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Cambodia Run-Cation: Day 3

Monday (7th Dec)

Before the year comes to a close, here’s day 3 of the Cambodia run-cation! Never too late to complete a post!


Monday was our last full day in Cambodia. We did not want to waste a minute of it and so, we seized the day (literally). We went all out by signing up for a 10 hour tour of Angkor Wat. WHAT?!

Special thanks to Agnes and Sue for all the arrangements. I didn’t know what I signed up for. All of us just paid and we were guaranteed a full tour of Angkor Wat.


 

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We were up by 8am. Had our breakfast (with loads of coffee) at the hotel and boarded the mini bus that was waiting for us.

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These guys. Hilarious.

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The journey was filled with laughter, loud chatter and one too many “wefies”.

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We stopped at the ticket booth to purchase our tickets and had our photo printed on those tickets! Pretty cool! We had to use our passes to enter the temples.IMG_0720

First Stop: Bayon Temple (within Angkor Thom)

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We were given about 1 hour to walk around Bayon Temple and to take as many pictures as we please.FullSizeRender(2)

I had to use the bathroom before entering the temple so the rest went ahead. I was left to explore Bayon Temple on my own!

IMG_0732 IMG_0647Bayon Temple was not very big with rubble marking its rather square perimeter. There were huge chunks of stones everywhere and one must be careful not to slip. The stones had been weathered and some of them were covered in moss.IMG_0653

I entered through the side where there was no one in sight. After climbing up some steep stairs, going through tight doors and dark alleys, I came to a quiet opening in the middle of the temple. It was so fun, I think I had an Indiana Jones moment.IMG_0654

Took a few self-timed shots!FullSizeRender(1)

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Second Stop: Ta Prohm

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After 1 hour, we met up, boarded the mini bus and headed to our second stop!

It was quite a distance away. But it was okay because that meant we could cool off a little longer in the air conditioned mini bus!FullSizeRender_1

Ta Prohm was where Tomb Raider was filmed! It was huge, much bigger than Bayon Temple. It also had a lot more character to it.IMG_0800

From the main gate to the temple, it was a good 5 minute walk with thick trees lining the wide sandy path.IMG_0664 IMG_0674 FullSizeRender FullSizeRender_3 FullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender(3)

Obligatory JUMP SHOT before leaving the place!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetHad to cool off with JUICE! Mango + Watermelon + Dragon Fruit

Third Stop: LUNCH!

It wasn’t a lot of walking but I was tired after just visiting 2 temples. I was probably feeling the fatigue from the race the day before. Plus, the sun was scorching hot! But thankfully, the air was dry. So, you don’t feel icky and sticky like in KL.

Being tourists, the mini bus dropped us off at a touristy restaurant that served touristy food for touristy prices!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI had the same thing, BEEF LOKLAK! SO GOOD!

Fourth Stop: Angkor Wat

IMG_0797This was the REAL DEAL! What I had been wanting to see (Okay, not really. I didn’t know what to expect)!

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IT. WAS. MASSIVE!

I stood in awe at the foot of the temple. It took me a moment to soak in my surroundings and to try to grasps whatever I saw before my eyes.

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At my finger tips.IMG_0717IMG_0716The entrance.IMG_0723The picture-perfect-spot where you can capture all 5 peaks and the reflection of the temple on the water.

It was an even longer walk from the main gate to the temple. And this time, the path was not lined with thick trees that covered everything in gloomy shadows. We were directly under the afternoon sun with its rays piercing through our skin. IT WAS HOT! I was feeling a little exhausted but I was excited to explore the place.

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Climbing up the steep flight of stairs to reach the highest point of the temple. You had to be in long pants to enter!

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The view from up there was breath taking!

We spent a good 2 hours at Angkor Wat! It was so big, we needed every minute of the 2 hours to explore the place. By then, everyone was really feeling the heat. We went across the road for ice cold coconut water and beer (not for me)! SO REFRESHING!

Fifth Stop: Bakheng Temple

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It was about 3:45pm and we had one last stop at Bakheng Temple to watch the sunset.

