Tasty Dog in the Kingdom (Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts)
Temples, Traffic and Tasty Dogs: A few days in the life of Cambodia

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom:  This Cambodian Life #74.  Exciting events in Phnom Penh lately including an exhibition and viewing of films from the 60s and 70s.  Delilah sees a famous director and actress from Back in the Day, then gets to watch one of these films, filled with all the gore, magic and outrageous plot twists that you could ever want.  On a more serious note, Delilah also gets to see the Prime Minister speak.  A pretty happening week over all. 

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Ros Sereysothea rocks the world with The Night We Met.  oh what a night.  Too bad they didn’t have this song last night at the beer garden. 

 

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #67.  Exciting week in the big city, with Delilah talking about the Royal Plowing Ceremony, the King’s birthday and every queen’s week, which is Phnom Penh’s first gay pride.  You can hear how the crops are predicted to do this year,  how old the beloved monarch is and where to go to get some drag queen action of your own.   Only, of course, if you have a “friend”  that is gay and need to offer “them” some suggestions. 

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Sin Sisamuth is singing about his beloved girlfriend in honor of gay pride.  I passed over the I Love Women song, since there really didn’t seem to be all that many lesbians out and about. 

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #65.  Three items of note are covered this action packed week.  Not only is it Khmer New Year, but the Khmer Rouge Trials have “resumed” , which really means that they have actually begun after two years or so of preparation.  And Delilah escapes to an island paradise for a week and returns sounding relaxed and somewhat happy. 

 

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As with all new years’,  you get Ros Sereysothea singing New Year’s Eve.  And because I love a guitar solo, you can that included in as well. 

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #58.  On the eve of yet another holiday, Delilah explains a bit about the perceptions behind this particular national event but ends up just confusing herself and any remaining listeners and, alas, drifting into politics again.  As everything in Cambodia, it’s complicated.  Stay tuned though, at the end you hear about a common item that was invented in Cambodia and how it got its name. 

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Chek Mach and Ensemble perform Sorylong in the bassac genre from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts (www.cla.org).

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom:  This Cambodian Life #57.  The big excitement, well maybe not that big, is that Delilah is now LEGAL (ish) and will be fearing the police just a tad bit less.  Other news is Christmas in the Kingdom, a brief respite at a lovely beach post-Christmas and Delilah meets a movie star.  Never dull, is it?

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In honor of the new year, Ros Sereysothea is singing New Year’s, which is Jol Chnam Tmei, if you want to sing along. 

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #56.  Back on a solitary ramble once more, Delilah recounts some exciting events happening in the Kingdom as of late.  The onset of the cool season and all of the sudden – events and activities!  Operas, marathons, concerts at Angkor Wat.  You also get an audio sample of a few streets foods available.  If Delilah were more adventurous, or less of a vegetarian, this might be a more thorough segment, but it’s not.  Sorry about the dogs in the background, but they are a restless bunch. 

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Ros Sereysothea is singing Wolly Polly from Cambodian Rock Vol II.  I think you may even be able to sing along with a bit of this one.  Hint:  woll-ee poll-ee…  And just because it’s so much fun, you get all of it at the end. 

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #50.  With a funeral in the background obstructing most of the access to the street, Delilah is stuck at home recording the next tasty dog adventures, covering what appeared on the street the other day (way better than the funeral), rain gear, how to spot a gas station in the Cambodian countryside, signs of new and exciting wildlife and the proper way to hand things to a monk.  Please note also that there are favorable descriptions of pleasant scents in this episode, yes, they are here if you know where to find them.  

 

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You are serenaded by Pan Roan singing a catchy little ditty, sure to please.  Enjoy. 

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TD-TV #7. Take a tour of the deliciously titillating world of Cambodian kickboxing.  Remember, as a barang, you too can march up front, take out your camera and start to film.  Please note the thumps as they hit each other....not for sissies.  And no, Delilah didn’t put ANY money of any of these matches.  www.tastydoginthekingdom.com or questions/comments to tastydog@gmail.com.

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #34.  Delilah Marie has made the move to the Big City, then solicits the audience their opinion on a not-so-moral quandary.  There’s a half assed description of Khmer New Year, since it occurs in the hottest part of the year, one can’t be bothered to be a cultural participant.  Finally you can hear a bit about a day trip from Phnom Penh, to another temple and an animal sanctuary.  

