Sunday, December 13, 2015

Crown crowned Champions

Phnom Penh Crown 1 Nagaworld 3 [after extra time. PPCFC won 3-2 on penalties] (Metfone C-League Championship Final 2nd leg).
Phnom Penh Crown made heavy weather of winning their second consecutive Metfone Championship, having brought a 2-0 1st leg win to the main event, but held their nerve in the penalty shoot-out with teenage goalkeeper Keo Soksela showing maturity beyond his years. The game began with Crown edging the first-half with Va Sokthorn going close on a couple of occasions, Shane Booysen toe-poking an effort wide of the mark, whilst Nhim Sovannara headed a corner against the upright for Naga. Nine minutes after the half-time break and Naga took the lead when In Sodavid’s backpass allowed Kouch Sokumpheak to challenge Soksela and the loose ball was buried by Sun Sovannrithy. Sokthorn and Booysen were denied by Samrith Seiha at the other end but a handball against Sovannrithy from Sodavid’s blast gave Bin Thierry the leveller from the penalty spot on 73 minutes. Just 4 minutes later Sokumpheak steered in Prak Chanratana’s headed cross to return the lead to Naga. Crown were struggling to find their rhythm and Leng Makara stopped a drive on the goal-line with his body before final minute heartbreak as Yongsun Baek was adjudged to have handled a shot and Sokumpheak stepped up in injury time to rifle the ball home from the spot. That made it 3-1 to Naga and 3-3 on aggregate.
Extra time of thirty minutes was without incident of note until Barry Lelouma’s floated free-kick missed everyone and bounced just clear of the cross-bar. Crown’s best chance came on 114 minutes as Baek powerfully headed Sokthorn’s free-kick onto the bar and the referee waved aways appeals that the ball had bounced behind the line. Onto penalty kicks to decide who would be the champions. Soksela saved Naga’s opening spot-kick from Fukasawa and then Thierry planted in his effort. Kazuaki Ban scored but Sokthorn missed the target, only for Sokumpheak to score. Kok Boris scored with ease, but ex-PPC Khim Borey found Soksela’s feet hard to beat, as did Odion Obadin, who was stopped by Seiha. Another glorious Soksela save denied Lelouma and up-stepped Baek to settle the Championship with a well-struck spot-kick to make it 3-2. Cue the celebrations on the pitch and among the massed ranks of Crown fans at the stadium

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Uplifting Camp 32

Krom wow the audience with a live performance
What a wonderfully uplifting conclusion to Camp 32 with the reunion of childhood friends against all the odds. I didn't know that would happen and it brought a lump in the throat to watch this remarkable turn of events in what could've been an otherwise sad and depressing tale of Khmer Rouge brutality and loss. So happy for Hom and the survivors to reunite where so so many others could not, and for my best pal Sak to play a key role in making it happen. That guy can do just about anything he sets his mind to. A lovely film enhanced by the music of Krom, who wowed us with a live performance before the screening. The film, the music and the story's ending made it an exceptional afternoon. And thank you to the filmmakers for the name check in the end credits. I appreciate it.
With Hom, on his journey to find himself

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The Smell of Water launch

Thursday 10 December at 7pm and Meta House will be the venue for the launch of a new book, The Smell of Water - A Twelve-year-old's Soldier's Escape from the Khmer Rouge Army, written by Lang and Cornelia Srey. The book itself spans 10 days in the life of Lang Srey who was a youngster when he was drafted into the army and this is his story - another book launch from the good people at Monument Books. I popped into their shop on Norodom last week and picked up two important new books, Philip Coggan's Spirit Worlds - Cambodia, The Buddha and The Naga, which looks at all facets of religion in Cambodia. The second book I bought was Steven Boswell's King Norodom's Head - Phnom Penh Sights Beyond The Guidebooks, which David Chandler called; "Deft, witty and absorbing...totally accessible...masterfully written." Wish he'd said that about my book 

