Tag Archives: culture


Cambodia Movie Reviews: Holy Lola

lola

A movie set in Cambodia would seem an ideal choice for this week’s review. It would, except for the salient fact that Bertrand Tavernier’s Holy Lola doesn’t contain an awful lot of Cambodia despite being set and filmed here. Neither…

Posted in Commentary, Reviews | Tagged ,

Special Events Cambodia Style

tent

One of the more fascinating aspects of Khmer culture is the way they celebrate weddings and funerals and other special events. For a small fee they get a permit to take over public space in front of their property; however,…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life | Tagged , ,

Cambodia Daytrips: Wat Ang Sleng, Takeo

Ang_Sleng2

By: Mac Hathaway Returning to the town, we went back to the restaurant where we’d gone before and again pestered the proprietors for travel tips. There’d been discussion in our absence, and new ideas had emerged. This time, we were…

Posted in Travel | Tagged , ,

A Month with the Monks

Thai-Monks-Courtesy-of-Stefano-Liboni

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,…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, health | Tagged ,

A Tide in the Affairs of Men?

hein3

The fortunes in store for an Adventurer from the western lands in Asia might could read just like a tarot card deck. Perhaps there is a set of fortune ?cards? unique to every place one may go to live, but…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life | Tagged

Selling All Kind of Witches’ Crafts

Kru Khmer 02

Ailments cured, missing persons and lost belongings located, curses placed/removed, no job too small, house visits by appointment only – your trusty Cambodian medicine man does it all. Krumeans teacher, but this is about a disunited band of folk who…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, health | Tagged , ,

‘The Little Apsara’

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…

Posted in Commentary, Phnom Penh | Tagged , ,

Marrying a Khmer Woman

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…

Posted in Commentary, Expat Life, Phnom Penh | Tagged ,