Khmer New Year 2017 Card by Chamnan Muon

If asked, how many days in 2016? It was 366 days, right? So, how about in 2017? In 2017, it will be 365 days a year which equals to 8760 hours. Everyone has the same days and times, and the time will not stop, it always flies from one year to another one. Looking back to last year, what I have done for myself, my family and country, and within this year what will I plan to do?

The answer .... will be not shared here :-).

Let me move to what I should say for Cambodian New Year 2017.

As my country's official religion, Buddhist, and based on beliefs, the angel of the Year of the Monkey 2016 will transfer her duties to the angel of the Rooster 2017 that this year will be celebrating on April 14, 2017.

To take this valuable opportunity, I would like to say Happy Khmer New Year 2017 to all Cambodian people and the rest of the world, and wish you all the best for the upcoming Cambodian New Year 2017 to all my friends, colleague, families, beloved readers, and people in the world. Please, the Year of the Rooster's angel wishes all be blessed with a peaceful and prosperous living for the whole year through.
The holiday lasts for three days beginning on New Year's Day, which falls on April 14 to 16 this year, that is the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor before the rainy season begins. These three days called Maha Songkran for first day, Virak Wanabat for second day, and Virak loeurng Sak for final day.

Places where I plan to visit?

Almost every Khmer New Year's days, I always plan to visit my homeland in Battambang province, the northwestern of Cambodia. Have you gone to visit there? If you are interested, you can check out this article 'The Beauty of Battambang City'.

I think not only me but also most Cambodian people who have come for study or work in the capital, Phnom Penh, will plan to travel back to their homelands to meet their families, relatives, and friends during these 3-day holidays.

Oh, if you gonna plan to visit our well-known historical site, Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, you could go see a big event, អង្គរសង្ក្រាន្ត ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ - Angkor Sankranta 2017. It has been celebrated every year since 2013.

You may need to book a bus? Check out this online bus ticket booking!

Watch the promotional video below:

Keep updates on the official Facebook page.

So, where will you plan? If you still stay in Phnom Penh, you should go to join Sangkranta Wat Phnom at Wat Phnom Historical Site from April 14 - 16, 2017. Check out the promotional video on the Facebook Page of Phnom Penh City Hall.

My message for this year?

Yeah, it is what I have almost every year to keep some messages for myself as well as for my beloved readers like you. So, what are they?
  • Never give up on what I love doing: It is the same point as last year. The true is that people should do what they love, not only profitable or community-based activities, even though they challenge some problems, they gonna keep doing and doing, never say 'I have to give up'. Saying so, it is really easy, right? To do, it is NOT easy but it does not mean that everyone cannot do it. Do you think so?
  • Let change, and keep moving: When heard the word 'change', it would be .... what it means to you? I cannot change this or that, why I have to change it ... I am in the comfortable zone now :-). It will be hard to hear on what someone told you in a bad feedback but if it is in a constructive one, it would be a bit easy to accept and change it, right? Personally, for me, both of them I always need it, listen to them because only that person who frankly speaks about it to you. If it is good for you why not start changing on the points. Changing in the proper way is the BEST to make it in order to jump out of the box.
  • Free to smile, and always be positive: Smiling is FREE but it is not easy to make it from the bottom of your heart unless you are ready to do that. Try to do it day by day if you are not used to it. While doing that, it is really fresh and happy. Being positive is a MUST to do for me. For me, it is my nature, maybe, :-). No one is perfect on any area of life paths. Just try it, you will know, I am sure!.

Love travelling, and taking photos around the country during the holidays? Please help spread your useful comments and photos on Google Maps by joining Google Local Guides program to let other explorers know the best places before they plan to go there.

SEE ALSO: Happy New Year 2017

The messages above are just in the messages but ... to think and think, and to start taking action on it in order to make it come true. When it comes true, pleased do not hesitate to share it to other people too. 
រីករាយ ឆ្នាំថ្មី Rikreay Chhnam Thmei! Have a nice holiday!
Any point not to mention above? Please let me know, and let share me your message or idea below.

- Khmer font, Brother Nouv Samang
- Tevada art, Kbach Khmer

Happy Khmer New Year 2017

First They Killed My Father - A Film by Angelina Jolie

After knowing the release announcement of Jailbreak movie - the biggest Cambodian action film at the end of this month that I have already planned to watch, now this new movie 'First They Killed My Father' which was directed by one of my favorite Hollywood actresses, Angelina Jolie, whom most of Cambodian movie-lovers also know well, I have to arrange my schedule to watch it in February.

