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Gawping at Death in Cambodia

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I saw my first corpse at the age of about five. One of the local teens, who I knew to hang out with, and who I remember sometimes making a bit of a ruckus with his friends at night, was…

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Phnom Penh Pet Peeves

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Many people arrive on these shores and feel instantly enamored by the place, and as they settle in are often ‘rosy-eyed’ and forgiving towards any unfamiliar customs or behavior they encounter. It is only far later, when everything becomes commonplace…

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From Cambodia to the London Riots in a Day

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I’ve been asked to write a little reflection on my first impression on returning ‘home’ to England after being settled for seven years in Cambodia. Had it been any other time and any other place, this might have been some…

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Water Festival Memories

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On the Saturday afternoon of Water Festival a couple of years back, once it was cool enough to emerge into the late afternoon sun and well after the day’s competitive paddle up and down the city’s waterway had concluded, I’d…

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Al Rockoff, Gerard Depardieu, Monsieur Brick etc

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A possibly apocryphal tale making the rounds concerned Al Rockoff and the editors at the Phnom Penh Post. As everyone knows, Al deprecates the way he was portrayed by John Malkovich in The Killing Fields. Not hard to see why—it…

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Cambodia’s Long Journey Towards ‘Relative’ Normality

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Modern residency units in Phnom Penh now come in a variety of shapes and sizes and prices, but back in the early 1990s when UNTAC invaded town, it rapidly became apparent that there weren’t many units available that any foreigners…

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‘Going Native’ in Cambodia

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After living in Cambodia for a few years, it is considered quite normal for a foreigner to subconsciously take on many of the cultural traits of the indigenous host community in his or her adopted homeland. Indeed, some foreigners ,…

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Squaresville

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Time Magazine called Phnom Penh the ‘Casablanca of the Nineties’. Ex Cambodia Daily staffer Kevin Halligan aka Khmerhit looks back and wonders. Living in a college town is fine for a few years—that is, until the day you wake up…

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How to Score Instant Credibility in Cambodia

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There’s nothing worse than showing up in a place and being seen as a know-nothing backpacker. Here are seven ways to earn instant credibility when in Cambodia. Say Khmai In English, the word Khmer is pronounced “K’mare”. The best way…

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Death in a Warm Place

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I’ve seen a fair few friends and acquaintances drop off this mortal coil over the years, the first ones were all traffic-related incidents, there was at least one murder, and then the usual drug-related stuff kicked in and people I…

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