Wednesday, November 26, 2008

No time to fart

I'm rushing around like a blue-arsed fly today. First we had a counsel of war in the office to decide on a strategy to deal with the problems at Bangkok's two airports, where all flights in and out have been cancelled. Bloody anti-government protesters should be shot (just joking). I'm still amazed that the Thai military have not adopted their usual heavy-handed approach to civil matters. Usually they just go in guns-blazing.
Then I attended a meeting at GTZ to discuss the results of a recent FAM trip to Sambor Prei Kuk and to look at ways in which the community-based tourism project there can move forwards. GTZ are currently helping them out but won't be in place forever so the community have to get their act together, both now and in the future. They have a real good product in the pre-Angkor temples of Sambor Prei Kuk, but getting a robust community-project off the ground isn't easy here in Cambodia. GTZ then treated us to lunch at a nearby eatery.
This afternoon, I was at the British Embassy trying to get through the legal paperwork for a passport for a friend's new-born baby. It's like pulling-teeth, the paperwork is typically bureaucratic and every i needs to be dotted and every t crossed, in triplicate. It was already my 2nd visit to the Embassy on the same mission. I ended up having to go and locate the baby in question and take photos of her against a white background. Not an easy task to keep a two-month old baby still whilst lying on a large white t-shirt! I may have to try again tomorrow as my initial efforts were crap.
In an hour I will be off to Monument Books for the book launch of Denise Heywood's gorgeous coffee-table book Cambodian Dance, which is going ahead without Denise, but at least we'll have some classical dance performers strutting their stuff alongwith some refreshments. In a double-header, I will have to miss Gillian Green's book launch at Reyum on Cambodian textiles, which to be honest is a bit too specialist even for an avid book fiend like me.
To give me some peace of mind, here's a sunset - I adore sunsets - from my recent trip to Sihanoukville, taken from Independence Beach.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Andy, I noted the beautiful sunset from the Independence Hotel in Sihanoukville is astronomical; it seems like out of this world! Is it real? Incredible site in Cambodia! God really bless Cambodia with all its natural and man-made beauties.

November 27, 2008 1:19 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Its real with no photo enhancement at all. These sunsets are an almost every day occurrence in S'ville for the lucky people that live there. Independence and Victory beaches are the best beaches for sunset shots I believe though I haven't really spent much time at all in S'ville.
I agree with the view that Cambodia is blessed in oh so many ways.

November 27, 2008 8:48 AM  

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