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Chanrithy's new direction

Chanrithy Him
If you have read the incredible book, When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under The Khmer Rouge, then you will have heard of its author, Chanrithy Him. Released in 2000, the book has been used widely in schools and universities around the globe and her life story was featured in a documentary film called The Will To Live. She admits writing the award-winning memoir carried a hefty personal price and so she has decided to write something with more entertaining and fun slant. When she was young, she was captivated by the romance and mystery of the ancient Khmer temples, the Asian vampire mythology, Khmer stories of reincarnation and incantation. That has given birth to Rise of the Golden Aura which features an Asian-American heroine as its main character and is set in Cambodia and America. Chanrithy is publishing her own novel, alongwith the California Institute of the Arts and has a Kickstarter Campaign in full swing, which you can join @ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1565082341/rise-of-the-golden-aura

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Film Festival nearly upon us

The documentary Camp 32 will be premiering at the Cambodia International Film Festival on Sunday December 6th (3pm) at Chaktomuk Theater in Phnom Penh. Just heard that the premiere will supported by a live performance from the band Krom, who produced the film's soundtrack. Camp 32 will also screen on Tuesday December 8th at the French Institute (4pm). Read all about Camp 32 @ http://www.camp32.com/
Kicking off on Friday 4 December, the Cambodian International Film Festival hits cinema screens across Phnom Penh through to Thursday 10th. Highlights include a special in-conversation with Rithy Panh and young Cambodian filmmakers, the premiere of long awaited Cambodian Space Project documentary Not Easy Rock’n’Roll, and Before The Fall, by Ian White. Personally I cannot wait to see Camp 32, as well as The Killing Fields of Dr Haing S Ngor. Lots of other films on offer too.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

King Norodom's Head book launch

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Book launch courtesy of Monument Books at Meta House this coming Wednesday (2 Dec) from 7pm, when the author Steve Boswell will be present to discuss his new book, KING NORODOM’S HEAD (Silkworm Books) which deals with obscure sights of Cambodia’s capital rarely found in guidebooks. “For people living in the city and for people who are passing through, King Norodom’s Head … is bound to enrich their encounter with this fascinating city. Steve Boswell’s book is a reader’s feast.” ~ David Chandler, author of “A History of Cambodia” and “Voices from S-21”. Can't say fairer than that.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Dreadtown - Steel Pulse unveiled

Find our more about the upcoming STEEL PULSE documentary called Dreadtown, and how you can help fund the project and get some fan-tastic perks in return @ https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dreadtown#/

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The decider

It's the 2nd leg of the Metfone League play-off semi-final this afternoon. we won the first leg 4-1 so we should have a great advantage, but its football, and literally anything can happen. i am confident in my team's abilities and their heart, so we should go onto the two-legged final in a few weeks. well, that's the plan. we missed out on the Mekong Cup competition when we lost to Boeungket last week, which was a major disappointment, so that should act as the spur to the players, as they won't want to feel the same failure again. Come on Crown, if we all pull together we can do it.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Kampot Writers Festival

Just 19 days until the Kampot Writers & Readers Festival, which kicks-off in Kampot, obviously, on 5 November for 4 days. It's the first one and will include discussions, conversations, poetry readings, music concerts, cooking classes, gourmet lunches, children’s events, architecture, salt & pepper tours, art exhibitions, book launches, book swaps, guided tours, workshops, and literature. Read all about it @ http://www.kampotwritersfestival.com/

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Off-beat PP

Also in today's Phnom Penh Post Weekend is more info on the new book, King Norodom's Head, by author Steven Boswell. A collection of off-beat anecdotes from around Phnom Penh which I hope will encourage more people to uncover little-known stories, both in the capital and beyond, and get those stories into the public domain. There must be similar revelations from Battambang, Siem Reap, Kratie, Kompong Cham, Kampot, Kompong Thom, etc, merely waiting to be uncovered in every corner of the Kingdom. I'm sure Jean Michel-Filippi could fill a mountain of books with his knowledge. I did something much the same when I collected tales for my book, To Cambodia With Love, as I love the idea of the off-beat and unusual nature of intimately personal stories. 
Read more in the PPP @ http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/sightseeing-locals-citys-secrets-revealed

