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Best of Phnom Penh 2014

Phnom Penh blasts through the stratosphere of fabulous • The Phnom Penhoisie cast their votes in overwhelming numbers, judgement has been passed, and herein lies the Best of Phnom Penh as crowned by you, o noble reader
Posted On Nov 15, 2014
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Chop shop: Hangar 44

Part motorcycle showroom, part watering hole, Hangar 44 is the newest edition to Bassac Lane, the quaint, gin-soaked alley in Tonle Bassac that is quickly evolving into one of the capital’s most talked about night-time destinations. The motorcycles, all custom jobs, come from...
Posted On Nov 21, 2014
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Guilt Pleasures: Memories

Before my younger sibling arrived in CharmingVille yesterday, she’d been up and down Downunder searching for my favourite this ‘n’ that. You know the drill: big pants, the latest Tim Tam, vegetarian egg powder. She Vibered me assiduously, with photos. Which was lucky. Because her...
Posted On Nov 26, 2014
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Rockefeller Report

A tourism working-group representative and a government lawmaker recently made statements referencing condoms and Hell as two things that should not be encouraged. The former in regards to an unauthorised safe-sex campaign during Water Festival and the latter in response to his...
Posted On Nov 24, 2014
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20 Years, 20 Portraits

Don’t join the circus, it’s too dangerous for you’, my two big brothers warned me – even though they’re both circus students here. That’s what made me want to join, so I could prove them wrong! Since I joined the circus department in 2007, I’ve worked hard to reach the level of...

Chop shop: Hangar 44

Part motorcycle showroom, part watering hole, Hangar 44 is the newest edition to Bassac Lane, the quaint, gin-soaked alley in Tonle Bassac that is quickly evolving into one of the capital’s most talked about night-time destinations. The motorcycles, all custom jobs, come from...
Posted On Nov 21, 2014
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Coriander: Good, but not Bundi-good

Around this time last year, I was flipping chapattis on a tava under the gentle sun and chilled breeze that runs through the arid landscape of Rajasthan on November afternoons. Oddly enough, it was part of my new job: assistant to the chef at a popular restaurant in the tny and...

Heroes & histories

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Advisor Best Of ’14

The cream of the capital. Four devastating bands. Eleven mind-blowing DJs. Copious street acts. Live music, painting and other creative madness. An entire street at our disposal. It can only be the Advisor’s Best Of Phnom Penh 2014 EPIC (there’s that word again) street party. BE...
Posted On Nov 20, 2014
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Numerologist

Schooled in traditional Cambodian painting at the Royal University of Fine Arts, and later the Saint-Étienne École des Beaux-arts in Paris, Em Riem opens a new exhibition tonight. Glorious Numbers is a series of starkly confrontational portraits that conjure the horrors of S-21,...
Posted On Nov 20, 2014
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Feel the noize

Heads bobbing in flawless four-four time, the quadruple drum pattern that serves as the heartbeat of rock and its many manic derivatives, a quartet of European 20-somethings stand draped over drums and guitars. From a wall of speakers comes a familiar rush: the sort of sonic...
Posted On Nov 20, 2014
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EPIC!

It’s a word oft-overused, but in this case it’s justified. New nightclub. Name: Epic. ‘Nuff said. WHO: DJ Mistrezz C WHAT: Epic nightclub opening WHERE:#122b Sothearos Blvd (near Russian Embassy) WHEN:12pm November 21 WHY: It’s a nightclub. It’s new. And it’s EPIC!
Posted On Nov 20, 2014
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In the dark

From the grim industrial wastelands of northern England to the grimy epicentre of Southeast Asia’s underbelly, John Gartland – making a rare appearance here alongside Krom tonight – has spent the past decade or so morphing from British playwright to the ‘noir poet’ of Bangkok....
Posted On Nov 20, 2014
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Recycle, restyle

Living in the 21st century, it’s easy to become accustomed to the amount we consume and dispose. Almost everything we buy comes in plastic bags or wrapped in some other packaging. Few things are meant to last a long time, yet where does all this trash go? How do our actions...
Posted On Nov 20, 2014
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Our future

Twenty five years ago today, the Convention On The Rights Of The Child was ratified, establishing fundamental rights for all young people: to survive; develop; be protected from violence, abuse and neglect, and take part in family, cultural and social life. Here in Phnom Penh,...
Posted On Nov 20, 2014
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What lies beneath: Srey Bandaul, Under The Sarong at Romeet Gallery

Emerging from a bed of charcoal, figures made of sarong and mosquito netting twist and turn, looking inward and outward. Together they are a community, but at the same time isolated. Srey Bandaul’s latest art installation, Under The Sarong, plays on an ancient Khmer custom and a...

Guilty Pleasures: Water Festival

Our resident columnist waxes lyrical on some of the more colourful aspects of life in this fine city of CharmingVille

Black Bambu: Nobody calls me chicken

I simply cannot say ‘no’ to a dare. When someone tells me ‘I dare you’, my heartbeat picks up, my shoulders become all tense and something inside my brain switches off. I feel a rush of adrenaline overflowing my hypothalamus and clouding my judgment. I squint, look the darer in...

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