Photo of the Week: Photo Monk

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Photo Monk at Borobudur_1280_for_Web

Atop the stony walls of Borobudur comes the Photo Monk. Having meditated for years while at the great Temple of Canon in order to imagine the perfect picture, he has come, camera in hand, to take a picture of Nirvana itself.  Though he raises his camera many times, he only clicks the shutter once, for that perfect shot, the shot that will unravel the mysteries of the universe and grant true understanding to any who view it.  Only, the camera is empty.

Found in Philippines: Happy Nuts

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Clearly the chicken at the bottom is gladly claiming the nuts are his.  Besides, if you’re going to have nuts, don’t you want them to be Happy nuts?


Found in Indonesia: Smax Balls

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If you’re looking for that snack food that will really give you that punch of energy that you need, allow me to highly recommend Smax Balls.  The cheesy Smax Balls are clearly superior, but if you prefer your Balls to be Barbequed, that too is available.


Seriously, shouldn’t someone be checking these things?

Treasures in Jogjakarta: Prambanan

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Prambanan temple grounds_1280_for_WebPranbanan, along with Borobudur, is one of the wonders around Jogjakarta, Indonesia, and draws in thousands of tourists each year.  This UNESCO World Heritage site lies 18 km outside of the center of Jogjakarta and easily reached either by renting a motorbike (about US$5 for the day), or, more easily, by joining a tour or hiring a car and driver for the day (US$45 for the car & driver).

The temple is open_1280_for_WebPrambanan is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia and one of the largest in all of Asia.  It was originally built around 850 CE, but was then abandoned less than 100 years later when the group of people  responsible for the construction moved further to the east part of Java.  Standing on the grounds, it’s amazing to think that after completing such a monumental task, that the people would just up and leave.  It would be like building the pyramids only to grind them down a few years later when you need sand for the sand traps on your golf course.  Of course, one of the possible reasons for the migration was the eruption of a nearby volcano, and since this temple predates lava insurance, it is somewhat more understandable.  Additionally, a large part of the temple was destroyed later in an earthquake in the 1700s.  Since then, a large amount of restoration work has gone into recompleting the temple.

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Found in Indonesia: The New Chick in Town

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I can only assume that the presence of this CFC restaurant means that California has finally decided to challenge Kentucky for the crown of best fried chicken.