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Reflections of a Returning Expat


There are a number of aspects of life in Phnom Penh that those living here may take for granted, but which are seen through new eyes once you have been away for a long time. Having recently moved back to…

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Reach For the Sky: Clubbing in the Cambodian Provinces


By day Cambodia’s second city is bustling. Hardly an urban metropolis, granted, but the main streets throng with students riding piggyback on bicycles, sellers juggling an array of fruit and packs of instant noodles beneath ancient Honda scooters. Military officers…

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Scumbag Scallan Does Scambodia

Mike Scallan

There comes a point in many people’s lives when the urge to escape life becomes overwhelming. Fleeing from bank debts, failed businesses, relationship breakdowns, loan sharks, drug dealers and illegitimate children happens often enough, and is sometimes justified and sometimes…

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The Santol Fruit: A Philosophical Conundrum


Cambodia has an abundance of strange fruit. Most travelers here have heard of the durian: that’s the one that smells like rotting feet. Yet, there are other less commonly known fruits which are also enjoyed by Khmer. One such fruit…

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Regarding Escalators and Cambodia Expats: A Little Rejoinder for Gavinmac


While in most respects Sovanna shopping mall seems to differ little from City mall or Soriya mall, there is at least one way that it does. Here, what I have in mind are the several occasions in which I encountered…

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The Refugee Is Me

new nathan

It was not White Guilt that led me to live in a Khmer village. It was something worse. A desire to help my fellow man. I wanted to share my privileges……in an exotic country with nice beaches. The fact I…

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My exciting quasi-adventure in Kampot; or, older sister’s huge tracts of land


I am not Christopher Columbus or Marco Polo, over here. I am uninterested in traveling and adventure. In fact, I had spent almost two years in Cambodia, having never once left the confines of PP. Why should I visit tourist…

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Rats the Size of Cats: Vermin in the Cambodian Provinces

pedro rat

‘There`s a rat in me kitchen what am I gonna do?’ sang the Brummie pseudo-reggae band UB40 back in the 80’s. When I moved into my single-story brick-walled shack (quiet out of town setting- where no-one gets married, dies or…

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The Expat Condition

Frederic Amat - Expat Strange Lives in Cambodia (PPP)

I get this question a lot from expats: how are you liking Cambodia? Usually it’s said with a little smirk, a smile or a sort of knowing look in the eye, because they know what I’m going to say, or…

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Khmer Thief Tortured by his Russian Captors

russian torturers

Sihanoukville A man who broke into a house to steal an old Nokia phone quickly became the victim instead when the foreign residents, suspected to be Russians, caught the thief, cut up his fingers and continued torturing him. Sihanouk provincial…

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