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Traditional Kebero Drumming and Dance of Tigray, Ethiopia
 
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Improvised video recording of a drumming and dance performance in a Mekele, Ethiopia amusement park. I apologize for my inadequate presentation of these two marvelous performers. Only three cameras. And no rehearsal. This excellent group of musicians and dancers required a stage with more cameras, more recorders, and multiple sessions to show the life and beauty of their dancing. For information on travel to Ethiopia, email: [email protected] Israel Dawit is a hard-core guide / negotiator / translator. Never surrenders to fatigue, always moving, always with that cellphone in his hand. I recommend him to any foreigner who wants to see the marvels of Ethiopia. Watch for the video of our Ethiopian trip. But he and I won't be seen. I worked camera, he worked the van and hotels and the destinations to make the video possible. Amazing endurance and skill.
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Protect Cameras and Equipment with Plastic Wrap at Airports
 
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A scene at the airport on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. Plastic wrap equipment cases to absolutely prevent opening in transit. Also, opening the cases to steal becomes awkward -- and obvious at destination. I videoed the wrapping of my suitcases as I returned from work at the Langkawi resorts of Malaysia. In the past, I used the plastic wrap service of Damascus. Equipment goes through scans, x-rays, searches before the plastic wrap. Unfortunately, the airports of the US do not offer this service. Once in the past, I stood at the luggage pickup conveyors in Istanbul to see an equipment case arrive with only one latch of four closed. The 'security personnel' at LAX had searched my equipment, then neglected to close all the latches. Loss of equipment would have negated thousands of dollars of travel expenses and months of preparation. We cannot secure our equipment and we cannot trust the unseen personnel 'protecting' us.
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Music and dance performance of the Erob-Saho of the Tigray Region, Ethiopia
 
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A modern and international presentation of traditional Ethiopian music and dances. The band used Montarbo speakers from Italy to amplify music played with traditional instruments fitted with electric guitar pickups. I improvised a video recording with my Canon Japanese video cameras. For audio, Tascam digital recorders. And Wasabi batteries from Blue Nook of California. I apologize for my inadequate presentation of these beautiful performers. This excellent group requires a stage with more cameras, more recorders, and multiple sessions to show the life and beauty of their dancing. The Wasabi batteries from Blue Nook made videoing this event possible. The night before, the Planet Hotel had a power failure and we could not recharge batteries. However, our backup of low-cost, high-quality Wasabi batteries allowed us record the entire performance. Thank you, Blue Nook! http://www.bluenook.com/ More dances in this series will come as I transcode all the camera video recorded in our tour of Ethiopia with Israel Dawit. For information on travel to Ethiopia, email: [email protected] Israel Dawit is a hard-core guide / negotiator / translator. Never surrenders to fatigue, always moving, always with that cellphone in his hand. I recommend him to any foreigner who wants to see the marvels of Ethiopia. Watch for the video of our Ethiopian trip. But he and I won't be seen. I worked camera, he worked the van and hotels and the destinations to make the video possible. Amazing endurance and skill.
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Santa Catalina Island -- a one-day documentary videoed with tourist camera
 
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I used a Nikon P100 CoolPix still / video camera. The very limited audio quality of the Nikon required a Tascam-40 digital audio recorder for the voices. Helicopter video taken from the tourist office promotional DVD. I bought the Nikon P100 used from B & H Camera, New York. $135. Notice that the images of the inexpensive camera image look good in the interior scene with the wildlife narrator, then the images burn out in the direct sunlight. Good camera for the price. A few quick scenes videoed with the Canon T3 of the school intern.
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Traditional Ethiopian music and dance of the Tigray  Region
 
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Improvised video recording of a dance performance in a Mekele, Ethiopia amusement park. I apologize for my inadequate presentation of these beautiful performers. Only three cameras. This excellent group requires a stage with more cameras, more recorders, and multiple sessions to show the life and beauty of their dancing. More dances in this series will come as I transcode all the camera video recorded in our tour of Ethiopia with Israel Dawit. For information on travel to Ethiopia, email: [email protected] Israel Dawit is a hard-core guide / negotiator / translator. Never surrenders to fatigue, always moving, always with that cellphone in his hand. I recommend him to any foreigner who wants to see the marvels of Ethiopia. Watch for the video of our Ethiopian trip. But he and I won't be seen. I worked camera, he worked the van and hotels and the destinations to make the video possible. Amazing endurance and skill.
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Oromo Coffee Ceremony Dance --  Jimma, Ethiopia
 
