“this is a holiday”

A colleague, who also happens to be a good friend of mine decided to take a 6 hour bus ride to Siem Reap for a 5 day holiday. We wanted to relax, hide away from the crowds and the busy-ness of the world and do nothing… and that is exactly what we are doing. 

I went to Angkor Wat this morning for the 2nd time in my life. Four years ago, I got the chance to go for Interim but honestly, I was too young to pay much attention to the history and the detailed carvings of it all. Four years later, walking around the different temples, memories of interim came back to me but most of all it was incredible to see the carvings and the rocks up close. It was also very nice to be able to walk around in my own pace, without rushing everywhere. 

Other than that, we have been eating, sleeping, napping, watching tv, using the internet, and walking around pub street. Oh wait, we played Wii last night with a few other couch surfers. Praise God for friends, and holidays.


It’s nice to be on holiday and relax but the last two weeks have also been one of the best. I met a whole group of new friends and got the chance to hang out with them every night for a week and a half. I felt incredibly relaxed being with the “lake side massive”. After the first day I met them, they took me in like one of their own crowd and reminded me not to be a stranger though I did not live at Lakeside. 

Last Friday was a rough day, one of my great new friends left Cambodia. I sent him off in the morning in the bus and I was a mess all day. We got to know each other unlike others within the span of two weeks. I didn’t have to worry about anything when we hung around each other, was able to talk about anything freely, its one of the best feelings one could have. Every day, I wish I was more selfish to convince him to stay for another month instead of encouraging him to move on with his travels so we could spend another great month together. But so goes life. 

With the friendship we have built, I’m sure we won’t lose touch and we will see each other soon. Whether soon means a few months or a few years.. Till then, I’m thinking about you and wishing you the best.

Published by Joanne Lam

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