Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dinner and Drinks... :-(

All i can live with, but if someone I care about, trust and believe in lies to me, that's something I very hardly can stand and live with...
Tonight drinks and some little dinner at a pub called Biercafe in Bochum... Cheers, some more drinks, German beer and scottish Whisky...

iPhone 4 Sells Out in China

iPhone 4 Sells Out in China: 100,000 Units in Four Days: http://bit.ly/amRrIy

Does a Mac need anti-virus protection?

Interesting article in the guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/askjack/2010/feb/03/apple-data-computer-security

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Al-Qaida plot to attack Germany discovered


Western intelligence agencies have uncovered an al-Qaida plot to launch Mumbai-style terrorist attacks Germany, Britain and France, reports said Wednesday.

Militants based in Pakistan were planning simultaneous strikes in London and major cities in France and Germany, Britain's Sky News television reported, citing intelligence sources.

It was "one of the most serious al-Qaida attack plans in recent years" and was inspired by the terror group's fugitive leadership in Pakistan's tribal areas, said the BBC.

The source of the threat information was a suspected German terrorist captured on his way to Europe and now being held in Afghanistan, said ABC News, citing intelligence and security officials in the US and Europe.

The United States was also a possible target and President Barack Obama had been briefed about the threat, said ABC News in the US citing American officials.

Planning for the attacks was advanced but they were not imminent and recent drone strikes in Pakistan had killed several leaders of the plot and severely disrupted it, said Sky.

Well-armed, commando-style teams of jihadists planned to seize Western hostages and murder them, in a manner similar to the siege of two Indian hotels in Mumbai in 2008, according to the BBC.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20100929-30139.html

Milan fashion week: the front-row gossip

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/sep/28/milan-fashion-week-gossip

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Chelsea 2-0 Marseille

Very congratulation to my favorite team win. ;) - SH 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/sep/28/chelsea-marseille-champions-league-match-report

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"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'"

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"You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly."

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pomelo - Pampelmuse (German)

During my recent trip to Cambodia I rediscovered a fruit I somehow forgot about: Pomelo or in German Pampelmuse. Enjoyed eating it in Phnom Penh at our Hotel. Since my childhood I have not eaten this fruit and somehow over the years I forgot about its existence. Now back in Germany I like to eat it a lot and specially at this approaching autumn and winter season the vitamins in it will be good for my health. Can remember very well, that my mother was eating Pomelo a lot, when I was a little boy.

Former Khmer Rouge stronghold finds out more about tribunal

Days after four Khmer Rouge leaders were indicted on charges of genocide and war crimes, some of the tribunal's senior staff went to the former Khmer Rouge stronghold of Pailin to explain the court's purpose.

All four of the Khmer Rouge leaders indicted less than a fortnight ago used to live in this small town near the border with Thailand.

In fact, most of Pailin’s residents have a strong connection to the Khmer Rouge movement that devastated this country in the 1970s.

The UN-backed tribunal, which is based in Phnom Penh some 400 kilometers by road from here, says the Khmer Rouge movement is responsible for 2.2 million deaths from execution, starvation, overwork and illness during the movement’s rule of Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.

Indicting the surviving leaders is one way of trying to punish some of those believed responsible for what happened.

Pol Pot blamed for the crimes

Unsurprisingly, the tribunal is not popular in places like Pailin.

Some people claim that Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge’s former leader who died in 1998, was solely responsible for the crimes the movement committed. This was a message repeated by Mey Mak, a deputy governor of Pailin, and a former secretary for Pol Pot.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6049666,00.html

Don't worry, be happy!


While many developing countries are struggling to fulfill the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Bhutan's government says it is close to reaching them with the help of a Gross National Happiness index.

Karma Ura leans back in his chair. He is wearing a traditional Bhutanese robe. He has a low voice and he comes across as a modest, well-balanced man who is satisfied with life.

He is the president of the Center for Bhutan Studies. Since 1999, his research group has been trying to measure the scale of happiness among the Bhutanese: Gross National Happiness (GNH). But can happiness be measured?

