Category Archives: Expat Life

14 Months in Siem Reap

naomi2

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…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Travel | Tagged , , ,

The CTN Roadshow

Kanha

Life out in the provinces can get pretty dull. Hot humdrum days follow long, hot nights, with only regular meals of rice and palm wine to break the dusty monotony. There’s also sleeping and bitching about the neighbours- two other…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Reviews, Travel | Tagged , , ,

Toul Tom Poung: Expat Dining Options Aplenty

Sesame1

There’s a buzz about Toul Tom Poung these days. One by one, the often two-story timber artisan dwellings formerly housing wood workers or scooter dealers are being razed and replaced with lanky apartment buildings that are rapidly transforming the local…

Posted in Expat Life, Food, Phnom Penh, Restaurant Reviews | Tagged , , , ,

Golden Soriya, 4am Drunks and Addictive Arcade Games

00st51

Pedro heads into the dark underbelly of the nocturnal expat scene and chances upon a weirdly addictive computer fish game Addiction is a right can of worms. Late last year, in a BBC Newsnight debate, the less cool, God bothering…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Phnom Penh | Tagged , , ,

Fried Short Noodles and Friendly Sisters: a Recipe for a Good Market Lunch

O

Jenny Conrad continues her search for budget vegetarian street food in Phnom Penh. Having conquered my initial wariness of Cambodian street food in the Russian market – largely through an appreciation of the tasty nom kachay available – I slowly…

Posted in Expat Life, Food | Tagged , , , ,

Khmers, Gore, Porn, Suicide and Facebook

facebook-khmer

Cambodian’s use of Facebook is, like many Cambodian things, interesting. Naomi-Collett Ritz examines the phenomenon of Khmers and FB. The other day on the internet a well-known photojournalist posted a photo of a family standing around an open coffin. The…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life | Tagged , ,

The Diseased Temple Dog and Me

Street_dog (2)

Vice and Slate writer Nathan Thompson encounters a disconcerting side of Khmer rural life: the treatment of stray animals The dog was a right old mess. Its patchy fur exposed grey skin gathered into folds and each eye was blood…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life | Tagged , , ,

Sunday Roast at the Cavern in Phnom Penh

cavern1

Sundays are brilliant, aren’t they? Whether you are nursing a hangover from Saturday night’s excess, or praising the Lord for the seventh day, that God-given day of rest applies to everyone (except Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists supermarket workers and the…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Food, Reviews | Tagged , , ,

Falafel Murders and other Tales: ‘Petra’ and ‘Turkish Delight’

Turkish Delight Phnom Penh

Jeff Mudrick reviews Phnom Penh’s two newest middle-eastern eateries. Random Prologue Little Armenia, where I resided before coming to Cambodia overlaps Thai Town in the east Hollywood district of Los Angeles. It can be a dangerous place, more particularly a…

Posted in Expat Life, Food, Restaurant Reviews | Tagged , , , , ,

What Not to Do in Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville-Beach-Cambodia (2)-1000x1000

Vice and Slate writer Nathan Thompson visits Sihanoukville and has a dire time of it I expected Sihanoukville to be a Sodom of sexpats. But it wasn’t all that bad. “Just go to Otres”, my expat friends had told me….

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Travel | Tagged , ,