Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Going away party

Most of the party people at the Prek Leap restaurant tonight. Sam is in the center, front row.
Tonight saw a gathering of as many of the Tuol Kork clan as they could manage at short notice, to wish Sam and his family a safe trip to their new life in Australia, where Sam will be studying for the next few years. The party was held in Tima's restaurant, Mohasambath, in Prek Leap, a few kilometres on after crossing the Japanese Bridge. Merrily and Jeff were in Phnom Penh, visiting from the States, so came out to celebrate as well, and it was good to be able to wish Sam, his wife Leakhena and their children, Rangsey and Reaksmey all the best. I've known Sam for a decade now and he and Tima are the brothers of my best pal Sok Thea, who passed away in 2000. Lovely people and the party was a great idea to send off Sam with our best wishes ringing in his ears.
Earlier in the day, I popped over the Mekong River by speedboat to pay a quick visit to a new letting option, RiverWind, in the quiet-as-a-mouse village of Areyksat. With a perfect sunset view over the Phnom Penh skyline, this luxurious villa has gorgeous upstairs and downstairs apartments for hire for anyone wanting to get away from the city's hustle and bustle. Both are completely self-contained, there's an inviting pool to relax in and it looked great to me. It's the current home of humanitarian Dr Andrew Thomson and his family but will soon be available for hire as a whole house or two separate rentals. Find out more on their website. After a busy day at work, I found time to squeeze in the Naga versus Phnom Penh Crown football match at Olympic Stadium. It was a cracker of a game and ended in fisticuffs, which wasn't exactly the perfect way to end the first half of the C-League season. Not to worry. The second half of the season kicks-off in a week.
A couple of gigs to note this week. The Cambodian Space Project are back on stage, this time at the Railway Station on Saturday 5 June. It's another gig from those good folks at Chinese House and will follow a train ride into the countryside for anyone wishing to be entertained by a dj and a jazz band. CSP will be on around 9.30pm, tickets $3. Incidentally, CSP are in the midst of recording their first single which should be out very soon. On the same day the children of Angkor Youth Orchestra present their 2010 benefit concert at the Cambodia-Japan Center at the Royal University of Phnom Penh on Russian Boulevard at 3pm. Tickets from Amrita beforehand. Finally, tomorrow, Thursday 3 June, there will be a 5pm opening at the National Museum in Phnom Penh of an International Exposition called Diversity in Gender and the Arts - What a Difference A Difference Makes. 14 different artists will be involved including Leang Seckon, Em Riem and Pich Sopheap.
Two of the partygoers, Rina with an unshaven gatecrasher
Looking back at the Royal Palace from our speedboat to the village of Areyksat

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