My Angels of the Year 2016

Expecting my personal kind of year review? Sorry to disappoint you. But this year, I’d rather reflect on people with positive impact to my life, here called “angels”. If you don’t find your names in this post, no hard feeling! I may include you in my 2017 review!

My wife and daughter

Sounds classic, doesn’t it? Of course, it does. Yet, I have been myself amazed with every moment we’ve grown throughout this year. Sreyneath has become the shared centerpiece of our lives. Living with her mother, I believe she’s been in magic hands. Why are they my angels? For them, I’ve quit my “egocentric zone”. How? Read on…

Phanit and Sreyneath

My sisters

I know I’ve rarely exposed Yen and Len to my online and social circle. Yet, as the saying goes, behind a XYZ man are great women. Their greatness lies in their financial backup of the lifestyle I’ve “camouflaged”. Can you imagine two vegetable business ladies earn enough to afford a mid-class living of the entire family and beyond? For that effect, they have wittingly inherited our late mother, who has now gone on to become a heavenly angel, I believe.

My sisters

Sokunthea

Believe it or not, I’ve known him as a total stranger when we attended an ECCC hearing back in 2008. A year later, we became affiliated with Kon Khmer Koun Khmer. Little did I expect him to return from his overseas studies to benefit this film collective. Thanks to his support, we’ve managed to secure a large grant for Chaktomuk Short Film Festival (CSFF) this year from Winrock.

Sokunthea

Oudom

Some people came into our lives for a short while and left us. But Oudom returned to me in an unimaginable circumstance. He has saved me/us in “Mother’s Blood” project and now “Pram Ang“. Despite our different lifestyles, what we have in common is our passion for social causes. I still appreciate his community outreach, regardless of benefits or risks he might take, with or without JCI.

Oudom

B. Sila

If you have hung out with me for long enough, his name may sound familiar with you. It is one thing to look up to him as my business inspiration. It is another to work for/in his business, which is PuPrum Entertainment. Financial stability aside, this is the kind of business/job I’ve ever dreamed of: helping local productions maximize the profits and values of their movies. So the chance he gave me earns him a divine spot in my heart.

Jin

I’ve known since last year, through FilmCamp Trip to Areng. Some acquaintances may whisper the wish to help you out when needed. But so far, he has gone the extra mile and saved me from lots of technical and organizational tasks. He doesn’t care whether or not our common cause in CSFF offers him any incentive. Thus, when you run into someone like him, you gotta keep them! For how long? Time will tell.

Jin

Rady

He is another example of the returned blessings. We went to the same high school back in the old days. He called me months ago to ask for my business consultancy, based on my former name card in DMI. Oddly enough, I ended up seeking for his financial advice instead, thanks to his loan business background! The best part was that he refused to loan me any cent, yet is willing to restore my financial situation, with all the time he has, especially by managing the funding of Kon Khmer Koun Khmer.

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Up to this point, you may wonder why I call them “angels”. In fact, without them, my 2016 would have turned out even more miserable. Oops, let us think positive now for 2017. And, of course, with or without these angels, my life goes on!

Happy and Prosperous New Year!!!

 

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Three major lessons about family from Finding Dory

Have you watched furious “Warcraft” yet? If you don’t like the warring style, check out this family cartoon like Finding Dory. Once again, I enjoyed the movie voucher from Major Cineplex by Cellcard, with Rain and Kaly, especially for her belated birthday gift. Despite its common theme, the sequel still conveys new meanings to us.

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Unconditional Love – It’s one thing to be parents. It’s another to raise a forgetful kid like Dory. You may find it tiresome just to keep her remembering everything she says and has done. But only unconditional love can make living with her more interesting, despite such fatigue to keep up with her. By the way, how do would you remember an act of unconditional love by your parents?!

Family by Experience – More often than not, “family” is defined by blood. Rarely does its definition find an experiential context. In the case of “Finding Dory”, she treats Nemo and Marlin as her family, after all they’ve gone through in the prequel. Oh yeah, it dated back some ten years ago and I hope you still remember the plot! Is there anyone in your life you’d consider part of your family, regardless of your genealogy?

Return to the Roots – I’ve grown up to believe that two essences in life identify a person: roots and experience. No matter what experience one lives, it’s equally important to recall their origin. There is a reason for us to be born that way. If you cannot find one, make one up! For Dory, her roots remain in her brain so much that these help lead her to her long-lost parents. What memories of your origin would be you proud of?

Rating: 08/10

PS: Among other reasons, to add unique values to Cambodian movies, since July 01st, I have landed on a full-time “mission” at PuPrum Entertainment. Check our our Page or website to find out more. Or we can catch up about this new part of my life!

The Panda Kung Fu Master You Can Be!

If I am to find the link between the previous movie I watched and the last one, it must be the spiritual realm! Here comes our family’s most awaited animation: Kung Fu Panda 3. We longed to see it right once it was premiered. Then, due to time constraint, we were aiming for a Sunday instead. My personal experience was like, just another sequel!

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Fulfilling Series – Although I’ve still missed the prequel, I could spot the plot flow for our panda Po, from an amateur to a teacher in this sequel. Of course, sequel 2 is about him as an advanced student. So Kung Fu Panda 3 makes his journey fulfilled and meaningful, as he has evolved from no one to someone, not just for himself, but also people around him.

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