bavel1

We take Sisowath Quay north until we pass under the Japanese Bridge. There the road becomes the smooth, paved National Hwy. # 5 leading to Kompong Chhnang, Pursat, and Battambang. The area is known as Srok Russey Keo. Extending far from the city, the …

east meets west

An irregular contributor to the 440 forum received a severe shock to the system last week when amongst sundry photos of murderers, strike break ups, traffic accidents and the day’s headline international news, he found himself featured on the front cover of …

croc

It is not just fish that comes from the Tonle Sap Great Lake

With the reported decline in fish harvests from the Tonle Sap Great Lake there has been an increased demand for alternative and inexpensive food sources for people; as well as for captive …

Cambodia+classroom+banner3

“Wrong, Do it again! If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don”t eat yer meat? You! Yes, you behind the bikesheds, stand still laddy!”

Problems: Discipline

That song does remind me of doing …

Mona_Lisa_Patpong_Bangkok

The first few times that I met Jake, I thought that he had just arrived in Cambodia. He seemed to be constantly surprised and perplexed by everything, he would often ask me the most simple [not to mention odd] of questions …

greys2

For the sake of newer readers, or existing ones with less than perfect memories, let us just quickly recap on the terminology:

White: Khmer good girls, virgin girls who will be virgins on their wedding nights
Black: Working girls, Sex workers, ‘prostitutes’, ‘hookers’, taxi-girls, bar-girls, et cetera
Grey: Girls who …

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 …