foot

I have touched upon a few aspects of food in Cambodia over the last couple of years but I thought it worth making a specific record of the everyday, generic eats and treats to be had here.

Breakfast: The Khmers’ make little distinction between …

You know the problem. You are enjoying a quiet can of Tiger beer in an almost empty bar when the bloke ten feet further down the bar looks up and says: “I used to be an astronaut, you know.”

That feeling of dread hits …

chams

Recently I instructed my World Religions class to go out and do original research which necessitated interviews with a huge cross-section of people. Amongst the wealth of new information the students garnered, I’ll share one more which is of global significance.

There is a …

bus sign

The sign at the head of this article is what’s left over of an experimental bus system, financed by Japan, that operated for about 6 months back in 2001. As I understand it, people did use the system but it shut down because …

class3

Day Three: The Grammar Lesson

The grammar lesson. This is your chance to show them what you know. Not to mention your ability to communicate what you know with more than cut and dried rules, examples on the board, and endless exercises. The objective is …

ghostt

I’ve previously discussed cultural aspects of Cambodia, but my main areas of knowledge and interest are in religious and social issues. The ritual and economic elements are ingeniously brought together in an excellent essay I read in an American student?s blog recently.

Within Buddhist religion …

coffee

Gazing out at sunrise over the Tonle Sap the other morning, I was revelling in a most unusual sensation in Cambodia, feeling somewhat chilly. I actually forwent my glass of iced coffee in favour of a hot coffee. Of course this cold spell only …

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 …