This is the 2nd KhmerBird Sunday Edition. I want to change the title to Cambodia Travel Weekly News because it might help to spread the message out via search engines.
Do let me know if you have any comment on the new title.
It was a great week, especially for KhmerBird.
We appeared on the most popular local newspaper The Phnom Penh Post in an article: Star bloggers: the top five.
Thank to Claire Knox for the article. We should also do another list for Cambodia bloggers in Khmer language. I think now we have more and more bloggers in Cambodia.
I also provided another interview with Visit Angkor, a site that provides travel guides about Angkor Wat and Siem Reap. I am very interested in their project. They encourage young Cambodian people to become entrepreneurs. I totally agree and support this idea.
We can start our own business with less than 100$. I am serious. Today we can! That’s something I plan to share in my 2nd blog 4-Hour Workweek Blogger.
Ok, here are the good articles of the week:
Cambodia Independence 09 November 1953
The King Father passed away but what he has done for his country will be remembered forever.
This is the video of 59th anniversary of Cambodia Independence leaded by National Assembly President Heng Samrin (Thank to Alfred Meier for the video link):
You can find in my post of 2010: 09 November 1953 – No more Colony in Cambodia, a nice archive video of the King Father Norodom Sihanouk visited the French president on 23 March 1953.
Social, Digital and Mobile in Cambodia
This is an interesting report about social media users in Cambodia. In my report: Social Media in Cambodia on June 2011, Facebook had only 314 680 users from Cambodia. Now we have 690, 820 users.
The number of internet users in Cambodia in 2012 is 2, 466, 305. The penetration compared to the Cambodian population is 16%. It’s a hug increase of 548%.
They found out also that Cambodia is the first country in the world that has numbers of mobile phones more than fixed phones.
And then we are ranked number 15th in the world for sharing activities via mobile phones (I think mainly via Facebook).
You can find the details report below (Thank to Anthony OM Galloway from NRG FM for the link)
Cruising Cambodia Style
I often hear the most regret that people have when they visit Cambodia is they don’t have enough time to visit the country.
Here below the quote from the travel note, Cruising Cambodia Style:
Cambodia… oh, Cambodia. Upon stepping off the plane in Siem Reap and not being inundated with hoardes of people, I fell in love. That’s right – in just 4 short days, I fell in love with the people, the food, the culture, and the super cheap massages.
So make sure you reserve at least 2 weeks in Cambodia.
Obama To Visit Cambodia This November
Congratulation to Barack Obama for his win in election. He will be the president of the unite state for four more years.
He will visit Cambodia for the first time during his visit 17-20 November 2012. He will attend the East Asia summit in Phnom Penh.
Sothea Thai raised an interesting concern to Obama on his personal blog. He wrote (Source):
My grandparents’ family was just one of the many thousands of Cambodian victims of the US bombing campaign against Cambodia before it fell into the hands of the Khmer Rouge.
The US has never officially admitted the mistake it did to the Cambodian people during that time. And, I think, it is now time for the US government to do something humanitarian to reduce or eliminate the negative memory of the bombing.
I was really shocked years ago when I discovered this document: Bombs Over Cambodia:
The data released by Clinton shows the total payload dropped during these years to be nearly five times greater than the generally accepted figure. To put the revised total of 2,756,941 tons into perspective, the Allies dropped just over 2 million tons of bombs during all of World War II, including the bombs that struck Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 15,000 and 20,000 tons, respectively. Cambodia may well be the most heavily bombed country in history.
I do hope Obama would put into his consideration on this matter.
What is the question you wish you could ask to Obama?
Best of Phnom Penh 2012 by The Advisor
It’s a vote organized by The Advisor about places, people, bands and various highlights from Phnom Penh city.
The result is available to download here.
They also celebrate the winners on Friday, 23 November 2012, check out Facebook event if you wish to join.
We will finish this week edition by a beautiful photo from Tonle Sap, Siem Reap, Cambodia.