wedding reception of the decade took place on March 16. Tying the family knot were
Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng's son Sar Sokha and RCAF Commander-in-Chief Ke Kim
Yan's daughter Ke Suon Sophy. One invitee called it "a great moment in anthropology"
as 5,000 of the Kingdom's Who's Who streamed into the Mondial Center on Mao Tse Tung
Boulevard for the event.
Each table was graced with a bottle of Johnny Walker Black, meaning the whiskey bill
alone was around $10,000. The wedding cake was 2.5 meters high, and attendees could
follow the action at the head table or the choreographed entertainment via two giant
Ten guys worked the "envelope table". It seems there is a new twist in
the evolution of gift-giving. Sources say that as many as 20 well-wishers presented
their envelopes with a car key inside. It is said that the happy couple can now go
to a specified car dealership and pick up either a new car or the cash equivalent.
And we're not talking about a Tyco either. What's the price of a Toyota Lexis times
20? Not a bad way to start off a marriage with a bit of loose change in your pocket!
** The scuttlebutt back channel is that the figure of $100,000 is the one being used
for a senior slot in the new government.
** Interesting figures coming out of Poipet. According to The Star newspaper in Kuala
Lumpur, the Ho Wah Genting company's casino in the border boomtown (described in
the article as "an attractive tourist destination") contributed US$3,890,000
to the group's revenues in 2003. The firm expects that their Poipet operations will
contribute 60% to pre-tax profits for the next two to three years.
** The new governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, wants to hear from "individuals
all over the world who have an interest in California". So go ahead, just send
him an email at: [email protected]
** Khieu Samphan's recently published autobiography is selling like hotcakes. The
first Khmer-language print run sold out in less than a week and the printer quickly
ran off another 3,000 copies to keep up with demand, most likely making it the number
one best-selling book in Cambodia.
** The road to consumer protection has just inched forward. You can now buy a new
mobile telephone battery that comes with a 15day warranty--in writing no less.