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  • 00:11

    Bats, Beauty, Arts And Culture-Battambang, Cambodia

    in Travel

    It’s often overlooked or just a mere stopover to or from Siem Reap, home of the famous ruins of Angkor Wat but Battambang Cambodia should be on your radar of places to visit in this country. Full of Khmer culture, early 20th century French architecture and a unique charm unlike anywhere else in Cambodia. Join me John Saboe for an exploration in and around Battambang, Cambodia in this episode of Far East Adventure Travel Podcast.


     


    Probably the number one site to visit in Battambang, Cambodia is the world-famous bamboo train. Made from left-over tank wheels, small-powered engines and a bamboo platform it’s a metaphor for the people of this country who’ve adapted and overcome incredible devastation and hardship to their culture and way of life. But this town, the second-largest in the country has so much more to offer. On my last trip through Cambodia I stayed in Battambang for several days exploring the town and discovering it’s charm.


     


    To find out a little bit more about Battambang from a native’s perspective and why it’s so appealing I spoke with artist Kchao Touch, who also owns the wonderfully eclectic Jewel In The Lotus Antique and Arts Shop in the arts quarter.


     


    The sounds of a memorial can quickly fade out to a wedding celebration, sometimes lasting for three days. Most Cambodian weddings are now only celebrated on a single day. This memorial in Battambang lasted for several days.


     


    Another uniquely Southeast Asian tradition respected every day in Battambang is the morning alms. For good luck lay people bring a food offering to the local Buddhist monks that wander the town in return for a blessing. Excerpts from "Bats, Beauty, Arts And Culture-Battambang, Cambodia


     


     

  • 00:08

    Early Morning At The"Tomb Raider Temple"Ta Prohm-Angkor Ruins, Cambodia

    in Travel

    Excerpts from "Early Morning At The "Tomb Raider" Temple.


    The crowds that visit Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and the Angkor Ruins region can be overwhelming. Over 2.3 million people visited the site in 2014 making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Southeast Asia. On my last visit I spent many early mornings wandering the ruins including visits to Ta Prohm, the temple complex made famous by the 2001 film Lara Croft Tomb Raider.


    Ta Prohm was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries in the Bayon Style which include face towers and naga carrying giant figures. Originally called Rajavihara it is located one kilometer east of Angkor Thom, the last great city of the Khmer Empire. King Jayavayerman Vll who ruled the empire oversaw construction of Ta Prohm from Angkor Thom,  where he ruled.


    Ta Prohm had been left almost in the same condition as it was found, with huge trees growing out of the structure which have literally taken over the temple, one of it’s striking features.


    Don’t forget to look on the ground as there are many relics from the temple half buried under your path. 


    Is it worth it to wake up early with all of the craziness of the crowds? Of course, it’s Angkor Wat. It’s an amazing experience. Just be prepared for a little nonsense and sometimes rudeness with that many people gathered in one spot. Don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to be a downer. Just preparing you for what’s going to happen so you can adjust your expectations accordingly. If I didn’t have proof you’d probably never believe me if I told you someone even brought a horse. Mind you this was sunset, a different crowd indeed


    Don’t forget to like the Far East Adventure Travel Facebook page. Visit fareastadventuretravel.com for more travel adventures and inspiration.


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  • 00:57

    Bora Matarazzo Author of Bamboo Promise on life in Cambodia during Vietnam War

    in Self Help

    Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructor Tim Chhim interviewed Vicheara Houn in Khmer (Cambodian language.)


    Vicheara was born in  Phnom Penh, Cambodia in the peaceful days before the Khmer Rouge communist rebels engulfed this small Southeast Asian nation in four years of death and destruction. As the only child of a wealthy and politically prominent father, her young life was one of great contrasts. She went to University of Phnom Penh to study pharmacy and met her husband there. Their forbidden romance caused much conflict but eventually they prevailed and married in Janurary,1975 , four months before the Khmer Rouge took over and their lives turned upside down.


    All the residents of Phnom Penh, including Vicheara’s entire family, were forced out of their homes and expelled from the city in a mass exodus by the Khmer Rouge rebels. One by one, every member of Vicheara’s family starved to death.  Her young husband was murdered.


    Emaciated and alone, she managed to survive until 1979 when the Khmer Rouge was defeated by the Vietnamese and the survivors were liberated. Vicheara returned to her paternal home. She finished her pharmacy degree and made a daring escape to a refugee camp in Thailand. There she met the man who would become her second husband and they made their way to the US in 1984, where they had two children, a boy and a girl. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She later divorced and met her current husband in Portland , OR.