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People of Oromia introduce a foreigner to their ceremony and dance. As I can, I am editing and uploading the other scenes of Ethiopia. I encourage Ethiopians working video to show the beauty and culture of their nation to contact me. Though we worked with Ethiopian TV on their programs, we did not receive any of the video for US television. When I return to Ethiopia, I want to work with local camera people, dancers, and musicians to show more of Ethiopia to American viewers.
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Manni Kebabish --  A Pakistani Restaurant Near Mosaic Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
 
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Restaurants in Prague can be very expensive. Manni Kebabish is inexpensive -- and excellent. When I stayed at the Mosaic House, the Mosaic provided the morning meal. I ate mid-day and night at the Manni. Excellent. And I could afford the excellent Middle Eastern selections. The Pakistani fellow prepared Middle Eastern favorites equal to anything I've eaten In Morocco, Turkey, Syria. ( Except for the super-high priced restaurants tour sponsors promoted. Those gourmet, world-quality dishes cost hundreds of dollars per meal. The sponsors paid. In truth, I'd rather eat at the Manni Kababish. ) Pakistan lost a national treasure when they lost him to the Czech Republic.
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Traditional Ethiopian music and dance of the Tigray Region
 
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Improvised video recording of a dance performance in a Mekele, Ethiopia amusement park. I apologize for my inadequate presentation of these beautiful performers. Only three cameras. This excellent group requires a stage with more cameras, more recorders, and multiple sessions to show the life and beauty of their dancing. I spoke to their manager. I suggested he train a media worker to photograph, video, and audio record the group. With a trained and experienced media worker, they could show their excellence to the world. More dances in this series will come as I transcode all the camera video recorded in our tour of Ethiopia. For information on travel to Ethiopia, email: [email protected] Israel Dawit is a hard-core guide / negotiator / translator. Never surrenders to fatigue, always moving, always with that cellphone in his hand. I recommend him to any foreigner who wants to see the marvels of Ethiopia. Watch for the video of our Ethiopian trip. But he and I won't be seen. I worked camera, he worked the van and hotels and the destinations to make the video possible. Amazing endurance and skill.
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Room Tour -- Planet Hotel, Mekele Ethiopia
 
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After many hours of highways, then the airport, then the streets, I enjoyed the quiet, cool luxury of the Planet Hotel. And spa. ( I will show the pool, saunas, and jacuzzis in another video. ) English-speaking staff, quick and polite, always there. Not a super-luxury hotel. Yet very good. The best I experienced in Ethiopia. Excellent restaurant. Breakfast buffet? We worked there during the Easter fasting season. Ethiopian Coptic Christian tradition requires simple food for the devout. However, this hotel also serves world travelers. Tour companies bring groups of foreigners to the Planet. Signs in English, German, and Arabic. Ethiopia is a multi-religious, multi-ethic, multi-language nation. Every visit to the towns and villages, every kilometer of the highways is a different experience.
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Merrell boots fail on Kilimanjaro
 
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The boots came apart day by day. And then I needed to wear the boots for another month in Africa. In the past, Merrell made boots for trekkers. Not now. Now they design pretty shoes with pretty colors for pretty people.
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"Third Floor Room -- City View Hotel, Jimma, Ethiopia"
 
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We declined this room. As we toured Ethiopia to video the beauty and culture of that nation. we came to the Jimma region. The agenda required we stay a few nights in Jimma, the largest town. In the sprawling town of Jimma, our tour company took us to the best possible hotel, the City View. However, Jimma is a new city, with all the projects-in-progress of emerging nations -- new highways, new streets, new shops, a new stadium. And that means construction and mud and chaotic traffic. The management offered us the room shown in the video. Third floor, no elevator. We had cameras and tripods, three cases of camera equipment and audio recording equipment, a suitcase of clothing and essentials -- a total exceeding 250 pounds to carry up flights of stairs. I saw no space in that room to open the cases to transfer data to hard drives, charge batteries, clean lenses, or even change clothes. And sleeping? Even if I stacked the cases, where would I lay out the computer, hard drives, battery chargers? How many nights would I sleep in a stack of cases, cables, and equipment? I declined the room. I explained the situation to the management -- and they offered us a suite in 'The Annex,' a new building across the mud boulevard. The 'Annex' can be seen out the window of the small room in the video. The next video will show the suite we received. In the following days, we toured and videoed the lush coffee forests of Oromia, one of the most productive coffee regions in the world. The people welcomed us with ceremonies, dances, gifts. In the evenings, we returned to the suite at the 'Annex.' And the personnel at the City Annex provided us with excellent service, good food, and steady electricity required for the video work. Though Jimma, as shown in the video, is a city in development, I recommend region for all travelers. The highway to the forests offers fast travel through the towns and beautiful forest. The people welcome foreigners. And the prices are minimal. In time, Jimma will be a paved, modern city. And the City View provides good rooms at a reasonable cost.
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Music and dance performance of the Kunama of the Tigray Region, Ethiopia
 