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Progs

This footy season, I've produced a matchday programme/brochure to cover every home game at RSN. It's not something that's been done before, whereas of course, it's part and parcel of most professional matches around the world. Hell, I started writing programmes in my mid-teens for my hometown non-league club in the mid-70s. We've given the 16-page colour brochure away for free with the entry ticket (which costs fifty cents or a dollar), so it's obviously a loss-leader as we seek to secure fans for home games at RSN in this our first season. I've asked for feedback today on what the fans think of it and how they'd like to see it improve - it's important to listen, especially when it's something very new to them.
As for matchday programmes: They began at Preston in the UK some 135 years ago, doled out free or sold for a halfpenny, pieces of cardboard naming the players and, possibly, the club's upcoming fixtures. The first FA Cup final programme (1 penny) to allow advertisements (for Madame Tussaud's and two music halls) was in 1892 at the Oval. Programmes became even more useful when shirt numbering (1-11 and 12-22) arrived in the late 1920s: the first FA Cup final when the teams were numbered was 1933. And so on. Today, its a global hobby with auction houses like Christie's and Sotheby's reporting a brisk trade. The word record sale is for a programme from 1882 that sold for $54,000. So hang onto your PPCFC match brochures, they could be worth something in years to come.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Biggest ever

The PPCFC first-team at the Smart-PPCFC press conference
Phnom Penh Crown have signed what is believed to be the biggest sponsorship deal in domestic Cambodia League history as they join forces with telecoms giant Smart Axiata in a 3-year deal for an undisclosed sum. Smart will be the name on their jerseys from next season as well as joining Crown for community and CSR initiatives. Here's the 1st-Team joining in the press conference at RSN.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Old exhibits

Nick Ray (left) and you know who (click to enlarge)
The Jar Lady, aka Nancy Beavan, exhibits her discoveries at the National Museum in Phnom Penh for the next three months in an exhibition titled “Living in the Shadow of Angkor”. I've visited a few of these ancient jar sites within the Cardamom Mountains and they are pretty inaccessible and highly unusual. Nancy has spent ten years researching the ancient burial rituals with jars and wooden coffins in locations dotted around the Cardamom region. Here's a photo of Nick Ray and myself at the official opening, taken by Sotheavy Nou.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Secret Phnom Penh

A new book by Steven Boswell called King Norodom’s Head: Phnom Penh Sights Beyond the Guidebooks, is published this month by NIAS, with 200 photos/maps and 320 pages. It isn't your usual guidebook - instead focusing on off-beat stories about the capital. The reader will learn among other things like the whereabouts of the gold of King Ang Duong and of Madame Chum’s infamous opium den, the story behind the mysterious Frenchman buried on Wat Phnom’s hill, and the secret reason behind Jackie Kennedy’s 1967 trip to Cambodia.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Wat Po Veal

I've always had a soft spot for Battambang. For many reasons. One is its museums. Including the long-forgotten one at Wat Po Veal. 
The PPPost now opens the doors of this cobwebbed-storage facility for ancient relics @ http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-week…/inside-secret-museum
And you can read about my visit there in 2006 @http://andybrouwer.co.uk/battmus.html

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

All It Takes

Here it is....the music video of Savy's latest single, All It Takes.
https://youtu.be/KmASD5aht5s
A beautiful song.

Breaking News!
Khmer-American pop singer Savy's latest single and music video - 'All It Takes' - can be seen on CTN, MyTV and Sabay every day, ahead of its release in the USA and everywhere else including iTunes, on 25 September. This is a real exclusive for Cambodia with the song set to be released as a ringback tone very soon. Savy will also be in the studio soon to record a version in Khmer. Her previous singles, About A Boy and Zero G will be released in a few weeks too. So keep your eyes and ears open for Savy's 'All It Takes'...