    Later, they moved to Arizona where Vicheara finished writing this first book, Bamboo Promise, to share her amazing story of survival with the world.

  • The Red Road Foundation, Creating Sustainable Communities in Cambodia

    in Entertainment

    Melissa Rinck -Fundraising Director & Recruitment Officer and Rachel Riggio- Executive Director, Operations Director of The Red Road Foundation join Mary E. LaLuna, host of ArtSees Diner Radio to share the upcoming "Brewing Education" event to be held in Chicago at the Lagunita's Brewery. This event seeks to raise necessary funding for a school to be built in Cambodia to help educate childen there out of poverty and safeguard them against the ever growing sex-trafficking that threatens the health and sanctity of the childen. Donate


    A Chicago native, Melissa is a wild heart who has turned her pain into passion. Melissa dedicates her resources and talents to healing the wounds of our world, cultivating love, and spreading kindness. She is a gatherer of  grand souls whom we will need to launch our visions into reality. With her dedication, integrity and vision she will lead the nation’s fundraisers; while forming partnerships, creating community, and keeping the world inspired to surrender themselves to the greater good.


    Rachel Riggio is a soul warrior who faced many of life’s obstacles with resilience and fortitude. Forced to persevere when faced with humbling life lessons such as the loss of a parent at age 4, addiction, abuse, and trauma; Rachel immersed herself in a period of rehabilitation. In tune with her life’ s purpose, she has developed a strong drive to find and help those in need.


    Lagunitas Brewery is located at 1843 S. Washnetaw Ave Chicago Il. For donations or to become active with the fundraising efforts of Melissa and Rachel, follow this link. 

  • 00:36

    Vicheara Houn Author of Bamboo Promise on life in Cambodia during Vietnam War

    in Self Help

    Napoleon Hill Foundation Certified Instructors Tom Cunningham (too tall) and Tim Chhim interviewed Vicheara Houn.


    Vicheara was born in  Phnom Penh, Cambodia in the peaceful days before the Khmer Rouge communist rebels engulfed this small Southeast Asian nation in four years of death and destruction. As the only child of a wealthy and politically prominent father, her young life was one of great contrasts. She went to University of Phnom Penh to study pharmacy and met her husband there. Their forbidden romance caused much conflict but eventually they prevailed and married in Janurary,1975 , four months before the Khmer Rouge took over and their lives turned upside down.


    All the residents of Phnom Penh, including Vicheara’s entire family, were forced out of their homes and expelled from the city in a mass exodus by the Khmer Rouge rebels. One by one, every member of Vicheara’s family starved to death.  Her young husband was murdered.


    Emaciated and alone, she managed to survive until 1979 when the Khmer Rouge was defeated by the Vietnamese and the survivors were liberated. Vicheara returned to her paternal home. She finished her pharmacy degree and made a daring escape to a refugee camp in Thailand. There she met the man who would become her second husband and they made their way to the US in 1984, where they had two children, a boy and a girl. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She later divorced and met her current husband in Portland , OR.


    Later, they moved to Arizona where Vicheara finished writing this first book, Bamboo Promise, to share her amazing story of survival with the world.


    http://boramtz.wix.com/bamboo-promise#!books/cnec

  • 01:21

    Survivor with Jay, Jack, and Coll: Ep. 5.13 - "Lie, Cheat and Steal"

    in Television

    Jay, Jack, and Colleen discuss the season finale of Survivor: Cambodia, titled "Lie, Cheat and Steal."


    Do you want to support Jay and Jack? Become a patron! Check out their Patreon page for more information at www.patreon.com/jayandjack.


    Subscribe (MP3) l Become a Patron l Join Our Facebook Group

  • 00:32

    Neil Haley Interviews Award-Winning Journalist Eric Poole

    in Education

    Eric Poole felt strongly about writing his book, Company of Heroes.  Here is a synopsis:On May 10, 1970, during the Cambodian Incursion, Army Specialist Leslie Sabo Jr., 22-years old, married only 30 days before shipping out and on active duty for just 6 months, died as his patrol was ambushed near a remote border area of Cambodia. When an enemy grenade landed near a wounded comrade, Sabo used his body to shield the soldier from the blast. Despite being mortally injured, he crawled towards the enemy emplacement and threw a grenade into the bunker. The explosion silenced the enemy fire, but also ended Sabo's life. This attack by North Vietnamese troops killed eight of Sabo's fellow soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division and would come to be known as the "Mother's Day Ambush." Sabo's commanders nominated him for the Medal of Honor, but the request was somehow lost. A campaign to correct the oversight began in 1999, ultimately leading to legislation that eliminated the three-year time limit on awarding this medal.
     
