Archive | February, 2006

12DP (12 Daily Pro) Finally Revealed as a Ponzi SCAM

HAHAHHAHA

SUCKERS

U.S. regulators last week charged the owner of 12dailypro.com and her two companies with fraud for running a $50 million Ponzi scheme, according to a statement released on Monday.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Charis Johnson, 33, raised more than $50 million from more than 300,000 investors by convincing visitors to the Web site that they could earn a 44 percent return on their investments in 12 days by looking at Internet advertisements.

The scheme, which the SEC calls “paid auto-surf,” required users to buy $6 “units” — up to a maximum of 1,000 units — and to view advertisements from what were described as paying advertisers.

While investors were led to believe that their returns would be generated by advertising revenue, payments were made almost entirely from cash generated by other unit buyers in a classic Ponzi scheme, the SEC alleged.

Source: Reuters

Finally, idiots falling for these ponzi schemes, I know people in Malaysia have invested $10-30,000 in these stupid things, for some reason 12DailyPro seems to have been one of the most popular.

For those that don’t know what Ponzi is..

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that involves paying abnormally high returns (“profits”) to investors out of the money paid in by subsequent investors, rather than from net revenues generated by any real business. In fact, a Ponzi scheme must have abnormally high short-term returns in order to entice new investors. The high returns that a Ponzi scheme advertises (and pays) require an ever-increasing flow of money from investors in order to keep the scheme going.

Like 12DP, it has no business model, the returns you get are just other peoples money that joined the scheme, eventually it will collapse and your money will disappear.

Some people would actually say the Malaysian EPF is just a giant Ponzi scheme, much like the UK and US social security systems.

The SEC also released a general warning on paid auto-surf schemes on Monday HERE.

12dailypro.com was the 352nd most highly visited site on the Internet, according to the SEC.

https://alexa.com/data/details/?url=www.12dailypro.com

Gives me indeed the 346th most popular site on the Internerd..OMG how many gullible people are there online.

Please note, investing in a Ponzi scheme is also ILLEGAL.

I remember trying a couple of these get paid to surf things about 8 years ago, they were shite then too, I never got paid (Was in with Spedia and AllAdvantage).

Alladvantage was the pioneer for the whole thing. You can read more HERE.

12Daily Pro has been growing at over 10k members each day, and is now standing at over 300k members.

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Cambodia Day 3 – An Afternoon at Ta Keo, Ta Prohm and Old Market – Siem Reap

So after having lunch back at Angkor Wat, and wondering around the stalls for a while, we headed off to the next temple, Ta Keo.

Ta Keo is an incomplete temple in the Khleang style built as the state temple of Jayavarman V. It was dedicated in 1000 but work was later abandoned, with little decoration applied.

Ta Keo is another mountain style temple dedicated to Shiva, the mountain with the golden peaks. It’s quite a plain but very majestic temple, the decorations stopped quite early though so there are only a few carvings.

Ta Keo

You’ll have to bear in mind I was running out space of my Camera by now, so pictures get fewer 馃槈

Ta Keo

After that we trekked over to Ta Prohm, one of THE most famous temples in Ankgor Wat in recent years, for a quite different reason. This is where first Tomb Raider movie was filmed.

Ta Prohm is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was built by King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most of the other Angkor temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples with visitors.

It is an extremely atmoshpheric place, and makes you feel like a real jungle trekker, until the horde of Japanese college scream past you to take their ‘Toom Layda’ pictures.

Ta Prohm Main Entrance

The temple is partially restored, so it’s not completely wild like Beng Melea, but it is amazing, and very unique.

The temple is propped up all over the place to stop the large roots from tearing it apart.

Ta Prohm

The trees literally pour down the walls like water.

Ta Prohm Tree

There is a mix of Silk Rope trees and Fig Trees, quite often with the Fig Trees growing over the top as they do.

The trees are massive and some are 3-400 years old..(Yeah opportunity for gay pseudo-Japanese pose, KAWAII!!)

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The roots of Ta Prohm..

