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Last month, when Sambo the elephant collapsed and died of a heart attack after 15 years of hauling tourists around Angkor archaeological park, an online petition collected thousands of signatures demanding an end to the long-running practice.

Omar Diaz (left), Loven Ramos (centre) and chef Seiha Chomnab mix beats and beets at East of Narnia. Photo supplied
Fri, 20 May 2016

A new world of imaginative cuisine

East of Narnia is not so much a “pop-up” restaurant as an opportunity that popped up and was seized upon by 1961 Co-working & Art Space’s owner Loven Ramos, and his friend Omar Diaz, aka DJ Amro.

According to knowyourmeme.com, the ‘trollface’ character was created by a Californian artist for an online ‘rage comic’ in 2008 and meant to represent the facial expression of an internet troll.
Fri, 20 May 2016

Cambodian satire in the age of Facebook and ‘trolls’

Today’s young Cambodian satirists don’t sign names to their work. They stamp it with a ‘rage comic’ logo, post it on Facebook and wait for the likes to roll in.

Newcomer to standup comedy (and Phnom Penh) Lune Dee finds humour in her shared Khmer-Vietnamese heritage.
Fri, 20 May 2016

Firing jokes into new cultural territory

Tonight at Malaman will be a free comedy show featuring mostly female comedians. One of them is Lune Dee, 23, a Vietnamese national and newbie to standup.

Noun Sobon (left) and Khim Samnang make their acting debut in Diamond Island. Photo supplied
Fri, 20 May 2016

Cannes marks a passing of the torch

A passing of the torch, a change of perspectives: looking back, the 69th Cannes Film Festival could be seen as some kind of a watershed for Cambodian cinema.

Arguably the most authentically Malaysian dish available in Phnom Penh: Maya Cafe’s nasi lemak ayam rendang.
Fri, 20 May 2016

The real taste of authentic Malaysian?

Jai Rihan, the owner of the recently opened Maya Café, boasts that his is the most authentic Malaysian food in Phnom Penh.

Mami and Sopheak’s project saw them head to the border together. Photo supplied
Fri, 20 May 2016

Live art project explores border tensions

At work, documentary filmmaker Sao Sopheak and multidisciplinary artist Tuan Mami employ similar styles: probing, crosscutting, even brash.

Vanessa Voukotitch’s range of Bandrui products. Photo supplied
Fri, 20 May 2016

The good oil: New scents based on ancient recipes

Vanessa Voukotitch can’t hear so well, but her sense of smell is mighty strong. And it was her finely tuned nose that led her into the alchemical world of essential oils and the power of scent to heal body and mind.

Rupert Abbott has worked at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, for the UN at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and as the deputy Asia Pacific director
Fri, 20 May 2016

MY PHNOM PENH: Rupert Abbott: Human-rights lawyer

Rupert Abbott has worked at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, for the UN at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and as the deputy Asia Pacific director at Amnesty International.

Fri, 13 May 2016

Label launch to boost the bass

A big night of music marks the beginning of a new venture for Siem Reap with the launch of The Ten Bells music label as both a platform for new music, and a recording studio.