Monday, March 8, 2010

Musing on a Monday morning

I've been a bit light on posts this weekend with the Cambodian football cup final taking precedence, more of which you can read about on my football-only blog here. I forgot to attend the book launch at FCC of Carrying Cambodia last night too, but that's unfortunately something that comes with the territory as I get older, I forget a lot of things. It's a public holiday today, to celebrate International Women's Day when the spotlight will be deservedly turned onto the women in Cambodia. That spotlight gets turned on all too infrequently in my opinion. It's the women of Cambodia who do all the work around here, lest we forget. This week may be extra busy as I'm planning on a few days in Siem Reap but nothing's confirmed as yet. More as it happens. I'm meeting a student from the UK at lunchtime who's over here working on her PhD on the arts scene in Cambodia. Not sure how much useful information I can provide but we'll see. I also want to get out this afternoon and visit the Jayavarman cruise ship which should be in dock, as its a new cruise boat operating the Saigon-Siem Reap route. On paper it looks like a tip-top cruiser. Update: Just back from a visit to the Jayavarman and it definitely is a very nice cruise ship. It's the best I've seen of the boats doing the Saigon to Phnom Penh/Siem Reap route. It's been operating since the back end of last year, bookings are in great shape and I can see why. It's a stylish vessel and the rooms are a good size, lovely decoration, big bathrooms and substantial deck and relaxation areas. It should have a jacuzzi pool next high season, which will just about round it off nicely.



Anonymous William said...

Andy, you missed a good evening at the FCC launch for Carrying Cambodia - we finally shut up shop at around 10pm after selling 62 copies to a mixed and enthusiastic crowd. I think you'd have been particularly struck by the number of Khmers interested in the book - they were very curious to see all the photos and seemed to love the book...

March 9, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

yes, a pity I missed it. My memory isn't what it used to be that's for sure. I need a secretary. Only Khmer females can apply.

March 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM  

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