traffic_phnompenh

Center barriers on major thoroughfares have been popping up all over the city in recent months. This is a variation on the theme, ‘If you can?t beat ‘em, join ‘em.’ In this case, in rough translation, ‘Considering how difficult it would be to change …

vietn

Yuon is, of course, a Khmer word for Vietnamese, a mildly offensive slang name – similar to those of us from the UK referring to; the French as Froggies, the Spanish as Spics, the Italians as Wops or the Germans as Krauts, the Dutch …

mondulkiri_travel_guide_1

We spent the evening in happy revelry. Nills, Calum and I took on some local youths in a spirited game of association football. We ended up on the wrong end of a 5-4 score line but given that we were outnumbered and down 4-0 …

squat

”I shouldn?t have eaten the bloody noodles?” I said to myself, as I viewed the desperate scene.

An hour beforehand I had been sitting at a roadside restaurant in Kampong Chhnang. We were about one hundred kilometres from Phnom Penh but hunger pangs had hit …

moregrey

Following on with more recent conversations with grey girls, I have come across a slightly intriguing trend.

Now, most of the grey girls that I know work in an assortment of bars; in fact, they cover the whole spectrum of bar types here in Phnom …

apsara

She is a perfect form, a little figure, poised in concentration. Her back is arched slightly, her chin raised, her eyes twinkle. Her hands are tiny and her palms are bent back. She raises her right leg and balances. Then she starts to sing.

I …

slug girl

Or, the fat girl connection

Of course, the grey girl subset that is looking for Western boyfriends falls into a bit of a special category all on their own.

In one particular establishment, that I know very well, one of the ?good girls? acts a …

cambodian_wedding_C

Lexus or Hovel?

It’s important to understand that you are marrying into a family. If they are poor, they will not only smell bad, but bring such matters as ‘buffalo die’ to your attention. Your house will soon fill with relatives you never knew you …

vox1

Phnom Penh to Sen Monorom

We set off in high spirits. Our little convoy passed over the Japanese bridge as Phnom Penh gathered itself for another day. The streets teemed with people exercising and heading to their jobs or the market; such is the usual …

beware

Khmer Proverb No. 1
‘A son is a diamond, a daughter a piece of white linen. If you drop a diamond in the mud it wipes clean again.’

Khmer Proverb No. 2
‘Having a daughter is like having a toilet inside the house; one day you just …