Monks at Phnom Bakheng

Monks at Phnom Bakheng

Who said monks are restrained by their vow of silence and abstinence of worldy pleasures? I guess times have changed. Like our modern priest and nuns, monks are no longer confined to the walls of their convents or temples. They seem to be open nowadays to explore new things and the world around them.

Monks among the tourist

Monks among the tourist

I found this group of monks who seems to be tourist as well when we were waiting for the sundown at Phnom Bakheng in Angkor Archaological park. I was amused to see them carrying some cool gadgets under their brightly colored robes. To think that another word for buddhist monks are Bikkhus which means beggars, these folks have money to afford gadgets as such.

Techy monks

Techy monks

This is just a quick post since I’m quite busy organizing some things and some projects as well. Aside from refinement to my sites backbone hosting, I’m also planning to launch a new site as a replacement for my Daily Snap. Hopefully I can launch by end of the month. Also do check out the latest issue of Philippine Airline’s Mabuhay Magazine. I’m on the Last Frame of the June (?) issue and also a shot from the Kultura photoshoot I did for them for their Travel Log section. Also I got some Vigan photos out in Mega Magazine’s June issue of Girlfriend. I haven’t seen it though. If someone have a copy could you please scan or take a shot at it and send to me please. Many thanks to my friend Dahl for hooking me up with these publications.

Video taking monks

Video taking monks

This week I was able to shoot a private party launch for the Wine Club Makati which will have an official public launch I think this Monday. I covered for my friend for that since he wasn’t available for that day, thus me ended up rubbing elbows with the elite and high society people who I was advised were guest that night. I don’t really know them though. Hehe. Next week I have a studio shoot for an advertising material for a known foundation. So please bear with me if I’m a bit slow on updates on upcoming days and do some blog rounds. Enjoy the week people!

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Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlinesโ€™s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlinesโ€™ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacificโ€™s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.

34 Responses to “Cambodia Tourist Monks, some site updates and news”

  1. Who knows? maybe those monks want to upload some videos on youtube. hehe

    Rubbing elbows with high society folk? Care to drop any names? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Congrats on getting published once again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. biyahengpinoy

    thank you for leaving a comment on my blog. that really means a lot to me. a lot of people are actually emailing me about that post about my friend that was killed in tuguegarao. so im feeling a lot better now, but still wondering. im planning on visiting tuguegarao this august. im just trying to get a hold of julie.

  3. biyahengpinoy

    i love your subjects. it’s a dream for me to take pictures of monks and people you see in chinese temples. they have this very charming charisma with a camera’s lens.

  4. rhodora

    Well, I guess monks need to go out in the world, to update themselves too. For how can they uphold their philosophies in these modern times when their minds are antiquated?

    Nice shots again, Ferdz! And you are super busy! Good luck and take care! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I do agree with you that monks are no longer confined within the walls of their temples. I’ve seen a few of them walking around the malls in KL too.


    Will be waiting patiently to see your new Daily Snap site!

  6. WOW.. nasa mabuhay mag ka? hihi. how cool.. ;P so blessed to be in those publications.. ahihi. madami pang darating opportunities for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ be blessed. enjoy!

  7. Ferdz congrats on your published work I might ask a friend to buy it for me,pauwi this month.Ver y techie naman nila,well actually this is similar to our kababayan din di ba,maski mga magsasaka may mga cell phone:)

  8. Ferdz, nice photos you got there, as usual. But would have been nicer if there were no people for the sake of good photos, I mean for the sake of not having the place “ruined”. Anyway, the hand of the videotaping monk is so calloused giving proof that they really do work hard. Hmmm…Monk, one of my favorite series. I would try to rummage through my MIL collection of Mabuhay mags and see if she has one with your photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Btw, I linked your Baclayon post to a post I wrote. Hope its okay. Take care.

  9. galeng. there was once a contest and one of the winners (he won an ipod i think) featured “techy monk” as a subject for his entry. wala lang naalala ko lang bigla. i am gonna check out the publications you mentioned and hopely i could scan and sent it for you (yun ay kung wala pang nagpapadala, baka by then e andami mo nang nareceive, hehe). anyway baka balak mong magkaroon ng photo exhibit e, huwag mo kaming kalimutang imbitahin.


  10. Haha! Monks with high tech gadgets! Great photos..hehe. I saw monks in Thailand smoking like chimneys, shoulda taken photos of them…kaya lang na-conscious ako baka magalit, hehe.

  11. Major Tom

    In this highly wired and digitalized world—it won’t be so easy to be so alone and live like an island. To be sure, even monks need to feel what cool gadgetry means.

  12. mousey

    astig ng monk! heheh

    yup true walang nang abstinence ang mga pari at nadre ngayon. sa school nga nun na work ko yung mga madre pwede di naka uniform pag may outings.

  13. banggigay

    aye! whilst in thailand, inside their temple, it’s a very common site that these monks are uber busy sms’ing or just frolicking with their mob phones. i was like? huh? are these monks?

    ferdz, good luck to your next gig! and btw, i soo soo like how the tangy orange came out here ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. sabi siguro nila dapat ” IN” na rin sila hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰
    i love that orange and as usual very nice ferdz !

    congratulations on your pictures published on magazines !
    hindi ka na maabot ha ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. melo villareal

    wow. I really love to take environmental portraits… subjects complements more to its invironment… without this three monks… people may think its thailand or malaysia or worst… INTRAMUROS… LOL,….

  16. Alternati

    Wow, Ferdz’ pictures are doing the magazine rounds. Congrats!

    I absolutely love the photos of the monks holding the video cameras. There is an artistic irony in the photos.

    Have fun covering the launch party! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Hehehe… hindi ako naniniwala sa mga monk na ‘yan kuminsan… nakikita ko din sila nagyoyosi or nanliligaw. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nonetheless, fantastic pictures as usual. And those photos of monks with video cameras are quite amusing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Coming back from a trip via Philippine Airlines, I spotted your fotos supporting the article of Cris Yabes in the Nov 07 issue of Mabuhay. Your works have really gone places.

    We look forward to seeing more of your works in glossy paper.

  19. Coming back from a trip via Philippine Airlines, I spotted your fotos supporting the article of Cris Yabes in the Nov 07 issue of Mabuhay. Your works have really gone places.

    We look forward to seeing more of your works on glossy paper.

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