Thursday, March 26, 2009

SIEM REAP | Kamasutra?

Siem Reap is full of colours, from the item they sell to their various kind of food.

From their colourful signages,

To their colourful buildings, and errm nope, the signs and the buildings are not coloured coded.

While this is the place for Funky Munky with the monkey!

And speaking of those international franchise store, there are also some "recognisable" brands.

First, is this local "Mothercare".

Then, there is this local "IKEA".

And, this is their local "7-11", or locally known as the Seven Quick or Quick 7?

While walking along the street, I saw this "official" Playboy vehicle, imagine those bunnies riding in this ride, for sure they will attract attention.

This is obviously the local Kamasutra, and the fine dining is a bonus, perhaps, the actual action is inside?

Or, if you need to enhance your knowledge, you can grab those books along the street, by gaining more inside in the Life of Pi, (who/what is Pi? All I know Pi is 22/7 or 3.1415?), or in time of emergency and assistance, you can delve into the book of Emergency Sex (and other desperate measures)!

And if all fails, no worries, as Art Will Save The World!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

SIEM REAP | Templed Out? Why Not?

After exploring those temple ruins, one will really need some break.

So what I did was, I walked the Siep Reap town area thru, and was amazed by their amusing yet creative signages.

Here sharing with you are just a few of them.

When you are out in the ruin, stumbling upon "Lara Croft" might be a dream come true, but stumbling with 3 "Lara Crofts" in the town?

And after those major temple exploration, no one should miss the most famous temple.

No argument here, the Famous Temple of all!

Or otherwise, you can go and hang-out at the Boom Boom Room! Heya Heyo, shakey boom-boom vroooom.

This one I found quite creative, I assumed combining the ancient name of Cambodia i.e. Kampuchea with cappuccino, or perhaps Kampung (village) + cappuccino i.e. a traditional village's coffee, hence Kampuccino.

As Cambodia was once under the Pol Pot regime, thus for does who wanted to feel how it is like to eat inside a prison, you can experience dining within the jail/ prison bars, and no worries, no criminal records will be kept here.

But of all, this is the "coolest" place to dine-in, as the name says, Cool Corner Pizza Restaurant.

So Why Not? Plus Hotsports!? WiFi!

Such bill as above are ubiquitous. Land for "sell", sometimes it made me confuse, whether to sell or for sale?

Otherwise, if you are tired of having coffee or such, you can go online at this eer, Potential Computer School, well they have got potential, but still unproven, or this is not a computer school, but it has a potential to be one, depending on how you interpret the sign thou.

But never be worried, technology is everywhere, even if it is in the rural villages, under the coconut tree, with a bare dirt ground floor, technology can be seen taking off.

So, Why Not?

Monday, March 16, 2009

BRUNEI | The Empty Street

Captured and uploaded straight via camphone, the photo shows one particular moment when one of the main streets in the capital is free from any vehicles nor people. Some large cities also do experience such occurence at times. Just like human, do feels empty sometimes, despite being surrounded with the busy, noisy, bustling people packed cities.

Monday, March 09, 2009

BRUNEI | Maulidurrasul 1430

Live feed from the capital of Brunei. As like other Muslim around the world, HM the Sultan of Brunei joins the crowd to celebrate the birthday of prophet Muhammad pbuh.

Friday, March 06, 2009

SIEM REAP | Masjid Neakmah

Masjid Neakmah, or Neakmah Mosque, is the main mosque in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Before coming to Cambodia, I have made a research of the whereabout of the mosque, and my first day out in town, I have asked the tuk-tuk driver to bring me to the mosque, and even the driver himself was not sure of the place, and never heard of the mosque.

But I persuaded him just to drive ahead, and Alhamdulillah, after all those winding and bumpy ride we managed to get to the place.

Masjid Neakmah, also written in arabic, and their local alphabets.

The residents of this kampung or village, are mostly of Melayu-Champa or Cham Malay.

Located in one of the Malay Villages in Siem Reap, the road connecting it from the town area is quite a bumpy, non-asphalt dusty road, hence without determination, one might be hindered in detouring away from the town area.

When I arrived at the mosue, the doors were closed, so I only manage to capture the photo of the outside.

There is a Champ-Malay Halal restaurant next to the mosque, (the one with the red roofing).

I still remember vaguely, during my high school's History lesson, mentioning about the Cham Malay, whereby living in ASEAN, most of the nations were having more or less the same language, which predominantly is Malay.

There are many similarity in the Malay Languages, be it in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Phillipine, Singapore, not to forget the major Malay speaking country of Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.

Example of the words in Cambodia that I can relate to the standard Malay is Psar (Pasar) meaning market, Kampung = village just to name a few.

Also next to the mosque is a Madrasah, or a religious school, the green signboard stated "Madrasah Qamaruddin Al-Islamiah, Kampung Stenmai, Siem Reap" , and it also stated the building as a Gift of Excellency Sieng Nam, 23.04.2002.

With that, I leave you with the overall view of the mosque.

Sunday, March 01, 2009


This time around, I did not take a lot of photos, all in all, roughly less than 2 GB, or barely just a hundred photos only, as we were indulging ourselves with the celebration. Anyway, perhaps, these are the last set of photos.

The "infamous" girl photographers? Looking for their
Romeo Razali?

Chimping over her LCD screen, making sure everything is in.

Everybody is busy doing their own thing, rushing here and there.

A heavy argument?

Some of the sponsored balloons.

One of the lady participants.

Time like this is considered to be a feast for the flyers/adverts distributers, sticking their pamphlet everywhere especially the car's wipers. If only they stick their flyers on Knight Rider, for sure they will be smooth talk by KITT.

Another ingenious way to place their adverts, "sure read one meh", as it is placed on the driver's

Finally, I'll leave you with this photo, are we ready for change? or Have we change? Can we accept changes? It is quite easy to instill new ideas to the infants, but can the senior citizen change their mindset?

As what the wiseman says, Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

And what I like to say," Hujan Emas Di Negeri Orang, Hujan Batu Di Negeri Sendiri, Ambil tah dulu emas di negeri orang, udah atu bawa balik ke negeri sendiri!"

It doesn't need a scientist to figure out what I meant by that, but if you really look deep into the sentence then you will agree with what I said.