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 …

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 …