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Memoirs of a Grizzled Expat (1)


I’ve lived in Cambodia for seven years now. I’m settled here – I have a good wife, good job, property and prospects. And yet, as with many expats living in fairly fortunate circumstances, I’m aware that I sometimes see my…

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Khmer New Year Number 3

After having crossed the calm river on the passenger ferry, and having ridden the dirt tracks past hay houses, slim cows and countryside pagodas we arrive at my partner’s family house in Lovea Aim District, Kandal Province. It is my third Khmer New Year trip here. Continue reading

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7 Reasons Why I Probably Shouldn’t Marry a Cambodian Woman


If you have read my previous article, 7 Reasons Why I Should Probably Marry a Cambodian Woman, you may think that I am well on my way to donning a pair of purple M.C. Hammer pants and walking down the…

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Indecent Proposal


I’d arrived ten minutes late and perspiring – sweat trickling down the sides of my face on a baking hot Saturday morning at one of those chi-chi, overpriced Phnom Penh café/bars that have been appearing over the last few years….

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My Off-White Khmer Romance 3


She flew in on a beautiful Southern California summer day. As it turned out, we would indeed have lots of time to spend together as I had quit my job the week before. In retrospect, there were two problems with…

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My Off White Romance 2


The bus ride was physically and emotional uncomfortable. Angst-ridden and heartbroken, the bus was crowded, stuffy, and I had the pleasure of sitting next to a soldier in camouflage who felt that it was ok to rest his leg against…

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My Off White Romance


I met her on my third trip to Phnom Pehn. Previous to that, I was staying in a rented condo by the beach south of Bangkok on an extended four month vacation. It was then that I was first asked…

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The Trouble with Tradition


You know how it is when you’re aware that you really must go on a diet and lay off the chocolates. It can be pretty tough to maintain your resolve when there are twenty boxes of chocs wanting to say…

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Marriage and the Conservative Girl in Cambodia


It’s not uncommon for expatriates to consider marrying a Cambodian woman. Many such girls worked in bars; whilst there are sometimes complicated issues surrounding such relationships, they tend to be freer of taboos and traditional cultural norms (thus more like…

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The 440 Guide to Buying a Laptop and Getting a Girlfriend in Cambodia


I’ve seen some forum posts from people asking about buying laptops in Cambodia. As this is something I’ve attempted a couple of times, I thought I’d give some advice based on past experience on the subject. This is a long…

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