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Fulfilling your New Year’s 2015 resolutions

Fulfilling your New Year’s 2015 resolutions

It’s the start of a new year, the time when we make all those promises to ourselves that we usually forget within days, if not hours. Here’s a few suggestions to help you keep them

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Learn Khmer
They say the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it, and that’s idea behind the Language Institute of Natural Khmer. Classes are structured so that you listen to a pair of native Khmer speakers have a conversation and then only start speaking once you have a firm grasp on the basics of the language. Natural Khmer have a range of experience levels that go from basic (discussing your family) up to advanced (dissecting the newspapers). The price is $5 per hour-long class.

Sovannaphumi School 4th Floor, Street 200. Tel: 012 293 764. Web:

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Get healthy
While the science is still out on whether so-called “cleanses” actually do much good, following a binge on turkey, booze and whatever else during the festive season it probably couldn’t hurt to spend a few days sucking down nutrient-rich smoothies. Artillery Cafe’s three-day Just Juice Cleanse ($69) includes 18 pre-made and home-delivered cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices intended to “boost, fuel, alkalise, hydrate, activate and nourish”. To register, email [email protected].

Artillery Cafe, Street 240 1/2 Alleyway and #13B Street 278. Tel: 078 985 530.

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Get in shape
If you’re serious about dropping some pounds this year, you couldn’t get much more high-intensity than CrossFit, a fitness regimen that combines cardio, gymnastics, weightlifting and more. CrossFit Amatak offers casual classes plus two structured programs. Their bootcamp requires you to attend three intensive sessions per week, while On Ramp – featuring six special sessions over two weeks plus unlimited drop-ins – offers a less brutal introduction. Prices range from $10 each for casual classes to $160 for On Ramp.

CrossFit Amatak, #45 Street 454. Tel: 012 345 654.

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Take up a hobby
Not all hobbies require you to give up many hours a week to practise. Phnom Penh Community College runs short courses on everything from painting, sewing and cocktail making to longer courses on photography, self-defence and Khmer language and culture. Short courses happen over a weekend/day, while longer courses run one evening a week for five weeks. Prices range from $30 to $100.

For more details email [email protected] The Capacity Specialists Training Centre, #73 Street 115.

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Attain inner peace
Essence of Health run meditation courses – along with other meditative disciplines such as tai chi and yoga – aimed at beginners who want to learn how and why to meditate. The general idea is that the practitioners train to distance themselves from their own minds by observing their thought processes without getting involved. The meditation courses vary from one-day intensives to three-month sessions. They also have a free trial on the first of each month.

Essence of Health, #8A Street 112. Tel: 0889 235 306. Web:

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Laugh more
Phnom Penh has stand-up comedy nights nearly every other week where the laughs can be found in abundance. The Comedy Club ($4) at Equinox, regularly hosts international acts while, Verbal High ($1) at Meta House
and Full Metal Comics (free) at Slur Bar mainly just showcase Phnom Penh’s diverse range of funny people, both Cambodian and expat comedians, performing original material.

Equinox, #3a Street 278, Meta House, #37 Sothearos Boulevard and Slur, #28 Street 172.


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