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Cao Dai: The High Place

Posted in Places & Travel, Snapshots, Videocasts by juned on the March 30th, 2008

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The Cao Dai’s Holy See, called the Tay Ninh Holy See, is located in Tay Ninh, Vietnam

One of the interesting places in Vietnam is to Tay Ninh. And this is because in Tay Ninh you will get to visit the Holy See of the Cao Dai, Its more formal name in English being Great Religion of The Third Period of Revelation and Salvation.

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Inside the Cao Dai’s Holy See

I would not delve too much into the belief and faith of the Caodaiists because I am not one and nor I have don extensive studies. It would be an unfair for me to comment on their religion and belief. Better left to the scholars and believers.

The Eye
The Eye

What is interesting though are their ceremonies and symbolisms. It is an interesting mixture. The Eye represents God overlooking our world. And in Cao Dai belief there are 36 levels of Heaven and 72 planets that have intelligent life. Number 1 planet being closes to Heaven and the number 72 planet closest to Hell. For practical information our planet, Earth, is planet number 68.

People of the Cao Dai

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Leaving the people of the Cao Dai. Lets meet one of their more well-known member.

Tr?nh Minh The

One of the more prominent practitioner of Cao Dai is a gentleman called Tr?nh Minh The - General Tr?nh Minh The. The Kempetai trained Trinh broke from the Cao Militia and formed the Lien Minh dedicated to fight the French and the Viet Minh. He was given the title of General when his army was integrated into the South Vietnamese army. He and the Lien Minh had a Triumph of sorts. They held a march into Saigon. He was assasinated on May 3, 1955. One of the more powerful main in South Vietnam his death remains a mystery. Some suspect he was killed by the French while others believe he was killed by his ally - the South Vietnamese Government.

The Lien Minh were implicated in a series of terrorist bombings that occurred between 1951 and 1953. At the time the bombings were blamed on the Communists. Stories also hint that the General and the Lien Minh were also responsible for the assassination of the French General Chanson at Sadec in 1951.

The General though lives, in a fashion, in Graham Greene’s novel The Quiet American.

But in Cao Dai as in everthing in life location is everything. It is said that the lowliest citizen of Planet 67 would never exchange places with the mightiest king of Planet 68.

Inside the Cao Dai’s Holy See, called the Tay Ninh Holy See, in Tay Ninh, Vietnam

The BlogBank

Posted in News, Videocasts, blogging by juned on the March 16th, 2008

This is why I have those boxes on this blog.

The formal launch of the BlogBank. Jayvee of BlogBank at the formal launch Blog Ad network. A home video of the event. Taken at Redbox, Greenbelt, Makati.

Jayvee explains how Blog Bank works. And other things offered by the network. The nice thing about video is that it is all caught on tape or in mov format. Jayvee, Markku and Brad cannot deny it.

I have more or less been a unwitting witness to this project and I am glad that it had now officially been launched. Kudos to the Blog Bankers and I think you know your in good company - no blackguards and forgers among you.

Congratulations and best wishes on your endeavor. It should be, because I signed up as a publisher.

More info about Blog Bank can be found here and here.

HappySlip in Manila

Posted in News, Videocasts by juned on the February 11th, 2008

It was an event worth taking a leave or so it seems. A lot of people who work took leaves - vacation, emergency or sickness - from their company in order to attend this event last Thursday. The event was certainly an experience.

First, MagNet Cafe was jam packed and this was only Day One. Friday was Day Two not everyone was accommodated and arrangements were made for a Day Two.

Second, It was a chance to meet a lot of bloggers, vloggers, podcasters and fans of HappySlip. Truly a diverse crowed and just shows that humor and laughter is universal.

For some reason Radio Cubao is down again for the nth time. So I am posting the videos here. This seems to be happening a lot lately and so far I have not yet received a decent explanation about this. It would seem whenever I report it the problem is fixed and then the message I get from client support is that there is nothing wrong with it. Strange.

More reason to have a backup site on Google or on multiply.