Ta Prohm Famous Roots

It’s a sprawling temple, with a lot of it fallen down, you can spend quite some time exploring the dark tunnels and root filled corners.

Ta Prohm

After that it was a quick stop in Banteay Kdei, but no pictures, because no more space!

Banteay Kdei is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia. It is located southeast of Ta Prohm and east of Angkor Thom. Built in the late 12th to early 13th centuries, it is a Buddhist temple in the Bayon style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan.

Ah just one, buddha.

Banteay Kdei

After that, we decided to head to the Old Market to check out the goodies, I wanted to get a couple of nice Oil Paintings as I’d seen some beautiful ones around.

I’d already picked up an Apsara and a Buddha at one of the less touristy temples where the wasn’t many customers (at a very good price). Will talk more about souveneirs later.

Extremely dusty as they are resurfacing the roads, and it’s dusty at the best of times.

Siem Reap - Old Market

There’s a wide variety of stuff, at reasonable prices. You don’t have to push these people around so please don’t haggle like you are in Thailand. They are soft, humble people, so bargain gently, and don’t try and rob them for every last cent…they are VERY poor people. In the Market they are slightly better off, but those you see selling things in the temple complex have had most of their rights taken away, they can’t farm and are subsistence living, so don’t barter over $0.50 with someone that makes $2 profit a day, just give it to them ok?

Siem Reap - Old Market

After that it was off to the main street, near the Old Market for some $0.75 beers!

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Then off back near the Guesthouse to a very nice Thai restaurant called Sawadee (Around Wat Bo Road area).

Sawdee - Siem Reap

Then a good nights sleep, ready for the next day of adventures!

Cambodia Day 1 – Leaving on a Jet Plane to Siem Reap
Cambodia Day 2 – Itinerary – Morning in Angkor Thom and Bayon
Cambodia Day 2 – An Afternoon at Angkor Wat & Sunset at Phnom Bahkeng
Cambodia Day 3 – Morning at Banteay Srei, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan

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Cambodia Day 3 – Morning at Banteay Srei, Ta Som, Neak Pean and Preah Khan

You will usually leave a little early if you chose to go to Banteay Srei and you will pay a $10 surcharge for the day for petrol as it’s quite a lot further than the other temples, it will take around 45 minutes to drive there (and petrol is expensive in Cambodia).

It is reputed to be one of the most beautiful temples though, I have to agree really the carving is truly breathtaking, it’s so intricate and so perfect after hundreds of years. It’s commonly known as the pink temple, as it’s built from a different kind of stone with a pinkish hue.

Banteay Srei (The women’s citadel) is one of the most unusual temples of Angkor, Cambodia. It lies 25 km northeast of the main group. It is built largely of red sandstone, which is covered with elaborate and deeply carved decoration. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a “precious gem”, or the “jewel of Khmer art”.

Consecrated in 967, Banteay Srei was the only major temple at Angkor not built for the king; instead it was constructed by one of king Rajendravarman’s counsellors, Yajnyavahara. The temple was primarily dedicated to Shiva (the southern buildings and the central tower were devoted to him, but the northern ones to Vishnu). It lies near the hill of Phnom Dei 25 km (15 miles) northeast of the main group of temples, where the capital of the time (Yashodharapura) was located

More info: Banteay Srei

As you can see the artwork is really stunning.

Banteay Srei

It’s truly so detailed.

Banteay Srei

There was even a big group of monks there as tourists, I think from Thailand.

Thai Monks

Breathtaking.

Banteay Srei

The Hindu Monkey God Brothers (Bali and Sugreev – Hanuman firing the Bow).

Monkey God Brothers

After that we headed to Ta Som, a fairly small temple dedicated to the father of King Jayavarman VII.

Ta Som was a nice change, with very few people there.

Ta Som

The Apsara were a lot different here, and the carvings much deeper.

Ta Som Apsara

Must…do…typical…cheesy….tourist….photo…

Ta Som

The main attraction of Ta Som is this huge ass tree, growing over the doorway.

