To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Friday, January 30, 2015

Oh Stop!

Before any reaction, it's a day more and January is over. Gosh, time really flies fast and this time, I'm kinda not liking it. Not that I'm getting older maybe it's because I am just unsure of what this year brings hahaha. I was pretty certain with things and I'm very accurate in implemeting time frames, but for now, I can't have anything to implement as there's no list to do hahaha.

Anyway, months from now will mark my decade here in Th. That is indeed looonnnggggg! I must have enjoyed my stay here or was detoured due to some circumstances.  2015, please be good to me, I don't know what you have ahead but I just trust you. :D

Two weeks ago, I had my first trip of the year. It took long for me to visit Angkor in Cambodia as it was stuck in my head that it was unsafe to visit the place. So, I never had it in my travel plans until I came across some documentaries on Angkor Wat.  And there, I decided to finally take the trip on my list months ago.

I love Angkor, I mean, not just Angkor Wat but all the temples of Angkor. I never expected it would be that huge! I knew the place was big but didn't realize how big it was until I got there. Loved the feeling as well being in Angkor. It was like time travel that I was on a journey hundreds of years ago, most specially of standing and walking in areas where used to be exclusive to the royals. Not that I desire to be one, it's just that it is beyond belief that an ancient megastucture is still present and reachable in this modern time.  

All in all, my travel was great, loved the silk farm visit of Angkor Artisan and I can guarantee that tuktuk drivers are great and yes, Cambodians speak English well..and yes, better than the Thais.

I just didn't like that Nattakan Bus I took. Going there from Bangkok was okay despite the whole day travel but taking the same bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok was a total nightmare!  Yes, bus that turned out to be a van as we were told the bus was under repair. It was a hassle changing from a van to the other plus that annoying stop we had at a dirty toilet which after use I was asked to pay about  2,000 Riel! I was irritated of course as it was the dirtiest I had and I wasn't told about it. It's one of the things that I really hate, when I am not told of things I am supposed to know! I felt so being tricked! The amount is not the issue, it is the act which is never acceptable.

Another instance, we were told to pull out our bags at the border and leave the things as they would take care of our things for us which we would see again right after the immigration. I had two shopping bags, but I opted to bring the other one with me despite the weight (imagine the hassle!). So to speak, the other bag I left which had my shopping of souvenirs such as coffees, crackers and more were GONE - LOST! I asked the person in charge for it and he just didn't know..I was really, really annoyed. To make the matter worst, we spent two hours and a half at the immigration so we finished the  stamps at half past two and we didn't even have any lunch! And to think, that supposedly bus trip that turned to van was more expensive. That ended my trip just the worst ever. Not of the destination but the means of going back. So if ever one has plans to visit Siem Reap from Thailand, better take the plane. Bus? NO, never..... just stop thinking about it.