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The Refugee Is Me

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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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‘Youen’ and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance

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A funny thing went on a couple of weeks ago. Every night I make the trip from town (read bar), back out to Rancho El Pedro and last night, taking the shortcut past the old abandoned cemetery, the electrics on…

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6 Reasons to Leave the Expat Bubble and Live in a Khmer Village

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You Will Have Realizations In the village you will not have air conditioning and this means that mattresses are a menace to a good night’s sleep. Cambodians sleep on a straw mat on a wooden floor or cot. So say,…

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Fear and Loathing in Poipet

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Does the border town of Poipet deserve it’s moniker of ‘The Worst Town in Cambodia’? In a short word, yes, but in the spirit adventure, a group of fellow barang was rounded up and the poor man’s Vegas was put…

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A Brief Guide to Moving into your Khmer Girlfriend’s Condo

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So, your girlfriend has been living with you for the past 6 months, ever since you seriously injured your knee in an unexpected and traumatic sleep walking accident. Aren’t they always unexpected and traumatic? Well, her condo is finally ready…

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The Top 5 Cambodian Road Hazards

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The men of the village gathered around, white-vested. As we finalised the deal they nodded their approval. I was off on my red second-hand Suzuki 110cc moto. Driving in Cambodia is sensation similar to being babysat by a lax teenager…

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