Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nice quote on love and understanding.

On my office calendar, I find today the following nice quote on love and understanding, which I would like to share here:

"Can you separate love and understanding from each other? No, if you really love, you understand, if you really understand, you love. We have great demands on the people we love. We blame when things do not happen the way we imagine it to be. Compare your love with the growth of a flower, then you see that the flower not only every day needs attention in the form of water, light and manure, but that you are towards the flower a lot more forgiving if she one day is not growing anymore. Do you blame yourself for that? You check what she lacks, regularly revising it and give her back energy to grow. Have this same understanding for the people you love."

"Kann man Liebe und Verständnis voneinander trennen? Nein, wenn man wirklich liebt, versteht man, wenn man wirklich versteht, liebt man. Wir haben große Ansprüche an Menschen, die wir lieben. Wir machen Vorwürfe, wenn Dinge nicht so geschehen, wie wir sie uns vorstellen. Vergleiche deine Liebe mit dem Wachstum einer Blume, dann siehst du, dass sie nicht nur jeden Tag Aufmerksamkeit in Form von Wasser, Licht und Dung braucht, sondern dass du der Blume gegenüber viel nachsichtiger bist, wenn sie eines Tages nicht weiter wächst. Machst du dir Vorwürfe? Du prüfst, was ihr fehlt, änderst es und gibst ihr wieder Energie zu wachsen. Hab dieses Verständnis auch für den Menschen, den du liebst."

Winter has arrived...

Yesterday we had the first snow over here in Bochum. Winter has arrived... Some photos from our street, covered in white snow.

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"The past is behind us, love is in front and all around us."

Emme Woodhull-Bache

Monday, November 29, 2010

The World Reacts to Massive US Diplomatic Leak

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, depicted as a vain party animal in the US State Department cables disclosed by WikiLeaks on Sunday, "had a good laugh" upon learning of the revelations. Others aren't as sanguine. A US Representative wants to designate the Internet platform as a terrorist organization.

The dispatches from Rome were hardly complementary. A cable from June 9, 2009 describes Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as "feckless, vain, and ineffective as a modern European leader." The cable says he has an "overweening self-confidence" that has "made him deaf to dissenting opinion." A separate dispatch says that Berlusconi's "frequent late nights and penchant for partying hard mean that he does not get sufficient rest."

The assessments about the Italian head of government come from the more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks, many of which were made publicly available on Sunday evening. Several news sources, including SPIEGEL, the New York Times, the Guardian and the Spanish daily El País, have now begun a series documenting findings from an analysis of those dispatches.

There are several world leaders who come in for particular critique, including Berlusconi. He is described as "physically and politically weak" in the dispatches which also make it clear that the US State Department under the leadership of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was eager to find out if there was any truth to the rumors that Berlusconi and his good friend Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had teamed up to pursue private business interests together, something both vehemently deny.

To read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,731717,00.html

Besides this article, this website offers also a interesting interactive world map, showing how many cables were send from which country to the US and how they were classified.

Regarding Cambodia for examples it shows that 777 cables were send from the US embassy in Phnom Penh, classified as "for offcial use only" and only very few were classified as "secret". Still would be interesting what they report and write about Cambodia in these cables.

Link to the interactive world map: http://www.spiegel.de/flash/flash-24861.html

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Each moment of a happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull and common life."

Aphra Behn

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas market in Dortmund

> Been tonight with our friends Martin and Alexander to Dortmund, visiting there the traditional Christmas market with it's huge and impressive Christmas tree. Missed you there with us.

Christmas market in Essen

This morning and noon I spend some time, walking over the Christmas market in Essen, nice to see all the different handicraft from all parts of the world, had also some nice potato meal for lunch from Peru there. But when it is dark and all the lights on the market are on it's much nicer time to walk over a Christmas market over here in Germany.

Khmer saying

Another wise Khmer saying:
"When you speak too much, nobody listens to you and your faculties fade away."

1st Advent Sunday

Over here in Germany we celebrate today the 1st Advent Sunday before Christmas. The four Sundays before Christmas are called Advent Sundays. With each Sunday coming closer to Christmas we light one more candle, so today one candle and next Sunday two and so on. Have to think today a lot of my mother and how she celebrated every Advent Sunday with us kids. So I drove to her and Dad's grave this morning and lightened a Advent candle for them there. IMYSM

Need only you - quote

"Yours if the first face that I saw. I think I was blind before I met you. Now I don't know where I am. I don't know where I've been, but I know where I want to go. And so I thought I'd let you know that these things take forever, I - especially - am slow. But I realize that I need you and I wondered if I could come home." -Unknown

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other."

