My pre-trip conceptions of the places I was about to venture to – were all off. What I experienced was far greater and more interesting than I could imagine and almost hard to put in words, but I will try here:
It was a nice start in Cebu, but Philippines got kicked up a notch in Metro Manila where the disparity between the neighbouring cities was all too evident and a little surprising. The constant throughout, was however, the Jeepneys rides which were an adventure all on their own.Expand Story
The scooter-crazed nation of Vietnam is one of mastering how to integrate with the endless barrage of moving obstacles (from all directions) and when you get a moment to take your eyes away from on-coming-head-on traffic, you are reminded at every corner of their history and culture through the means of cuisine, art, celebrations and way of going about. Switching gears to Cambodia, it brought on a different look of Southeast Asia through the historic temples of Angkor and the small town of Siem Reap which was a nice contrast up to that point.
Things were heating up in Thailand literally and figuratively. In the meat of our trip, we were experiencing long hot and exhausting days which called for a slight shift in the daily schedule routine. We toned down our 14hr days to something more sensible, relaxing and that resembling of a ‘vacation’.
Moving south to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore felt like a nice combo of similar vibes while being different enough to be different. A more modern take on Southeast Asia lies in the Malay Peninsula where we spent eight wonderful days.
The fourth most populated country brought on the last leg of the trip. Hitting both the island of Sumatra and Java, we weren’t exactly short on coffee choices, however we aren’t big drinkers.
Caught up in the Chinese New Year celebration throughout much of the trip, our unique lifestyle for five weeks was magical. Hopping a flight every few days became routine and tearing down each new place from dawn ’til dusk and beyond was all we knew how to do.
Taking out my camera to make a simple video isn't as simple in all places, but I did what I had to bring the goods home and preserve many precious memories.
Just one of the many forms of transport needed to get around. They’re safe, convenient, usually cheap, and sometimes very necessary when stuck in dark places late at night.
SE Asia is full of them and they can’t be avoided. Weather we wanted to shop, take a break, grab a bite or escape the heat, they were always nearby.
Let's say on average, there were some personal space constraint issues. Jakarta was the biggest at 30.2M. The average national population was 81.4M.