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How to go with the Southeast Asian flow

The sonic vibrations of the tro rise and fall like the chests of entwined lovers. Strings sigh wistfully, their longing exhalations floating like warm breath on the air. Time slows, the atmosphere thickening into an insulating blanket of impossibly soft sound. Tiny eddies stir...

Zeitgeist

Flash, boom, bang

The room for swing-all-night dance halls is growing crowded. The latest, and certainly the most glamorous, is Epic, the decadent two-storey nightclub in Tonle Bassac. Outside, the car park is filled with the city’s flashest rides. Inside, a million watts of sound, light and video...
Posted On Dec 18, 2014
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Feasting with the interview

I enter Choi Go Jip, a Korean restaurant on Street 360 effusively recommended by savvy friends. It’s still early, not even 10:30 in the morning, and the restaurant is predominantly empty. The place makes me feel a little uneasy: the bare walls, wide corridors, frail light seeping...

How to go with the Southeast Asian flow

The sonic vibrations of the tro rise and fall like the chests of entwined lovers. Strings sigh wistfully, their longing exhalations floating like warm breath on the air. Time slows, the atmosphere thickening into an insulating blanket of impossibly soft sound. Tiny eddies stir...

Flash, boom, bang

The room for swing-all-night dance halls is growing crowded. The latest, and certainly the most glamorous, is Epic, the decadent two-storey nightclub in Tonle Bassac. Outside, the car park is filled with the city’s flashest rides. Inside, a million watts of sound, light and video...
Posted On Dec 18, 2014
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Ding dong!

As herald angels prepare once more to sing, here’s the Advisor’s guide to Christmas in the capital.
Posted On Dec 18, 2014
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Bug bites

Coiled serenely at the edge of a rice field, tail trailing from the back of an ox cart. Draped over the ancient stones of Ta Prom, beneath a billowing Cambodian flag. The now 40-metre-long bright orange ‘bug’ elicits uncomprehending stares almost everywhere. Others conspicuously...

On ice

THU18 | The flow of melting ice is captured in astonishing images by Cambodian visual artist Loeum Lorn in his new series, Romhaur. A pioneer in the creation of art using coloured ice, Loeum’s work serves as a subtle metaphor for the many life-changing phases we enter. Says the...
Posted On Dec 18, 2014
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Freaky?

FRI19 | Not afraid to stare himself down in the mirror, upcoming Thai artist Popkapi’s new exhibition gives pause for self-examination. Entitled Weirdo Me, it’s an enchanting look at the art of creating self-portraits. “I created an enjoyment from my face’s outstanding...
Posted On Dec 18, 2014
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Womp!

SUN 21 | Wat Opot, once a place of death and despair, is today one of the most invigorating places to be in Cambodia. This former hospice is now home to 46 children who are HIV positive, have lost their parents to Aids, or both. No, you can’t tell who’s who – and the community,...
Posted On Dec 18, 2014
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Guilty Pleasures: Xmas

Gird your loins, Pleasurers. Just because you’re in CharmingVille for the holidays doesn’t mean you get to miss out on polyester reindeer jumpers and Boney M. You’ve been here long enough to know you’ll take a day off on a boat-top wingding for far flimsier excuses than Lord...

On the road

The cement walls of the otherwise drab, slightly ramshackle dwelling seem to undulate with life. Beating their vast, bright wings against a background of tiny crosses, magnificently coloured butterflies swoop and soar between the heads of children, their eyes wide with curiosity....

Rockefeller Report

Now that the government has granted the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) an analogue television license, we at Rockefeller Without Borders are faced with the very difficult decision about which of their long list of surely outstanding programmes we might actually...

Return of the nemesis

I don’t mean to brag, but I got the wild-haired, dreamy-eyed girl’s number. It wasn’t such a stupid pick-up line after all. Today, for our first date, I bring her to La Plaza, a Spanish restaurant in BKK1 that I’ve heard a lot about. I can tell right away that the girl has class:...

Heart of Havana

With just 67kg of compact body mass, the 27-year-old Cuban is hardly imposing at first glance. Most professional boxers in Cambodia have at least a couple of inches on him, yet almost all of them refuse to confront him in the ring. I’m here at Bayon BTV stadium to find out why....

The first art of fire

Once upon a time, or somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000 years ago, Neolithic man hit upon a rather novel idea. ‘No more this nomadic life, ’mused our big-browed ancestor, noting the calluses erupting sorely from the soles of his naked feet. ‘Time to dig in and settle down.’ So...

Little Italy: Tuscan charm

The capital needs more places like Little Italy, the infinitely quirky new Italian restaurant and curiosity on Street 19. From the golden throne chairs to the crushed-red-velvet sofa, the eatery is in turns baroque and sassy, sublime and outlandish, a hodgepodge altar to Italian...
Posted On Dec 11, 2014
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Rock on

SAT13 | Three of the city’s most hardcore rock outfits go toe-to-toe in tonight’s sonic onslaught. Full metal jackets advised. WHO: Nightmare AD, Sangvar Day and Adobo Conspiracy WHAT: Rock Trilogy WHERE: Slur, #29 Street 172 WHEN: 9pm December 13 WHY: “RRROCK OUT!” – Lemmy
Posted On Dec 11, 2014
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