Audrey Hepburn

Friday, November 26, 2010

Our new family car

Yesterday I was able to pick up our new family car. A Opel Astra. Really like it's design, quality and driving comfort. Look already forward when you will drive it next year for the first time, must be a big difference for you than driving in Germany, compared to Phnom Penh. :-) But no worry, we will do some driving training together. ;-)

2nd anniversary

Today we celebrate the 2nd anniversary of meeting each other for the first time. Two years ago, when we met, surely none of us even thought that two years later, we would apply for wedding. Coming from two different cultures and far apart countries, we went our way and now our future and life together is coming closer, as we applied yesterday for our wedding.

On our anniversary day, today, a little poem I want to share with you, to express a little bit my feelings:

An Entrapment

My love, I have tried with all my being
to grasp a form comparable to thine own,
but nothing seems worthy;

I know now why Shakespeare could not
compare his love to a summer’s day.
It would be a crime to denounce the beauty
of such a creature as thee,
to simply cast away the precision
God had placed in forging you.

Each facet of your being
whether it physical or spiritual
is an ensnarement
from which there is no release.
But I do not wish release.
I wish to stay entrapped forever.
With you for all eternity.
Our hearts, always as one.

- Anthony Kolos -


Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Here are fruits, flowers, leaves, and branches, And here is my heart which beats only for you."

Paul Verlaine

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wedding application

Been today at the registry office here in Germany. They accepted all documents and will send them now for evaluation to the German embassy in Phnom Penh. Another milestone accomplished on our way towards our wedding day and life together. ILYSM

Candles burn to join National Day of mourning

To join the national day of mourning in Cambodia I lightened two candles at the window in our reading room. In Cambodia to light candles on such a day is a symbol for helping the ghosts of those who have lost their life to find their way home.

Through this little act I can at least join this day of mourning from over here in Germany.

National day of mourning in Cambodia

Today is a national day of mourning in Cambodia, for all those who lost their life in this big tragedy on the 22. November 2010. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who lost their loved ones and all those who are injured, may they recover soon.

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"The most precious possession that ever comes to a man in this world is a man's heart."

Based on a quote from Josiah G. Holland

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Terrorism suspects arrested in Germany

Terrorism suspects were arrested in Germany on Tuesday as part of a Europe-wide swoop that netted a total of 10 alleged Islamic extremists in three countries.

The arrests were part of "an inquiry into international jihadist terror," a spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecution office said. The alleged extremists were plotting an attack in Belgium, the prosecutor's office said.

"In total 10 people suspected of preparing an attack in Belgium were arrested in Belgium, Holland and Germany," he said.

The target of the plot had "not been determined yet" when the raids took place, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The suspects are from Belgium, the Netherlands, Morocco and Chechnya, the statement said. Most live in Antwerp.

The arrests came as Germany remained on high alert amid fears of a terrorist attack. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière stressed that authorities were watching the “potentially dangerous people.”

“We know rather a lot,” he said on Monday night to broadcaster ARD. Authorities were “not so naïve” as was the case at the time of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, he added.

However security services are now particularly worried about what they call the “quiet observers” among Islamists in Germany, sources told news agency DAPD.

“They could exploit our security gaps and therefore, despite all our efforts at defence, hit us with attacks,” a security source said.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20101123-31363.html

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"A goal, a love and a dream give you total control over your body and your life."

John Wayne Schlatter

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

German Federal Minister Westerwelle shocked by the deaths of Phnom Penh

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said today of yesterday's stampede in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh:

"We are shocked by this accident and the deaths of so many people. Our sympathy and our deep condolence at this difficult hour is with the families and friends of the victims. "

According to a Cambodian government spokesman in a mass panic in Phnom Penh yesterday at least 375 people were killed.

Source: http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/diplo/de/Infoservice/Presse/Meldungen/2010/101123-PnomPenh.html

US extends condolences

The United States has offered its "deep condolences" for the 349 people so far confirmed dead during a stampede that occurred on the final day of Cambodia’s water festival.

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer our deep condolences for the tragic loss of life and the injuries in Phnom Penh during Cambodia's annual water festival," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She praised the "strength and resilience" of Cambodian people, traits she observed during her visit to the Kingdom this month.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims and with all the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia," she said.

"I am confident that they will pull together and persevere through this difficult time."

Source: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010112344907/National-news/us-extends-condolences.html

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"At last I know what love is really like."


