The test of time

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  • I’m in the Angkor region of Cambodia, famous for its incredible temples that date back to the 12th century. Todays picture shows the Bayon temple, the first temple in the region that I visited.

    The Bayon temple is made up of several towers that covered in numerous large stone faces. As I walked among the ruins I marvelled at how such an awesome building would have been constructed back in the 12th century.

    I’ve seen a number of beautiful temples in Asia, but to walk among these sprawling temples that have survived the rigors of time, weather, and wars both ancient and modern, is really an amazing experience that is hard to convey in words, let alone a single photograph.

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      • They’re well worth it for sure. I would have liked to have gotten a moped and spent a few days really exploring them and revisiting them at different times for different lights, but sadly we had to push on.

    1. hi Simon,

      What a coincidence that you’re in Cambodia now! I was just talking to someone in the office today as he’s planning a trip to Cambodia, & was asking for suggestions as I had been there myself a few years ago.

      I have very fond memories of the Kingdom – of my first day at Angkor & bursting into tears as I was extremely disturbed by the sight of young children having to work by selling tourist trinkets; of my stay at the Earthwalkers Inn run by a group of really cool Norwegian people.

      So you were in Singapore recently! I picked up one of your business cards (in a cafe somewhere) & that’s how I stumbled upon your website. I think it’s gorgeous, & I’m really impressed with how you’re managing to do all this on an obviously limited budget!

      Which leaves me to wish you a safe & peaceful journey, wherever you’re headed….. and leave you with the last 3 stanzas of Cavafy’s poem “Ithaka”, which is based on the journey of Odysseus home after the Trojan Wars:

      “Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
      Arriving there is what you are destined for.
      But do not hurry the journey at all.
      Better if it lasts for years,
      so you are old by the time you reach the island,
      wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
      not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

      Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
      Without her you would not have set out.
      She has nothing left to give you now.

      And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
      Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
      you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.”

      • Hi there Yangfa. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out my site. I leave those cards and often wonder if anyone ever picks them up, now I know that at least one person did. 🙂

        I hope you’ll come back nopw and then to check out more pictures as they appear.

    2. These temples are amazing! Can’t image how they managed to build them at that time with the limited tools, technology, so all done by hands from many people who also died on the job, very sad, but a wonderful piece of art and work!!
      All the temples are very impressive!

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