Thursday, December 18, 2008
I finally have a real book published.
It was self-published (which means that I'm the only person who likes it at this point) but I just received a copy and it looks awesome.
If I do say so myself.
All the profits from the book will go to the Cambodian Good Water Fund so you'll feel good about buying it AND you'll get to travel to Cambodia without all the hassles of flying. It's a win-win situation.
Just click on the picture at the top right of this blog. You can preview the book before buying it but you'll only see the first 10 pages or so which are (unfortunately) in black and white and um, a little depressing.
Trust me, it gets better after that.
Thanks for checking it out.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
And yes, I know I went to Cambodia a month ago and should have gotten it out of my system.
But, I still think about that country a lot and I REALLY wanted to post some of my favourite pictures from my favourite temple.
Ta Prohm was built in 1186 and was a Buddhist temple dedicated to good ol' mom; which in this case was the mother of King Jayavarman VII. Unlike some of the other temples, Ta Prohm has been swallowed up by the jungle and is mostly in a state of ruin. If it weren't for some of the enormous spung trees embracing the walls, I'm sure this place would have crumbled even more.
I just finished reading the uplifting book called "First they killed my father" by Loung Ung and in it, she describes how Ta Prohm is where the gods live. I can believe it. Once you step inside this temple, you are transported to another world.
You put your left foot out ...
Here is a little Apsara peeking out from behind the roots. An Apsara is the fabled celestial dancer who is exquisitely beautiful and has alluring charm.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Let me give you a little background.
The best place for sunset viewing was apparently the temple called Phnom Bakheng. It was POURING out but this wasn't going to stop my desire to be a real life Indiana Jones.
At the top of the hill, I got my first glimpse of Angkor Wat. It was very far away but my camera captured it nicely.
And to add to the general chaos, this temple is on top of a hill (Phnom is Khmer for hill) and after the sunset, everyone has to make it to the bottom in the complete darkness. For a more exotic trip (and probably safer one), you can also make the journey by elephant.
(Insert big laugh here)
The next day, our first stop was the Bayon. This is a large temple located within the even larger Angkor Thom. This was one of my favorite temples because of all the gargantuan faces staring out into the jungle. For me, these carvings symbolize the exotic beauty of Cambodia.
It was still raining out the next day. We bought garbage bags (I mean, um, rain coats) for $2 a piece. The price doubled because it was raining when we bought them. Damn those Cambodian entrepreneurs!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
It probably won't be a simple recovery.
They tell me that the mouth-to-mouth didn't work. They're going to have to bring Jesus by to resurrect the dead and apparently, Jesus is VERY expensive!!
Forget Cambodia. Donate to my Save the Computer Fund!
(That's a joke. I'm still taking donations for the Cambodian Good Water Fund and every little bit helps).
I may have lost all my pics from this summer and about a third of my articles I wrote for a book. This is very bad news.
Don't forget to back up your computer or else you may eventually be seriously depressed like I am.
And if you sent me an email recently and didn't get an answer, now you know why.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I think this is worse than death. At least death is final. A computer crash is something like living hell.
My backup didn't work. At least not all of it.
Don't know how much writing and photos I have lost. Have sent my hard drive in for data recovery.