Category Archives: Commentary

Taking 12 Steps in Cambodia

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Dave H visits an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Phnom Penh and considers the treatment options for both expat and Khmer alcoholics in a drinker’s playground. Continue reading

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Provincial Protein – A Guide to Subsistence Dining 2/2

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Pedro Milladino continues to munch his way through myriad varieties of rustic Khmer nosh in the second part of this series It’s a well established fact that Asians eat dog, but then again so do some Swiss. Without dwelling too…

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Provincial Protein – A Guide to Subsistence Dining 1/2

Amazing Street Food From Around the World (16)

Cambodian food has a bad rep, and quite deserved too for the most part, with cheap refined cooking oil, diabetes inducing sugar levels and liberal doses of that culinary crack- highly addictive crystal monosodium glutamate, MSG- the stuff that makes…

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Cambodia as My ‘New Colossus’

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Tim LaRocco opines on his impending return to Cambodia as an expat I’m a New Yorker born and bred, and thus, a creature of particular routines and habits. I eat the same breakfast everyday (toasted everything bagel with an egg,…

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How Khmers Make Ends Meet aka Blood is Thicker than Bor Bor

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Last time I gave a little personal insight to the polar opposite worlds of a high-up ranking family in the big city and a cow farming bunch in the wilds of Kampong Cham. Official sources state that almost 20% of…

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A Remarkable Man

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Tim LaRocco looks at the NGO industry in Cambodia and finds a remarkable man a world away from the fat salaries, colonial lifestyles and dishonest fundraising that have come to typify the aid sector. I first met Johnny Phillips in…

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Expat Life in Hanoi and Phnom Penh: Comparisons and Contrasts

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Lauren Quinn reflects on her expat experience in two culturally distinct Indochinese cities. Two years ago, I rode the Phnom Penh-Ho Chi Minh City bus with all my worldly belongings—admittedly not much—shoved into bus’s luggage compartment. As we crept into…

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Phnom Penh: A Playground for Solo Ladies

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Eve Watling challenges Lauren Quinn’s recent K440 article suggesting that Phnom Penh is no place for ‘solo ladies’. Recently on Khmer440, we heard about how it’s hard to be a Solo Lady in Phnom Penh. Certainly, the majority of the…

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Press Freedom and State Violence in Cambodia

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When it comes to seniority on the Cambodian expat circuit, I consider myself still a rookie, several pegs down the totem pole from some of the grizzled veterans who have made their bones in the Kingdom of Wonder over many…

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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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