Putting Down Roots

Married life is proving very interesting. Already, my wife has a job with a new business set up by my Singaporean friends, and we’ve moved into a new apartment. As I’d hoped, but dare not expect, by introducing her to ‘my’ orphans, she’s fallen in love with them – not…

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Public Transport in Cambodia

Making regular weekend trips out into the sticks, it occurs to me that some readers might appreciate some insight into transportation options in Cambodia. Actually, many foreigners living in Cambodia swanning around in their SUVs (or more likely motorbikes) are not too familiar with the local options. I’m limiting the…

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Cambodian Gold-diggers – the sequel

I recently wrote about Cambodian gold-diggers who dug up a Khmer Rouge period mass grave to pillage gold jewellery from the corpses. This article is about the other meaning of gold-digger. Recently my fiancée witnessed a particularly unpleasant if all-too-common event in Phnom Penh. She’s looking for a suitable job…

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Cambodian Gold Diggers

English resident Canadian-born author Geoff Ryman is in the running to win the prestigious Hugo award for best science fiction/fantasy story of 2007 for his superb short-story, ‘Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter’. It is truly wonderful – an entertaining tale of the eponymous vapid, wealthy young lady who hangs out at…

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Cambodian Grandparents

Sunday was ‘meet the grandparents’ day. There can’t be very many Cambodians who have made it into their mid-80s, and here were two, with one tooth between them, constantly poking each other and winding each other up. One is always tempted to ask any older people in Cambodia, ‘What did…

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No Accident in Cambodia

I ended my last report with this aside: “If I were to confuse the news with reality, I’d have to deduce that the UK is just like Cambodia, except that it has terrorism and snow.” Here’s where there is a key difference though. The missus and I were both feeling…

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Another One Bites the Dust

Recently one of the country’s top pop stars and TV presenters was gunned down mid-morning outside her English class (given the ugly anti-Vietnamese xenophobia here, a news headline in English was disgracefully inflammatory in its ambiguity – ‘Cambodian Pop Star Critically Wounded in Vietnam’) – she was taken to hospital…

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Thirty Years of Pain

“The more you know, the less you understand; the more you understand, the less you know.” I put that in quotation marks, but has anybody ever actually said it? They should have. The thought occurred to me as I read a short biography by one of my students entitled, ‘My…

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