If Inanna talks to you

 "After all the crazy night at Pub Street, I went to Eanna and I saw many Buddhist statues... so Inanna, the goddess of love, told me, clean my temple, especially of so much plastic and coca cola bottles" - Photo Inanna on the Ishtar Vase.


“After all the crazy night at Pub Street, I went to Eanna and I saw many Buddhist statues… so Inanna, the goddess of love, told me, clean my temple, especially of so much plastic and coca cola bottles” – Photo Inanna on the Ishtar Vase.

After reading about a tourist woman breaking a Buddha’s statue at the Bayon because goddess Inanna told her “to clean up the temple because there was too much rubbish, from the monks and other people” (see Daily Mail) I went to look for who was this Inanna. It could be possible that an ancient mystery of the Angkorian temples came to be revealed to a Dutch woman after a crazy night at the Pub Street? – in looking the true any hypothesis must be reviewed. Well, this Inanna is not a Khmer goddess and not even an Indian or Chinese, but Sumerian: the goddess of love, fertility and warfare. Her temple was in Eanna, an ancient city of Sumer and now located in what it is southeast Iraq, thousand of kilometers far from Siem Reap. So then, it was Willemijn Vermaat, 40, who was in the wrong place – not the Buddha’s statue. She must go to Iraq and try to break any national monument there. But I don’t think that Vermaat was the only person in the wrong place: Apsara Authority was much more in the wrong place: How is it possible that a woman breaks an archeological treasure in their nose? Where they were? Why so much daily incomes are not used to establish video cameras?

The Cambodian train: too slow for a speed world

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The Cambodian bamboo  train is an attraction, but it’s not what we expect.

The promises for a renovated Cambodian train as it was the dream during the French colonial period and after the independence, are just promises without any fulfillment. Probably ASEAN will help us in its realization, but today we still with a very slow train without a meaningful impact in the national life and its development. Probably the bamboo train in Battambang could be attractive for tourists as an aboriginal way to adapt to conditions, but it is also the proof that we really need a train.  Continue reading

I see Germany

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Greetings from Munich, the heart of Europe and the capital of Bavaria in Germany. It is already one weeks since I left Cambodia to visit donors of our educational projects and Germany has challenged many of my preconceptions about itself. The first thing I found is its greenness. Yes, I thought I was going to find a cement jungle, but it is a green country of woods and even maiz – although, unlikely in South America it is used for gas production. Germany is shutting down its nuclear plants and moving into natural power. I am admired to see solar panels and wind mils everywhere. A great model for a country like Cambodia. Instead of creating dams to alter the ecosystems, the proliferation of solar and wind energy would be a great solution.  Continue reading

Cambodia this Monsoon

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The Monsoon is actually a good time to visit Cambodia. Raining is a blessing in a country where 80% of its population lives in rural areas and depends on rice fields. Flooding is not such a disaster, though it causes its troubles, especially in provinces lie Kratie and Kompung Cham. Here some photos from ZenTrips.net, a tourist agency specialized in Spanish speaking travelers to Cambodia.

No Ebola cases in Cambodia

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The cute Cambodian Lyle’s flying fox, a species in danger that needs protection. 

Although there are no reports of Ebola cases in Cambodia, the Ministry of Health warms people to be careful, especially if traveling to West African countries. As there is not a regular connectivity between South East Asia and the main affected countries like Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the Ministry considered that Cambodia is mostly out of danger, but monitoring the situation together with the World Health Organization. Nigerian citizens going or coming to their country from Cambodia are warned to keep precautions such avoiding blood, secretions and other body fluids from infected living or dead persons or animals. Continue reading

Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan… the rest of their life!

Photo Courtesy ECCC.

Photo Courtesy ECCC.

Let us make speculations of this news of the verdict of Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea by ECCC this week. Let us suppose that it was not ECCC but a Khmer Rouge tribunal to investigate their cases leaded by… Duch, for example: first both seniors would endured long sessions of torture. Why to take the fatigue to look for witnesses and ask experts when you have all those S-21 practical machines to make Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea to confess their crimes? Even more, such tribunal would be delighted to make them confess others’ crimes, so a good method to reduce more papers. It is the way they dealt during their time as leaders of Kampuchea Democratic. Even more, both would be condemned to execution and an awful execution as they were at the killing fields. Continue reading

Motorcrossing for Cambodian helmets in Sihanoukville

Here is our first video on the ISeeCambodia’s campaign for helmets and safety on the national roads. The proposal is to show the situation and to move the Cambodian youth to increase their own worry to spread the message. Send your video clips’ links in Youtube and we can publish in this blog. You can entitle your video as “Motorcrossing for Cambodian helmets” and show the situation in a short video wherever you are.