Monday, February 28, 2011

Meet the author, and more

An American-born author, living in London, Sue Guiney is on her way to Thailand and Cambodia to introduce her second novel, titled A Clash of Innocents and published by Ward & Wood Publishing in the UK. Focused on the lives of people, both foreign and Khmer, involved in an orphanage in Cambodia, this is a triumph of love in adversity. After a stop-over in Bangkok, Sue will be winging her way to Phnom Penh where she will host a 'meet the author' session at Van's restaurant on the evening of Friday 18 March from 6.30pm. The event will give Sue an opportunity to read excerpts from her book as well as the involvement of youngsters from a charity close to her heart, Anjali House. And the refreshments are free too. You can find out more at Sue's website here.
Don't forget two events that will rock Phnom Penh this week. The Like Me's will be fresh from their three gigs in Siem Reap and will be strutting their stuff at the Parkway Studios on Mao Tse Toung Boulevard on Thursday from 8pm, with the benefits going to the Anvaya initiative and Cambodian Living Arts. I know the girls would love a big crowd to give them a great send-off before they head back to the States and to support their two initiatives. Tickets are selling at $8. Then on Friday, at Equinox, the Cambodian Space Project will be hosting their return gig after their arrival back from Australia and before they head out on the road again, heading for the US via Hong Kong and China. These guys are certainly clocking up the air miles these days.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Koh Pich comes alive

Artists and audience pose for the camera including Sam Savin and myself
I got to Koh Pich island tonight just in time to see Yon Chantha, beaming smile and piercing eyes, take to one of the eight stages spread across the central arena of the island as part of La rue danse, an annual outdoor dance performance put on the the CCF. Each of the acts, I think there were eight in total, performed and then rotated onto the next stage and so on. There were a series of mini classical dances, classical with contemporary mix, pure contemporary, hip-hop, bellydance, beat-boy and dramatic dance to entertain what turned out to be a large audience, either passing by or sat on the mats provided in front of each of the lit stages. Besides Chantha, dancing solo to background music, it was a veritable who's who of dance with Vuth Chanmoly, Rady Nget, Soy Chanborey and other recognisable faces strutting their stuff for the appreciative crowd. Though Belle and others were missing as they're not in the country, the artists also included Nam Narin, who bust a gut to get back to the capital after spending the previous two nights on stage at the Bayon, dancing with her mother and grandmother (Em Theay) in the Tribute to the Masters concerts. That type of dedication to her art deserves everyone's support. As a way of introducing dance to the masses this is an excellent vehicle.
The effervescent Yon Chantha was the first artist I saw at Koh Pich tonight
Vuth Chanmoly, one of the country's finest classical dancers, mixed ballet with contemporary
A serious moment for the lady behind the mask
Perfect lines as Chanmoly mixes classical poses with her contemporary style
The lady kept her mask on, even offstage, Vuth Chanmoly
The entertaining and fun Two Birds with Soy Chanborey and Rady Nget
Nam Narin arrived just an hour before she began performing after a mad dash from Siem Reap
Beauty on stage in the form of one of the country's classical dancers Phorsda. The lack of introductions for the dancers didn't help, so thanks to Belle for the namecheck.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sarah's dream

Sarah O'Brien at the Bayon last night by Tris Beezley
My plan to get along to Chenla Theatre tonight took a nosedive after the football at Olympic Stadium went on longer than expected. So I didn't get to see either of the Dansez Roam! performances but I did witness Phnom Penh Crown's surprise demise against the students of BBU in the Hun Sen Cup. It was unexpected I can tell you but cup football always has a way of biting you on the arse when you least expect it. It went down to penalty kicks in the gloom (only 3 of the floodlights were working at the stadium) though Crown should never have let it get to that stage in the first place. So back to the drawing board for the coach and his team after falling at the first hurdle this season. With football taking priority as it usually does, I passed up the opportunity to accompany Sarah O'Brien to the Tribute to the Masters concerts at the Bayon in Angkor. She premiered her own composition Footsteps, which was sung by Bosba Panh as Sarah accompanied her on piano, rather than her more regular instrument, the cello. Speaking to Sarah on the phone, the concerts went like a dream and were hosted very successfully by the Panh family. It also gave Sarah an idea of the logistics, etc required to host her own Winds of Angkor musical at the temples, hopefully sometime in 2012. Tomorrow night there are a series of contemporary dance performances for free at Koh Pich island with some of the country's best talents on show. Get along and see for yourself.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Worth watching

