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Flat Defeat of Siam (Siem Reap Expedition)

Vacation Mode ON!!!  I once dreamed of bringing my family to Greece to see the Parthenon.  I know this place isn’t halfway there and I still cannot afford to shoulder all expenses for a family of five to Greece; but for this alone, I am offering my 24th birthday to them.  4 years after our last voyage together, we found ourselves in a foreign land again.  This time, our first destination is CAMBODIA! =)  I want to travel the world with them (my parents not too old to touchdown and my brothers not too young not to appreciate the wonders).  Navigating on our own and exploring the unknown thus make the family bond stronger. These are priceless specifically the memories that will serve as souvenirs once we go back HOME.

Siem Reap International Airport – 6km, 15 minutes from town center.  Taxis and tuktuks can be hired at the ticket desk located just outside the terminal doors.  Taxis run U$D7 and tuktuks are U$D5 into town but most hotels offer free transportation from the airport (Source: Visitors Guide).

Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap province in northwestern Cambodia, and a popular resort town as the gateway to Angkor region. The name Siem Reap means the ‘Flat Defeat of Siam — and refers to the centuries-old conflict between the Siamese and Khmer peoples.  This name, according to an oral tradition, was given by King Ang Chan (1516-1566) as “Siem Reap”, meaning “the flat defeat of Siam” (Cambodians call Siam or Thailand “Siem”). It was because of Ang Chan’s victory against a Siamese invasion, slaying Prince Ong, and capturing no less than 10,000 Siamese troops. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siem_Reap

Skyscraper (The Twin Towers – Kuala Lumpur Expedition)

First impressions of Malaysia’s high-tech, fast growing capital, Kuala Lumpur, are likely to be of a vibrant and colourful modern metropolis with gleaming skyscrapers. The country is full of charm and beauty, and the rich cultural heritage is apparent both in its traditional village areas and in the commitment to religious plurality. The dominant cultural force is undoubtedly Islam, but the country’s diverse population of Malays, Chinese, Indians, and Borneo’s indigenous tribes has created a fabulous juxtaposition of mosques, temples, and churches, a panoply of festivals, and a wonderful mixtures of cuisines. Reference: The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget 

Soaring to a height of 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel. Majestic by day and dazzling at night, the PETRONAS Twin Towers is inspired by Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s vision for Malaysia to be a global player. Together with master architect Cesar Pelli, the international icon powerfully captures the nation’s ambitions and aspirations. Check this site for more insights: http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/

Petronas Towers at Day

Petronas Towers at Night

* Images posted were subjected to different light exposures and clarity. Same subject matter but expressed in different interpretations =)

How to go there?!
Flights from Cebu Pacific land at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT).

Upon arrival, we looked for the KLIA Transit Booth that’ll bring us to the city proper via bus and train, as this is the cheapest mode based on our research. It will cost you RM12.5 (around PhP160) one way, inclusive of the fare for the shuttle bus and train tickets. Upon purchase of ticket, you have to search for the shuttle bus bound to Salik Tinggi located in front of the Coffee Bean outside the terminal. From Salik Tinggi, there are only 3 stations away to KL Sentral. Enlarge the image for the bus and train schedules:

From KL Sentral, take the the Kelana Jaya Train (pink line) and it’ll cost you around RM1.6 bound to KLCC, Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, which is 5 stations away or approximately 20 minutes. As much as possible, be apprised of the destinations that are accessible via train as you can minimize your transportation expenses as opposed to riding cabs.

Terimah Kasih! =)

Hunger Games (Buntod Sandbar/ Reef Marine Sanctuary and Pawa Mangrove Park)

Whilst in Masbate, I’ve heard news regarding the aggressiveness of political candidates just to win over their SPOT in the upcoming election.  Unidentified men being rented as shooters for easy money of roughly PhP3K or more for every person they will kill (perhaps the business in politics). As early as March, there is already a line-up of the targeted candidates come campaign period. But is it really worth it? Lives being sacrificed just for political power? Yeah, I guess, but the question is how hungry they are to survive.

Much has been said but despite it all, do not fear Masbate! =) The province itself is rich in minerals, coconut plantations, and scenic spots.  With farming and fishing predominate as source of livelihood, people will definitely not starve.  And if you’re planning one of your trips in the city, better check this site for additional insights: http://www.masbatecity.com/.

Cebu Pacific, Air Philippine Express, and Zest Air offer flights directly to Masbate Airport.  We had our reservations with Greenview Hotel which is about 5 to 10 minutes away from the airport.

Sunday came and probably my rest day, when I received a surprise visit from my former colleague, RM.

We instantly searched the net for a day trip in Masbate and luckily we found one. Buntod Sandbar and Reef Marine Sanctuary is being maintained by Samahang Mangingisda ng Puro Sinalikway (SAMAPUSI) established by the local fishermen.

From Greenview, we rode a tricycle worth PhP9 to Rendezvous Hotel (5 minutes the most) since they were the ones who looked for our boat ride. Just text Sir Cokie Medina, hotel owner: 0905-327-2778 for boat arrangements, but you can communicate directly with Sir Romeo C. Soria Jr., SAMAPUSI President.

Contact #: Smart 0907-454-2004/ Globe 0926-750-4114

Email Add: SAMAPUSI@yahoo.com

P500 round trip (good for 2-4 persons for a 10-minute ride) is the fixed price set by the association for the maintenance and preservation of the sanctuary.  Good thing about them is that they do not overcharge prices.

After taking a peek on the islet, try Snorkelling for only PhP30!!! Inclusive of life vest, mask, and flippers. The first time I enjoyed this activity the fact that one of the association’s policies is 2 guests: 1 guide ratio.

The next destination was Pawa Mangrove Park with a 1.3-kilometer wooden bridge that connects Barangay Pawa and Sitio Daang Lungsod. There are pit stops of huts along the walk where you could rest and sleep your afternoon blues.