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Please subscribe. The tourism office sees the numbers of subscribers and views. We want to return to Ethiopia and give the musicians and dancers a proper video program. -------0------ A modern and international presentation of traditional Ethiopian music and dances. The band used Montarbo speakers from Italy to amplify music played with traditional instruments fitted with electric guitar pickups. I apologize for my inadequate presentation of these beautiful performers. This excellent group requires a stage with more cameras, more recorders, and multiple sessions to show the life and beauty of their dancing. More dances in this series will come as I transcode all the camera video recorded in our tour of Ethiopia with Israel Dawit. For information on travel to Ethiopia, email: [email protected] Israel Dawit is a hard-core guide / negotiator / translator. Never surrenders to fatigue, always moving, always with that cellphone in his hand. I recommend him to any foreigner who wants to see the marvels of Ethiopia. Watch for the video of our Ethiopian trip. But he and I won't be seen. I worked camera, he worked the van and hotels and the destinations to make the video possible. Amazing endurance and skill.
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Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, East Africa
 
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Tarangire National Park, December / January 2014 We toured with Simba Safaris of Arusha, Tanzania. Several days of riding through the park. Nights at the Sopa Lodge. One of the five star resorts in the Serena chain, the Sopa is set in Tanzanian acacia forest. Breakfast buffets, delicatessen lunches, lavish dinners. And a bar for drinkers. Perfect weather. Many, many elephants seeking the water of the river. Perfect driver and truck. The voice of Lowrance narrates the program. On one afternoon, elephants surrounded the truck as they walked from the forest to the river. Lowrance was so, so cool. He told us to be quiet, don't move. Many mothers with babies. Unpredictable what a mother elephant would do. We didn't move -- but we could have reached out and touched the elephants. Host and producer: Professor Nancy Pearlman Director and camera operator: Robert Payne of VideoAdventures.Info. Editor: Nantawan Khoosuwan (Mikhoo) -- see her other work at www.VisitThaiArtists.com. Also see Mikhoo's work on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om20b_zyo3M&list=UUYC3MDT_Co4JoVK5pzQblEA
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BALI: BEATS OF PARADISE -- OPENS DECEMBER 7 at Laemmle's Music Hall 3
 
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I attended the press event for the premier of the documentary of Bali Beats of Paradise at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills Cellphone video. I very much wish I could have recorded a multi-camera video of the ensemble on stage. Now the documentary will be opening at the Laemmle Music Hall 3, 7 December. Here is the information copied from the Laemmle website: BALI: BEATS OF PARADISE Bali: Beats of Paradise is a visionary tale that examines the collective wisdom and talent of Grammy Award-winning artist Judith Hill (20 Feet from Stardom) and Nyoman Wenten - a celebrated Indonesian composer who sets out to pay homage to the sacred but shrinking tradition of Balinese music and dance. This original documentary pulls back the curtain on gamelan music, Bali’s rhythmic style of classical music. Gamelan has been used in the film Avatar by James Cameron, the TV show Star Trek as well as the Nintendo game Mario Bros. After 40 years of teaching and performing gamelan all over the world, Wenten is approaching retirement and aware of the fleeting popularity of his homeland’s beloved musical tradition. At the same time, Hill is looking for a distinctive sound for a new piece of music she’s composing. After meeting, the two agree on collaborating by blending the sounds of classic funk with the beats of Bali. The final result is an epic music video that catapults gamelan into the digital age.
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Fantastic Lunch at the Citrus Restaurant, Fairmont Newport Beach, California
 
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The most expensive lunch ever offered this wandering cameraman. And here is the room we videoed in the hotel: https://youtu.be/bot9azwJudU
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Addis Ababa Bole International Airport Ethiopia -- 6am
 
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Addis Ababa Bole International Airport Ethiopia. Empty at 6am. This is not how the terminal looks in the afternoon and evenings when flights connect to Africa and the Middle East. Afternoons and nights? Crowds. Very difficult to find a seat or lounge. Internet access? Costs. And the system fails. At the terminal exit, there are hotel agents and representatives in offices to offer rides to their hotels.
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Ghion Hotel Bungalows --  Soviet era 4 star luxury in decay
 
