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Why Cambodia Isn’t A Playground

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There was a documentary I saw about Spike Milligan and the depression that had blighted much of his life. He’d been brought up in India and moved to England when he was 15. It had a terrible effect on him….

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April is the cruelest month…..

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APRIL is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. — T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land They said it would be hot. April, that is. March was hot,…

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Good Cars for Expats #1: Toyota RAV4 XA10 vs. Honda CR-V RD1-3

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In the first of a series, Ben Siddons reviews the best value cars for expats in Cambodia. Price Range: $5000 – $8,500 RAV4: History: The ‘Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive’was produced from 1994 – 2000 from plants in Japan…

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From the Mud to the Kitchen at Pchum Ben

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This time last year, Makara and I needed a small boat to travel from the main road just after Kean Svay across the river which had swollen at least half a kilometer to within meters of his family house. This…

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Cars and the Automotive Sector in Cambodia

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If you’ve been riding or driving to work recently, you’ve probably thought to yourself that the traffic in Phnom Penh just keeps getting worse. You would be correct in this assumption. Every time that ostentatious SUV driven by a Mao-suited…

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Beaten Up and Robbed: A Dramatik Monolog of True Cambodia

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Meanwhile, over on St. 63 … It was five of the A.M. in the city of Phnom Penh and I was crawling home. My hands were darkened by dust, by dirt, by the debris of urban peasantry, by scattered piles…

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InterNed in Cambodia: The World, Developing

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I hit the street with an uncertain stride, endeavoring earnestly to be both confident and casual, as if I wasn’t the same sad wreck of a man who’d been so boldly abused aboard an airliner that day. I believe I’d…

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Cycling to the Rural Villages of Outlying Phnom Penh

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I have a long-standing love affair with the following: my wife, my daughters, my extended family, food, travel, laughter – and my bike. Back in the US, my Litespeed Siena road bike (titanium, with carbon-fiber cranks and a nifty Shimano…

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InterNed in Cambodia Part 2 – Ad Hoc Arrivals

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In the months following my Father’s Surprise Demise, I was engaged without enthusiasm in all of the usual tying up of loose ends type of tasks that one tackles post-tragedy, timed randomly to feel like they are taking place relentlessly,…

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InterNed in Cambodia: Part 1 ‘Sudden Departures’

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Prior to February of this year, it had never, ever, not even remotely ever, even slightly, never – at all – occurred to me, at any point over the course of my entire life, from birth up until some fateful…

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