Before getting to know the film a bit more, have you ever read a book 'First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers' by Ms. Loung Ung? If you did that is great but if not, and still interested, you can find it on Amazon. Honestly, I have never read it neither.

According to the official Facebook page, Netflix is proud to announce that the Cambodian premiere of the film will take place on 18th February in Cambodia. The premiere will be followed by other screenings around the country. Director Angelina Jolie is delighted to be returning to Cambodia, to fulfill her promise to premiere the film first for Cambodian people. The film, shot entirely in the Khmer language and with a Cambodian cast, was made for and by the Cambodian people. Angelina is looking forward to sharing this moment with them, alongside Loung Ung, whose story is told in the film, and her fellow producer Rithy Panh - his film 'The Missing Picture' got in the list of the 2014 Oscar Nominees.

READ: The Top 10 Cambodian Websites

About the Film
First They Killed My Father (or in Khmer: មុនដំបូងខ្មែរក្រហម សម្លាប់ប៉ារបស់ខ្ញុំ) is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years. The film was shot on location in Cambodia, between November 2015 and February 2016. It was filmed entirely in the Khmer language, and is the largest movie ever made in the country. The cast is made up entirely of Cambodian actors. Cambodian technicians, artisans and crafts people comprised the largest portion of the crew, along with more than 3,500 Cambodian background actors.
It is the largest movie ever made in the country, Cambodia.
Watch (clip): Director's & Producer's views, and some highlight scenes of the film

You also can see some of the behind-the-scene slide photos that photographed by Sabay News team.

How to Watch it?

  • Save your date on February 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm and buy the ticket to watch it at any nearby theatres in Cambodia.
  • Or watch it online (any device, anywhere and anytime): you have to wait for the official release on Netflix movies on September 15, 2017 (maybe, as mentioned on the Facebook page), and you have to subscribe for monthly service on Netflix Cambodia (the fee starting from Basic $7.99, Standard $9.99, and Premium $11.99 per month) with two type of payment methods (Credit cards: Visa, Master, AMEX, and Paypal).
You have known the release date in Cambodia and for online streaming already so which way you will choose to watch? Will you really want to watch it?

[Update] First They Killed My Father Arrives Netflix on September 15,  2017.  Let watch the official trailer (HD Video) below:

For me, I will go to watch at the cinema. Hope to see you there in Phnom Penh city!

Have something to share, please drop it in the comment below.

First They Killed My Father Movie to Screen on February 18, 2017 in Cambodia

Happy New Year 2017 - E-card by Chamnan

The time flies, the year 2016 will say good-bye to the new year of 2017 on December 31, 2016 at 11:59:59. That is why almost every year, I write this new-year message for you.

Let say "Happy New Year 2017" to all beloved readers, my friends and families who have been reading my blog and supporting me so far. To take this occasion, I would like to wish you and your family happiness, prosperity, and success in your business for the upcoming New Year 2017.

READ: Happy New Year 2016

Please the Year of 2017 be blessed you all the best for the whole year through. Enjoy your New Year's End with your beloved ones together!. Need this e-card in higher resolution? Get it here (Free to use).
The New Year 2017, The Year of  The Rooster
Where will you plan to celebrate or visit for this New Year 2017? Have something to wish? Kindly share or drop your COMMENT NOW!

Happy New Year 2017 [Greeting Card]

Jailbreak Movie Poster

Are you waiting for the release schedule of Cambodian action movie, Jailbreak? Do you want to see Khmer traditional martial arts featured in this movie?

In my previous post about the Jailbreak movie, it is the biggest Cambodian action blockbuster that you should wait to watch at the end of next month. 

After produced 'Jailbreak' in two years, Mr. Jimmy Henderson, Director, told Sabay News that it spends more than USD 300,000 with nearly 100 stunt performers, and some parts of technical production took to Malaysia for high quality film in order to expose Cambodian cinemas abroad.

The movie is scheduled to premiere in theatres on January 31, 2017 ahead.

