Archive for September, 2012

[music: Cathedral – Cocoon]

October is tomorrow and it is supposed to be my lucky month! But I figure that even luck can use some help; awareness of its presence, openness to the opportunity, and space to follow it.

So, this post is about the fourth tetrad of mindfulness-mediation. After we have calmed the mind and are able to concentrate, we can turn our attention to knowing and release.

This is an excerpt from the entry on Anapanasati Sutta in Wikipedia:

“Contemplation of the Mental Objects (dhammā)
Focusing on impermanence
Focusing on dispassion
Focusing on cessation
Focusing on relinquishment”

Any search on the internet will present you with a much wiser choice of references and interpretations.

Nevertheless, this is my take:


Banteay Srei & Ta Prohm

Posted: September 26, 2012 in Photography, Travels
Tags: ,

[music: The best I can – Cocoon]

Day 1 of my visit to the magnificent sites of Angkor Wat. Had a great time with (the most professional outfit in Siem Reap) & my companions Vincent the French Hat Stealer, Paul and Vadym.

Here is a selection of (too many) photos.

I used two Lightroom presets: Angkor Temple of Doom and Angkor Blue. Suggestions for improvement, as always, welcome… and even desired.

and I get up again

Posted: September 22, 2012 in Photography, Travels

[music: I get knocked down – Chumbawamba]

A big thanks to everybody that made my vacation wonderful!   Sorry to all of those that were on my stolen iPhone.

[music: Heartlines – FATM]

“Sir! You are going to have a lucky month of October!” a middle-aged Indian man proclaimed loudly pointing at me, minding my own business walking down Sisowath Quay. Bemused, I let him take my arm. “I am a Yogi, sir. Let me read your palm.”

I had just spent time on the “my daughter is a nurse moving to [insert name of country you are from]. Can I talk to you for a few minutes about what it is like to live in [insert name of country again]” story, with two ‘gentlemen’ with an exceptionally good knowledge of geography. More on this amusing episode later.

I declined his kind offer to have my palm read. But I now, I regret passing up this experience. So I am posting my palms for all to read. Bonus marks for reading the noodles 😉

In all seriousness, I did have my palm read once. The memory of when and where is a little fuzzy (if anybody reading this blog remembers, please remind me) although I am sure it was at the occasion of a University party… state of mind at the time notwithstanding, the prognosis was incredibly accurate, and the individual predictions quite specific. The final prediction from this early palm reading happens in the stage of my life I am currently in.

Daniel, fellow traveller spoke to me of an Italian journalist, Tiziano Terzani  (witnessed the falls of Saigon and Phnom Penh) and his experience with fortune tellers. So I am going to keep an open mind – and open palms.


Posted: September 15, 2012 in Travels

In case you are interested, I will keep my itinerary updated with links to each post. Someday I will even organise this chronologically.

[music: Canadian Lover, Falcon’s Escape – Destroyer]

from the album ‘Thief’ – this song is free on

[music: Transformation – David Gray]

Comments and suggestions for improvement welcome.

I used a Lightroom preset I called “Sukhothai”