"We do not measure what you call meta-feelings but positive emotional states like generosity and compassion, and the absence of excessive frequency of anger, frustration and jealousy are good indicators of whether people feel happy or not. We can measure indirectly. If you are a victim of very frequent anger and frustration, obviously it means that your mental state - for whatever reason - is not pro-happiness."

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6043291,00.html

Manga comic boosts sale of French wines


A manga comic featuring French vintages has led to a boom in the sale of certain French wines. However, not all of the winemakers are taking advantage of the sudden interest from Asian wine lovers.

The worlds of Japanese manga comics and French vintage wines could not be further apart. But one of the most successful mangas at the moment - "The Drops of God," which features existing vintages available on the market - has created a wine craze in Japan and Korea and made a few wine makers into some very surprised stars.

The manga comic has also been adapted into a television series, which has become a huge success. In both versions of "The Drops of God," the son of a recently deceased wine critic pits himself against his father's adopted son to prove himself the worthy heir to his father's vast wine collection.

The son, however, has no knowledge of the wine business. Unlike his adopted brother, he has not received an education from his father in vintages, grape varieties, chateaux and all the rest. What he does have, as they say in the trade, is a nose. That asset makes him a real rival in the search for 12 wines his father calls "the apostles" and a 13th he calls "the drops of God."

Seven million people watched the final episode of the TV series where it was revealed that "the drops of God" were, in fact, a 2003 Chateau Le Puy.

Surprise reaction

Several thousand miles away, in a sleepy village in the Bordeaux wine region, wine-maker Pascal Amoreau had no idea that his wine had just come up on the screen or what was about to hit him.

"We received 150 orders the following day by email, by fax, by telephone," Amoreau told French public radio. "Our agent in Japan told us that our wine had been elected as 'the drops of God.' That's how we found out what was going on."

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6049619,00.html

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Monday, September 27, 2010

The Mirror: Cambodian News in German Media

Very interesting article about media coverage of Cambodia in German media. As living here, I observe the same, very seldom Cambodia is over here on the news, last coverage before the strike has been about the Red Khmer tribunal.

The Mirror » Blog Archive » Cambodian News in German Media – Saturday, 25.9.2010

Victory for Families


A state appeals court in Florida toppled a monument to bigotry last week, declaring unconstitutional a 33-year-old state law that prohibited gay people from adopting children. The animus behind the ban is unmistakable. Its sponsor in the Florida State Senate, Curtis Peterson, declared in 1977 that its purpose was to send a message to the gay community that “we’re really tired of you” and “we wish you’d go back into the closet.”

The unanimous decision by three judges on Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal — Republican appointees — found “no rational basis” to the state’s approach of banning adoption by gay men and lesbians while allowing them to be foster parents. The court said it violated the State Constitution’s equal protection clause.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/opinion/27mon3.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=globaleua211

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Frank Tebbets

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Photo exhibition

Some impressions from the photo exhibition of a friend I went to visit today, as it was the opening of the exhibition. Some really impressive photos and some to not only watch but also think about.

iPhone as navigation system

Leaving now our home to visit a photo exhibition. To get there I use the iPhone as GPS navigation system in our car to guide and direct me to my destination. Very easy and great to use.

Window shopping at the airport

As I had to go to the airport in Düsseldorf this morning, I spend some little time there for some breakfast and short window shopping, after my task was accomplished. Some photo impressions from window shopping there, to share. Would have loved to take just a plane there... IMYSM

Thailand's Schools Under Attack

Separatist attacks on teachers and schools and the government's use of schools as military bases are greatly harming the education of children in Thailand's southern border provinces, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 111-page report, "'Targets of Both Sides': Violence Against Students, Teachers, and Schools in Thailand's Southern Border Provinces," details how ethnic Malay Muslim insurgents, who view the government educational system as a symbol of Thai state oppression, have threatened and killed teachers, burned and bombed government schools, and spread terror among students and their parents.

The insurgents have also used Islamic schools to indoctrinate and recruit students into their movement. At the same time, Thai army and paramilitary forces are disrupting education and placing students at unnecessary risk of insurgent attack by occupying schools for long periods as bases for their counterinsurgency operations.

To read more: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/09/21/thailand-protect-students-teachers-schools-south?tr=y&auid=7048286

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"The best proof of love is trust."