Ta Som Tree

This little girl was ultra-persistent…it is one thing I will warn you about, it is heartbreaking to see these beautiful little kids covered in mud selling postcards and trinkets for a dollar, it is recommended however DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO CHILDREN, a lot of the kids are stolen or bought from Vietnam and the rest should be at school, not begging. This little girl went through 3 languages trying to sell us a pack of postcards..

Girl Selling Postcards

They are SO cute though. A pack of postcards will set you back $1USD. Buy from the adults please.

After that we headed to Neak Pean, a very unique and memorable monument.

Neak Pean

Neak Pean at Angkor, Cambodia is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple at the center of Jayatataka Baray, or Pool of Jayavarman.

There are 4 pools and at each side there is a head, representing the 4 animals of Hindu or something like that..the elephant, the cow, the bull and the horse. This one was the Human, emulating the hot springs in India. During the rainy season, the pools are still full.

Human Fountain

After that was the last stop before lunch Preah Khan.

As you can see here a lot of the statues are desecrated with many of the Hindu deities and Buddhist statues missing their faces or heads.

Desecrated Statues

Preah Khan is a large temple,t he temple’s foundation stela has provided considerable information about the history and administration of the site: the main image, of the boddhisatva Avalokitesvara in the form of the king’s father, was dedicated in 1191 (the king’s mother had earlier been commemorated in the same way at Ta Prohm).

The temple is still a destination for Buddhist pilgrims.

The pillar represents the 108 steps to acheive enlightment.

Pillar

It was quite run down, but very atmospheric.

Preah Khan

After that we headed back to Angkor Wat for lunch in that area, and had a wonder around the stalls there.

Beer Lao

Beer Lao – best choice for beer in Cambodia 馃檪

Cambodia Day 1 – Leaving on a Jet Plane to Siem Reap
Cambodia Day 2 – Itinerary – Morning in Angkor Thom and Bayon
Cambodia Day 2 – An Afternoon at Angkor Wat & Sunset at Phnom Bahkeng

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Argh – The Pain!

Mahai…

This month been damn kau expensive ok.

First my Mom was here, so went on many trips, ate many nice foods, spent many monies. But that was ok.

Then got lawyer fees for something or other $2300..

Then a week ago…my car decided to fall apart.

The crankshaft pulley cover broke and the crankshaft pulley had a little spastic episode, during its temper tantrum it damaged my crank shaft beyond repair.

Plut it’s time for my Timing Belt to change aswell..

Sigh, so off I took my baby to the workshop.

Car Mechanic

Man it was a long ass list of things that had to be changed along with the Timing Belt and also to replace the Crankshaft..

Repair Bill

And the damage, wooh…SAKIT..

  • 2 rims repaired
  • Balanced and Aligned
  • New Oil
  • New Oil Filter
  • New Alternator Belt
  • New Air-cond Belt
  • New Timing Belt
  • New Crankshaft Pulley
  • New (Secondhand) Crankshaft
  • New Main Bearings
  • New Con-Rod Bearings
  • New Fly-wheel Oil Seal
  • New Engine Mountings
  • New Gear Box Mounting
  • Gear Oil Change
  • Overhauled Gasket

Total Bill

Ah well unavoidable I guess. When it rains it pours. Broke to the max now *sigh*

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Tammy NYP Sex Video Scandal – The Next Asian Idol?

Man I haven’t even blogged about this and I’m getting a load of hits from people looking for the video.

The whole thing has exploded, I’ve not seen anything like this, even in the peak of the whole Dawn Yang thing there was nothing like this much of a buzz.

So Singapore?

Nanyang Polytechnic?

That place seems to be the home for scandals.

With the whole Susan Chua episode, and now Tammy, our very own accidental Asian porn starlet.

I suppose it’s because of the fact a Video is involved with a nubile young girl naked.

YOU DIRTY ASSES!

Yah that includes me, I’ve watched it of course.

