Author Archives: Pedro Milladino


A Tale of 2 Cambodias

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Disparity of income is nothing new and we are told seemingly on a weekly basis that the chasm between rich and poor is widening further and further around the globe. The system involving the rich getting richer, whilst the poor…

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No Country For Solo Ladies

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How many solo females do you know in Phnom Penh? And I don’t mean unmarried. I mean alone. I mean, Western women who’ve wandered into Cambodia with no connection to any NGO, government, volunteer program, research project or other human…

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Liam Strother: Conman and Thief in Cambodia

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Liam Strother is 26, from Scotland and has spent the past few months traveling around Cambodia gaining the trust of tourists, expats and local businesses and then stealing from them. In Sihanoukville, he is reported to have left a trail…

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7 Things You Should Know About Cambodia’s Politics

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Tim LaRocco has put together a primer for those seeking a basic need-to-know understanding of the political situation in Cambodia I recently asked my college students in the Introduction to Political Science course I teach to play word association with…

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A Day (and Night) in Siem Reap

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB31TXoKN34 First check this amazing new time lapse Siem Reap-based movie from the film maker Max Palmer, then read Naomi Collett Ritz’s guide to the perfect night on the town. With Siem Reap being a tourist town and all, you…

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British Big Business in Cambodia and the Scourge of Plastic Bags

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Take a look outside of your house. Chances are, if you live in the west you will see a few plastic bags hanging in the branches of a tree or floating about along the street. The quantity will vary depending…

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“We don’t allow students to cheat here, but…”

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Tim LaRocco examines the for-profit private education sector in Cambodia and finds a system not fit for purpose: “We don’t allow the students to cheat here,” the head teacher of a well-known language school in Phnom Penh explained to me…

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Tales of the Superstitious

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Do you have any superstitions? Salute solitary magpies, count rosary beads, throw spilled salt over your shoulder, have an irrational fear of the number 13, which is antagonised further when that day of the month falls on a Friday? Such…

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Skateistan & The Skateshop Phnom Penh visit Siem Reap Skatepark

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Last weekend marked the opening party of the Siem Reap skatepark! We had the pleasure of being joined by the likes of Skateistan Cambodia, and the owners and skaters from The Skateshop Phnom Penh – really friendly, passionate guys, and…

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14 Months in Siem Reap

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I have been in Siem Reap for 14 months. Don’t hold me to it, but I would be happy to move on around Hanukkah. In general, expats seem to stay for six months. We come as NGO workers, teachers or…

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