There are so very many reasons to love Toronto, the interesting and awesome people you meet are just one of those reasons.
All three shots were taken on my month long volunteering trip to Cambodia. These shots were captured on the Angkor Archaeological Park. The first image is of Banteay Srei, also known as The Lady Temple, it is a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The second image is of one of the great Angkor gates and the third shot was taken on a hike while visiting Kbal Spean, the sacred riverbed carvings also known as The River of a Thousand Lingas.
When I think of green, I think of lush vegetation, trees and nature. Cambodia definitely has that. I am so very fortunate to have spent such time there and I can not wait to go back, not only to the trees and the nature, but to the people too.
Renewal is another theme that can be interpreted in so many ways.
I took this photo in Bali, Indonesia last summer. It is one of my favourite photos. While in Bali I went through experiences that renewed me spiritually, renewed my connection to people and the earth. Frangipani, the flower in this photo is a very strong scented flower that is used in many ways throughout southeast Asia. In India frangipani is a symbol of immortality because of its ability to produce leaves and flowers even after it has been lifted out of the soil. It is able to renew itself even when disconnected from its source. In Indonesia, a single frangipani held with the fingertips is a way of recognising the Supreme God Sanghyang Widi Wasa who is symbolised by the daily rising of the sun. Renewal.
Every Wednesday from 11am to 1pm outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul Korea, come rain or shine, the Halmoni and their supporters peacefully protest for the Japanese government to acknowledge their wrongdoings in organising “Comfort Stations” throughout Asia during the Second World War.
I ask that you take a few moments to sign this petition, these are women I care deeply about and I fully support them fighting for justice.
We call upon members of the UN General Assembly to address the issue of wartime sex slaves as a special agenda for the 67th session in 2012 and to pass a resolution on this issue at the session. Over 200,000 women were taken to rape brothels, and not many survivors remain alive today. Now is the time to demand justice for the survivors.