About Me

Sok Sobi. I enjoy taking pictures of people and places, particular interest in Landscape, People and Travel photography. Pictures and stories that bring Social Awareness and the potential for long term social change or policy are important to me. I use Canon Digital Cameras (EOS 1Ds,1D Mk1,2,4 plus Powershot G11) with a selection of Canon lenses, the 24-105 IS f4L being my favourite at present. I use Lightroom & Photoshop Elements to edit my work. Canon equipment and lenses give me just what I need, reliability and high IQ. I am now living and working in Cambodia, South East Asia, using Phnom Penh as a base to explore the region. I publish stories that are important to me on my blog but always try to give a balanced picture.

Friday, 16 April 2010

Get Rid Of Your Dog Or Get Out - News - The London Dog Forum Ltd

Get Rid Of Your Dog Or Get Out

Read the story and get angry.

Women who travel for sex: Sun, sea and gigolos - Home News, UK - The Independent

Women who travel for sex: Sun, sea and gigolos -
Home News, UK - The Independent

The secret war – and the hidden lair of the Taliban

The secret war – and the hidden lair of the Taliban -
Asia, World - The Independent


Thai protester in dramatic escape to avoid police - Asia, World - The Independent

Thai protester in dramatic escape to avoid police -
Asia, World - The Independent


Time for sleep


Time for sleep
Originally uploaded by Fusion08

Phnom Penh has been so quiet for the last few days, everyone gone home to the provinces fro Khmer new year. The streets have been empty, normally streets that you would have difficulty crossing at certain times of the day, like 51st, have been deserted. Its like a ghost town.

We bought forgeries, says National Gallery - News, Art - The Independent

We bought forgeries, says National Gallery -
News, Art - The Independent


Thursday, 15 April 2010

950 Kids treated

Dr.Bob Renner and his team have just completed a trip to El Salvador where they treated 950 children. He, and his good lady Purobi, are now taking a well earned rest in NYC before returning home to San Francisco. Well done Bob and the team from Kids International Dental Services (KIDS)

Monday, 12 April 2010

Ian Kydd'Miller

Ian Kydd'Miller

Not a Good Time

  • Not a good time to travel to Thailand. UK foreign office travel advisory.


  • Violent clashes in Bangkok on 10 April between anti-government protestors and security forces left a number of people dead and many hundreds injured.
  • The situation in Thailand remains volatile.  British Nationals should exercise extreme caution throughout the country, and avoid demonstrations and large gatherings.
  • If violence breaks out again British Nationals are advised to remain indoors and to monitor the media and this website.
  • In response to anti-government protests in Bangkok, the Thai government has declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and some of its surrounding provinces from 7 April 2010. This will prohibit gatherings of five or more people in some areas and may restrict travel.
  • In addition, the Thai government has also invoked the Internal Security Act from 11 March to 20 April and implemented further security measures. These measures include traffic checkpoints and searches of vehicles and/or people. By law, tourists are expected to carry their passports with them at all times in Thailand. For any telephone enquiries about the demonstrations or the security measures, British nationals should call 02 305 8333 (in Thailand).
  • Many protestors   are based at the Phan Fa bridge and surrounding area.  A large number are also based at the Ratchaprasong Intersection in Bangkok’s main shopping district. Many shops and businesses in the area are closed and there is severe traffic disruption at the rally site and surrounding area.
  • On 10 April anti-government protesters entered the Chiang Mai City Hall compound and the Provincial Hall in Udon Thani.

  • British nationals are encouraged to register with our LOCATE service.
  • There has recently been a spate of grenade and bomb attacks in central Bangkok, the majority of which have targeted Government or military buildings. See the Terrorism/Security section of this Travel Advice for details. In view of the possibility of further attacks of this sort, British citizens are advised to exercise extra caution when travelling in Bangkok and to report any suspicious devices to the authorities.

    We advise against all but essential travel to, or through, the far southern provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla, due to the insurgency in these areas.  

Thai troops clash with Red Shirt campaigners as protests escalate - Telegraph

Thai troops clash with Red Shirt campaigners as protests escalate - Telegraph

Thailand | World news | guardian.co.uk

Thailand |
World news |
guardian.co.uk


Anti-government demonstrators demand immediate dissolution of parliament after 20 killed in Bangkok violence


From ‘Avatar’ to Amazon - James Cameron’s Crusade - NYTimes.com

From ‘Avatar’ to Amazon - James Cameron’s Crusade - NYTimes.com

Thai Clashes

New York Times Report - Thai Clashes
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Sunday, 11 April 2010

Udong Mountain - Cambodia's old Capital

Udong, about 40Km from Phnom Penh. is the old Capital of Cambodia.



From Phnom Penh got out on Highway 5 and if you have the same luck as me you will get very lost looking for the plce despite being able to see it from the road.
The day was very hot despite starting the trip before 7am, but after having got lost several times before finding the right turn of for the site, it was 10am before I actually started to look around the monument.
Be warned it is quite a trek up to the top of the mountain, I am told by the little guides that attached themselves to me, that there are over 600 steps to the top. I didn't count them but had to stop a few times on the way up for water and a breather. (be warned the guides don't work for free so negotiate before moving up the mountain)
Udong offers spectacular views of the surrounding country and the innumerable sugar palm trees that punctuate the countryside. King Ang Dung, the great grandfather of the present king; King Sihanouk, was crowned here and many locals and foreign residents alike picnic here on weekends so it can get busy.
In comparison to sites like Angkor this is very small but certainly worth a visit especially for the manificent views from this only real high ground in Kandal province.
WELL WORTH A VISIT...***