The great river-courses which have shaped the lives of men have hardly changed; and those other streams, the life-currents that ebb and flow in human hearts, pulsate to the same great needs, the same great loves and terrors. As our thought follows close in the slow wake of the dawn, we are impressed with the broad sameness of the human lot, which never alters in the main headings of its history–hunger and labour, seed-time and harvest, love and death. ~George Eliot, Romola
Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” ~ Clare Boothe Luce “RUSH HOUR” Captured at sunrise, in Sisowath Quay
“We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well – for we will not fight to save what we do not love.”~ Stephen Jay Gould I fell in love with the ruins of the Angkor complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I rode the bus for 7 hours to cross the border from Saigon to Phnom Penh, and another 6 hours from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. I endured three movies of Angelina Jolie on the bus (obviously, they adore her).
Wat Ounalom on the riverfront is reputedly the oldest Buddhist foundation in the city, and probably the most important pagoda in Cambodian Buddhism as it houses the nation’s religious administration as well as its top monk. The founding date is variously cited as 1422 and 1443.
“Life is complex. Each one of us must make his own path through life. There are no self-help manuals, no formulas, no easy answers. The right road for one is the wrong road for another…The journey of life is not paved in blacktop; it is not brightly lit, and it has no road signs. It is a rocky path through the wilderness. ” ― M. Scott Peck Shot in Temple of Bayon, Angkor Complex, Siem Reap, Cambodia (January 2011) Read more of my adventures here
“MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone”. — Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude” Photo taken in a temple complex in Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia …
“Any change, any loss, does not make us victims. Others can shake you, surprise you, disappoint you, but they can’t prevent you from acting, from taking the situation you’re presented with and moving on. No matter where you are in life, no matter what your situation, you can always do something. You always have a choice and the choice can be power.” ~Blaine Lee Ricefield countryside in Siem Reap, Cambodia Taken from a moving bus by Jojie Alcantara To view more of my images in Siem Reap, click here.
“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Sunset at Angkor, Siem Reap by Jojie Alcantara View more of my photos in Siem Reap here
Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend. ~Albert Camus Photography, Jojie Alcantara Following my two good friends Art Boncato and Ian Garcia Down the path of Ta Phrom temples, Siem Reap, Cambodia while the sunlight shines through the trees over them.
I wasn’t prepared for this shot. We were about to board a bus when I saw this old woman with distinct white hair sitting on the road.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the places and moments that take our breath away.” ~Patricia Schultz, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die Bayon Temple, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia Photography by Jojie Alcantara
During a week of stay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2011), I woke up each dawn for two days just to capture its beautiful red sunrise from the Tonle Sap River by the Sisowath Quay, which was near my hotel.