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U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William E. Todd will conduct his first Town Hall meeting in Siem Reap on Monday, March 25, 2013 at the University of South-East Asia and invites all U.S. citizens living in the area to attend. U.S. Embassy officials will be present to answer questions and discuss concerns regarding American citizen services, safety and security, health, immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and other issues. Following the Town Hall meeting, all guests will be invited to tour the U.S. Embassy’s newest American Corner.
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: The University of South-East Asia is located at Wat Bo Village, Salakomroek Commune, Siem Reap opposite the Angkor High School. The Town Hall meeting will take place in the auditorium located on the fifth floor of the university. Please note there is no elevator service.
Please RSVP by sending your first and last name, passport number, date of birth, and phone number to ACSPhnomPenh@state.gov by March 25, 2013.
NGOinsider.com presents ‘Documenting Cambodia’
From March 1st – April 30th at the 1961 gallery in Siem Reap, NGOinsider will present a unique photojournalism exhibition documenting prevalent topics occurring across Cambodia with an aim of nurturing the photographic community and increasing awareness regarding salient issues in Cambodia.
The exhibition features seven renowned professional photographers based in Cambodia; Erika Pineros, Thomas Cristofoletti, David Belluz, Meng Kimlong, Omar Havana, Sam Jam and George Nickels. They are all passionate photographers whose work has contributed to raising awareness of human rights issues in Cambodia.
Cambodian-born Magnum Foundation photographer Pete Pin, who is also a curator for Time Magazine, will be curating the exhibition. Known for his series on the ‘Cambodian Diaspora’ in the USA, Pete Pin expressed his interest in becoming involved in a project which is close to his origins.
The exhibition is the brainchild of www.ngoinsider.com who are based in Siem Reap and operate an online platform for photojournalism, promoting awareness regarding human and social rights issues with a specific focus for Cambodia. NGOinsider believes that ‘news is presented in its most captivating format when presented by those with passion.’
The exhibition will run under a unifying theme of raising awareness regarding human, social and environmental rights issues which are ongoing in Cambodia. The opening night of the exhibition will run from 7.00pm to 9.00pm on Friday 1st March. The event is open to the public.
Probably the most finest crafted temple in Siem Reap, the red-stoned Banteay Srey is all about beauty and fine arts.
In a list published yesterday by CNN Travel, Phnom Penh is listed in the “most shared travel destinations according to Gogobot”. The Cambodian capital is placed at 21st, ahead of Washington, D.C., Greater New York City, Hong Kong and Dubai. Paris was made top of the list, while Bangkok in ranked 6th.
For “most shared attractions,” according to Gogobot that CNN travel sourced, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is also listed. Again, Eiffel Tower in Paris remains on the top.
For a complete list: What were the most popular travel destinations in 2012?
If you’ve been traveling to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Wat, by flight, you should watch this hilarious video. The airport staff started Khmer traditional dance, and were joined by the passengers, making it one of the coolest celebrations ever. It’s later followed by hip-hop dance.
The most interesting thing is they’re not professional dancers or performers, but they could have been trained ahead of this celebration. It’s a such a warming welcome to Cambodia, the Kingdom of Wonder.
If you want to meet Cambodian people in the field of digital technology, this is an exciting event for you. It’s going to happen across Cambodia. First, it was held in the Cambodian capital; Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Battambang, and Kampong Som will be the provincial venue where local tech folks meet their foreign counterparts.
The second edition of a 2-day international technology conference and exhibition that brings together computer enthusiasts, young IT professionals, social innovators, web & mobile developers, bloggers, business owners, entrepreneurs, social media professionals and university students to learn & share about new forms of social innovation based on technologies and tools that are bringing strong benefits to individuals and organizations.
Official site: angkor.barcampcambodia.org
(1-9 Dec 2012, Siem Reap, Cambodia)
blindboys.org in association with the Angkor Photo Festival is proud to present the PROJECTr! A project with a projector…
PROJECTr is an attempt at taking photographs and photo-projects to the streets on wheels!
We have teamed up with our favorite Angkor Photo Festival this year again to reach out to the residents of Siem Reap, Cambodia through a simple portable projector and few square feet of white cloth. We hope that it turns out just as exciting as a BlowUp, and this time there are no walls.
A small crew will cycle around with your work to various parts of the town and surrounding villages who call the great angkor temples their home. Projections can happen anywhere there are a few people and some shade.
PROJECTr encourages people to send in more multimedia based work since we are going to have sound as well.
Regular submissions are invited as well, and projects might either be screened or displayed (as prints and postcards)
>>The theme is open, and we are looking for photo projects that can open a window to all kinds of different worlds – from the beautiful and the strange, to the colourful and the quiet — we want it all!
Send them a postcard from your vacation, with a message. And if you are incorporating sound in your essays, two thumbs up to you!
If *multimedia*, make sure it is 1280 px on the longer side, doesn’t exceed 3 min in duration and should be compressed with ‘photo jpeg’ codec in a .mov container. (Optional: You may also record a video message accompanying the project for the audience, in the same format.)
If you are sending *photographs*, send us a max of 20, keeping the longer side to 2000 px. Rename them as Photographer_ProjectName_Number and send them as one zipped file. In case you prefer a specific format of display please mention that as well.
>>Send all the projects to firstname.lastname@example.org
>>We also need a 300 word write-up of the project and a 100 word brief about you.
>>Deadline: 25th November 2012
“Be prepared to be surprised at Cuisine Wat Damnak, a contemporary Cambodian restaurant in Siem Reap that has entirely transformed native dishes seen on the streets into haute cuisine,” writes Kaylene Hong the Wall Street Journal blog.
Cuisine Wat Damnak is located between Psa Dey Hoy market and Angkor High School, Wat Damnak village, Sala Kamrek Commune in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 6.30 p.m. till 9.45 p.m. (last order). For reservations, call +855 (0)63 965 491 / +855 (0)77 347 762 or email email@example.com.
Also on EatingAsia blog:
In Siem Reap, a Site as Worthy as the Temples
I’m almost ashamed to that this is the first proper Cambodian meal we’ve had since arriving in Siem Reap almost a week ago.
We can’t help but view time here as an opportunity to partake of food and drink we don’t get much of at home in Penang, like: reasonably priced, creative and really delicious cocktails in cool bars (Miss Wong’s), decent pizza accompanied by a a good barbera d’Asti that doesn’t break the bank (Il Forno), contemporary French bistro fare in a sleek setting (Abacus), wonderful homestyle Korean dishes highlighting spices we’re new to (crushed perilla seeds; Happy Restaurant), cheese and ice cream and mangoes at a ridiculous price per kilo. Plus we’ve been working, and doing vacation-y things (what a concept!) like sleeping in and staying out late.
Photo exhibit by Peter Oxley