Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples, Cambodia

25th – 28th September 2014

This, unfortunately  will not be the post I had hoped it would be.  This is the only section of photos that I didn’t get many back from, and probably the one I wanted most.  However, I will always have the experience with me, and maybe one day I’ll get to go back there.

I had managed to already back up the Angkor Wat sunrise photos as they were separate from the others.  We got up at silly o’clock to watch the sun rise with Angkor Wat as the backdrop.  It was absolutely beautiful.   And as expected I took hundreds of pics as the sun came up! Continue reading Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples, Cambodia

A short trip to Kampot and Kep, Cambodia

23rd-24th September 2014

As a one night side trip we got the bus down to Kampot. Well, it was one of their ‘minivan’ buses, which basically means the driver will do the trip in as fast a time as possible.  I’d say we spent about 80% of the journey on the wrong side of the road!

Once there we hired bikes and rode down to Kep. Here is where I got my Cambodian tattoo…… Continue reading A short trip to Kampot and Kep, Cambodia

Mr.T – The Drunken Tuk Tuk Driver!

After the harrowing day at the killing fields, the day did a much needed u-turn, and turned out to be an authentic day with a group of Cambodians, who are a fantastically friendly bunch.
It was a national holiday in Cambodia,  and Mr.T asked us if we wanted to go to his home village for a party, and he’d bring us back later on, so we jumped at the chance! You are always weary when in these kind of situations, but gut instinct goes a long way in keeping you safe. This guy knew everyone in Phnom Penh, he was talking to everyone and seemed a pretty popular guy in the town. On the way to his village, he stopped at a friend’s house where we got to say hello to her and her baby, and it was pretty evident that this was just one friendly normal guy, and not a mad tuk tuk driving kidnapper!  Well, maybe he was mad but certainly not in a horrible way! Continue reading Mr.T – The Drunken Tuk Tuk Driver!

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

21st-23rd September 2014

Our arrival into Cambodia along the Mekong River and then onwards by bus took us into the Southern city of Phnom Penh. The landscape was quite similar to that of Vietnam,  although I felt a little more green and lush. After checking into our hostel we decided to go for lunch. Here we were introduced to the city’s main transportation mode – the tuk tuk! Tuk tuks come in different shapes and styles. Continue reading Phnom Penh, Cambodia

All was not lost, but a lesson learned, as always.

This was going to be my next post:

“Absolutely gutted are the only words I can use as to how I feel right now. I have just spent an awesome day trekking in the Malaysian jungle, and have excitedly booked a trek with a group tomorrow too.  So, feeling quite content, this evening I thought I’d catch up with some things I needed to do,  and so thought I’d get the photos off my SD cards and onto my tablet.  Four cards I went through,  and afterwards I formatted each card for the next use. The last card I formatted I didn’t think had worked properly.  So I did it again.  Unfortunately what I didn’t realise was that I was just about to format the storage card on my tablet, deleting 90% of the photos I had taken in the last six weeks. 

At first it was disbelief, then this lead to the realisation that I had actually just done this, and suffice to say I have spent much of the evening in tears.  Those that know me, and those that follow my blog, I expect realise, how much my photos mean to me. There’s photos of sunsets and blue beaches that I’m really not going to get upset about and I can get any day, they’re ten a penny, but what sticks in my mind is my visit to the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, and my two days spent in the amazing temples of Angkor Wat. Yes, I know I could potentially revisit these places one day, but both experiences were special,  and I know I had some equally amazing pictures.

I know over the next few days/weeks I will remember other great pics and videos I have taken, and now lost. I know it’s not the end of the world but I can’t help being so upset about this.

Unfortunately the next few blog posts won’t have many pics on them,  if any. I have a handful of photos on my phone, but not many 😦 ”

Fortunately things weren’t quite as bad as I first thought:

Now, after chatting with a couple of people I was well informed that I should be able to get the photos back, with the use of a computer.  So whilst in Kuala Lumpur I took my memory cards into a computer shop.  I managed to get a whole bunch of corrupted photos back, some had been salvaged ok, but not many.  The next day I took all my memory cards in to see what I could get back from them, and luckily I did get a fair few more from them.  I had most of the Elephant Nature Park photos, but as hard as I wished I really didn’t get many of the Angkor temples photos.  Probably about ten out of…..er…..probably around 300!  Truly gutted about this as I had two of the best days of my entire trip in these magnificent old ruins, they really were something else.   I was even thinking of going back there to retake the pics I lost, but it would cost a bit to go back there obviously, and I came to the conclusion I can visit again one day.  So the awesome day and photos I took (which I never got to see myself as I hadn’t even had chance to sit down properly and look through them!) will remain confined to my memory, bar a few saved ones. 

I know it is not the end of the world, but it certainly wasn’t my best week I must admit, especially as I have cloud backup in case of such idiotic occurrences….but last time I did the backup, it hadn’t worked properly, and I hadn’t kept on top of it and checked it. 

Unfortunately I didn’t have a second back up in case of two idiotic occurrences…..

Tough lesson learned.  It’s always after the horse has bolted isn’t it……?!

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