Wanderfulescapades.com 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 45,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 10 Film Festivals

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Romanticizing the Stones

The Bayon temple is a magnificent stone structure.  It is at the center of the ancient city of Angkor Thom.   The entire Angkor Wat complex is splendid but the Bayon temple standout peculiar.  Although relatively the newest of all the temples in Angkor, this 12th to early 13th century temple depicts a bravura of authentic architecture.

This temple’s most captivating feature is the gathering of massive yet tranquil stone faces on the towers which protrude out all over. The temple also has an impressive set of bas-reliefs from the medieval age.

The Bayon temple in ruin is part of a rich culture, religion and history of Cambodia.  It has obviously suffered the battery and test of time.  Though the walls, floors and ceilings have dilapidated, its  deterioration manifests strength.

I am lucky enough to see the Bayon temple for the second time.  A treasure trove for all people to see.

Weeekly Photo Challenge: Geometry (2)

This is the garden of LOUIS XIV in his Chateau in Versailles France. The garden maintains its old medieval like charm throughout the ages.  I took these photos from the Second floor of the Chateau last March.  Oh, how much I miss this place.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry (1)

The Sydney Opera House is a Geometrical Masterpiece, I believe.  The peculiar way of putting together tiles and come up with something like this is a great work of art.  No doubt the Opera House is one of the world’s most famous landmarks.

It’s Time to Deck the Halls…

As I walk the dogs before bed last night I saw a well-lit house on a hill not far from ours; their colorful lights are up just in time for Christmas.  Suddenly it came to me, that I’m two months late to decorate.

You see, here in the Philippines we observe Christmas at the start of the ‘ber‘ months.  That would be from September and it’s already November and there is not a hint of Christmas in my house yet.

Christmas for many Filipino families is a serious “business”. We are proud to claim that we are a country that celebrates Christmas the longest (lest anyone repute that).  Shopping malls start selling Christmas decor and radio stations play the yuletide music.  Even the local news and TV shows make a countdown for Christmas.  TV commercials and billboards showcase the upcoming holidays through their advertisements.  You will start to see the traditional red, green and gold in many posters and print ads anywhere.  Oh and everyone becomes kinder.

The climate also signifies that its ‘almost’ Christmas.  Though it never snow here (we only dream of a white Christmas).  It is cooler and it gets dark earlier.  You’d hear many people say, “that’s because it’s almost Christmas”.

People’s emotions dwell to the upcoming yuletide season.  They start planning for Christmas parties, reunions, baptismal, weddings and even giving birth.  I know a lot of people who start shopping for their Christmas gifts while it’s still ‘cheap’.  Prices really go up come December.  But in my case, I would start scouring the town and novelty stores for the Christmas items that I decorate our house with.  Our house has been a favorite venue for the yuletide occasion since.

Christmas in the Philippines followed by New Year’s Day a week later is a culminating activity for a year that was and a joyous celebration of the year to follow.  It’s the moment most of us have long for the year.

Christmas is so important for me that I celebrate with so much gusto.  This is how I deck the halls…

Over the years, I was able to collect more than a hundred pieces for the “Christmas Village”.
Christmas characters like Santa Claus, Snowman, Angels and many others adorn the house during Christmas.
Our house becomes a mini Christmas Museum, some say a store during Christmas.
Every area of the house from the living room, the patio, bedroom and the kitchen screams Christmas.
The living room half-decorated.

On top of the hill where we live amidst the pines and gardens soon our house will light up again. After all, it’s Christmas !

Banteay Srei Once More

The Banteay Srei is the smallest temple inside the Angkor Wat Complex in the Kingdom of Cambodia.  It is a 10th Century Cambodian temple. Yet, the temple’s intricate decorative wall designs have been  well-preserved.  It is as elaborate as the other temples inside Angkor with a different flair and character. This temple is simply mesmerizing.

This is my second visit to this temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and I can’t still get enough of its awesome beauty.  A treasure though in ruins, the decorations withstood the test of time for all of us to cherish. And I’m enthralled to see Banteay Srei for the second time, and I gaze at it like it was my first.

So, I thought I’d put up a photo collage of the beautiful Banteay Srei if there is not a third time anymore.