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.
One late afternoon at the Buckingham Palace.
Reuters world headquarter building–on my way to the day-long conference.
At the conference, Enthan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices Online, talking with American participant, Jordan from Poland.
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.
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…
Cambodia map has been once again emerged as a potential tourist destination.