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Mount Everest

Hats off to my favourite Indian curry restaurant, Mount Everest on street 294. I've been a regular customer for the past eight years, enjoying their outstanding curries and friendly service, and when i walked in with my arm in plaster a couple of days ago, they refused to take any cash for my regular takeaway and sent me on my way. They repeated the same thing tonight and said they just wanted to help. At this rate i could be eating curry every day for the next five weeks smile emoticon Seriously, they get the award for friendliest curry restaurant of the week/month/year in my book. Mount Everest - best curries in Phnom Penh.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Oscar nomination

The Last Reel is Cambodia's Oscar Nomination for 2016. 
The Last Reel has been officially chosen by the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee (COSC) to represent Cambodia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' Award of the 88th Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles in 2016. “I am so grateful to the Cambodia Oscar Selection Committee for choosing The Last Reel to represent Cambodia for the Foreign Language Film Award at the 2016 Oscars,” said The Last Reel Director Sotho Kulikar. “This film was made by Cambodians with a Cambodian audience in mind, but the themes are universal and it has been embraced around the world, as well as here at home,” she continued. “I am extremely proud to represent Cambodia, the Cambodian people and the Cambodian film industry at the 88th Oscars,” she added, “I love my country and an award for The Last Reel is an award for Cambodia.”
Now that The Last Reel has been submitted to The Academy for consideration in the Foreign Language Film Award category of the Oscars, everyone must wait to see if it will be chosen as a final nominee for an Oscar. First, all the films in this category are reviewed and nine films are shortlisted. Of these, the final 5 official nominees are chosen, which will be voted on by Academy members for the Oscar-winning film.
The Last Reel is out now in all leading Cambodian cinemas, including Major Cineplex by Cellcard at Aeon Mall; Legend Cinemas at TK Avenue, City Mall and Stung Meanchey; and Platinum Cineplex Sorya and Platinum Cineplex in Siem Reap.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Bad news

Bugger...
okay, the bad news first. A dog decided to freeze in the middle of the road, sending me over the handlebars of my moto. Resulting in a double fracture of my left elbow. Dr Vuthy, definitely recommended, put it in plaster for up to six weeks at 7am today. He's head of pediatric surgery so i'm in good hands. Unfortunately its the same elbow i seriously fractured 42 years ago, which is why you can see a pin on the x-ray. Yes it's still there all these years later, in those days they left them in! This time the fractures are small by comparison, but will need time to heal, hence the plaster cast. Massive appreciation to Rumnea for her care and attention. Now, the good news - there isn't any!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Finding myself in Finding Zero

Big thanks to author Amir Aczel for including my small part in his search to uncover the origins of numbers, in his recently released book, Finding Zero (publishers: palgrave macmillan: 242 pages). He even added a photo. Amir has written a riveting account of his search for the origin of numerals but it's the search for the earliest recorded zero that brought him to Cambodia and our meeting, which he records in detail. As for the earliest zero - it was on a stone inscription from an Angkorian temple that Amir finally tracked down to the Angkor Conservation office in Siem Reap. You might say he's the Indiana Jones of mathematics. You can get a copy of Finding Zero at Monument Books, of course.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Locating Trapeang Sva

Inside the stupa at Trapeang Sva
One of the scenes in The Last Reel, currently being shown in cinemas in Cambodia, was set at a genocide memorial in the ricefields of Takeo. Yesterday, I visited one such memorial in the Tonle Bati area, which was in my mind when I submitted examples of memorials to the film's director a couple of years ago, as part of the movie's historical research. This one at Sala Trapeang Sva has changed since my last visit in 2008. Then, it was located in remote scrub-land but is now close to newly-built homes and a drug rehab center. The writing on the memorial stupa indicated it was built in 1999, there was no lock on the door and the shrine was full to brimming with human bones and a few skulls. DC-Cam records indicate that more than 95 mass grave pits were discovered at the site and around 10,000 victims were killed during the Khmer Rouge regime in the immediate vicinity. The wall paintings in the open-sided sala next to the stupa were created in 2004 and 2011, showing scenes reminiscent in style to those painted by Vann Nath that hang in the Tuol Sleng Museum in Phnom Penh. Most of the memorials around the country, similar to this one, lie largely forgotten and neglected.

