Battambang, Old City

I ever stayed in Battambang about 2 weeks in year 1992 or 1993. When I visited the province in 2017, I felt missing the past.

Cambodia was under French colony so there were French style buildings : one was Central Market located in Phnom Penh city and Battambang Central Market.

The houses were familiar even though I could not recognize where I have played around at that year.

I walked along the street. The weather was hotter but I could feel cleaner wind than in Phnom Penh.

Houses in Battambang had two floors so it could let the wind coming into the city. I loved that.

I found a pagoda and I loved the art on gate and the giant sculptures. It was Khmer traditional art.

Even though, I cannot find old memory related to Battambang but I can feel happiness of that year inside my heart.

 

Sing Alone

I love singing Karaoke. I like to go to family karaoke.

The staffs at Karaoke recognized me because I was their regular customer. I went with my friend, sometimes with my colleague.

Few times, I went to sing alone. The staff was surprised and asked me:

‘You come alone?’

I replied:

‘Yes.’

‘You can sing alone?’ said the staff.

‘Why not?’ I laughed.

Generally, people that go to Karaoke, they go in pair or group; therefore, they are surprised to my alone visit.

I don’t care what they might think. I want to do what I want to.

Most women don’t like to do anything or go anywhere alone, but I like and I can. I can work in group and I can work alone. Of course, it is me.

So, if you see someone goes to sing Karaoke alone, don’t think much. They are person who can live alone.

 

Beer Commercial Shows the Truth

Traffic accident, domestic violence and more, a part of them is caused by alcohol. Although, the alcohol producer admits. Why I say like this? Please watch the commercials of two famous beers.

Do you notice?

At first, the characters dress formal but after Tuborg/Anchor go into their bodies, they change dress immediately, especially look at ladies’ dresses, change from formal to hot.

Well, I have no power to command people to stop drinking. I just want to give message that ‘Please consider carefully before you take a sip.’

Pretty Color but Weird Decoration

Purple is my favorite color.

In Phnom Penh, it is rarely to see house painting with purple color. I found one by chance.

It was a flat with three floors. I was surprised to see it.

At first, I thought it was amazing but then I saw two things on the top of the flat; the two birds were hung on the top.

Hey, who was the designer?

I did not see that it was pretty flat anymore. It was so funny. I shook my head then left.

Ugly Buildings in Phnom Penh

I have read articles about pretty and ugly buildings in the world. I thought I should inspire this topic to write on my blog and now I do.

There are 9 buildings in Phnom Penh that I think their design are not pretty.

1. Vattanac Building

In Khmer word, this building is called ‘weird universe’ but in my opinion it is ugly universe. The ugliest part of this building is the small port on the top; it is liked a peak of bird.

2. Himawari Hotel

It is good design but the color, it annoys me the most. It would be pretty if the designer did not put green in.

3. Vanda Institute

This building was designed with yellow color. The citizens, especially young people, call it ‘Poop in the middle of Phnom Penh’.

4. Asia Pacific Bank (APD Bank)

It is funny color building. I want to know who the designer is. At first, I thought it was kindergarten but it is bank.

5. La Varenne Hotel

This hotel is pretty design but it becomes strange when the window is blue sky color. One more thing, the shape of hotel is looked like a half of moon. It is not ugly but I think this hotel lacks something.

6. Rokku

It is Japanese restaurant. It becomes ugly because of the black color mix with glass. Don’t you think so?

7. Phnom Penh Daegu Gyeyong Buk Culture, Tourism & Trade Promotion Center (PGCT)

It looks ugly. I don’t like the design. Now it becomes messy with a lot of labels.

8. Naga World 2

I know that the designer used gold color to represent money/gold; it is the identification icon of Naga World. But I want to say honestly that it is not pretty.

9. First Investment Specialized Bank

It is bank but it is liked jail in my eyes.

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3 Days 74 Accidents

Khmer New Year 2017 began from April, 14-16.

During 3 days, according to local news website DAP news, there were accidents in total 74 cases and caused 29 people dead.

Accidents is a big worry for Cambodia. It makes people die more than disease. I hope all drivers take care seriously when they drive and please respect to traffic lights and traffic rule.

IBBY Book Fair 2017

Picture from IBBY Cambodia facebook page

IBBY Cambodia is local organization working on promoting and developing reading in Cambodia.

This Saturday, 25 March, the organization will launch reading day or call 5th IBBY Book Fair. The event will be in Chaktomok Theater, Phnom Penh, Cambodia from morning till evening.

Actually, I don’t wish to attend the event but my friend asked me to help her. So I will present in the event selling books for my friend, Domrei Sor organization.

Welcome Cambodian and others to the event.