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I still remember the night that I found my true passion in a Phnom Penh bar of questionable repute. It was my second trip to Cambodia, and I heard about a new “hostess bar” that had recently opened in town. I went for a …

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Below are the ramblings of an experience in a Thai monastery. I got nothing of what I expected, and expected nothing of what I got.

My time was filled with constant physical pain and suffering, emotional torment, mental anguish, hunger, tiredness, change of lifestyle, new …

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As I sit in front of this 2Mb broadband-connected computer screen, a very reasonably-priced and perfectly chilled Viognier beside me and the memory of a non-financially based sexual encounter fresh in my mind, one question hammers away at my forehead – why am I …

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I had been walking home from the riverside towards Street 19 after the big rainfall we had in mid-June when I was confronted by a veritable lake at Sotheros and Street 178.

The water was quite a ways over the sidewalk on the park …

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Pattaya, the ‘Riviera of Thailand’, located about 165 km southeast of Bangkok on the east coast in the province of Chon Buri. It is one of the largest centers of tourism in Thailand, with some 5 million visitors arriving last year. A great deal …

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Sex tourists have been the subject of ridicule for too long. Today’s society presents us with an unfair picture of these men as huge, hairy-chested old codgers who for eleven months a year desperately masturbate until their hands cramp up, their arms become sore, …

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Today’s the day!

Assuming you have prepared, copied and crammed that huge pile of job-search-documents into your worn-out back-pack you are now ready to start pounding the pavement, pressing the flesh and meeting your potential new employers. You’ve promised to buy yourself a real English …

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It was a couple of years ago in Phnom Penh when I was going to have lunch with my former boss – the Minister of Fish and his two highly respectable, fragrant and upper middle class teenage daughters (whiter than the driven snow and …

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A few months back, Britney Spears got a visit from child protection authorities in California for driving her car a few blocks with her baby seated in her lap instead of in a fortress-like car seat. I thought about that one Sunday evening when …

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From the BBC’s website

“Ta Mok, one of the main leaders of Cambodia”s brutal Khmer Rouge regime, has died in the capital Phnom Penh.

Nicknamed “The Butcher”, he was the regime”s military commander and linked to many atrocities of the 1970s.

About 1.7 million people …