Is This Your Hallowed Ground?

Sometimes I wonder why do we go to these places? These dark gloomy places of the past? Is it because we need to constantly remind ourselves of humanity’s capacity for good and evil? or is it because of our need to be connected to history or a culture or other things; to be able to feel that we are infinitely part of something bigger… a grand design?

When I was younger, I used to have so many answers for these questions. But now, I just don’t know. Because I know for a fact that some things just don’t connect. Some things just happen for no reason at all.

The Killing Field

The Killing Field

A Buddhist Monk, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

A Buddhist Monk, Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

  • http://www.helloanajonessy.com/ Ana Jonessy

    Had to cancel my plan to visit Cambodia this November, but got my flight sorted out for February 11th – just in time for a sacred ceremony there. How was your experience in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap? x

  • BaizurahBasri

    Cambodia is one of my favourite place in Indo-China. Albeit it is one of the most expesive country in Indo-China as well. I had a lovely time in Siem Reap exploring the Angkor Temples. Have somewhat mixed emotions about all the tourist attractions in Phnom Penh. But I think both places are must see destinations if you are a history buff like me!

    I also have never seen sooooo many NGOs working in one place. Cambodia is definitely a good place to do volunteer works.

    Don’t forget to go see Baetocello concert while in Siem Reap!

  • http://www.helloanajonessy.com/ Ana Jonessy

    I’m going just in time for Meak Bochea Day, my travel buddy and I are planning to participate in the ceremony with the locals. Pretty stoked cos I’ll be meeting a long time Cambodian blogger friend!

    I feel the same way about, Cambodia does have a dark history but I feel like there’s a lot we can learn from it. And yes! I’ve read somewhere about this restaurant where you can learn to cook local cuisines with the teenagers from nearby orphanage or something like that. I’ll have to do a little digging when I’m back. Hope I’ll have time for the concert!

  • BaizurahBasri

    I heard those cooking classes is a MUST!! You have fun in Cambodia and take lots of photos!

  • http://www.helloanajonessy.com/ Ana Jonessy

    Pretty torn about taking my dslr with me cos I like to travel light. Kalau buli time jalan2 tu mau lugai2 ja hahaha, tinggal bawa passport + wallet ja dlm sling bag. I might just bring my GoPro but then having a zoom lens would enable me to discreetly photograph people from afar. How was it like for you?

  • BaizurahBasri

    It is one of those countries where u will definitely miss your DSLR if u don’t have it with u. But a GoPro would be ok too I guess. I have seen many people using GoPro for street photography. I am just not very keen about its image quality.

    I have also converted to a smaller mirrorless camera. Choosing it because of the weight. It really sucks when u have to carry a heavy camera around… Mau putus leher! But I would imagine I would still be very disappointed with the photos quality if I did not bring a DSLR to Cambodia last year.

  • http://www.helloanajonessy.com/ Ana Jonessy

    Which smaller camera did you end up purchasing? I’m not entirely happy with my current Samsung EX2F. I’m eyeing one of the Fujifilm X series camera but on the other I’m also trying to stick to a budget haha. But I guess a GoPro would be better considering the way I travel and stuff I do? Hmm. Oh and if you did already get your camera, how do you like it? x

  • BaizurahBasri

    I end up buying the samsung NX3000. Smaller. Mirrorless. APS-C sensor. Interchangeable lenses. Good enough for street photography.

  • BaizurahBasri

    I end up buying the samsung NX3000. Smaller. Mirrorless. APS-C sensor. Interchangeable lenses. I can carry it in my sling bag. Good enough for street photography.

  • http://www.helloanajonessy.com/ Ana Jonessy

    Ooh beautiful shot!

    I’m leaning towards the Canon EOS M III now haha, cos I really don’t wanna purchase any more lenses. With an adaptor, I can use my EFS / EFL lens series on its small body. But hmm…

  • BaizurahBasri

    Canon EOS M is awesome. I was thinking about getting that too… but, I think it’s a bit on the pricier side.

  • http://www.helloanajonessy.com/ Ana Jonessy

    But the AF is so slow though…

  • BaizurahBasri

    yeah I heard that… but you gotta sacrifice some to get some convenience.