Sunday, May 30, 2010

Rabin's visits to Vietnam and Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The last few days have been fun but rather exhausting. Almost every day I have told myself I would do a blog post at night as I have so much to write about but each night I have ended up konking out,putting off posts to later. On the bright side, here I am in the Siem Reap Hostel's computer lounge writing this post which will be more like a photo gallery with entertaining captions.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Fun,education and harassment from street vendors

Culture Shock #1: Amount of Motorbikes on the road


Good ice cream spot in District 1 of HCMC


Freedom from the French:Independence Palace


Catering to differing cultures: Asian and American Dining under one roof



"And it's one, two, three,What are we fighting for ?Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam"(I feel like Im Fixin' to die rag by Country Joe and the Fish)
-unnecessary US involvement in Vietnam-American subsidized helicopter



Handicapped veterans in the workforce:Handcraft Factory


Live salsa band playing some great Santana covers at one of HCMC's most famous hotels the Caravelle



The Buffalo Bar: an extremely visually appealing club that turned out to be almost empty


Tour of Cambodia:Adventures in Phnom Penh,Battambang and Siem Reap

In and Around Phnom Penh

My temporary office on a bus to Phnom Penh:analyzing my games from a tournament I played in HCMC with a set the organizers gave me


More culture shock: Bugs for sale on the ferry the bus went on on the way to PP: Question- Are fried bugs kosher?



The tuktuk: the best(cheapest)way to get around town- negotiating from a few dollars to less dollars

*Side note:On my anthropology final I wrote about Tuktuks as a defense to globalization as it is one example of a good that was founded in the East and brought to western nations diverse as the UK, Netherlands and Guatemala.

Remembering the "Cambodian Holocaust",the Khmer Rouge: Skeletons at the Coeung Ek Genocidal Center

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Chinese/Communist influence: Mao Tse Toung Blvd



Divine powers in the temples of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh



Am Yisrael Chai!:Israeli flag in PP!


"There she was right a-walkin' down the street, Singin', Do wah Diddy diddy dumm Diddy" do: That's right- an elephant walking along the sidewalk!


That's all for now. I am waking up at 4am(4 am!) tomorrow to visit Angor Wat tomorrow. Ill post Battambang and Siem Reap pics soon. I am flying back to the US from Singapore on Tuesday and we are not exactly sure of our plan until then. We are debating how long to stay here and whether or not to go to Bangkok before flying to Singapore. It is safe now but flights are expensive and I don't particularly want to take a 9 hour bus ride.. Any advice?











Rabin's visits to Vietnam and Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The last few days have been fun but rather exhausting. Almost every day I have told myself I would do a blog post at night as I have so much to write about but each night I have ended up konking out,putting off posts to later. On the bright side, here I am in the Siem Reap Hostel's computer lounge writing this post which will be more like a photo gallery with entertaining captions.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Fun,education and harassment from street vendors

Culture Shock #1: Amount of Motorbikes on the road


Good ice cream spot in District 1 of HCMC


Freedom from the French:Independence Palace


Catering to differing cultures: Asian and American Dining under one roof



"And it's one, two, three,What are we fighting for ?Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam"(I feel like Im Fixin' to die rag by Country Joe and the Fish)
-unnecessary US involvement in Vietnam-American subsidized helicopter



Handicapped expats in the workforce:Handcraft Factory


Live salsa band playing some great Santana covers at one of HCMC's most famous hotels the Caravelle



The Buffalo Bar: an extremely visually appealing club that turned out to be almost empty


Tour of Cambodia:Adventures in Phnom Penh,Battambang and Siem Reap

In and Around Phnom Penh

My temporary office on a bus to Phnom Penh:analyzing my games from a tournament I played in HCMC with a set the organizers gave me


More culture shock: Bugs for sale on the ferry the bus went on on the way to PP: Question- Are fried bugs kosher?



The tuktuk: the best(cheapest)way to get around town- negotiating from a few dollars to less dollars

*Side note:On my anthropology final I wrote about Tuktuks as a defense to globalization as it is one example of a good that was founded in the East and brought to western nations diverse as the UK, Netherlands and Guatemala.

Remembering the "Cambodian Holocaust",the Khmer Rouge: Skeletons at the Coeung Ek Genocidal Center

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Chinese/Communist influence: Mao Tse Toung Blvd



Divine powers in the temples of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh



Am Yisrael Chai!:Israeli flag in PP!


"There she was right a-walkin' down the street, Singin', Do wah Diddy diddy dumm Diddy" do: That's right- an elephant walking along the sidewalk!


