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Phnom Penh (Ah!) Travel Tips - FRESHIE Girls & Boys 2008 Show IS ON!!! - FEBRUARY 2008

FRESHIE 2008 Girls & Boys contestants - Freshie photo

FRESHIE 2007 Girls & Boys entertain at 2008 press conference- Freshie photo

FRESHIE 2007 Top 3 Girls are currently product models & TV show hosts - Freshie photo

FRESHIE Girl 2005 winner Kanika Cham - NR photo

2008 FRESHIE Girl # 16 Keat Sovanphaa - Freshie photo

2008 FRESHIE Boy # 8 Vong Vorakvichea - Freshie photo

Chip Mong Group Vice President Peter Leang - Freshie photo



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National Radio Text Service - Saturday February 9, 2008 - Update Friday February 15, 2008


The first show is scheduled for Tuesday February 12 as a 2 ½ hour event that will be televised from 4:30 PM to 7 PM in front of a live audience from the TV 5 television studios in Phnom Penh.




He said it wouldn't be done but he changed his mind. In the world of the 5 W's…who, what, where, when and why the who is Boonkerd Angamnuasiri who said at Phnom Penh's Chaktomuk Theater after the 2007 final show that he was finished producing the Freshie Girls & Boys contest because it took too much energy out of him. It was a shocking moment when it came to mind that this was one of the examples of development of positive growth for Cambodian youth.

The show gave many of the competitors a new lease on life as many came from extreme poverty and the training program taught many about manners, grooming, being considerate of others and hygiene. Some came to audition and didn't own a pair of shoes so the Freshie organization provided shoes for them. Others came humble and shy but the show taught them how to dress and walk a fashion models cat-walk the result being good posture, more self esteem and self confidence.

The examples are many and they are evident with former Freshie's winners becoming product endorsers, models, TV presenters and actors. Some like 2005 winner Kanika Cham go on to the business world as she became an executive with Cambodia's M-Phone a cell phone service provider.

By chance in December we bumped into Angamnuasiri who was coming out of the Lucky super market. He noted that he had changed his mind and there would be a Freshie 2008 show. Why? Too many people kept insisting that he should do the show. The positive result being…. IT'S ON!!!

The first show is a scheduled for Tuesday February 12 as a 2 ½ hour event that will be televised from 4:30 PM to 7 PM in front of a live audience from the TV 5 television studios in Phnom Penh. On the program 21 boys and 21 girls will be introduced. The group will be paired down to 10 girls and 10 boys to compete for the Freshie title.

An introduction show will be televised Saturday February 16 on TV 5. The program is scheduled from 4 PM to 5:30 PM. This is the third program change within a month The show is currently scheduled for this time slot every week. Given the history of the programming changes this year stay tuned for more.

The first show will primarily function as an introduction of the Top 10 Freshie Girls and Top 10 Freshie Boys. The following shows one boy and one girl will be eliminated until seven girls and seven boys remain. Those 14 contestants will appear in the final from which one girl and one boy will be named as the 2008 Freshie Girl and Freshie Boy winners as well as 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each category.

At the Freshie press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel January 31st the Chip Mong Group Vice President Peter Leang said regarding being the main sponsor of this years show, "We want to help as much as possible in making our children's (Cambodia's) dream become reality. This contest has given pride to our culture. It has made our children full of confidence in challenging themselves to be better individuals.

"The competitiveness of this event has made our children stronger individuals and will make them a stronger member of the society. We have a lot of talented and beautiful people in our country and Freshie has helped a lot in bringing that fact into the spot light."

FRESHIE SCHEDULE on TV 5 - From 4 PM to 5:30 PM


FEB 23 - 2nd week - Elimination to 9 Girls & 9 Boys

MAR 1 - 3rd week - Elimination to 8 Girls & 8 Boys

MAR 8 - 4th week - Elimination to 7 Girls & 7 Boys



The Top 5 most visited sections are:

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2. Soccer/International Football

3. Phnom Penh

4. FIFA stories

5. FRESHIE Boys & Girls


The PREVIOUS Top 3 most visited sections were:

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We are published in five languages, English, Thai, French, Russian and Khmer (Cambodian language). Any of our foreign language material and our Roman Wabderaugh columns are legally available ONLY on our National Radio site.

The July 2007 NR Top 10 ratings leads the pack for our first top 10 ratings this year. This makes that column the highest and most consistent NR Top 10 finisher. Ronan and Paris Hilton appear to be the driving force of interest in that article in which our Video Beat/television column recorded seven of the 10 positions.

