Right after dinner, we had to leave hotel to go for Phare Circus.
From our hotel, it was more than 2 KM to the place. 5 USD 2 ways we got. In fact, it's supposed to be 6 USD.
A typical circus, you will think of animals doing stunts and making the audience burst into laughter. This isn't like that. There's a add on value service in any trips. If you know a local friend, or a friend who's residing there, it's gonna help you experience your holiday even better.
This isn't that typical circus you know. It's a theater, music, dance, modern circus and acrobats where performers used this aspects to tell Cambodian stories. I can't exactly remember the price. Depending on what you take, it varies. I think, mine was $18 USD.
The show was perfect. I was glad I went for it. It's THAT amazing. They tell their story through their performances. Each day you go, they tell a different story. The highlight of my whole trip, has got to be this.
These performers come from struggling families, poverty, and some are orphanage. They attend the school to learn the art and later on, turn professional. This is a good cause. Show your support and watch their show. If you happen to be in Siem Reap, this is something you have to do. Do not miss this and have this Phare experience, you will not regret it. At the same time, give hope to our human counterpart in Siem Reap.
In 2014, someone booked 3 tickets to Cambodia. It ended up as a 2 person holiday, which is totally fine with us. We are happy as it is. Haha. From the airport, it wasn't that long before we reached to our hotel. All I can say, it was burning hot. It was so hot we almost died from weather shock. The temperature was at 40s and that's not even the humidity yet.
We stayed in a hotel called Royal Crown hotel. The moment we walked in, it was so cozy and nice. Oh most importantly, it was cooling. They served us cold towel and a tea. Nice! I like their hospitality.
That's our room. Omg, it was so nice. I love to sleep :D
The view from our block. It looks relatively good from the outside too.
Before we left, of course, hi. haha.
We don't stay in the hotel even though that's the most comfortable thing to do, right? It's time to discover the beauty of Siem Reap. We walked around and there we found out, it was very close by to the town area. They call it as the Old Market street and it was so strategic! Everything is there, and in particular, what we need - food. Oh, we were so excited to see Tuk Tuks. haha.
There's a culture shock again. We didn't know how to cross the road. The zebra crossing is useless. People couldn't care. There were tuk tuks, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks and everything else.
After exploring for only half an hour, we found this street that's good for our stomach. Since I was just sick the day before, I had to opt for Coke. Like, Coke okay! It's okay, patience.
I know I haven't done this for awhile now. Back to reviews.
I know, I have done this review in Instagram, in Facebook. But, that's not sufficient. So, my friend bought this Groupon voucher because it was cheap. Call us cheapskate, but, we wanted to try it since it's like hundreds usually and you get like 39 bucks. Who wouldn't want, right?
This is based on my personal experience, it wasn't told by someone else. I wouldn't label anything right now, let me review and we will come to a conclusion then.
We bought a 3.5 hour full body aromatherapy and lymphatic massage, together with facial. I didn't know what to expect from a lymphatic massage but I read on it after that that it is supposed to be gentle, not painful and does not have a stimulating effect.
We entered the center, expecting to see some pretty ladies. What I saw was some bare-faced "beauticians." Proper beauty centers like this, I really expect them to speak English but they came with Chinese. o.O So there were 2 sides to sit, one on the left and another on the right. So, she just said, have a seat. She didn't bother when I sat at the other side because there's a form I had to fill which I wasn't aware of. Another came out with a cup of tea asking me to sit at the other side. I was then asked to fill in the form. Honestly, in centers like this, this isn't my first time. There were no consultations. Instead, all they did was to ask you to fill in the form if you have any allergy and stuff like that on the form. Okay, in you go for a massage.
The moment I lied on the place they prepared for massage, the lady came in, asking if I wanted lavender or ginger oil. I said, I didn't want because from what I would have known, that is an additional charge. Then, she sounded like, I have to take. I told her politely I wanted lavender. The moment I said lavender, she said it's an additional charge. I am not commenting, yet.
Then, the masseur came in and she started doing it. She asked if the strength was okay, which it was. In the middle of it, I felt like she was marinating a cow. In particular, in the end of the massage whereby it was so painful, it was so poignant I hope that it ended at that very moment. I am someone who loves massage, by the way.
Then, I had to change room for the facial. She started to condemn my skin, saying that tsk tsk you have really dry skin here, and oily at your T-zone. Lady, I am fully aware of that, stop condemning. She said I need to do this and that treatment, which I refused of course. It's an additional of almost 200 bucks for that. I said no. She then offered a serum which was cheaper, but it's also almost 100 bucks. Again, I declined that upsell. She started doing all kinds of nonsense like she just puts stuff on my face without telling anything, left the room for a really long time until the room temperature became so uneasy and uncomfortable. There was no clock in the room and I wasn't supposed to wear a watch too. I don't live in stone age, aunties.
When I was finally done, that took about 3 hours instead of 3.5. Again, I didn't want 3.5 anymore. Oh! She brought me to the consultation room. I know, it's not something I can avoid because they will try to sell you their packages. For obvious reason, it has been declined again. We rejected them. Once we said no, she showed her black as a wok face, put down the brochure and walked out without a word. That's great customer service!
