On May 23, 2014, World Youth Alliance member Nicholas So shared his culture with WYA Asia Pacific members in the Philippines through his Dignity Project, Asia Pacific Culture Night: Cambodia, at the WYA Asia Pacific office in Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. Nicholas is from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Nicholas taught about Cambodian culture, traditions, and cuisine. “Rice is the staple grain, as in other Southeast Asian countries. The cuisine of Cambodia contains tropical fruits, soups and noodles. The key ingredients are kaffir lime, lemon grass, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, curry, tamarind, ginger, oyster sauce, coconut milk and black pepper,” Nicholas shared.
He also showed interesting places in Cambodia where travelers can visit. Nicholas invited WYA members to visit Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat, a central feature of the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site containing the magnificent remains of the Khmer civilization. “It’s also best to visit Cambodia between September to December because the weather is cooler,” Nicholas shares.
Some of the WYA members were also given a chance to wear the traditional Cambodian attire. The national costume includes a textile that measures approximately one and a half meters and both ends are sewn together. The textile is tied to safely secure it on the waist. “The attire is usually worn during ceremonial or formal occasions like the wedding events and graduation ceremonies,” Nicholas explained.
Participants were given time to ask Nicholas questions about Cambodian life, people and customs.
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