famous Associated Press bureau boss Ker Munthit says that, even in the face of pressure
from his wife Sothavy, he is refusing to dye his hair to cover up the increasing
number of grey hairs that are speckling his robust mane. Munthit says there is no
point in trying to cover up the grey as it is impossible to dye one's nostril hairs
too so people will know anyway.
** World famous NGO chief Theary Seng says that prayer and meditation stem the growth
of grey hair and she is living proof of this fact.
** Somebody is ripping off the tiles in the old Bokor hotel. They are headed down
the mountain by the truckload daily.
** One political pundit says one of the possible explanations for the drop in voter
turnout at last Sunday's commune elections is that ladies are saying no to turning
their index fingers blue. One lady tried to just dab her finger in the ink, but an
alert election official insisted on a full dunk.
** The Cantina is now offering a "Meat Lovers Bloody Mary". No celery,
no tomato juice, no limes and no spices.
** The first batch of 28 U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in on April 4 and
will head for the provinces soon.
PCV Conor Cronin, who sort of looks like Brad Pitt, gave a speech in Khmer and said
that two of the most useful phrases he has learned so far are how to say "serves
you right" and "whatever" in Khmer.
US Ambassador Joseph Mussomeli said: "The United States is a very large country
and a very rich one. We spend huge amounts of money on many things, but there is
nothing we do that is more effective and more valuable than sending our Peace Corps
volunteers to places like Cambodia. Dollar for dollar our Peace Corps volunteers
do more to advance freedom and justice in the world and protect American ideals and
principles than any other program of the United States government. Peace Corps is
American's 'soft power' at its very finest."
Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Khol Pheng gave the volunteers two pieces
of advice: "When it's hot, do not run for ice in the countryside. Drink hot
tea. Hot tea will keep you cool."
He said the process of making ice is not safe as sometimes people use urine to help
the process. He also advised the volunteers not to eat raw vegetables. If they followed
this advice then they wouldn't get diarrhea.