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Slumdog Millionaire

Life of a Ph.D student is really challenging but interesting. I just had a chance to browse Youtube and I found a song from the movie “Slimgdog Millionaire”. It really a nice song and the movie is also great. Have u seen it yet?

This is another song by Chris Brown, “Forever”. I somehow find some common melodies of these songs.

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NZ, Australia to get Win7 first

By Renai LeMay on 05 June 2009

The first retail sales of Windows 7 will take place in New Zealand and Australia on 22 October, Microsoft confirmed this week.

(Credit: Renai LeMay/ZDNet.com.au )

Windows 7 will hit first New Zealand, then Australia, due to the countries’ placement with respect to the International Date Line. Microsoft announced last week that its new operating system would hit retail shelves and start showing up on new PCs from 22 October this year.

“Our understanding at this time is that the availability of Windows 7 will ‘follow the sun’ on Thursday October 22,” a Microsoft spokesperson said late yesterday. “As such, we’re excited that the first retail sales globally of Windows 7 will take place in New Zealand and Australia as we cross the dateline ahead of other markets.” Continue reading


Khmer New Year Celebration in Canberra, Australia

ពិធីបុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំខ្មែរនៅវត្តខេមរារង្សី ទីក្រុងកង់បេរ៉ា ប្រទេសអូស្ត្រាលី

ថ្ងៃទី​១១ ខែមេសា ឆ្នាំ២០០៩


Khmer New Year Party in Canberra 2009Chanroeun, my wife-Sophea, Khim, Phalla, Sodina, Niron, Keara

Heng, His wife, Amanda, Piseth, Ly




Thanks Bong Darin for the beautiful videos​ and Sodina & Phalla for the photos.

Khemararangsi Temple website: http://khemararangsi.org/


2009 International Essay Contest for Young People

Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO
Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc., Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education
Supported by Japan Airlines

The United Nations has designated 2001-2010 as the “International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World” and 2005-2014 as the “United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.” Not only should young people benefit from these global initiatives, but they should be empowered to play a leading role in them. The theme of this year’s International Essay Contest is “The role of science in building a better world.” Young people from around the world are invited to submit their innovative ideas on this theme.

Theme: “The role of science in building a better world”

Scientific progress has brought many benefits to humanity, while some applications of science have had adverse impacts. What kind of science and technology do you think is needed for realizing a more equitable, prosperous and sustainable world for all? Please express your vision for the future of science, including examples of studies or researches you wish to engage in. Continue reading


Cambodia’s New Intellectuals

by Geoffrey Cain

After France granted Cambodia independence in 1953, an impassioned renaissance swept Phnom Penh in the 1960s, a resurgent Angkorian nationalism alongside a potpourri of foreign influences tha included Beatlemania and existentialism. Many saw the city— once called the “Pearl of Asia”—a neutral safe haven from the havoc that rocked neighboring Vietnam and Thailand. Artists, writers and scholars frequented Phnom Penh’s beautified universities and cafés, discussing the great works of Jean-Paul Sartre and Picasso, while musicians and dancers revived traditional Khmer styles from the country’s Angkor-era height. Even then-Prince Norodom Sihanouk, the movement’s figurehead, was a filmmaker and singer who led a jazz band. Continue reading

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Thai, Cambodian Troops Exchanged Gunfire at Border Area

PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia (AFP) – Fighting erupted on Wednesday on the Thai-Cambodia border, military officials from both sides said, as a row over a disputed patch of land near the ancient Preah Vihear temple boiled over.

Brigadier Bun Thean said the two sides had exchanged gunfire, after reports that 500 Thai soldiers were massing on their side of the border.

Cambodian and Thai troops are opening fire at each other now,” he told AFP from the scene, accusing Thailand of firing the first shot.

Thai troops entered our territory … It is heavy gunfire.”

A senior Thai military official who did not wish to be named confirmed that fighting had broken out near the border, but insisted that it was isolated.

“It’s small-scale fighting and the Thai authorities are trying to contain the incident,” he told AFP in Bangkok.

The fighting broke out in a small patch of disputed land about two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the 11th century Khmer temple, an UN World Heritage site which is on Cambodian territory.

Cambodia and Thailand have been sparring over land near the temple since July, and tensions soared this week after about 80 Thai troops entered a disputed area, enraging Cambodia.

Thai television on Wednesday showed military trucks loaded with tanks heading toward the border and troops setting up mortars, while the Thai air force spokesman said their fighter jets were on stand-by.

“Normally we have fighter jets on stand-by at various regional headquarters ready for operation within five minutes, but under the current circumstances we have increased our readiness,” Group Captain Montol Suchookorn told AFP.

He said transport planes were also being prepared in case they were needed to evacuate Thai nationals from Cambodia, but added that he expected the stand-off to be settled through talks, rather than an armed conflict.

“I do hope the use of force is the last resort,” he said, before the reports of gunfire.

Colonel Sunsern Kaewkumnerd, the Thai army spokesman, earlier confirmed that there had been a reinforcement of troops by both Thailand and Cambodia, but declined to say how many Thai soldiers were being readied.

In Phnom Penh, General Neang Phat, a secretary of state at the defence ministry, refused to reveal the number of Cambodian troops stationed near the border, but said they were ready to protect their territory.

“We have enough troops to protect our territorial integrity,” he told AFP.

Tensions between the neighbours flared again this week after failed talks on Monday aimed at cooling a months-long stand off over land near Preah Vihear.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen then issued an ultimatum to the Thai side after he accused more than 80 Thai soldiers of entering one of a handful of disputed areas — leave or risk conflict.

Cambodian officials insisted that the troops did leave before the Tuesday mid-day deadline, but Thailand’s foreign minister said they were standing their ground.

The stand-off between the neighbours first flared in July after Preah Vihear was awarded World Heritage status by the UN cultural body UNESCO, angering some Thai nationalists who still claim ownership of the site.

The situation quickly escalated into a military confrontation, with up to 1,000 Cambodian and Thai troops facing off for six weeks, although both sides in August agreed to reduce troop numbers in the disputed area.