Lunch bar conversation

It has been a while since I have written, but I’m still here and still thinking each day of Cambodia. The other day I received an unsolicited email message from a graduate student in Cambodia who wanted to say than you for having helped him (one way and another through employment and sponsorship,) get his … Continue reading

Cambodian Pop -celebrates a rural idyll

YouTube is a great place to explore the musical cultures of different countries. And the music videos tell a lot about the Zeitgeist of the nation. I remain fascinated at the way Cambodian music continues to balance the urban glam against the romantic version of the rural idyll – a simpler wholesome life for which … Continue reading

Cambodia’s upswing in education spending to 2018

Investing enough in Cambodia’s future? I don’t think so. Until recently Cambodia’s state investment in education has languished. As a percentage of government expenditure, Cambodia spent until recently less than 12% of their total budget. This was ranked 140th in the world – but even then, the figure disguised the fact that the government income … Continue reading

Holidays in Cambodia, 2016

Confused by all the unexpected holidays in Cambodia? Booking a journey and wanting to include Pchum Ben?  Here’s an official list of holidays in Cambodia – 2016 January 01 International New Year Day January 07 Victory over Genocide Day February 22 Meak Bochea Day March 08 International Women Day April 13, 14, 15, 16 Khmer … Continue reading

Big Trouble at Killing Fields Pagoda

In late 2004, I was working in my New Zealand office when a startling email arrived. It was sent from an internet cafe near Pub Street, Siem Reap where half an hour online cost poor students two dollars.  Back then internet access was not common. The startling thing about the email was the headline: Big … Continue reading