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Day trip

Rumnea at Tonle Bati
Rumnea enjoyed her first-ever visits to Phnom Chisor and Tonle Bati and places in between yesterday, despite the danger posed by my first trip outside the city in charge of the moto. However, she was disappointed with the attitude of the 'temple guardians' at Prasat Tonle Bati (Ta Prohm) who were more interested in getting money ('loy') from visitors than tending to the temple and then speaking rudely when no loy was forthcoming. They reminded me of the three witches/hags from Macbeth, grumbling over their boiling cauldron, who later began arguing amongst themselves over the size of their cut from the day's proceedings. Here's Rumnea next to the temple's excellent carving of the Churning of the Sea of Milk. Beware the hags at Tonle Bati.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Coffee time

A lovely start to the day, a coffee with my god-daughter Vansy (in purple), her younger sister Matey, youngest brother and cousin Nin.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Number 1

Guess what recently topped Lonely Planet's list of the 500 best experiences on the planet. Correct. Angkor. Or as Nick Ray exclaims in this video. "Put them altogether, there's no debate. It's No 1." See what he has to say on the LP YouTube @ https://youtu.be/dCxkcDuW7AY

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Coming Home - The Last Reel

The Last Reel (www.thelastreel.info), an award-winning Cambodian movie produced by Hanuman Films, will be in cinemas in Cambodia from Friday 4 September 2015, including Major Cineplex, Platinum Cineplexes and Legend Cinemas. 
The Last Reel is one of the first feature films to be directed by a Cambodian woman, Sotho Kulikar, and was shot entirely on location in Cambodia with a cast of leading local talent, including screen legend Dy Saveth, rising star Ma Rynet and Ros Mony.
"A lost film buried beneath the Killing Fields reveals different versions of the truth. In an abandoned cinema, rebellious teenager Sophoun discovers an old film starring her mother, offering her the chance to dictate her own destiny at last, but at the cost of uncovering some dark secrets from the past about her parents lives during the Khmer Rouge regime."
The Last Reel has already won multiple international awards, including the 'Spirit of Asia' Award for Director Sotho Kulikar at the Tokyo International Film Festival in Japan in October 2014; the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Award for Sok Sothun at the Asean International Film Festival & Awards in Malaysia in April 2015; and the ‘Black Dragon’ Award at the Far East Film Festival in Italy in May 2015.
The Hollywood Reporter
“With The Last Reel, Cambodian cinema’s resurgence as a filmmaking force continues apace... Sotho Kulikar conjures remarkable performances from her lead actresses in an attempt to reflect historical schisms through the tropes of rebellious-daughter family drama.”
Watch the official trailer for The Last Reel: https://youtu.be/Gii_klcdikY

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Scary

In the SOS clinic
Not how I would wish to spend 12 hours, hooked up to monitors, ultrasound at Calmette, x-rays and tests at SOS international clinic. Chronic stabbing pains just under my heart at 9pm yesterday and really appreciate Rumnea's fast reaction to help me, doubled-up, to SOS. Turned out to be a stomach problem rather than heart or lungs, but quite a scare after many years of pretty good health. We can't take anything for granted. Must say the bedside manner of Dr Zerby at SOS was excellent.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Temple in the clouds

Catching up with John Burgess
The re-arranged talk about his new book, Temple in the Clouds, saw author John Burgess recount Preah Vihear's full history, ancient and modern (in brief) at Meta House on Tuesday. It was good to catch up with John and to hear more of his passion for his topics.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Footy selfies

I keep getting dragged into selfies on the pitch after Phnom Penh Crown games. Our fans are really making a difference this year with their vocal support and we remain in 2nd place in the league table, unbeaten after 12 matches.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Facebook - friend or foe?

