Tag Archives: Naomi Collett Ritz

A Day (and Night) in Siem Reap

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB31TXoKN34 First check this amazing new time lapse Siem Reap-based movie from the film maker Max Palmer, then read Naomi Collett Ritz’s guide to the perfect night on the town. With Siem Reap being a tourist town and all, you…

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14 Months in Siem Reap

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I have been in Siem Reap for 14 months. Don’t hold me to it, but I would be happy to move on around Hanukkah. In general, expats seem to stay for six months. We come as NGO workers, teachers or…

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Khmers, Gore, Porn, Suicide and Facebook

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Cambodian’s use of Facebook is, like many Cambodian things, interesting. Naomi-Collett Ritz examines the phenomenon of Khmers and FB. The other day on the internet a well-known photojournalist posted a photo of a family standing around an open coffin. The…

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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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Leak, Bopha and Makara

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Naomi-Collett Ritz spends some quality time with a trio of Phnom Penh sex workers. I met Leak, Bopha, and Makara a few months ago. I ended up at their bar on Street 104 in Phnom Penh one night when I’d…

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Fear and Loathing on the Siem Reap-Phnom Penh Night Bus

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I finished work late Friday night, so in order to make the most of the weekend we decided to take the overnight bus at midnight. This would put us in Phnom Penh by 6:30 the next morning, give us two…

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Meet Minea the Masseuse

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Naomi Collett Ritz interviews Siem Reap masseuse, Minea, about her time in Thailand as an illegal migrant, being ‘sponsored’ by an Australian sex tourist, and the cheapness of Chinese customers. Minea and I like to watch Californication when she massages…

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My Cambodian Traffic Jam Hell

Traffic accidents are the primary cause of accidental deaths in Cambodia and on Saturday morning, August 3rd my friend Jude and I took a passenger van from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh at 7:30 am. A trip in these vans…

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‘Wake Up CPP’

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Until last month’s national election, the first rule of Cambodian politics was: don’t talk about Cambodian politics. Khmers are tired of fighting; Cambodians spent the last 35 years recovering from the Khmer Rouge regime while Hun Senand the CPP have…

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