That's all for now. I am waking up at 4am(4 am!) tomorrow to visit Angor Wat tomorrow. Ill post Battambang and Siem Reap pics soon. I am flying back to the US from Singapore on Tuesday and we are not exactly sure of our plan until then. We are debating how long to stay here and whether or not to go to Bangkok before flying to Singapore. It is safe now but flights are expensive and I don't particularly want to take a 9 hour bus ride.. Any advice?











Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quick WIEF Review and more of Kuala Lumpur

I would like to start off this post with an apology to any loyal readers as I admit I've been pretty lame in updating my blog about my trip. I have only done one real post about it since I've been abroad... Anyways, Ill make up for it up in the next few posts.

Wow- in the last two weeks I have been in about the same number of countries than the amount of other countries Ive been to in my lifetime.

WIEF Conference


The WIEF was a unique experience for me. I have met many Islamic people in the past and learned about their culture and religion but never really learned about their economic interests and goals. Here a three key concepts or frames of concepts I appreciated.

1) Emic(those of the inside viewer) vs Etic Tensions(those of the outside viewer: Considering about 85% of my anthro course was discussing these, I figured i should give a few examples of these I came across during the seminar

a) Dr Amhed Mohamed Ali (President of the Islamic Development Bank)

Foreign Forces in Afghanistan: Etic "peacekeepers", Emic "occupational forces"

b) Natalie Day (Atlas of Islamic World Science and Innovation Project based in United Kingdom)

Science: Emic "ease" vs Etic "tensions"

c) Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Khatijah Bt Mohd Yusoff (Deputy Science General in Malaysia)



Spilled glass of Milk: Western emic: a learning experience vs Eastern Emic: a wacking

2) Importance of Innovation in Business:

a) Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar(Chairman of the Securities Commision in Malaysia)


Innovation= Human Capital+Research/Development= Value Added


b)Dr. Halil Kulluk (Chairman,Intekno Group of Companies, Turkey)

-Requirements for Innovation: technology, talent, tolerance
-"You can have innovation without branding but you can't have branding without innovation" - Companies must be innovative in their branding in order for it to be successful in the long run.

3)Expanding Halal[and Kosher] markets to non-Muslims [and non-Jews]

Dato' Seri Jamil Bidin (CEO of the Halal Industry Development Corporation, Malaysia)

-Halal: more than just food- also part of many other aspects of life,e.g, finance, cosmetics, drugs, insurance
- Islamic Finance: something I need to learn more about, from what I learned already:No interest rates:no concept of present value
-Reasons for Halal:wholesomeness, quality, clean,assurance,
-expansion to non-muslims: Halal food currently worth $1.3 trillion in the US
My own input: Kosher companies can also market to non-Jews for extra revenue as many already do and more will also consume kosher products solely because they know they are healthy and of high quality

Here's a few interesting photos I took around Kuala Lumpar:

Frangipani:one of the "best" restaurants in KL

The restaurant certainly did look nice but I didn't particularly care for the food.

A reggae bar featuring the late Bob Marley

Another Example of Glocalization: Seaweed Pringles



a Malaysian fast food restaurant: Marybrown



A chess set in one of the few non-western stores in one of KL's biggest malls next to the Petronis towers

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Eric Clapton's Autobiography Review

Before I get into to discussing the trip, I want to discuss Clapton's autobiography (2007) that I have been reading while Ive been travelling:


Later on, I will write more about the book, but for now just want to share with you why it such a great book.:

1) Great Anecdotes:
Whether you are a Clapton fan or not, you will learn a lot of interesting stories about his interactions with a number of other bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. One particularly interesting albeit insignificant story I appreciated was when he first met the Beatles backstage of the Odeon theater in 1964: "Paul[Mcartney] played the ambassador... I remembered him playing us the tune of "Yesterday", which was half writtten and, asking everyone what they thought. He didn't have the words yet. He was calling it "scrambled eggs", and singing " Scrambled eggs, Everbody calls me scrambled eggs"(Clapton, 51). This statement is typical of Paul's humor.. will take a random subject such as scrambled eggs and make humor our out of it. Kudos to Sir Paul!:


2)Personal Experiences-Nothing to Hide:
It is truly amazing to me how much of his personal experiences Clapton shares when it comes to his development as a musician along with other aspects of his life such his sex life and drugs. For examples his discusses his love for Pattie( George Harrison's wife at the time): "One night I called up Patttie and told her "the truth", that it was not Paula(Pattie's sister) I was interested in, or any other gil she might seee with me, but that she was the one I reallly wanted. in spite of her proests that she was married to George and that what I was suggesting was imposssible, she agrreded to my coming over to talk to her. I drove over there, ad we talked about it over a bottle or red wine and eneded up kissing, and I sensed for the first time that there was some kind of hope for me"(Clapton 123). I always knew about the love triangle between Clapton, Harrison and Pattie, but the way he describes it in the book is truly touching.

One husband to the next: