In August of 2006, my wife began a new job. She was to be working for an NGO in the hinterlands of Kep and Kampot, visiting and introducing herself in small villages and generally preparing the ground for the introduction of the NGO’s new …

Boeng Kak Lake residents 01 (Reuters)

Work has started on filling in of Boeng Kak Lake. The lessee, the very obscure Shikoku Company (pretty obviously of Korean backing) has begun work on the pipeline that will carry sand dredged from the river to be used …

farrow

Mia Farrow’s attempt to bludgeon her way into the news by invoking Cambodia’s past grief turned into a media farce yesterday.

The teary actress, already having been told that Tuol Sleng was no place for a political demonstration, yet alone a China-baiting Olympic-style torch …

tattoo

Yesterday I took a Khmer friend to the Khmer tattoo parlour near Toul Sleng. Many people have asked about getting work done in PP recently so I can report the following;

The tattooist is a young lad of about 22 or so. When I …

farmer (1)

I’m on course for a future Nobel prize and gazillion dollars award – I’ve found the secret to rid world of the scourge of malaria and dengue fever: a little one-centimetre long fish called dtrei bpram bpii poan (fish seven colours). We have …

wicker

Wicker is an almost ubiquitous complement to expat living in Cambodia. It’s relatively cheap, looks good and is indigenous – most often it’s also locally produced. However, in terms of ergonomics – the science/art of making things comfortable and healthy – it’s usually the …

kfugee

As I build up my knowledge of Cambodian politics and society, much of my information comes from not easily accessible sources. Thus it was that my wife and I were invited to a family function to wet a baby’s head. Here we found ourselves …

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 …