Yon Chantha in a horizontal pose at tonight's Meta House show
I'm really looking forward to 18 and 19 March when three weeks of practice will come to fruition with two nights of contemporary dance at Meta House starring Sam Sathya and Yon Chantha under the supervision of facilitator Bob Ruijzendaal. Sathya is the country's best known and most graceful classical dance performer of her generation and has been at the top of her game in the rarefied world of royal ballet for two decades. Chantha, who danced again this evening at Meta House with her sister Davy and Rady in the 2nd of the People in Buildings sessions, is without doubt one of the up and coming stars of the country's fledgling contemporary dance scene, and the combination could well be very special. We shall see. In the meantime, tonight and again tomorrow night (at 7pm), Ruijzendaal encourages the three young dancers to express themselves adding their own flair to everyday movements from sweeping the floor to a child's skipping rope routine. The practice of the past three weeks is much in evidence with split-second timing between the three performers as they made full use of the relatively small space on the ground floor at Meta House. And they had fun doing it too, which is an important factor if they are to maintain their own crusade in bringing this newfangled dance format to a Khmer and foreign audience. I must admit I have a weakness for Chantha's facial expressions and unbridled energy in her performances, whilst her elder sister Davy is more controlled and exact and Rady, fluid in movement and definitely growing in stature amongst the country's male dancers. The audience numbers were down on their previous performance three weeks before, but that can be explained by the same time, same night Dansez Roam! show at Chenla Theatre, which I will go and see tomorrow. I'm pretty sure the three dancers will be performing again on Sunday night, in solo sessions rather than as a trio, when they take part in the La rue danse at Koh Pich island, an annual event with mini performances taking place from 7pm on the night.
Yon Chantha and Yon Davy waiting for the action to begin
Sisterly love from the Yon siblings
A serious face from Yon Davy during tonight's show
Rady Nget leads the trio in their precise movements

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

More music and reading

Recently my blog postings have been all music, dance and books, music dance and books. But no-one has actually complained so I'll carry on in that vein today. For the dance enthusiasts amongst my readers, then Phnom Penh welcomes not only the Dansez Roam! indoor sessions tomorrow and Saturday night at Chenla, but also a series of outdoor performances on Koh Pich on Sunday evening. All are free. Also tomorrow and Saturday Meta House will host the People in Buildings contemporary dance sessions at 7pm both nights. And don't forget the open stage discussion event at the Khmer Arts Ensemble headquarters in Takhmao on Saturday morning at 9.30am. And if you find yourself in Siem Reap, it's the Tribute to the Masters concerts at the Angkor temple complex on Friday and Saturday night. Staying in Siem Reap, The Like Me's, fresh from the Tribute gigs, will play the FCC on Sunday evening. Before I forget, those Like Me ladies will be back in Phnom Penh on Thursday 3 March and will be on stage at Parkway from 8pm, with proceeds going towards Cambodian Living Arts and the Anvaya Initiative for overseas Khmers. Tickets are $8 in advance from various outlets. This is a 'must see' concert, as is the Cambodian Space Project at Equinox on the following evening (Friday 4 Mar).
Update: I went to buy my Parkway/Like Me's ticket tonight from Promesses, the lingerie boutique shop on St 282, and would recommend it to everyone, male and female. The latter will be impressed by the gorgeous looking underwear for sale and the former by the lovely sales assistant and the surroundings. Tickets for the Parkway gig are $8 in advance, $10 on the door.
Onto books and Monument have yet another book launch this Sunday (27 Feb) at 4pm when the children's illustrated book, Sinat and the Instrument of the Heart will be presented by the author, the illustrator, who happens to be none other than Vann Nath, the famous survivor of Tuol Sleng Prison, and Sinat himself, who will play a series of traditional Khmer instruments. I won't be there as its football this weekend with the quarter-finals of the Hun Sen Cup at Olympic Stadium, but I recommend you find time to pop along to Monument Books for what sounds to be a pretty special event.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Being responsible

