Tag Archives: Phnom Penh

Quiet Beer in Phnom Penh?

You know the problem. You are enjoying a quiet can of Tiger beer in an almost empty bar when the bloke ten feet further down the bar looks up and says: “I used to be an astronaut, you know.” That…

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Cambodia: Cold Justice


Gazing out at sunrise over the Tonle Sap the other morning, I was revelling in a most unusual sensation in Cambodia, feeling somewhat chilly. I actually forwent my glass of iced coffee in favour of a hot coffee. Of course…

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Lee Robinson: 1974-2007


I’ve known a few expats pass away during my time in Cambodia, but the range, volume and sincerity of tributes expressed following the death of my close friend Lee Robinson last week has rarely been matched. I wondered a couple…

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Cambodia at Your Convenience


Having lived in Cambodia for more than 4 years, my reserves of amazement are practically exhausted. I managed, though, to drag a little extra out of the back of the cupboard yesterday morning, as I heard from a neighbour that…

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Cambodia Busophobia


The latest, somewhat convoluted, traffic idea to come from City Hall is the banishment of overland buses from the city center. The city’s leaders seem to have an inordinate dislike of public buses of all types. This is unfortunate since…

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Lord Playboy”s Cambodian Nibbles: The Shop


The Shop 39, Street 240, Phnom Penh 023 986 964 I was having a serious problem the other afternoon, I just had too much goddamn cash in my pockets; every time I pulled out my phone, wads of it would…

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Recipes for Pig Noses – or something or another


AKA I’m Glad I’m in Cambodia and not the Philippines It is early evening in the Playboy Mansion, when there is an unexpected knock on our front door ? very unusual again ? it is my Filipino neighbour, Dr Fil,…

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How Many Cambodians Does It Take to Change an Air Filter ?


Yesterday afternoon the air-con in my office stopped working, or to put it another way, it started screaming screeching banging and generally sounding like it was about to explode. Half an hour after it shuffled off this mortal coil, my…

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So You Always Wanted to Own a Bar in Phnom Penh…


There’s nothing to it. For a minimum few thousand bucks you can join the swelling ranks of Phnom Penh bar owners. All you need is customers and you’re set. Some local bars do a great business, so why not yours?…

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Pre Khmer Rouge Phnom Penh on You Tube

For a walk down memory lane, it’s worth checking this evocative portrait of a long gone Phnom Penh circa 1965. Phnom Penh was a truly beautiful city – no laundry hanging from balconies (it was illegal) – no cars parked…

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