When we wanted to leave, Dwaeji's slipper was hidden God knows where. That lady, with all the rudeness in the world, said that it's in one of those cupboards, look for it. That's very polite, I think I like that a lot. She can be nominated as one of the best serving customer service in the whole universe, like really.
The next day, my back turned to be that way in the picture. I was in pain, nobody could touch my back at all. Someone actually slightly tapped my back, and I was screaming in excruciating pain. Mind you, that was just a tap.
For all the good stuff they have put on their website, even with all the purchasing power that I have, I wouldn't even go, ever. It's all untrue, it's all just at their surface. If, these people refuse to serve the Groupon customers, by all means, withdraw from Groupon. Nobody is forcing you to advertise there. If you cannot cope with the volume with such minimal payback and you can't even cover the cost of your products, please, I request you to withdraw. It is not your customers fault that they do not want to sign up packages with you. The reason people patronize is because there was a promotion, and it was cheap, and most of them, they just wanna experience it. If you manage to catch them to sign up with you and scam them all the way, good for you but how many would? In addition to that, if you showed your bloody annoying face, being outright rude to us, tell me, in which logical sense, would a sane person wanna sign up with you? No way in Hell.
Today, November 21st, it has been a month since I posted a complaint on Groupon's FB. I checked back to see. Not everyone will do that, but I apologize that I am from the service background, I do follow ups in whatever I do.
Groupon freaking removed my complaints from their FB page. If one wonders, there were no profanities or vulgarities, just facts. Being rude is something a lot of people cannot tolerate. It is simply unacceptable for someone to be rude, especially working in places like that.
Signing off, this is to declare, Amber Beila is to be prosecuted and blacklisted, for life. They are located in Taman Sea. If you want to be tortured, too loaded, like people being rude to you, wanna feel the marinated feeling, I wouldn't stop you, go ahead, and of course, enjoy~ This is, epic failure.
It was a long break since the last post. This has got to be the last entry already. I had the morning city tour around Dubai that day. It's the only thing I can do left before my flight in the evening that day.
That's Za'abeel Palace or it is also known as Zabeel Palace. You can see many peacocks around here. They walk wherever they want, ignoring vehicles and the humans. Do not knock them or kill them. Consequence is severe.
That's the mosque.
It's weird to have a beach area in a desert, right? Of course, it's man-made. See the Burj Al-Arab there? Great view for sure, but for people like me, I guess, it's better to see it from afar instead of staying there haha.
Next, we went to Atlantis. It's a palm area and it's far from the city. I'm not rich to be traveling with a cab everyday and everywhere.
What else ... it's Dubai's trademark, Burj Khalifa. Just like KL, you can go up, and that's with an entrance fee. I'm not exactly sure how much but it's not cheap.
Quite a shock to me. Before that, I think buildings are just buildings. How far off can a building go? I was wrong. This, is the only country I have seen that has the weirdest buildings. They are very futuristic and I can't figure out what did they build. Just wonder.
Then, went to the airport only to find out, my flight has been delayed. That's no fun.
If one asks, will I return to Dubai? Probably not. Things there are too expensive. Places like that, once is enough. In the first place, Dubai was never my intended vacation. Or, anywhere in the Middle East. It's an eye opener in terms of their cultures and all, and Dubai is already one of the modern developed ones, so I just don't think I'll be going back.
Right. Procrastination kicks in. It's not a surprise. We were picked up by the driver late noon to go to the Al-Habab Desert Safari, quite a distance from our hotel. There were few other guys in the jeep.
Yeap, all the 4WD. That's the beginning of the dune bashing. It's an experience. A wonderful one. Something very different from other holidays. If there is a highlight of my Dubai trip, it's the dune bashing. The driver I must say, is damn skillful. Knocked my head few times, and I am still mentally okay.
Then, we stopped at wherever we were to take pictures.
You get 4WD stuck in the sand. It's very common. There's this rope in every of their 4WD to help the others. Awesomeness.
After we bash around, we arrived. Tadaaa. That's the Arabian night. Food were served. Had nice food. We did henna. Before the place was packed with tourists like us haha.
That's the camel. My first encounter with a camel. OMG SO CUTE!
There were dancing too! I don't know what's the first dance called. The guy were spinning spinning and spinning at the same spot for like half an hour. He must be really damn that fit. It's insane.
Then, there comes the belly dancing. Probably, I have seen better ones, so I am not that impressed. It's good, I enjoyed it, but not impressed. I watch the belly dancing girls from the other studio every year. Probably that's the reason.
I've heard a story from a friend recently, whereby her friend has been active on Tinder, okc and the apps that are similar to that.
Let's get real. Those apps are very physical based. People don't look at your behavior, your attitude, your personality in the first glance. What they look at? Your picture, whatever you decide to show e.g. your face and etc.
Of course, you can photoshop your pictures to be an entirely different person. You can be the bomb in tinder or what not. To be the hot, gorgeous person there. But, how much can you hide? It's only so much.
