Sister Lina Birthday


sOn 28 Oct 2007 my neighbor house
celebrated a birthday party. As you know, the neighbor is also my friend’s
house. It is sister Lina 25th birthday and we celebrated it in a
creative way. Since Halloween drew near, sister Lina ordered us to find a
costume to wear to her party. We did try hard to find, since most part in Cambodia, or
most Cambodian, don’t know Halloween yet. I got myself a white medieval
European suit and it suited me. My friend got the Japanese cloth.

 

As for the party, it was a really amazing one. The meal was
really great and the atmosphere was even more greater. People with different
kind of clothes (or origins) came together and had fun together all night long.
If it wasn’t for Samnang that he needed his car early for the next morning (His
car was parked in my house), that I would spent a night there.

 

            The
Birthday lady dressed in two suits, but still was an angel. Yeah, she tried to
keep me there. I was not drinking so much that night, compare to other event.
But I danced. That should be my first time dancing there.

 

            Oh, I met
Leeda, the DJ. It was quite a pity she got no dress for the party, since she
was late to receive the invitation. But, she was still as cute as ever.

 

            Ronick and
Irik (my friends) spent a night at sister Lina’s house while I returned to
mine. Some of the party members continued elsewhere that night.

 

            Oh, here
are the pictures of the party.
http://denithsky.spaces.live.com/photos/cns!7A8D4FF57146328E!725/?startingImageIndex=14&commentsExpand=0&addCommentExpand=0&addCommentFocus=0&pauseSlideshow=0

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23 thoughts on “Sister Lina Birthday

  1. What a cool party! It\’s good to know that everyone was trying their best to show up with colorful costumes. You looked like a prince from some Shakespeare play, Denith!

  2. What a cool party! It\’s good to know that everyone was trying their best to show up with colorful costumes. You looked like a prince from some Shakespeare play, Denith!

  3. What\’s wrong with globalization? And, this is not direct Halloween, we were just wearing custome for someone\’s birthday but formally, this is not Halloween. Come on Vood, Globalization has its benefit. Cambodia surely needs it .

  4. Nonsense, Denith, Gobalization? Benefit? What have you been eating, buddy?LOL, right now I\’ll be happy if we can just stop the racism within Indochina first.Keep in mind, without peace locally, there will not be anything to globalize.

  5. Globalization = nonsense? Why it has something to do within the peace of Indochina? Indochina does not exist anymore, isn\’t it?

  6. Huh? you got it all backward, Denith. It is because of Globalization and Racism that causedCambodia to be poor today.Anyway, you don\’t haloween to keep Cambodia safe. Keep in mind, once you damaged our culture, it is not be reversible, and we will not be safe, and you and your generations will not be exempted from it either. Just look at the big shot General\’s kids who killed and injured so many people by pulling stun with their cars and motorcycle, and shooting each other on the street. Now, just imagine the entire country is like that. Do you think you, your spouse, your kids, or your grandkids will be safe in the future? And now let\’s say you realized that you made an error, and you want to undo what you have done. How will you go about undo this error?

  7. You are right about letting foreign culture negative effects onto Cambodian, but if you mentioned about the poverty, I don\’t think globalization is the main factors, i do admit that it takes part, but not wholly. In short run, we may experience such downward due to its effect but in long run, we may prosper along with it. Look at Camko, isn\’t this result of Globalizaion?

  8. Okay Denith, somehow we are not on the same page here.If you are talking about global trade, yes, and that is good for the globe, but weneed not to sell or trade our culture for that. More importantly, we must not betrayed our neighbors because that will be immoral and weaken the region and Asiaas a whole. We are Asian, and we should be proud of that. And if someone is notproud of being Asian, they are free to leave. All they have to do is to apply for citizenship elsewhere, but they have no right to replace our culture despite thereare some flaws here and there, and we should repair those flaws only not the entireculture.As for poverty, I was talking about the Vietnam War, which involved the US and the US lovers, that destroyed our country and put us all in poverty. The real khmeris not responsible for that, but the fake khmers who were trained in the west. I am talking about Sihanouk\’s clan, Sarimatak\’s clan, and Pol Pot\’s clan. They were all trained in the west and they wanted different things for Khmer people, and their struggles had destroyed us. Therefore, you should stop all these craps and leave thekhmer culture alone. Real Khmer culture is a very respectable culture to every nation as it is. If you change it to westerner culture, then it will no longer be a respectableculture. Just listen to what tourists said about the khmer culture as they visited Ankor Watt. Are they complementing and respecting the Khmer culture who built the temple or westerner culture?