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Many years ago, the Ghion Hotel of Addis Ababa offered the traveling dignitaries of the Soviet Bloc luxury in Ethiopia. Spacious entry and lobby. Excellent first impression with the polished wood, immaculate floors, comfortable lounge area. The staff are excellent -- they are fortunate to have salaries. Most speak some English and they are very helpful to foreigners However, the rooms? Only the landscaping and gardens remain beautiful. In the rooms, ragged rugs, wires across the floor, leaking toilets, broken windows, no screens -- and there are mosquitoes in Addis. Perhaps the hotel charges low room rates. The hotel needs work. With extensive renovation, the Ghion can make 3 star rating.
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Evim Otel -- Eco Hotel in the traditional village of Lahic, Azerbaijan
 
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A family-operated guest house / hotel at the edge of the traditional village of Lahic. Good rooms, basic utilities, excellent Wi-Fi. Some rooms are individual, other rooms are suites intended for extended families. Travelers will see the walls built in the technique of other structures in Lahic, river stones alternating with horizontals of wood. This assembly survives earthquakes. Though the Evim Otel is new, the village, built with this technique of alternating stones and wood, has now survived centuries of earthquakes. The family will cater to any need of travelers, early morning breakfasts, late night meals -- very friendly, very willing to help. A short walk takes travelers into the ancient village. The people of Lahic relocated from Iran in distant times, they speak a language from old Persia. Throughout the centuries, the people maintained their traditions of crafts and exported their products throughout the Eur-Asia. Now, Lahic is a tourist destination for Azerbaijanis, Russians, many Central Asians. and Europeans. They thought this American to be a Russian. This American heard many languages in the streets as the travelers negotiated for the arts and crafts of the artisans. Artisans of Lahic speak whatever language that makes the sale. Turkish, Russian, English, French, German. Travelers should allow some space and weight in their luggage for souvenirs from Lahic. The arts and crafts represent traditions from ancient times, old designs hand-crafted as the foreigner watches. NOTE! I reviewed the Evim Otel on TripAdvisor. The few other people who stayed there, with the exception of one reviewer, enjoyed the hotel. Read the reviews: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1949180-d3175026-r401836461-Evim_Otel-Ismailly_Daghlig_Shirvan_Region.html The one negative reviewer suggested travelers stay somewhere else. I don't know if there is somewhere else in Lahic. And to stay in the city? The road to Lahic is long and difficult. Lahic is a cultural treasure that is worth the hours on the highway. The Evim is good and allows a traveler full days in the village. If a traveler wants a 5-star hotel, if they want to waste the hours on the highway, that is their decision.
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Everyday Africa:  Micro Enterprise in Nairobi
 
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This video shows small enterprise in the Bamba market area of Nairobi. Diagonally across from this corner, there is an enclosed market of established vendors and food stalls. An excellent place to buy products and prepared foods. ( A video of meals in a Bamba food stall coming. Excellent food. Excellent people. No foreigners ever. Except this wandering professor of literature and languages. ) These women sell shaved greens as a commodity. Shakila buys greens for her children here, then takes a matato bus back to her home in a township. The savings of buying in the central Bamba market rather than the township stalls more than pays for the time and bus fare. Shakia and her children eat ugali ( corn meal bread ) and these greens with every meal --- unless she buys whole vegetables. 150323 Canon A590 video: Micro Enterprise in Nairobi 3
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Irshad Mobarak with Nancy Pearlman, producer of ECONEWS, on Langkawi Island
 
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http://junglewalla.com/ I would call Irshad, Professor Mobarak. He is a one-man university of the natural world. He loves his world and his work. I had the great pleasure of riding with him as he gave presentations at the resorts. In the video, he uses Kowa 10x40 binoculars. And a Kowa TD1 Scope. A Canon XA10 video camera recorded the scenes and sounds. I hope to return to Langkawi to video programs featuring only him. There is a video by a hotel featuring only him. He is not acting in that video. The video shows the real man, his knowledge and his humor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSWCvbetFsU
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Arrival At Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa --A Hotel Agent
 
