JJ and the Search for the Sacred Sword-Cambodia

Waiting for the sunMarch 24, 2010

I know this sounds a bit weird, but I somehow feel like I am in Houston (currently in Singapore). It is humid.  There is a large Chinese and Indian population (Chinatown and Little India) which is somewhat similar to Houston’s Chinatown and Hillcroft area (close but worlds apart). When I came in from the airport, there is a grassy area with skyscrapers, which looks like the patchy green area in front of Houston’s downtown when you are driving on Memorial Drive. For my fellow Houstonians, this may make sense, for my other people of the palace, this may not make sense at all!

Although I was only in Cambodia for 5 days, I had a chance to see the most amazing temples such as Angkor Wat.  It seems like a magical place. As you walk to Angkor Wat, a moat in a shape of a square surrounds the temple.  After you pass the moat, you pass through the large stone gates and out of the corner of your eye, Angkor Wat appears.  We woke up pretty early in the morning to catch the sunrise.  The sun in Asia is very orange and red-somewhat like the sun from Karate Kid (maybe I am remembering incorrectly).  We watched the sun peer over Angkor Wat and although I enjoyed the surroundings with about a million other people, it was amazing to see such a structure.

Inside Angkor Wat- there are plenty of stone carvings and passageways-I really felt like I was Indiana Jones.  I joked around with the British couple that I always wanted to be Indiana Jones…so I was dubbed JJ-Jan Jones…(yes–you have to play the soundtrack….dun dun dun dun…na na naaaaaaa…..)

I visited many temples including one where Tomb raider with Lara Croft was filmed.  The last temple I visited was my favorite (my spelling is not close…so I will not try for now).  There were passageways after passageways and stone ruins.  A large banyan tree was growing from the ruins and there were stones left in piles.  There weren’t as many people there, so I liked it even more.  Legend has it that a sacred sword existed in this temple, but now it is lost…With the British couple, I started creating a story with my favorite temple, JJ and the Search for the Sacred Stone. As JJ looked into the passageway, she had 3 challenges to save the prince and the sacred sword.  The first challenge, she had to slowly step onto the loose rocks and if she fell, she would fall into the dark shadows and never return…and of course my imagination ran off throughout the day.

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About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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One Response to JJ and the Search for the Sacred Sword-Cambodia

  1. Snowy says:

    I still need to go to Southeast Asia!! Maybe next year.

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