Meditation and prayer for those who died in Phnom Penh

After watching all this sad news on the tragedy in Phnom Penh at the last day of water festival over here in Germany I could not sleep. So I lightened some candles and incense for all those who lost their lifes and did a Buddha of limitless light meditation for them.

My grief and sorrow is with the people of Cambodia.

NYTimes: Hundreds Die in Stampede in Cambodia

From The New York Times:

Hundreds Die in Stampede in Cambodia

Cambodia's prime minister said that more than 300 people were killed in a stampede during a water festival.


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Cambodian minister: 339 dead in stampede

Khieu Kanharith, the Cambodian Minister of Information, has said the death toll from the stampede has now reached 339.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on state-run TV he was unsure yet as to what caused the stampede.

"This needs to be investigated more," Hun Sen said, according to an AFP report.

Hun Sen said a committee would be set up to examine the incident.

The Associated Press, Reuters and AFP reported that witnesses said 10 people had either collapsed or become unconscious during the festival, triggering the panic.

That led, they reported, to people rushing towards a bridge headed towards Diamond Island. That's when things got worse, a witness told AFP.

"We were crossing the bridge to Diamond Island when people started pushing from the other side. There was lots of screaming and panic," 23-year-old Kruon Hay told AFP. "People started running and were falling over each other. I fell too. I only survived because other people pulled me up. Many people jumped in the water."

Sok Sambath, governor of the capital's Daun Penh district, told AFP "this is the biggest tragedy we have ever seen."

To read more: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/22/more-than-100-killed-in-cambodia-festival-stampede/?hpt=T2

Cambodia festival stampede leaves 180 dead

A stampede in the Cambodian capital has left at least 180 people dead after panic erupted at a water festival crammed with millions of revellers.

Dozens of ambulances with their sirens blaring raced to the scene of the tragedy, which occurred late Monday on a bridge leading to an island in Phnom Penh where festivities were being held to mark the end of the three-day annual event.

"At least 180 people died in the incident and the toll will increase," Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Cambodian television.

He added that it was not immediately clear exactly what triggered the stampede.

"This needs to be investigated more," Hun Sen said, adding that a committee would be set up to examine the incident.

He also offered his condolences to the families of the victims.

Witnesses reported people pushing and shoving in the crowd.

"We were crossing the bridge to Diamond Island when people started pushing from the other side. There was lots of screaming and panic," 23-year-old Kruon Hay told AFP at the scene.

"People started running and were falling over each other. I fell too. I only survived because other people pulled me up. Many people jumped in the water."

Police were seen carrying away dead victims at the scene, where bodies were lined up in a row on the ground. Many of the dead appeared to be young Cambodians.

"This is the biggest tragedy we have ever seen," said Sok Sambath, governor of the capital's Daun Penh district.

Dozens of people gathered outside the city's Calmette hospital, where at least 105 people were confirmed dead, according to a police officer.

More bodies were taken to other hospitals across the city, he said.

Many festival-goers were left in tears after the tragic end to the three days of boat races, concerts and fireworks.

The annual festival, one of Cambodia's largest and most exuberant, marks the reversal of the flow between the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers.

It is also seen as a way of giving thanks to the river for providing the country with fertile land and abundant fish.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1094945/1/.html

Road safety in Cambodia at all-time low

The number of deaths on Cambodia's roads is at its highest level yet, having nearly doubled in four years. Yet efforts to improve road safety seem unlikely to lower the death toll.

Five years ago, around 900 people died on Cambodia's roads annually. By 2009, that number had risen to more than 1,700.

Last year, more than 300,000 vehicles were registered in Cambodia, compared with just 38,000 vehicles in 2004. Most are motorbikes, and they provide none of the protection of a car.

So it is hardly surprising that the number of road deaths has increased. Road safety campaigners fear that if nothing is done, the problem will get much worse.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6244925,00.html

Source photo: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6244925,00.html

Cambodians gear up for annual Water Festival

Phnom Penh is gearing up for its annual Water Festival, the biggest event of the year that will see at least two million people descend on the capital to watch the boat races on the river.

The taxis, trucks and minibuses have been rolling into Phnom Penh for days and they will keep coming ahead of Cambodia’s biggest event, which starts on Sunday and ends next Tuesday.

At least two million people are expected, temporarily doubling Phnom Penh’s population.

Among them are the racing crews for more than 400 longboats from across Cambodia, here to compete in a festival that marks a 12th century naval victory.

