Sunday, January 31, 2010
Had some traditional german cheese cake, vanilla creme cake and egg liqueur cake.
The movie was very nice and really made me feel homesick so much to you and to Cambodia. Really enjoyed watching the movie and it touched me a lot. Really good actors, nice landscapes of Cambodia and showing also something of Phnom Penh. Just thinking that last Sunday we have been together in Phnom Penh and now I am already a week back here in Germany, missing you badly, specially on this first weekend without you.
But back to the movie, I really can recommend this movie to everyone to watch, but to be honest, the book is far more detailed and better. Can just recommend everyone who has not read the book and watched the movie to get the book and read it. But the main story is told by the movie and is told very impressively.
Just this weekend two weeks ago, when I arrived in Phnom Penh we went shopping together at the russian market. Remember? We also bought a nice bedcover for our bedroom here in Germany. Like the bordeaux red colour and the cover showing Angkor Wat on it. Reminds me so much of our times. IMYSM!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Now at the cinema in Bochum city center to watch there the movie "Same Same but different", a true german-cambodian love story, same as ours is a true love story. Very curious to see the movie, wish you were here to watch together. IMYSM
One of the most important museums in Essen, Germany is opening the doors of its new home this weekend, underlining the city's status as European Capital of Culture in 2010. The Essen Folkwang Museum now houses its prestigious collection in a shiny glass-clad shell designed by the British architect David Chipperfield.
It was probably one of the most expensive beach trips in the history of the German island of Sylt: In the summer of 2006, Berthold Beitz, chairman of a the Krupp Stiftung charitable foundation went for a stroll on the North Sea island. Looking up at the cloud formations, he was reminded of pictures by Emil Nolde. Then he recalled how badly renovations were needed at the Folkwang Museum in Essen, which is home to a number of Nolde's works. Not long after that, the sky had earthly consequences: Beitz announced that the Krupp Foundation would pay for a €55 million ($76.5 million) revamp of the museum.
The plan dreamt up on that warm summer day has become reality in the bitter cold of January 2010. During its opening week, the bulk of the new building was covered in a thick layer of snow, making it look like a massive snowflake had landed.
To read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,674895,00.html
Photo Gallery: Essen's New Art Landmark: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-51307.html
This first weekend back in Germany without you is very sad and painful. Really hell to be apart from you! IMYSM!
I try to relax somehow on our sofa by reading and having some of the tea I brought with me from Cambodia, right now I have some Vietnamese Lotus tea.
The collection I took with me, consists of Green tea from Laos, Lotus tea from Vietnam and Lemon Grass tea from Cambodia.
Just having breakfast, some broccoli / ham salad with bread and a cup of nice cambodian lemon grass tea.
Having breakfast without you is not very enjoyable. IMYSM! I have breakfast now and you just finished lunch in Siem Reap during your visit of the fair there. Wish so much I could be with you there. ILYSM
Last night we had again some more snow over hear. So this morning it was my turn to clean the sidewalk in front of our house from all this snow, so that people can walk there safe.
Photos show the sidewalk before and after cleaning. Took me an hour, heavy morning excercise, sweat a lot.
Friday, January 29, 2010
In the 93-page report, "Skin on the Cable," Human Rights Watch documents detainees being beaten, raped, forced to donate blood, and subjected to painful physical punishments such as "rolling like a barrel" and being chained while standing in the sun. Human Rights Watch also reported that a large number of detainees told of receiving rotten or insect-ridden food and symptoms of diseases consistent with nutritional deficiencies.
"Individuals in these centers are not being treated or rehabilitated, they are being illegally detained and often tortured," said Joseph Amon, director of the Health and Human Rights division at Human Rights Watch. "These centers do not need to be revamped or modified; they need to be shut down."
To read more: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/01/25/cambodia-close-compulsory-drug-detention-centers?tr=y&auid=5868332
The latest addition to the recalls was announced Wednesday, with 1.1 million vehicles added to the 4.2 million recalled in November to fix a problem in which the gas pedal can become caught on the edge of the removable floormat. That problem can cause the vehicle to accelerate uncontrollably.
