La fête des lumières 2017

Posted on December 8, 2017, 11:43 pm


The Festival of Lights or (French: La Fête des Lumières) is one of the most famous Festivals in France. This uniquely Lyonnaise tradition celebrated only in Lyon City, on the 8th December each year. On that day, in the night time, you will see people(Les Lyonnaises) place the candle on their windows to produce spectacular effect through the street. It's just like a welcome sign for the visitors that is joining this event. In the city center, a lot of lights spectacles are waiting for you. It's for free, more than 70 spectacles show in this 16th edition. Even it is in the cold winter nights.

Let's see some great shots taken thought out the festival :)

1st day (08/December)

Place Bellecour, La fête des lumières, Edition 2017
Place Bellecour, La fête des lumières, Edition 2017


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Mount Fuji Climb in Off Season Yoshida Trail

Posted on November 4, 2017, 7:51 pm


My 1st attempt to climb MtFuji was on 29 September 2017 and the original plan is Subashiri Trail, spending a night at Taiyokan 大陽館 (mountain hut), continue to the summit to see the sunrise on the next morning, walk around the volcanic craters. Taiyokan is one of the few mountains hut that still operates in late September as many huts closed in earlier September.

I catch an earlier train from Tokyo station and arrive at Gotemba station at 9h10, it takes 2h11mn.
You can get there quicker (at less than 2 hours) by catching the Rapid Service Train. It takes only a few stop.

Backpacking Checklist: Gear Essentials
Backpacking Checklist: Gear Essentials



The Bus station is just about 1 minute by walk from Gotemba station.
I'm quickly walk to the ticket office and asking for a bus ticket to Subashiri 5th Station.
The ticket officer said: The bus runs only on Saturday and Sunday.
O.M.G What should I do?

There were many obstacles while making plan, I have to deal with mountain hut to make a reservation as I don't speak Japan and they don't speak English, transportation, logistics etc.

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3 days in Washington DC

Posted on September 13, 2016, 4:55 pm


Day 1
Not different from my 6 days in NYC, I started with Chinatown than go for a walk in the biggest garden in DC where you can find :

  • Capitol Hill, US Botanic Gardens
  • Washington Monument, National World War II Memorial, Reflecting Pool
  • LincoIn Memorial, Vietnam War Veterans Memorial


Chinatown, WDC
Chinatown, WDC


Capitol Hill, US Botanic Gardens
Capitol Hill, US Botanic Gardens


Washington Monument, National World War II Memorial, Reflecting Pool
Washington Monument, National World War II Memorial, Reflecting Pool


LincoIn Memorial, Vietnam War Veterans Memorial
LincoIn Memorial, Vietnam War Veterans Memorial


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6 days in New York City

Posted on September 6, 2016, 4:56 pm


Day 1
Well, you can start with China town buying some presents for your family, friend ;).

  • Food at China town are pretty cheap, for 15$ you can get (Spring Rolls 3 Pcs = 3$, Beef Navel Noodle Soup 4.95$, Black Tea w. Sago 3.25 $ + 15% Tips).
  • Than go for a walk at Wall Street
  • Brooklyn Bridge (Walking on the bridge)
  • And end up with seeing sunset over lower Manhattan at Pebble Beach.


Chinatown, NYC
Chinatown, NYC


Wall Street, NYC
Wall Street, NYC


Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge


Lower Manhattan, view from Pebble Beach
Lower Manhattan, view from Pebble Beach


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Holiday mode-off, time just speeds up a lot.

Posted on June 26, 2016, 9:48 pm


I recently took a tow-week vocation to visit my home town Banteay Mean Chey, located about 104 Km from Siem Reap Privince, a very popular historical town and also the gateway to Angkor region.
This is a shortest holiday I every made for that kind of distance 12 000 Km (Lyon - Phnom Penh), normally it should be 4 weeks or more for that kind of holiday and that is what I wanted. But I cannot take all my annual leave in one shot or it will be a career killer.

Anyone with "real responsibility" would find it pretty difficult to take two weeks off. And while those with the least amount of responsibility might find it easier to do (ពួកតែទឹកកក ចឹង)....

Staying at home, eating my favorite food with my family.
Staying at home, eating my favorite food with my family.


Well, time just speeds up a lot, I do noting beside staying with my beloved family and visit Angkor Site​ ( A mandatory visit, each time I visit home ^_^ ).
I don't even visit my friends in Phnom Penh, none of them know that I was home :p it was a secret LOL, I am sorry about that but...
well we'll see next time...

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