A few things about Cambodia in April: 1. It's dang hot, real dang hot, but nice and dry (which I love)2. dusty. did I mention dry? as in bone dry?3. Cambodians are quite friendly people (once you get past the tuk tuks who are always hollering at you, but don't pester)4. The food is not as diverse or tasty as something like Thai or Vietnamese, but you gotta try it.5. The Cambodians are a truly resilient people, consider how the Khmer Rouge's bloody, insane reign ended relatively recently. They are to be admired for their endurance, and their hunger for a better life, at rejuvenating their country, at learning about the outside world after being denied for so long.6. Unfortunately, pedophilia remains a problem (My roommate had the distasteful experience of discovering a child pornography magazine in the room when he first checked in).7. There are 2 domestic beers: Anchor and Anchor. One is pronounced An-kor, one is An-ch-or. go figure.8. My absolute favorite part of the trip was being able to ride a bicycle all day around the temple complex. The Tourism Ministry has done a great job of making the place (Siem Reap and the temple complex-park) tourist-friendly, safe, inviting, clean, and easy to get around. It was such a joy to ride around my beater bike for hours and hours at that slow pace where you can really take in the scenery, wave to or chat with locals, and smell/breathe in the place.I couldn't believe they have one of my favorite cheese: Laughing Cow or Con Bo Cuoi!Fish Market.... with fish! (Phnom Penh)Royal Palace Gate (Phnom Penh)Getting to Ankor Thom for the first sunset... radically steep, long steps.Ankor Wat pre-dawn (you can still make out the moon)Ankor Wat (pre-dawn) by the moatsDawn! The sun comethThe famous apsaras! handmaidens of the royal court.The famous 4-faced Buddha temples (using the king's face as template naturally)Terrace of the Elephantslots of bodhisatvas.Apsara in bas-relief (?)Beautiful atop the ...erm... top.. of the temple... quite steep.One of the most fascinating temple sites - Ta Prohm - where trees merge with rock. truly a scene out of Indiana Jones.Magnificent tree... and the fate of all cities.an Apsara performance in Siep Reap (bar street)Sprinkling the flowers.On a riverboat going down the Tonle Sap (notice how low the water levels are). We had to hug the center at all times.
hope everyone had a great time and wish you a great year!
just to note, for those of you using Apple's ipods, etc. for your music needs, if you ever felt iTunes was a pain in the ass to use, especially with file management and backup of your music (or you just prefer to manually manage your music files v. relying on an Auto Sync, which might just wipe out your iPod music that might not be on your main computer), check out Sharepod.
Much easier, less headache. iTunes = fail.
Apparently, on the Nick channel, there's been a cartoon for 3 seasons that featured asian protagonist heroes in an asian-like world of magic/kung fu. Since I don't watch Nick, this is news to me.
But then recently, in the theatre, I saw a trailer of the Last Airbender that Paramount is producing (a live-action movie as opposed to a cartoon). And then I happened to come across some article about the casting of the protagonists and antagonists ie good guys v. bad guys.
And even though the heroes are Asian or kids of colour, it seems that Paramount, for reasons of ignorance and its belief in the marketability or lack thereof of Asian actors in lead roles, decided to cast all white kids in the main roles while kids of colour are now only the bad guys....
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUsssUaVGmw&feature=player_embedded# A picture is worth a thousand words (derived btw from a word is worth a thousand goldpieces, a Chinese idiom)
wow. reminds me of Dragonball movie where the kid is white too....
Someone likes Star Wars and Tauntauns a little too much, but hey you gotta respect the dedication:
Here's another guy with an obsession, albeit one of a more dangerous and serious nature. Cuz when you start being responsible for 5.6% of Harrah's Entertainment's annual revenues, you know you're really gambling.
Apparently mobile device companies have agreed or are in the process of agreeing to standardize power chargers and earphones as well as USB cables. This is a very good thing for consumers and the environment.
No more switching between 2.5mm and 3.5mm earphones (and buying more than one).
No more having different plugs and USB cable sizes for different phones around the house (or for replacing new phones (or a similar or upgraded model that may use different sizing) or when buying new phones. That will conserve resources as well as free up space and confusion.
as some of you may know, I've been away on some trips. Will blog about that soon enough and upload some of my pics.
In the meantime, I took a look at some new trailers, some very interesting movies out there coming soon:
Avatar. A James Cameron film about a soldier who infiltrates an alien race so that military-industrials can take over the planet's resources. The method of infiltration is of course implied by the title.
The Wolfman: the trailer hints at a great cast, De Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving, and the story sounds interesting.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: The title says it all. Looks like a lotta fun, about a crazy scientist who makes food rain from the sky to solve hunger, but the plan goes awry.
Also check out TIm Burton's new animation: 9
Another funny trailer I came across was: How to Seduce Difficult Women.
Check them out on quicktime for the HD format if you've got HDTV.
I was looking for some information and came across this guy, Scooby, on Youtube, who has a great deal of useful info on bodybuilding, fitness, and nutrition.
His videos online are easy to understand, simple, and shows you how easy it is to exercise from home with minimal purchases: no expensive gym membership, no payment plan for large metal contraptions, etc. - just some dumbbells, and a few other inexpensive items - all his exercises can be done from home.
Now if you goto his website: http://fitness.scoobysworkshop.com/index.htm
He has compiled a great amount of data. His website, IMO, is great for the following reasons:
He's not trying to sell anything. In fact, he goes out of his way to make a point that there's a bunch of crap out there whose sole purpose is to make a buck off you. At best, those gimmicks waste your time and money, at worst, they harm your body.
He gives you the straight-up: there ARE NO SHORTCUTS. He breaks it down, and pretty much say, each year, a person can at most gain between x and y amount of muscle (depending on your genetics). More training, more protein, etc. will not affect that gain, and may even be counterproductive (overtraining metabolizes muscle, and overeating protein doesn't do anything)
The other low-down that we ALL KNOW is this: Eat less, Exercise More. It's that simple. and yet there's a multi-billion dollar industry on fat loss, muscle gain, six-pack abs, etc.
Cardio, Cardio, Cardio. There's no way around it if you want your abs to show. He dispels certain myths such as - you can specifically target one area to lose fat there e.g. lovehandles. (when in fact, you have to look at your body holistically).
He doesn't say that his method is right, but reminds you to always be skeptical and do your own research.
He breaks it all down:
Nutrition (in nice little tables showing calorica and protein intake, recommending 5-7 meals a day for constant protein intake). He gives you sample meals and sources of calories and protein that are easy to make and cheap to buy.
Beginners and Advanced techniques:
whys, (such as importance of breathing and posture)
when (how many reps, how many times a week),
the how (he stresses form is more important than weight e.g. lots of people make the mistake of moving fast and using momentum, thus cheating themselves of maximal gain), the different exercises for every major muscle group (again, using only home exercises).
I highly recommend Scooby's website. Thanks Scooby!
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