed by the polite and helpful hotel crew, who were mostly males. From them, we learned the words “susaday” (hello) and “akun” (thank you).


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Hotel shuttle
    
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Royal Crown Hotel

           
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Royal Crown Hotel Interior


               Royal Crown Hotel was a clean and comfortable hotel, as well, so we rested until around 5pm. Moreover, the hotel was conveniently located near the market. Thus, after having our afternoon rest, we went to the night market! The night market was very organized as the stores were zoned according to the products that were being sold – clothes, home decorations, art pieces, and paintings, among others. I bought a painting of a family of elephants on white canvas for 200 baht.  We also bought clothes for $1 each from a Turkish guy selling along the street! It’s a good deal already since the same clothes were being sold at $2 or higher inside the market! I bought four items which I would give as pasalubong.

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Night market at Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Awesome artworks at Siem Reap Night Market

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Affordable t-shirts at $1 each

                 Finally, we had our street food dinner composed of fried noodles, spring rolls, and fried rice, for only $1 per serving! That’s how to eat on a budget!



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Streetfood at Siem Reap Night Market

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Eating at Siem Reap Night Market

April 1, 2017. The Temple Run.

             It’s April Fool’s Day but for us, it’s Temple Run Day as we were about to explore Angkor Wat (“Capital Temple”)! Back in high school, we just read about this Temple, considered as the largest religious monument in the world. Angkor Wat, is Cambodia’s most famous symbol, appearing in its flag and its primary tourist attraction.

             We woke up at around 5am because we want to witness the sunrise in Angkor Wat. The night before, we already asked the hotel to have our breakfast packed since we would just eat along the road. To our surprise, the stryropack only contained breads, butter and jam!

           We waited outside Angkor Wat complex, hoping for the sun to come out. It took an hour or more, but we did not see the sun rising! It was April Fool’s Day, indeed! Worse, it started to drizzle and we did not bring any umbrella!

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Since the sun did not show up...we just had fun!

           We decided to just proceed with the tour of the temples. We were amazed both by the ruins, the architecture, and the whole story that went with all the stones in the temple.

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Angkot Wat, Cambodia

         

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Who's got the best pose?


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Me, with Angkot Wat as my background


           We met Cambodian kids and and adults who spoke Tagalog! According to them, their teachers were Filipinos and they were the ones teaching them the language. Well, it was working for them since there were many Filipino tourists in Cambodia! We bought souvenir items from them and even had our brunch in one of the eateries owned by Ana (the lady who helped us took good photos and taught us how to utilize the panoramic option in our cameras!) The foods were quite pricey. For example, the fried rice cost $5, which could be bought for only $1 outside (where we ate the night before). Also, one of our realizations in this trip was that drinking water was very important! They did not have house water, so one needed to buy bottled water every time!


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Having our brunch at Ana's Stall, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

          Apart from Angkor Wat, we also visited other nearby temples and Tomb Raider’s tree. If you’re the type of tourist who love temples and ruins, Cambodia is the place to be. However, if you want variety, you might want to consider other destinations as the temples were quite similar from each other.

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Cez posing beside Cambodian tuktuk

           
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Going down the dungeons!

            We went home and took a dip in the hotel’s swimming pool. By 10pm we needed to check out as we were leaving for our next destination: Vietnam!

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KAREN SHARES HER EXPERIENCE IN CAMBODIA:

1.)    What is your best experience in Cambodia?

The best experience that I had was visiting Angkor Wat. It felt surreal. I only read and saw picture of in history books before and now I got the chance to be there. I see perfection in the ruins.

I also love our experience travelling in a sleeper bus. I wish we had that in the Philippines!

2.)    What is your worst experience in Cambodia?

Aside from the language barrier, everything was fine. Locals were friendly and accommodating.

3.)    What is your tip to first time visitors of Cambodia?

My tip would be this: if you are visiting Asian countries, be a local. Act and look like one because it is an advantage!

4.)    Anything you want to say/add?

It is always the best to travel with your “bestest” friends!

5.)    What is your next dream country/destination you want to tour with your friends?


I want us to travel in Japan. I’ve been there before and I had a wonderful experience, so I want it to experience it with my best friends. This time, I want us to travel in Osaka and Kyoto. You’ll experience the old and true Japan in those cities.

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Karen in Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Read Part 1 and Part 3 here.