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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

LOAD OF BOLLOCKS

COOKIES

I've noticed a two big differences in cookies between American and Cambodian. First, of course is the amount of sugar used. Pretty much everywhere in the world uses less sugar than Americans. This is a well documented fact. The second less documented fact is packaging. In America, when you buy a box of cookies you open the box and there is a big plastic bag which contains all of the cookies. They know the average American will eat them all in one go as we Americans tend to be fat bastards. Well, at least I am. In Cambodia, the cookies are individually wrapped. This would allow you to eat one or two and keep the rest as fresh as possible longer. Fortunately, it is still possible to eat the whole box in one go - it just requires more effort.



MORPHEUS

Listening to an audio book when you're asleep can give you some odd dreams. I was listening to a book and fell asleep. I'm guessing that either the main character in the book was named Doyle or the name Doyle was mentioned a lot. But it was not Justin Doyle that haunted my dreams - it was Travis Powell's character Doyle. [We're talking imaginary character from RPG's if you're behind the geek curve here.] Anyway, this Doyle (in my mind) looks just like Travis but add a hundred pounds of Unnecessary Muscle Mass and two scars. I don't know why just two scars but I'm guessing it is all my mind can hold. For those who listened to the old Heroic Cthulhu (RPG) stuff, you'll know Doyle was a fun loving 'kill stuff, blow it up and stab what was left with a spear' kind of fun loving psycho. Anyway, as the name Doyle got mentioned over and over in this book the world in the dream filled up with Doyle. Soon, everyone was Doyle. All of them were angry, psycho and close to snapping all of the time. You know the little kid name plates you can get to give kids a pride in their own name (as well as sickos valuable information about your child)? The store had one name only on a stand made for one name only: Doyle. They had 'Doyle the Role Playing Game' where people from this earth full of Doyle's could play Doyle. I remember stating whilst in the dream "This is one fucked up dream. I will write it down on facebook." So, beware the temptation of listening to an audio book when falling asleep! Today, I plan to listen to that book (Anubis Gate by Tim Powers). If I don't hear 'Doyle' mentioned frequently, I will suspect someone has put a hex on me. After listening to the first few chapters, I have discovered that indeed the main character is in fact named Doyle. Unfortunately, I lost interest in the book about a third of the way through it but I was grateful for the freaky dream it gave unto me.



CHILD LABOR

So, I'm wandering around in Cambodia. It is HOT. Hot like it gets in Southeast Asia. Sweat rolling down my body (well, my 'festively plump' body) hot. I see two ten year old kids working on a road crew. They were using hammers to make big rocks into little rocks. I am not kidding. Since I know the saying "Pics or it didn't happen", here's some video of it. Heck, I don't even swear in the video. Amazing. A lot of people from rich countries would look at this video and say 'isn't that terrible'. I say 'they are probably helping to support their families'. Here is the video!



EVIL BUGS

While I was writing this, I saw and killed a cockroach that was as large as my middle finger - truly! I've come to accept the small black ant problem but I'm not fond of the cockroaches. Unfortunately, I don't think that I can find a room with air conditioning, a desk, a balcony and interior bathroom for $14 per night elsewhere here. So, I might get stuck with that.



RICKY GERVAIS PODCAST

I've been listening to the Ricky Gervais podcasts. The more I've heard, the stupider Karl Pilkington gets. Some good chuckles in there.

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PICTURES

{{2011}} London, GB | Rail N Sail | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Prague, Czech Republic | Budapest, Hungary | Sarajevo, Bosnia | Romania | Chisinau, Moldova | Ukraine: Odessa - Sevastopol | Crossed Black Sea by ship | Georgia: Batumi - Tbilisi - Telavi - Sighnaghi - Chabukiani | Turkey: Kars - Lost City of Ani - Goreme - Istanbul | Jordan: Amman - Wadi Rum | Israel | Egypt: Neweiba - Luxor - Karnak - Cairo | Thailand: Bangkok - Pattaya - Chaing Mai - Chaing Rei | Laos: Luang Prabang - Pakse | Cambodia: Phnom Penh | Vietnam: Vung Tau - Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City

{{2012}} Cambodia: Kampot - Sihanoukville - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat | Thailand: Bangkok | India: Rishikesh - Ajmer - Pushkar - Bundi - Udaipur - Jodhpur - Jasalmer - Bikaner - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi | Nepal: Kathmandu - Chitwan - Pokhara - Bhaktapur - (Rafting) - Dharan | India: Darjeeling - Calcutta Panaji | Thailand: Bangkok - again - Krabi Town | Malaysia, Malaka | Indonesia: Dumas - Bukittinggi - Kuta - Ubud - 'Full Throttle' - Gili Islands - Senggigi | Cambodia: Siem Reap | Thailand: Trat | Turkey: Istanbul | Georgia: Tbilisi

{{2013}} Latvia: Riga | Germany: Berlin | Spain: Malaga - Grenada | Morocco: Marrakech - Essauira - Casablanca - Chefchawen - Fes | Germany: Frankfurt | Logan's Home Invasion USA: Virginia - Michigan - Indiana - Illinois - Illinois - Colorado | Guatemala: Antigua - San Pedro | Honduras: Copan Ruinas - Utila | Nicaragua: Granada | Colombia: Cartagena | Ecuador: Otavalo - Quito - Banos - Samari (a spa outside of Banos) - Puyo - Mera

{{2014}} Peru: Lima - Nasca - Cusco | Dominican Republic | Ukraine: Odessa | Bulgaria: Varna - Plovdiv | Macedonia: Skopje - Bitola - Ohrid - Struga | Albania: Berat - Sarande | Greece: Athens | Italy: Naples - Pompeii - Salerno | Tunisia: Hammamet 1

{{2015}} Hammamet 2 | South Africa: Johnnesburg | Thailand: Hua Hin - Hat Yai | Malaysia: Georgetown | Thailand: Krabi Town | Indonesia:
Sabang Island | Bulgaria: Plovdiv | Romania: Ploiesti - Targu Mures | Poland: Warsaw | Czech Republic: Prague | Germany: Munich | Netherlands: Groningen | England: Slough | Thailand: Ayutthaya - Khon Kaen - Vang Vieng | Cambodia: Siem Reap

{{2016}} Thailand: Kanchanaburi - Chumphon | Malaysia: Ipoh - Kuala Lumpur - Kuching - Miri | Ukraine: Kiev | Romania: Targu Mures - Barsov | Morocco: Tetouan | Portugal: Faro

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