Friday, February 5, 2010

Withdrawal symptoms

Standing in front of the famous Reclining Vishnu lintel at Phnom Rung in Isaan, and I'm looking a little portly I might add - time for some exercise
Where's the temple stuff? An email arrived in my in-basket today asking exactly that, as they were seemingly getting withdrawal symptoms due to the lack of temple coverage in recent weeks. To be honest I've been so busy finishing my book that I've had little spare time to load photos from my temple visits in Isaan, Angkor, Banteay Chhmar and beyond. They are all still in the pipeline. Never fear I will get to them, I promise. If you believe that, you'll believe anything. No, seriously, I will do it. Here's a photo by way of an apology.
My current visitor Ting will depart back home to Taiwan on Saturday morning. She's been a real trooper, getting out and about under her own steam whilst I've been stuck in the office. Today she was off to Koh Dach to see the silk weavers after spending the last few days up in Siem Reap. No complaints, she's just got out and done her own thing. Bless her.
With her departure, she'll be cock-a-hoop to miss the weekend's football, which I subjected her to last weekend. The Hun Sen Cup last 16 round will be completed with a few more of the big boys playing tomorrow and Sunday. I'm hoping Nov Soseila will be back on the pitch for the Defense Ministry tomorrow as he's always a joy to watch, though an injury he got for the Cambodian national team a couple of weeks ago may not have cleared up. Sunday will see Khemara and Preah Khan Reach in action, with all the big names from the CPL expected to sail through to the quarter-finals. Talking of football, I'm coming to the end of an engrossing fictional look at the Asian football scene by Neil Humphreys and his novel Match Fixer. Football, sex, drugs, gangsters and match-fixing in Singapore are at the heart of this rattling good read. Definitely recommended.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Andy may I suggest an updating on ANGKOR BOREI, Phnom Da and the little precious jewel Ashram Maha Rossey? thats barely reported in your blog (and so close from PP). OK its in yr travelogue (is it?), I know, but this is too old. Don't you like the place? I've enjoyed it - its all about atmosphere. And I wd definitely recommend you to stay at PHNOM SANLONG guesthouse, those people couldn't be more gentle and amiable.
Best Regards, Hugo

February 5, 2010 at 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, Andy, but if Thai-Khmer temples is all you have in stock for us, forget about it.
Now, its old stuff. We want something new, some site you'd never been before, in order to compensate for your soccer fever. What we could reasonably expect from you at this point, as a minimum, is consulting the "Descriptive Inventory of the Temples of Cambodia", available at the CISARK site, and add a new gem to the resplendent crown of Khmer art. --- Shanya

February 6, 2010 at 1:52 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

lol, everyone has become a critic all of a sudden :-)
I do have lots of temples in Cambodia to bring you too but I do have a day job and can't get out and about as I'd love to.
CISARK is a great resource for temples in Cambodia but these guys spent years putting it together and getting out into the field...lucky people :-)
And be prepared for more football stuff over the next two days.

February 6, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Anonymous CHAS said...

Hey, man - Angkor Borei you could do in a day, a day and a half, at the most. But I understand you'll be investing on posterity during the weekend. By the way, which Cambodian team do you support? - Chas

February 6, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy can you post more pictures of Banteay Chhmar! I'm interested in this lost ancient city and the huge reservoir the built! I think it rivals Angkor!

February 6, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

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