lee

I’ve known a few expats pass away during my time in Cambodia, but the range, volume and sincerity of tributes expressed following the death of my close friend Lee Robinson last week has rarely been matched.

I wondered a couple of nights ago after …

bog

Having lived in Cambodia for more than 4 years, my reserves of amazement are practically exhausted. I managed, though, to drag a little extra out of the back of the cupboard yesterday morning, as I heard from a neighbour that a family of homeless …

kep4again

I took the opportunity a week’s holiday threw up to take the missus out of town and head for the coast. I avoided the rather scuzzy beach resort of Sihanoukville (soon to be major international oil terminal – besides, hundreds of Yankee sailors were …

bus

The latest, somewhat convoluted, traffic idea to come from City Hall is the banishment of overland buses from the city center. The city’s leaders seem to have an inordinate dislike of public buses of all types. This is unfortunate since a halfway decent public …

shop

The Shop
39, Street 240, Phnom Penh
023 986 964

I was having a serious problem the other afternoon, I just had too much goddamn cash in my pockets; every time I pulled out my phone, wads of it would just skitter across the office.

An immediate solution …

students-in-cambodia

Day Two: Starting the Book

The least enjoyable classes to teach in Cambodia are often the last ones of the day. The students who sign up for evening classes often attend high school or university or work in offices all day. By the time they …

pignose

AKA I’m Glad I’m in Cambodia and not the Philippines

It is early evening in the Playboy Mansion, when there is an unexpected knock on our front door ? very unusual again ? it is my Filipino neighbour, Dr Fil, a very congenial gentleman is …

wall-unit-air-conditioner

Yesterday afternoon the air-con in my office stopped working, or to put it another way, it started screaming screeching banging and generally sounding like it was about to explode. Half an hour after it shuffled off this mortal coil, my boss wandered in, took …

crashdum

”Well this is classy”, I thought to myself as I lay in a ditch on the side of the road. Once again, I had made my own personal contribution to the country’s road accident toll.

As the adrenalin pumped through my body, keeping me …

This time we”ve chosen the song “Kolap Battambang” aka “Battambang”s Rose” by Sin Sisamout. The video is supremely non smaltchzy and simply gives the viewer ample opportunity of viewing the town of Battambang and the glorious countryside around.

Sin Sismout himself was …