Responsible tourism gets an airing tonight at Monument Books on Norodom Boulevard when the publication, Responsible Tourism Guide Cambodia, gets its launch at 6pm. It's the product of research by US volunteers and looks at how to make a positive contribution when visiting the country. Other booklets that focus on responsible traveling include The Guide to Responsible Tourism in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam and the Stay Another Day series. You can read more about the new book here.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Film buffs head to Kampot

If you are in Siem Reap this weekend, then the Angkor Tribute to the Masters concerts will be taking place at the Bayon temple on Friday 25 Feb (sponsor's night) and Saturday 26 Feb, which is open to all. No doubt, you will have seen the posters all over the place in the last couple of months. The PR for this event has been extraordinary. A wealth of artists will be performing including the adorable Em Theay, my Winds of Angkor pal Sarah O'Brien and The Like Me's. Meanwhile, the 4th edition of Cambofest, showing independent movies from around the globe, will be held in Kampot, on the south coast, from 1-9 March. The main venue will be the vintage Royal cinema in the town but other venues are also on the cards. I had a look at the schedule on the festival website and if international films are your thing, I'm sure you'll love it. As for me, I won't be making the trip south. I admit to not being an international film buff and I spotted just a couple of films with a Cambodia-leaning on the program which I've seen before. Nevertheless, I wish the organizers well. Not that they care less what I think.
Talking of films, Meta House has another showing of Lost Loves, the film by Chhay Bora set during the Khmer Rouge period, this evening. 7pm start, it costs $5 and the director will be available for a Q&A after the screening. This Thursday Enemies of the People gets another screening at the same location, but the event I'll be at will be another contemporary dance offering on Friday (25 Feb) evening at 7pm. Three dancers from the collective New Cambodian Artists, Yon Davy, Yon Chantha and Nget Rady will be presenting the second half of their People in Buildings show, egged on by facilitator Bob Ruijzendaal. It's on again the following night as well. These artists are pushing the edge of the envelope in contemporary dance in Cambodia and deserve as much support as possible in my opinion. There I go again, who cares what I think.
Late news: I've just heard that Khmer Arts Ensemble will be holding an open stage event this coming Saturday (26 Feb) at their Takhmao headquarters from 9.30am. Billed as discussions, demonstrations and presentations, it will involve KAE founder Sophiline Cheam Shapiro and resident choreographer Amanda Miller as well as the cast of the dance company. It is open to all, so think of your questions beforehand, it's free admission, but don't take your camera. Well worth a look-see if you have time.
LtoR: Chantha, Rady and Davy

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Good news

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At last, one of the most obvious events that have been painfully absent from the Phnom Penh calendar appears to be on the horizon. I've just got wind that from Friday 11 March, a regular weekly (Friday night) performance will take place at the Chaktomuk Theatre on the riverside. This will include at least three classical Cambodian dance performances and 4 folk dances. The 60 or so performers from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts' Department of Performing Arts will be strutting their stuff every week for tourists and locals to enjoy, from 7pm onwards and at a cost of $10 for foreigners and 10,000 riel for Khmers. The proclamation of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO in 2003 gave it suitable recognition and whilst other countries have benefited from performances from time to time, a regular demonstration of Cambodia's quintessential cultural heritage has been sadly missing from the city's calendar. That looks like it's finally being addressed. At last. Amongst the dances scheduled for this new weekly performance are the classical white Apsara, Tep Monorom and Moni Mekhala dances, as well as folk dances from the Suoy and Kola ethnic groups, the praying mantis and good crop harvest dances. Meanwhile, the weekly Thursday night performances from the Children of Bassac dancers at the National Museum come to an end this week after their stab at entertaining the tourists here in Phnom Penh with their diet of dance, music and song. I believe it was very enthusiastically received, the quality of the performance was very high but was quite expensive to host and needed good attendances to make it a financial success. The same will apply for the new weekly shows at Chaktomuk too.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Khmer Arts on song

