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Impressive Bon Om Touk ~ Cambodian Water Festival 2018

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 is gonna sharing 👩🏻‍💻📝 here about her impressive 🤩 & unforgettable experience gained from the annual Cambodian 🇰🇭 Water 💦💧 Festival 🎉🎊, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 🇰🇭

So, it was all started with a short queue to get her 👩🏻 cheap ⬇️ flight ticket ✈️ during the AirAsia BIG Xchange & BIG Fest event ❤️ in Sept (as shown in the short clip 📹🎥below). It was with only a limited choice of destinations📍📍available

She 👩🏻 has chosen ✅ for Phnom Penh 🇰🇭 under Lane B with a very 1️⃣st intention to meet & visit 1️⃣ of her girlfriend 🙋🏻‍♀️ who is working there as an expatriate currently. However, sadly 😟 that her friend 🙋🏻‍♀️ wasn’t around ❌ Phnom Penh 🇰🇭 during her travel dates 🗓 Sigh…From a friend visit👭, then she had it as 1️⃣ of her annual solo travelsss 🎒🧢🕶👟

💗 ~ Everything Happens For A Reason ~ 💗

Also initially she 👩🏻 did plan to let go this solo trip because of a clash to a tourism event ~ MITA Sarawak, Malaysia 🇲🇾 that she 👩🏻 has always supporting 💪🏻✌🏻the tourism authority 😊 in Malaysia 🇲🇾️

Guess what❓⁉️

Her trip is gonna be during the annual Cambodian 🇰🇭 Water 💦💧 Festival 🎉🎊 named Bon Om Touk in local Khmer language 🇰🇭 from 21 Nov to 23 Nov 2018 😃😁 It also known as The Pirogue 🚣🏻‍♂️🚣🏻‍♀️ Racing Festival 🎉🎊 or Water 💦💧 & Moon 🌑 Festival 🎉🎊 & Boat Racing 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️

http://cambodia-tourism.org/plan-your-trip/events/cambodian-water-festival/

It was really a coincident‼️ Once she 👩🏻 has decided ✅ to stay with this solo travel 🎒🕶🧢👟 due to the complicated & difficult flight change 😟✈️ Also this gonna be her 1️⃣st visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodia 🇰🇭

This biggest celebration marks a 12th century naval victory with boat 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ racing along the Sisowath Quay 💦💧 with the boat 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ racing on the Tonle Sap River, in particular the area stretching from street 104 to street 178 of Phnom Penh city centre 🇰🇭

Many hostels 🏡🏘, hotels 🏢, restaurants 🍽🍴 & bars 🥂🍻🍸around this area ~ Very convenience for all visitors 👫👭👬

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In the morning 🔅🔆 & before the race 🚣🏻‍♂️🚣🏻‍♀️ starts during this 3️⃣-day festival 🎉🎀, the riverside & streets were much more peaceful 😌

Once the race starts around 🔟am, the huge crowd 👭👬👫 at the riverside will be observed 😃👏🏻🙌🏻

However, in 2015 this celebration 🎉🎊 was cancelled ❌ due to the low ⬇️ water level 💦💧

Hurray‼️ She 👩🏻 always wanna appreciating & experiencing a country’s tradition culture during her travels ✈️🎒🕶🧢👟 This is just so a lovely 💓 coincidence 😉

So, what’s this water 💦💧 festival 🎊🎉 all about❓⁉️

It’s a 3️⃣ days non-religious celebration 🎉🎊 & symbolised as an ancient appreciation 🙏🏻 for centuries to the river 💦💧for providing a source of livelihood to the farmers 👨🏻‍🌾👩🏻‍🌾 & fishermen 🐟🎣

Hmm…It’s a kind of local Khmers 🇰🇭👫👭👬 thanksgiving 🙏 celebration 🎉🎊

The Cambodian boat crews 🇰🇭🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ were face forward. Many of the boat crews 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ were complemented with a colorfully-costumed lady 💁🏻‍♀️at the prow dancing to the beat of the drums 🥁🥁

However, from her observation, majority of the boats now don’t really practising this tradition though. Hmm…From her 2️⃣ days visits to the festival, she only noticed for 2️⃣ boats with a colorfully-costumed lady 💁🏻‍♀️ at the front of the boat 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️