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This young woman meets hotel clients at the arrivals door. Very pleasant. If a foreigner chooses her hotel, all will go quickly. We had our guide, Dawit of Ethiopian Adventures, waiting for us in the parking lot. A few minutes of confusion, How do check if he's there? What if he isn't? How do we call him? The shops in the arrivals do not stock Ethiopian cellphone SIMM cards and unit cards. In the background of the video, see the cafe. A foreigner can go to one of the fellows there and ask to use their cellphone. I did. I called Dawit, he came to meet us, I gave the fellow the fellow with the cellphone a crisp American dollar. Perhaps that dollar is now framed on his wall at home.
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Beautiful Gardens of Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 
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Arriving in Addis Ababa, the traveler rides through the crowds, traffic chaos, and noise of an ancient city in rapid transformation to a 21st Century metropolis. All that ends at the gates of the Ghiron Hotel. The green, lush shadows envelop the traveler. Only a whisper of the distant city intrudes as the guest enters the welcome of the staff and their classic wood paneled hotel. Many years ago, the Ghion Hotel of Addis Ababa offered the traveling dignitaries of the Soviet Bloc luxury in Ethiopia. The guest sees the spacious entry and lobby, the polished wood, immaculate floors, comfortable lounge area, the row of clocks with the times of the cities of the world. Check-in very quick with the English-speaking staff. All credit cards accepted. The staff are excellent -- they enjoy serving the visitors. However, Ethiopians built this hotel in the 1950's to serve the Soviets. Then luxurious, now not comparable to the modern international resorts and spas. But the low price, the pleasant staff, and the beautiful quiet of the gardens make this hotel superior to the glass and plastic of the transnationals. The hotel does need another renovation. Before sending luggage to a room, check the room. Telephone, lights, television, bathroom, windows, and window screens -- there are mosquitos in Addis. A few minutes of caution will make the stay much more enjoyable. And glance out the window. What view do you prefer? Beauty? Or beauty?
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The Luxury  Of  A Room At The Del Mar Grand Fairmont
 
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Expensive. This cameraman could never pay the price of a night for two people, with meals, at the Del Mar Grand Fairmont. I calculated the room cost with three meals at a $1,000 a day/night. Beyond the luxury of the room and world-class meals, the Fairmont offers golf, a spa, swimming, and horseback riding. Trails lead through a canyon and fragments of coastal sage. The highway goes west to the shopping of Del Mar and the warm water beaches. An international destination, Americans who can afford this luxury will see visitors from all over world. The staff speaks many languages.
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A tour of the Taman Negara rainforest and river village in Malaysia
 
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Taman Negara is believed to be the oldest rainforest on the planet. In the dry season, foreigners can walk through the rainforest all day on easy paved trails. Guides with college educations in the flora and fauna accompany foreigners through the dense forest. They point out details otherwise unnoticed by foreigners. The forest trails lead to the stairs of the skywalk --- a network of rope walkways 30 meters above the earth. Woven of high-test ropes, absolutely safe, the walkways link platforms constructed in the treetops. Foreigners can look down on the forest floor far below. ( Don't risk the skywalk if a tropical rainstorm approaches. ) After the rainy season, the flow of the river slows. This allows guides to take foreigners upriver to the indigenous villages. There, the villages demonstrate making fire without steel or chemicals, the technique of the blowgun, and allow the foreigners to walk the pathways through rows of thatched houses. The poverty of the village is obvious. And I did not see the tour guides paying the villagers. When the villagers demonstrate their traditional crafts, please pay them.
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Traditional Ethiopian music and dance performance of the Tigray Region
 
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A modern and international presentation of traditional Ethiopian music and dances. The band used Montarbo speakers from Italy to amplify music played with traditional instruments fitted with electric guitar pickups. I apologize for my inadequate presentation of these beautiful performers. This excellent group requires a stage with more cameras, more recorders, and multiple sessions to show the life and beauty of their dancing. More dances in this series will come as I transcode all the camera video recorded in our tour of Ethiopia with Abstractland Tours -- For information on travel to Ethiopia, email: [email protected] Israel Dawit is a hard-core guide / negotiator / translator. Never surrenders to fatigue, always moving, always with that cellphone in his hand. I recommend him to any foreigner who wants to see the marvels of Ethiopia. Watch for the video of our Ethiopian trip. But he and I won't be seen. I worked camera, he worked the van and hotels and the destinations to make the video possible. Amazing endurance and skill.
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Seki Palace Ramada Inn in Seki Azerbaijan -- Ancient Silk Road City, International Ramada
 
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Overlooking the ancient Yukari Karavansarai, a sheltering fortress for caravans, the Seki Palace provides international, modern comforts. Satellite television, jacuzzis, expensive buffets. $4 for a Coca Cola. Cross the street and walk the many shops dedicated to tourists from Azerbaijan, Asia, Europe, and America. We met fellows in a tea shop wearing t-shirts from Los Angeles. An international destination. The secular Muslim nation of Azerbaijan encourages all faiths and ethnicities to display their heritage. In Seki, a traveler will meet the world and the past, all in a modern, cosmopolitan culture.
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Sacramento Hyatt Vines Bistro Cafe -- the morning buffet
 
