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Cambodia Expat Missing Person Enquiry: Denis Jones

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I’ve been retained by the Jones family in the UK to look into the matter of the disappearance of their son, Denis. I can share a few facts with you, and also let you know that there are a few…

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5 Things Barangs Do Better Than Khmers

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Not eating our pets Whilst in the West pets are a source of joy, in Cambodia pets are a source of protein. Rationality tells us it can’t be more wrong to eat a dog then a pig; indeed haven’t we…

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Waiting For Go…….

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The day is already hot, the air a humid mix of dust and engine fumes billowing from an array of mottos, 4 wheel drives, buses and ropey delivery trucks. They wait in the shadow of tall glass towers, squatting patiently,…

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Walking a Mile in a Sex Worker’s Shoes

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With Pchum Ben less than a week away I got a call from an unknown number on my cell phone. Usually picking up a mystery call results in my apologizing in Khmer for not speaking enough Khmer, and I eventually…

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5 things Khmers do better than Barangs

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1. Respect In the West the phrase, “old person” is so objectionable that it needs to be pussyfooted around with terms like, “older person” or “senior”. In Cambodia if you call a fifty year old guy “Tha” (grandfather), he is…

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Surviving Minor Motorbike Accidents in Phnom Penh

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If you regularly ride around Phnom Penh on a motorbike the unfortunate truth is that your likelihood of being involved in some form of accident at one point or another is reasonably high. However, there are a few simple ways…

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A Psycho-geography of BKK1, Phnom Penh

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Three kings and one dictator watch BKK1, Phnom Penh’s exclusive district. To the north, lies the late king Sihanouk with his effigy is rendered in concrete on a road island. The southern border is held in place by Sihanouk’s allay,…

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By the Rivers of Battambang

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OK, it’s the finale of rainy season 2013. It was PchumBenh weekend, so what could go possibly wrong? Last PchumBenh found me in Siem Reap, out in the swamps doing a bit of Buddhism and chowing the family ‘pet’. This…

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Accidental Sleaze

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Shane Thomas goes clubbing with a Khmer student in Bangkok and discovers that globalization is as pervasive in the sleaze industry as in the car, call center or garment industries. “You wan’ play pool?” Said Dom. “Er OK, sure”. I…

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Arm Thyself!

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A few things have come to my attention recently. First of all, it has been noted that many readers of these bi-monthly or so ramblings are not altogether familiar with use of the vernacular in the English language, and have…

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