Our NBA Trivia column focuses on the connections with the city of Philadelphia and the NBA. Kobe Bryant is featured as well as yours truly. Please excuse our carte blanche.

Cambodia's Angkor Wat Temples returns to the Top 10 taking the third spot. Thailand's young footballer Teerathep Winothai notched two places on the list.

Our story on those involved in human trafficking noting IOM's activity continues to move higher on the chart and took the sixth spot.

It seems that NR readers are football crazy (excuse us ESPN Singapore) as stories on the sport notched six places on the list.

Our fastest rising story was a Video Beat column in December dealing with the unfair treatment a contestant was given while another was permitted numerous liberties on the Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition show. This was a classic example of a double standard of do as I say and not as I do. Also included in that article were: CAMBODIA'S FRESHIE CONTEST RETURNS - AMAZING RACE USA - AMAZING RACE ASIA.

Racist Radio is our oldest highest ranking story. It was written 10 years ago during the time I was reporting on the MLB (Major League Baseball). On my way to Dodger Stadium I couldn't believe what I was hearing on the radio. The details are in that story.

He seems to be older than dirt and in the boxing game Don King has been around a long time. We reviewed an HBO unauthorized telefilm on his life. This story seems to have Kings shelf life.


Walking the streets of Phnom Penh is no easy task. Quite frankly IT IS DANGEROUS. The sidewalks are primarily used by businesses for auto parking or restaurants extending their business on the public sidewalks by placing chairs and tables to the extent that pedestrians must walk in to street to get through.

Once in the street you must look both ways as motorcycles and vehicles go the wrong way and on the wrong side of the street. If you're used to looking into the oncoming traffic take the time to look the opposite way for the wrong way driver.

When crossing the street DO NOT EXPECT courtesy of the road and yielding to pedestrians who in the western world have the right of way. Remember…THIS IS CAMBODIA. There is no courtesy of the road here. Oncoming traffic will drive IN FRONT of you. If you and the vehicle reach the spot you are walking towards REMEMBER when metal hits flesh, METAL WINS.

If you're injured the medical facilities in Cambodia area nightmare and not recommended. Those that can afford it travel to Thailand or Vietnam for medical treatment.

On Tuesday December 18 at 2:45 PM, due to an SUV being double parked in the street on Sihanouk Boulevard, a Lucky market shopper had to walk into the middle of the traffic lane to get into the store. Motorbikes were lined up on the sidewalk blocking all pedestrians' access and endangering their lives.

If you're using a motor taxi for transport make sure that they are sober before getting on the bike. It is seldom that a motor-taxi driver takes the time to look before moving into another lane of traffic. Should you feel uncomfortable about your driver, get off and look for another. The life you save may be your own.

Make sure you hold your purse or bag IN FRONT OF YOU ON YOUR CHEST. A French girl recently died after an unsuccessful snatch and grab of her purse while she was a passenger on a motorcycle. She fell into traffic and was run over by an oncoming vehicle.


A group of NGO types brought a group of children together to sing Christmas carols including 'Silent Night.' That's the good news.

The bad news is…. The holy venue chosen for the occasion was a BAR. How holy is that? The amount of money many NGO employees in Cambodia spend on alcohol in a year's time is enough to employ thousands of Cambodians.

Angkor Wat - photo Bob Loveland

Cambodian children are sold into prostitution by their parents. Some NGO's are doing something about it by creating a business and others teach and provide jobs. Other NGO's raise millions of dollars in donor money and.... just talk about it. OPERATION SMILE GIVES WITHOUT ASKING - COMING... INNOCENCE LOST - (NR Photo)

Cambodian Ranaridh Sihanouk greets Celebrity football team - Cambodia Football Federation photo



The Angkor Wat Temples took over the top spot moving up from the second place. IOM Tackles Human Trafficking made a big move from 6th to 3 rd. In their case the point is where are the results of their efforts?

Cambodian Football Rising From The Ashes moved up two positions from fifth to third. This is an old story that focused on a positive future in rebuilding Cambodia's International football program that hasn't fully come to fruition.

In a surprise move Dr. Beat Richner's story fell from the top spot after holding down that position for almost a year. Digital Divide Data (DDD) also fell out of the top five list.

The rankings are as follows. The first number indicated is the rating for Cambodian stories the second number is last months ranking the third number is the overall NR Top story ratings.