More info: http://money.cnn.com/2010/01/27/autos/toyota_recall_expanded/
Sorry, photos taken with mobile, not such a good quality
"The Defense Department leadership is actively working on an implementation plan and the secretary will have more to say about this next week," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said on Thursday.
President Obama said in his first State of the Union address Wednesday night that he would work with Congress and the Pentagon this year to repeal the law that prohibits military members from acknowledging openly that they are gay.
To read more, go to : http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/01/28/gates.military.gay/index.html?hpt=T1
For My Dear Husband,
On This Usual Day;
I Write You This Poem,
In My Own Special Way.
I Wanted To Tell You,
In Words Of My Own;
You're The Most Precious Person,
That I've Ever Known.
You're The Prettiest Man,
Than Any I've Seen;
Your Body Is Flawless,
So Slender And Lean.
Your Eyes Have That Sparkle,
That I Can't Live Without;
One Day Without Them,
And I'd Die There's No Doubt.
And I Just Lose Control,
When I Glance At Your Hair;
Those Hairs Are Just Stunning,
So Perfect And Rare.
You're The Most Caring Person,
That I've Ever Met;
There's No One Like You,
And That I Can Bet.
What Attracts Me The Most,
Is Your Sweet And Kind Touch;
You're A Gift Sent From Heaven,
And I Love You So Much.
So Hold Me As Close,
As You Possibly Can;
'Cause Now And Forever,
I Am Your Man.
Just today one week ago, we spend our lovely time on the beach at Sihanoukville and celebrated the 1st anniversary of our Love. Now back in Germany I cherish these memories so much, miss you badly and painful. You are all I care about, you are all I think about and you are all I live, breath and work for. ILYSM! IMYSM!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
When I read this book, it was like somebody turning the light on in a dark room. All of a sudden I understood so much more, found sense and meaning in life and was introduced to a way, which is helping me to grow and discover my potentials. Whats really thrilling about this book, is the clear and modern language in which it is written. Also the fact, that this book really shows and explains how Buddhism can be lived and practized in a modern world. It is sharing so clear the way things are. Really can recommend this book to anyone who wants to find a introduction and a living approach to Buddhism for a meaningful but also liveable way in todays, modern world.
If you want to be extremely successful in business or very happy in life or achieve some large goal, then being effective is consistently doing the things that will bring about the results you are after.
Perhaps the best overall prescription for becoming effective is contained within Stephen Covey’s best-selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Published by Simon & Schuster, this book provides a useful, sequential framework for understanding much about the process of Personal Development. Covey does not claim to have invented the 7 habits, but rather to have discovered them and to have found a simple language for articulating them. In fact, he says that these basic principles of effectiveness may be found in all world religions; and it can be noted that many highly successful people seem to have naturally developed them."
So far the introduction quote from a very interesting and worth reading review on the book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People".
The complete review can be found here on Khmer Campus: http://khcampus.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-people/
I have read this book a few years ago, it is really worth reading, but from my experience must really be read from the beginning to the end. And it is not just easy read, the book and its content need attention and time, specially if the reader wants to apply the techniques and ideas of this book in his personal and business life. But I can highly recommend this interesting book, its really worth reading.
Just finished my lunch break in the office, today I got some chicken ragout from the snack place near the office. In fact, it was pretty nice and spicy with some green pepper.
Have to think a lot about the great lunch breaks we just had last week together in Cambodia. Miss these times with you so much!
Candles flicker softly on a table set for two,
There's no one on the earth tonight except for me and you.
A nice romantic dinner and a bottle of chilled wine,
And we are here together in a moment stopped in time.
A love so few have ever known and this is its birth night,
Alone within our little world, you and I and candlelight.
So soon we will set free the feelings that we want to share.
And I am held here spellbound by your laughter in the air.
Thoughts of love like falling leaves,
Swirling in the autumn breeze,
Flow in our minds and in our eyes,
A tender look and longing sighs,
We touch and as the fire starts,
That we have kindled in our hearts,
We kiss and hear the angels sing,
As heavens gift to me you bring,
No more to live my life alone,
And in your soul I found my home,
At peace within your loving arms,
Captivated by your charms,
And happily I'd die for you,
Here at this table set for two.
