Ming was eliminated in the final elimination of Malaysian Dream Girl and next friday would be the Finale. I was also at the final photoshoot where the girls finally had what they wanted; a male model named Ricardo. LOL
To those who realized i blogged about the first day on Siem Reap, lol you are sharp and that simply shows i am freaking aging -_-!
Anyway the next morning was mainly on Tonle Sap. Initially we were suppose to take a ferry from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap via the Tonle Sap lake but after realizing that it would cost a whooping 40USD per person, we scrapped the idea and took bus instead.
Jasmine’s Lodge does provide us complimentary breakfast everyday and though it was just a simple one, i really missed eating their bread and egg. And at the same time franctically waiting for a place to sit
Hmmm the picture is blur for a reason. Not too sure where did i even focus. Breakfast consist of bread, fruits and egg … and also a cup of tea or coffee.
After that Siya our guide who was waiting downstairs greeted us and ferried us in our personal van to Tonle Sap.
The journey to the lake was about 20 minutes from Jasmine Lodge and upon arrival, our designated boat was already there waiting.
People living by the lake or on the lake have their lives revolved around the lake. The houses are on the lake, so are the schools, police station and not forgetting their only basketball court. The people here spend most of the time on tha lake rather than on the land. They are raised on water as well as die on the water. They even have a cemetry which is a site which is on the other far end of Tonle Sap.
For some reason the dog reminded me of the current news on Pulau Ketam where the dogs are left there to die. Pity the dogs. The difference is the dog above is taken care of even though the people of Tonle Sap aren’t well to do.
We were then brought to a floating crocodile farm which was quite far. It wasn’t something that i would recommend to anyone who plans to go to Siem Reap but if you have time to burn then by all means do drop by
Besides crocs, they had a python and ermmm i think that’s about it. Oh yes and a few display items which aren’t significant enough to be remembered.
This reminded me so much of the recent Malaysian Dream Girl photoshoot which involves a python. And no i didn’t have the python around me. Damn scared can -_-!
While we were goofing around with the python, we heard cries and little kids. I saw Emily walking towards the opposite direction towards the cry and we saw 2 kids, begging.
I have been to India and have witnessed how kids would beg but i have never seen anything like this before. I am pretty sure the rest too were surprised to see kids peddling their way to the croc farm begging us for money. The one thing that everyone should understand is, there are so many agencies out there that would help this kids by giving them education and sometimes giving them money wouldn’t solve their problems but in fact encourage them to beg even more.
On our way back to the van, we were approached by a number of people asking to buy the what nots. Then as i was in the van snapping, i realized something similar as i zoomed into my pics …
OUR FACES WERE ON THE PLATES !
Mine, Angeline’s, William’s and Emily’s !
They were fast ! Really fast ! I can’t even remembered when they photographed us. Efficient ! LOL
We then moved on to their famous Handicraft center which has all the replicas that you would see from the Angkor Wat.
This place is a bit special as they train the disable in terms of hearing and talking, the dumb and the deaf. The place is good for a tour but the price for the souvenirs were rather steep.
I am on a backing trip and i definitely can’t afford to be splurging, lol. Unless i am working already
In the morning, Mr Khun told me that he would be giving us free lunch … a 6 course lunch, or was it 7 ? and we were all excited cause for once we know we don’t need to fork out for food.
The food just kept coming and we were all stuffed by the end of it. The food was excellent !
After lunch we headed to the world of Tomb Raider, the Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Before that, we were required to make our daily passes and everything was paid for when i arranged with Mr Khun before departing for Cambodia. So all we had to do was get our photos taken and the passes were then handed to us.
We took the 3 days pass which cost 40USD but since we came in a group, Mr Khun some how managed to get it included in our package
I will carry on with Angkor Wat in the coming entries