Monkeying around at Angkor Wat

I know, I know! It’s not the typical headline you’d expect to read when the words “Angkor Wat” are included, right?

Well, today you’re wrong.

On my recent trip to Cambodia (& Vietnam & Thailand), we visited Angkor Wat in the wee early hours one morning, as all tourists do. However, I’m fairly certain that not all tourists get to walk away saying that they were attacked by monkeys?!

The day started out with a fairly clouded sunrise over Angkor Wat

We made our way through the many twists and turns, corridors and alleys that make up the wonder of this temple, built in the early 12th century, being the largest religious monument in the world.

We spent possibly an hour walking around, stopping to take hundreds of photos – trying to get that perfect shot.

Once we’d decided we’d seen as much as we could, we started to head back to the entrance to meet up with the rest of the girls. We went around the outside of the temple, and as we were strolling along I noticed monkeys ahead of us!

A couple of them came up the stairs towards us and a few other people hanging about the area…

We watched them from a distance, occasionally running away from them, screaming and laughing at the same time, to continue watching them go about their daily business…

Until eventually they got the better of us!

After a while of this non-stop laughter and giggling, we eventually managed to get rid of them and we headed over to our friends. We relayed the story to them and next thing we know a monkey has made his its way to us once again!

We then decided it was time to head off, to the safety of our bus… 🙂

Thanks to de Wets Wild for the idea on this post – see their post here about monkeys which is what gave me the inspiration for this post 🙂

75 thoughts every runner has

My friend RB sent this to me on Facebook a little while ago and it’s just too funny (and accurate!) to not share with you!

The original can be found here on buzzfeed – go have a look on the website as they have tons more pages on everyday life, thoughts, quizzes and videos to keep you entertained for hours!

75 thoughts every runner has….

1. What a beautiful day for a run!
2. This sucks.
3. Well, five miles is only two and half miles each way, which is basically two miles each way, so I’m really only running four miles. That’s not too far.
4. It’s starting to feel far.
5. How long have I been running? A year?
6. SIX MINUTES?!
7. I can barely remember what my life was like before I started this run.
8. OK, concentrate. There are still four-plus miles to go.
9. But who counts the first and last mile? This is pretty much an easy three miler.
10. Oh, shit! A fellow jogger!
11. Should I wave?
12. I’m totally gonna wave.
13. OOOK, they didn’t wave back. Never doing that again.
14. Just keep running, no one saw. Except that old guy who may or may not be averting his eyes.
15. Man, I think I’m hitting that “second wind” thing my gym coach was talking about.
16. Wait, never mind. I’ve been running down a decline.
17. If I leap to avoid dog shit, does that make me a CrossFit athlete?
18. What the heck is CrossFit anyway?
19. Mental reminder: Google CrossFit when I get home.
20. If I ever get home.
21. If I had a heart attack right now, I wonder who would find my body.
22. OMG, I hope I never find a dead body. Joggers always find dead bodies.
23. Bodies. Body. Bod-ay. Runnin’ all day, no one can catch … may.
24. OK, I must be halfway done by now.
25. What?! Only two miles in?
26. Alright, stay focused. What am I going to eat when I get home?
27. I’m running five miles so I should probably eat five slices of pizza.
28. Or I could buy one pizza and ask them to cut it into five slices.
29. I should probably get a side salad too.
30. …
31. Fuck the salad actually.
32. Man, what are these people doing in front of me? Walking?!
33. Is this a contest to see who’s the worst at walking? Because you are both champions in my heart.
34. Maybe if I pound my feet on the ground they’ll hear me coming and let me pass.
35. Oh, God. They didn’t turn around and now I’m right behind them. They’re going to think they’re getting mugged by the world’s sweatiest criminal.
36. You know what? Now seems like a good time to run in the street.
37. * Jumps off curb * Parkour!
38. Hi hi hi please don’t hit me with your car.
39. Pedestrian pedestrianizing over here, let me cross.
40. Thank you, Mr. Blue Honda. I’m trying to smile at you but it probably looks like I’m having a stroke.
41. Actually, I wonder what I look like right now.
42. * Checks out reflection in shop window * Yeesh.
43. Is that what I look like when I run? What am I, a newborn deer with a drinking problem?
44. Whatever, I must be almost done by now.
45. Heck yes. Three miles down, two to go. It’s all downhill from here.
46. Except for that very real uphill in front of me. God dammit.
47. Wait, is that… Is that…
48. A DOG!
49. Hi dog! You are so cute. You are now my mascot. I will finish this run for you, pup.
50. And — hello — what do we have here? Your human is pretty cute too.
51. Hope you like drunk fawns, Cute Human.
52. Watch my bambi ass prance up this hill.
53. Holy shit, prancing is exhausting. I am exhausted.
54. Honestly, I don’t even like running.
55. Why do I even run?
56. Why does anyone even run?
57. Why are we even alive?
58. OK, let’s not go down that road.
59. Focus. Focus on that sweet, delicious ‘za waiting at the finish line, calling your name with its cheesy breath.
60. Wait, less than one mile to go? I am KILLING this run.
61. I AM THE SWIFTEST GOD OF ALL TWO-LEGGED CREATURES.
62. YES, including ostriches.
63. Honestly, I should sign up for a marathon.
64. What is it, like 30 miles?
65. That’s just 15 miles each way, which is practically 10, and 10 is twice five, and I can run five miles EASY.
66. That’s it, I’m doing it. Thirty miles.
67. Thirty-mile marathon…30-mile marathon…30 Rock marathon.
68. On second thought, I’ll probably just binge-watch every episode of 30 Rock. That takes a lot of dedication and I will be winded from laughing so hard.
69. But I could probably do a marathon IF I wanted.
70. OK, almost home. Should I shower first and order pizza or order pizza and shower before it shows up?
71. Yep, definitely ordering first. I earned that shit.
72. Oh, no. Oh god no. Another runner. Should I wave?
73. No, be strong! Do not get burned again.
74. OMG, SHE waved first! Hello! Yes! We are both runners! Look at us run!
75. I guess running’s not so bad.

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Exploding kittens

I need a bit of lightheartedness and silliness today…. so I’m going to share with you the Exploding kittens game – created by Elan Lee (XBOX), Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal), and Shane Small (XBOX, Marvel).

exploding kittens

WHAT IS THIS?

The game is essentially Russian Roulette; you draw cards until you draw a kitten, at which point you lose. All the other cards can be used to defend, attack, skip your turn, or defuse the kitten using various action cards.

How it works
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THE GAME

THE GAMEPLAY OF EXPLODING KITTENS IS PARTICULARLY UNIQUE, BECAUSE THE LONGER YOU PLAY, THE FUNNER IT GETS. AS YOU DRAW CARDS, FEWER AND FEWER CARDS REMAIN, WHICH MEANS THE CHANCES OF GETTING AN EXPLODING KITTEN GROWS HIGHER. IT BLENDS THE PERFECT BALANCE OF STRATEGY, LUCK, AND PLAYER-TO-PLAYER INTERACTION.

THE GAME MECHANICS WERE DESIGNED AND CREATED BY TWO SEASONED GAME DESIGNERS: ELAN LEE AND SHANE SMALL, AND THE CARDS WERE WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY THE OATMEAL.

The box prototype

You can order your very own pack of Exploding Kittens cards by visiting the website and ordering through there. While you’re there, I highly recommend popping on over to The Oatmeal for some hilarious (and quite true) views on life in general 🙂