  9. Ok you guys, that\’s enough. It was a wonderful party and everybody had fun, that\’s all that matter. As for globalization, it depends on how you see it. If you see it as a threat, then no doubt it would be just that. The way I see it, globalization gives a way for us to know each other while promoting our own culture. While some people from Cambodia might have fun in a western-style party, you can also see that there are also a lot of people from all over the world that has been enticed to learn more about the beauty of Cambodia and the grandiose Khmer civilization (including me) 🙂

  10. Ok you guys, that\’s enough. It was a wonderful party and everybody had fun, that\’s all that matter. As for globalization, it depends on how you see it. If you see it as a threat, then no doubt it would be just that. The way I see it, globalization gives a way for us to know each other while promoting our own culture. While some people from Cambodia might have fun in a western-style party, you can also see that there are also a lot of people from all over the world that has been enticed to learn more about the beauty of Cambodia and the grandiose Khmer civilization (including me) 🙂

  11. But aren\’t you implying that Western Culture is not the culture of respect? I think they just have different kinds of respect. But does that hurt Khmer culture? Anyway, about the Vietnam War and its effect, I do admit that we are the victim of that. Of course, it is the US who brought us into that, the Cold War effects was real great that Khmer people suffered for many years. We are recovering now, but because that we were drown in war that we are weak at the moment. What do the Khmer people has to defend the fierce penetration of foreign culture? You do know that people who survived the black regime are mostly uneducated people and most of them, happily exposure to new culture. So, what can we do to help it? I think we can\’t do anything at the moment: we are seeking helps from outside sources, and if we show some kind of resistance to foreigns\’ culture, we might be left behind again. Look at the Christian who comes into Cambodia as an NGO, like "Mit-Som-Lanh", they are helping Orphanage but also most of the orphanages follow Jesus now. So, you can\’t blame all of this, this is the flow of "the law of nature". And, I must tell you not to ask or extend the "law of nature" here coz we already have enough talk about "Globalization." And you do think globalization that bad? I think not, its up to the Government, how much will they let that "globalization" touch our economy and culture. Look at Japan, how much their people have been "globalized"? but they are still regarded as one of the highly conservative culture country. I can tell that. Thus, it is us who determine its effect and future effect. One day of celebration does not cost us a lifetime regret.

  12. But aren\’t you implying that Western Culture is not the culture of respect? I think they just have different kinds of respect. But does that hurt Khmer culture? Anyway, about the Vietnam War and its effect, I do admit that we are the victim of that. Of course, it is the US who brought us into that, the Cold War effects was real great that Khmer people suffered for many years. We are recovering now, but because that we were drown in war that we are weak at the moment. What do the Khmer people has to defend the fierce penetration of foreign culture? You do know that people who survived the black regime are mostly uneducated people and most of them, happily exposure to new culture. So, what can we do to help it? I think we can\’t do anything at the moment: we are seeking helps from outside sources, and if we show some kind of resistance to foreigns\’ culture, we might be left behind again. Look at the Christian who comes into Cambodia as an NGO, like "Mit-Som-Lanh", they are helping Orphanage but also most of the orphanages follow Jesus now. So, you can\’t blame all of this, this is the flow of "the law of nature". And, I must tell you not to ask or extend the "law of nature" here coz we already have enough talk about "Globalization." And you do think globalization that bad? I think not, its up to the Government, how much will they let that "globalization" touch our economy and culture. Look at Japan, how much their people have been "globalized"? but they are still regarded as one of the highly conservative culture country. I can tell that. Thus, it is us who determine its effect and future effect. One day of celebration does not cost us a lifetime regret.

