Author Archives: Pedro Milladino

The palm wine story – nature’s gift to boozers

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Out past the dusty roadside town of Chbar Morn, the provincial capital with a market and not much else going for it save Phnom Penh to the west and Sihanoukville port to the south-east, between the hills, sprouting rice crops and mango orchards overloaded with green fruit lives Mr Sambath, an aficionado of all things palm tree and member of the guild of neak leung tnout. He makes his living as a tapper. Continue reading

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Restaurant review: Armand’s revisited

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In a city where food options abound and where restaurants and cafes open and close almost daily, it takes something special to keep doing the same thing year after year and remain successful. Focusing on developing a good formula that people like, and being renowned for consistent quality is a recipe for success. It’s something Phnom Penh institution Armand’s has been doing for years. And long may it continue. Continue reading

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News: Owner of FX Animation Studio Theodor Symon arrested for abusing 9 year old boy

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A 57 year old German man, Udo Theodore Symon, has been arrested in Phnom Penh for allegedly sexually abusing the nine year old son of his cleaner. Mr Symon is the owner of FX Animation Studios, which describes itself as Phnon Penh’s leading animation and audio dubbing facility and is used widely in Cambodia’s fledgling film and advertising industries. Continue reading

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News: Finnish bar owner, Timo Jokinen, found dead in Suomi Bar, Phnom Penh

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Timo Jokinen, the 49 year old proprietor of a well-known bar and guesthouse on Phnom Penh’s Street 172 has been found dead in a room above the bar this morning. The Daun Penh District Chief of Police, Mr Hout Chanyaran told media that the cause of death is not yet known, but pictures from the scene of death suggest he had been dead some time. Continue reading

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An interview with a spirit

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There are many kinds of spirit in Cambodia. One of the most important is the boramey, a powerful and benevolent supernatural being who works to help humans in this world through a human representative. The representative is possessed by the boramey and becomes the boramey for the duration of the possession. An academic who has studied spirit-possession says there are over ten thousand boramey in Cambodia, all of them named and identifiable. Continue reading

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News: Young Brit Peter Riley, 25, Dies in Sihanoukville

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The young western man found dead outside All Nations Guesthouse at Victory Hill, Sihanoukville yesterday has been named as Peter Michael Riley, a 25 year old British man from St Heliers, Jersey in the UK. Continue reading

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News: Aerocambodia CEO Brian Naswall arrested abusing 12 year old girl

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Police arrested an American man Friday night in Phnom Penh after they allegedly caught him sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in the presence of two other underage girls, an official and an NGO said Sunday. Continue reading

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News: American, Mallory Thomas Martin, found dead in Cambodia hotel

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A 42 year old American man with an extensive criminal background has been found dead in a Phnom Penh guesthouse this morning, the latest in a series of foreigners dying in Phnom Penh. Continue reading

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News: Khmer440 members support relief efforts in Nepal

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Today a few K440 members supported the relief efforts in Nepal by contributing money to the above group of volunteering travelers and expats helping the victims of the recent earthquake. The contribution was enough to provide a shelter and food for one family of five for three months – every cent has gone toward direct assistance. Continue reading

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Under the ink: Tola, The Village Tattooist

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Nowadays it seems as if every man, woman and his/her dog in the western world is ‘inked up’. The last couple of decades have seen an explosion of ‘body art’. Gone are the days when tattoo parlours were the domain of Maoris, pissed up sailors and those used to taking regular holidays in Her Majesty’s finest institutions. From sports stars to Hollywood A-Z listers and right down to sink hole estate trash, everyone has gone under the needle. Continue reading

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