These are not your average canoe: Each one requires up to 70 men or women to paddle.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6248366,00.html

Source photo: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6248366,00.html

Workers highlight poor working conditions at Lidl factories in Bangladesh

Two garment workers from Bangladesh are touring Germany to highlight the plight of those working to make cheap clothes for European discount supermarkets. Lidl has come under particular fire over pay and practices.

Supermarkets across Germany are popular places to buy clothes. Prices are cheap: you can buy a men's shirt for seven euros (nine US dollars) or a pair of women's trousers for under 10 euros. However two women from Bangladesh are currently on a speaking tour of Germany to highlight how these cheap prices come at a human cost.

26-year-old Jessmin Begum and 36-year-old Arifa Akter both work as seamstresses in clothes factories in Dhaka that make clothes for European stores. They say the working conditions are terrible and the pay is inadequate.

"I'm proud of my work, especially when I see people here wearing my clothes," said Begum, who works for a factory that supplies clothes to German-based supermarket chain Lidl. "But it makes me mad that what we get for our work in Bangladesh is nothing."

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6213446,00.html

Source: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6213446,00.html

Former Catholic theologian says much of the clergy is gay

The former publisher of a conservative Catholic magazine has claimed that a large share of Catholic clergy is gay, and called for the Church to change its homophobic attitude and teaching.

Theologian David Berger, was correspondent professor for the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas in the Vatican, where he said his academic work was watched and censored where it concerned homosexuality.

As a gay man himself, he told Der Spiegel in an interview that living among the Catholic homophobia was a nightmare.

“It must be acknowledged that a large number of Catholic clerics and trainee priests in Europe and the United States are homosexually-inclined,” he said.

He said when he was writing for theological magazines, he had to use phrases such as fornication-partner rather than life-partner, and that the neutral word homosexual could not be used, but gay men were described as perverse sodomites.

“The worst homophobia in the Catholic Church comes from homophile priests, who are desperately fighting their own sexuality,” he said.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20101121-31317.html

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Come live with me and be my love, and we will some new pleasures prove, of golden sands, and crystal beaches, with silken lines and silver hooks..."

John Dunne

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Khmer saying

"People, don't look down on people."

"Mensch, verachte den Menschen nicht."

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"To be your friend was all I ever wanted; to be your lover was all I ever dreamed."


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Reports warn of attack on Reichstag

Reports are flying through the German media that al-Qaida has sent armed terrorists to Germany to storm the Reichstag, take hostages and kill as many people as possible, in a Mumbai-style attack.

Der Spiegel reported on Saturday morning that German security authorities had received information from an extremist who has been phoning the federal criminal police (BKA) over the last few days.

He supposedly wants to defect, and is therefore offering information about his jihadist colleagues’ plans. It was his information which prompted Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to publicly warn of a possible impending attack.

The caller, who is not in Germany, although Der Spiegel did not say where he is, said a terrorist commando of six people has already been formed, and that two of the men concerned went to Berlin at least six weeks ago.

Four more terrorists including a German, a Turk, and a North African, are allegedly waiting to come to Germany for the attack, which is planned for February or March.

The Interior Ministry received a second warning two weeks ago from the FBI, talking of a pact between the Indian Shiite group Saif and al-Qaida, which involved Saif sending two men to Germany to carry out an attack.

They are said to be expected to enter the United Arab Emirates on November 22, be furnished with new identity papers there and then come to Germany, travelling on visas for the Schengen area which they allegedly already have.

One of the men behind this plan to attack Germany is said to be Dawood Ibrahim, a man considered by the UN to be a supporter of terrorism, and one of those behind the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.

Der Spiegel said that this information was being taken very seriously by the FBI and the BKA, but that the CIA and German intelligence, the BND, as well as the German Office to Protect the Constitution, were more sceptical about it.

Source: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20101120-31297.html

Source photo: http://www.berlin-motive.de/berlin/Sehenswuerdigkeiten/Regierungsviertel/Reichstag/html/reichstag01.htm

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"I love him and that's the beginning of everything."

Based on a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald

Friday, November 19, 2010

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Love is a medicine for the sickness of the world; a prescription often given, too rarely taken."

Dr. Karl Menninger

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Opening of the Christmas market in Bochum

Today the Christmas market opened in Bochum. Tonight I walked around there a little bit. Really nice, but missed you so much to be there with you. Also never seen so much police on a Christmas market, seems that the government takes the terror warning for Germany very serious. IMYSM

Commune office and arrival of documents from Cambodia

Today I went to the Residents Registration Office (commune office) to get some German documents which we need for the application of the wedding visa at the German embassy in Cambodia. No problem at all to get the documents we need.

