usaid

Twenty years ago I quit a desk job and left home to train as a teacher. Without an income and struggling to make ends meet, I welcomed an invitation from a gorgeous young blond single mother to live in her house for free – …

airasia

Every six months or so I return to the place I once called home. With heightened airport security around the world, I find myself spending significant amounts of time in long lines with no one to talk to.

An interesting thing about me …

bread

Man first started baking bread around 10,000BC and we’ve come a long way since! Succulent arrays of breads and pastries have been created, and Phnom Penh has many of these to offer! From the street sellers, to the luxury hotels, these places provide you …

chochearts

You know how it is when you’re aware that you really must go on a diet and lay off the chocolates. It can be pretty tough to maintain your resolve when there are twenty boxes of chocs wanting to say hello every time you …

communication

For the most part I am able to communicate quite well with the local Khmer community. I can say “hello,” “thank you” and “one more” in Khmer. As someone who “couldn’t talk with my hands tied,” I often create simple sign language acting like …

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Khmer Rouge Division 703: From Victory to Self Destruction: Vannak Huy

This monograph traces the history of an elite division of the Khmer Rouge, from their inception in the battlefields in the early 70s, through their triumphant entry to Phnom Penh, and on to …

lfmain8

I’d deliberately not planned any of my week in Siem Reap other than vaguely seeing Angkor Wat.

I flagged down the first passing motodop and told him to take me there. After he initially tried a couple of bog-standard tourist scams on me we …

chas

It’s a testament to human ingenuity and adaptability that anything works in a country where disorganization is the order of the day.The most glaring example is probably the two older markets in the centre of Phnom Penh: Psar Chas and Psar Kandal. There vendors …

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I expected Cambodia to be dangerous, full of marauding bandits, lingering Khmer Rouge, land mines and bloodthirsty, disease-ridden mosquitoes.

I first came to Cambodia in March 2006, as a young 40-something female traveling alone. I was on alert. By the time I reached …

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After steeping myself in classical and traditional Cambodian music for the first few months that I was in the country, I’ve then discovered an amazing genre – the Cambodian rock scene of the late 1960s and early 70s. In the all-too-brief period between Independence …