I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.
"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally."
Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?
"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness, But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb."”
— Roger Ebert, on Hayao Miyazaki (Also applicable for improv.)
I quote this all the time and no one picks up on it
What I would give to be able to completely go topless anytime anywhere just like them boys
I want that massive shelf in my future home.
— Mitch Welling (via poop-in-my-soup)
— Unknown (via perfect)
Siem Reap, Cambodia — with my travel buddy and favorite person, Cheyenne.
Things move slowly in Siem Reap. It’s such a charming little town and I love how it dramatically transforms during the night. We allotted one day for their spectacular temples and the rest of the trip was spent on exploring and walking around town. We went into full on vacation-pig mode! Everyday, we’d walk around the Pub Street and Old Market area, including The Lane and The Alley, in search of the next place to rest our fat butts on. We couldn’t have chosen a better time to visit because September is an off-peak season, so one can enjoy the town and temples without having to brave massive crowds of tourists. The weather loved to change in short notice but I adored the drizzly mornings, semi-sunny noons and cloudy, cold afternoons.
The sunrise in Angkor Wat is a fantastic spectacle, and I feel so lucky to have witnessed it. It was a little cloudy but I will never forget that special 645 moment. Angkor Wat is beautiful and the size is impressively enormous. It’s so easy to get lost inside and the whole complex reeks of grandeur and history. But if I were to choose a favorite, it would have to be Bayon Temple! Apart from the many funny things that we encountered during our visit, the details on the temple walls were just unbelievable. The carvings were in very good condition too. I also like the smiling faces carved on the stone towers. After Bayon, we went to the famous Ta Prohm Temple (Tomb Raider) Many parts were undergoing restoration but the ruins were still very charming. (Ang daming hapon na nagpapapicture sa mga ugat!) By the time we stopped by the fourth temple, we were already exhausted, grilled from the heat and hungry. So when we entered ‘Banteay Kdei’, I was just like “Oh.. nice rocks.” Hahaha! But please don’t let this discourage you from visiting the other smaller temples, it’s probably just us
If there’s something as worthy of your time and attention in Siem Reap as their magnificent temples, it’s their local food scene. Our 6-day trip turned into a culinary travel and our stomachs were so full to have any space for regrets. They say travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer, and this trip definitely made us richer in fats and calories lolz. As Cambodian cuisine neophytes, we tried to sample as much Khmer food as we can, from Lok Lak to Amok, to crocodile and snake meat. There are a lot of good and inexpensive restaurants around so it’s impossible to not over-indulge, especially if you’re a sucker for cheap, delicious food like us. Needless to say, we ate our hearts out, chewed our way through the city and ended each day positively and hopelessly stuffed.
Good local food options usually suffer when a town’s economy gets dominated by tourism but it’s nice to see that despite the very few authentic indigenous restaurants, almost all of the Western and other foreign-managed food spots that line Pub Street still try their best to infuse Khmer characteristics into their menu.
Our gastronomic itinerary included a lovely Russian cafe, a vintage Shanghai-designed cocktail bar, a Swiss-managed restaurant that helps the Khmer community, and a small Khmer eatery that served delicious Amok. I’d love to come back to Siem Reap just to enjoy more breezy outdoor eating and people watching. The diversity of food is so much bigger than the size of the town. It’s amazing that in such a small perimeter, you can find everything you could possibly crave for.
Angkor Wat at 6:48AM. Breathtaking.
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"Try your best to deal with life without medicating yourself."
"You mean drugs?"
"I mean drugs, food, shopping, money, whatever. I ain’t judging anybody, either. I was hooked on heroin for years. But now I’ve learned that every feeling will pass if you give it time. And if you learn to deal with your feelings, they’ll pass by faster each time. So don’t rush to cover them up by medicating them. You’ve got to deal with them."