- Written and owned by L. Carling -
This nice poem, reminds me a lot of our wonderful dinner on the 22. January 2010 in Sihanoukville to celebrate our 1st anniversary of our Love. Now back in Germany, missing you, I have to think a lot of that wonderful evening and night, the dinner, the surprise cake, the time at the bar with the nice band playing our requested songs. Remember? YOU are always in my heart, soul and mind. IMYSM! ILYSM!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Its been lovely to look back together on our first year and on that special day, when we confessed on the 22. January 2009 our love for each other and decided to go from there on our way together as a couple and family, hand in hand, united in Love and care for each other. Still remember so much, when I send you on that day a year ago a MMS message with the attached graphic and could see you than, when you responded to me and told me that you love me too. What a happy day and what a happy memory. And now we live already one year our Love and destiny, working hard together on our future and to prepare our life together. Soon the time comes that we will move and live together. ILYSM!
Seeing now these photos and all the other ones we took, bring back so many memories and make my heart jump. But also make me miss you so much, cant wait for the soon coming day that we are married and live together. Miss you very painfully over here in Germany.
Thanks so much again, for this lovely surprise.
"Beware of falling coconuts", for people over here in Germany really a funny sign and a good laugh. But I guess, if you once were hit by a falling coconut from a Palm tree, you might understand the sense of such a warning sign. :-)
Found a clip of that song on YouTube:
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Arranged the nice artificial Lotus flowers we bought together just a little more than a week ago at the central market in Phnom Penh. Put them in our reading room, beneath your lovely photo, think they look nice there. Lotus is really my favorite flower, sad that here in Germany it is not possible to get real, fresh ones. ILYSM
Tonight, being at home on this very cold winter day here in Germany, I decorated our kitchen table with the beautiful tablecloth showing Angkor Wat. While doing this I had to remember our wonderful time buying this together at the Russian Market in Phnom Penh, just little more than a week ago. Lovely memories tonight, but also very sad and painful feelings being apart from you right now. IMYSM!
Thank God for Hamburg. In what was the dullest winter transfer season of the Bosman era, the northern Germans decided to make some headlines by taking striker Ruud van Nistelrooy - and his 100,000-euro-plus-a-week salary - off Real Madrid's hands.
Now, no one knows whether Van the Man, as the Dutchman was nicknamed when he was winning all those titles with Manchester United, will be able to reproduce anywhere near that sort of form late in his career.
But by signing him, Hamburg are sending the message that the time to win is now, and that the club is not afraid to spend money to better their chances of a dream season.
Before Hamburg's coup-de-grace with Ruud, the team that made the most noise on the transfer market was Schalke. Being deep in debt, the Royal Blues couldn't afford big international names, but they have reloaded with a host of solid players to add depth and plug holes in the squad.
Felix Magath is no fool. Schalke's coach is renowned for not kowtowing to overpriced prima donnas. But he also knows that to win you have to invest. He bought in the equivalent of an entire new team in his two seasons in Wolfsburg - and took the team to an unlikely first-ever league title last year.
That only begs the question: what are the other heavyweights waiting for?
To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5165281,00.html
Rhineland regional authority (LVR) folklorist Dagmar Hänig is researching the padlocks and said they began appearing on the Hohenzollernbrücke in the summer of 2008.
“At first it was only about 10, but then there were more,” she said.
There are now more than 1,000 locks from lovebirds around the world hanging on a fence along the bridge’s pedestrian path. Some scratch their initials in the metal locks, while others have gone as far as having them professionally engraved to honour anniversaries and weddings, Hänig said.
According to the new custom, couples close the Liebesschloss and then toss the key into the Rhine River to signify their enduring love.
But the origin of the young tradition remains a mystery, Hänig said.
To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100126-24827.html
Look forward to go there together with you soon, to put there our lock, engraved with our names and than toss the key together into the river Rhine as a symbol of our everlasting Love. ILYSM!
