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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
I was staying in Battambang, Cambodia. While I was there I had to visit one of the area’s most famous attractions, the bamboo train. The bamboo train gets it’s name from the bamboo deck or floorboard used that rests on top of the wheels that can transport anything from chickens and rice to people. In Khmer it’s called a Lorry and has been used since the Khmer Rouge shutdown of most regular train service in the country.
The Bamboo Train Station. Now where is the first class lounge? I could use a bloody mary about right now! Waiter? Actually the place is quite charming and surprisingly not touristy feeling at all. At least not at the starting point in O Dambong, about 4 km from Battambang.
The bamboo train solves the biggest problem of a single track train line. What do you do when two trains meet from opposite directions? In the case of the bamboo train? Simple-move one off the track. This experience alone makes this one of the world’s all time great train rides.
A little heavy on the photo gear I know but I’m a one man show right now.
Farewells from the departure crew and we’re off.
The bamboo train was not the first flatbed type service in Cambodia. During the civil war of the 80’s and 90’s flatbed trains were used as mine sweepers ahead of the rest of the train. Service was free, risky but popular.
And here we go about 3 minutes into the ride and our first stop. Wow, now that’s taking service station to the next level. The first lorries or bamboo trains were actually hand driven with a pole, kind of like an Italian gondola. Small motorcycle or tractor engines, like this one were added later. The wheels? They’re actually from abandoned tanks! Yes get your ass off the deck so I can do my job, thank you! Excerpts from "Great Train Rides Of The World-Cambodia's Bamboo Train".
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
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Life Coach Ade is joined by Spiritual Teacher and Author David Ault for "You Are What You See" on the Ask Life Coach Ade Radio Show on LifeConversationsRadio.com
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David Ault is an internationally known author and celebrated metaphysical teacher and speaker. He is an ordained minister through Centers for Spiritual Living and currently serves as the Senior Minister of Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.
His weekly messages are heard and viewed by thousands across the world. Since his spiritual reawakening in the mid 1980s, Ault has traveled the globe offering his gifts as a singer/songwriter, speaker, and facilitator.
He has established a thriving non-government regulated school in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which provides free education, medical/hygiene assistance, and agricultural and life skills training to hundreds of Cambodian children annually. He also offers humanitarian service trips there regularly. His stateside non-profit, Khmer Child Foundation, serves this initiative. David lives with his husband Ty Andrews in Atlanta, Georgia. His website www.DavidAult.com
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RONNIE YIMSUT is an author and activist and has been the subject of independent documentary films and reports by CBS News, NBC News, and PBS, among others. His many written works include Journey to Freedom and In the Shadow of Angkor. A senior landscape architect for the USDA Forest Service, he is also involved in national and international NGOs.
BAKONG TECHNICAL COLLEGE
The heart and soul of Bakong Technical College (BTC) is education and economic empowerment of local communities, specifically targeting local women through a self help and self sustainability concept. Bakong Technical College’s primary mission is to change the ‘status quo’ and alter the course of the lives and livelihood of the poorest of the poor through quality education with an innovative ‘trickle up’ process.
PATRICIA KAREN GAGIC - Bio
Patricia has embraced life and all the challenges it offers.
She is an accomplished International Contemporary Artist and Author of Karmic Alibi a recent finalist in the 2014 USA Book News Awards. Patricia is a Certified Meditation Specialist/Facilitator completing her Certification in Applied Mindfulness,
Transformative Mindfulness and Mindfulness without Borders from the Dept. of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She has had an extensive career in Banking and
Finance, a Small Business Entrepreneur in Property Management, Retirement Homes and Medical office management. She is a motivational and business Coach/consultant and Mentor. Patricia is a Feng Shui Level 3 Consultant and Reiki Master.
Along with her passion for learning, Patricia has been a dedicated community Volunteer. She is Co-founder of the Colours of Freedom Foundation supporting Children's Peace Initiatives. She holds Advisory positions in several organizations and foundations.
Patricia is a member of the Ontario Cabinet for the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Over the years she has been nominated for a variety of awards and recognitions including Woman of the Year, YMCA Peace Medal and recipient of the
Award of Excellence by the Toronto Women's Expo. She is an Ambassador to Friends to
Mankind and the creative force behind the Pagoda Thmey school and orphanage in Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
In October 2013, Patricia was recognized by the prestigious Order of St. George and was Knighted as a Dame of the Order. She is an Advisor to the Niagara command.
Security and Information Event Managers (SIEM) tools rely heavily on perimeter security logs, like those from firewalls, IPS and router NetFlow, The sharing of these logs with SIEMs have been very successful in identifying sophisticated external attacks in very early stages. Now, for most organizations, the most severe data breaches are coming from privileged insiders or from Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) that imitate the privileged user. In this podcast Caleb talks with experts from Vormetric to explore if it is possible to use the tried and true SIEM and anomaly detection techniques with file system level log information to detect and identify APT and Insider abuse.