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The luxury of a good late morning meal before an all day conference. Luxury and grind -- All night drive through the Central Valley of California. Check into the room. Prep the equipment for the convention center. To video / audio record an interview with a Nobel Prize winning climate expert. Tanks of gasoline to hear how our cars destroy the atmosphere and our world. We know what we will hear before we go. And the irony: Late in the night, we had stopped at the Harris Ranch restaurant to eat -- where Elon Musk had installed rows of charging units for his marvelous Tesla electric cars. We didn't drive a Tesla. Client paid for a gasoline-fueled rental car. Paid for the gasoline. Paid for the Harris Ranch restaurant. The Hyatt hotel rooms. So that we could interview a climate scientist telling the viewing public what they already know. Client also paid for the excellent meal at the Vines.
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A Tour of Penang, Malaysia, With Nancy Pearlman of ECONEWS
 
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Pinang Peranakan Mansion at 9:23
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Irshad Mobarak with Nancy Pearlman at Bon Ton Restaurant
 
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To see the entire program, go to: https://youtu.be/SQ_dYXsuMnY
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Nancy Pearlman Climbs Kilimanjaro -- ECONEWS Adventure in Tanzania East Africa
 
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Mount Kilimanjaro / January 2014 We toured Tanzania with Simba Safaris of Arusha, Tanzania. Several days of riding through Tarangire National Park, then to Mount Kilimanjaro. What a contrast. From the 5 star luxury of Sopa Lodge to the simplicity of the huts on the Marangu trail up Kilimanjaro. Simba Safaris gave us the luxury of huts. Other hikers slept in tents. In the huts and dining halls, we did have the modern marvel of electric lights, provided by a solar/battery system. Perfect weather. Days clear, sometimes wind. Even on the summit, only a few passing clouds. Our trail leader, Silvano Mchuwa, assembled a team of assistants, porters, even a personal cook. These fellows can be seen singing and clowning in the video. They were fun. They carried everything -- except for our cameras. Nancy Pearlman amazed the young men. At 65, she went to Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. We met a man even older, 78, who also went to the summit. Roger Fielding of Cultural Vacations and Safaris negotiated the details from his office in Orlando, Florida, USA. And this is important --- absolutely do not go to Moshe, the base town of Kilimanjaro and hire a guide off the street. People die on Kilimanjaro. Serving as a trail captain requires a college degree and a license. Silvano Mchuwa not only qualified with his degree and extensive knowledge, he had also led 46 climbs before our walk up the mountain. He and his assistants also spoke excellent English. We encountered a group of Japanese tourists led by a guide who did not speak English or Japanese --- and the tourists did not speak Swahili. If one of the foreigners suffered an altitude embolism, how would the foreigner communicate the symptoms? Could the off-the-street guide call in a helicopter medevac in time to save their life? Dealing with Roger of Cultural Vacations also insures travelers will actually have a team and services ready for them when they arrive in Africa. Credit card information goes to the Cultural Vacations office in Orlando, United States of America. How will a foreigner know they send their credit card number to a legitimate office in Tanzania? Will the charge go to a safari company? Or to an internet cafe in Nigeria? I recorded this program for ECONEWS of Los Angeles, California. Professor Nancy Pearlman, host and producer. I received credit as director and camera operator: Robert Payne of VideoAdventures.Info. Editor: Nantawan Khoosuwan (Mikhoo) -- see her other work at www.VisitThaiArtists.com. Also see Mikhoo's work on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om20b_zyo3M&list=UUYC3MDT_Co4JoVK5pzQblEA I videoed Kilimanjaro with a Canon XA10 video camera. I recorded ambiente forest sound with a Tascam 40 digital recorder. I mounted the XA10 on a Manfrotto carbon-fiber tripod -- very light, easy to carry all day. Wasabi extended life batteries made this video possible. Six days without alternating current? The Wasabi batteries from Blue Nook are very inexpensive, a fraction of the cost of Canon batteries. I charged four batteries. At higher than 15,000 feet, I fell. I tried to protect the camera with my body, but the camera hit the rocks. The impact broke the Wasabi battery. It functioned, but flickered if I moved the camera. I swapped out the battery. No problem with extras. Blue Nook sells two Wasabi extended life batteries and a charger for less than $50. I bought two sets for the XA10 and the T4i. 4 batteries and two chargers for each camera. Less than $200 in total. Also, independent chargers protect the expensive cameras. Blue Nook ships Asian adapters with the chargers. Plug a charger straight into the wall. Canon directs the users to charge through their cameras. Third World power surges can burn out a camera.
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Annex Room 121, City View Hotel, Jimma, Ethiopia
 
