Posted in Experience Cambodia

Bayon Temple

Look closely.

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How many faces are there?

Are you wondering how many?

There are more or less 200 faces facing all directions.

And that’s what makes this temple unique from all other beautiful temples in Angkor.  Let’s take a look at the faces closely.

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There are 2 expressions on those faces. There are smiling and serene faces. Either or, when you are here, it makes you feel like you’re being watched from all directions.          At first, it felt creepy coz everywhere you look there is that big face on a stone but as I explore more the temple. I found that very nice and calming feeling.  I don’t practice the religion (Buddhism) but here in Bayon Temple I felt so tranquil, too calm and peaceful. I can imagine coming here to sit and just listen to my inner self.  I don’t know if it’s because of the ancient feel of the place or what but I feel the holiness in this place. There is that very nice feeling of comfort. I can now see why this is the favorite temple of our tour guide. This is where he goes to pray and meditate. I remember him saying, “The faces makes me feel like they are listening to me and watching me”.  And I totally agree with him on that.

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This is how the temple looks from afar.  It is stunningly beautiful. I am so proud of the Khmers for they were able to preserve these beautiful temples . From late 12th century, these temples are still standing strong comforting not only the hearts of the Khmers but also the hearts of it’s visitors from all over the world.

 

A visit won’t be complete without that picture perfect idea with the favorite man of my heart.

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Take yours too. Experience Cambodia! Experience Bayon Temple.

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Posted in Experience USA

Faces of the Black Hills

Mount Rushmore -a dream come true for American Dreamers!

American Dreamers like myself.

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Growing up in a little province, I have always seen these four faces in the calendars, books and movies. Never did I expect that the day will come for me to stand right at the foot of their grounds.

I felt like I am in the same calendar I used to just see this picture. And that’s when you know, you just had a “dream come true”.

 

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View of Mount Rushmore from the helicopter.

Mount Rushmore was named after Charles E. Rushmore. The faces of the Great White Fathers  were sculpted by Gutzon Borglum with the help of his son Lincoln Borglum. There has been a lot of people behind the success of this national park. Learn about them here.

You might be wondering why these four presidents?

Don’t worry I wondered too.

The national park has an exhibit wherein I learned about how Mount Rushmore started. And from there I found out that the four presidents symbolize the principles of liberty and freedom. George Washington signifies the struggle for Independence and the birth of the Republic. Thomas Jefferson signifies the expansion of the country. Abraham Lincoln for the permanent union of the states and equality. And Theodore Roosevelt, the 20th role of the United States in world affairs. Read about them at Why these four presidents?

Not only was I able to set foot in Mount Rushmore, I was also able fly over it and see the whole of Black Hills from up above on a helicopter! (It was my first helicopter ride.)  So, that was another dream come true.

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As I have mentioned earlier, I am an American Dreamer. I was interested about the American history especially about the Native Americans. Imagine my fascination when I finally met one.

The struggle was real for this one quick photo and quick “Hello, I am from the Philippines” kind’f of thing. I had to chase him and I had no idea how he can walk so fast, it was hard to keep up with him even though I am already literally jogging through a flight of stairs.

 

So, that was my amazing Mount Rushmore experience. Three dreams came true in one of my dream places. I was the happiest that day. August 25, 2015 to be exact.

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Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Experience Singapore

The Garden City of Asia

 

SINGAPORE for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time all in the year 2016. You might be thinking it’s my favorite country because of the number of visits I did there for just one year. But Nope, it isn’t my favorite country BUT it is one of the most beautiful countries to visit in South East Asia aside from my homeland (The Philippines)  of course 😉  Continue reading “The Garden City of Asia”