A closing scene from this afternoon's Pamina Devi performance
There was a packed auditorium for the performance of Pamina Devi at Chaktomuk Theatre this afternoon as the Khmer Arts Ensemble strutted their stuff as part of the on-going national performing arts festival being held here in Phnom Penh. Though you wouldn't know there was a festival taking place with practically zero press coverage and no indication of the schedule of shows. It was all down to the Khmer Arts company themselves that they had an audience for this rare public showing of one their trademark classical dance performances, choreographed by the company founder, Sophiline Cheam Shapiro. KA are the only private company producing this level of high quality performance, which would blow away any of the Apsara shows you might see in the hotels in Siem Reap, with its demonstration of finely-honed technique and proficient artistry. These performers know their stuff and deliver it with perfection. And it's also helpful and necessary that the founder gives a preview of the show before the dancers take the stage. If you get the chance to see the KA team in action, take it, as this is classical Cambodian dance at its finest. One disappointing element was the proliferation of flash photography during the show. Every few seconds a camera flash would pop off and some of the photographers got way too close to the stage and the performers for my liking, distracting my viewing of the performance, and demonstrating disrespect for the artists. Something the organizers need to pay more attention to in the future.
I forgot to mention the CD that was available at The Like Me's concert at Northbridge School on Saturday. It's a 7-track CD that the band have produced especially for their Cambodia tour and contains a good cross-section of their work to-date, though nowhere near all of their catalogue I might add. It kicks-off with one of my favourites, Sva Rom Monkiss. It was selling for $2 and at that price sold well at the school gig, and should be available for their remaining concerts in Siem Reap next week and in Phnom Penh at the start of next month.
The 19-strong company take their plaudits after the Pamina Devi performance
The CD cover for the The Like Me's new release, complete with band signatures

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

They like you

The Like Me's with a hanger-on, in strict height order: LtoR: Laura, Loren, Monique, Helena
They could hardly have found a more appreciative audience for their first-ever gig in Cambodia. The Like Me's, the all-girl group from California who are here to make their mark on the Cambodian public with their music and their girl-power, were the darlings of the Northbridge international school this afternoon. The majority of the audience were of school age and they loved it. The children, parents, friends and other interested parties enjoyed a fun time with a dj, beat boys, the school band and of course the four girls with their finely-honed rock, sang in English and Khmer. Laura demonstrated her powerful vocals on Like Me, was more mellow on Refugee, Music Love and Pka Proheam Rik Popreay before raising the roof and getting everyone on the dancefloor for my fave Sva Rom Monkiss. A really fun gig for everyone present, from the youngest, like 5-year old Amy who will be one helluva dancer when she grows up, to the oldest, which was probably me. Keep your eyes peeled for these girls, and your earlobes pinned back, they are going places.
The Like Me's on stage at Northbridge
Laura Mam, lead singer with The Like Me's
On drums is Monique Coquilla and on bass is Helena Hong
Loren Alonzo on keyboards
Helena and Amy, a fabulous dancer at age 5
The 4 girls take a deserved bow at the end of their concert
Thida Buth Mam, Laura's mum, manned the souvenir table selling CD's
Thida and the girls who now head for Siem Reap and two nights at the Bayon temple with Bosba Panh's Tribute to the Legends concerts

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Appeal verdict due

Christopher Howes
On Thursday of next week, the verdict is expected to be handed down in the appeal by the four men convicted in the 1996 murder of British deminer Christopher Howes. The Cambodian appeal court heard the case on 7 February, with lawyers for the accused arguing that their clients should have their sentences reduced or overturned because they did not mastermind the killing and faced death themselves if they did not obey orders. They also stated that their actions were covered by a pardon granted to Khmer Rouge defectors. It was in October 2008 that the Phnom Penh Municipal Court convicted the four former Khmer Rouge soldiers of the kidnapping and murder of Howes, and his Khmer assistant Houn Hourth in March 1996, also ordering three of the convicted men to pay $10,000 in compensation to the widow of Hourth. A fifth suspect was acquitted. The guilty verdicts and 20 year jail sentences were handed down to Khem Nguon, who was known to be the 2nd in command of the Khmer Rouge forces at Anlong Veng, Loch Mao, who witnesses identified as the man who shot Howes, and their driver Puth Lim, who admitted being present at the murder and to burning the body. A fourth defendant, Sin Dorn was found guilty of kidnapping the deminers and received a ten year jail term. A fifth man, Chep Cheat was acquitted of his roll in the kidnap. A statement from Howes' sister Patricia Phillips, called for the verdicts to be upheld. “We have never sought revenge, but simply justice for these two fine and brave men, brutally murdered whilst carrying out life saving work.” Judge Um Sarith is expected to announce the verdict on 24 February. I've personally studied this case for a long time and I expect nothing less than confirmation of the original sentences and an order that the compensation is paid to the widow of Hourth without delay. The murdered men and their families deserve nothing less. You can read more the former Mines Advisory Group deminer, Christopher Howes and the facts, and fiction, behind the case, here.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Angkor's Children