In the afternoon the Cambodian documents we need for wedding application in Germany arrived. Send them already to a certified translation service in Berlin. As soon as I get them and the translations back I will go to the registry office here in Germany and apply for our wedding. Step by step we move forward now to our future together. ILYSM

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Love and respect will make any good relationship better."

Stephen Ramjewan

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Germany warns of imminent terror attacks

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday warned the government had indications Islamists were planning terrorist attacks in Germany later this month.

“There is information from our foreign partners that planned attacks are allegedly to be carried out at the end of November,” he said in Berlin, describing a “new situation” regarding the Islamist threat towards the nation.

“There’s reason to be worried, but no reason to panic,” he said, mentioning “concrete leads” being followed by the authorities.

De Maizière said he had put federal police on alert and ordered heightened security at German airports and train stations.

The announcement is a marked departure from the German government’s warnings in recent months of an abstract terrorist threat.

But de Maizière said Germans should not be cowed by the increased danger.

“We will not allow international terrorism to limit our way of life or our liberty,” he said.

Source: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20101117-31227.html

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Love that is not madness is not love."

Pedro Calderon de La Barca

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Quote Dalai Lama

"According to my own experience, the highest level of inner calm comes from the development of love and compassion. The more concerned we are with the happiness of others, the more we increase our own well-being. Friendliness and warmth towards others allow us to relax and help us to dispel any sense of fear or insecurity so we can overcome whatever obstacles we face."

Dalai Lama

Source photo: www.dalailama.com

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"A man is not where he lives, but where he loves."

Latin Proverb

Monday, November 15, 2010

European mobile phone roaming charges could be binned next year

The German Vice-President of the European Parliament, Silvana Koch-Mehrin, is fighting to bring in the ban on mobile phone roaming charges to next year.

The pro-market Free Democrat said the European-wide ban on the sometimes exorbitant charges was well overdue. “It is now time to get rid of the roaming charges within the European Union, and establish a unitary domestic market for telecommunications services,” she told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper.

To this end, Koch-Mehrin said she had pushed through the demand for change in 2011 through the industry committee of the European Parliament – and it will now be considered by the executive body, the European Commission.

Roaming charges, which increase costs when a mobile phone user is in a different country from the one where they have their service contract, were introduced nearly 20 years ago, she said.

At that time, “the mobile phone networks were still in their infancy. Mobiles were still something exclusive for just a few users.”

Today, when there are around 500 million mobile phone users in Europe and the network technology has matured, this is no longer the case and the extra charges cannot be justified.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/money/20101113-31145.html

Source photo: DPA / http://www.thelocal.de/money/20101113-31145.html

German Soccer Star to Gay Athletes: Come Out and Play

I thought you might be interested in the following story on EDGEonthenet.com:

"German Soccer Star to Gay Athletes: Come Out and Play"
A leading player on the German soccer team has issued a call for his gay peers to come out and play openly.


To view this story, click the link above or paste it into your browser.


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Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"Somewhere there's someone who dreams of your smile..."


Sunday, November 14, 2010

German / Asian dinner

Tonight I made me a binational dinner, combination of German and Asian food. Asian noodle salad with German smoked sausages. New experience to mix the different food and style in a binational home.

Italian style lunch

Just had lunch with some friends. Italian style noodles with tomatoes, olives and pork fillet.

Croatian Soccer Official Apologizes for Anti-Gay Remark

"Croatian Soccer Official Apologizes for Anti-Gay Remark"
The president of the Croatian Football Federation issued an apology for having told a newspaper that he would "certainly" not permit a gay player on the Croatian national team.


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Khmer saying

Another interesting Khmer saying:
"Ten knowing are not worth one practicing."

"Zehn, die wissen, gelten nicht so viel wie einer, der handelt."

Quote from Eternal Love Quotes

"This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess."

Rainer Maria Rilke

Saturday, November 13, 2010

DVD same same but different

Tonight I watched at home the DVD of the movie "same same but different", which is just released in Germany on DVD. Great movie, many great and meaningful memories of Phnom Penh and Cambodia cane to my mind while watching it.

German lunch

After doing some food shopping at the supermarket in the morning I felt very hungry and decided to cook me a nice, german meal with fresh ingredients for lunch: potatoes and pork cutlet with a nice pepper sauce and accompanied by cauliflower vegetable. Enjoyed it a lot.