Henna Tattoo in Cambodia

My friends that have visited Cambodia, have raved about this tattoo. A week ago I was in Cambodia at the Old Market and I decided to get this tattoo. At the booth, they had albums of different designs that you could pick from. I was looking for a particular design so I searched photos of henna tattoos on Pinterest and picked out one of an elephant. As you can see below. 

I decide to get it on around my ankle because it was less likely to come off compared to my hand. We bargained back and forth and settled on a 3 USD price. Just get in mind, the price depends on the size of the design you want. 


It turned out amazing I have to say! They first drew the design with a pen and then with the henna ink. I had to let the ink dry  for an hour before I touched it. 

The next morning I woke up and the ink was peeling. I was like “that was such a waste of $3.”But when I was at school, my friend, Chiharu told me that it was supposed to be like that. She said that I could peel it off. So I did and it turned out like the picture below. The picture below is how the henna is supposed to look like. 


So far, it has stayed on for about a week and counting. I bet if I wasn’t in the pool or doing sports it would stay longer. 

Overall, it was a really cool experience to get the henna tattoo since I have never gotten it before. If you are interested, I recommend you get it. 

Thailand 🇹🇭 to Cambodia 🇰🇭 

Once our Air Asia plane touched down in Cambodia, I knew that this place was sure going to be an adventure. The first thing I inferred from Cambodia that it is rich in culture. When you first walk in the airport, you see a large bronze Buddha. This Buddha was spectacular, unique, none I have ever seen before. We planned to get visas on arrival, so we headed to the visa application line. It was a very fast-moving process, I was so surprised! The fee for the visa was 30 USD per person. The reward was far greater than the fee in my opinion. You got a sparkling visa stamp and a pass to an adventure. Once we stepped foot outside the airport, we were greeted by a friendly man from Golden Temple and my dad (which was a suprise). Golden Temple is the name of our hotel for the trip. Upon entering the van that was waiting for us, we were offered beverages. Along the way, the friendly man pointed out sights and even briefly explained Cambodia’s history. The ride lasted for about 20 minutes until we arrived at this nature looking entrance. It was beautiful!

There were steps leading across a small pond to the reception desk. One of the staff members stood there and gave us the Cambodian welcome. He directed us towards the seating area and checked us in efficiently. After we checked in, we were shown around the premises including the swimming pool

and the computer area.


Finally we were shown to our room (yay!). When we arrived in our room, it felt modern and homey (perfect!).


The bed even revealed bits and pieces of the Cambodian religious culture. The culture was displayed through the lotus flowers that were placed so carefully on the bed.


The lotus flower is Buddhist. Next the hotel staff explained to us how to do this, if this was free, if you need any help and so on and so on. We settled down for the night in our rooms and the staff brought up our luggage. But wait… they brought up delicious welcome drinks, sticky rice, fruit, and nuts. So delicious! I would give today a thumbs up. Goodnight!

Shine: Photo Challenge

For the daily photo challenge, they challenged me to take a photo of something that shines. I didn’t choose this photo just beacause of the sun, I chose this photo because the picture in a whole shines.  

I took this photo in Gili Air, Bali. Btw, all the photo challenge photos are taken by me. What do you think? I love hearing your comments. 

Where in the World Would You Most Like to Travel?

Recently, the Travel Section published the 52 Places to Go in 2017. From number one to number 52. From Canada to Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

I will take you through a rundown of five of the fifty-two places to go.

#1 Canada

Canada is huge! There’s probably so many places to travel and things to come! I’m putting it first on my own list on places to go! 

  • Canada’s over 200 national parks are free to get into. Let’s go now! Gives national park lovers an excuse to head to Canada. 
  • Plus, the exchange rates mean American travelers get more for their money! Yay! Canadians will probably see a lot of Americans there!

     #2 Atacama Desert, Chile

Judging by the picture, this desert looks like an exotic place to travel. It will definitely go on my list of places to see. The Atacama Desert is know as the world’s highest desert. There is ‘wind-carved duns and kaleidoscopic salt lakes’. Sounds interesting. But there is no way I am going to walk through the whole desert. Haha. I think this desert is pretty exotic and definitely speaks ‘travel’ to me. So for the number two pick, I’ll give you a thumbs up!

Here we go:

#3 Agra, India

That picture is absolutely stunning! It seems like India  is rich in their culture; I can totally see so many elements of culture in this photo. It says ‘2017 also promises new reasons to venture beyond’. What they mean is that in Agra, India there will be more things to see besides the Taj Mahal. Honestly, I was really surprised that they said it. The Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world. The article states that they have done some remodeling in the surronding areas, a new dinning complex, and better transportation. I want to go!