  13. Well, I have no objection to learning about other culture or anything else, Ary. All I am saying is not to throw out our precious culture out of the window so quickly without first fully understand why we do thing the way we\’re. That will be immoral and  abusive to our ancestors who sacrificed themselves for all of us to get us here. The problem with many youngsters today is they failed to recognized the distinct difference betweeninnovation from culture. Obviously, the westerner is very good with innovation and pioneering of technology; that is why they are rich today, and we should do our utmost to try to learn about theirinnovation as much as we can to help us keep up with the rest of the world. But just because they are ahead of us in technology,  it does not mean that everything else they do is better than us (Khmer). Thus, you don\’t want to be too quick to copy everything that they in life because it can cause a nightmare here. In other word, you can\’t just copy an airplane by just copy the shape of its body, wing, and tail. You must first fully understand its engine, its control system, its hydraulic, … before you can make it fly; otherwise, you will certainly to crash and die from it. And once you are death, there is no coming back, hehehe. Do you know what I am getting at? Okay, I better tell you anyway: to be safe, don\’t copy anything, unless our condition is nearly the same as their, just be patient and take it easy and look at everything carefully.

  14. No, that is not what I meant Denith. What I meant is westerner will respected us more for who we are if wedon\’t try to imitated them. And the same for us; that is we respect the westerner more for what they areif they did not imitated us. It is a bit silly to respect yourself, don\’t you think? hehehe.As for the Vietnam war, I can\’t agreed with you that we are recovering from it. Regretfully, we are still livingin its aftermath. The land mine victim is still here, The poverty is still here, and so the rampant corruption, the HIV/AIDS … and what have you are all byproduct of the war.As for help, We do need help with food and clothing or what have you, but they should do this with no string attached. It is immoral for them to pay our desperate children to follow their God. This is raping their brain, and it\’s no difference from a pedophiles paying desperate children for an oral sex or sexual intercourse, whichis raping their body.

  15. Yeah we are still at the aftermath, poverty, land mine, HIV/AIDS still present here… but are those Vietnamese soldiers, Khmer Rouges, even American troops here as well? Then, its game over for those black code war and we are receiving donation from everyone now, even Iran I think. Then I might say this aftermath leads to "globalization".

  16. Denith, I don\’t think you are not using the term "Globalization" properly, but then again youmay have your own definition locally in your district that no one know about.Usually, we don\’t globalized our culture or any culture, only industry such as tourism, agriculture… .For example: the globalization of the khmer organic produces will not happened for another 6-8 years or so. That mean we will not sell our organic farming goods around the planet foranother 6-8 years or so.

  17. I agree with you that culture MUST not be GLOBALIZED. And I will also go against it. Then, I want to ask one question, at what point do we call the culture been "globalized"? Is it that I\’m dressed a white cloth and celebrate Halloween then my Khmer culture been twisted?

  18. Okay Denith, here\’s a deal? No culture is perfect, just like nothing is perfect in this world. Men are not God.Everything we (East and West) made will have flaws in it, and culture is not God made but men made. Accordingly there are flaws here and there everywhere and in every culture. However, to make improvement we should only repair the flaw and not touch anything else that doesn\’t have problem. Would you replace your lung if there is nothing wrong with it? If you have problem with your heart, will you replace your whole body? Of course not, we only want to repair or replace your heart that have giving you trouble and leave everything else alone. Otherwise, you might end up with more problems. The same withmotorcycle. If the light don\’t work, just fix the light, don\’t fix the engine or the transmission…. Get it?Second, I like to reiterate if you want respect from others you should be yourself, not hating yourself and trying to imitating other people. People often don\’t respect that. When westerner come to visit us, they cometo visit Khmer people, not westerner people. It is okay perfectly okay for them to see some flaws in us because their culture is not perfect either, but at least we\’ll respect each other properly.And as Ari said, there is nothing wrong with having fun with custom party or whatever, but when people see you obsessed with Westerner culture, then you\’ll lose respect from everyone (East and West). I mean if you brag top much about the West this and that and never commended your own culture for anything.  This make you look unwise because the truth is, every culture have good in it from the fact that it survived for thousands of years.Moreover, the tragic in Cambodia was not caused by the Khmer culture. It was caused by a bunch of Westerner trained Khmers leaders [Somdach Euv, his cousin (Sarimatak), and Pol Pot] who struggledamong each other for power and to implement their stupid vision over khmer culture. They has no rightto do that. In other words, they are trying to repair our culture that does not needed all that much repairing.They are just plain stupid and overconfident with themselves and their stupid education. They think that they are much smarter than our ancestors who is not perfect but managed to keep us alive, but with them,we\’ll all be dead. Thus, is it not our culture that is the problem, but the three idiots. Did anyone ever taught you to stab your cousin in the back if you don\’t agree with him? Then why did such a stupid leader (Sarimatak)stab his own cousin (Sihanouk) in the back? Where did he learn that from? The idiot have lost is moralvalue from studying in the west for too long, just like most westerner has poor moral value if you know what I mean.

