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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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Cambodia’s Long Journey Towards ‘Relative’ Normality


Modern residency units in Phnom Penh now come in a variety of shapes and sizes and prices, but back in the early 1990s when UNTAC invaded town, it rapidly became apparent that there weren’t many units available that any foreigners…

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Before the Laughter Began – Dara Than’s Story


Deep furrows run from the corners of Dara Than’s eyes. They come from countless smiles that cause his face to contort as he bashfully covers his mouth, as wheezy explosions of laughter wrack his rotund body when something strikes him…

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Hangin’ with the Khmer Sopranos


As I build up my knowledge of Cambodian politics and society, much of my information comes from not easily accessible sources. Thus it was that my wife and I were invited to a family function to wet a baby’s head….

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The Youth Of Today


Life here in Phnom Penh (not my life) frequently emulates a Hollywood movie, such as the incident outside my regular pub-quiz venue a couple of months ago. At six pm, during the rush-hour there was a car chase up the…

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To The Devil A Daughter (part 3 – the conclusion)


You quickly spot the expat who just can’t adjust to a different way of living – he’s the one going around planning stuff; always trying to make sure things go right. I remember a teacher in my infant school drumming…

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To the Devil a Daughter (part 2)


Can you imagine an alien beaming down and inviting you to travel in his spaceship to his planet? Only if you really can do that, can you begin to empathise with the poor silent lamb. Being taken by a foreigner…

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