Angkor's Children - likely in 2012
I'm leaning towards the opinion that there are more documentary films made in and about Cambodia than pretty much anywhere else. If I listed them all, the list would be a pretty darn long one. Another one has come to light recently, Angkor's Children, that will focus on a representative three young women who are creating a new cultural identity through their art. It will look at aspirations and hopes for the future amongst the younger element of the Khmer population. I see on their blog that everyone's favourite dancer Belle might be one of the people they focus on, though they have a few irons in the fire, which include the garment workers of the Messenger Band. You can catch up with what director Lauren Shaw and her team are doing at their website with the film likely to see the light of day in 2012.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kitty's comedy

Kitty in her comedy pyjamas
Kitty Kavanagh took me back to my stand-up comedy watching days of the 1990s last night, albeit for the length of her 20-minute comedy routine. Nothing was taboo whether it was American churchgoers or foreign sex tourists in Cambodia and that's how I like my comedy. No holds barred. I'm not sure all of the audience understood her Brummie humour but I liked it. I wish her well on her continued couch-surfing travels around the region. Last night's Java Cafe's On the Spot also included a ribald poet, a guitar and singing duo, Kitty and the ambient, dreamy music of Norwegian composer Ingolv Haaland, who was joined on a few tunes by Cambodia's own Ouch Savy, who added vocals rather than her more renowned chapei. A nice eclectic mix of styles and offerings.
Ingolv Haaland and Ouch Savy

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Not enough hours in the day

Those Spacers are back in town on 4 March
Phnom Penh is teeming with events this month. The Like Me's are in town, there's a national performance arts festival taking place, the French-run Dansez Roam! are doing their annual gig soon, there's my usual diet of football to fit in and a few friends will be heading this way too. Not enough hours in the day.
Tonight will see the Java Cafe open mic session at 7pm with music and stand-up comedian Kitty Kavanagh doing their thang, whilst Cambodia will be facing up to Macau at 6pm in the AFC Challenge Cup in China, needing at least a draw to go through to the group stage.
The Like Me's at Northbridge (4pm) on Saturday and then Khmer Arts Ensemble at Chaktomuk Theatre on Sunday at 3pm, performing their classic Pamina Devi, as part of the national arts festival. In between Sarah O'Brien, of Winds of Angkor fame, will be in town before heading up to Siem Reap to join bosbaPANH in the Tribute to the Legends concerts on 25 and 26 Feb at the Bayon, with the irrepressible Em Theay also involved amongst a host of others including The Like Me's. The French Cultural Center's dance shows are on the same nights as the Legend concerts, though they'll take place at Chenla Theatre in the city, whilst the Hun Sen Cup quarter-finals will take place that same weekend at the Olympic Stadium. And guess what, Meta House are hosting another dance performance from Yon Davy, Chantha and Rady on Friday 25 Feb under the banner People in Buildings.
Looking ahead to early March and the Cambodian Space Project will be back in town after their adventures in Australia, for a one-off gig at Equinox on 4 March before they jet off again to the States. The night before, those all-girl Like Me's are at Parkway, whilst 5 March sees the kids from the garbage dump-based Centre for Children's Happiness School, singing their tiny hearts out at Gasolina in a fund-raiser.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Meeting Thida

Meeting Thida this evening. Photo by Laura Mam.
I met an extraordinary woman this evening. Her name is Thida Buth Mam and she's the mother of Laura Mam, the lead singer of The Like Me's, who've just flown into Phnom Penh from California for a series of concerts. You can read all about Thida's life story in the two books written about her and her family by JoAn Criddle, To Destroy You Is No Loss and Bamboo & Butterflies. It was a great pleasure to finally meet her after email correspondence over the last couple of years and to find out more about this fascinating, strong-willed woman, who is in Cambodia with her sisters to support Laura and the band as they take their first music steps in the country of her birth. There's so much more to say about Thida and I hope we can hook up again after the band's visit to Siem Reap to find out how the trip went. You can catch The Like Me's at Northbridge School, up in Siem Reap at the Tribute concerts, at FCC and then back in Phnom Penh at Parkway. There's also word that another gig in the city will happen before they leave these shores on 6 March. If you get the opportunity, go and see the band for yourself. And track down a copy of To Destroy You for an insight into this remarkable lady.

