Siem Reap is probably one of the most recommended places to visit in Asia for holidays where it’s full of histories and ancient architectures, Angkor Wat especially. I’ve been wanting to go for a long long time and to cut the grandfather story short, I finally did a 4d 3n visit. Here’s an entry about the trip🙂

Day 1
DSC01707We touched down at about 2:30pm and head straight to our hotel (Apsara Centrepole Hotel) by TukTuk provided by the hotel itself. The journey took about 15-20 mins. First impression? Air quality. I had to cover my nose with a shirt the whole way. So if you have sensitive nose or asthma, you might wanna get a mask beforehand.

DSC01708After we settled down, we head to the streets to check out what’s nice to buy. In other words, yes, we went shopping like how my mom would in a sale. Well the first and only thing that caught my attention was the $0.50 a mug beer. Everywhere I turned I saw “$0.50 cold beer”. I was in heaven.

DSC01710This is my uncle, my travel buddy for this trip, his wife and kids are his priority so shopping for them was on top of his to-do-list, hence the pink tank top (is that what you call it?). Clothes are pretty cheap. 3 pairs of t-shirt for $5, or 2 pairs of alibaba pants for $5. The down side to this is that every single shop/store sells the same stuff, it’s just a matter of who can give a better discount. Some shops might even hit you with a high price of $7-$10 a piece so you got to bargain shamelessly with them. Also be nice when bargaining, these people don’t earn must to begin with so there’s really no harm just paying a little more than what you desire.🙂

They have all sort of things that I might not wanna put in my check-in baggage, like that weird looking dried meat or anything form the wet market. But it’s a nice place to check out. (I’ve attached a map that shows where this is)

Day 2
On day 2, we decided to cycle around the Angkor area. This is the bike we rented which cost us $4/day. Our plan was to start cycling at 4:00am to catch the sunrise so you might want to rent the bike a day before because most bike rental shops open at 7:00am.

first stop
When it comes to sunrise, Angkor Wat would be the typical spot for a beautiful view so to Angkor Wat we went. Started our journey at 4:00am through a long dark road and it took us about an hour to get there. Torch light would have been useful.

Midway through our cycle, we were required to stop at the ticketing booth to buy our day pass. You will need to hold on to this pass throughout because it’s the ticket to enter these historic places. A day pass cost $20.

To be honest, the sunrise were pretty disappointing. The spot of the supposedly ‘best view’ was pretty much filled with people. Not print worthy I must say, unless you don’t mind having a swamp of people in your photos. It was hazy that morning too so we decided to ditch sunrise watching and started walking around the compound.

Typically if you go on a tour, they would travel clockwise (to Angkor Thom at the top left of this map), but we wanted to avoid the crowd so we went the opposite direction.

This is Srah Srang, our 2nd stop. For some strange reason, the sun rose pretty slow that morning so we still managed to catch this sunrise. The best part? NO ONE was there. Set whatever tripod you want. They have some stalls just a few meters from where this picture was taken and this young lady was probably taking some water to be used for cooking or washing the dishes. I got curious so down I went. When I saw how disgusting that pond/lake was, all I thought of was “good luck to whoever that’s gonna dine there”. But…I could be wrong. Better flavoring maybe? Hmmm..

Ta Prohm was high in my uncle’s list to visit, this is where they filmed the Tomb Raider movie (apparently).

When we got there, we were told that bikes/bicycles are not allowed so we had to lock our bikes to a tree and walk for about 3 minutes before reaching this bridge.

DSC01856Cross that bridge and you’ll see my uncle doing some 360degrees picture thingy…just kidding.

It was from this moment that I started realizing that a lot of their statues have no heads. I was too cheapskate to get a tour guide for explanation but I’m pretty sure I can find answers somewhere in google.

This little girl was helping her mom sell some handmade rainbow colored bracelets. They were priced at $5 each and as much as I would like to help, we could only afford to give this hungry girl our biscuits. I love biscuits..

Another interesting thing I found out from eavesdropping someone else’s tour guide is the statue’s face in between the roots.

Here’s more shots of the place before we move on to the next location. By the way there are food stalls outside (where the bridge was) too. We had our brunch there before continuing our journey.

We continued our journey and Ta Keo was a place we saw along the way that we decided to check out.

We’re not too sure where the main entrance was but I’m just gonna believe that this is the main entrance.

I don’t have a banana with me so here, my uncle for scale.

These steps are so steep that I wasn’t afraid of falling, I was more afraid of people falling on me.

Alright that’s enough of this knee weakening place.

5th destination, the biggest capital city of the Khmer empire, Angkor Thom.

We were so excited when we saw Victory Gate.

But when we got there…it was boring as fuhhhh.. honestly there’s nothing much to see. Some places were closed for renovation work.

So we left and had a short coconut water break. I know you can only see clothes but the coconut stall is behind. Not too sure why am I clarifying this but okay.

We headed back to Angkor Wat after the break to properly check out the place hoping there were not many people this time.

And we were right😉

This is the main temple (I think) but caps and hats are not allowed so you got to take them off before going up.

