Friday, July 28, 2006

s21 torture cell...

I rented a bicycle and wandered around this capital and eventually found this school turned into a prison/torture camp.

7 out of 17,000 captives survived and it was horrific and sad place.

s21

Jam

BTW>> If you are spiritually sensitive places like this take a while...

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Phnom Penh

I arrived here today and I am off now to see some of the wonderful sites of this city.
I am amazed so far on the beauty - the core itself is very beautiful and most of these backpacker hotels are on the lake, facing the sunset and they are inspired bamboo creations....

Reading: First they killed my father - History through the eyes of a child, I couldn't sleep the first nite it was so brutal and unreal. I can't believe I am very blessed to be in this country to witness a change.

Peace to it all
Jam

Monday, July 24, 2006

I am blessed :.

I have had over 30 emails in the past week and I only have time to respond to 2
Life here is very different - the US really messed this country up in the 70's with the secret war and $8 billion US worth of bombing...this country is in a big state of transition.

I have spent the last days visitiing temples - I am all templed out, reading and watching movies about Cambodia. I really like it here and I wish I had some longer time.

Interent is very slow and I am not really on it much so forgive me for not responding - I will be back on it soon starting in 2 weeks. I never seem to stop growning from travelling and the people I meet and the places I experience defitniely give me a better view of it all.

Today my german roomie and I donated blood to a local hospital, and I went to volunteer at a local NGO - it was fun and I got to see a different side of Siem Reap today.Peace and Blessings

Peace and Blessings
Jam

Okay now it's up to 8 emails - I hope more can happen this week!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Away for a while...

My mate is gone and well I am sad... it was really fun and such a good change of pace for me. How often do you get to travel with your best mate?

Well we went through every mode of transport in Thailand and ate more Thad Pai and burgers than anything else but the fun and laughs were priceless...

Now...well now is the opposite extreme for me...after a couple weeks of really good food, amazing hotels, beautiful beaches and wonderful company ... and I am off to this...

http://gridskipper.com/travel/phnom-penh/stung-meanchey-dump-178536.php

and Ankor wat and basic survival... but hopefully I can get some volunteer work there...

Peace + Blessings
Jam

BTW>>> Gridskipper.com is totally awesome! Does anybody know anything about it?

BTW>>> yeah so I will be away from the computer for a while...probably a week or two...

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Take a bow....

Youtube has been fantastic to keep up a little bit in the culture and listen to music...
 
Muse's latest one is quite good:
 
 
Wow...can they even say this - without being stoned to death?
 
Jam

India pics!

It's finally up!
 
 
Thailand Internet is good.
 
Happy viewing
Jam

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Full Moon Party :.

The full moon party was great! My mate and I sat on the beach and watched this for a while....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNn5jntn6Js

it was awesome! This party is quite the opposite to meditation - a really big extreme.
I am happy that I am able to keep a balance in my life.

Now the 20hr ride back to Bangkok - a truck, boat, mini bus, train and tuk tuk. I love it all.

Peace from the sun
Jam

Saturday, July 08, 2006

A tourist life...

I can't believe how touristy I have become...

When I first came to Thailand - I spent one month in only 3 cities - Bangkok, Chang Mai and Pai. I am a very really slow travellor [hence 4 times to India and never the middle or south]

Now with my mate I redid all three places in 9 days and now I am heading to a very very touristy Full moon party in the South.
By mini bus, coach, plane, boat and ATV- its so bizarre. The whole trip is 30 hrs from door to door.

It's been a good experience to feel like a full tourist - travelling the way that most off the world do it. It's been also good to travel with my mate - we are completely the opposite people in clothes, life thoughts etc..... I am the humanitarian worker and he's the tdot lawyer, but it's been soooooo awesome to spend the time chatting and travelling.

I just love it.

I also love/hate some of the comforts again, but I feel so blessed everytime I sit down for a meal and check into a hotel again.

Peace and Blessings
Jam

btw> Tax returns are awesome and timely appropriate. Thanks Canada.

Pai again

So I am very lucky and unlucky because it's low tourist season in Thailand now...which also means bad weather but very good prices for hotels, travel and good conversations.

In Pai my friend and I stayed in this hotel for $3 Cdn a nite because we off season rates....

http://www.baanpaivillage.com/

It's very surreal because when I was there in April the place felt super posh and cost around $15 Cdn a nite! I had sheets [instead of my tarp], a clean towel and the new bedroom scent. So weird...But I love bamboo huts by the river, green hills and quiet places...

I just love Pai - I wish I could live there forever it's a laid back place and I understand why so foreigners settle down there for life.

Now we are heading to the beach version in the South ...and see if we can also get a discount from it.

Love to you all
Jam

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

A surprise gift [again!] and a new home...

So my friend sent a surprise email and a gift - it was amazing. I still couldn't believe it and it helped me finish my project with the nuns.

Now I am in Thailand and my best mate from childhood flew over from Toronto - I booked this return ticket over 3 months ago [to possible come home?] and it's weird to think that my best mate and I are here in Thailand together. We watched some Muay Thai boxing, walked a billion temples and well I am enjoying his company... I realize more and more I miss my friends and I can't wait to come home in Sept.

I can't wait.

Peace and Blessings
Jam