Last Updated on Sunday, 15 November 2009 21:20 Written by Administrator Monday, 10 August 2009 10:30
VIDEO GALLERY - Cambodia
The cradle of the Asian civilization, celestial apsara dancers, mythical Angkor War, the Red Khmers and death fields, the Mekong river, ancient customs... the magical Kam-pu-che-a !
The author experiencing a cultural shock in touch with the Asian way of life, exploring streets of irresistible capital of Phnom Penh and learning about the life along the riverfront of the powerful Mekong River – the “Mother of all Waters”, as it is called by local population. He discovers secrets of the Royal Palace in the city centre and he is shocked by the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regimeespecially after visiting horrifying prison of Tuol Sleng also known as the museum of genocide. Just for a few dollars he purchased an imitation of Rolex watch at the famous Russian market; afterwards he visits an abandoned royal city of Uodong where the fortune tellers reads his destiny – predicting how a beautiful girl will soon cross his path…
Avoiding mine fields, he travels into the rural areas revealing the country’s real face, poverty and beauty mixed at the same time. After attending a local wedding, he discovers devotion to spirituality and prays with the Buddhist monks. Goran wonders through a magnificent complex of Angkor Wat where thick jungle covers ancient temples and he is truly hypnotized with spectacular performance of the celestial apsara dancers -once used for epic storytelling ofhistoric events…
Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 20:22 Written by Administrator Monday, 10 August 2009 11:53
THROUGH MY LENSES
I remember reading an article in "National Geographic"– about the existence of as many as 37 laughing clubs in Mumbai (Bombay) - and the interpretation of a certain Dr. Madan Kataria who clarified that laughter reduces stress and calms the person. "Laughing is my mission and I want to spread it all over the world," claimed this unusual man. I wish I know how successful he was in his noble mission. For, by traveling around the world in the past few years, I have noticed fewer and fewer people that are laughing. I am wondering if that is the fact or, perhaps, my eyes lost their sharpness and my power of observation is somehow weakened?
It appears that the whole thing related to above observation is more serious than I was thinking. Even the science stepped in and today one can found the number of published studies and analysis ranking the most (un) happiest states and nations on the Earth. Even the famous Global happiness index was introduced and it is carefully measured every year. Accordingly, toward the end of the last year "The New Economic Foundation" ranked some 151 countries in the world for their quality of life. According to the study’s results, it turns out that the happiest people are living in South and Central America, in countries such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Belize, El Salvador, etc. This findings woke up my natural curiosity and I cannot stop thinking whose genius mind has come up with formula, the precise measurement of happiness and attributed unit for laughing…
Some will say that times are tough - so that's why people are less happy. However, this argument is not valid if it is known that most of the above-listed countries have huge economic problems, facing violence and many other forms of social injustice. It is more likely that the secret for the happy life lies in the state of mind, an inner optimism and, of course, sunny climate that has a positive effect on people.
Technological advancement caused that we are living faster than ever, communication among people is more frequent and faster – but at the same time superficial and shallow. People have less and less time for others, for their surroundings ... As a result, we distanced from each other.
Thus, I am always pleased when I see a happy, smiling face. Like this friendly Buddhist monk captured by my camera, while traveling through Cambodia.
Let us hope that this year will bring to all of us more infectious laughter...