Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Solo in Siem Reap: Day 4

Day 4 of my solo backpacking trip to Siem Reap! Also, this is the last set for my temple visits.  
For this day, my Cambodia-based relative Rowena and her Khmer friend Phollin drove me all the way to Koh Ker, a temple in the countryside about two hours away from the city. Unlike the temples in Angkor complex, Koh Ker is less famous and definitely less crowded as only few take the time to travel this far. In fact, it was also Rowena and Phollin's first time to visit Koh Ker - and we even lost our way a couple of times. Haha!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Understanding the Philippine's Power Supply Chain, at bakit wala kaming kuryente eh hindi naman binagyo ang poste sa tapat ng bahay namin

I know the lack of electricity for the past days can be very inconvenient for those of you whose lives seemingly depend on your gadgets, appliances and social media presence, but as much as I would like to respect your right to complain as paying consumers (and tolerate this human technological dependence), I cannot stand to keep my silence as you go on expressing your unenlightened and uninformed criticisms in anger. It pains me to read comments like these on Social Media:

It pains me not because they are true but because it’s sad how so many do not understand (and refuse to understand) how the power supply chain works. What is even more frustrating is, the less people know where electricity essentially comes from, the more they condemn the system. Doesn’t that make your criticisms and rants invalid?

Having witnessed the recent surge of consumer anger toward Distribution Utilities (such as Meralco and Local Electric Coops) due to the power outage caused by typhoon Glenda, I am making it my personal mission to enlighten and educate everyone about the basics of our country's power supply chain – in an attempt to address complaints. 

Many have attempted to explain it through various mediums but the masses (even the elites) seem to still have not picked it up – maybe because it’s hard to understand or they refuse to understand, I don’t know. I’ve been a basher and hater in the past as well, but after working in the power industry for the past months and trying to understand the system, I now know better than to complain and post angry unenlightened comments (like, p*tangina mo Meralco ibalik mo kuryente namin!) on cyberspace.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Solo in Siem Reap: Day 3

Note: This post should be able to answer the most recent recurring question in my inbox, "If you were solo backpacking/traveling alone, how the hell did you take all those self-portraits?!"
On my third day in Siem Reap, I decided to visit Banteay Srei, a 1.5-2 hr drive from Angkor Wat, first thing in the morning. I hired a tuk-tuk driver to pick me up from my hotel at 6:00 AM and bring me to every temple I point in my map for $40. 
All alone with only a map in my hand and the tuk-tuk driver who can barely understand English, I set forth to Banteay Srei passing by several Cambodian villages, monks walking barefoot on the sidewalk and friendly Khmers - mostly children biking to school or parents bidding farewell to their children.
The tuk-tuk driver wasted no time in taking me to Banteay Srei, making the journey swift despite the long road. The soil is deep orange, a lovely contrast to the green that surrounds it. 
I planned to get some sleep on the way but the unfiltered 360-degree view of Cambodia's countryside and the cold wind of the morning brushing against my bare skin kept me awake (with a slight headache) the entire travel. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

The truth behind the squares

My life (this month), according to Instagram. :p
I've found my new go-to pick-me-upper (next to The Catcher in the Rye), in David Levithan's The Lover's Dictionary. You had me at the first sentence, David.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Solo in Siem Reap: Angkor Wat

I FINALLY finished filtering and processing the rest of my Day 2 photos in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which leaves me with 3 days and 1,500 more shots to go. :x