Ta Prohm, an overgrown temple near Siem Reap in Cambodia, is truly a strange and magical place. Walking around this crumbling place under the (slightly) cooler forest canopy was one of my most favourite memories from our Cambodia trip. You may recognise this temple from the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie.
After the fall of the Khmer Empire Ta Prohm was abandoned for centuries, and the jungle basically took it back. Now you can see massive twisted roots growing over the whole thing, and instead of cutting the forest away, the authorities left the temple as is. We visited a few other temples in this same style (overgrown) so I have included some pictures of those as well.
January was the month of waiting. Waiting seems to be a large part of a writer’s life. I think I am getting used to it, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t check my email a hundred thousand billion times a day. I try not to, but I can’t help it. Waiting is better than not waiting though, because of course waiting means you have some projects or opportunities out there. And that is always a good thing, no matter how it all pans out in the end. So most likely I will continue to wait throughout February as well, and perhaps even a bit of March too. I think I’m getting rather good at it. :)
Well that was a year. It sure was. I think it was a bit of a tough one in a lot of heavy ways, but I guess in terms of my writing it was my most focused year yet. I made a decision at the beginning of 2017 that I would learn more skills this year and I would try harder to be serious about my work, and I definitely think I accomplished that. So although the year was a tough one, being the very first one for my family without my mum around, it was also a year in which I made a hell of a lot of progress. And for that, I am proud.
Like I've said before, I freaking love New Zealand.
When I traveled through the North Island, I got the opportunity to visit Rotorua, which is a bit of a cultural centre for New Zealand's Maori people. I loved learning a little bit about their culture, and particularly I enjoyed seeing their extraordinary carvings and art.
Traditionally, Maori men and women would wear ink across their faces and bodies, but obviously that isn't practiced so much anymore (basically cos its super hard to get a job when you have face tattoos). However, I was lucky enough to see an old woman in Wellington waiting for a bus, who still wore hers, and even a young father in Paihia in the north, also with face tattoos. Pretty cool!
I loved taking photos of this stuff, carvings are really so beautiful.
This blog has turned into a strange little place, where I generally waffle on about whatever takes my fancy at the time of writing. This is why I wanted to give the whole monthly check in a try, which I have seen a lot of other writers do on their websites, and which personally I always really enjoy reading.
It is kind of a weird thing, like a sort of internet diary, and I’m still getting used to the idea that writing stuff on the net means it’s on the net.... it is a little bit exposing.
But still, I do really love reading other people’s little monthly updates, and I want to give this a try. So here we go....
One of the coolest trips my husband and I have been on was a visit to Siem Reap in Cambodia, where we spent time exploring Angkor Wat and other temples within Angkor, such as the Bayon.
Angkor Wat is a huge temple complex in Cambodia, constructed in the 1100s in the then capital of the Khmer Empire. It is a pretty extraordinary place, filled with stunning carvings. I really enjoy taking photos of close up things when I travel so I definitely had a lot of fun with that.
This post is a bunch of the photos from our trip in this beautiful country.
Apart from being utterly obsessed with stories and writing novels, I also really love to travel. I don't get to go away as often as I would like, but when I do manage to get away I always have the best time.
Soon, my husband and I will travel to China to hang out in Beijing, and it's got me thinking about all the other trips to wonderful places I have enjoyed.
And that is what this post is about, just some travelling stuff, just for fun. :)