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I'm thissssssssssssssssssssssssss close to crack open, I'm sick and tired of this stupid on-going roller coaster and I can't take it anymore and fck this shit man, I'm exhausted to the core of trying to make everyone happy when I, myself am not. All I need now is a strong dose of whatever so I can just sleep and I don't wish to wake up. Thanks for listening to my rant.
I know this is like, super delayed but I just have so many things to do so harap bersabar ye? haha
Well, let's pick up where we left off.
Located on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan, Edfu Temple was built in dedication to God Horus and is the most completely preserved temple in Egypt.
and as usual, we camwhored more than we listened to the explanation haha
It was a super bright day but inside some parts of the temple, it felt like it was night time
hence, the camwhoring:
Then, we set sail for Kom Ombo
Kom Ombo Temple
It was originally an Egyptian city called Nubt, meaning City of Gold and it became a Greek settlement during the Greco-Roman Period.
In Kom Ombo there is a rare engraved image of what is thought to be the first representation of medical instruments for performing surgery, including scalpels, curettes, forceps, dilator, scissors and medicine bottles dating from the days of the Roman Egypt.At this site there is another Nilometer used to measure the level of the river waters. On the opposite side of the Nile was a suburb of Ombos, called Contra-Ombos.
They even found a tabletwith an ancient Egyptian Calendar that is divided into 3 season - Farming, Harvest and Flood season. The kings gave food and money to the people to build pyramids during the flood season so that they'd have something to do since they can't farm therefore, it busted the myth stating that they were slaves to the Pharoahs.
there will be people selling stuff by the road side and among them, is to take photos with a cobra snake:
yup, a real-life cobra. complete with the venoms and all. just don't agitate it and you'll be fine...allllll for 1 Dollar!
back to the ship for dinner and....
The Galabia Party
dad, really looked like some oil tycoon -_-"
Galabia is actually a traditional Egyptian costume that looks like a long robe.
oh no, this wasn't the macarena train, we were playing some game
and I lost...looked like a monkey at the same time too..
ok, time for bed. Honestly, I wasn't that unhappy when it ended, not really my cuppa tea of partying. They don't spin no Lady Gaga for you, girl.
Arived at Aswan, 2am wakeup call, and left within an hour, packed with bread and pillow in my bag -_-"
it was something surreal to actually look at the millions of stars which was so clear above the dark desert night and my playlist wasn't being much help. with John Mayer, Kings of Leon and most of Greys Anatomy Soundtrack, expect a single tear to fall haha
and when I took this photo, I was seriously actually listening to Cold Desert by Kings of Leon
We had to leave at 2am for a convoy with 300+ other tour buses to Abu Simbel, about 280km south of Aswan. The convoy was escorted by tourist police and securities due to terrorist threats.
The reason why the security is getting tighter in Egypt was because of the past attacks on Japanese tourist which left about 19 of them dead.
3 hours later and Abu Simbel at dawn
sunrise photos, as opposed to my usual sunset photos. Loves it!
so yeah, that's the temple we woke up at 2am for -_-"
The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of PharaohRamesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in the 1960s, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.
The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River. Abu Simbel remains one of Egypt's top tourist attractions.
majestic? yes. interesting? wellllll...it IS another temple =P
and oh yeah, it's by a lake so it was really cold and I didn't bother to dress up thank you!
I think I was being dad's shadow most of the time hmm
no photos allowed inside the temple, as usual
oh and the key with the symbol of life on it, is the key to the temple. NOT kidding, it was heavy!
back to Aswan, people!
We reached the High Dam of Lake Nasser
and also had a pit-stop at the biggest unfinished obelisk in the world.
We went back to the boat as it was sailing at 1pm and had lunch there. Got ready at about 5-6pm for a tour in town on a horse carriage! yeh, this one didn't stink as bad as the one at Kufu
brought us to the nearby street market for some shopping spree
I'm not a fan of souviniers so I didn't get anything. Oh and somehow, there are a few people who actually offered Dad camels in exchange for me -_-"
after a few times, I realized that I could use that to my advantage, so I did....to get discounts for my brother's purchases...see? I'm such a thoughtful sister chit!
So we headed back to the boat with the same horse carriage (uuhhh macam personal driver wahaha) for a nice Christmas Eve dinner.
cake in the shape of the pharoah's head...creeeeepyyyy
and after dinner, we were treated to special authentic performances by local dancers
WARNING: NSFW wahahaha
sakit mata woi! even my tour guide couldn't stop laughing hahaha
and she even pulled us to dance with her! lol
finally, the dance ended cause I couldn't take the gyrating anymore (IMHO, better watch Inul dance lah)
the Sufi dancer came out!
well, that was it for Christmas Eve 2009. Abit boring, I must say. Ah well, at least I managed to catch Texas Chainsaw on telly that night hahahaha
Next day, woke up early for breakfast and a ride on the FELLUCA!!!
They are sailboats that relies on wind to move, and there were plenty that morning!!
My brother took this photo, using the G10's colour detector function, which I thought was his best so far:
Dad also wanted to give sailing a try
photos I managed to capture with the manual zoom lens while i was on the boat:
After the sail, we had a choice of whether to spend the day on the ship OR to visit a Nubian village...
OF COURSE I chose the latter...why would I fly 13 hours to Egypt to just sit on a boat?!?! I could do that in Port Dickson if I want to!
Dad and I...all geared up haha macam videocrew pun ada
ok so when I reached the Nubian village, the first thing I saw was
more camels! =D
and they stunk up the place pretty badly...the streets there were FULL of camel dung, you gotta watch where you're stepping it was like a minefield!
oh and they have 'Carrefour' too!
Part 4 - Nubian Village and Alexandria next!
If you've missed the other series of my Egypt Adventure, they're here: