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Green Vespa Review

By: The Phnom Pen Posted: January-01-2006 in
The Phnom Pen

After many return visits this year, I have decided this is one of my favourite bars in Phnom Penh. When I started reading website postings about what makes a good bar in Phnom Penh, many people said it was the man behind the bar ( does anyone know a female bar owner in Phnom Penh ? ) and in the Green Vespa's case, this is particularly true. Alan is a consummate professional and I reckon he probably knew he wanted to be a barman at the age of four.

Skate park for Phnom Penh up for grabs

By: Bronwyn Sloan Posted: January-01-2006 in
Bronwyn Sloan

Cambodia hosted two sporting greats for a few days this week. One, Sir Bobby Charlton, captured most of the attention, but skateboard legend Tony Hawk was not just along for the ride.

At 70, Sir Bobby belied his age and taught kids for Phnom Penh to Battambang the finer points of football during his three-day visit. Not only that, but both men risked life and limb (and what brave insurer would put a collective value on that calibre of limb?) touring mined countryside to promote land mine awareness and the scale of Cambodia's problem with the deadly tools of war to the rest of the world.

Cambodian Company Signs Potentially Lucrative Chinese Silk Deal

By: Bronwyn Sloan Posted: January-01-2006 in
Bronwyn Sloan

Companies based in Phnom Penh and the Chinese municipality of Chongqing have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the produce of Cambodian silk worms being exported to China in commercial quantities, local media reported this week.

The MoU was signed between Cambodia's Tanimex Company Ltd and Chongqing Wintus (New Star) Trade Development Ltd, which lists Liangping Wintus Silk & Textile Ltd as its subsidiary partner, Khmer-language daily Rasmei Kampuchea reported in a front page story. Both Chinese companies are recognized by the China Chamber of Commerce.

Had your fill of the markets? Couldn't face the possibility of haggling over one more dollar?

By: Expat Advisory Posted: January-01-2006 in
Expat Advisory

Ready to kill the next vendor who says "Sir, you buy trouser"? That's okay, we've all been there, too, and help is at hand. If you're in desperate need of a shot of crass western consumerism, try one of these places.

Getting to know the modern work Generation M

By: Expat Advisory Posted: January-01-2006 in
Expat Advisory

Orange-robed monks are a dime-a-dozen on Phnom Penh's streets. According to Jordyan Edmiston and local monk Nhean Pov, they are always up for a good chat.

Take a stroll around Phnom Penh on any given Sunday, and you are bound to encounter a pack of teenaged monks,hanging in the afternoon sun or cruising the museum scene. More likely than not, they will smile at you, ask you where you are from, and inquire if you like Cambodia. Embrace them in conversation and you'll come to learn that Khmers choose the cloth over the conventional for different reasons than young men and women in the west.

Yen Tu: Birthplace of Zen

By: Expat Advisory Posted: January-01-2006 in
Expat Advisory

On the quest for enlightenment, Oliver Martin finds higher ground on Vietnams Yen Tu.

"Although you may practice Buddhism for 100 years, you cannot attain enlightenment without reaching the summit of Yen Tu," say the Vietnamese pilgrims who visit Dong Pagoda, Yen Tu mountain, 120 kilometers north-east of Hanoi.

While the view may be beautiful and the breeze spiritual, it is the adventure of getting to the summit of this mountain in Quang Ninh Province where the fun is to be enjoyed.

The Cambodian Journa

By: Expat Advisory Posted: January-01-2006 in
Expat Advisory

Opening 6 - 9 pm, Wednesday, June 6

At Java Café & Gallery

Drawings by Valentina DuBasky since 1994

Artist talk to be announced...

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