One of my dreams in life is to set foot on Angkor and watch in awe how the beauty of a sunrise can forever be etched on my memory and in my heart. I have gathered myself to pursue the rare opportunity emotionally as I embarked on a journey that brings back a life that I missed since I have been working where I am now. I have left so much of my life that I forgot it until I have slowly found my way back and getting back at life I used to is one of the precious year-ender journeys I took.
Battling hard emotionally, with a bruised heart and a pained mind, I took off early morning with my Tuktuk driver Sothy to the famed Angkor Wat temples to see the sunrise. I left my hotel at 4:45am and we cruised through the alleyway and road leading to Angkor is rather cold and the dark dawn sky reminds me of my own incomplete humanity.
Upon reaching the steps of Angkor, having shown the ticket for the punchers and gatekeepers, I joined the throng of foreigners going to get a glimpse of the sunrise too. I just followed the steps and our steps are becoming more silent when we reach the clay-soiled path. I have never seen so many congregations of foreigners in one location, under the dark dawn sky and facing the most photographed Angkor Wat for the most perfect sunrise.
We are humanity in one under the skies of Angkor, we took on the beauty, the most perfect sunrise. I took on the courage to take the best vantage point and this is the beauty I have never seen but felt. The most perfect sunrise I have seen and felt now standing before the grand Angkor Wat is forever a journey I will always claim my own. It changed the way I see my life now and indeed, recaptured my life.