Man About Town 05-03-2010

Man About Town 05-03-2010


The streets of Siem Reap were alive last weekend with the sights and sounds of colourful parades, culminating on Monday morning with a peak-hour traffic-clogger when about 2000 Khmers marched through the streets in honour of a man who wrote a dictionary.

Actually, according to 7Days Khmer reporter Rann Reuy, the procession was a celebration of the birth date later this month of supreme patriarch and Cambodia’s most prominent scholar of Khmer literature, Chuon Nath.

His legacy includes not only the “priceless Khmer dictionary” completed in 1967, but also the words to the national anthem and other meaningful songs such as “Savada Khmer”.

Chuon Nath’s birthday actually falls on Khmer month Phalkun 21, which falls on March 11 this year. But organisers held the procession on March 1 to avoid clashing with the all important preparations for the third anniversary of the death of Wat Bo’s abbot, Khieu Neuy.

Sokha Angkor Resort’s genial general manager, Emmett McHenry, has eschewed Irish shenanigans in favour of Texas Scramble, and is hosting the Sokha Texas Scramble Golf Tournament on April 3 at the Angkor Golf Resort. Tee-off for the one-day tournament is 12.30pm.

Teams of four will be pitted against each other. If prospective players don’t understand the difference between a scramble and a Texas scramble, contact Mr McHenry for instant re-education.

Meanwhile, the action is hotting up at the Angkor Golf Resort, and manager Adam Robertson has announced the dates for the forthcoming 2010 Angkor Amateur Open.

This will take place on Friday, August 6 – Sunday, August 8, and is open to male and female players. The format will remain the same as last year.

Last week I incorrectly reported that Emmanuel Garde was the new executive chef at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. But his appointment is in Phnom Penh at Raffles Hotel Le Royal.

Apologies to Raffles’ Siem Reap exec chef I Wayan Mawa for the many phone calls he received about the item. At least it proves that 7Days is widely read.


  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • EU officials: Ending EBA an 18-month procedure

    EU officials have confirmed that it will take a total of 18 months to complete the procedure if Cambodia’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement is to be withdrawn. According to EU Agriculture and Rural Development spokesman Daniel Rosario, the formal process has not