Cambodia-Australia

It is not a strange thing for a foreigner to come to Cambodia and fall in love with the culture, the people, and the way of life here. There’s so much to love!

Some foreigners get involved in a relationship with a local woman, …

drunkasian

“Younger women who drink two or three alcoholic beverages a week have a lower risk of developing high blood pressure than women who do not consume alcohol.” — Reuters

A study by the anti-ngo Playboy Holdings Inc. finds that women who drink are far more …

Burka2

Debate is currently raging on the 440 forum over the Bush funded NGO Care International”s self initiated and self proposed “cultural makeover” of Cambodia”s “beer girls.” Here’s a flavour of the debate.

Okay, okay. I tried to ignore it. I tried to …

kampot

Although only 148km from Phnom Penh, Kampot is a world away from the spoilt, pampered bourgeois youth of Cambodia’s capital city with their consumerist peripherals and shiny new Japanese motorbikes. Kampot is also far, far away from Phnom Penh’s less than lovely urban sprawl. …

drugsheart

In my last cultural studies class at a local institute, in order to break up the monotony of a difficult text, I assigned some controversial social topics for debate. Homosexual rights got them really stoked as well as abortion and euthanasia but what floored …

Note-to-Self

Many moons ago when Lord Playboy was freshly arrived in Cambodia, looking for change, adventure and a cheap, clean, substitute for nuclear fuel, I took an intensive course in learning Khmer

Having been a devoted student of the Khmer language, for many, many, hours. I …

bayong1

We stop for breakfast in Takhmau. My plump Khmer companion has a hangover from the previous night. She droops in her chair, takes small sips from a glass of hot tea, and stares into her bowl of noodle soup. Sometimes I don’t know why …

traffic cips

It is a fairly normal Sunday evening at home, normal but for one small, highly unusual, difference.

I am roaming the corridors of the flat in a mood that can only be described as ‘seriously and dangerously peevish’

It has been two days since my …

tuktuk-500

Remember awhile back when Phnom Penh’s governor decreed that 3-wheeled taxis were banned from the center city? He mentioned something about them being ‘disorderly’. I never quite got the connection between tuk-tuks and order and the ban never quite got connected to reality except …

the family2

While even the sleepiest provincial capital is a bricks and mortar affair, the areas between them are what we call ‘shack territory.’ Recently, I found myself deep in the shack territory between Pursat and Battambang, where the only signs of life are a …