Man about town: 29 August 2014

Man about town: 29 August 2014

HELLO AND GOODBYE
Insider says a fond farewell to senior reporter Miranda Glasser who, entering her third trimester of pregnancy, has decided to leg it for the safety of her hometown, London. Miranda, a former television producer worked for the Post for just over two years and in time became a firm favourite in town. She’ll still be connected with our town because she and her husband Rich will retain their ownership of the English-language school, BELS.

And while we wish the best to Miranda, her husband and her bub-to-be, we happily put out the welcome mat for Nicky Sullivan, who joins Insider as its senior reporter. There’s no need to introduce Nicky as she’s a well-known gal-around- town, having lived here for five years before taking a longish leave of absence and living in such squalid cities as Barcelona.

BODY BUILDERS BULK UP FOR CONTEST
The Angkor Body Building Association will hold its fourth annual championship this year on September 6 at the Vimean Mongkol Restaurant on National Road 6A.

The association’s spokesman Chheun Vicheat told reporter Thik Kaliyann that this year’s championship will be the biggest yet.

“We do many things during the year to let people know about bodybuilding and understand the idea of it as a sport, and we expect to have at least 2,000 people come to see our contest this year,” he said.

Registration closes on Sunday and candidates can choose from six categories in which to compete, including below 60kg, between 65-70kg, over 70kg and master’s age over 40 years old, plus a “fitness model.”

Chheun Vicheat added, “We will schedule time for candidates’ rehearsal and posing training before the contest.”

Most of the candidates signed so far are from Siem Reap but there are also contestants from other provinces including Phnom Penh, Banteay Mancheay and Battambang.

Besides preparing for the annual bodybuilding contest, association members also undertake charitable activities for the benefit of the local communities in Siem Reap. “We usually help at least one poor family a month,” Chheun Vicheat said.

For information phone: 016 706 700 or 077 22 9999.

MUCH-TRAVELLED BOOTH
The founder of the Siem Reap travel agency AboutAsia, Andy Booth, has been appointed to Travel+Leisure magazine’s a-list of travel advisors for 2014, the first Cambodian travel specialist so anointed. Last year, Conde Nast Traveler magazine added Booth and his agency to its list of world top travel specialists.

Meanwhile, Booth’s long awaited magnum opus, a lovingly compiled and lavishly produced book titled The Angkor Guidebook - Your Essential Companion to the Temples, is due to be published very shortly – perhaps even in September.

SHORTS
GM ADVENTURE: Popular former general manager of La Residence D’Angkor, Karin van Zyl, has been appointed general manager of Belmond Safaris in Botswana.

GOOD CHEER: The happy hour at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor’s Elephant Bar is back, starting this Monday and then every evening from 5pm-9pm, with 50 per cent discount on all bevvies.

EXOTIC FLIGHTS: Vietnam Airlines will operate direct flights thrice-weekly to Siem Reap from Phu Quoc, Vietnam’s largest island in the Gulf of Thailand, starting in November. From March 2014, Phu Quoc allowed foreign tourists to visit visa-free for up to 30 days.

TO MARKET, TO MARKET: Starting this Saturday the Made-in-Cambodia Market, the pride and joy of Shinta Mani Club and Resort’s general manager, Christian de Boer, will be held every Saturday and Sunday from 4pm onwards.

PUBLIC SERVICE: Much conjecture on Monday when locals discovered that Angkor Market was not only shut but teeming with cops. A policeman on the scene told reporter Thik Kaliyann that they were there to check all products to make sure none had passed their expiry date.

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