Traffic in Phnom Penh 01 (AFP)

Police were forced to flee an angry mob recently after a teenage passenger fell off of a motorbike and sustained minor injuries. According to the mob he was pulled off by the police.

The cops, in contrast, say he …

30years

“The more you know, the less you understand; the more you understand, the less you know.” I put that in quotation marks, but has anybody ever actually said it? They should have.

The thought occurred to me as I read a short biography by …

Cambodia-Cambodian-Riel-KHR-100-1000-bank-notes-front-1-ANON

Okay, this has been blatantly stolen from a friend of Lord Playboy’s Cambodia Blog, but he says that he does not mind.

“Dear All, I have been corresponding by email over the last few months with a young couple in Belgium who are contemplating a …

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 …