Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Siem Reap Trip #2

.... Continued ....

2009 Feb 10 - Noon - Everyone was getting tired. We only managed to visit Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Terrace of Elephant, Terrace of Leper King (from far) and Prasat Suor Prat. Map of the Angkor Thom is available from this link. While waiting for the van to pick us up at the road side, we snapped a few more photos of Yong Shuan.

2009 Feb 10 - Lunch - The driver recommended another place named Khmer Family Restaurant which located within the Angkor Archeological Park for our lunch. We had Khmer Soup, Fried Rice, Pork Rib, Fried Glass Noodles etc. Again, we were too hungry, no photo on the food.

2009 Feb 10 - Noon - The temple visit journey continued to Ta Phrom, the very famous place for the shooting of "Tomb Rider" staring Angelina Jolie.

2009 Feb 10 - Noon - After Ta Phrom, we headed back to Siem Reap City, on our way home, we stopped by to snap more photos or Pre Rup - another ancient Hindu temple. We packed some french bread from the Blue Pumpkin and rest in the hotel.

2009 Feb 11 - Morning - We had breakfast in hotel, then we headed north of Siem Reap to visit another famous temple - Banteay Srei. This place is famous for its unique and well preserve craving on the whole building. All the craving on the wall are extremely clear even though it has passed through more than 1000 years of natural erosion. Since this is somewhere 30km north of Siem Reap, we had the chance to see the lifesytle of Cambodian people on our way there. Following are some of the photos taken from our van window.

Banteay Srei

On way back, we stopped by to buy some palm tree sweets and souvenirs.

We visited to the Mine Museum, where they exhibit all the different land mines used during the war time in Cambodia.

According to one friend's itinerary, he stopped by this Miniature Angkor Wat, we followed and discovered a different version of Angkor Wat and a few other famous building.

Took group photo in front of the hotel.

2009 Feb 12 - This is the free & easy day for our Siem Reap trip, we rest and relax in the hotel room for the morning session. Van service was ordered to send us to city around 1pm and pick us back around 7pm. We went to one of the famous Cambodia BBQ, old market for more souvenir shopping etc.

Yong Shuan pretended as he knows how to read the menu.

2009 Feb 13 - Early breakfast in hotel then check-out and get ready to fly back to KL.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Siem Reap Trip #1

Yong Shuan's first family trip with Grandpa Grandma Tan was to Siem Reap, Cambodia. We booked the Air Asia ticket 6 months ago, and yes we were charged with fuel surcharge ... Grrgghhh.... Since we were travelling with infant and elderly, I emailed the driver/tour guide and told him I need a light and easy vacation. Thanks to all friends who shared their itineraries and advises. Though we never finish all the temples, we had a fruitful trip, like my sis Audrey said, most of all we love the "family" get together. We took alot of nice photos and I told SW I wish my next birthday gift is one SLR camera.

2009 Feb 09 - Landed Siem Reap International Airport
Yong Shuan played with his cap in the hotel lobby. We stayed at the
Empress Angkor Hotel.

2009 Feb 09 Noon - We visited the Silk Farm. The following two photos were taken while the guide explained the process from the begining of worm breeding to the final step of making the silk scaft. Amazing journey...

2009 Feb 09 -Lunch at local Khmer Restaurant recommended by the driver.
( Sorry .. Since we were too tired and hungry, we hardly take picture during the meal time )
We had Amok (Fish/Chicken cook in coconut milk and served in the coconut), Khmer spring rolls, Sliced Pork stir fried with Basil Leaves, Tom Yam Soup etc.

2009 Feb 09 - After lunch, we headed to Stone and Wood Craving Centre, actually these two silk farm and craving centres are run by the same organization, it is called the
Artisan d'Angkor. We went back to the same place the following day to shop for the stone craving and silk, as we could not find any similar quality one from the Old Market.

2009 Feb 09 Evening - We went to the ticket booth to buy the Entry Passes to the Angkor Archaeological Pack. They allowed free access to see the sunset inside the Angkor Wat on that day itself if you buy the ticket for the following day. We managed to snap some nice photos.

2009 Feb 10 - 5am - Myself and hubby woke up early and we went to the
Angkor Wat to see the sunrise. We left Yong Shun with grandma and grandpa in the hotel. It was truly amazing to see the sunrise in Angkor Wat and the temples as background in our photo. We then went into the temple with our Tour Guide - Mr. Phranna. (I hope I spell his name correctly). He brought us one round the Angkor Wat and explained the bas relief in each galleries.

2009 Feb 10 - Morning - We went back to hotel for our breakfast and to pick up Yong Shuan and the rest. We then visited to few more temples within the
Angkor Thom area. Among them, I would have to say Bayon is the most fascinating one.

We enjoyed this trip, simply because when we like to climb to higher spot to snap good photo, Grandpa was helping to "jaga" & entertain Yong Shuan for us. When we were tired, everyone else has helped to carry, to push the stroller for us. Surprised us Yong Shuan walked alot during the whole trip, we brought the stroller and it was only used when he fall sleep during his afternoon nap.

.... to be continued ....

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Our recent KL Trip

Not long ago, both of us went to KL for one day trip to meet with friends and my sis - Audrey. We had the chance to shop around Midvalley and found this Nyonya place. They served Nyonya Kuehs and dishes. As I am not fan of sweet food, we ordered two Angkoo and the Otak-otak to try the taste. By the way, we paid RM 0.90 for the "small" Angkoo Kueh's sized just like Malauysia 50cent coin.

Pictures of YS at 17th Month

This was taken during charity dinner with Aunt Audrey ...
it was just few days after we landed Malaysia.

Family photo with Yong Shuan's cousin - Yun Hao

YS's first time to IPOH train station, Yeh-Yeh Nai-Nai took the train to Singapore.

Everyday activity of Yong Shuan is to switch on and off the amplifier & the DVD player.