Humans of Phnom Penh

Morning coffee with Coffeepreneurs

With coffeepreneurs Bunleang Chang and Sakada Sam

Left: Bunleang Chang of Brown Coffee, me (middle), and Sakada Sam of K.E Cafe.

A morning of talk about all things coffee and everything in between over coffee at Brown Coffee in BKK1.

Got to the cafe in the BKK1 district from Tuol Kork by bike for the early morning exercise and double espresso. Bunleang had coffee latte and Sakada had hot Americano.

One of the most important things from the more than one-hour long conversation was that before Brown Coffee became a well-established coffee chain brandname, the first for Cambodia, Bunlong the co-founder had to work long hours and stayed in the coffeeshop for a couple of years in the early days.

Meet Cambodian Journalists: Inside The Phnom Penh Post Newsroom

In 2010, I had a one-year stint at the Phnom Penh Post. While it’s a newsroom, it’s also an informal academy. I had the opportunity to get to know some brilliant media students. These are the new generation of Cambodian journos who love beating the deadline and drafting the first drafts of Cambodian history.

Many of them are now doing remarkable work in PR. I hope one day (in a few years), they will buy an independent newspaper (if any) in Malaysia. But to only make it more independent.

From Twitter to coffee chat with Jose B. Collazo

Morning coffee chat with Jose B. Collazo, a self-claimed ‘accidental expat’, about Cambodian/US politics and how foreign businesses starting out in Phnom Penh. And of course, compared note on social media/communications landscape.

From Twitter chat to coffee chat. @josebcollazo thanks again for the coffee treat! A good chance to check out Starbucks flagship store Boeung Keng Kang 1.

Getting insight from @tharum about #Cambodia‘s social media/communications landscape & enjoying @Starbucks!

— Jose B. Collazo (@josebcollazo) October 14, 2016

Just go to the new Starbucks in BKK1 to see evidence of this…”The power of status symbols in #Cambodia

— Jose B. Collazo (@josebcollazo) October 14, 2016

Starbucks BKK, the Phnom Penh’s first flagship store by the American coffeehouse chain. Wondering whether Howard Schultz ever dreamed of opening the store in the far east country like Cambodia when he first started out.

To learn more about Starbucks, you might want to check out this book by Howard Schultz the CEO. ‘Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time’

Meet Chhom Nimol of Dengue Fever

Chhom Nimol is a Cambodian singer and lead vocalist for Dengue Fever, a Los Angeles-based music band.

I took these photos at the backstage before the six-member band started performing.

These pictures were taken in May 2010 at Wat Botum Park in Phnom Penh.

Charishnu performance at Chaktomuk

With an Indian performer, I look as charming and smiley as him.

He’s one of my favorite musicians for his clapping hands to command other musicians.

Chetra and I encountered living legend artist Dy Saveth (middle).

A honorable group picture with Dinesh Patnaik, the Indian ambassador to Phnom Penh, Cambodia

It’s so much fun of yesterday. The dance was so vibrant, dynamic and color, while the music was energetic. Not sure how many a time such performance will come to Phnom Penh again.

Happy birthday to you, brother Sophal Ear

From left: Tharum Bun, Sophal Ear, Kounila Keo

Where: Udong, the north-western part of Cambodia’s Kampong Speu Province

Taken in December 2010 by Eric Wang