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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Not to be outdone by its older, Irish predecessor, the Black Panther brand of Export Quality Extra Stout has teamed up with a local publisher for the first edition of a ‘Book of Khmer Records, Facts & Figures.’

Scholarly research and painstaking cross-reference seem to …

Mondulkiri-Map1

A mostly factual account of travelling through Eastern Cambodia

Setting Out

Winston Churchill famously made a dramatic speech about ”fighting the Laotians on the beaches” when their vast invasion force in Calais looked to be preparing to invade England in 1973. However, few people remember his …

It was about 7.30 pm when we found the baby. She’d been hidden in a recess by the side of the road, wrapped in a krama, and left with a bottle of milk by her side.

Jamie had rushed into the bar, maybe an hour earlier, asked to use the phone and then …

drying-fish-cambodia-web

In 2000, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGK) initiated a reform of the fisheries sector, which included the release of 56% of fishing lots for the development of community fisheries. The Community Fisheries Development Office (CFDO) within the Department of Fisheries (DoF), part of …

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The man continued to hum. I couldn’t recognize the melody, bar the fact that it was odious. This man plainly did not study the strains of Sisamout or Sothea. Lessons needed to be taught. I realised, somewhat resignedly, that I might have to take …