For the 1️⃣st 2️⃣ days, races 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ are run with 2️⃣ boats 🛶🛶 each, with the big race 🚣🏻‍♂️🚣🏻‍♂️ happening on the last day, when all the boats 🛶🛶 take to the river 💦💧 to compete 😃

There were carnival, rides, traditional music 🎼🎶🎵 performances, dances 💃🏻🕺🏼👯‍♀️👯‍♂️🕴🏻etc. in the evening 🏙🌃🌌

There were many stall vendors, definitely food 🍛🍲🥘🍽🍴& drink 🥤🍻🍷🥂🍸🍹overflow on the streets, Khmer pop bands 🎼🎹🎧🎶🎵entertaining the crowds 👭👬👫 etc.

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Personally, she 👩🏻 was impressed how the local vendors actually earn their living 💰by selling drinks 🥤& snacks 🥡🍰🥧🥪 to the huge crowds 👭👬👫 at the riverside during the boat racing 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️

There were approximately 300 boats 🛶🛶 with 19k pax of boat rowers 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ Wow!!

Hmm…🤔 How about the huge crowd 👭👫👬attended for this 3️⃣-day festival celebration 🎉🎊 in Phnom Penh❓⁉️

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It was about 4.5million people 👭👬👫 including expatriates, foreign visitors, local Khmers from all provinces etc. as shared at the closing ceremony 😁

Ohh yeah‼️ This year, 2018 i.e. The 3rd great successfull year with Cambodia 🇰🇭 has handbuilt the world 🌍🗺 ‘s longest rowing boat 🚣🏻‍♀️ at 87.3m long & 1.99m wide with cost of $60k. It was completed successfully 👍🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 in Sept by more than 14k local Khmers 🇰🇭👭👬👫 in 192 days 😲😃

Guess what❓⁉️

Another Guinness World 🌍🗺 Record 🏆 won (It’s the 5️⃣th one) by Cambodia 🇰🇭 as this long dragon boat 🚣🏻‍♂️ is capable of carrying 179 boat rowers 🚣🏻‍♂️🚣🏻‍♀️ on it‼️ Wow‼️😲 This great 👍🏻 news was anounced on 12 Nov at Prey Veng province of Phnom Penh 🇰🇭

From her own experience, a few points 📌📌 to note if you’re interested to be at Phnom Penh or Siem Reap for this great 👍🏻 annual celebration 🎊🎉

Ohh ya…A pair of comfy shoes 👟 is essentials ✅ because it was vehicles free 🆓 i.e. No public transport ❌🚌🚕🚗 🚐 being available to the festival 🎉🎊 ground📍, more details via 🌐 https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50551697/city-hall-issues-vehicle-ban-for-water-festival/

In this connection, the only option would be just getting around by your own foot 👣

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 got her sun ☀️🌞 protection from the 🆕Petal Velvet Sunaway SPF50 ordered & purchased 👩🏻‍💻🛒 from Althea Korea 🇰🇷 You must remember to put up your sunscreen to avoid sunburn

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Next, do bring an umbrella 🌂☂ (You may loan it from your hotel, it can be a weapon if needed)/ wear a cap 🧢

Do dress up in a light modest clothing 👚 to enjoy the boat 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ race cheerings with the local Khmers 🇰🇭👭👬👫 at the riverside under the hot sunny 😎☀️ day

Ohh ya…Do remember your refillable water 💦💧 bottle to avoid dehydration ya 😌

She 👩🏻 was with the local Khmers 🇰🇭👫👭👬 on her 1️⃣st visit & then 2️⃣nd visit the next day at the designated area by Tourism Cambodia 🇰🇭 for the foreign tourists 👬👫👭 (Served with free 🆓 flow of drinks🥤🥤available)

The riversides 💦💧 were extremely packed & crowded 👬👫👭 with both the local Khmers 🇰🇭👫👭👬 & foreign tourists to cheering for their favorite ❤️ boats🚣🏻‍♂️🚣🏻‍♀️during the races, so suggest you to bring only the bare necessities & hold on tight to what you have. Also being alert with your surroundings too while in the huge crowd 👭👬👫