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The music, with just a slice of the guitar solo left in, is Ros Sereysothea singing about being sixteen and how much fun it is because everyone loves a 16-year-old girl.  She does rock.  (Though I can imagine her spinning in her Buddhist grave with the thought of all the aging, balding and fat barang men who also have a penchant for those same 16-year-olds…)  

 

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #32.  Sorry about the abrupt and explained opening chant…  It’s a famous Buddhist layperson chanting – no, it’s not an auction, though it sounds a bit like it – at the Siem Reap monastery, Wat Damnak, where a very special ceremony is in full swing.  But before getting into the bit about the ceremony, Delilah revels in the fruits of the hot season, being the literal fruits that are in season in March and April, rather than the other fruits of the hot season, including heat rash, sunburn and a general colonial type whining about the heat.  Finally, you get to hear what that three story gold stupa in Wat Damnak is for.

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And then there’s more chanting at the end.  This time it was another Achar (Buddhist layperson) who felt inspired to chant alongside a stream of 300 monks as crowds and crowds of people lined up to offer money, food and water during this special ceremony.  I joined in and was welcomed with smiles and the usual laughter.  But really, nothing compares to changing a $10 bill into a stack of 500 riel notes and then distributing it into the begging bowls of 300 monks.

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #17.  More holidays can you believe.  Thanksgiving in Cambodia is whatever you can cook without an oven, a plethora of pumpkin and bemoaning the loss of apple pie, followed by the Water Festival and how you can wish for health, money and love in the upcoming year on the banks of the Siem Reap River (and health includes not going into the river), yet another ecology lesson to help you with your Cambodia-learnings and what is the scariest thing when all the people from the provinces come to hang out in the big city.  The episode concludes with some noise from the riverbanks during the last night of the Water Festival.  No, those aren’t gunshots, they are fireworks.  Duh.

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The opening music is Sin Sisamuth (I realize I have been misspelling the transliteration of his name this WHOLE time) and another old favorite, Rosarai Sothea about whom there is some 20 minute documentary that I want to see, but haven’t yet.  If I track it down and watch it, perhaps I will give you my two cent review.  So pay your two cents.

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #15.  Wedding Edition, parte dos.  The cultural immersion continues.  Delilah gets out of bed at 6am on a Sunday morning to carry a silver tray of fruit, but pities the poor bride who gets up at 3am to “do the beauty,? rendering her unrecognizable and ending up with so much fake hair that she is unable to lift her head straight up.  You will also find out who is the ultimate documenter of this central Cambodian event.

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Been looking for Love Music to open the wedding edition.  Not hard to find.  So let’s bring it back to Sen Sisamok (you missed him, didn’t you?)  in a duet, with I think, Rosari Sothea.

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #14.  The Wedding Edition, parte uno.  Learn why the onset of the wedding season inspires fear and dread in innocent bystanders, the sites, sounds and tastes of a wedding party where kitsch is king, why it’s ok to bring plus-4 guests instead of just plus-1 and what shape your thank you note takes.  (hint: it comes in a green wrapper and you can chew it.)

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This action packed episode ends with a bit of LIVE wedding music.  Crank it up.

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #13.  This is truly life in the fast and frivolous lane, in which Delilah indulges and discusses the most popular outfit in Siem Reap, tells what the straight young guys wear while trying to pick up girls, and reveals her inappropriate costume for Halloween.  She also throws some deafening crickets at the very end, if you are patient and make it to the end. 

 

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 The opening music is from a live performance of the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus from Battambang, the famous Battambang circus, who now perform the first Saturday night of every month at Abacus Restaurant, Siem Reap, where you can have dinner and drinks and watch the performance.  You can see bendy bodies, juggling, balancing and a poor guy in a hot silver suit carrying around the lights and battery pack on his back. 

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Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #10.  Ah ,the thrill of a holiday in Cambodia - not what the Dead Kennedys referred to -  it is chanting and Khmer food and life a bit outside of normal.  Find out how to expatiate the sins of your ancestors, how to feel like a 12 year old again, and listen to a bit of chanting as Delilah gives a much simplified explanation of the Cambodian day of the dead, a major Khmer holiday.     

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The opening is a chant by Buddhist monks for the ancestors of a family as they gather together over the holiday to remember and honor their ancestors. 

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