Author Archives: Sithen

About Sithen

Translation Partner, Film Producer/Critic, Social Activist, Avid Blogger, Caring Father, Agent of Change.

Coffee for ideas and inspiration

How was your day or week? Not smooth, wasn’t it? Well, that’s very common to virtually everyone. For the past dozen of years, with all the inspirational lessons I’ve learned and practiced, I’ve formed many teams and helped a wide variety of people move forwards in their lives. Those teams include namely: Mastermind Club and Sunflower Film Alliance. Most business friends meet me and come out different or even “empowered” after such friendly face-up.

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Coffee with Sithen

Well, I’m not saying I’m the greatest inspiration for you. But if you feel the need to talk out your problems, I’m willing to hear you out. Maybe I can offer you some practical suggestions, drawn from my past lessons. At the end of the day, it is your time and life. You can live on without meeting me. But if you do need my ideas and input, let’s meet up. All you need to do is your open mind and treat over my coffee or meal! Simple enough, isn’t it? Hope to see you very soon at a nearby cafe, be it in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap 🙂

PS: It can be another soft drink, not necessarily, coffee!

Wonder Woman and Kingdom of Wonder!

As usual, the blogging mood strikes me most when I feel disturbed by some phenomenon. This one is, of course, the recent commune elections of the so-called Kingdom of Wonder, Cambodia. Behold because I may sound a little political in this post. But the reflection is all yours to take as it’s inspired by the last DC fantasy I just watched: Wonder Woman!

Wonder_Woman_(2017_film)

Diana Prince

I just learned that her family name is masculinized by lead character, Steve. Comes what may, her main reason for leaving her comfort zone, Themyscira, is Ares. This latter character will be explained below! Diana, by all means, represents the “good” demi-goddess who defies all evils, especially influenced her main target, the god of war, and protects all life. In the near end, she almost abuses her own power over weaker human beings until she realizes “power is not the answer to war”.

Ares

The story is conceived in such a way that I could not believe in Ares’s existence among humans! To my surprise, he incarnates the unlikely form of those who are seeking for armistice. Yet, he meant this to lure human beings into his darker plot or complete destruction.

Why Cambodia?

Well, our Kingdom remains what we are today, as a result of chronic wars and fragile peace restoration. With the uncertain results of (every round of) elections, any politician could express any sentiment they wish to spread. For us, civilians, every pledge could be solidified into action. Most of us know who’s powerful enough to control or manipulate all this.

On one side, I’ve been grateful for the peace they’ve maintained. On the other, the message is confusing when war becomes their ultimate “propaganda” for voters. I’m not Superman or Wonder Woman. Nor do I take side of Ares. I’m just another human who seeks for enough love and peace to move things forwards. Some would argue we need occasional wars to balance out the human progress! OK, maybe I’m too naive to live up to this self-defending argument.

I think you may relate to this metaphor if you’ve followed our current situations close enough. Maybe you should let me know what you think of this correlation in the comments below this post?!

Rating: 09/10

What A Shitty Moment – A Clip on Sanitation!

Please bear with me on this post as I am going to review this time around a short clip on sanitation! Check it out and tell me how you feel about it. And I am going to tell you what I think about it!

Looks disgusting, doesn’t it? You can’t view it while eating? But here are the things I like about this video.

3S: Short, Straight, Sharp

As you can see, it is meant to be an educational spot about the importance about toilets. So you do not want to spend time over Internet a long preaching movie! That is why I love short films and annually support Chaktomuk Short Film Festival. I call it straight in that it recalls how ordinary people live their lives with such useful closets. Do I need to show you how sharp its message is? Just in case, the consequence of pooping without latrines is seen through the shame the lady is bearing in front of her guests!

Sanitation Message

It is important to notice that our elder lady is presumed to be somewhat rich from her dresses. Yet, when it comes to sanitation, she still prefers the traditional way to get relaxed. This tells us that appearance means nothing until one behaves. Besides, her neglected behavior not only affects her image, but also her family’s. This effect reinforces the statement that hygiene leads to both cleanliness and positive image of oneself and their family.

Personal Anecdote about Sanitation

Back in real life, I have been working at JCI on a community project to build toilets for better health. In our founding year, we went on to interview target beneficiaries. Of the four households we visited, one’s owner told us how difficult it was for them to have toilets built, while she wears a gold ring talking to us. This obvious case proves that our look seems to be more valued than our health. Believe it or not, it takes tremendous efforts to switch this mindset. I’d say the compromise would be for her to trade off her gold ring with a cheaper one and some cash to have that rest room built.

And you? How important do you think toilets or latrines are to your life?

Rating: 09/10