Friday, January 13, 2012

Catching up

LtoR: Tim, Vy and myself at Bistro Lorenzo
One of my best pals, Vy, popped up from Sihanoukville today for a quick visit to the capital, combining a couple of business meetings with lunch at Bistro Lorenzo with Tim and myself. We go back quite a few years as good friends and though she's not in Phnom Penh too often, we keep in touch via skype. So it was lovely to see her and to catch up. She's now working for the power company in the coastal city after two jobs in the hotel industry and a stint working on the production of the film, Wish You Were Here. It seems like an age ago (actually it was Oct 2008) since the three of us went to Ream national park for the day, but I remember it as though it was yesterday.
Tim and I will be off to the Olympic Stadium tomorrow afternoon to catch the Cambodian U-21s footy team in a friendly against the Malaysian U-23s, who are the best of their age in Asean football. I expect a drubbing for the Cambodian team, but we shall see. Straight after that is Kouch Sokumpheak's wedding party, which should see the good and great of the Cambodian football world turn out in force. On Sunday morning the Phnom Penh Crown Academy boys have a match, so I don't want to miss that, and Sunday evening, I have another wedding party invite. Tim will join so he can experience his first Khmer wedding party. For Monday, he'll be getting his hands dirty as a bearkeeper for a day at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Park with the Free the Bears team, which he's really looking forward to. Monday night, its the 2nd of the Comedy Club Asia gigs at Pontoon and then he'll be winging his way back to Blighty on Tuesday at the end of his two-week non-stop-fun visit.

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