Then, those guys started asking her out. This is a context of a girl. She found it weird that every guy disappear after the meet up session. The problem lies in her for sure. She photoshopped her picture until her friend could not tell that it's her. From the face to the legs, meaning, improved her skin texture, she became much fairer, looked much younger, she became taller, slimmer and everything else.
When you finally meet a person, people generally will be shocked. Reason, they feel cheated. When they feel cheated, they disappear from your sight. Stop being weird, put up your own pictures without any edit and things will get better. Secondly, don't be desperate. Don't meet every Tom, Dick and Harry. If you choose to do, then don't blame others for having such weird behavior.
Maybe, these kind of girls should be prohibited from these applications. Instead, the best is to actually go for an arranged marriage and lock her in the house. But again, she's so weird. Her aim is to find anyone as long as she has someone to get married with. Regardless. She even tried finding among her own friends and attempted til the point that the guys are running away from her. OMG? Why are there such human I wonder.
I had a great sleep on Day 5. Day 6, there was no plan in the morning and tadaaa.... it was an impromptu again.
SK picked me from Internet City. Then, went to JBR Beach. Ever wonder why there's a beach in a desert? Haha, of course it's man-made.
It's Jumeirah Beach Residence or commonly known as JBR. I love the sand.
This is a very nicely developed place. They have restaurants, hotels, shopping mall, residents, cinema and etc built here. This is a very popular area for Al Fresco dining. On the night of weekends, it's a place where locals flash their sports cars!
It's not a big beach or anything like that. Just 1.7 KM long.
Oh my sunnies. Some may have seen the video or read the article about Starbucks spelling your name incorrectly. It's a way of marketing. This, is the most unique way they have ever written. Ever.
Then, it's time to get back to SP's place. SK dropped me at Internet City then it's about time to prepare for the desert safari tour! Yay!
OMG. Time flies like rocket. Just a blink it's already Day 5. Noooooo~
Again, there are no plans. I figured out to stop by here, the Emirates Mall. It was really close by to SP's place.
This is so nice.
This is part of the Mall of Emirates with 22,500 square meters. Of course, this is man-made indoor ski. With the hot weather in the desert, this is the chance for you to experience the cold weather, and the snow.
Pricing depends on the packages you take. Being an amateur, there are trainers available. If you're a pro, then you can enjoy the 5 slopes of different steepness.
Hehe ... I just have to do this. Thank you, stranger!
In Dubai, the buildings are very interesting with various shapes and designs, unlike the typical shape of a building back home.
We went for Ladies Night and there is an overview of the Burj Khalifa and the night scene here. Or probably, when the sun slept. Splendid!
It's a nice view of the Financial Hub in Dubai
It starts at 7PM. We get 2 drinks per person. This was in Mint Leaf, all the way from London. Hooray! The cocktails selections were great!
That night when we went, they served Indian food. Imagine, you get this big portion and it's called finger food! Just do bar hopping and you will be bloated. You don't really need to sit down for a proper meal anymore. That's something good in Dubai for the ladies. It's free for ladies night.
We weren't there for too long, as we need to fill in our stomach with this. Uh .. the amount of food we had.
That's us! SP's kingdom. This, I have no idea where was this.
Walked and we headed to this nearby bar. I don't know what bar was this. Haha.
Day 4 was a chilled out day. Nothing too hectic to recover from the day before. It's pointless to have a holiday and you are all beat. So, this is just a day to rest before the next hectic day, which is the next day.
We went to the Dubai Outlet Mall, a 30 minute drive away from the city centre. Nevertheless, don't expect too much from this place. The price isn't THAT cheap. You gotta hunt for it. To me personally, I am not someone who goes for brands, so I wouldn't enjoy it. Again, from a normal shopaholic perspective, I think it's quite a let down. I only got a football jersey. I think it's not worth it to go all the way there.
For dinner, we went to Deira, a restaurant called Al Tawasol. It's actually a Yemenese Middle Eastern restaurant. It served really GOOD food and for the first time, it was cheap and I was all damn satisfied.
SP gathered the Malaysian. I met my long lost friend, and SP brought her other Malaysian friends, and of course, Malaysian gatherings come with great food. haha.
We then headed over for dessert. It's baklava. It's a Turkish rich sweet pastry and today, it's a well-known pastry all over the the Middle Eastern countries. When visiting this country, I was really thankful that my first job really opened my eyes and somehow, introduced me to a certain extent, the culture of the Middle Eastern community.
He was nice enough to pack and seal my baklava for me even though I didn't buy the minimum amount. Shukran! Yeah, I learned that back in KL. haha.
That's my long lost friend. The first we met was in 2007 over this blog when both of us were studying in Swiss. When there was no smart phones, nothing like what you get today, yet, there were ways to meet people over an online platform. I'm amazed.
I don't know what's this place called. It was after dinner, a third round. It has a very nice windy ambiance.
They serve alcohol, and shisha, the past time of the Middle Eastern. Oh and the shaky boat. haha.
A typical Libran who contradicts herself, and someone who is indecisive with a journey of uncertainty. Blessed with family and friends, and will always miss the place that had the best memory of the lifetime - Switzerland, the paradise, THE place that many could only dreamed of!
Der Schweiz, ich vermisse dich!The Swiss, I miss you!