Learn of the increased focus placed on data security, compliance, and privacy to deal with the constant threats to enterprises, and how a leading industry actor effectively makes data protection possible in their growing diverse IT ecosystem. As company's environments become more open and complex, sensitive data can be found not only on internal databases, but also in datawarehouses, Big Data (Hadoop or NoSQL) platforms, and file systems including those outsourced and in the Cloud. We will be discussing best practices approaches (like data activity monitoring and SIEM) to make data protection and regulation compliance a reality for the organization, while keeping costs down in an ever growing and changing IT deployment.
It's all mandatory. Nothing is voluntary. The rule is if you store, process, or transmit credit card data you must be compliant with the PCI standards. And that's a global rule.
In this podcast, security experts will engage in a lively discussion about PCI Compliance and how the planned publication date of PCI DSS and PA DSS version 3.0 will effect security teams within organizations. Join us to better understand what incremental requirements are included, when your organization must adopt them.
The PCI security standard dates back to mid 2005 when the major payment card brands came together to require organizations processing credit or debit cards transactions to make improvements to their IT security systems or face severe penalties if their failure to do so resulted in a network security breach and cardholder data loss. Yet to this day, payment card data is still the number one target of attackers and the universal currency of the cybercrime marketplace, leading to numerous questions and issues about the effectiveness of PCI. Don't miss what's sure to be an insightful look back and prognostication of what's ahead for payment card industry participants within today's network environments as we witness the meteoric acceptance of mobile devices and social media technologies.
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Also covered in this podcast:
POS, Payment Card Data, PCI DSS 3.0, ibm, security, x-force, qradar, security intelligence, siem, identity and access management, infosphere, guardium, websphere, datapower, key lifecycle manager, vulnerability manager, endpoint manager, intrusion
In this podcast we review the newly published Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing (AST) with our subject matter expert Diana R. Kelley (Application Security Strategist, IBM Security Systems). The live discussion will cover the value for customer using this new combined SAST and DAST MQ report, how and when security as a service can be used in your enterprise, insights on IBM's support for iOS application testing as well as what's next within the application security world. Don't miss it, join us!
You can download your own copy of the Gartner Magic Quadrant using this link: http://ibm.co/193z06u
Podcast topics include: static testing, dynamic testing, web application scanning, manual penetrtion testing, code review, bytecode analysis, iOS and Android application security, application security testing as a service, SaaS, Veracode, WhiteHat, HP, securing the SDLC, SQLi, XSS, security intelligence, integrated security, web application firewalls, database access management, SIEM.
For nearly 30 years David has traveled the world as a New Thought musician, keynote speaker & workshop facilitator.
His focus on remembering the Divine within and reclaiming that connection has empowered hundreds of thousands on their spiritual journey.
The union of David's charismatic message & heartfelt singing has elevated him to keynote speaker of choice in many nationwide churches, centers and global organizations.
Throughout the 1980's, David, along with the late Jerry Florence and Keith Kimberlin made their mark in New Thought history by helping pioneer an unexplored musical genre — "visionary vocal/positive music." The trio, known as Alliance, became trailblazers when introducing original music specifically designed to support the metaphysical teachings that life reflects our thoughts.
David continued this musical path as a solo artist, releasing one critically acclaimed recording after another including The Healing Bridge, Travelin' With The Angels, All Is Calm, All Is Bright, And Then It Is Morning, One With The World, and Worthy Shoes.
David has served as senior minister for Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta, GA. since 2010.
Through his stateside non-profit, Khmer Child Foundation, David has established an ongoing fresh water well building facilitation project in the Siem Reap area of Cambodia, as well as created a non-government regulated school that provides free education, medical/hygiene assistance, agricultural and life skills training, all against the odds of poverty and bureaucratic restriction. The school, named Future Khmer Child, currently supports nearly 200 children.
As a respected teacher, writer and columnist, David is the author of the bestseller, Where Regret Cannot Find Me and the upcoming The Grass Is Greener Right Here.
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Freedompreneur Fridays are set for you to explore how you can experience more freedom in your life. From simple excursions around your home town to adventures across the world and all the way back to your living room, freedom is experienced in many ways.
Knowing what freedom is to us will help us to have that Freedom yet in order to understand what it is that we want, we need to know a few options and THAT is why WE are here!
Listen to stories from our freedom focused life and hear from the clandestine HEROES that we have met along the way, the explorers of the world who have pushe the limits of freedom and are determined to share those finidings with others!
Thomas is a phenomenal example of living and giving as a freedompreneur and he actually embodies one of our main values, Living IS Giving! He has created a platform for NGO information to be artistically shares so that causes and issues can be brought to light with beauty for the sake of awareness.
We will discuss some key "filosophical freedompreneur" topics and interview about how Thomas came to be an English teacher with an NGO website living in the lovely Siem Reap!