1. - 2 - 3 - The Angkor Wat Temples The Jewel of Cambodia

2. - 6 - 8 - IOM Tackles Human Trafficking - Chris Decherd Returns - Sex Tourist Challenges AIDS - tt_PPahJuly04

3. - 5 - 10. Cambodian Football Rising From The Ashes - When you think of Cambodia your more likely to think about the "Killing Fields" and the millions of innocent ...

4. - 4 - 11 - January 15, 2006. Thai vs. Cambodia Celebrity Football Game

5. - 3 - 12 - Friday November 11, 2005. Cambodia's Olympic Committee Give Club Team Khemara SEA Games Invitation

Special Note:

Racism is a subject that won't go away. A story Racist Radio that we wrote about the subject in 1998 continues to retain interest and keeps reentering the Top 20 over the years. We are including it on this list since the problem exists in Cambodia.

An English language publication in Cambodia suggested in its January 2007 issue for foreign club owners keep black people out of their establishment. In its June 2007 issue that same publication gave advice on purchasing narcotics. The irony is that within a one year period two of its writers of their Sihanoukville column died from drug related causes. The publication has also committed Internet theft and plagiarism.


In researching the findings we have found that search engines Yahoo, Google and MSN are all guilty of misleading the public. They have linked our story information to other sites without our permission. Those sites include Thai Visa, Washington University in the USA and UNESCO.

We have tried to contact Yahoo regarding this matter but there was no response. For our story on Digital Divide Data titled Bridging The Digital Gap Yahoo linked our information to UNESCO and Washington University web sites as noted below.

Cambodia (PDF) 13 James Loving, "DDD - Bridging the Digital Gap of Have and Have. Notes," (by James Loving, National Radio Text Service, 8 April 8, ... www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/ict/Metasurvey/CAMBODIA.PDF - 117k - View as html

The questions are:

1. Why would a company that is valued at billions of dollars employ dishonest practices?

2. Who is responsible for manipulating information that is misleading to the public?

3. Who is responsible at UNESCO in permitting the practice?

Yahoo used the same story to mislead the public to the Washington University (USA) web site as noted below:

Cambodia (PDF) 13 James Loving, "DDD - Bridging the Digital Gap of Have and Have. Notes," (by James Loving, National Radio Text Service, 8 April 8, ... www.com.washington.edu/ict4d/upload/2004052712430458_03760155.pdf - 117k - View as html WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Our Roman Wanderaugh columns have been linked to other web sites by all three search engines without our permission. The most flagrant violator is Thai Visa. We have contacted them in the past but they have ignored our request to take our stories off their site.

All three of the mentioned search engines have used our story information and linked it to Thai Visa without our permission. Thai Visa actually stole our story and posted it on their site. In the past they not only stole our Cambodia By Land & Sea story but also used our photo. Since that time the photo is not on our story on their site.

Google provides advertising for the site. The question is why would a company that is worth billions of dollars resort to supporting a web site that steals?

The information of our information page on the Google site also had the following endorsing going to the Thai Visa site. ©2007 Google - Google Home - Advertising Programs - Business Solutions - About Google FRONT PAGE WITH THAI VISA

MSN did the same. They listed incorrect information and linked our work to Thai Visa as noted below:

Thaivisa.com The latest updated Thai visa immigration news; work permit and residence permit in ... Friday, 15 December 2006 Cambodia visa trip "TRAVELING AROUND" by Roman Wanderaugh o www.thaivisa.com/344.0.html o ¡¤ 7/14/2007 o ¡¤ Cached page

Cambodia visa trip "TRAVELING AROUND" by Roman Wanderaugh "AN INEXPENSIVE TRIP from BANGKOK to CAMBODIA by LAND & SEA" If you're an adventurous traveler the trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia from ... o www.thaivisa.com/border-run/page_2.html o ¡¤ Cached page o +Show more results from www.thaivisa.com

MSN also listed the headline TRAVELING AROUND on the Cambodia Land & Sea story. It raises the question why was it necessary to make two listings on the same story to link to the Thai Visa site?

Roman Waderaugh and any other National Radio columns are only legally available on the Internet on National Radio. We DO NOT GIVE PERMISSION for any other web site to use our material including soliciting our photos to the public.

We negotiate directly with interested parties for use. We are published in print in five languages. We do not approve of Thai Visa using our material and all of the search engines misleading the public to other web sites using National Radio information.

Isn't a search engines job to lead the public to the information they seek? It is clearly stated on our National Radio web site:


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