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Wedding party

Just back home from Stephan's and Christina's wedding party. Been a nice time, they arranged this party for their friends in their nice home. Look forward to soon in the future arrange our wedding party. IMYSM

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Video of Apple Store Oberhausen opening

Found this video of the opening event of the Apple Store at CentrO Oberhausen shopping center on YouTube. It shows pretty good what was going on there, when I have been there this morning and what a big crowd of people was waiting there to get into this 4th official Apple Store in Germany.

Window shopping in Oberhausen

Just some photo impressions from window shopping at the CentrO Oberhausen shopping center. They also had a big advertisement that soon a Abercombie store will be opened there... Miss our times window shopping together... ILYSM

CentrO Oberhausen - shopping center

Spend the morning at CentrO Oberhausen shopping center. Think they advertise to be Europe's largest shopping center. Went there for the opening event of the Apple Store and used the time to walk around and do some window shopping.

Opening event Apple Store Oberhausen

Right now at the shopping center in Oberhausen (CentrO) for the Apple Store opening event. So crowded, unbelievable...

Lunch with dudes

Just want to share what I have lunch with friends. This is porridge with pork and some rice noodle inside porridge. Have a good weekend with you love one. I do really miss such a time too. SH

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"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul."

Judy Garland

Friday, September 24, 2010

Update on our godchild To

Today we received a update on our godchild To from Plan International. To is now going to primary school and has now a little sister. He is healthy and well, the Plan projects in his community for the welfare of children make good progress. With the information also two new photos of To arrived.

Beer mug brawling spikes at 200th anniversary Oktoberfest

This year’s 200th anniversary Oktoberfest has proved to be rowdier than previous years, officials said this week, citing a jump in the use of the festival’s famous large beer mugs as weapons.

Revellers at the beer festival resorted to hitting each other with the one-litre glass beer mugs, known as Maßkrüge, 15 times in the first five days alone, compared to nine in the same time period last year, Munich police reported.

The initial cause of most tankard attacks often remains unclear, police spokesperson Peter Beck said.

“One of the reasons is an excess of alcohol consumption,” he added, explaining that this often leads to conflicts.

But the suggestion to use safer plastic steins was vehemently rejected by organisers five years ago. Their argument? Drinking beer out of plastic cups is simply sacrilege and Bavarian beer requires a vessel befitting its status.

Source: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100924-30047.html


Source photo: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100924-30047.html

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"The highest love of all finds its fulfillment not in what it keeps, but in what it gives."

Father Andrew

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Autumn is coming...

Over here in Germany the autumn season arrives now, the leafs on the trees change now more and more their color and soon comes the day that they all will fall to the ground. Also the leafs of the little Gingko tree on our balcony changing their color already.

Cambodia Slowly Reweaves Its Silk Industry

Far from the glamour at fashion weeks in America and Europe, Cambodia’s silk industry is struggling to regain the foothold it lost during years of political and civil unrest.

The government recently named silk as one of eight priority export items to be developed by the Ministry of Commerce. And experts agree that the quality of the country’s handmade gold-colored silk is far superior to the mass-produced white silk turned out by China, Vietnam and Thailand.

But Cambodia is producing just five tons of silk a year, even though demand is estimated to be about 400 tons.

And that silk is selling for around $70 a kilogram, or $32 a pound, much more than the $50 a kilogram paid for imported silk, making it much less competitive when attracting buyers from abroad.

In Cambodia, “the skill and the design are not there,” said Sokunthy Heng, export manager for the Kearny Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on trade links.

Still, there are some early signs that the industry is experiencing a revival. In 2008, the British department store chain Marks & Spencer started to source silk pillowcases from 200 families in Prey Veng Province, and so far 500 kilograms of the product have been exported.

In January, Kearny Alliance created a sourcing report for silk fashion accessories so buyers could locate quality suppliers in Cambodia more easily. (Ms. Heng said she did not know whether the report had led to any deals yet.)

And the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is helping to fund silk sector development. Last year the agency financed a $475,000 project to work with the government to create a production center for silkworm eggs. Seven demonstration farms are also being established to train local residents in rearing silkworms.

