Climb the ladder of life

Monk in Angkor Wat by Jojie Alcantara

Monk in Angkor Wat | Jojie Alcantara (click to view large)

If you’re climbing the ladder of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time. Don’t look too far up, set your goals high but take one step at a time. Sometimes you don’t think you’re progressing until you step back and see how high you’ve really gone. ~ Donny Osmond

Cambodia was in my bucket list and a dream destination come true when I first visited it in 2011 (I traveled from Saigon, Vietnam to Phnom Penh to Siem Reap).  I stayed overnight in Siem Reap, the gateway of the ancient wonders of the Angkor temple complex and barely skimmed the explorations of these ancient wonders.

The next year (2011), when the maiden flight of Cebu Pacific’s Manila to Siem Reap was launched, I was able to cover more of the temple ruins, enjoy its breathtaking vistas, experience the culture and marvel at its sunrise and sunset in my 4-day stay.

In the biggest and highly elaborate temple complex called Angkor Wat, I laboriously climbed the top floor (the stairs had narrow, precarious steps!) to document beautifully carved structures that defied time and weather.  Plus I kept on the lookout for monks, because they make my images better.  :-)

© Jojie Alcantara 2012

Special thanks to Cebu Pacific (Manila to Siem Reap  flight)

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