Why❓⁉️

Hmm…You never know whether you will be being targetted by any pick-pockets/ bag-snatchers 😈👿 whom may just roaming around the crowded festival 🎉🎊 riversides 💦💧& streets. So, even though this festival 🎉🎊 is a free 🆓 celebration 🎉🎊 , however it can get really expensive if you make a mistake by carrying valuables into the crowds 👭👬👫

Always better be safe then sorry ya ☺️😉

There were several types of rowing 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ styles observed from her visits, i.e. sitting down & manual rowing, standing up & manual rowing, standing up & auto rowing etc. She 👩🏻 is curious 🤔 how the marks will be allocate within each different styles as well as the determining factors of winning 🏆🎖 too❓⁉️

Perhaps logically the shortest time 🕛 of completion from the start till end time of each boat at the finishing line (The 2️⃣ red ❤️ boats 🚣🏻‍♀️🚣🏻‍♂️ as captured in the photo 📸 & vBlog 📹🎥below)

There were live announcement during the boat racing 🚣🏻‍♂️🚣🏻‍♀️, however in local Khmer 🇰🇭 language & ❌ no English translation. It would be good to have a live English announcement in the next year festival onwards ya 😊

The King Norodom Sihamoni 🤴🏻, Prime Minister Hun Sen 👨🏻‍💼& some senior officials 🙋🏻‍♂️💁🏻‍♂️ have all attended the closing ceremony on the last day of this festival 🎉🎊 She 👩🏻 has observed from the TV screen 📺 at the foreign visitors designated booth

Ohh ya…She 👩🏻 has enjoyed the longest & the pretty 😍🤩 fireworks 🎆🎇 so far from the closing ceremony of this water festival 🎉🎊

Really amazing beautiful 😍🤩 & with the boats 🛶🛶 decorated with LED lighting💡💡screens represented by each relevant authorities of organising & managing this water 💦💧 festival 🎊🎉 e.g. Tourism, Justice, Ministry of Art & Handicrafts etc. to name a few noted 😉

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 has captured a vBlog 📹🎥 for sharing here, do click in to enjoy it ya 🤗

Ohh ya…Some of the eateries 🍽🍴 & shops 🛒🛍may close ⛔️ during this water 💦💧 festival 🎉🎊 (All 3️⃣ days) & resume their operation then 🤗

This festival 🎊🎉 also ended with lots of clean up & tidy up at the riverside by the local Khmers 🇰🇭👬👬👬

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SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 was blessed 😇 that she 👩🏻 stay with her decision to continue with this solo travel & really enjoyed this water 💦💧 festival celebration 🎊 🎉 & highly recommended 👍🏻👆🏻to all travellers that would like to appreciating & participating local heritage & cultures celebration. Definitely worth your time to learn the unique local Khmers🇰🇭👬👫👭’ lifestyle better

More details,

🌐 https://www.tourismcambodia.com/tripplanner/events-in-cambodia/water-and-moon-festival.htm?fbclid=IwAR32x21NsTrdH3CScoy8ayDq4oyS0T0bRYkXBh-TAOKoARcCXNc8d7_2P5k

&

🌐 https://publicholidays.asia/cambodia/bon-om-touk/

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Folkcharm Travels with Air Asia Foundation

Today, Happy International Women’s Day ‼️3️⃣8️⃣🙋🏻‍♀️👩🏻💃🚶🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️👭👵🏻👩🏻‍💼👩🏻‍💻💇🏻‍♀️😘😍

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 was invited 📩📧💌 by Air Asia Foundation to attend & witness the ethical fashion 👚👕👗🧣show “Loom to Life” by Folkcharm Crafts 👚👕👗🧣from Bangkok, Thailand 🇹🇭

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It was an eco-fashion ♻️ show which happened on 🔟 Feb i.e. during the Social Enterprise Market 🛒🛍🎁 named Destination: GOOD at 📍2️⃣, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia 🇲🇾 from 7️⃣ to 1️⃣3️⃣ Feb 2018🤗