The U.N. agency estimates that, if the silk sector develops to meet domestic demand, it will generate employment for 25,000 people and result in import savings of around $10 million per year.

Silk production in Cambodia has always been a modest affair, mainly produced by women living in rural areas that often lack basics like electricity and modernized roads. Many of them also are subsistence rice farmers, focused on planting crops between May and July when the monsoon rains arrive and harvesting in December, tasks that take time away from producing silk.

The silk trade here dates from the 13th century, when villagers started to breed silkworms along the banks of the Mekong and Bassac rivers. Villagers now breed a variety of caterpillar known as bombyx mori, which feeds on mulberry tree leaves for three weeks and then spins a golden cocoon. The silk yarn that forms the cocoons is washed, dyed and eventually woven.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/23/fashion/23iht-rsilk.html?_r=2



I really like the excellent quality and the great design of cambodian silk products. Have a few of them and really like to wear them. Also many friends over here in Germany love them a lot, when I bring some with me for them as a gift.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Smart and Mini Unveil Electric Concept Scooters

The era of the electric car is supposedly just around the corner. But a new trend will be grabbing attention at the Paris Motor Show: the e-scooter. Both Daimler and BMW will be showing concept scooters that are not only design pieces, but also include advanced technology never seen before in two-wheelers.

If one didn't know any better, one could almost believe the sight before their eyes was the result of a successful cooperation between archrivals Dieter Zetsche, head of Daimler, and Norbert Reithofer, the boss at BMW. The shared traits in products being exhibited by the German competitors at the Paris Motor Show, which opens next week, are astounding.

The new Mercedes CLS and BMW's 6 Series models for example, are conceptually very similar. And even more curious: The two companies' small car brands -- Daimler's Smart and BMW's Mini -- are each planning to introduce electric scooters. In the hunt for new revenue channels, young customers and plausible ideas for electric mobility, both have apparently come to the same conclusion: It's time to produce a new generation of scooters.

The technology behind scooters is relatively simple, so Smart and Mini are both focusing largely on design. "We have built many of the features of our automobile lines into the scooters," said Mini's chief designer Gerd Hildebrand. Currently, three different models are being created under his tutelage -- an anglophile version for modern-day mods, an Ego model for snobs and an eco-version with the same color scheme as the Mini E electric car.

"They all share the same organic form -- they all have the small wheels that protrude outwards and ball-shaped headlights that people know from the Mini," Hildebrand said, describing what the four-wheel Mini and its two-wheel counterpart have in common.

The scooter also features the same turn-signal and light switch used in the car, an oversized speedometer and a charging plug that can be pulled out of the scooter's body, in a similar fashion to the power cord on a vacuum cleaner. The scooter also has a number of small storage compartments for sunglasses, mobile phones and other accessories.

To read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,718896,00.html

Photo gallery of electric design scooters: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-59661.html


Source photo: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-59661-7.html

Scientists discover rare ape species in Southeast Asia


German scientists said Tuesday they had discovered a new rare and endangered ape species in the tropical rainforests between Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia by its distinctive song.

The new type of crested gibbon, one of the most endangered primate species in the world, is called the northern buffed-cheeked gibbon or Nomascus annamensis, a statement from the German Primate Centre (DPZ) said.

"The discovery of a new species of ape is a minor sensation," said Christian Roos from the DPZ. "An analysis of the frequency and tempo of their calls, along with genetic research, show that this is, in fact, a new species."

The distinctive song "serves to defend territory or might even be a precursor of the music humans make," the statement added.

The male of the new species is covered with black fur that appears silver in sunlight. His chest is brownish and his cheeks deep orange-golden in colour. The females are orange-beige in colour.

Crested gibbons are found only in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and southern China. Scientists had assumed there were six different species but the recent discovery takes the number to seven.

Gibbons have become endangered due to illegal hunting. "Gibbons are kept as cute pets, or they are eaten, or they are processed into traditional medicines," said the DPZ.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20100921-29969.html

Merkel says developing world needs better governance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a UN summit on Tuesday that developing nations needed better governance and urged them to take more responsibility for building up their economies to combat poverty.

She also said the United Nations had to accept that efforts to eliminate poverty and hunger had fallen short of the Millennium Development Goals set a decade ago.