The rest decided to call it a day and ditched the tour by riding Tuk Tuks back to the hotel! I was tempted to hop on the Tuk Tuk to head back to the hotel but decided against it. I didn’t come all the way here to walk this much only to give up at the end! IMG_0790

THE TOUR MUST GO ON! #moumantai ! So, the 3 of us (Agnes, Amanda and myself) stayed back for the rest of the tour.IMG_0786

The thing about Bakheng Temple is that there is a limit of 300 people. So even though the sunset was not until about 5:45pm, we had to go a little earlier to avoid the queue.

It was a 10-15 minute hike up to Bakheng Temple. We entered at around 4:15pm. We had loads of time to kill. Thankfully, we had our powerbanks and 4G connection!

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We waited until 5:45-6pm for the sunset. It was nice, nothing special but the view from up there was amazing!

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When we came down from the temple, there were about 100 people queuing to get in! PHEW!

It was a long day. We hopped on the mini bus and headed back to our hotel.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWithout much rest, we had to get ready to head out for dinner! Had to stop for juice for one dollarrrrrrr!

FullSizeRender(4)Authentic Mexican dinner courtesy of Tom, Dick and Harry.IMG_0805

Full body massage to end the day (FINALLY!).


So, that’s day 3 and also the end of my Cambodia run-cation! It was my first overseas run-cation and it was an AWESOME one! So many good memories and I had a lot of fun with the MMT gang. Once again, special thanks to the crew of Tom, Dick and Harry.

Thank you for topping off the year 2015 with a fan-fricken-tastic run-cation. It was a BLAST! Great ending to a good year. Love ya’ll.

Looking forward to 2016! 🙂

xoxo

Cambodia Run-cation: Day 2

Day 2 – Race Day (6th Dec)

After the late dinner on Saturday, we went to bed at about 12am. I shared a room with Amanda and we both set multiple alarms to make sure that we GET UP!

Our alarms rang at 4am. I was doing the half marathon so I had to get up a little earlier to have some breakfast. I had a small wholemeal roll and a banana.

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Wearing the #MMT running tee!

Surprisingly, I was feeling okay, after having only 7 hours of sleep over 2 days!

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The 21km warriors!

We met up at the lobby and left at around 5:30am. The flag off for the half marathon and 10km was at 6:00am and 6:20am respectively. The traffic was bad as everyone was in town for the run! It took a little longer to arrive (than what we had planned). We had little time to spare when we got there!

*Eye of the tiger was our jam!*

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The 3 of us (Bruce, Ben and I) were doing the half so we headed to the start line first. It was so crowded, I couldn’t see the start line! Everyone was just standing around, some from the half marathon and some from the 10km and no one knew where the actual start line was. There were some signs here and there but it wasn’t very clear! Good thing we had to wait for the VIP to arrive and during that time, I figured out where the start line was. I made my way through and stood next to the barrier which was about 8-10 meters away.

I didn’t have it in mind to race that day. I decided to run by feel. I ran a little faster during the first few kms to pull away from the crowd. There were a few women ahead but I was unsure of my current position. There was one U-turn at km 3 and that was when I started counting! I was in 7th place and slowly dropped to 10th before the 4th km. There was no one behind and I held on to this pace (and place).

We ran through the Angkor Archaeological Park. It was very picturesque! I took quick glances of my surroundings.

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At km 6.5, we passed the Siem Reap River. It was very refreshing and with the trees lining the entire way, you could barely feel the sun’s rays. I took a moment to soak up everything that was around me. The feeling of running along the river with the wind in your face and your legs feeling fresh and strong – super! I wouldn’t say it was perfect PB weather, but if you’ve been running in KL long enough, it won’t be anything that you cannot handle!

In between km 10-15, we ran passed Sarah Srang, Ta Prohm and Ta Keo. Another thing I loved about this run was the KIDS that were out on the streets supporting us and giving hi-5s! I stretched out my hand whenever I saw them! SO CUTE!

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Before we entered the West Gate into Angkor Thom (km 15), I was feeling the birth of blisters on my biggest and smallest right toe. It was hurting and my paced dropped.

We passed Bayon temple at around km 18. I turned to look behind and I saw a girl catching up. She eventually overtook me between km 18-19. I could have pushed if I wanted to but that would scream torture for my feet! Since I was there for a run-cation, I decided to stop/walk/jog and enjoy the rest of the run.

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If you want to have a run-cation with decent weather and a possible PB, try this in 2016! It was FLAT all the way! Definitely a PB route. This was at km 20 ++.

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The exit from Angkor Thom!