This is what it looks like going up and going down. They have a thing for steep steps.

This one got me laughing so hard. Why would you clean it halfway!? Now it looks naked.

We then headed back to our hotel, exhausted but satisfied. I would say I enjoyed Ta Porhm the most. It was peaceful to the point I could just stand on one spot and just enjoy my surroundings. Just in case you are curious, one coconut water cost $1.

to be continued…. (part 2)

Wood & Steel

words by: Michelle Alice Tan (Designation.co)
a film by: Adrian Yap
photographed by: Poopeson
Attitude, is the word to describe local designer, Ierfan Azriff’s authentic wood furniture in Wood & Steel; a family business that is paving the way in our local cafe scene through coffee, furniture and art. This design genius is only 22 years old and truly deserves the recognition as one of the emerging designers in Malaysia.

His furniture can be found in:  http://designation.co/

At first, 6 days seem a little too long for a trip to a small island like Gili Trawangan. Turnout it was actually just nice🙂 I will be sharing the experiences in this entry so if it is your first time to this island, read on because there will be some travelling tips etc.

Main area located East of the island.

Gili Trawangan has changed quite a bit since the first time I came in 2012 for work. The most obvious one would be the prices and how commercialise it’s starting to be, but still as beautiful especially the smurf blue sea. I booked a room somewhere northeast of the island called Indigenous Bungalow. A beautiful clean place and I was pretty much pampered by the friendly and helpful staff. What I dint know was the distance from the harbour/happening-places to my hotel room!! In case you’re curious, it’s a 30 minutes walk. Fret not if you’re the kind that would literally pack your home into your luggage bag because they have horse cart services. Well, more like ponies. I’m not too sure about the pricing but if I’m not mistaken it’s 30,000 Rupiah, fixed price. No cars and motorbikes in Gili Tranwangan so if you’re an animal lover and you don’t want to see beautiful ponies pulling you around, rent a bicycle. I would highly suggest you renting a bike if your hotel located somewhere inconvenient and they usually go by day-rent (24 hours) which is 50,000 Rupiah per bike. Even if your hotel is in the ‘hot-spot’, just rent a bike anyway. The island isn’t that big, it would take about an hour or 2 to go around (including stopping once in a while to catch a breath and snapping photos for instagram).

handicraft and souvenir shop
Horse cart along the streets
Indigenous Bungalow. 

Food and drinks should probably be the last thing to be worried about because restaurants & bars are pretty much everywhere. The problem would be choosing the restaurant. On average, a meal ranges between 30,000 – 60,000 Rupiah. Be warned that food portions will not put a smile on your face if you’re a big eater like myself so don’t bother asking “would you like to share something with me?”. Go for pizzas if you want to fill that poor empty tummy of yours. As for drinks, fruit juices are priced around 12,000 – 20,000 Rupiah depending on restaurants. Pfft! why would someone drink fruit juice when they can have beer?! hehehehe just kidding. Typically a small bottle of beer cost 25,000 Rupiah and big bottles go for 35,000 Rupiah. Gili Tranwangan is a really hot place so beer sounds good anytime of the day.

one of the many restaurants by the beach
night scene of a more quite restaurant
convenient store along the streets.

This is definitely a haven for divers. There’re lots of diving spots around, not only in Gili Trawangan but also the neighbouring islands, Gili Meno and Gili Air. I can’t remember all the spots but I know there’s a shark point, turtle point, and other points that I will never get to experience because I don’t like sea creatures. I prefer the saver route, drop the tanks, heavy belts and just watch the underwater world from the surface. Yes, I am talking about snorkeling. In terms of fishes, you won’t get to experience cute colourful fins flapping your face because there’s really not many of them. On a brighter note, you get to see beautiful (yet creepy) colourful corals!! Wild turtles can also be seen around if you are lucky. I went on a public snorkeling package where they will take you to 3 snorkeling locations around the 3 Gilis. I paid 100,000/pax for that package. You can also opt for a private boat, snorkeling anywhere you want within 4 hours. I would recommend this ONLY if you have a large group because it cost about 700,000 Rupiah and above. Anyway if both diving and snorkeling still not your thing, bring your surf board instead. The waves are big! I would say they are about 8ft-10ft high. Anything higher than that then I suggest you start praying, it’s probably tsunami. Kidding! again…


Despite the wonderful experiences I got from Gili Trawangan, there’s something that really upset me in this holiday trip. On the first day when I arrived at the airport, I went straight to the taxi counter to get a ticket. I told that guy I wanted to go to Sengigi (this was where I took the boat to Gili Trawangan the first time I came to Lombok in 2012). He told me I should be going to Bangsal instead because that’s where the harbour is, which I agreed. 250,000 Rupiah for the 2 hour journey to Bangsal, not a bad deal I would say.

