badboycar

Life here in Phnom Penh (not my life) frequently emulates a Hollywood movie, such as the incident outside my regular pub-quiz venue a couple of months ago. At six pm, during the rush-hour there was a car chase up the main road on which …

potty

After six years in Phnom Penh I’m beginning to feel brow-beaten by the noise, traffic and intensity of the capital. Of course, it’s not just me that has changed. Not only has the urbanized area grown dramatically, there are easily twice as many vehicles …

pirate

Lately I’ve been putting together a compilation of 100 songs from my music library. It’s a wide ranging mix of sounds from around the world but mostly old favorite artists, though not necessarily their most popular songs.

It’s for myself, to play for …

evil-santa

Worrying news reaches us from the languid, sun-kissed town of Kep, normally known to us for its fine fresh crab dishes enjoyed during laid back hammock-based weekend breaks.

‘I’m not normally a keyboard warrior, but I’m making an exception.

I was nearly run …

perps

Like any other city, Phnom Penh has its fair share of undesirables. Hoods, vagabonds, ne’er-do- wells, street punks and other anti social elements can be found here just the same as any other place. Visitors rarely encounter serious problems, but the recent and tragic …

khmerorphan

You quickly spot the expat who just can’t adjust to a different way of living – he’s the one going around planning stuff; always trying to make sure things go right. I remember a teacher in my infant school drumming into us, “If something’s …

corruption

A recent article in the Daily reported a drop in Cambodia’s rating in the Corruption Perceptions Index put out by a group called Transparency International. In fact, it stands at 162 out of 180 countries surveyed.

The same issue reported on another survey which measured …

daughter2

Can you imagine an alien beaming down and inviting you to travel in his spaceship to his planet? Only if you really can do that, can you begin to empathise with the poor silent lamb. Being taken by a foreigner was just the beginning. …

pfunfair

The fun center’s carnival rides, which once occupied a strip of Hun Sen park, are now in a piled in a heap in a corner of the former T-3 prison site. While the fun center was hardly a class act it did provide recreation …

devilsdaughter (1)

This week I rather unexpectedly became a father.

One Saturday I visited a bookshop in Phnom Penh. I didn’t have a clear idea whether or not I wanted to buy a book; I was still working my way through Oliver Twist, but …