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Memoirs of a Grizzled Expat 15: Not a Straightforward Love Story

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This is by no means a straightforward love story however; do you still think I’m exaggerating when I perceive her and her family as the very personification of the troubles that beset this tragic nation? Fast forward to the next…

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Poll: How Much Should You Pay for an Engagement Ring for a Cambodian Woman?

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A number of months ago, I was reading some kind of “men’s interest” magazine. No, not porn. One of those magazines like GQ or Men’s Journal that teaches you how to tie a bow tie and bait a hook and…

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Memoirs of a Grizzled Expat 13: A Wave of the Magic Wand

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A phrase I hear so often in Cambodia which drives me mad is, “Don’t think too much!” In hindsight, after reading over my memoirs, I guess I was somewhat guilty of over-thinking things at the expense of seeing the obvious….

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Honey Interruptus, Money Interceptus

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Prey Veng Province – A man was detained and questioned by Prey Veng municipal police on the 14th of August before being sent to the provincial court the following day for allegedly bilking a prostitute of her pound of flesh….

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The Phnom Penh Street I Call Home: Rue 444 (2)

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Our favourite moto driver is Eng, an old smiling man that takes me to work in the morning and gets to the exact point on 163 before waiting for me to request continuing that way in case I ask to…

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The Street I Call Home: Phnom Penh, Rue 444 (1)

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I am in no way a hardened traveller; my feet have not trotted this globe. There are so many places I may never see and some that I may, but there is no rush – this is my base, my…

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Healing Hands in the Cambodian Jungle

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Sai Ya will never walk again. The 26-year-old’s spinal cord was permanently damaged when she was pulled from the wreckage of a car last August and she now lies, paralysed from the waist down, at the Graphis Health Centre, with…

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Memoirs of a Grizzled Expat 10: Volunteering Part 2

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I’ve been recounting my attempts to ‘make a difference’ through seeking out worthy educational projects that help poor children. One I had immediate reservations about; the other seemed perfect, and in this entry I get rather carried away in my…

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Phnom Penh Street Stories: Part 2

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A little further down Sothearos is ‘The White Building’. Not so far as it is from the PM’s house, the Royal Palace and Sofitel, it epitomizes for me the ‘us and them’ situation in Cambodia. Below is an interesting you-tube…

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Phnom Penh Street Stories: Part One

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For the past 3 years I have enjoyed cycling, strolling, relaxing in a tuk-tuk or riding pillion around the streets of Phnom Penh, gorging myself on the visual feast that surrounds me. Of course I am a little less wide-eyed…

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