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Poverty in the rural areas of Cambodia

It is true that the Kingdom of Cambodia is a land rich with natural resources; yet, due to war and internal conflicts, the country is now one of the poorest countries in the world. It’s amazing how a rich country like Cambodia has to bear with the effects of social and economic challenges. These problems left a ‘scar’ to the country. 

The poor people make up to almost 4.8 million, with 90% of them living in the rural areas. Most of them rely on agriculture, although about 12% are actually landless. Farmers implement traditional methods to run their farms, although they are aware of the low productivity that they will eventually achieve at the end of the day. Life is hard indeed for almost many. Fishermen are also amongst the poor and women are not given equal access to education, paid employment and land ownership. It is such a disappointment on how today’s women are still treated like women in the older days. To know that these women are not given the rights that they also deserve is very much disappointing, but to find out about the fact that they also have to hold huge responsibilities towards their families if their male family members are killed in conflicts is even more depressing. How do they live? How can they ever improve their lives? 

Due to the lack of education and skills training, most of the locals have less to hope for in lives as there are inadequate employment opportunities around the country. Apart from that, they don’t have enough access to natural resources and when a community is lack of all these, the tendency of having health problems is even higher. All these factors simply cripple economical aspect of the poor families in Cambodia. 

What’s even worse, many young women had to migrate to urban factories and become sex workers in neighbouring countries in order to make a living. HIV is easily spread, although recently the rates seem to have shown a decrease.



Jenglot: A mystique creature from Asia

For those of you whom may have watched an Indonesian movie called “Jenglot Pantai Selatan”, the face of Jenglot probably gives you the chill. ‘Jenglot’ is a mysterious creature or vampire that is commonly told in the Indonesian culture and mythology. This creature is as small as a human doll even though it was once a human who meditated in the cave and gained supernatural power, according to the locals. It has a scary looking face that very much resembles the famous Medusa of the Greek mythology.

Indonesia is believed to be the birthplace of Jenglot, Java in specific. These creatures can be found whenever a supernatural ceremony has been performed and they can be crawling in various places, such as the grounds, on a rooftop and even in the trunk of a huge tree. To our surprise, these amazing creatures are actually fed by Jenglot keepers; blood is fed to them, such as human and animal blood. What’s even shocking is that Jenglot keepers can actually buy blood legally from the Indonesia Red Cross! Unlike the type of vampire that sucks blood whenever it has the chance, Jenglot prefers to consume blood whenever it is left alone, out from the sight of human beings. 

Horse Semen Shot in New Zealand

Beer? Sounds good. Horse Semen? Euwww no thanks!

Did you know that a pub in Wellington, New Zealand known as “Green Man” has introduced an apple-infused horse semen shot which tastes like custard? The shot is very popular among the ladies and guess how much does it cost? Horse semen shot would cost you $300 for vials of semen; that’s pretty expensive. Although Lindsey Kerslake (founder) has never tried the shot, he is confident that his product tastes good, just like a milkshake. He believes that shot drinkers can have the feel of a stallion themselves when they drink this shot. If you wish to try horse semen shot, we advise you to drink it one shot rather than taking a sip because if you do so, you’ll probably vomit. Likewise, try your best not to feel disgusted and you’ll be fine: D


Why do Muslims eat dates during Ramadan?


Dates are a staple fruit of the Middle-East that have been consumed for thousands of years. It is widely known as a traditional food eaten by Muhammad when he broke his fast. Due to this, Muslims consume dates to break their fast during Ramadan. Muslims are required to fast for a month; due to this, their bodies will become weak, along with minor headaches, dehydration and low blood sugar by sunset. In order to avoid these problems, dates are consumed as they are believed to be rich with fibre, sugar, magnesium, potassium and carbohydrates. The carbohydrates found in dates can provide extra energy too. 




Did you know that EgyptAir is an airline from Egypt which is based at Cairo International Airport? The airline is one of the world’s oldest airlines in the world and it offers its services worldwide. The airline is also a member of Star Alliance and has been joining the team since 11th July 2008. Every airline has its own logo that represents its identity; so does EgyptAir. The airline’s logo is the infamous Horus, who was the sky deity in the Ancient Egypt belief. Horus is depicted as a man with a head of a falcon and the symbol was selected as the airline’s logo due to its ancient symbolism as a “winged God of the sun”. This definitely carries a significant meaning for the Egyptians.