  19. I did not support they way Samdech Ouv sometimes speak FRENCH in public and official meeting, which I think like you, showing that we are obsessed with foreign culture. For me, I really want to change it, but what can i do?Anyway, you said culture is man-made, I want to added that culture is not ancient thing and can not be changed, it will, both by itself and by the people, changes through times and occasions. But I don\’t mean I am here to change Khmer culture, but sometimes we have to admit new culture. However, I also don\’t support the rapid and nonsense change of culture if truly exist… and I will criticize those like you do to me. On the other hand, if you say that I\’m obsessed with foreign culture, then I must have to deny it, firmly. I must remind you not to judge the book by its cover. I am a student from Khmer Literature Class of Preah Sisowath High School, I also consider myself as the keeper of Khmer culture, and I guarantee you that I won\’t get myself to be at the service for foreigners. But do remember this, it is true that most Khmer people are obsessed with the foreign culture, specially young mind-less nearly-faked Cambodian, and mostly who call themselves people of new generation. But i\’m not pointing my hand at them. New culture also has it advantages. However, I don\’t want to comment anything on it. Its miserable to speak. I never enjoy such argument like this, thanks to you Vood. Anyhow, I feel I also learn something from your critics, and I welcome it with my heart.To reinforce, I still don\’t want to mess with Khmer culture.

  20. Denith, it is okay to change our culture where there is problem, especially thing that concern life and dead or suffering. We must.Many people said we have not changed for centuries, and that is not true. We have been evolved with time. Our women used to be topless as depicted in Ankor Watt is a great example of that. Women today don\’t wear clothing in the hot climax for the fun of it. There were problem then, and that is why they start to cover themselves up, and you don\’t need to have a PhD to figure that out. The problem was that they were raped and abused, and that is why our ancestors made them wear proper clothing not to promote their body to men or teasing men. Thus, we have changed, and it was for a good reason. Also, another solution then, was to have more law enforcers to look out for the public, but at that time we were quite barbaric like everyone else. I mean we would invade our neighbors if we could, or they will invaded us if they could. You know what I mean. Thus, our ancestors had the best solution for their villages and towns. It wasn\’t the Royalists who solved that problem for us, but Khmer people, then it spreadthroughout the country where there are rape issue. Note, that in some area where rapewere not an issue, you\’ll still find women topless. Why should they cover up in the hotclimax. And also back then, they don\’t have shirt like we do today either; all they can do was to used a big piece of cloth to wrap their body up, and that is what form the base of Khmer fashion. If you look carefully at some of the traditional outfit, you\’ll see that it was derived mostly from the wrapping style.Thus, before we change anything, we must thought very carefully. First, we must correctlyidentify the problem, then we have to brainstorm it out among good problem solvers andagree on best solution. If we at least do that, then we will be okay. Furthermore, there isnothing wrong with copy solution from other culture either, provided that our problem is similarto theirs, and our condition is also nearly the same. That way, we wont have a new problem upour sleeves. And yes, we must also improve ourself to keep up with the rest of the world, but we must do this within our mean. We don\’t have to be rich like the west by tomorrow becausethey didn\’t do it overnight either. We can\’t just followed rich foreigners because we are poor. Rich and poor are two distinct different condition. Thus, we must be careful about it.If we want to follows foreigner, we must follow them step by step, and start at apoint were they were poor as we are, and what they do to to solve their problem. You can\’tjust copy them the way they are today and not knowing how they was before that.Last but not least, good to hear you still appreciated our culture. Really, as I said, I don\’t mind going west as long we are taking a proper steps, and right now we are not doing itproperly, and that will hold us back from reaching a bright future as soon as we wanted forour people. Our kids today, as you know, are not doing their school works as serious as they should. There mind is in the west. They are thinking about fashion, jewelery, nice car, …, and palace, but they will never get it if they going in that direction. We must help put them back on the right track for the sake of their future. I am sure you know what I mean. 

  21. Hey vood, it is a nice argument I ever had with you. But this week is my Final Exam week at RUPP. So, I\’m gonna call this off, coz I don\’t want my mind to think about it anymore. Thanks for your comments and all those direct words. I appreciate much as i could. Peace out. Need some concentration.

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