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Why ‘Pray for Japan’ in Cambodia?
On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan. Nearly 22,000 people have been reported dead or missing. Since then, we have been receiving many words of compassion and encouragement from the people of Cambodia. We believe these words can help those who are affected by the disaster to overcome the difficulties. As Japanese NGOs working in Cambodia, we expect this event to be an opportunity to put together voices and support from Cambodian people and deliver them to the people of Japan. Japan has a long history of supporting Cambodia. We hope this event will further strengthen the friendship between Cambodia and Japan.

Japanese NGOs assistance for the disaster-hit areas
A number of NGOs are currently assisting victims in the disaster-hit areas through various means. Our interventions include distributing basic necessities to the survivors, serving hot meals at evacuation shelters, providing medical care and supplies, and counseling services. As the needs in the affected areas changes daily and expected to remain enormous for years to come, NGOs play a key role in providing necessary services to meet those needs.


NGO Relief Fund for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Your valued contributions will save lives and recover livelihoods of the people affected by the disaster. We partner with Japanese NGOs actively engaged in emergency and recovery assistance through JANIC (Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation,, a network organization coordinating the financial support for NGOs assisting the disaster victims. All the donations made at this event will go to a pool fund to support activities of 28 NGOs and be distributed equally among them.

(as of March 24, 2011)
The Institute of Cultural Affairs: Japan Global Partnership Center
ADRA Japan (Adventist Development and Relief Agency Japan)
AMDA (The Association of Medical Doctors of Asia)
OISCA (The Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement-International)
CYR(Caring for Young Refugees)
Oxfam Japan
Good Neighbors Japan
Care International Japan
FIDR(Foundation for International Development/Relief)
IVY (International Volunteer Center of YAMAGATA)
MSF (Doctors Without Borders)
KnK (Children Without Borders)
SHARE(Services for the Health in Asian & African Regions)
JHP (Japan Team of Young Human Power)
Shaplaneer(Citizen’s Committee of Japan for Overseas Support)
SVA (Shanti Volunteer Association)
JOICEP (Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning)
Child Fund Japan
JAR (Japan Association for Refugees)
AAR Japan (Association for Aid and Relief, Japan)
JVC(Japan International Volunteer Center)
Habitat for Humanity Japan
Campaign for the Children of Palestine
Peace Winds Japan
Plan Japan
MDM (Doctors of the World, Japan)
World Vision Japan

<Period:>12. March, 2011 to 11.May, 2011 (subject to change)

PS: A fund raising event will be held in front of Wat Unalom on 27 March, 2011 (Sun) from 09:00 to 11:00.


Axara has made its way from Paris to the Penh. It is located along Sihanouk Blvd. The house was blocked by trees and fence. Though I have noticed this building for long time, I could not have a decent picture of them. Not until yesterday.

Naga World on Fire?

Posted: May 22, 2010 in This & That

Today at around 4:30. Was Naga World on fire? It looked very likely so, but there was not fire fighter and people just stayed calm.

Some Photos from this “A Photo Dairy” was featured along with “W@NnA ShOOt?!!! ” by Borei Sylvann in the LIFT Magazine Issue 8, a weekly supplement of The Phnom Penh Post in Khmer language. Three photos were picked up from the blog, but sadly one them, the one with a girl holding lotus flowers, was not mine, but from a Polish photographer Maciej Dakowicz.

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Cambodian Graffiti

Posted: September 9, 2009 in Photos, This & That

It is not uncommon to see graffiti in Phnom Penh, especially in old communal building. The two photos below were taken in a French colonial apartment building near Phsar Tapang. I am sorry if the second photo looks disrespectful or unacceptable, or give your disgusting feeling. The one similar to the first photo, conveying a love message to a girl the writer dreams of, probably is the most commonly seen graffiti here.

Some graffiti looks very artistic but I find most of graffiti here are very annoying and disturbing.


I have taken the photos of this old building for several times, but I had never reached it this close. The building is located right in front of National Museum. There are many more old colonial buildings in Phnom Penh that are being left to decay and waiting the day of collapse. Though I heard that FCC group has acquired this handsome building, there has been no sign of renovation. It is a shame and painful to see these buildings are well forgotten by responsible persons.

Have you ever tried fried spider, a local delicacy of Skun town? These large ground-dwelling spiders are species of tarantula, called A-Ping (អាពីង រពីង) in Khmer. In early 2009, it was in the top 5 best street eats in Asia.


If you have not tried it, you should. It may look disgusting, but you can’t judge a book by its cover. Its taste is much better than its look. Have never been to or stopped over at Skun town? No worry. Though Skun is the main produce market, normally you can also find this fried spider at river quay in front of Royal Palace and at some markets in Phnom Penh as well.