Friday, September 10, 2010

A Quick Look at Where We've Been

Hey all,

I know I got sick just when we got back from our trip through Asia and Nepal, so I thought today I'd put together a quick photo album of some of the places we went to. And at the end, I'll do another contest since I wasn't able to finish the one I started before. I will add those who entered before in this one, just to be fair!

So we'll start off with a couple of pics I promised before. One of the most unique places I visited. Batu Caves in Malaysia.

Outside the cave looking in. 272 steps to the entrance. This is a holy place for many, watched over by Murugan, a Hindu deity . While I was there they had a religious ceremony going on inside and it was quite interesting for this westerner to watch.

The inside of the cave looking out. There are thousand of rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites as well as statues of gods, goddesses and pilgrims on holy journeys.

And one more. This monkey looks cute, but is really a terror. You have to watch yourself around them. They run free and expect a treat. And if you don't have one, they get cranky. This monkey is looking innocent just after ripping the shiny hair clip out of a lady's hair right next to me. Took both of us to get it off her!

I have tons more because it was such a cool place, but I since I have so much to tell you, I'm limiting myself. LOL Someday I'll get my pics on my website and then all can enjoy them. Someday.

And here is a quick look at another place we enjoyed on our trip. This is in Cambodia. As you know we spent some time in Angkor Wat as well as wandering around the countryside. Here are some of the discoveries we made. This is an area we'd love to go back to someday.

This is at the airport. This vehicle is a Tuk-tuk and we loved it! It moved along at a pretty good clip, you could feel the fresh air and was CHEAP!!!! What would cost 10 dollars American for a taxi ride was only a a few cents. And we loved our driver. We met him the first day and kept calling him from that point on. Little English, but he was a sweetheart!!!!

The floating village on the biggest lake in the area. Tonle Sap. These places are amazing. Everything is done right on the water. Eat, sleep, bathe (we saw a few women taking a bath...OMG) and even garden. We saw pens of chickens, ducks, fish and even pigs out there. They have a school on the water with an actual basketball court. High walls of course.

And one of our of favorite places we visited. The atmosphere of the area was so spiritual and exotic. You might recognize this tree growing out of the ruin from the movie "Tomb Raider". It was shot on location here. This part of the Angkor Wat ruin is called Phnom Penh and is one of the ruins they've allowed the jungle to take over. It gives you a look at what the explorers may have seen when they first arrived. And you can see how big it is by Jonathon in the picture!

Well, that's it for today. I'll post more pics later, but I've got to go get ready to go. Jonathon has tickets to a premiere of the show he's working on. The House of Dancing Water. Check it out here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8mu8PfWnyY It's amazing and I can't wait to see it!

And the contest???? All you have to do is comment and tell me what pic you like best and why. That's it. How easy is that? The contest will run through the week and next Friday I'll draw a name from all the comments and you'll win my latest ebook, Touch Me...Tease Me. The more you comment, the more chance you have to win!!!! WooHoo!!!!!

Hugs and I'll see you on Monday.

CJ England

4 comments:

Kissa Starling said...

I'm a rock and gem gal so I'd have to say the cave picture is my favorite. These are amazing! I had no idea you traveled like this.

Phylis said...

Hey CJ! I really like the shot from the inside of the cave looking out. It looks like a whole different world. But the houses on the water blows my mind.

CJ England said...

Kissa,

You should see the rest of the cave. It's amazing. Huge. As big as a football field inside. There are monkeys living inside and a host of birds nesting on the walls since their is a hole in the ceiling in one area. I'd love to go and just sit there without all the tourists.

CJ England said...

Phylis,

The village on the water was mind-blowing. I'd heard of them of course, but to see them live that way... They go to school, work and to the store and never leave the water. Cats, dogs, and livestock live their whole lives never setting foot on dry land. I've seen it and it's still hard to believe.