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Month: April 2006 (page 1 of 2)

My London Experience in Pictures

It was, for the first time in my longest distance travel in life, I flew to London of the United Kingdom. From Phnom Penh airport, formerly Pochentong airport, I took a flight to Bangkok, and transited at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, and then reached Heathrow airport of London. For the first time to fly, I traveled to one of the greatest cities. Months later I still feel it was a dream, an unforgetable unique travel experience I ever had. I stayed four nights in the city, just two weeks before the new year eve.

Some selective photo I shot in London in December 2005 with my SRL Nikon F75.

My Days in London
One late afternoon at the Buckingham Palace.

My Days in London
Reuters world headquarter building–on my way to the day-long conference.

My Days in London
At the conference, Enthan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices Online, talking with American participant, Jordan from Poland.

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Animal Advertising

Gigantic Google is doing so well in many countries to grab advertising dollars from traditional media such as print classifieds and television, but it does not matter much in small Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. In our digital era, most people have heard of Google Adsense, a way for website publishers to display relevant Google ads on their website and make money.

Money makes the world go round…
There have been ongoing discussions in Cambodian newspaper, the Cambodia Daily, on running elephant advertising. This month issue of the Phnom Penh Post, the English-language newspaper, has the detail. “When Wat Phnom’s resident elephant, Sam Bo, takes her leisurely lope home on Sisowath Quay each evening, she is now adorned with a curious new accessory – a bright red sign that trumpets the logo of a riverfront restaurant,” Keith Hutson and Mandy Smith of the paper wrote.

La Croissette Restaurant and Bar owner pay the elephant owner about $1 per day, and offers the 46-year-old elephant with a steady stream of fruit snacks, in exchange for the placement of a square fabric advertisement. That is the deal. Whether or not it amuses Phnom Penhers and foreign visitors, it is yet a debatable issue. “But the new campaign – call it elephant advertising – is raising both eyebrows and ire from riverfront regulars. What some are applauding as a savvy marketing gimmick, others are calling a tasteless – though harmless – form of animal embarrassment,” the reporters continued curiously.

The Mekong River – Images

From Tibet the Mekong river runs through China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It is one of the major rivers in the world.

Also: Musing on the Mekong

the Mekong River
Cambodia map has been once again emerged as a potential tourist destination.

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New Casual-Shirt

I decided to replace my old Weblog theme with this new one. As always, I like clean and simple three-column layout design. There is a few more things to be familar with the new template to customize it to suit my needs. Of course, I have to make sure that it is accessible to all readers.

Next month will be the second year of this digital journal (I prefer to call it journal than blog, and I think Anne Frank’s diary might be called an online diary, too, if it were available on the Internet during that time). I have been thinking about what I am going to do with my journal for a while. I may be away for a couple of weeks, out to explore a new territory and to learn a few other things. Walking for a long time, it is time to sit down and think. For the meantime, beyond working full-tiime as a web consultant, on my spare time, I also work on several other small projects, one of them is writing short novel.

King Jayavarman VII: A Voice from the Past Brings Hope for the Future

Phnom Penh, Cambodia–A dozen of Westerners and several Cambodians gathered for a book launch on the roof top of Foreign Correspondent of Cambodia/FCC on April 9, 2006. Geoff Ryman, a Canadian novelist, lecturer, and performer, presented his Cambodian history novel ‘the King’s Last Song’ to the public.

My Review: The King’s Last Song
Inspired by a visit to the spiritual and inspiring ancient and one of the world’s most wonder temple in Siem Reap, where Geoff observed an archeological dig near Angkor Wat, he began his discovering into history and modern life of the Kingdom of Cambodia. His ninth novel, titled in English, ‘The King’s Last Song,’ in Khmer ‘Kraing Meas’ (Golden Palm-Leaf Book), features King Jayavarman VII the Great who ruled Cambodia in the twelfth century.

A voice from the past brings hope for the future…
The novel, entirely a work of fiction, begins with William, a war survivor, and earns his living as a motor driver in Siem Reap, the top tourism destination and gateway to Angkor Wat.
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