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May 25, 2015

Getting to the bottom of cultural habits can be quite a challenge.

 

On my first journey to France [many years ago] I was confused at the ‘second toilet’ with a little tap on it.  I had never heard of a bidet before and thought it was for washing feet.

 

Many years later i...

May 24, 2015

A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.  Lao Tzu

 

At 11pm we leave Phnom Penh on our 8 hour journey to Siem Reap.  My plan is to get a good sleep, first thing in the morning check in to the hostel and then get out to see the famous Angkor Wat...

May 15, 2015

“a-dtay arkun” pronounced “dey Ock-on and translates as “no thank you” in Khmer.  If you go to any tourist site in Cambodia you will need this phrase more than any other.

 

Angkor Wat is considered to be one the seven man made wonders of the world and as soon as you see...

April 7, 2015

Every day, every single day, ten times every single day “you want tuk tuk”.  Every street, every corner of every street a plethora of tuk tuk’s.  A swarm, herd, cloud, chattering or whatever collective noun is for a group of tuk tuk drivers.

 

If you want to ge...

April 6, 2015

Basically there is only one general road rule as a driver in Phnom Penh, if it is convenient for you to do it, then do it.  This does not mean there are no traffic laws, there are, but no one cares.

 

Lets start at the beginning.  This is Asia, “face” is of vital importa...

April 5, 2015

I am a teacher and one of my subjects is geography which I have to teach to adorable 12 year olds.  They are absolutely fascinated to hear about cloud formations, the water cycle and how deserts form.  We have just finished ‘the sea’ and part of their homework was to d...

March 29, 2015

Advertising in Cambodia is a relatively simple concept.

 

Make it big (size does matter) with lots of colours especially from the luminescent pallet, do they clash?  Yes but who cares.  Include gold and silver.  Does it glitter? No, then add tinsel.  Always include a dis...

March 25, 2015

 

At last the blossom are on the trees, the winter is past and spring is here beckoning a beautiful summer.  The days are getting longer, the sun is shining and that is the problem.  

 

I have been living in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia for just over four mont...

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