Germany is the world's third largest aid donor and Merkel said there should be more "results-based financing" to poorer nations who have demanded greater financial aid from the industrialised world at the summit.

"There is one thing we have to accept. The primary responsibility for development lies with the governments of the developing countries," Merkel said.

"It is in their hands whether aid can be effective. Therefore, support to good governance is as important as aid itself."

Merkel insisted that development assistance "can, apart from emergency situations, only be a contribution to national resources, never a substitute for them.

"Development aid cannot continue indefinitely. The task therefore is to use limited resources as effectively as possible. This can only work through good governance which taps that country's potential."

The German chancellor also called for greater efforts to promote a market economy and small businesses.

"Without self-sustaining economic growth, developing countries will find the road out of poverty and hunger to steep to climb."

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/politics/20100921-29961.html


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"Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."

Oliver Wendell Holmes

With my feet I had to leave you, when I had to leave Cambodia, but my heart is still there with you, it is yours. ILYSM

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bonding With Fans Who Can’t Get Enough


The Pittsburgh Penguins, who had a major draw in their young center Sidney Crosby, were looking for an innovative marketing approach to spring back from recent National Hockey League troubles.

Fan morale by 2008 had been dampened by the team’s loss in the Stanley Cup finals to the Detroit Red Wings that year and by the 2004-5 N.H.L. lockout when the season was canceled after management and the players union could not agree on a contract.

The Penguins decided to help rebuild ties with fans via cellphone, a campaign that the team says has resulted in a fivefold increase in sign-ups for its mobile fan club. That response prompted the team to offer more mobile options for its coming season in its new arena.

“We did a lot of research, including focus groups, online surveys and arena surveys to see how we could best reach fans season round,” said Jeremy Zimmer, the team’s director of new media. The research helped the team focus on its fans who agreed to be contacted by cellphone, about one-fifth of its 1.5 million person fan base; the team defines its base as those who have watched, attended or listened by radio to at least one Penguins game in the last year, Mr. Zimmer said.

The Penguins hired Vibes Media, a Chicago mobile marketing company, to help it create the Pens Mobile Club, where fans could receive news, recaps and commercial offers — including free tickets from Chevrolet to the Pittsburgh auto show and discounts on Coors Light beer at local bars — on their mobile phones.

The result has been an increase in club members to 72,440, up from 14,000 in the 2008-9 season, the team announced last month.

Like the Penguins, more sports teams and leagues are communicating with fans intensively by mobile devices, largely because they are “incredibly passionate and identify with their teams so they are accepting of receiving a lot of information,” said Ben Davis, a founder of San Francisco-based Phizzle, which works with clients like the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers, which sends 1.5 million text messages each month — including scores, statistics, news and other updates — to its mobile subscribers.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/business/media/21adco.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=globaleua25


Source photo: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/business/media/21adco.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=globaleua25

The Guardian's top 50 television dramas of all time

Rate the movie you like of all time. Pretty to know some of my favorite are also there but some are not. 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2010/jan/12/guardian-50-television-dramas

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A Technology Boom in Cambodia?

Interesting article on IT technology development in Cambodia:

A Technology Boom in Cambodia?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Love Quote of the Day

Not so fast Typung As i use to Be on this mobile but tralla interesting to do so. Really cool though. Really miss the fun time we had together. Miss you here too. Have a safe trip home. Just a short love of the day for you. - SH

After Dinner. Spend sometimes to help my nieces for her homework on some Surf Research. Hope my sweetie have a good Flight Home . Miss you here a Lot ;)-SH

At the airport in Phnom Penh

Waiting at the airport in Phnom Penh for my flight to Bangkok and from there than to Germany. Hard to leave Cambodia, IMYSM!

The photo that launched a big reputation

Interesting article about red piano bar in Siem Reap

The photo that launched a big reputation - http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010091742097/Siem-Reap-Insider/the-photo-that-launched-a-big-reputation.html

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"Love is the only flower that grows and blossoms without the aid of the seasons."

Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Last Dinner....

Just had our last dinner in Phnom Penh, before I have to leave tomorrow. Been a nice dinner, some great Cambodian food: Khmer Hot and Sour soup, great taste...