    Forty-two years after his selfless acts of heroism during the Vietnam War saved the lives of his fellow soldiers; Leslie H. Sabo Jr. posthumously received the Medal of Honor on May 16, 2012.
     
    Using military records and interviews with surviving soldiers, journalist Eric Poole recreates the terror of combat amidst the jungles and rice paddies as Bravo Company 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne forged bonds of brotherhood in their battle for survival. Company of Heroes offers an insight into the incredible and harrowing experiences of just a small number of men from a single unit, deep in the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia.


     

  • 00:39

    Building A City in Andong Cambodia

    in Entrepreneur

    Our SBR community is passionate about Giving and Serving others.
    My guest today will share a great giving opportunity that is also developing entrepreneurship in Cambodia. 
    My guest is Dr. Fred Garmon, Executive Director for People for Care and Learning (PCL).  
    I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Garmon some time ago at the PCL offices in Cleveland TN and was very impressed by this organization and intrigued by his passion for helping the people of Cambodia.  
    PCL has embarked on an ambitious campaign to build an Entire New City in Andong Cambodia.  This project will create 1,500 homes, paved roads, clean water and new businesses - entrepreneurship. 
    We will learn about whats going in Cambodia and Fred will share his Vision for building a city in Andong and how our community can help.  
    Please call our show line at 213-559-8022, ask questions on Twitter at #SBRTALK and post your comments on our websites.  
    Fred Garmon is the International Director of People for Care and Learning.
    He was born and raised in Charlotte / Kannapolis, North Carolina. He holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. A University level lecturer and instructor— Fred integrates over 26 years of practical ministry experience with years of academic preparation in the field of Leadership Studies.
     
    Fred is a marathon runner and was honored as an Olympic Torch Bearer in 2002. He has been married to his wife, Shirley, since 1982. They have two daughters, and two granddaughters.

  • 00:38

    WebbWeaver Books Proudly Presents: Author Chantal Jauvin

    in Books

    http://chantaljauvin.com/


    THE BOY WITH THE BAMBOO HEART~


      The Boy With A Bamboo Heart is the inspiring story of Dr Am Wathanavongs. Orphaned at 5 years of age in a remote village in rural Thailand, Lek was thrust into a life-long struggle to find his place in the world. Alone and impoverished, he survived by begging for food in the markets of Surin until he was recruited to fight as a boy soldier in jungles of Cambodia.

      Despair and poverty lead him to attempt suicide until a stranger intervened with an offer of help. Thus begins Lek’s journey to become Dr Am, a man best known as a foster father to the sick, poor and destitute children of Thailand. The Boy With A Bamboo Heart is no ordinary book, it is the inspiring story of one man’s journey to find his true calling in the face of unspeakable adversity.

  • 01:36

    Survivor with Jay and Jack (MP3): Ep. 5.10 “Like Selling Your Soul to the Devil/My Wheels are Spinni

    in Television

    Double Survivor night! Jay, Jack, and Colleen discuss the tenth and eleventh episodes of Survivor: Cambodia, titled “Like Selling Your Soul to the Devil” and “My Wheels are Spinning.” Do you want to support Jay and Jack? Become a patron! Check out their Patreon page for more information at www.patreon.com/jayandjack. Subscribe (MP3) l Become a […]

  • 01:00

    The Phare Cambodian Circus - Huot Dara

    in Psychology

    Huot Dara - Executive Director, The Phare Cambodian Circus


    Touted as one of the first and most innovative businesses in Arts and Culture with the vision of artists' career and social development in Cambodia, HUOT Dara is spearheading the establishment of this new company starting from project planning, revenue planning, financing sources, operations and strategic planning and budget optimization for this project.  Learn about the school formed by refugees that relies heavily on art therapy to help heal the wounds and grow emotionally sound and healthy children.  Learn about the "Ghost Children," and the "Monkey Children" and this extraordinary group of creative performers.