Volunteer in Cambodia with DWC!!!

Hey everyone!! A great and upcoming opportunity to volunteer in Cambodia with a wonderful organization called “Developing World Connections” will be happening in 2011. The exact dates are still to be announced but for now, it’s going to be in April of 2011. A friend of mine will be leading the group for this project…

St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research: And I get to take part in it!

In just a few days, I will be taking part in an archaeological excavation with the St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research (S.E.C.A.R)  team in the Caribbean! Here is some background information about the excavation and what is currently happening over there! Where Are We Excavating? Archaeological investigations of Colonial Period slave sites in the…

The Kensington Code – Fact or Fiction?

Ever heard about the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail? From the two-hour show last fall on the History Channel called Holy Grail in America to Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code, many conspiracy theories have been mentioned and has been a hot commodity for the media.The Holy Grail in America takes as its…

Genes Says You’re A Neanderthal…Well, A Little Bit Anyway

In my previous post about scientists cloning our extinct cousins, the Neanderthals, I pondered on the idea of what it would be like to actually meet one someday. Well, it seems the latest discovery shows that we have met them….and they are ‘us’ –  at least a little anyway. University of California Santa Cruz professor…

Chinese Buddhism in the Modern World: Fo Guang Shan Temple

During my trip to Taiwan, I was invited to visit the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and had the honor to meet many venerables and take a tour of the massive site. During the old days, when one would see a young monastic, they would normally heave a big sigh and say “What…

Surviving Life as a Student and Making a Difference

As a soon-to-be undergraduate student at University of Toronto, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed with all the new things that you approach and what approaches you, especially when you are at the downtown campus! With a big city like Toronto, a campus that’s as big as a town, and crazy traffic almost everywhere it…

China’s First Emperor and his Terracotta Warriors

Little was known about Qin Shihuangdi (259 BC – 210 BC) until his astonishing army of life-sized terracotta warriors was discovered in 1974 by some farmers while building a well in Xi’an, China. Still not fully excavated, the Terracotta Army is estimated to number more than 8,000 figures, including 400 chariot horses and 300 cavalry…

The Real Temple of Doom – Part 2

Welcome back everyone! We’ll be continuing off from the last post……..so let’s continue our journey to the real temple of doom! As I mentioned from the last post, archaeologist Christian Mesia and his team found something at the site in Peru; dozens of snuff tubes made from animal bones all over Chavín. These snuff tubes…

The Real Temple of Doom – Part 1

The ruins of the ancient civilization of Chavín have stood for over 2500 years. How did this empire endure without the use of weapons and warfare? Was it a Utopian society? Or was it a warped experiment in mind control? Through secret tunnels deep within the ruins in the Amazon jungles to hallucinogenic rituals of…

Mystery of our origins: Panspermia?

When we debate about the origins of our species Homo Sapiens Sapiens, we are usually referring to humanlike creatures that appeared about 4 million years ago. From Australopithecus, Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus, to the more recent Homo Sapiens neanderthalensis, we have researched intensely about the possibilities of our ancestors on earth, and not how we…