SIGA and Siem Reap

Part 4 of 8

Our land trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap took about 5 hours. The highway is well-paved so we thought that it was the best time to catch some zzzzzs since we didn’t have enough sleep for two consecutive days already. We were up until about 2 a.m. during our ‘Angkor Beer’ night and until about 5 a.m. the night before that. We were only on the third day of our trip and we had six more days to go. But meeting friends after five long years was worth more than all of the worries of being stressed out!

We arrived in Siem Reap just in time to get ourselves to the hotel (which our Cambodian friend, Bunsong, got for us), freshen up, and proceed to the venue of the SSEAYP International General Assembly (SIGA).

Siem Reap is actually a lot more modern than the capital, Phnom Penh. There are hotels in literally almost every corner of the city center. Many are still being constructed. The buildings all have the Khmer facade, which made even the small hotels look really grand.

This year’s SIGA brought about 300 participants from the Southeast Asian nations and Japan, 12 from my batch (that’s aside from the Cambodian participants who were at the same time the organizers). There was Joy from Singapore, Eak from Thailand, G-Boy and Sucy from Brunei, Paktam, Daniel, Liza, and Az from Malaysia, and Edwin, Steve, and me from the Philippines. And there was Tuan Ahanapi, the National Leader of Brunei participants in 2002. (I extend my congratulatory greetings to the SIGA organizers: Lucy, Bunsong, Theary, and the rest.)

The dinner we attended was held at Angkor Paradise Hotel. After the programme, the group decided to hold an extended reunion party for our batch in Pub Street. Pub (European term for bar) Street is the nightlife area of Siem Reap City. It was supposed to be another late night out for me but since I was dead tired, I decided to cut my night short and went back to the hotel earlier than the rest. It was Angkor day the next day and the plan was to be at the venue at 5:15 a.m. to enjoy the sunrise.

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