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Good news to all ex-pats, and travelers alike, Hawaii Pizza has re-opened its

doors. As the name suggests, pizza is their specialty, however, the pastas, Western

and Khmer mains and salads make up more of the menu. The delicious food, reasonable

prices and big, comfy wicker chairs will entice you to visit more than once. Built

brand new, the new place is now located over the road from Two Dragon Guesthouse,

Wat Bo Village.

** A Japanese photographer founded and still supports the Angkor Hospital for Children

in Siem Reap with NGO Friends without a Border. Although primarily focused on children,

the Home Care Unit is community based, providing health education, counseling and

free medication to local villagers, young or old. They are specifically targeting

the growing AIDS problem in Cambodia. Donations are always welcome, of course, but

for something a little different, why not sponsor a patient. Drop in to the hospital

for more information.

** Situated over the road from Blue Pumpkin and owned and run by very friendly Indian

ex-pats, Little India is the place to eat for people who like a little spice in their

food. The thalis ( a metal tray with 3-4 small portions of different curries, bread

and condiments) is particularly good value at $3 for vegetarians and $4 for carnivores.

There is of course a wide selection of all your Indian favorites on an a la carte

menu. Dishes are $2 - $5.

** Colors of Cambodia, an art gallery in the center of town, shows and sells artwork

created by local children. Kids from the ages of 11 to 17 are taught at Spean Chrev-Amelio

School, which is situated in an impoverished village, 4 kms out of town, near the

Tonle Sap. One hundred percent of the profits from the sale of the paintings at the

gallery go back into the school. The money goes to paper, paints and other art supplies,

and as of May 2005, a much-needed full-time nurse for the school and village. Julie,

an English teacher at the school, describes it as "a great little NGO - small

and simple enough that it works quite well." Colors of Cambodia the art gallery

is located on the block between Ivy Guesthouse 1 and Boosters (not to be confused

with a souvenir shop of the same name on the same block.) Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

every day.

Slices of Siem Reap is a regular column that aims to provide information on happenings

and what to do in the Siem Reap area. If you have something to add, e-mail Michael

Hayes at: michael.pppost@online.com.kh

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