October 16, 2013

Our Sweet Stay at Wat Preah Yesu’s Jungle House

They named it the “Jungle House” and at first I was so curious.

The Klement Backpacking and Ministry team with participants from Thailand and the Philippines had just arrived at Wat Preah Yesu Orphanage in Siem Reap, Cambodia for a week-end mission trip. Wat Preah Yesu Orphanage houses many families and children that have come to the facility to seek shelter and gain an education. The orphanage also operates a school, a recording studio, and a church. To us, it was a great opportunity for ministry and service in that corner of the world.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by no less than the couple who labored to establish Wat Preah Yesu Orphanage, Tim Maddocks and his wife, Wendy. The team had traveled a hundred miles, and their warm welcome took away all the pains of the journey. 

The team with Tim and Wendy Maddocks in front of their wooden house.
Photo by: Regin Reyno

Then, after a few conversation they assigned to us our sleeping quarters. The ladies were housed in the guesthouse while the gentlemen were taken to the “Jungle House”.

The “Jungle House” is a typical dormitory-type guesthouse with 2 big rooms, a kitchen, and a comfort room. I have found out that this place is used whenever missionaries or volunteers from around the world will come to the orphanage. On the outside walls, beautiful paintings of colorful animals and plants can be found.

Hence, I quipped, “That's why they named it the Jungle House.” 

The "Jungle House" occupants.
Photo by: Regin Reyno

My bed for two nights. Simple yet comfortable!

A typical morning bath just outside the "Jungle House."
Photo by: Regin Reyno

Just having fun!
Photo by: Regin Reyno

Though the place was a humble and simple abode, yet our stay there was so memorable and sweet. If given a chance, I will visit the house and the orphanage once again. 

This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival for October 2013
with the theme "My Favorite Room"
hosted by Eileen Campos of The Super Tourists.

For previous Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival topics, click here.


  1. Do thank you for relieving our wonderful memories during KBM 1.

    1. Welcome do! Our experiences will always be remembered. Now doing double time work to post our KBM 1 activities..