Everyone has blogged about this, to whore more traffic, I didn’t bother, because well I was getting traffic elsewhere 馃槈 And I had the Cambodia things to write about, but well now is the weekend and no one is reading much anyway.

Plus the Cambodia posts have gotten a pathetic 4 comments.

The whole Tammy thing has gotten pretty interesting with someone registering tammynyp.com to make a quick buck.

Looks like they’ve sold it now, it’s changed.

There is a whole forum dedicated to Tammy:

Tammy Forum

Some people are selling VCDs and DVDs at the roadside featuring Tammy:

Sex video featuring student on sale

There is an Ebay auction selling the video:

Tammy Auction

But the picture is NOT her. (Is now an ‘Invalid Item‘)

There is even a freaking Cafepress shop for Tammy “I fucked Tammy at NYP”

Tammy Cafepress

It’s whole new craze like All your Base and Real Ultimate Power.

I’ve not got much to say really apart from don’t be dumb and tape yourself having sex on your phone and then lose it/pass it to someone else etc..

Ghost was one of the first to write about this (After XLX)

This post is brought to you by the ‘let’s get more hits’ department.

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Google is going to be promoting Adsense/Adwords for Malaysia

Google Inc will conduct seminars with the government, local partners and advertising agencies in Malaysia this year to promote its AdWords and AdSense programmes to SMEs, government institutions, as well as multinational brands in industries such as travel, technology, retail and financial services.

Its head of sales for Google Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, Crid Yu, said its sales and operations centre that was established in Hong Kong last October would bring its advertising programmes to agencies and companies throughout Hong Kong and Southeast Asia including Malaysia this year.

鈥淕oogle鈥檚 advertising programmes have proven effective for advertisers around the world conducting business online,鈥 he told reporters at a briefing on Google鈥檚 strategy for Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 24.

Yu said Google AdWords enabled advertisers and businesses of all sizes and industries to reach their target market by matching text-based advertisements to user search queries, providing them with information relevant to what they were looking for.

Sign up for Adsense now:


It will be good if there is more education here especially as an Adsense publisher with Malaysian content, there is not enough Adwords advertisers that target Malaysian keywords, so Malaysian based sites and articles don’t get very relevant Ad streaming.

If local businesses are educated about Adwords and it’s benefits and how to be effective with it, it’s HIGHLY likely we as Malaysian publishers will get more relevant ads for our sites, which should (in an ideal situation) increase the click through rate, and our earnings!

It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

You can sign up for Adwords here:


Source: The Edge

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Cambodia Day 2 – An Afternoon at Angkor Wat & Sunset at Phnom Bahkeng

The recommended place after lunch is Angkor wat, the premier time for coming out of Angkor Wat is about 2-3pm, when the light for pictures will be PERFECT and you’ll get the picture postcard of Angkor reflected in the lake in front of the temple.

Angkor Wat of course is THE most famous temple in the Angkor Complex, and probably, THE most famous temple in the world. You can easily spend 2-3 hours just wondering around, studying the Bas Reliefs and just sitting atop the temple, peacefully staring over the kilometeres of untouched jungle.

Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built for king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. The largest and best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre鈥揻irst Hindu, then Buddhist鈥搒ince its foundation.

It is breathtaking, honestly you can even imagine how tremendous it is, until you stand in front of it, in awe.

  • You can see it on TV
  • You can read about it in books
  • You can see endless pictures

But REALLY it’s not the same as standing in front of it. I mean the freaking moat is 180m wide, YEAH THATS RIGHT BITCH 180 FRIGGIN METRES. Makes our European moats look like trickles of piss in the sand.

Angkor Wat Moat

It is of course a world heritage site.

Angkor Wat World Heritage

There’s still plenty of reminants of the Khmer regime with bullet holes all over the place, and some damage from heavy ordinance too, pretty sad to see how people can disrespect the ancient culture like that.

Angkor Wat Bullet Holes

There are, of course, beautiful Apsara everywhere again.

Angkor Wat Apsara

There’s nothing like walking up the paved way to Angkor Wat.