Do enjoy a short clip 📹🎥 captured by her before the fashion show 👚👕👗🧣started,

The fashion show 👚👕👗🧣opening by Yap Mun Ching, Executive Director 👩🏻‍💼 of Air Asia Foundation, & Passawee T. Kodaka, founder 💁🏻‍♀️ of FolkCharm Crafts (with short Bob hairstyle)😊

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Thailand’s 🇹🇭 Folkcharm Crafts 👚👕👗🧣~ Live sustainably ✅ by knowing the origins of what you wear ~ brings the ethical wear 👚👕👗🧣 from the streets of Bangkok 🇹🇭 & Tokyo 🇯🇵 to KL 🇲🇾 catwalk – modelled by the sizzling AirAsia crews👩🏻‍✈️👨🏻‍✈️

What❓⁉️Air Asia crews👨🏻‍✈️👩🏻‍✈️❓⁉️

Nope, SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 was truly impressed 😍🤩 & thought they are all professional models🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♂️ Bravo‼️👏🏻👏🏻

Do enjoy a short clip 📹🎥 captured by her from the fashion show,

~ We just love ❤️ all things NATURAL💚❗️ ~ FolkCharm Crafts 👚👕👗🧣was having their much-loved 💚 cotton-based apparels & accessories on display at the market🛒🛍🎁

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She loves 😍 the great 👍🏻 workmanship & each details from handcrafts art 👕 👚👗🧣of Folkcharm Crafts❤️

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Truly amazing‼️ It’s once said the longer you wear it, it will become softer after👍🏻🤩

Do enjoy a short clip 🎥📹 of all its apparels 👕👚👗🧣& accessories captured by her from her visit to the Social Enterprise Market🛒🛍🎁

With grant 💰 from Air Asia Foundation, Folkcharm Crafts 👚👕👗🧣has to develop seasonal, customisable tours 🛫 to villages in Loei 🏞 Province & the travellers👫👭👬 will,

  • Experience the rural way of life that revolves around the craft community in beautiful untouched Loei🏞
  • Stay in traditional village accommodation🛌
  • Eat home-cooked 👨🏻‍🍳👩🏻‍🍳 North-Eastern Thai 🌶 meals by the locals
  • Engage in activities e.g. cotton-weaving, basketry, soap-making, crop-harvesting, natural dye etc.😉

Hmm…This kind of travel 🎒🕶🛫 definitely worth to participate ✅ as it’s educational for both adults 👩🏻👨🏻👴🏻👵🏻 & kids👧🏻🧒🏻👦🏻🧑🏻 , perhaps SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 will join in too, if so, do stay tune for her travelling 🎒🕶🧢👟 sharing 👩🏻‍💻📝 then

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More details, https://www.airasiafoundation.com/social-enterprise/folkcharm/

Website🌐: http://folkcharm.com/folkcharm-travels/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/folkcharm/

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Hmm…Have you shop 🛒🛍🎁 for a good cause before❓⁉️

This Destination: GOOD Social Enterprise Market has retailed over 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ sustainably produced items from Asean 🌎 social enterprises. All the items were so uniquely precious handcrafted. A must visit when they are having subsequent markets 🛒🛍🎁 in the future👍🏻😃

Again, more about Air Asia Foundation❓⁉️

It has established since March 2012 as the philanthropic arm of the AirAsia Group. The Foundation is mandated to support ✅ social enterprises as a way of empowering underprivileged individuals👬👭👫 , as well as projects that seek to preserve & revive the region’s unique cultural heritage. Through its work, the Foundation is committed to helping build an ASEAN 🌎 of the future👆🏻👍🏻

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When people 🗣👤👥 ask, “Why social entrepreneurship❓⁉️”

It’s because money 💰 goes a long way if people 👫👭👬 know how to use it sustainably✅ Hence, the born of Air Asia Foundation😀

Find out more via,

Website🌐: https://www.airasiafoundation.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/AirAsiaFoundation/

#ThinkCityxWUF9 #DGxWUF9 #AirAsiaxWUF9 #DestinationGOOD #socialenterprise #Asean #WUF9 #AirAsia  #cotton  #organiccotton #cottonpicking #natural #organic #locallysourced #locallife #weaver #handmade #organic #handloom#localcraft #folkcraft #folkart #ethnic #rural #tradition #simplelife#ethicalcrafts #folkcharmjourney #thailand #empowerment #locals #villagelife #rural

