Author Archives: Steven Lee

Restaurant review- Shiva Shakti

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Steven Lee checks out the Prime Minister’s favourite Indian Restaurant, and is impressed by both the restaurant and the food, despite it being a bit off the beaten track after a recent move. Continue reading

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Santa and Budweiser – the Khmer explanation

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Jon Allen is in Siem Reap for the holiday season and tries to explain the concept of Santa Claus to his Khmer brother. His brother rightly thinks he is a complete nutjob. Continue reading

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Lies, Lies and Aeon Mall

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Pedro Milladino takes a trip to Aeon Mall against his better judgement, and finds himself confronted by lies, lies and more damned lies. Continue reading

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Three things to avoid in the provinces

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Nathan Thompson returns to Cambodia and settles again into village life. Here he lists three key things to avoid if you want to stay sane in your Cambodian rural idyll. Continue reading

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Remembering keeping_it_riel – an obituary

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The former owner and admin of Khmer440 died suddenly yesterday, aged 49. gavinmac’s portrait of keeping_it_riel remembers a friend (and occasional foe) who had an unforgettable impact on Phnom Penh expat life. Continue reading

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The curse of jetlag

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Bertolt Bieber arrives in Phnom Penh and is hit by that curse of intercontinental travellers, jetlag. Here is his account of experiencing jetlag in his first couple of days in town. Continue reading

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Cambodia or Thailand? Comparing expat destinations

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As Cambodia braces itself to welcome more expats from across the border, Tim LaRocco takes a lighthearted look at the the pluses and minuses of both options. Continue reading

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Phnom Penh Thmey, baby

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Pedro Milladino moves back to the big city and finds his new neighbourhood of Phnom Penh Thmey is a place of contrasts, and a place where a new urban elite are using their riches to leave an indelible mark on the landscape. Continue reading

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Hanoi vs Beijing – Where does Cambodia stand?

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Tim LaRocco surveys the complicated web of international tensions across South East Asia and wonders if Cambodia’s careful balancing act can be maintained indefinitely. Continue reading

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Review: The Bug Cafe Siem Reap

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Naomi Collett Ritz tries out a unique new restaurant in Siem Reap, based on Cambodia’s love of insects. The Bug Cafe features a menu of tarantula-stuffed donuts, ant-filled muffins and – her favourite – scorpions. Continue reading

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