Facebook - friend or foe? It seems there's an open season, via facebook, by anyone with a grudge, and I seem to have developed a few football enemies recently. Individuals like Sopheaktra Phea and Sam Vandeth have been having a poke at me (the latter even exaggerated his poke by going on television and calling me out) and I am torn between defending my reputation or ignoring their puerile and baseless rants. To-date I've bitten my tongue and done the latter, but it's tiresome in the extreme to have these people poisoning my breathing space. One of their claims is that I look down on Khmer people, which is ridiculous in the extreme, as anyone who knows me, will agree. They have no idea that in the 1990s/2000s, my website on my travels around Cambodia was one of the first by a western traveller to bring the beauty and majesty of Cambodia and her lovely people to a western audience, and that I am the editor of a book, To Cambodia With Love, in which I express my sincere affection for the country and its inhabitants through its 240 pages. My intro for the books says it all:
'This is not a definitive guide to Cambodia. Far from it. It is about inspiration, discovery, sharing, and above all else, a love and a respect for a country that has changed my life forever, as I hope it will change yours.'
People like Sopheaktra Phea and Sam Vandeth have no idea what this country means to me. And they will never understand because they have their own agendas.

Footnote: There were more lies spouted on TV again today, on a second football program. The attacks are very personal and completely without foundation or merit. However I refuse to be drawn into a tit-for-tat public showdown.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Meet Jacqueline Bhagavan

Jacqueline Bhagavan - Mrs California-America
Jacqueline Bhagavan has just been crowned Mrs California-America and talks here of her roots in Cambodia and what the beauty pageant title represents. You can find out more about her at www.complexionkitchen.com. She's been involved in numerous charities and advocates for cancer research and empowering women. As hostess of Complexion Kitchen on YouTube, she supports a healthy lifestyle and eating habits.

Q. Where were you born? A. I was born in Pailin, Cambodia.
Q. What are your earliest memories from childhood? A. My early memories have been of struggles, poverty, having to escape my birth country, and finally finding peace in America. Luckily, my parents have made it very palpable for us, giving us unconditional love that made the pain and struggles we experienced as children pale in comparison.
Q. How old were you came to America? A. I was 6 years old. We settled in Houston, Texas.
Q. What were your struggles as a child seeking refuge in America? A. My family and I came to America, like all Khmer refugees, settling in the new homeland, and facing many obstacles with the new language and culture. My father had to find odd jobs to support a family of nine. He and my mother had seven children to take care of and they both worked hard to insure we got the right education to step out from the poverty. 
Q. What are the greatest obstacles you have overcome in your life and how have they shaped you? A. As a child, I had a few set backs with my physical growth and emotional drama.  I was malnourished and had observed such trauma in my life. During our escape, my parents hired two personal guides to help us reach the Thai border. There, I witnessed one of the guides not only rob us and spare our lives, but he took the life of his partner, shot him in broad day light. Although, these blockages and life's suffering did not deter me from having courage and finding my purpose. The malnourishment I experienced as a child prevented me from having hair growth until I was six years old. I also had to play catch up in my ability to process the aptitude needed for school. All of these delayed mental and physical developments did not prevent from becoming successful. I was always a fighter, a go-getter even as a child. Once we got to America and settled, eventually I caught up with other students, and was given an IQ test.  Overnight, I was admitted to the gifted program called G.A.T.E. (Gifted And Talented Education), and my intellectual capacity was unstoppable. Even today, I never make an excuse for why I can't be successful. I stayed focused, endured, I was persistent and  determined to be a success!
Q. Who are your role models? A. My mother and father are my role models. They instilled in me and my siblings the golden values of education, compassion, love, charity and service to others.
Q. What inspired you to pursue the Mrs. California America crown? A. It has always been a dream of mine to be Mrs. California-America as a way to help the American family because this country has generously given so much to me and my family. Family is my top priority. As Mrs. California-America I want to share with married women the importance of taking care of yourself and your family even on a budget with limited time. I have personal experience in what takes to pull a family out of poverty and how important community help can be. I personally believe that anyone given the right education, skills and opportunity deserves an opportunity to succeed. It's important for me to share with others my message of inner beauty, strength, compassion and to never give up on your dreams.
Q. What thoughts did you have in that crowning moment? A. It was a proud moment for me to be crowned Mrs. California-America.  I did not realized I was a winner until I felt the crown on my head.
Q. What values are you most passionate about promoting as Mrs California America? A. The values of family and being together is what I'm promoting.  Also I want to share with married women the importance of taking care of themselves and their family on a budget and with limited time.  Additionally, as a YouTube host of the web show "Complexion Kitchen", I want share with busy moms and women my tips and recipes for cooking healthy meals for their families and helping them be their best, inside and out.
Q. What is your definition of beauty? A. I think true beauty is not only of the physical aspect, but it is much deeper in the soul, your spirit.
Q. How do you view your new responsibility of being a role model? A. I think being a role model is a huge responsibility, one cannot take that role lightly. I think the best role models are your life line circle- your family.
Q. Of what accomplishments are you most proud? A. I am a family woman, and family is my priority above all else. My husband and I work hard to create the foundation of love for our children; this accomplishment is one I am very proud of. In addition to being a mother, creating a show that helps the modern mother.
Q. What Cambodian values have helped you achieve the American dream? A. My parents always stress on having a great education, and that knowledge is not fleeting. Your possessions can be removed and taken away, but not your knowledge. Another value is being honest and having integrity. If you are honest with your intentions, you create a reality that is real and pure. Be true, be real and honest with what you can and cannot do, and coupling that with hard work and humility.

