Are there past mistakes weighing you down and blessings you failed to be grateful for? I have and thanks to these photos, I realized that it is time to forget the mistakes and remember the simple miracles.
Unlike in any other day…it was the best drink I had in my life.
Through the following photos, I hope to show how urbanization in some parts of Asia shape the lifestyle of its dwellers, from transportation to cultural preservation.
Rural scenes of Cambodia embrace the lone national highway. There are endless scenes of ricefields, water buffaloes, and small houses with ceramic bird figurines on their roofs. Few villages sit far apart from each other. Aside from the greenery, there are a lot of times that signs of life seem to be nowhere in sight. Greenery sprawls as far as the eyes can see. No buildings and few cars along the road; industrial mess has not yet tainted the pristine environment outside the city of Phnom Penh.
After 3 days in Siem Reap, I thought I’ll be able to breathe again the city air in Phnom Penh, but it turned out that I’m still in for more doses of archeological adventure.
Phnom Penh is not the usual city (at least based on the standards of someone who grew up in it). For a country that uses dollars and imposes less tax on imports resulting to an unbelievable frequency of luxurious 4x4s, such as Lexus, I see along the roads, there are no high-rise buildings (someone told me that the highest probably has 8 floors only; but projects for taller ones are on their way) no McDonalds and Starbucks, no airconditioned malls, and other mediocre signs of capitalism and globalization.
The vision of the Angkor Wat would satisfy any traveler’s thirst for discovery. I had to walk through a long dirt road embraced by huge bowing trees where locals hang out to sell souvenirs and perform Khmer songs. (This is not the main entrance to the Angkor though.) The grueling heat and dusty wind accompanied my tiresome trek. Then suddenly, the skies greeted me, the trees leaned back and the great Angkor Wat welcomed me with selflessness despite its magnificence.