I put this one in our living room, on the place where all our family photos are, so he is watching over our families, us and our ancestors. Hope you like it there.
Unpacking the statue this last night and placeing it there was so emotional, because I just had to think so much of us going shopping together in Phnom Penh and being together with you. Its hard to be now back in our home without you. I love and miss you so much!
"Determination, bravery and self-confidence are the key factors for success. So many obstacles and difficulties might exist, with the right insistence they can be break down."
Think this quote I read today in my daily quote book really applies to our current life. It can be applied to your approaching final exams and it can be applied to our life, we have to live for a while over distance, our Love and us working on our future, our goal to get married and move together soon. ILYSM and it is great to see and feel how we both work with so much dedication, determination and commitment on all issues regarding our life as family and couple. IMYSM!
Now I am back in Germany, but feel lost and not complete, as I had to leave you behind in Cambodia. Its been such a special time together, so many great memories. My heart and soul is just full of you. I miss you here in our home so giantly much. ILYSM
On the airport when leaving I bought some snacks for me and work colleagues over here in Germany. Some dried Mango, Pineapple and Papaya. Also some salty Durian chips.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Photos of sweet memories with Sweetie in Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia. This image are view of beach seaside where we relax at that resort. The lovely of beach, sunset, and palm tree and everything we had together there is so memorable and unforgettable. Just miss you so much sweeetie. Hope your way home is safe and fine. Soon we can talk and share our day back again. I love you so much. Really love you.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
But no matter what the weather in Sihanoukville will be like, what really counts is that we are together, having OUR time there.
When I find some time later after my return to Germany I will try to post here something about our days in Sihanoukville.
Source of the map: http://www.allcambodia.com/BEACH%20CAMBODIA.htm
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Phnom Penh, the Capital City of Cambodia.
Some important places and monuments in Phnom Penh:
A small hill crowned by an active wat (pagoda) marks the legendary founding place of the Phnom Penh. The hill is the site of constant activity, with a steady stream of the faithful trekking to the vihear, shrines and fortune tellers on top, and a constellation of vendors, visitors and motodups at the bottom. Elephant rides available. The legend of the founding of Wat Phnom is tied to the beginnings of Phnom Penh. Legend has it that in 1372 Lady Penh (Yea Penh) fished a floating Koki tree out of the river. Inside the tree were four Buddha statues. She built a hill ('phnom' means 'hill') and a small temple (wat) at what is now the site of what is now known as Wat Phnom. Later, the surrounding area became known after the hill (Phnom) and its creator (Penh), hence 'Phnom Penh.' The current temple was last rebuilt in 1926. The large stupa contains the remains of King Ponhea Yat (1405-1467) who moved the Khmer capital from Angkor to Phnom Penh in 1422. Look for the altar of Lady Penh between the large stupa and the vihear. She is said to be of particular help to women.
The distinctive rust-red National Museum next to the Royal Palace was dedicated by King Sisowath in 1920. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notably the legendary statue of the 'Leper King.' Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition of post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Visiting the museum after rather than before a trip to the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap helps lend context to the Angkorian artifacts. Multi-lingual tour guides are available. Souvenirs and books available. Photography is limited. The museum borders Street 178, aka 'Artist's Street' which is lined with local art galleries and souvenir shops. The Reyum Gallery on Street 178 is of particular note, exhibiting the works of contemporary Cambodian artists.
(At the intersection of Norodom and Sihanouk)
The Independence Monument (Vimean Ekareach) was inaugurated in November 9, 1962 to celebrate Cambodia's independence from foreign rule. Renowned Cambodian architect, Vann Molyvann was the architect of the monument. The Independence Monument now also serves as a monument to Cambodia's war dead. It is the site of colorful celebrations and services on holidays such as Independence Day and Constitution Day.
Monday, January 18, 2010
This morning we just spend some time before lunch to do some silk scarf shopping in Phnom Penh, really like the design and quality of these scarfs. Specially as the silk is original cambodian grown silk and also the colors are natural. Was really so proud and great to get them together with YOU.