A Frame Within a Frame

 039Banteay Srei, Cambodia.

Giant Trees in Ta Prohm

Being surrounded by trees is a heavenly feeling for me. And it was a really heavenly feeling roaming around Ta Prohm. Huge trees that are hundreds of years old blend and grow out of the temple walls and the giant roots sprawl through the rocks giving the place that surreal atmosphere. These massive trees tower overhead making their leaves filter the sunlight, providing a welcome shade. It’s been said that Ta Prohm was pretty much left the way it was first discovered thus you can’t help but feel a little like Lara Croft. 🙂

I decided to post only about the huge trees here. More of the monastery/temple some other time. My photos can’t give enough justice as to how photogenic the place is but let me share it with you just the same.

A few minutes walk from the West Gate entrance are these two, tall trees. And then…

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This. Then you’ll be entering the main area.

Once you’re inside, lots and lots of massive trees await you.

The next set of photos is a tree leaning to one side. It’s one of my favorites and this was where I started to totally feel the place.

And here comes more giant trees and roots… 🙂

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And of course, it’s not complete without seeing the Tomb Raider Tree! 🙂

And then behind that…

I wanted to show you more but it’s all I have left, a lot of photos got deleted and my SD card got corrupted and I didn’t know what to do then, but still I hope you enjoyed this post.

Happy Thursday, homo sapiens! 🙂

Black & White Photo Challenge – Day 7

Hiyee!

Seventh and final day of the 7-Day Black & White Photo Challenge presented to me by Kriti! 🙂

The rules: one black & white photo a day for seven days, no people, no explanation, challenge someone new each day.

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The nominee for today is Samita, absolutely no compulsion.

I enjoyed this black & white challenge so thanks again, Kriti and ’til the next one! 🙂

Happy Wednesday, homo sapiens!

Black & White Photo Challenge – Day 4

Hi there!

Fourth day of the 7-Day Black & White Photo Challenge presented to me by Kriti! 🙂

The rules: one black & white photo a day for seven days, no people, no explanation, challenge someone new each day.IMG_7069

The nominee for today is Maya, absolutely no compulsion.

Happy Sunday, homo sapiens!

Black & White Photo Challenge – Day 3

Hello again!

Third day of the 7-Day Black & White Photo Challenge presented to me by Kriti! 🙂

The rules: one black & white photo a day for seven days, no people, no explanation, challenge someone new each day.

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Today I nominate Ssameera, no compulsion of course. 🙂

Enjoy your Saturday, homo sapiens!

Black & White Photo Challenge – Day 2

Hello! Day 2 of the 7-Day Black & White Photo Challenge presented to me by Kriti! 🙂

The rules: One black & white photo a day for seven days, no people, no explanation, challenge someone new each day.

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Today I’m nominating Ken for this challenge, absolutely no compulsion.

Happy Friday, homo sapiens! 🙂

Black & White Photo Challenge – Day 1

Hi everyone! It’s my first time to do this 7-Day Black & White Photo Challenge presented to me by Kriti! 🙂 Do check out her blog if you haven’t yet.

Since the rules are simple (one black & white photo a day for seven days, no people, no explanation, challenge someone new each day), I thought it would be nice to give it a try.

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I nominate NS for this challenge, absolutely no compulsion!

Thanks a lot, Kriti! 🙂

The Temple of Hercules

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This is the Roman temple located in the Amman Citadel. It is more popularly known as the Temple of Hercules. It’s said to have been built in the same period when the Roman Theater was built between 162-166 AD.

Water Puppet Theater

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An outdoor Water Puppet Theater in the Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Bench

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Perfect spot to rest after a long day exploring Petra.

Photo of the Day

St. Joseph Cathedral, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Kuan Yin

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The 30.2 meter bronze statue of Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) in Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang.

Happy Thursday!

One of the most amazing things I’ve seen during my trip to Cambodia were the giant trees in the temples. The two photos below are taken from Ta Prohm. There were a lot of giant trees in and out of the temple but I’ll leave you with this one for now. I hope to post more of these huge trees in another entry so watch out for that. 🙂

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Happy Thursday, homo sapiens!

Meowday

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The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.

Putra Mosque & Perdana Putra

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This is the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia. One of the best mosques I’ve seen there when I visited back in 2014.

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Adjacent to the Putra Mosque is the Perdana Putra — the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office.

Rose 

 “But he who dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.”

– Anne Bronte

Bayon Temple

The Bayon Temple was one of my favorites when I visited the Angkor temples in Cambodia.

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It felt surreal exploring this temple while these 200-something faces stare at you, which makes the experience a lot more interesting. 450

Halong Bay

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Souvenir Shop

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A souvenir shop in Hoan Kiem Lake. Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Book #52 – 2015 Reading Challenge – Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

The perfect read to end my 2015 Reading Challenge! Book #52…

 If you don’t have any idea about the Palestine-Israeli conflict, this book offers an excellent introduction about it and about the suffering of the people of Palestine.

1947 — the year that was — for the Jewish, the creation of their homeland, the state of Israel; for the Palestinians, the year their land was taken from them, the year they became refugees.

This is such a powerful story about the sufferings of the Palestinians in the hands of the Israelis that will leave you raging with emotions that I have to keep reminding myself that it was a work of fiction (though most happenings were based on facts).

A beautifully written book that gave me a different view about the Palestinian people and everything they have lost. It’s one of the most heart-breaking books I’ve ever read, I recommend it to everyone.

What a perfect read to complete my 2015 Reading Challenge! 🙂

Favorite quotes : ““Always” was a good word to believe in.”

“He brushed his lips against mine, pulled me closer, and I felt as if I had lived all my life for that kiss.”

“I was a word drained of its meaning. A woman emptied of her past. The truth is that I wanted to be someone else.”

“Baba’s absence since the war had grown as big as the ocean and all its fishes. As big as the sky and earth and all their birds and trees. The hurt in my heart was as big as the universe and all its planets.”

Rating : 5/5 stars

Wall Art

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“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.” – Pablo Picasso

Empty Bench

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There’s something about empty benches…

Closed Doors

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Some doors are meant to be closed, and when you try to reopen them, you remember why they were closed in the first place.

Afternoon Walk

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Galbi Tang (갈비탕) – Korean Beef Short Ribs Soup


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This dish looks so simple but is very tasty.

Date Palm

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Kuwait

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17:30. October 22.

Empty Bench

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Every empty bench has a story…

More banana, please!

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Stone Face

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A couple of giant stone faces in Bayon Temple.

Killing Tree

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A Chankiri Tree or Killing Tree was a tree in the Cambodian Killing Fields against which children and infants were smashed because their parents were accused of crimes against the Khmer Rouge.

Hanoi Opera House

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One of the beautiful buildings you’ll see in Hanoi.

Bench

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This bench is just outside Sabaidee Thai Restaurant in Salmiya. I’ve always liked it and it seems so nice to just sit there with someone and talk a while.