ASEAN NI award, https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/

The ASEAN IN Award 2017

SiennyLovesDrawing👩🏻was invited to witness the official launch🎊🎉of the ASEAN IN Award🎖🏆2017. This award🎖🏆will be organised in Dec for the 1️⃣st time by The Malaysia Global Chamber of Commerce with the co-operation of Ministry of International Trade & Industry, Ministry of Communications & Multimedia Malaysia as well as the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia 🇲🇾

“Inaugural Award Ceremony Recognize Startups & Bridging Winners to ASEAN countries”

Hmm…What’s this award🎖🏆about❓⁉️

~ Innovative, Intellectual, Infinity ~

It is set up to groom & to bridge boundaries & barriers for ASEAN youth of innovative market. There are 3️⃣ categories for this 1️⃣st ASEAN IN Award🎖🏆competition & expecting approximately 5️⃣0️⃣brands will be participating

  • Top IN Personality Award
  • Top IN Entrepreneur Award
  • Top IN Corporate Award

Why this award🎖🏆❓⁉️

It is set to be the platform for thought leadership & experience on the trends & business opportunities for start-ups & upcoming entrepreneurs by established entrepreneurs who have managed to break the boundaries in ASEAN👍🏻

It was 1️⃣st started with a welcome note presented by Dato’ Sri Dr. Alex Ong, President of Malaysia Global Chamber of Commerce emphasized on the objectives to enhance the Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) & Startups branding cum credibility. Continued with a speech by the co-organizer Emage by Evelyn Ch’ng on the vision, mission & its foundation for The ASEAN IN Award 2017😃

The organizers further emphasized that it is to create more awareness among entrepreneurs & upcoming entrepreneurs about it as  this Award will encourage & promote further business opportunities among ASEAN Entrepreneurs from fellow ASEAN countries🗺👍🏻

The ambassadors & partners who will be supporting & mentoring all the award winners👭👬👫are Dr Ng (Association of International Certified Aesthetician), Dr. Janson Ang (The Givingbank.com & Janson Group), Mr. Soo Hoo (Malaysia Association of Professional Trainers & Coaches (MAPTAC), Ms. Isabelle Liow (Mrs Malaysia Globe), Ms. Yudi Yap (Musician & Cultural Entreprenuer), Celest Yeo (Syn Consulting), Alicia Bon (LeBon, Jason Chan,Strategic Alliance Event S/B), Ben Tan (Mad Agency), Edward (Get Discovered Media PLT) & Joecess Lim (Celmonze Aesthetic Academy)👍🏻👏🏻

SiennyLovesDrawing👩🏻 was inspired by Jan Chia, the performer💁🏻🎤🎼at the end of this launching🎊🎉

From Jan’s sharing, understand that she used to be a talented singer but a car accident crashed her dreams☹️She lost her mobility & used 1️⃣ year to stand on her feet again😃Bravo❗️She didn’t give up on herself👍🏻

She found her another talent cum potential instead, she is now a certified translator, marketing her services online & securing some engagements with big corporates, MNCs etc. within 1️⃣ year😁👏🏻

Truly honour her fighting spirit & her entrepreneurship on marketing herself, be INNOVATIVE & value your INTELLECTUAL property, no matter where you are and how you are‼️

The co-founder also highlighted that the future to award less fortunate with disability entrepreneurs & it’s part of the organizer contribution to the society. Further, this award illustrated on the implications of this opportunity when it opens the market to more than 626 million people👫👭👬& the younger generation👶🏻👦🏻👧🏻that need to be aware of the importance of bridging & networking in ASEAN🗺

Hence, all the award winners👫👭👬will be receiving a mentorship to expanding its businesses to other ASEAN countries🗺

Interested to participate as a nominee for this 1️⃣st ASEAN IN Award🎖🏆2017❓⁉️

For more details,

Email📧: info@asean-in-award.com

Contact no.☎️📞📱: +6019-7199696

FB: https://www.facebook.com/AseanInAward/

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