Last chance to see "Chills"

Last chance to see "Chills"

Tonight (Wed, Feb 19) is the last night of "Chills", the funniest ghost story you'll ever see. If you're in Siem Reap, you can't miss this. 

Here's the synopsis:

“Preu” (Chills) addresses the fears and anxieties of human beings. In a poetic and symbolic way, the show conjures up the nightmares that haunt everyone’s mind.

“Preu” presents the reaction of a student’s class towards supernatural events. Immerse yourself in the universe of “preu” without worry, because to overcome your fears, you’ll need to face them first.

“Preu” is a modern Cambodian circus play performed by Generation 5 student artists of Phare Ponleu Selpak Artistic and Social Center. The performance mixes theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, contortion and other circus skills to portray this beautiful story about Cambodian culture and beliefs.

The artists are some of the kindest, funniest, most talented friends I've made since moving to Cambodia. Hope you can come give them a big send off.

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Flight of the Gibbon Angkor and Phare, The Cambodian Circus Join Forces

Flight of the Gibbon Angkor and Phare, The Cambodian Circus Join Forces

Siem Reap's most unique daytime adventure and it's most unique evening entertainment are now available in one package!

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Phare, The Cambodian Circus  

Uniquely Cambodian, Daringly Modern  

Experience one of the highlights of Cambodia and meet talented young performers in breathtakingly entertaining and original Cambodian shows.   Phare, The Cambodian Circus (www.PhareCambodianCircus.org) tells uniquely Cambodian tales using modern circus arts and high energy music, touching on themes strong in Cambodian tradition, ethos and spirit. The performances mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, fire and contortion with an explosion of virtuosity and sensitivity. During the hour-long shows, the Phare performers share their emotions and excitement, blowing the audience away with their integrity and power.  

Phare artists are students and graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak's (www.phareps.org) vocational training centre in Battambang. The association was formed 20 years ago by 8 young men coming home from a refugee camp after the Khmer Rouge regime. They were greatly helped by art therapy and wanted to share this new skill among the poor, socially deprived and troubled youngsters in Battambang. They founded an art school and public school followed to offer free education. A music school and theatre school were next and finally, for the kids who wanted more, the circus school. Today more than 1,200 pupils attend the public school daily and 500 attend the alternative schools. Phare Ponleu Selpak also has extensive outreach programs, trying to help with the problems highlighted in their own tales.  

Phare The Cambodian Circus offers these students and graduates somewhere to hone their skills and a place to earn a decent wage. Money that will take them out of poverty and give them self-respect and freedom.

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Flight of the Gibbon Angkor: A World Class Zipline Eco-Adventure Tour at a World Heritage Site© - Angkor Archeological Park!

Nestled in the rainforest, not far from the majestic temples of Angkor, prepare to soar on ziplines, traverse suspended sky bridges, abseil from towering trees, be amazed by the majesty and magic of the rainforest, and fly like never before. Flight of the Gibbon has built its famous zipline courses in the most remote and beautiful real rainforest locations in Thailand…until now! Angkor, 30 minutes from Siem Reap, Cambodia is home to the 7th Wonder of the World, Angkor Wat and dozens of other ancient ruins, temples and compelling religious historical artifacts spanning centuries of Hindu and Buddhist influence. 

World Class Course Features:

  • 21 platforms high in the treetops
  • 10 thrilling ziplines
  • 4 sky bridges spanning hundreds of metres
  • Spiral staircases circling trees
  • A 50 ft. abseil finish
  • The longest single zipline in Cambodia
  • 6 hectares teaming with exotic wildlife
  • Re-introduction of wild-gibbons
  • State of the Art Safety Equipment

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Phare, The Cambodian Circus

Not to be missed if you ever come to Siem Reap.

