Many a curious traveller has passed through the crowded alleys of the infamous Soi Cowboy (or Cowboy Road) for a taste of Southeast Asia’s most notorious street. No visit to Bangkok is complete without a tour of the ‘Soi’. So just what makes this particular little road worthy of its bold rep?
Located between Sukhumvit Soi 21 (also called Soi Asoke) and Soi 23, Soi cowboy is a surprisingly small street of about 45 bustling bars, and is located within walking distance from the Sheraton and the Millennium Hilton.
A long time ago, in a college common room far, far away, a battered stereo belted out pioneering, high- decibel dance music. The deputy head of Northgate Sixth Form was not amused: he stormed in, cut the plug off, and stormed out. We barricaded the door shut, rewired the plug and cranked up the volume (Students 1, Authority 0 ). In a 500-strong institute, his was the lone voice of dissent.
With sing-song tales of million-dollar budgets, Bollywood movie moguls are sizing up the Kingdom
Bollywood – in all its melodramatic musical glory – is officially coming to Cambodia, cementing the centuries-old special relationship between the Khmer empire and the world’s largest democracy.
Spats: not something ordinarily associated with stand-up comedy, but then neither is Earl Okin. The only act ever to open for Paul McCartney’s Wings, this self-professed “musical genius and sex symbol” represents an unlikely fusion of bossa nova and belly laughs, not to mention damn fine footwear.
Hard rock has long been known for its diabolical associations, from Jimmy Page’s devout following of ‘The Great Beast’ Aleister Crowley to Keith Richard’s obsession with the occult. But only one man can lay claim to being the inspiration for ultra-violent serial killer Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers, Oliver Stone’s frenzied study of the relationship between the mass media and mass murderers.
“Jinxed” is how the Australian media described Dancing with Dictators, a documentary film about Southeast Asia’s most controversial newspaper man, when it was canned at the 11th hour during last year’s Sydney film festival.
When Phnom Penh Post and Myanmar Times publisher Ross Dunkley agreed to allow filmmakers to follow in his footsteps for an exposé on how the foreign media fares under one of the world’s most repressive regimes, few outside his immediate circle could have imagined what was to come.
Family friendly gigs “a big part of cultural education”, says host
Finding something to keep the kids entertained in a concrete jungle such as Phnom Penh can prove challenging. It’s precisely this that prompted Philippe, of Le Jardin, to organise an unprecedented series of ‘family friendly gigs’.
Traditional animation, far from dying a death with the advance of its high-tech counterpart, is experiencing something of a renaissance. In 1995, when Pixar launched the first ever feature film made entirely with computer-generated imagery (CGI), sceptics were quick to sound the death knell for its predecessor. But in recent years, often with the support of CGI animators, hand-drawn works by the likes of Japanese manga artist Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away; Howl’s Moving Castle) and French director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville; The Illusionist) have gained critical acclaim and, even more notably, been given nods at the Oscars.
Following the success of the first Comedy Club Asia in Cambodia on Tuesday the 6th of December. The show, which is the brainchilds of multilingual Aussie comedian Jonathan Atherton will be returning to the kingdom of wonder on the of the 16th of January, with a new set of international stand ups to tickle our collective fancies.
So who do we have to look forward to?
A representative of Facebook in Vietnam today confirmed that the company CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend Priscilla Chan are in Hanoi for Christmas holiday, the VietnamNet news website has reported.
The report quoted Huynh Kim Tuoc, Growth Manager of Facebook in Vietnam, as saying that the company has confirmed that "Zuckerberg has arrived in Hanoi on December 22."
His trip is "personal and not related whatsoever to his work at Facebook," the report quoted Tuoc as saying.