Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Countryside wedding

Weddings are for kids too - these take to the stage before the evening party begins
It's just past 3pm and I'm back in Phnom Penh, at my desk no less, even though for many its the first of three public holidays to celebrate the King's birthday. So before I continue, happy birthday King Sihamoni, on your 56th birthday, tomorrow. Ok now that's sorted, the wedding in Kompong Trach was excellent, everyone had a great time, even the groom Richard from Perth in Australia, who has only spent a handful of days in Cambodia in total, so I imagine the countryside Cambodian wedding must've been a bit of a culture shock for him. The evening party carried on despite a torrential thunderstorm late last night which persisted well into the early hours. I ate crab on the beach at Kep yesterday and this morning had breakfast at Rikitikitavi in Kampot, whereupon we were hit by another bout of pouring rain, but no thunder and lightning this time. Popped into Epic Arts Cafe in Kampot for some of their gorgeous cakes and then we returned via Route 31 - which has to be one of the best roads in Cambodia - before retuning to normality of pot-holes and uneven surfaces on Routes 3 and 2. The wedding of Richard to Dany, the supervisor for the Kambuja fashion shop, owned by Kulikar who also runs Hanuman Tourism, has been a bit of a whirlwind romance and the couple aim to move to Perth and begin their own business anytime soon. They certainly had a great start to married life with a wonderful wedding ceremony and evening party, accompanied by a live band and half a dozen singers who belted out the crowd's favourites, as well as a few Meas Soksophea favourites of mine too.
I was a bit camera shy last night, except for this photo with Thida who'd also travelled up from Phnom Penh for her friend's wedding
It's been a long day but there's still moments to enjoy for the bride and groom
Part of the formal ceremony with the couple receiving blessings of good fortune
A quick step back at this point, as the stringy stuff explodes at the wedding party
4 of the female singers strut their stuff on stage at the evening party
A view of the Kep fishing fleet at anchor this morning
This is the lovely view of the sea and a part of Kep beach from the Star Inn, which I inspected this morning



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Andy,
welcome back. Seems you had a big time in Kep. Pls let me ask you: who is Meas Soksophea? Any links of her/his to YouTube or whatever? Thanks a lot - Tanya, a fan of Khmer chanssoniers

May 13, 2009 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Hi Tanya,
Meas Soksophea is one of Cambodia's best known female singers, belting out lots of pop favourites in Khmer and a few in English. She's a very big star over here.

My favourite song she does is What You Don't Know and here's my previous posting on it. Hope the video still plays!


May 13, 2009 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Ric and Sharon Bruce said...

Hey Andy,

Excellent work here, capturing an event many of us here in the west know nothing about. Thanks for sharing!


May 13, 2009 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Hi Ric, well, there's a great deal more to tell about a wedding either in the city or in the countryside, but I've covered them in previous blog postings especially when my friend Ara got married a while back. I must admit she looked a million dollars, like a young and glamourous Sophia Loren in her heyday. I was sorely tempted to kidnap the groom and stand in as a last-minute replacement :-)

May 14, 2009 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Ric, there's a few photos from Ara' wedding at:

Scroll down and the date is around the 11th.
Cheers, Andy

May 14, 2009 at 8:47 AM  

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