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Mission in Koh Thom

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Within the Walls of Intramuros

Intramuros - make animated picture

Just like Malacca, Angkor, and many other old settlements in Asia, Intramuros (The Walled City) now is being brought back to life. Intramuros is the center of the spanish Manila which was completed in 1606 with a sprawling 67.26-hectare premise. Here, notable landmarks are erected and destroyed during the World War II. It was then restored in the 1970's through the initiative of former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

Intramuros is a great reminder of the lush culture and history of the Philippines. Visit Intramuros!


Watch this Pepsi Football Commercial Ads

I just found this and it is not an old one (consider it is for 2008). And I noticed that the ads was shot in various places of Asia, or might all be of SEA. I dont know, maybe you guys should help me out. All I know is the Siem Reap region. I dont know the name of other place there.


Allen! Get your photo...


Southeast Asian of the month for September

Samdech Sangha Raja Jhota├▒ano Chuon Nath: the brilliant and supreme monk who wrote the lyrics of Cambodian national anthem and “Khmer legend,” an inspiration song and joined part in creation of Khmer first dictionary.


Samdech Chuon Nath was born on March 11, 1893 in Kompong Speu province. His family was of farmer class and had one younger brother. His education background started at the age of 12 when he was sent to a pagoda in Kandal province. Two years later, he is converted into a monk of that pagoda. In 1899, he was transferred to Wat U’naloum in Phnom Penh city for further education as a monk. He returned to his former pagoda at the age of 21 to become a complete monk. After that, he went back to Wat U’naloum and extend his education background. Nath was well known for the ability to speak many languages such as: Thai, Laotian, French, Vietnamese and English plus Pali and Sanskrit. His most recognized knowledge is on Pali.

He later joined the nationalism movement to conserve Khmer language against the increasingly mandatory French language. Due to the fact that Cambodia was put under French protectorate, the French government attempt to reform every sections of Cambodian administration, including the education division. However, as a head of a reformist movement in the Khmer Buddhist Sangha, he developed a rationalist-scholastic model of Buddhism, rooted in linguistic studies of the Pali Canon which influenced young Khmer monks in the early 20th century because of its cultivation onto Khmer language identity and culture.

Samdech Chuon Nath attended many mission abroad, such as to Lao, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Burma and Indonesia. He was appointed to many positions like senior head monk of U’naloum Pagoda, President of the upper sangha counsil, and head monitor to the publishing of study book on Khmer history. He also scored many national medallions for contributions honoured by the Samdech Norodom Shihanouk who was the head of the country of that time. Moreover, he helped raise fund to build bridges, roads, school and other construction throughout Cambodia.

His most accomplished achievements are the lyrics of “Nokoreach” Khmer national anthem, “Savada Khmer” a national song for motivation and Khmer language dictionary.

The lyrics of these two songs are listed below:

Savada Khmer

He died in September 25, 1969. His body was placed in the "Che-dey" in Wat U'naloum in Phnom Penh. Even he passed away for nearly 40 years now, his contributions are still sung in every Cambodian mouths.

Samdech Choun Nath is truly a noble man of Southeast Asia.