First view of Angkor Wat

The Bas Relief are very long and VERY detailed telling epic stories on each of the 4 sides of the main complex.

Bas-relief is a method of sculpting which entails carving or etching away the surface of a flat piece of stone or metal. The word is derived from the Italian basso rilievo, the literal translation meaning raised contrast. To explain simply it is a sculpture portrayed as a picture. The portrayed image is raised above the background flat surface.

Bas relief

Angkor Wat Bas Relief

With fascinating Hindu legends such as the demons and the gods uniting bound together by the snake Naga to churn the Sea of Milk for the elixir of immortality.

Churning the Sea of Milk

On the eastern gallery is one of the most celebrated scenes, the Churning of the Sea of Milk, showing 92 asuras and 88 devas using the serpent Vasuki to churn the sea under Vishnu’s direction (Mannikka counts only 91 asuras, and explains the asymmetrical numbers as representing the number of days from the winter solstice to the spring equinox, and from the equinox to the summer solstice).[32] It is followed by Vishnu defeating asuras (a 16th-century addition).

It’s a pretty steep climb up to the top, but it’s worth it, 100%.

Angkor Wat Steps

I sat here for quite some time, just taking in the peace of ancient feeling of the place, and admiring the view of the untouched jungles.

On top of Angkor Wat

My Mom of course, totally LOVED it.

Mom at Angkor

This is the famous Angkor Wat postcard picture, this is one of my favourite pictures of the trip.

Angkor Wat Postcard

And yeah, just to prove I was there and I didn’t steal the pictures 馃槢

ShaolinTiger at Angkor Wat

It’s pretty tiring, and a lot of walking and huge steps involved.

After Angkor Wat, we headed up to Phnom Bahkeng for the sunset over the grand lake Tonle Sap, it’s the most famous place for the Sunset in the Angkor complex.

The rulers of Angkor constructed many temple mountains, but Phnom Bakeng is all natural stone. The temple on the summit was built in the late 9th or early 10th century by Jacawarman I (or Yasovarman I). At the top of the hillock are 5 successive rows of 12 sanctuaries each. Here the Royal Linga – phallic symbol of the King in his divine state – was placed.

Sunrise over Angkor Wat is supposed to be spectacular aswell.

It’s quite a steep path up to Phnom Bahkeng, so be prepared.

Path to Phnom Bahkeng

You can see Angkor Wat from the top too, the steps are huge though, so it’s more of a crawl to get to the top of the temple.

Unfortunately it’s become ‘the’ stopping place for the sunset especially on huge group package tours *sigh*, luckily our guide is smart, and took us there very early, around 4pm, before anyone was there, sunset was at 5.45pm.

So we had a good hour of peace before the unwashed masses started arriving.

Phnom Bahkeng

As you can see by the crowds, not a good place to be, so I left before the sunset.

Phnom Bahkeng Crowds

I did manage to get a fantastic picture anyway, which is my new wallpaper.

Phnom Bahkeng Sunset

Make sure you have loads of insect repellant on if you stick around for the sunset, mozzie heaven! Oh yah, you’re supposed to take Malaria tablets before you go too, so check with your local doctor for what’s best for you.

After that was back to the Guesthouse for a nice shower, write down the days adventures, check out the pictures and a similar dinner as last night (With beer of course!)

Tommorow, guess what? MORE TEMPLES!

Previously:

Cambodia Day 1 – Leaving on a Jet Plane to Siem Reap
Cambodia Day 2 – Itinerary – Morning in Angkor Thom and Bayon

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Cambodia Day 2 – Itinerary – Morning in Angkor Thom and Bayon

There is a common 3 day tour that I opted for after reading all the available info and chatting with some people in Cambodia. We mixed it and matched it with a few options, and I ended up with something REALLY good, if you ask me 馃槈

Also try and pick up the FREE Canby guide as soon as you get there, it’s updated every quarter. The latest edition I picked up was October 2005 – January 2006.