Q. What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow their dreams as you have? A. Be you, be real, be honest, take risks, have courage (be fearless) and never undermine your integrity. Work hard and have a vision as to why you really want to compete or go for what you are seeking.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Caught in the act


Two more pics, one on the touchlines and one in the office.


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Taking aim


I seem to be doing a lot of this recently with the Cambodian football season squashed into a few months, we have matches every weekend and in the middle of the week. I'm in the red jersey on the far right. Sorry but the picture was sent to me and I don't have the name of the photographer.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Short hop

With my colleagues Heang and Dany at the meeting
Popped over to Malaysia for a football meeting on the Asia Champions Trophy Under-18s. Spent a night in Melaka/Malacca and then a night at the airport hotel after missing our Air Asia flight by five minutes. Five blinking minutes. Had a quick whiz around Melaka at night to see a few of the Unesco World Heritage sites but must admit, I wasn't too overwhelmed, though I have been weaned on Angkor, so everything else can't really compare. Looked after well by Frenz our hosts and now looking forward to the competition that begins in August with a visit of our Academy to Japan to play Kashima Antlers.
Melaka's Christ Church at night

The clocktower in front of Christ Church

Confirmation of Melaka's heritage status

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Burgess & Preah Vihear - Cancelled

John Burgess at Meta House Wed 29 July
Author John Burgess will discuss his new book about Preah Vihear - Temple in the Clouds - on Wed 29 July at Meta House.
DUE TO A FAMILY ILLNESS THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Time Out picks The Last Reel

Legendary actress Dy Saveth plays the mother in The Last Reel
Time Out New York Picks The Last Reel as one of its Top 10 Films, no less!
The New York Asian Film Festival (‪#‎NYAFF‬) gets underway in NYC and Time Out New York has picked The Last Reel as one of their Top 10 films at the festival: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/movies/the-10-best-movies-at-the-2015-new-york-asian-film-festival
Showtime for The Last Reel is 8.15pm on Sunday 5 July at the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, NY.
If you have been living under a rock in recent months, I will recap. The Last Reel is a story of love, life and a broken society trying to heal by first-time Cambodian female director Kulikar Sotho. It is on the film festival circuit all over the globe at the moment - winning prizes in Tokyoand Italy and will be out in Cambodian cinemas from 4 September. Visit the film's website @ http://www.thelastreel.info. 

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