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Jimma, a city under construction, offers few hotels. The management of the City View Hotel first offered a third floor walk-up in the main building. Click on this URL to see that room: https://youtu.be/S3ivwLmp34w After declining that room due to the weight and bulk of our equipment, the management offered a suite in the "Annex." I videoed the suite before accepting -- I did not want to carry the equipment across the mud of the new road before checking the rooms. Good enough. Open space for the equipment, couches to spread the cameras and tripods, power for recharging, beds, a toilet, shower, wash basin. I don't know the price. The tourism company sponsored the hotel expense. Given the exotic beauty of the region, the lovely, welcoming people, there is no need for luxury. I am sure the hotel in the future will upgrade their decor, I am sure the city will pave the street -- designer sheet and swimming pools do not attract this traveler. Ethiopia is marvelous.
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Bijan Bar and Resturant in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
 
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A quiet restaurant in in downtown Kuala Lumpur. English spoken by the staff. All major credit cards accepted. TripAdvisor quoted one traveler: “Excellent Authentic Malaysia Cuisine.”
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Mosaic House -- Ideal for Old City, Prague, Czech Republic
 
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Mosaic House -- offering single rooms, hostel dorms, luxury penthouse apartments. A music and dance venue on the ground floor. Buffet breakfast. Bar. Dining. Marvelous staff. They speak all European languages. Will work the telephone for guests seeking the advantages of Prague and travel to other towns of the Czech Republic. Access to the internet in the lounge and wi-fi in the rooms. ( And Mosaic House in Prague utilizes the most advanced Green technology in solar, electric, and water-saving systems. The owner and his staff lead the world in their commitment to reducing cost to guests and damage to our world through imagination and technology. Ask for the tour of their high-Green-tech innovations. ) Low-tech bicycles for rent. Or walk to the river, the Charles Bridge, and the Old City. Images without number for sights and cameras. For charging cameras, ask for an extra card key. Otherwise, the power in the room goes off 15 minutes after guests exit. Or plug your power strip into the socket of the room mini-refrigerator. Photographers and video makers will need to charge several batteries. To see a battery-charging hack for other hotels, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naP9iCh1fbg Skip the introduction of the Mosaic House, fast forward to the demonstration of the solution for other hotels.
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Everyday Africa ---  Three Wheel Taxi Confrontation
 
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A basic point-and-shoot camera may have prevented violence in the slums of Nairobi. When the driver of this 3-wheel taxi driver saw a foreign man with these two women, he demanded twice the fare. As the women argued with the driver, the foreigner videoed the scene. This confrontation is not unusual in Nairobi. Many taxi drivers believe all foreigners easy prey for extortion. Foreigners going to the expensive hotels, the fine restaurants, the exclusive shopping areas --- they must ask the fare first and carry small bills to pay taxi drivers. Foreigners must also know approximately the distance to their destination. Some taxi drivers will take foreigners in circles, then charge them multiples of the correct fare. This caution also applies to the posted fares at the international airport. Take a photo of the fare chart before leaving the arrivals area. The official fares are very high --- and dishonest drivers will demand more. This Canon PowerShot paid for itself again and again. Concealed, it also served as an audio recorder in some situations. ( When know-nothing clerks in Japan seized a Manfrotto pan-tilt head and carbon fiber tripod, this little camera recorded their voices and took identification photos of the clerks. They knew they could not 'disappear' the expensive tripod set. ) An accident in the night on the road to Uganda finally destroyed this camera. When this foreigner returned to the United States, I bought another. Excellent travel camera for a difficult world. Canon PowerShot 720 x 486 150323 24
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Kilim GeoForest Langkawi Malaysia  Mountains and Rainforest Rising from Andaman Sea
 
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Irshad Mobarak guides Professor Nancy Pearlman through the maze of islands off the coast of Langkawi, Malaysia. These islands rise in vertical walls from the Andaman Sea. Ishad can be contacted via: http://junglewalla.com/ In the morning of this day, Professor Pearlman toured the inland rainforests of Langkawi to see the exotic birds and animals. To see the video of that tour, view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ_dYXsuMnY Throughout her days and nights in Langkawi, Professor Pearlman enjoyed the calm and beauty of the Frangipani Langkawi Resort and Spa, an award-winning 'Green' hotel leading the world in sustainable environmental practices. The Frangipani is a lovely resort on the Langkawi beachfront, Pantai Tengah. To see an extended tour of the resort with an interview of Director Anthony Wong, click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9jVO0fJNV4
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Nancy loves the beauty of the natural world  --  protected by Insect Shield
 
