Tony’s Story

Editors note. This story is entirely true and the events described took place five years ago. Some names have been changed to respect the confidentiality of the individuals concerned. Tony was a tall, angry British guy, tentatively holding Irish citizenship via his Dublin born parents. Nevertheless, he reeked of London…

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Freak Show 2: The HIV/AIDS Case

Nowhere in Cambodia do such incommensurable worldviews meet as in the relationships between sex workers and punters. This meeting of different worlds is what I find most interesting about Southeast Asian nightlife. In ordinary relationships, first encounters follow more recognisable paths toward understanding. There is an element of familiarity when…

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The Boeng Kak Lake Freak Show

I dragged my girl up to the lake one afternoon for breakfast. I don’t go there often, especially in the morning, but I had an inexplicable craving for museli, and I didn’t know where else to get a bowl but in the heart of Phnom Penh’s backpacker ghetto. There are…

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Khmer Food Is #1 (part two)

So where is all this good Khmer food hiding? Hint: you won’t find it in any backpacker place or tourist restaurant. Let’s begin the day with breakfast: decent noodle soup can be had for 3000r just a few blocks west of Capitol at O Reussey Restaurant (thick yellow noodles with…

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Khmer food is #1 (part one)

I don’t mean that Cambodian cooking is like eating the infamously suspect locally produced rubbers, though others may have investigated this further, but then what they were doing with undersized, inferior quality cock sheaths so I close to their taste buds I choose to ignore. If the statement is taken…

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