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The Gecko: 27 January, 1995

 

SOME of the best answers to the PPPost Super

Quiz:

 

Q: What is the area in kilometers of Cambodia? A: Wat Phnom - given by

three respondents.

Q: What is Cambodia's national animal? A: Dragon; crocodile; lion.

Q: What was the nickname for the train on which many Khmer refugees

returned to Cambodia during the 1992-3 repatriation effort? A: Refuznics.

Q: Who donated the Napoleon III pavilion inside the Royal Palace to

King Norodom? A: Thomas Tomsen (who he?).

Q: What Cambodian political party received the fourth largest number

of votes in the UNTAC-sponsored elections in May, l993? A: Indonesia, France,

Japan, and Malaysia!

Information Minister Ieng Mouly tied the knot last week in what could be the

wedding of the year. Phnom Penh's movers and shakers turned out by the hundreds

- some say 1,500 total - to fete the lucky couple. Prince Ranariddh and his wife

topped the list of VIPs and kept all eyes glued to center stage as they took

command of the dance floor, but attentions were diverted when Frank Gellet and

Christine Penn uncorked a few lucid twists and turns doing the jitterbug. Benny

Widyono won the most votes for best expat rendition of the ramvong.

A young lady who spent 10 years in Site 2 before returning to Phnom Penh had

this to say about her experience there: "Site 2 was fun. We went to Pattaya,

stayed for three days and swam a lot."

Reverend Mike Evans was seen recently on Filipino TV. Talking about his

experience in Cambodia, Miracle Mike - re-telling the tale with a smile and a

chuckle - said "there were people outside the hotel with baseball bats, they

were screaming and then I said to (his aide) George 'the Lord has been

merciful...so far!'." Har, har, har! Mike is gearing up for a big push in Manila

on February 13. Don't miss it.

One reason why it might be so hard for the Thais to cut off cross-border

trade to the Khmer Rouge was revealed during the recent visit to border passes

organized by the Thai government for diplomats in Bangkok. The group was

informed that there were 141 border crossings, of which only one-third were

manned.

Does advertising work? The Cambodian Development Committee ran full page ads

in major papers and magazines in Asia last month announcing "Cambodia: Open for

business". The CDC got over 300 responses by fax from investors asking for more

information.

The film "People of the Ricefields" was shown two weeks ago,

which many viewers said was the best film they had ever seen directed by a

Cambodian. The Ministry of Culture apparently doesn't agree. A second showing

was supposed to take place at the French Cultural Center last Friday but the

Ministry stepped in and cancelled the program saying it portrayed

Cambodia in

the wrong light.

The Cathouse has a new cook and the food is great. Chef Jen,

without

question, makes the meanest enchaladas in the capital and anyone with

a hankering for some delicious Mexican food should check it out.

If you haven't been to the Seven/Seven store, its worth a look-see.

They

have a great breakfast in the restaurant, and the store carries all the cheeses

that you used to get at Le Shoppe but now can't find at Luckys.

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