An astonishing immersion into Cambodian Modernity. Phare, The Cambodian Circus is the only venue in Cambodia featuring a daily theatrical circus show of international standard. Modern Cambodian tales are embodied by a new generation of talented artists trained in Battambang. The performances mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, fire or contortion with an explosion of virtuosity and sensitivity. During one hour, Phare performers transmit emotions and excitement, blowing away the audience by their integrity and power.Set in the heart of Siem Reap City, Phare circus tent can comfortably accommodate 360 spectators and is specially designed to fulfill the acoustic needs of the live music performances. On site, spectators enjoy 3 course set meals before and after the show with prior reservation in our cozy Phare Cafe.Phare artists are graduates from Phare Ponleu Selpak's vocational training center in Battambang. Coming from vulnerable households they gained international recognition through their art practice. The Cambodian Circus is a tool to build the careers of Cambodian artists, to contribute in the reviving of the Cambodian art scenes and to sustain the artistic, educational and social programs of the association.Come and enjoy the show every day at 7:30 PM

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2013 Ride for Hagar

2013 Ride for Hagar

WHAT:

A 14-day cycle tour through beautiful Vietnam and Cambodia. Join us on an adventure of a lifetime, as we cycle 500km through some of South East Asia?s most stunning scenery including rice paddies, remote villages, large river deltas and 15th century temples. You will be challenged both physically and emotionally as you connect with the local culture, learn about justice issues, and witness Hagar?s life-giving work first hand ? all with a group of passionate like-minded individuals.

WHY:

To support Hagar! An opportunity to become educated in the complexities of human trafficking and exploitation and raise awareness and funding for the work of Hagar, an international NGO dedicated to the restoration and empowerment of victims of human trafficking and other human rights abuses in Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

WHEN: February 16 ? March 2, 2013

COST:  Early Bird Pricing: $1700 (USD) before November 15 + $2500 (USD) fundraising goal After November 15: $1850 (USD) + $2500 (USD) fundraising goal

Included: All Accommodation (Twin Share) English speaking local tour guides Air Conditioned support vehicle Drinking water and snacks Food (detailed in itinerary) Bike hire and Mechanic Crossborder Cycle Shirt Trafficking Curriculum

Not Included: International Flights Travel Insurance Visas Discretionary Tips Note: Participation is strictly limited to 24 riders!

For more details, email crossborder@hagarinternational.org 

If you are not up for the ride, your donation is very welcome!

PLEASE DONATE

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My New Asus Transformer

A big part of my job with Asia Adventures will be to make sales calls to prospective customers and partners. I need to be able to show them beautiful images and descriptions of our programs, and a tablet computer seemed most useful for this task.

With my 50th birthday around the corner, and as a good-luck-with-the-new-job gift, Josh gave me an Asus Transformer TF300T.  I've only had a few days with it, and I'm still learning how to use it, but I wanted to write a bit about my first impressions. This is not meant to be a full review, just first impressions.

To my friends who love their iPads, I recognize that the iPad has it's benefits. It's more user-friendly, the page animations are smoother, the apps provide a more consistent user experience and it's a little lighter.  At the end of the day, however, I still prefer using Android over iOS and the Asus Transformer seemed to offer the most value for the money. Let me say tell you a little bit about why.

I really dislike being tied to iTunes. I don't like Apple controlling how I use a product that I bought and paid for. Android is much more flexible, versatile, expandable and customizable. Sharing apps across multiple devices is also easier (for me) on Android than on iOS. Further, I can more easily get apps from other sources like Amazon without having to root or jailbreak the device. Finally, I prefer the way Android handles file management over iOS.

Another reason Android is better for me because it's easier (for me) to set up and sync with all of the Google services I use: Gmail, Google Voice, Calendar, Contacts, Docs, My Tracks, Google+, Google Search, Apps for Domains and more.

OK, so enough about saying why I chose Android over iOS. Let me share some random thoughts about tablets in general, and the Asus Transformer specifically.

If it wasn't for this sales job, I personally wouldn't have any use for a tablet.  I prefer my desktop for serious computing and productivity, my notebook for mobile computing and productivity and my Kindle for e-book reading.  Tablets are still too heavy (compared to a Kindle) for e-book reading. I can use my smartphone for checking e-mails and other quick Internet activities on-the-go. I doubt I will use it to watch video, and I don't play games. But, tablets do seem to be the perfect format for taking on sales calls.

On the other hand, the optional keyboard might make it more useful for computing and productivity. It's easier to type on a real keyboard than on a touch-screen. Maybe after I learn more how to use it, it might be able to replace my notebook for some things.

Although I didn't do a lot of comparison shopping other than online, I am happy with my choice of the Asus Transformer over other options. It doesn't have all the bloatware (apps that I will never use but can't remove) like HTC does. They also don't layer some other OS on top of Android (like HTC Sense), so I feel it runs smoother and faster. The optional keyboard is pretty nice and should come in handy. 

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