Cambodia – Day 3 – Even More Temples, Tonle Sap & Heading Home

Today was my last day in Cambodia before heading home back to Canada. I was picked up from my hotel at 8:30am. I skipped breakfast because the hotel breakfast was rather disappointing. After being picked up I was driven to the first stop of the day; Banteay Srei. Banteay Srei was built in 967 AD out of red sandstone, and brick. The temple complex is elaborately decorated in wall carvings, which are well preserved.

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Next stop was Banteay Samre. Banteay Samre is a Hindu Temple that was built in the early 12th century in the Angkor Wat style. It was named after the ancient people of Indochina.

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Lunch was at Khmer Angkor Kitchen. I had a traditional meat and vegetable stir-fry dish, which was pretty good. In the afternoon we visited Tonle Sap. Tonle Sap is a massive fresh water lake, which used to be part of the sea thousands of years ago. It was interesting to see where a lot of Cambodians went fishing, but sadly this lake is so badly polluted I can’t sit idly and not say something about it. We have a SERIOUS global pollution and garbage problem. It honestly sickens my stomach to think that I ate fish from this lake a few days ago. The whole lake is covered in a plume of algae and coolant / fuel from leaking boats. The shore is covered in garbage and plastic. As a society we consume way too much, use too many single-use plastics (in fact we shouldn’t use ANY single-use plastics), and we should be more thoughtful with our use and maintenance of transportation. Sadly, the Cambodians are just trying to survive and are not able to even consider any of these factors. This is a serious problem in the developing world, and I’ve mentioned this in the past in my travels to Thailand.

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After visiting Tonle Sap I was dropped off at Siem Reap airport, where I relaxed for a few hours at the Starbucks before boarding a Vietnam Airlines flight to Ho Chi Minh City, where I ended up staying the night. I stayed at The Airport Hotel, which was a 15 minute walk away and only cost me $35 CDN.

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I had to wake up the next day at 4:00am for a 7:00am flight to Tokyo, Japan and then onwards to San Francisco, USA and then finally home. The first flight was on an All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 767-300ER, the second flight was on a United Airlines Boeing 777-300ER, and the last fight was on a United Airlines Express CRJ200. I must admit that United Airlines has severely disappointed over the last few years; the seats being quite uncomfortable, and the food being mostly inedible. I will go out of my way to avoid flying them in the future. You can see below what was supposed the be breakfast, but ended up resembling something that I wouldn’t even give to a dog. That’s an omlette, not a chicken breast…

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There will be a bit of a lull with new material for the next few weeks as I have some weddings I have to shoot, but do stay tuned for my weddings, hiking, and a quick trip to Belgium in October.

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August 2nd 2016 – Off To Australia!

Today I spent my last day in Calgary for the next 36 days. I spent the day hanging out with Kirsty. First we went to Chinook mall and got a screen protector and a case for my phone. I didn’t learn my lesson last year when I dropped my phone in a toilet, so it’s better now than never. The guy threw in a good deal to get hers done too, so she did. After that we went to my favorite Vietnamese restaurant, Bagolac Saigon, for lunch.

We then drove downtown and parked in East Village and went for a walk. On our walk we checked out the brand new Bell Performing Arts Centre and grabbed some iced London fog teas from my Cafe Rosso, a coffee shop chain owned by my friend Dave Crosby. I caught up for a bit with Dave, as I had not seen him in a few years. We went to high school together, but I hadn’t seen much of him since due to my busy life, and him focusing on his business. I was glad to see that he was doing well.

After catching up with Dave we continued or walk to the East Village information centre, where I spotted a life sized chess set, and of course I had to play. We played one round of chess before heading back to her place so that I could get ready to go to the airport.


There was only about two hours left before I had to go to the airport so we hung out together and made sure that I had everything packed. At 4:30pm we headed to the airport.

I boarded a United Airlines Embraer ERJ-175 to San Fransico. The flight departed at  6:30pm and arrived at 8:30pm local time. I now have a two hour layover before I board a United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Sydney, Australia. The flight will take about 15 hours but I luckily have upgraded seats so it hopefully will be more pleasant than being in economy class.

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