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Professor Nancy Pearlman, producer of the ECONEWS travel series, wears her Insect Shield shirt and hat in the mountains outside of Los Angeles, California. There are now reports of Lyme's Disease in the mountains. Insect Shield repels ticks. No ticks, no bites, no Lyme's Disease.
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Exchange rates and taxi fares at Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya
 
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As of November, 2015 -- Quick cellphone video of exchange rates for international currencies. The rates at the airport exchange are almost as good as banks in the city. Various money changers paid 108 for dollars. The taxi fares are official. Do not go in random cars.
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The Padi Cuisine & Jimmy's Cafe, Langkawi District, Kedah, Malaysia, Asia
 
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Jimmy runs a small restaurant in an expanse of rice fields. The production crew stopped at Jimmy's Cafe --- actually a restaurant --- for dinner. A table viewing the rice paddies, the jagged shadows of the mountains, the sun setting, the colors shimmering on water, white egrets. Cool, moist winds blow through the restaurant. We watched birds flit through the paddies as we tried the exotic Malaysian dishes.
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Mark Nelson, author of Wastewater Gardens & Anthony Wong, designer of Frangipani Langkawi
 
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http://www.frangipanilangkawi.com/ In this video, Professor Nancy Pearlman of ECONEWS introduces researcher and author, Dr. Mark Nelson to the open pond project of Anthony Wong, Director of the Frangipani Langkawi Resort and Spa. The water treatment system employed by Anthony Wong differs from the systems developed by Dr. Nelson. Professor Pearlman proposed a trip to Malaysia to study the Frangipani system. Which is more successful? Closed system or open ponds? However, the product and cost are the same. Nutrients returned to the environment, water returned to aquifers, at little or no cost after installation.. Though the water treatment system may represent an innovation for resorts and hotels, tourists staying at the Frangipani will not know it exists --- unless they take the environmental tour offered by the staff. To view and hear a personal tour by Director Wong, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9jVO0fJNV4 First and foremost, the Frangipani is a lovely resort on the Langkawi beachfront, Pantai Tengah, Malaysia. 10km from Langkawi International Airport and walking distance to restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. Soft golden sand, lawns, palms, mango and plumeria trees. Many birds. Several pools and jacuzzis. One pool features salt water for chlorine-sensitive bathers. Excellent buffet breakfast and lunch. Asian and International cuisine and a wide variety of beverages. Enjoy the sunset while sipping exotic cocktails at the Coco Jam Beach Bistro. All 118 rooms, villas, and suites are air-conditioned, with full service. Quiet grounds provide calm and relaxation. The Garden and Sea View villas feature a private patio and a semi-outdoor shower.
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Olga and Namus Zokhrabov dance "Naz Eleme"  At 100th Anniversary of Azerbaijan -- Los Angeles
 
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"Naz Eleme" means, Don't be shy. Note the intricacy and physical demands of the performance. And when I videoed the dancers, I recognized the dance as romantic drama. Excellent.
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Tydes Restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara California
 
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Expensive. This is a private club for the wealthy of Santa Barbara and guests of the Four Seasons across the road. A bar, individual tables on patios over the beach, conference rooms with long table service. They do not accept cash. Credit card only. With an 18% service charge added to all bills. Staff and servers extremely attentive. Gourmet dishes. All cuisines. Including vegan and gluten free. Invited there as a consultant, I talked of foreign enterprise throughout the lunch. No camera and tripod. No recording of the presentations. After lunch, the Board of Directors closed the conference room for their discussion. I recorded the beauty and luxury of the Four Seasons and the Tydes with a cellphone as the directors talked business. I could never afford to visit the Four Seasons or the Tydes.
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Blue and White Hotel on Cirali Beach, Turkey -- Bungalows, Gardens, and the Mediterranean
 
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Environmental restrictions limit the resorts along Cirali Beach. All the hotels and camps remain modest. The Blue and White offers small bungalows with all the correct features in a small space, then expands the experience for guests with expansive, lush gardens and open air dining. There is also a rec room with a pool table and television. Only a narrow access road divides the hotel from the Mediterranean Ocean. Cirali offers perfect white beaches, the blue horizon of the Mediterranean, jagged forested mountains inland. From the Blue and White hotel, guests can walk to the shops of the town. One shop ( I believe ) rents bicycles. We devoted our time to chartering a boat to an isolated cove. We swam in the transparent ocean, then walked a forest trail along the vertical cliffs back to Cirali. We also visited the ancient city of Olympos, a short distance from the hotel. A beautiful experience.
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Oromo Cultural Center in Addis Ababa Ethiopia
 
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A scene from the upcoming ECONEWS travel documentary of Ethiopia. Professor Pearlman visits the Oromo Cultural Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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