#4 Zematt, Switzerland

Oops, there is no picture but if you go on the New York Time’s website there’s a 360 degree video that you can watch. I watched the video, it is amazing and totally worth it to watch. Although, sadly it is not the same as being there.Honestly, it is spectacular about all the places we can bring to people through a click of a button. The climate is cold, it would be nice to get out of the humidity of Bangkok for a while. It seems like a great way to spend your time in Switzerland. It says there is ‘a permanent open-air theater’ that has performances of ‘Romeo and Juliet on Gornergrat’. So if you want a break from the heat, this place should be at the top of your list. I agree that Zematt should be at number four.

Last but not least is……………………

#5 Botswana

Wow! You can’t go to Africa without seeing wildlife. So this would be at the top of my places to go in Africa for sure! I would love to go here!

 

As I look down the 52 Places to Go in 2017 List, I found surprising:

  • #7 Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

It is on this list because the U.S.’s first solar eclipse in 38 years will happen here and everyone will want to travel to there!

  • #9 Detroit, Michigan

Detroit!! Wow!!

  • #12 Greenville, South Carolina
  • Greenville! East coast!!

#26 Kazakhastan

    Interesting choice….

    • #30 Chiang Mai, Thailand

    I’ve been there! At least I’ve been to one of the places on the list! Hahahahahahaha!

    • #31 Napa Valley, California

    I’ve been to California but not Napa Valley. I should go! 

    • #33 Sedona, Arizona

    If your a desert lover, it is perfect for you. But also make sure to check out the Grand Canyon, too. LOL.

    • #38 Antequera, Spain

    Cool!

    • #40 Ibera Wetlands, Argentina

    Again, perfect for national park lovers.

    • #45 Birmingham, Alabama

    Perfect for the beer lovers out there. 

     

    That wraps up my take on the Top 52 Places to Visit in 2017.

    Please comment below I’d love to hear what y’all thought of the 52 places listed.

    In my upcoming blog posts, I will promise to share with you my own Top 10 Places to Travel in 2017. So stay tuned…..

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    The Year of Travel 2016

    This year I have done so many things. I was talking to a very special person a little while ago. They made me realize that I’m very lucky to have this opportunity  of traveling. But when I travel, I have to sit down and think ‘Am I really here?’. Or is this just a crazy dream? When I arrived in Bangkok yesterday, I was riding the BTS and I felt like I hadn’t spent two years of my life here. It felt like I have only been here for a month. Time flies by so fast when you are traveling. Why does time fly by so fast when you are traveling? Well, you are having fun and being with the people you love doing the best thing in the whole world. I was searching the word ‘travel’ on Google and here’s what I found:

    trav·el

    ˈtravəl/

    verb

    1.

    make a journey, typically of some length or abroad.

    “the vessel had been traveling from Libya to Ireland”

    While I was exploring the word ‘travel’ and seeing if this word made any connections to my experience of ‘traveling’. I stumbled across this quote that made me rethink the idea of ‘travel’.

    What does this quote mean to you, Zoe? Well, I’ve learned over the years from my quote-loving friends and even teachers that each person has their own interpretations of quotes. No one’s quote interpretations are the same. This is my interpretation of the quote:

    All the people you see– All the cultures you experience– All the food you eat– All the languages you learn while you travel are invaluable

    Also, all the things you see, smell, learn, touch, and experience stay with you forever. These fill you with lots of stories. I realized this when I was talking to a very special person. I realized that I was talking and talking about my experiences. What I believe is that I have grown, I have learned without a teacher. Traveling is an invaluable lesson, something that cannot be taught, something that you have to experience on your own, by yourself. No one, not a teacher, not even me, can give you the real traveling experience. Learning about different cultures, no one can teach you that. You have to go to that place and experience their culture yourself.

    As I stop and process what I have written, I’m amazed at what I just said. Is this really me talking? I believe that traveling has taught me all this. I’m not sure that my English teacher could’ve taught me about traveling. I think traveling taught me about traveling.

    This quote is so very true, this is why I have my blog. I want to share my experiences with others and while I do that my readers can get a virtual sense of different places.

    Please leave a comment about what the word ‘traveling’ and the quote I just shared with you mean to you. I will give you a shout out on my blog.

    Just giving you something to reflect and think about…
    https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/year/