It looks like this:

Canby Guide to Angkor Wat

Our 3-day tour was something like this:

  • Day 1 : Morning – South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Baphuon and Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King. Lunch in front of Angkor Wat. After lunch Angkor Wat and Sunset at Phnom Bahkeng. Dinner at Guesthouse
  • Day 2 :Morning – Long trip to Banteay Srei, Ta Som, Neak Pean, Preah Khan. Lunch in front of Angkor Wat. After lunch Ta Keo, Ta Prohm (The Tomb-Raider Tree-of-life), Bantey Kdei. Dinner at great Thai Restaurant
  • Day 3 : Morning – The Roluos Group (Lolei, Bakong and Preah Ko) – Lunch back at the hotel and rest for a while. Afternoon tour of Tonle Sap and the floating village with Sunset there. Headed to the old market for dinner.

You’ll be sleeping early, as you need to leave about 7.30am, and don’t be a fat sack of unfit lard, as you’ll be walking around pretty much from 7.30am till sunset (around 5.45pm).

We headed out first thing on the first day, super excited, we were going to Angkor Wat, little did we know the variety of amazing things we were about to see. Be prepared for a visual feast. The pictures from before lunch aren’t that spectacular, as it’s pre-noon sun, but you’ll get the idea just fine 馃檪

You’ll go through the main gate to the complex first, where you need to buy your pass for 1, 3 of 5 days depending on how long you are there. I opted for the 3 day pass which costs $40USD. The only annoying thing is you have to use it on concurrent days, you can’t spread it out a bit. Also note the pass is NON-transferable.

Temple Pass

You need to show it every time before you go into any of the temples.

We got to the south-gate of Angkor Thom nice and early, Angkor Thom is in the Bayon style.

Angkor Thom was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer empire. It was established in the late twelfth century by king Jayavarman VII. It covers an area of 9 km脗虏, within which are located several monuments from earlier eras as well as those established by Jayavarman and his sucessors. At the centre of the city is Jayavarman’s state temple, the Bayon, with the other major sites clustered around the Victory Square immediately to the north.

You can take an elephant ride from the South Gate to Bayon for $10USD.

Angkor Thom Elephants

It was a little foggy in the morning, but beautiful anyway, the road to the gate was lined demons on one side, buddhas on the other.

Angkor Thom

This is the famous South Gate of Angkor Thom.

Angkor Thom South Gate

It’s fantastic inside Bayon, with the intricate carvings of the Apsara (Celestial Dancers) everywhere.

Bayon Apsara

Apsaras are the wives of the Gandharvas, court servants of Indra. They danced to the music made by their husbands, usually in the various gods’ palaces. One of their duties is to guide to paradise the heroes who fall in battle, whose wives they then become. They are distinguished as daivika (“divine”) or laukika (“worldly”).

To say the carvings on the walls are 800 years old…they are amazingly clear.

Bayon Bas Relief

The whole place is rather strange in that it’s a mix of buddhist relics, hindu relics, hindu relics converted to buddhist and vice versa. Sometimes it’s quite confusing.

The famous Bayon style face.

Bayon Style Face

This is Phimeanakas, where the legend states a serpent dwelled, a serpent that changed into a woman, the kings of Angkor had to make love to the serpent every night or the kingdom would be felled with a great disaster.

Phimeanakas

Terrace of the Elephants

Terrace of the Elephants

The Terrace of the Leper King

Terrace of the Leper King

Terrace of the Leper King

Then an amazing lunch in front of Angkor Wat, I’d heard bad things about the food there, but it was DELICIOUS, reasonably priced and clean.

We had the famous Amok again, this time served in a young coconut.

Amok

Some fantastic Pork and Ginger.

Pork Ginger

And of course…Angkor Beer!!one11

Angkor Beer

Beer is about $2.50USD for this large bottle, in the old market you can get it for about $2 or during happy hour (seems to be all night long) you can get draft for $0.75 a glass.

Next up, an afternoon in Angkor Wat!