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Pamina on stage

The national performing arts festival is taking place this month in Phnom Penh, though I've still not seen a schedule of events, however, the Khmer Arts Ensemble have their act together as always, and their participation in the festival will be at Chaktomuk Theatre on Sunday 20 February at 3pm, free admission no less, to watch their Mozart-inspired classic Pamina Devi: A Cambodian Magic Flute by Sophiline Cheam Shapiro.


They're in town

The Like Me's are in town and play at Northbridge School this coming Saturday (19 Feb) before heading up to Siem Reap for the Tribute to the Masters concerts at The Bayon (25, 26 Feb), FCC Angkor in Siem Reap (27 Feb) and then back to Phnom Penh on 3 March at Parkway (see above, 8pm, tickets at $8 from Java Cafe and other outlets). The girls will be releasing a new song on 1 March, 100 days after the Koh Pich disaster. It's titled Pich and is in memory of the victims.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Party monkey

Smiling faces at the Hanuman party last night including Kunthea, Rina, Navy, Nak, Chandy and Danielle
I'm heading back from Siem Reap later today. Last night was the Hanuman party, which went like clockwork, everyone had a great time judging by the smiling faces, the dancefloor was never empty and all were happy, dancing their way until very late by Khmer standards. Quite a few then disappeared off to karaoke just to keep the party going.
Two of the team adding a touch of glamour to proceedings, Nak and NavyKulikar leading her team into a rendition of the Hanuman song
The singers kept the party going until very late


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Moto morning

The temple hunting team from O'Toteung village; LtoR; me, Sorn, Am and Sea
Out early this morning, on a moto with Now, to seek out some of the smaller Angkor temples that I haven't seen before, or certainly not for a while. We called into Angkor Wat first and then headed for temples like Bat Chum, Kutisvara, Krol Romeas, Prasat To and Prei Prasat, before returning to the luxurious Grand Hotel d'Angkor for lunch with some of my colleagues, hosted by by Burd and the sales team at the hotel. Very yummy. This afternoon will be spent by the pool before tonight's staff party kicks-off around 7pm. Last night, aside from watching Wayne Rooney's wonder goal on the big screen in Pub Street, we enjoyed dinner at the stylish AHA restaurant, courtesy of Janet and the Hotel de le Paix team. A massive thanks to our hotelier friends for looking after us all so well. As a group, we don't get up to Siem Reap too often, so it's appreciated that everyone welcomes us so warmly when we do. As for the temples, Bat Chum is shrouded in scaffolding at the moment, as restoration work is undertaken on the northern tower of the three. There are a couple of lintels to see and some lovely inscriptions on the doorways. Kutisvara is a ruined temple, again with three towers, close to the village of Srah Srang, but called the ghost temple in the forest, or Prasat Dop Kmouch, and in an area where the younger children of the village avoid. Krol Romeas, or the place where they used to keep large animals but was actually a sluice gate for the eastern baray, is overgrown, while Prasat To, is surrounded by water and a quiet spot amongst the trees, to see the three laterite towers. Finally, we walked for a kilometre, well off the beaten track, with three children from the nearby village of O'Toteung, to see a complete laterite ruin at Prei Prasat. The interaction with 14 year old Sea and her two tiny neighbours, Sorn and Am was the best part of our morning adventures. Nothing earth-shattering but a pleasant morning nonetheless, stopping at regular intervals to chat with the locals in the villages or out casting their fishing nets in the ponds that dot the landscape.
The scaffolding covers the northern tower at Bat Chum
The inscribed doorways of Bat Chum's three towers
The ruined towers of Kutisvara, near Srah Srang village
Two of the laterite towers at Prasat To
My temple hunter colleagues inspect the ruins of Prei Prasat

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