Friday, 30 March 2012

Koh Phangan Post Silence..... Blah, Blah,Blahhhhhh - Pictures to Come

The group hung together for a few more days, Maxime (Quebec) & Kirse (Kier-say from Finland) being the last ones to move on.  Great company for the entire Post Silence Koh Phangan Movement.  Big Marten (6ft 7) from the Netherlands also joined us for another evening meal, which was great, as he is a very interesting man.

We didn't expect to enjoy Koh Phangan quite as much as we did, we imagined it to be a party island, but that turned out to simply not be the case.  The island is peaceful and beautiful with a heavy swaying toward Alternative Therapies and Healing along with lots of places to practise various forms of Yoga.
Amanda has never been an 'Early Bird' but since The Retreat, the alarm has been going off at 5.30am each morning for a dawn meditation session.
Sea Slug Silently Stalks Meditator.....

Unbelievable! This alarm admittedly has on some occasions been reset to 6am, then again to 6.30am but the intention was there, and she was usually up on the first calling.  I usually rose at 7am and performed a 30 minute meditation, arse placed into a nice mound of sand on the beach, legs crossed in front, hands resting loosely on the knees.  The gentle lapping of the waves on the beach were very relaxing indeed, aiding mental clarity and peacefulness.  This could not be said about the socially challenged group of dogs which gathered each morning, fighting, frolicking and humping one another, amidst prolonged bouts of intense growling.  On occasion if Amanda or I were very lucky indeed, the bout of growling and snarling would happen within a metre or so of our faces.  Slightly unnerving whilst you are trying to concentrate, be at ease, clear the mind.  The growls were always aimed at the other dogs, and the majority of the time this led to nothing.  Definitely a case of 'the bark is worse than the bite.'

Most mornings we attended an outdoor Yoga session, which started at 9am.  It over looked a small tidal bay with a rocky outcrop on either side.  The small shelter consisting of a red painted concrete floor, sheltered by a

Thursday, 22 March 2012

The Big Buddha House - Silent Retreat...... Shhhhhhhhh

We've missed you all, sorry for being away for so long!
As you've no doubt gathered from the 'blog silence', we made the retreat.... By 15 minutes!
We left Phnom Penh at 5.30pm and arrived the next day at the Wat Kow Tahm Monastery at 1.45pm for the 2pm deadline. Talk about cutting it fine.
The silence would not be starting until the next day, so we got to chatting with a few of the retreat volunteers and other retreatants.
The many rules and stipulations were pinned across 3 large notice boards on laminated white sheets of A4 paper. We were informed to read each one carefully, ensuring
we understood them. Satisfying in our own minds that we would be able and satisfied to adhere and respect the rules whilst participating in the retreat, before each of us paid parted with our £100 travelling spends, to cover the food and accommodation costs. The teachings were given freely.
After spending 20 minutes studying the stringent regulations I was caught in two minds, such a strict daily regime would be very difficult for someone who does not

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Silent Meditation Retreat.....

This morning was crazy, an emotional rollercoaster.  Tears, raised voices, confusion, the whole works.  Amanda had her heart set on the Silent Meditation Retreat, but we'd heard nothing.  We were currently in the sweat pit of Phnom Penh..... and I desperately wanted out.   We came here to sort a 60 day visa for Thailand, but at 11.45am we began rethinking our plans, just for a change, and heading to

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat - 3rd to 10th March.

Our first day in Siem Reap was spent wandering aimlessly, enjoying the city.
SR is full of decent eateries and prices vary vastly depending on whether you eat at the posher restaurants set up for the tourists, or the normal Khmer eateries. We normally settled for something in between.

The second day we moved Guest Houses (GH) from Phrom Roth GH to Mother Home GH. What a great move. We ended up spending 6 nights in total, a refreshing break from constantly being on the move. Amanda quickly unpacked to prove

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Ban Lung, Kratie and Broken Buses.....

Here we are in Ban Lung, our first real experience of Cambodia.
On arrival we sorted our room, driving a hard bargain, but the guy wouldn't budge. Five pounds provided us with a very comfortable double room with fan and ensuite bathroom. Cable TV included.
Witches BBQ

Darkness had just swallowed the bustling little North East Cambodian
As we wandered through the various streets side eateries, I tasted more bugs, but was less than tempted with the large bbq'd toads. I was tempted by the snakes on sticks which I was intending to try later, but never got round too.
We dined in a