Ever since my visit to Cambodia and especially Siem reap, my soul has been yearning for a second visit. The hospitality of the Cambodian people who face adversity on a daily basis and who would be willing enough to offer you a hearty meal, yet they at times don’t have enough to live on, shows the character of this great nation. A jewel in the cultural fabric of the nation (and featured on the national flag) is Angkor Wat and the many Khmer ancient sights which dot the Cambodian landscape, gradually having being immersed by the creeping natural vegetation.
The film by 5Mars reflects the uniqueness and rarity of this UNESCO world heritage sight, and the significance it still plays in the practicing Buddhist beliefs around and within the Angkor Archaeological grounds. A visit to Cambodia gasps at your yearning for simple living, appreciation of intangible beauty and provides the catalyst to share the humble Cambodian hospitality values to others around the world.
Airplanes have come under negative attention in recent months in the media due to the Malaysian Airlines, Airasia and now Germanwings crashes / accidents, yet airplanes now act as a daily integral part of world commerce and travel. Think back 60 years ago and flights were mainly considered accessible to only those with decent pockets of cash (more expensive) but as time went by the grandeur of flight and the in flight experience evolved into commercialization on a grand scale – for the better or worse (depending on your perspective).
With the click of a few buttons now, people of all economic classes and in almost every nation on earth use the flight mode of transport to see loved ones, go on holidays and create economic benefits through business. The flight experience has in a sense been taken for granted in normal lives, as now it is often a means to reach the end rather than often enjoying the aspect of flight. It’s amazing how these giant machines weighing tonnes can soar into the skies above and seemingly appear weightless, ferrying people from point to point.
Coming across the trailer of the movie ‘Living in the age of airplanes’ is a joy to see the sense and wonder of flight being celebrated in cinematographic brilliance on the big screen. Narrated by Harrison ford and created by the team at National Geographic, the movie was filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents and aims to renew the appreciation of the flight experience and the magnificent planes that create the extraordinary in the ordinary day. The trailer is a tantalizing teaser of what the movie aims to convey to viewers and is certainly a film to watch for avid travellers and aviation enthusiasts alike.
Movie Website: http://www.airplanesmovie.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/livingintheageofairplanes/
I’ve always been fascinated by world cultures and how each culture has its own traits in terms of food, mannerisms, dance and clothing. The element that most contrasts and brings difference in terms of multiculturalism is food. Whether it be Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Indian or any other culture; the foods shape how a culture is defined and enjoyed in a tangible manner. This great video provides a simplistic snapshot of how diverse our cultural tastes are. Enjoy!
Fortunately when I was in Tokyo, I didn’t have to experience the notorious peak hour rush on the public transport system. And looking at this video I’m glad avoid all of it. Here in Melbourne, Australia we have congested trains (that’s partly due to the prehistoric train infrastructure we have not changing anytime soon) but that’s nothing compared to literally being squeezed onto the train like in Tokyo.
In the video, you see people being groped and plied into any empty space possible on the train carriage. The train station staff certainly can’t complain they don’t get a workout during their working hours. Though I would question why you would get on a train like this – imagine its your next stop and your stuck in the middle. Surely you can wait for the next train which is 3-4 minutes away (Japanese punctuality at its best). On second thoughts, that may be as full. Oh well, that’s Tokyo for you
For quite sometime now, I’ve been active on the Kiva Microfinance website and I thought it about time I share this with you. Kiva is a website where you can lend money to individual projects around the world to people or groups in areas such as health, retail, agriculture, business and much more. Once the loan requirement has been satisfied, then the loan recipient has a schedule of repayments they should meet in order to repay the assistance they have been granted.
Through the time you receive updates on the progress of the moneys’ effect on their lives and how the repayments are going. What sets Kiva apart from the usual charities, is that it’s not given to anyone in a laissez faire manner. But rather requires the overseas recipient to be responsible for creating their own success on the back of their ideas and resources available, where the money helps give the kickstart or boost for more success. To empower people rather than create dependency I believe is the way forward in sustainable world assistance and this is why after 50 Kiva loans, I’m still lending out to new great ideas.
Not not sound preachy, i highly recommend visiting http://www.kiva.org and to create your own change in the world – even if its a simple 25 USD dollar loan from your PC. You won’t regret it!
I finally can start to publish some of my footage from my Asian trip to Japan and Singapore. And to start things off, any visitor to Tokyo will most likely be making their way to Disneyland and also neighbouring Disneysea. I must say it was pretty packed and from reports, the parks can be notorious for being overcrowded. Think long queues and time waiting around. So my thinking arriving after 5pm on Halloween, was that things would be more settled. But as you can guess, being Halloween it was chock-a-block. Being Japan, I didn’t mind and soon realised that any hope of going on one of the major rides was not going to happen. So wandering the park was pretty epic, to see the amazing Halloween sets and also even the stores, with their styling.
What I was fortunate enough to experience was the nighttime shows – the light parade where there were floats all in Disney characters in LED lighting, which went on for over 20 minutes. Followed by the Cinderella projection show on the main Disney castle – which is this video snippet. Being there for Halloween brought a new dimension to the already carnival like atmosphere to the park. Patrons were asked to dress up as their favourite Disney characters and I noticed a warning to guests (especially the female ones) for modest dressing. It would appear that the Japanese female youth like to dress with very high hemlined skirts and bordering risqué Disney attire – and of course Disney saw this coming. Apparently to maintain the ‘child friendliness of the park’ which is understandable. But anyway, with the little time I had there, it totally blew my mind into pieces and after the trip to Japan these pieces are still being put back together. A bit of Disney makes everything better it seems.
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Having come back from Japan and still sifting through all the images (around 3,000 of them), words pretty much cannot articulate the scenery and experiences of being there. What can is a video I found, showcasing the areas of Japan which i visited – Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. A small snapshot of a new romance with a country I now want to visit again – more than ever.
By: Discover the spirit of Japan – Japan videos
So it’s been a while since i’ve ventured off overseas. This time I’m headed to Japan and Singapore! Singapore I’ve been once before and i’m headed back there to check out the places i missed out on last time. Also the sights that have appeared since – such as Gardens by the bay!
On the otherhand, Japan is a totally different scenario. I’ve never been there before and i’m sure it will be a bit of a shock – with all the sights and especially the spaghetti of train systems. But I have some Japanese freinds to meet up with and places written where i’d like to visit. Should be a great adventure!