Previously – Cambodia Day 1 – Leaving on a Jet Plane to Siem Reap

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Cambodia Day 1 – Leaving on a Jet Plane to Siem Reap

So I decided before my Mom came, to take her on a little trip, seen as though she’s flown half way around the world to get here, I was looking at the Malaysia islands like Langkawi…then I saw Air Asia was flying to a bunch of new places, one being Siem Reap..although I had no idea where it was, I looked up all the new places, most were in Indonesia.

But Siem Reap it turned out was in Cambodia, and only 5.5km from Angkor Wat! I was so excited, and I knew my Mom would LOVE it there. So I booked the tickets, it was only $9.99 each way for the tickets as it was a new destination. You can check the prices now on Air Asia. I think you’ll find it’s about $240 for the ticket to and fro now (Around $80 there, $160 back).

So before going I did some research on the net, the best places I found were Wikipedia for Siem Reap/Angkor Wat and the Tales of Asia site. Tales of Asia has MORE than enough info on health, currency, immigration issues, travel, what to see, where to eat, where to go and so on.

His amazing Cambodia FAQ was extremely useful.

Take a note that the currency there is mainly USD, the local currency (The Riel) is only used for small change and small transactions.

The official currency is the riel, however the de facto currency is the US dollar and most prices are quoted in dollars. Even the government quotes fees in US dollars. As there are no coins in Cambodia, riels function as small change and you’ll accumulate some during your trip. There is no reason to change significant quantities of cash into riel, but it’s a good idea to carry a few thousand riels in your pocket for moto drivers (they NEVER have change) and other small purchases

So off I went to KLIA with a pocket full of USD, a few ideas of where to stay and a bunch of print outs from the net.

The Air Asia flight was timely for once, and we arrived in Cambodia after 2 hours and 5 minutes as expected. Bear in mind if you are not from South East Asia you will have to pay for a Visa when you arrive in Cambodia, you require a recent passport photograph and $20USD.

It’s the first visa entry card I’ve seen with a picture and in COLOUR!

Cambodia Entry Pass

I hadn’t slept the night before…and I looked like it too LOL, I went back to the hotel and crashed out.

Siem Reap Airport

You can get from the airport into town for $5USD for a taxi or $1USD for a Tuk-tuk.

I woke up just about in time for dinner, best! Most dishes are about 3-4USD some slightly more, obviously expect to pay more in the guesthouse than outside, unless you go to a posh or a tourist restaurant. This is for Khmer food, it’s fairly much like Thai food but not spicy.

Cambodian Food

We had 3 dishes for dinner, some kind of vegetable..

Cambodian Vege

Sweet and sour pork..

Sweet and Sour Pork

And the local speciality, a very light coconut curry called Amok..

Chicken Amok

We organised our plan that night too, from what I’d read I decided to get a guide and a car, a guide will set you back around $25USD a day however you travel and a car around $20USD a day. If it’s a bigger group, you can hire a minibus, but I’m not sure on the cost for that.

You can opt for a cheaper Tuk-tuk for around $12USD a day, but bear in mind a Tuk-tuk can only really accomadate two people and the cars there are 90% old Toyota Camrys so they can take three easily (Remember there is a guide and a driver, so there are already 2 in the car).

Also calculate in the cost of the Temple Pass ($40USD for 3 days per person).

Plus the cost of food (for 2-3 people it about $15USD a meal), so yeah it’s not a really cheap trip.

Siem Reap is not a huge place, so wherever you stay it’ll probably be within walking distance to the old market and the middle of town with the bars/restaurants, from our place it was about 15 minutes walk, pretty much any distance is $1USD on a Tuk-tuk.

Tommorow the temples!

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And you call me COLOURED?!

A Poem From Africa

When I born, I Black

When I grow up, I Black

When I go in sun, I Black

When I scared, I Black

When I cold, I Black

When I sick, I Black

When I ill, I Black

When I die, I still Black

And you white fella

When you born, you pink

When you grow, you white

When you go in sun, you red

When you scared, you yellow

When you cold, you blue

When you sick, you green

And when you die, you gray

And you calling ME Coloured?

(An old one but a good one nevertheless)

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