Since 2011, EgyptAir offers its services to 76 destinations:

  1. 12 in Egypt
  2. 20 in the Middle-East
  3. 7 in Asia
  4. 20 in Europe
  5. 1 in the Americas

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Some of the things you should know when travelling to China


Travelling to China for the first time? Be sure to know some of these facts:

1.      Language barrier can be a problem. If you know the Chinese language basics, this advantage will help you while travelling to the country. Mandarin is very useful. You can always buy language learning software before visiting the country.

2.      Since China is a big country, you are advised to plan your trip properly. Decide on which region to visit first and then. Once you have made your decision, make a plan and do some preparations if any. Make sure you learn about the regions that you wish to visit. This is because some places have different cultures and practices.

3.      Learn about the country’s public transportation, from its local schedule to transportation fares. You have to know all these in order to avoid yourself from getting cheated. Your knowledge will come in handy, especially when you are going to take a taxi. There are public buses that will take you around, so consider taking one whenever you can. You will not only save money, but you’ll get to learn your way around the country better.


Snakes and humans

Snakes have always been regarded to evil and danger. The creature often appears in horror movies. It is also mentioned in the Bible, in which it was described as an evil form that plays with the human mind. As for ancient Egyptian, snakes represent judgment and death. Although most cultures view snakes as an evil present in an individual’s life, they are endangered species that have to be protected.

Snakes are found worldwide and they come in different sizes and colours, with many different lifestyles. The King Cobra for instance is a dangerous snake whose bite is capable of killing a human in just 15 minutes! Did you know that the world’s smallest West Indies thread snakes are dangerous too? Surprisingly, they’re just about the size of a pencil lead!

Yes, King Cobra is beautiful, especially when it shows off its hood. Pythons on the other hand are ancient snakes; it is believed that their ancestors might have had legs a long time ago. In India, the pythons inhabit the jungle and they can grow to as long 20 feet! Unlike the Cobras that spray out venoms to their prey, pythons kill their prey simply by squeezing the body of their prey and then crush their bones that will eventually kill the unlucky animals. Bear in mind that pythons are extremely active predators and they normally hunt at night. If you think you can escape from a python by jumping into the water, you are wrong. Pythons are good swimmers too and the water is probably the last place that you would want to go to when being chased by a python!

Pythons have beautiful skin and the patterns on their skins help them to camouflage and then strike their prey. They will hide in the bush and when there is heat, this is when the action starts. Since a python can grow as long as 20 feet, it can also swallow a deer instantly. Once a python has already consumed such a big meal, it will not eat again; well, at least until the following year. 

Pythons may live more than 18 years and throughout its life, it will keep searching for its mate for the purpose of reproduction. Baby pythons will hatch from eggs that are incubated by a female python and make their way out to the wild; not all will make it out and survive until adulthood as they are hunted by eagles, crocodiles and tigers.

Snakes may be one of the animals that you would probably want to stay away from, but they play an important role in controlling the amount of pest such as rodents and insects. There are people who keep snakes as pets; well, if you are planning to have one, just be careful as animals can be unpredictable at times.


Some useful phrases when travelling to Indonesia

Travelling to a country without knowing a single word of its language is something that you should avoid. You can’t master a language in a very short period, but you can at least know some of its basics

There are some useful phrases that you can practise before travelling to Indonesia:

Good morning: Selemat pagee

Good afternoon Selemat seeang

Yes: Ya

No: Teedak

OK: Beres

Thank you: Ma-ka-si

You’re welcome: Ma-ka-si Kam-ba-li/Sama-sama

How much: Berapa?

Can you discount: Mooraheen

Please: Toelong

Excuse me: Permisi


Travel tips in Saudi Arabia


1.      When you arrive at Saudi Arabia, be sure to be greeted by your sponsors, friends or family members.

2.      Always greet people with “As-salam-alaikom”, which means “Peace be with you”. When you are greeted with “As-salam-alaikom”, say “wa alaikom as-salam”, which means “And peace be with you”.

3.      Remove your shoes when entering a living room or holy places.

4.      It will be useful to always behave like the locals.

5.       Learning Arabic will very much help you around the country, even in working out a great relationship with the locals.

6.      Try not to talk with the opposite sex if possible, unless you both know each other.

7.      Do not cross your legs or show the undersides of your feet when talking to someone.

8.      Respect their culture although they may be strange an unusual to you.

9.      Do not raise your voice when talking and avoid loud conversations.

10.  Women are required to wear Abaya when going out in public.


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