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Memoirs of a Grizzled Expat 8: The Dilemma of Helping Vulnerable Street Kids


Last time I began to discuss my intention to provide an education to the deserving Riverside street-children selling books and flowers to tourists. Despite my background in establishing schools for streetkids in India and Nepal, I found Cambodia to throw…

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It Takes A Village… Ritchy and Phil Build Their Own Musical Home

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Wherever you go, there they are. One week they’re at Bouchon Wine Bar in Phnom Penh. The next it’s the Sailing Club in Kep. Then it’s Siem Reap’s Sofitel , followed closely by the FCC, Red Apron, and Raffles Hotel….

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In for a penny…


Tales of woe and need. They’re almost as common as poverty in Cambodia. Every expat hears them, often with a request for assistance (i.e. money.) To help or not to help is the question. And if ‘to help’ is the…

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Memoirs of a Grizzled Expat (4)


photo courtesy of Stickman Bangkok Some weeks the ‘plot’ will move on; other weeks it will go deeper. This week’s article reproduces further notes I took during my first week in Phnom Penh. It is my reflections on some of…

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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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Poll: Should Embassy Personnel in Phnom Penh Receive Hardship Pay?


Our last poll about embassy personnel in Cambodia dealt with the thorny question of whether embassy dudes should hang out in hostess bars. An overwhelming 62% percent of you voted no. Unfortunately, no one really listens to Khmer440 readers. So…

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Stephen Jetes His Way to Cambodia: New Ballet School Poised to Open This Month

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Stephen Bimson curls his bare feet under him in the white leather chair in a local coffee shop. He gestures with a graceful sweep of his hand as though he’s brushing away crumbs from an imaginary table and his grey-green…

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In Cambodia, a Lonely Man Finds a Bride


An American guy and his British wife are playing slot machines at a casino in Phnom Penh on a Saturday night. A maintenance worker from Rhode Island named Don sits down at the machine next to them, asks for help…

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7 Reasons Why I Should Probably Marry a Cambodian Woman


I’ve had a lot on my mind the last few months. What has been troubling me the most is the realization that later this year I’ll be turning 40. This impending entry into middle age naturally makes a man start…

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The King and Us


The King has always held a special place in Cambodian’s hearts, and by this I don’t mean one particular king, but the idea in general. This is despite the job historically being a dangerous occupation, with all sorts of jealous…

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