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Siem Reap Lowdown

Artist on the move – yet again

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A painting from Touch Khchao’s Care series. Photo Supplied

SHE’S been tipped as one of Cambodia’s leading artists, and her work in Siem Reap has certainly been on the move – from one venue to another.

Touch Khchao, 28, is a Battambang artist; a graduate of the Phare Ponleu Selpak school of Art. A series of her work, entitled Care, has been on display at The Red Gallery at the FCC Angkor complex on Pokambor Avenue for some time.  

But the shockwaves from the recession still reverberate, making running the gallery unsustainable. It closed last month,

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Tuk tuk driver turns snapper

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Kimleng Sang’s photos have a raw, intimate feel to them. Photo by: KIMLENG SANG

A Siem Reap tuk tuk driver is well on the way to becoming a professional photographer, thanks to a kind helping hand from a Canadian tourist.

The intensity of Cambodia’s impact upon the senses has made it a popular destination for photographers since the country opened up again after the reign of the Khmer Rouge in the early 90s.

In the past few years, a local scene is finally beginning to develop, and 32-year-old Kimleng Sang is a shining example.

Kimleng

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Golfing legends drive off fairway

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The winning team: (from left) Paul Popielier, Craig McDonald, Jacob Montross and Thierry Loustau.

LAST Sunday, 32 IBC Legends of Golf members slugged it out on the fairways of Siem Reap’s Angkor Golf Resort.

IBC stands for International Business Club, more commonly known as the Chamber of Commerce.

The tournament grouped competitors in teams of four and followed a Texas Scramble format, with each team given a handicap based on the players’ ability.

Naturally there were prizes to be won for “nearest the pin”, “longest drive”, “nearest to the line” and a hole-in-one prize sponsored by Ezecom, who provided a

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Shake your rump in the Reap

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Ariel Reyes doing his thang at the MGM Club in Shanghai.

So you think you can’t dance? Ariel Reyes begs to differ, and he’s running private and group classes in Siem Reap to show that anybody can dance – even white people.

“Everyone can dance,” he declares. “Dance and choreography are a wonderful way to bring everyone together. It’s something we all have in common.”

His expertise is in swing and salsa lessons for all levels of ability, but he can also turn his hand, and your feet, to hip-hop, R&B, and classic dances such as the tango or the waltz.

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The photo that launched a big reputation

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From humble beginnings, Red Piano has become an institution.
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Greet Caboor, his staff and the famous red piano. Peter Olszewski

One of Siem Reap’s most famous and longest running venues, the Red Piano, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, and owner Geert Caboor points to the framed photo that helped propel his business to stellar heights.

It’s a nondescript happy-snap sort of photo, but it’s a picture that’s worth a million bucks.

It shows the then 34-year-old Caboor together with an actress in his bar in Siem Reap in 2001. She was working on a movie

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