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My Unusual Relationship with the Cambodian Crocodile Lady

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We’ve all got to take time out once in a while to relax and unwind, right? Stress relief can be multifaceted, taking the form of sports, fine wine, cigars, rub n’ tugs or having needles stuck into the spine by…

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Whitebait, Guinness and Rollmops – Khmer Culinary Faves from the UK

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‘I miss the rollmops, delicious, just like prahok…. but I don’t really like Cornish pasties,’ my husband informs our friends back here in Phnom Penh upon our return from our two-month trip back to my homeland. Being in the UK…

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My Cambodian Traffic Jam Hell

Traffic accidents are the primary cause of accidental deaths in Cambodia and on Saturday morning, August 3rd my friend Jude and I took a passenger van from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh at 7:30 am. A trip in these vans…

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Devoted Beings

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“Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world … I feel like I can’t take it… and my heart is just going to cave in”, said the weed-dealing douchbag in that American Beauty film. But, douchbag or not, he has…

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The Weekender – Getting to and from the Cambodian Provinces

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Ever fancied getting away for the weekend? Maybe you are an erudite city slicker who yearns for a less mean, more green environment? Perhaps you are a bored country bumpkin who hankers for the illicit and anonymous delights and bright…

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The Refugee Is Me

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It was not White Guilt that led me to live in a Khmer village. It was something worse. A desire to help my fellow man. I wanted to share my privileges……in an exotic country with nice beaches. The fact I…

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My exciting quasi-adventure in Kampot; or, older sister’s huge tracts of land

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I am not Christopher Columbus or Marco Polo, over here. I am uninterested in traveling and adventure. In fact, I had spent almost two years in Cambodia, having never once left the confines of PP. Why should I visit tourist…

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Rats the Size of Cats: Vermin in the Cambodian Provinces

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‘There`s a rat in me kitchen what am I gonna do?’ sang the Brummie pseudo-reggae band UB40 back in the 80’s. When I moved into my single-story brick-walled shack (quiet out of town setting- where no-one gets married, dies or…

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You’re a Pagoda Boy Now

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I first met Phil when I moved to live in a Khmer village. He was American, 50ish with a penchant for Hawaiin shirts and anti-government rants. He first visited the village back in the 1990s as part of a medical…

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‘Youen’ and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance

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A funny thing went on a couple of weeks ago. Every night I make the trip from town (read bar), back out to Rancho El Pedro and last night, taking the shortcut past the old abandoned cemetery, the electrics on…

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