Sunday, January 9, 2011

Friends indeed

This photo of the happy couple greeted guests on arrival
Phyrun was beaming from ear to ear at her wedding party last night in Siem Reap. With over 600 guests invited to the Samapheap restaurant, it was a straightforward Khmer style celebration but a very special day for Phyrun and her new hubby. I couldn't make the actual ceremony during the day as I had a bunch of appointments during my all-too-brief visit to Siem Reap, but I was happy to join in the evening festivities and as usual, embarrass myself on the dancefloor. Kim Rieng and his extended family were all in great form too. For Heng, father of the bride, this was the 4th of his five girls to tie the knot. Now was my dancing partner for the evening and then it was back to the home of my snapper pal Eric de Vries for a nightcap. This morning, I caught the early bus, after a 2nd night at the Shadow of Angkor 2 guesthouse to Kompong Thom. Phnom Penh Crown were meeting hosts Kompong Thom in the 2nd group match of their Hun Sen Cup competition and ran out easy 6-1 winners, in front of the home crowd. The game ended at 6pm and then it was a sprint to grab a minivan back to Phnom Penh, just in time to get the last-ever takeaway from the Mount Everest Indian restaurant on Sihanouk Boulevard as it closed its doors tonight. But don't despair, they are moving a few blocks closer to my home. Catching up with friends over the last few days has been nice, two great weddings chock-a-block with pals, and my thanks to Thanet for lunch at the Tara Angkor Hotel, and it was wonderful to see Kunthea and Chhunly in Kompong Thom, as well as Sokhom of course, busy as usual, but always on hand to help out if needed.
My dancing partner for the evening, my long-time friend Now, who sells ladies clothing near the Old Market these days

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