Here's a brief summary of Jailbreak:
  • Language: Khmer
  • Subtitle: English
  • Release Date: January 31, 2017 (Cambodia)
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Running Time: 90 Minutes
  • Produced by: Kongchak Pictures
  • Distributor: Westec Media Limited
  • Cast: Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our, Savin Phillip, Céline Tran, Tharoth Sam, Sirivudh Sisowath, and more 
  • Director: Jimmy Henderson
  • Format: 2D

READ: The First Martial Arts Stunt Team In Cambodia

Watch: Jailbreak - the first official teaser trailer (HD)

“Playboy” is an important key to find the secret gang leader of the “Butterflies” behind all the dark business, he is sent into the secure Prey Kla Prison. To escort him, Police Officer from France Mr. Ly and his supportive partners from Cambodia Officer Dara, Socheat and Tharoth. After a prisoner rebellion the groups gets trapped in the prison. What will happen to all the police in Prey Kla? What fate will Playboy get when all the prisoners are looking forward to killing him? Will they escape or die?

READ: [Video] The Beauty of Battambang City

[Update]: Watch JAILBREAK Official Trailer (HD)

Do you like this movie, and will you watch it? Bookmark your calendar on the 31.01.2017 in cinemas. For more details, check out the Jailbreak’s official website or Facebook page.

The Jailbreak Movie Will be Released on January 31, 2017

Cambodian Stunt Team
A group photo after Jailbreak movie training on May 21, 2016. Source: Cambodian Stunt Team's Facebook Page
Cambodia has become a part of film spot interested by the foreign filmmakers?. If you used to watch 'TRANSFORMERS 3 : Dark side of the moon', you would notice that part of the movie was shot at Angkor temple. Not only this foreign movie but also other ones such as Lara Croft : Tomb Raider, Almayer's Folly, Same Same But Different, The Sea Wall, City of Ghosts, Holy Lola, Two Brothers, R Point etc., according to The Cambodia Film Commission.
Recently, the number of local films have been produced more and more, and in those there is also action movie category, and I think that the action films gaining more popular nationwide among other categories but it still faced some challenges on finding the stunt team to support.

SEE ALSO: The Cambodian Action Movie 'Jailbreak' You Should Watch

Seeing this opportunity, a group of Bokator team has created a professional Bokator stunt team, Cambodian Stunt Team, whose already filmed in several movies in Cambodia. They come from many Bokator training schools  - with the main purpose is very simple, they just want to change and improve action film in Cambodia.

Let’s have a look how good they are. You can watch the video below:

Are you interested in joining their team or hiring for your project? Please keep in touch with them on the official Facebook page.

The First Martial Arts Stunt Team In Cambodia


Are you a traveller or an explorer who likes helping others find the best spots in town, and making new friends around the world?

If yes, I personally recommend you to join a new Google's community program, Google Local Guides, which was publicly announced in the blog post on November 13, 2015.

Local Guides is a global community of explorers who share photos, answer local questions, add or fix places, and write reviews on Google Maps. Millions of people rely on contributions like yours to decide where to go and what to do.
If you are asking me any reasons to join this Google Local Guides? For me, I have five reasons to join:

1. Contribute to society 
Since I have known the power of Google Maps, I always use it for my travel and then I have been starting to contribute in order to promote the local places thru adding new places, photos, reviews, and editing information, mostly in Cambodia, to the world. Helping others mean you help your society too.

2. Help others find the best places
As a local guide, I can help other people find where to go and what to do based on my own experiences, and not only I always help others but also they can help me find the best new places that I will plan to go and to do. Millions of people rely on contributions like mine to decide where to go and what to do.

SEE ALSO: Google's Year in Search 2015

3. Get benefits from Google
Once you sign up, every place you contribute to in Google Maps earns you points towards unlocking something new—from early access to new products to exclusive contests and events (Local Guides Level 5 Summit etc.), bonus Drive storage, and more. Honestly, I am one of level 5 local guides in Cambodia, so those benefits I had already - it's your turn!.

You can earn points and level up (level 1 to 5) by writing reviews, uploading photos, adding new places, fixing outdated information, and answering simple questions. Each contribution type is worth one point, so you can earn up to five points per place. Read more on the official help.

4. Make new friends
Thousands of people joining the community at everywhere Google Maps is available. Due to the recent introduction to new community forum for local guides, Local Guides Connect - a new way for us to start conversations, swap local tips, and plan meet-ups with a friendly community of fellow explorers in our areas. It is a good chance to keep in touch, even face-to-face, and make new friends with other local guides in the globe.

5. Keep connected with Googlers
You want to say hi or ask questions to Googlers (Local Guides team)? You can make it on Local Guides Connect so easily. They are friendly to help reply to your questions, I think :-).

What are your reasons to join the program? Share it in the comment below! 

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