When I got to Bangsal, I went in to buy my boat ticket to Gili Trawangan. It’s 15,000 Rupiah/person. The counter guy then asked me if I wanted to buy another ticket for return. I told him I will buy the ticket from Gili Trawangan instead. He then told me that there will be no ticket counter over at Gili Trawangan for me to buy to return to Bangsal. He then proceeded to offer me a package, a return ticket and taxi to the airport. My flight back to Kuala Lumpur was 12.15pm and he said he can get me to the airport by 11am. 400,000 Rupiah for that package. I knew he was trying to cheat me but for some reason, I did not want to take the risk of missing my flight. I agreed to that stupid deal.

As I was walking to the boat, a man insist on helping me to load my luggage in to the boat, which he later came back and asked me for a 50,000 tip!!!  more than 3 times the price of my ticket!!! It was very forceful and I had no choice but to give. Another man even tried to grab some notes from my hand. Not cool..

On the day of my return, as soon as I reached Bangsal, a porter offered to take my luggage again, and this time I refused. I then proceeded to ask for my taxi that was supposed to take me to the airport. I was told my taxi is waiting for me at the “terminal” and I needed to take a horse-cart there because it’s quite a distance. This was not included in that package!!! I had to pay 30,000 Rupiah for that horse ride which is only 2 minutes away!!! “quite a distance” my a**. When I got to the so called terminal, my taxi wasn’t there. I waited for 20 minutes and my taxi was nowhere to be seen. The man in charge then told me to pay him additional 50,000 Rupiah and he’ll get me another taxi right away. I refused and told him I finished all my money. Ignoring my refusal, he proceeded with bringing me a taxi and asked for that 50,000 Rph. Again, I told him I don’t have that money. He then requested something that shocked me. ONE t-shirt of mine. Luckily I have one that is badly torn to be given to that idiot.

I am truly disappointed by what Lombok is starting to become. The people running the boat business are just getting really greedy. However the people in Gilis are just amazing! Friendly and trustable.

Flight from Kuala Lumpur – Lombok (2 hours 50 minutes)
Taxi journey from Lombok airport to Bangsal (1:30 – 2 hours)
Boat from Bangsal to Gili Trawangan (40 minutes)

1. Get a namecard from your taxi driver so that you can use his service back to the airport.
2. Dont let any porter carry your bags to the boat if you are not planning to spend 50,000Rph on tips.
3. YES, they have ticket counter in Gili Trawangan Harbour to return to Bangsal for 15,000Rph only!
4. Cycle around your hotel, there could be a convenient store around the corner. (I found out there was one behind my hotel only after 4 days)
5. They have ATMs there on the island. Some restaurants accept credit cards.
6. Bring a headtorch or torchlight. There are no street lights so it’s almost impossible to see when cycling/walking at night at certain areas.

Well that’s all I could think for now, if you have any inquiries, drop me an email at poopeson.images@gmail.com

Thanks for reading! I hope this is useful for you!

Alright…this is bad..

Just when I thought I’d be back, work got crazier and wolla! my last post was a year ago…😦
Hopefully this year it’ll have more time to start blogging here again🙂

On the night of 18th Nov 2011 at about 10:30pm, 5 men armed with Parangs (I’m not sure what it’s called in english) forced my gate open and came in to the house. Before anyone could react, my parents and brother were asked to go in to one of the rooms. With one robber guarding my family, the other four ransacked the whole house. The horror lasted for about 30 minutes. When I got home, I was informed about the incident and apparently they left about 3 minutes before I reached. The first thing I did was obviously to check on my gears. It was a heart stopping moment when all I could see was an open empty drybox, worth almost RM12k in total.

These items are uninsured, meaning it’s a loss for me. A big one indeed. Guys guys guys, please get your gears insured. I used to think that it might not be a big deal, or thought this would never happen to me (maybe) but it did. I blame myself for it. Looks like I wont be shooting anything for now. Oh btw, they left my Lubitel 2 behind😉 looks like it time to shoot film! Stay tuned!!


Last night was definitely one of the best night of my life!!! The Used, one of my favourite band came all the way down to KL from Utah to rock their fans’ socks off in Rockaway 2011!!!!  Unfortunately I came just before The Used came on stage so… I pretty much missed all the other acts including Hujan, Busco,Love Me Butch, Story Of The Year and many many more! But I caught a bit of One Buck Short though. ;p

Every single song they played was mind blowing! I couldn’t imagine a better set to be honest. To name a few, ‘Take it Away‘, ‘Pretty Hansome Awkward‘, ‘Hospital‘, and ‘All that I’ve got‘.

The picture snapping had to stop after a few songs as it started to rain heavily😦 Oh well…the camera went back into its “nest” and the rocking continued!!!😀 By the end of the show, we were all drenched and cold but it was all worth it! Haha! Non of these would’ve happen if it wasn’t for Murat Oezmen (better not mention what he did for me just in case he gets into trouble) and my girlfriend (Jessica) who helped me with capturing most of the photos here, while I go crazy!!! Also to the organisers who made this happen! Hehe! Anyway enough of talking, enjoy the rest of the set!

Thanks for viewing!🙂








Joni Lynn

Make-Up: Joni Lynn
Photographer/Post Processing: me🙂