Monday, July 25, 2011

Lunchtime special

Rorng (left) and Chantha (right) with Monica behind the camera. I'm the one spoiling the photo.
I enjoyed a long chat with three lovely Cambodian-American ladies at lunchtime today, they are visiting from the United States and have been whizzing around Cambodia with two more friends for the last couple of weeks. We're facebook friends so that's a good enough reason to meet up, as well as helping them out with a couple of contacts before they head back home in a few days. Rorng is doing great work with the Cambodian community in Philadelphia, Chantha is a teacher with elementary children and Monica, is still at school.
The Cambodian disabled volleyball team play the third of their WOVD World Cup matches tonight at 6pm at Olympic Stadium against the favourites Germany. As long as the rain holds off I will get along to watch this one, as it promises to be a cracker of a game. Cambodia and Germany have won both of their opening matches.
Postscript: The Germans are so thick-skinned that they don't realise that everyone and their dog dislikes their ruthless efficiency. They displayed it again this evening when they put paid to the host country, Cambodia, 3-1 in sets in front of a partisan home crowd after Cambodia opened up by winning the 1st set. After that it was pretty much downhill and most of it was due to the German's effectiveness in returning service and Cambodia's excitability at the net. The German's aren't the number 1 team in the world for nothing. They grind teams down, show little flair and almost bore you to death. Annoyingly, they are very successful as a result of their style of play. For much of the final set I worked up a sweat by waving a large Cambodian flag but to no avail. The support from the big crowd was great but on the day, the Germans were just too good.

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Anonymous Eric said...

The naughty looks and the right hand...

July 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Take that back, you cad...where else was I supposed to put my hand? I had only met these ladies an hour or so earlier.There wasn't much room on the settee at Fresco's.

July 27, 2011 at 2:25 PM  

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