Thank you Cambodia

Thank you Cambodia for the most amazing time.  The people are so friendly and welcoming, the country side is amazing, the history is heart breaking.

Helen and I have had the most amazing time.  The streets of Phnom Penh showcase the disparity between the haves and the have nots as I’ve said before but everywhere the people smile.

Always smiling
Always smiling

We have tried to understand the brutality that existed here and to see the people make new beginnings is heartwarming.  If you get to visit this country hopefully you will also experience what we have.
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Phare, more than just a circus!

Helen and I have been to several circus shows over the years from the local old school shows at home to Cirque du Soleil but nothing compares to Phare, the Cambodian Circus.image
Phare is a multi-disciplinary performance featuring dance, acrobatics, music and circus skills performed by young Cambodian people who have been impacted by the civil war and the poverty it left behind. As you wait for the show to start a series of videos explain how 8 young Cambodians returned home with a desire to help others to find there dreams and to develop self esteem in young people who felt life had no direction. They now run a school that teaches not just basic educational skills but dance, theatre, acrobatics, visual and fine arts as well as animation. Young people come and are given a new beginning with which to go out and show the talents and skills.
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Slinging it around

I’m looking at changing camera straps, the current one while good is a normal fixed position strap. This means if yo wear camera over shoulder to hang near hip the padded section moves each time you lift camera, not major I know but it can get annoying.

While in tour in Cambodia our guide, Adam, had a sliding sling type strap that caught my eye. So being the shopper I am,not, I’ve been looking online for a similar thing.

Have come up with two options so far, one by Matin who made my current strap and the other by Black Rapid. Both are shoulder style slings with padded shoulder strap made from ballistic nylon.

So the slings in questions are the RS-5 from BlackRapid and the Fast Access from Matin.  Both seem though to be a little hard to track.  eBay seemed to be good but many of the BlackRapid straps are seen to be fake when you look closely at the images.  Will let you know what I decide when I track originals down locally or at good price overseas.


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