The Marimar Connection: Short but Sweet Conversation with Cambodian Vendors

Hello from Siem Reap! I am on my 5th night here and to be honest, I don’t want to leave! I just love the laid-back feel of this place. It is not as chaotic as other tourist destinations and it is a big relief that most Cambodians can speak english.


Talking to Pre Rup vendors (Photo by Andrew Mamangun)

It’s just the second day of our Angkor Wat Tour yet I’m already experiencing the so-called Temple Overload. I can’t help but feel amazed on how the ancient Cambodians created these temples and structures. Temple-hopping on a very hot day is not really that ideal because you the heat will suck your energy.

That morning, we first visited the famous Ta Prohm temple. If you’re a Tomb Raider fan, you will surely know why. I got too tired in exploring that specific temple that’s why I got a bit lazy on the second stop, which is the Pre Rup. I seated in one of the corners where some of the tired tourists were taking a break. I then saw a Cambodian man in his mid-twenties who unleashes his creative side by painting some of Siem Reap’s historical landmarks and sell it to tourists. On the side, there are young kids selling various products like bracelets, bamboo flute and postcards.

“How long have you been painting?’ I asked the young painter.

“Three years” He replied with a sincere smile.

The young female vendor sat beside him and showed some of the paintings to me.

“Lady, buy this beautiful painting I will give you discount”

“How much?” I asked

“$12 but I can give it to you for $10. You can post it on your room or in the office or in the door of your Toilet” she convinced me.

“Sorry, but I only have Philippine Peso here.” I replied.

“Philippine? Like Marimar?” asked the little vendor.

“Yes, That show is from the Philippines!” I mentioned.

Marian Rivera as Marimar

I saw the glow from the painter and the young vendor’s face. I think that conversation caught the attention of other sellers so they went up to us to join our Marimar talk.

“Marian Rivera is pretty!” the painter said.

“I love that too! Marimar…. AW!” another young vendor said while mimicking Marimar’s signature kembot move.

Angelica vs. Marimar - Katrina Halili & Marian Rivera

“You know Angelica? The Bad girl? She’s bad, but very sexy” the painter said.

“Oh, that is Katrina Halili. She is also popular in the Philippines” I informed him.

“Sergio cute” another young vendor giggled.

“Sergio and Marimar couple in real life. They fell in love while doing the show. It’s Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera.”

“Marimar is also in a show where she is half-human half-fish” a local tour guide joined in while waiting for his clients.

Real-life couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera in 'Dyesebel'

“Dyesebel?” I asked

“Yes! Dyesebel!” the group said altogether.

“Aside from Angkor Wat, you must also paint Dyesebel and try to sell them to their fans. I’m sure that will be profitable for you” I suggested.

“Yes, I think I must try.” the painter replied with a smile.

It’s time to go and move to another temple. I politely said goodbye to them.

“Bye lady! Thank you!” the young vendor and the painter waved goodbye to me. I didn’t purchase any of the paintings or the souvenir items and I know that it is a tough job, but I think that short conversation in a way diverted their attention… AW!

Incidentally, Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera & Katrina Halili of the Marimar fame will be reunited in the new primetime TV show called My Beloved starting on Monday. I won’t be surprised if one day, this series will also make it big here in Cambodia. AWWW!

*Written last Thursday

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9 Comments to The Marimar Connection: Short but Sweet Conversation with Cambodian Vendors

  1. Bryan Amparo
    February 13th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Ang sexy talaga ni Marian <3

    (BTW, napabigla ako ng trip to Cebu, pero di ko alam kung san ako mag-si-stay tapos wala pa akong kakilala dun XD. Baka may maipakilala ka sa aking mga blogger friends mo na taga-dun XD. Salamat :D)

  2. thepinaysolobackpacker
    February 13th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    haha so eto yung sabe mu. see, mas exciting pag d ko tlga alam at nababasa ko nlng sa blog mu! πŸ™‚ i like Marian a lot, crush ko din xa! haha enjoy your stay there. πŸ™‚ kung kaya mu pa ako antayin, antayin mu ko jan! haha Hopefully if everything turns well, I’ll start my SE Asia trip by July, taking everything slowly.

  3. Micamyx
    February 13th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    @Bryan – Sexy nga! Hehe check mo yung blog ko na or refer to Sinjin of for more information sa restos and hotels πŸ™‚

    @thepinaysolobackpacker – Fave mo pala si Marian hehe πŸ˜€ Marami pa akong kwento teh hehe uuwi din ako this month di pa ako comfy na mag-long term travel. Who knows, baka makasama kita sa isa sa destinations na balak mo sa July πŸ˜€

  4. Renz Bulseco
    February 14th, 2012 at 4:25 am

    HAHAHA was smiling while reading this! ANG CUTE LANG!!!

  5. doi
    February 15th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    hahaha. and to think marimar is originally from mexico with thalia portraying the role. hehe. never saw that soap since kapamilya ako. harharhar. last year, si manny pacquiao ang pinakasikat dito sa SR. sana matimingan ko pinapalabas ang Marimar dito. lol.

  6. Manila Wedding Suppliers
    February 20th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Amazing marian rivera !!

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    March 15th, 2012 at 7:14 am

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  8. daisy paat
    March 26th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Natuwa ako ng mabasa ko ang kwentong ito na si Marian Rivera ay kilala sa Cambodia dahil sa MARIMAR / DYESEBEL! Sayang ang audience na Kapamilya at di napanood ang mga teleserye ng GMA KAPUSO! Kong ang ibang lahi ay hinangaan si Marian ikaw pa kaya pa kaya na kalahi natin ang hindi maging proud o makilala si Marian?

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