Cambodia

Me in Cambodian temple

I went to Angkor, Cambodia in December of 2009. It's unfortunate that Cambodia as a whole is in very poor conditions, and eventhough Angkor isn't fancy at all, it was a very nice place to be in. I found Angor to be really lovely and I absolutely loved visiting the temples. What I found fascinating about Angkor, was that there are about 1,000 temples, including Angkor Wat, in the jungle. It is amazing that only a few temples can be seen, as the rest are lost in the deep jungle. Also, the people in Angkor are very amiable and the food is excellent.
One warning though: If you ever go to the temples, make sure you watch your step and always have something to hold on to. They are very tricky climb/unclimb. I say this because my mom tripped in one of the temples and broke her ankle. The lack of ambulances in the temple area did not help, so it is definitely a bad place to get injured.

Japan

Japanese Temple

Tokyo is amazing. When I went there in June, 2009, I was shocked by how civilized the city is. I loved the cleanliness of the streets, I loved the way everything is organized and I loved the safety. I was shocked by the fact that women in Tokyo could walk in high heels and short skirts, and absolutely no one turned around and whistled at them or even looked at them. In the U.S. or Mexico, that type of attire would attract some uncomfortable attention. There are too many things I loved about Tokyo that I could mention, but all I can say is that it is a technological wonderland and that people are just as civilized, if not more, as one sees them in movies.
Another cool thing, I got a glimpse of the "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" premier from a mall's balcony.

Philippines

I lived in Manila, the capital of the Philippines,from 2007 to 2009. I have to admit, that although I never went to this country's beautiful beaches, there was something bewitching about this country. Everything in the Philippines is incredibly cheap and there are plenty of places to shop. The people there are very accomodating and are generally very polite. However, I think what made my experience in the Philippines so incredible was my experience at the International School of Manila. I have never had a more enriching learning environment, where every day it was a full-on competition to achieve the highest grades. I was also part of the varsity swimming team that makes up some really great memories, even though at the time practice was excruciating. Finally, I loved the diversity of the student body. There were students from, literally, all over the world, and I am glad, because there I made some of the most soilid friendships I've had in my life.

Taiwan

I went to Taipei at the beginning of the Spring of 2008 for a swim meet. Although I didn't get to see a lot because I was mostly at the Taipei American School competing, I still liked Taipei. One thing I did get to see was the Taipei 101, which is one of the world's tallest buildings. If I could, I would definitely go back. Taipei was also clean and organized. I would also like to go to the infamous Modern Toilet Restaurant .

Thailand

Thai Temple

Although I was in love with Japan, I must say that Thailand beats its place as one of my favorite countries in the world. I don't know how to describe it, but I guess it comes down to the amazing energy and vibes I felt when I went to Bangkok. First, its culture is so exotic, that it doesn't really ressemble anything I've ever been exposed to before. No movie or show that I've watched, nor a book that I've read ever gave me an idea of what being in Bangkok would be like. I come from a fast-paced city, but Bangkok is even more fast paced. Locals just handle it like nothing. I also find the history of the country really interesting and unlike anything I'm used to studying. Second, the food there is spectacular. Every single place I ate, even a street market, had extremely tasty food. Third, it is very cheap to shop there.

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