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I was also running back and forth, trying to see if I could spot Jose who was aiming for a sub 2 half marathon!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe finally met up and we crossed the finish line together! According to his Suunto, it was a PB! It was good to see him pushing the last few meters. Awesome stuff!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMet up with the rest of the MMT gang who did the 10km!

IMG_1052In Cambodia, the run never ends. There is no finish line. In Bruce’s case, LITERALLY! They were packing up by the time he arrived. This guy right here deserves all the claps and praise for completing the 21km, in STYLE! Good job man! 🙂 Keep it up!

We took the hotel shuttle back and we devoured the entire buffet line. WE WERE FAMISHED! HUNGRY PEOPLE!

After breakfast/brunch, I knocked out for the entire afternoon.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetFinally got out of bed at 4pm and went out for coffee! Spent the next 3 hours exploring Cambodia city on foot!

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Cocktails on WHEELS! 1.50$ for shots! IMG_0620By dinner time, we were too tired to head out again. Had food and drinks by the pool!

It was a FULL day for me. Running the half, having a good time with friends and exploring Cambodia city! Definitely a good day. 🙂

Day 3 coming up! 🙂

 

Cambodia Run-cation: Day 1

Looks like it is one run after another!

PBIM was nowhere as exciting or as fun compared to Cambodia! I’ll leave the PBIM post for another day (or maybe not).IMG_0751

I went for my first overseas run-cation to Cambodia with the Tom, Dick and Harry (TDH/Mou Man Tai/MMT) gang! It was SO fun. The people I travelled with made all the difference. There was never a dull moment with them.


Day 1 – Saturday (5th December)

By the time I knew about this run-cation, everyone had already booked their flights. MAS was full so I had to travel alone via Air Asia. My flight was at an ungodly hour (6:50am). I was up by 4am and my parents drove me all the way to KLIA2 because I wouldn’t have made it in time if I travelled via the KLIA express.

After checking in and with the long walk to the gate, it was time to board the plane. I did not have much time to walk around or catch a cup of coffee.

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Siem Reap Airport

The plane ride was smooth and I managed to take a short nap. Two hours later, I was in Cambodia! I had 4 hours to kill before the rest of the MMT gang arrived! I was feeling hungry and very thirsty. I only had 1 green apple and 350ml of water since the time I got up. I walked around the airport, in hopes to find some food. The airport was rather new and THERE WAS NOTHING and I mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! No food, no water, not even a water dispenser!

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I was tired and I didn’t dare to venture out of the airport on my own. So, I found a cosy corner and spent half of my time sleeping and the other half reading.

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We have Colin, Kimmie, Bruce, FC, Ben, Angie, Chris, LiHowe, Sue, Jessen, Jef, Jane, Agnes, Amanda and yours truly!

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Cheathata Hotel! Not Cheat-at-a Hotel. 😉 It was new, clean, comfortable, big AND very central!

The MMT gang finally arrived at 12:30pm!

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We took the shuttle bus to the hotel and checked in. After settling in, planning, chatting, photo taking, gobbling of hotel fruits and walking around, we finally sat down in Sokkhah Restaurant to have some local food. I had my first bite of food (proper meal) at 3:30pm!

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Never too early for some 1 DOLLAR drinks!

 

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Found this cart selling COFFEE!

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I had beef lok lak for lunch! There wasn’t a distinct taste to it but it was very nice and very tender! We also had mango sticky rice and some yam dessert with ice cream and sago. So good! Their dishes have a lot of Thai influence with a twist of their own interpretation. Not very unique but different!

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Jose came with his family and joined us for food! He was aiming for a sub-2 at the Half Marathon happening the next day!

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Hello Aggy!

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The hotel shuttle came to pick us up from the restaurant and we went to Aspara hotel to collect our race kits!

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Pub street! Where you’d want to be if you’re a drinker. 😉

I was sick since Wednesday and I was still recovering. I felt a lot better but I had a lingering cough and flu with phlegm. The hot air coupled with the waterless 4 hour wait at the airport made it worse. By dinner time, I was feeling a bit rundown.

IMG_0558Carbo loading for the Half Marathon!

We had pizza, pasta and burgers for dinner at around 8:30pm. After dinner, we bought some drinks and bottled water before calling it a night at around 11-12pm. We had to be up by 4am for the run!

So that is Day 1 of the Cambodia run-cation.

Next up: RUN day!