Author Archives: Jack Deckard

Anatomy of a Phnom Penh Motodop


What is the first thing that hits you as soon as you leave your hotel or guesthouse each day? No, it’s not the heat. “Sir, sir, moto, moto. Sir, sir!” There is also the less popular, “Hello! Moto! Hello!” And…

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The Closures of North Korean Restaurants in Phnom Penh

North Korean waitresses in Pyongyang rest in PPenh 01 (Slate)

I was saddened by the new of the closings of the North Korean restaurants in Cambodia. There were restaurants in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville. As someone who has spent most of the last 15 years living in South…

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My Off-White Khmer Romance 3


She flew in on a beautiful Southern California summer day. As it turned out, we would indeed have lots of time to spend together as I had quit my job the week before. In retrospect, there were two problems with…

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My Off White Romance 2


The bus ride was physically and emotional uncomfortable. Angst-ridden and heartbroken, the bus was crowded, stuffy, and I had the pleasure of sitting next to a soldier in camouflage who felt that it was ok to rest his leg against…

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My Off White Romance


I met her on my third trip to Phnom Pehn. Previous to that, I was staying in a rented condo by the beach south of Bangkok on an extended four month vacation. It was then that I was first asked…

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