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Celluloid dreams

Ten days, 70 films and almost as many nationalities: it can only be the Phnom Penh Imternational Film Festival, a visual feast celebrating feature films, documentaries and short films by independent filmmakers from all over the world ($2 per screening session, all-access pass...
Posted On Sep 11, 2014
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BEST OF PHNOM PENH 2014

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READY FOR TAKE-OFF! If Phnom Penh has aspirations, it’s for nothing less than the splendour of King Norodom Sihanouk’s Golden Era, when the capital was known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’. You can feel it in the bustling streets, where the Phnom Penhoisie dance all night in the clubs,...
Posted On Aug 06, 2014
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Dish: Lost bread

American French toast, a version of pain perdu, is not my favourite dish in the world; it’s something I have to be in single-minded search of. If presented with this dish unguarded, most of the time I’ll decline. Just some mornings one wakes up with a vision of the meal they have...

Dish: Four legs good

Sharing the reservations of a rabbi and the fears of a caliph, I have always been suspicious of pigs. Perhaps it was from reading Animal Farm at a tender young age, when the concepts of metaphor and political analogy were still too complex to grasp. Instead, taking Orwell’s tale...

Guilty Pleasures

Experimental space animals around the world took stock last week after five Russian sex geckos fell off the twig mid-orbit. On paper it sure looks glamorous as hell up there. For the go-getting chimp or the adventurous fruit-fly swarm, it can seem like a decent chance to get out...

Bard for life

WEDNESDAY 17 | Java offers its microphone to any and all aspiring poets tonight after an international mix of monthly readers, hosted by Carly Nugent and Bryan Humphrey. WHO: Readers and writers WHAT: Poetry open stage WHERE: Java Arts Café, #56 Sihanouk Blvd. WHEN: 7pm September...
Posted On Sep 11, 2014
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Ready to rumble

FRIDAY 12 | The multi-billion-dollar global sports phenomenon of mixed martial arts arrives tonight with Asia’s grandest MMA event: ONE FC. Titled Rise of the Kingdom, the card includes five Khmer vs Khmer contests, including a female bout, and five international matches. In the...
Posted On Sep 11, 2014
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An uplifting tale

Orphanages are big business in Cambodia. Unicef says that, since 2005, there has been a 75% increase in the number of orphanages in the country, with the number of children in them almost doubling to 12,000. More than 75% of these children aren’t orphans in the strictest sense,...

Celluloid dreams

Ten days, 70 films and almost as many nationalities: it can only be the Phnom Penh Imternational Film Festival, a visual feast celebrating feature films, documentaries and short films by independent filmmakers from all over the world ($2 per screening session, all-access pass...
Posted On Sep 11, 2014
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Zeitgeist: Spanish flames

Spanish flames A mainstay on the Spanish circuit, Latin Quarter recently revamped its menu and redecorated the backroom lounge. It’s the kind of place that demands filling with the aromatic smoke of Cuban cigars, with the clanking of too many Mojito glasses and the boisterous...
Posted On Sep 11, 2014
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Guilty Pleasures

It’s just about good old mid-Autumn Festival again, and I’ve got auspicion on my mind. If you live anywhere north of 178, there’s a lot of banging on drums, clashy cymbals and atonal singing. Perfect. There are fake hundred-dollar bills just lying in the gutter, which have me...

The way of the warrior

Asia’s largest mixed martial arts event is kicking open the doors for a new generation of Khmer fighters, but are they ready?

Zeitgeist: Sweet mochi

Sweet mochi Leave it to the Japanese to discover frozen desserts that need no freezing. Mochi balls are scoops of ice cream coated in sticky rice that, through the magic of Japanese food science, stay frozen even at room temperature. The sticky rice gives the mochi a sweet, chewy...
Posted On Sep 04, 2014
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If walls could talk

If we were to examine Loven Ramos’ DNA, we might find interconnecting shapes resembling paint brushes, rhyming chromosomes, and hotel tokens much like those in the game of Monopoly. Art, poetry and hotels, in fact, are the three cornerstones of his life. But who is Loven Ramos?...

More Than Skin Deep

Peer too closely at her eyes and you run the risk of hypnosis. Horizontal flashes of light bounce off deep blue-black irises, a slight reddish glow warming their otherwise cold hue. Framed by a squarely cut bob, the face at first seems scarred; tiny lines etched into its surface...

Guilty Pleasures

Yesterday, I was having a nice quiet coffee at a Riverside caff, listening to prog rock and spelunking Buzzfeed’s cavernous gullet for a diverting new quiz. As I chanced on that video of a cat dressed as a shark going round and round on the robot vacuum cleaner, I sensed a bustle...

Zeitgeist: Bourbon Divine

Lone Pine, California, is a whiff of a town just north of Owens Lake on US Route 395, which stretches from the Canadian border down through the Sierra Nevada. The Lone Pine Cafe – Phnom Penh version – could have easily been plucked off the town’s Main Street. A friendly...
Posted On Sep 01, 2014
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Rockefeller Report

The Rockefeller Without Borders charter clearly states that ‘we must keep up with everything that has anything to do with anything (and everything)’. As such, we here at ‘The Rock’ (any similarities with the Phnom Penh karaoke bar of the same name are purely coincidental)...

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