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  • Clean, green Christmas trees on sale at Central Market

    EAS staff

    Madame Hieng at Shop 9 Central Market is a convincing seller. She has to be. Selling ice to Eskimos has to be easier than selling Christmas trees in predominantly Buddhist Cambodia.

    "These trees come from Vietnam," she says. "After Christmas, you can put them in the garden. No need to buy one next year. I guarantee."
    Many expatriates find the tacky plastic Christmas trees not only less than authentic or aesthetic but less than environmentally friendly. Now there is a living alternative.

  • The Tastes and Tales of the FCC

    Kathryn Michie

    If restaurants could talk, the FCC would tell some interesting tales. As one of Phnom Penh's most established restaurants, it has witnessed much of Cambodia's tumultuous history. Enviably positioned right on the riverfront, the FCC is the capital's pre-eminent meeting place for tourists and expatriates.

  • ABAC Melbourne Cup Day

    EAS Staff

    Melbourne Cup Day was celebrated with style and aplomb at Raffles Hotel on Tuesday 7th November. With the race starting at 11a.m Phnom Penh time, the complimentary champagne cocktails were being quaffed at 9a.m and by 10a.m, many punters had moved onto the main cocktail list, spurned on by a ½ price deal organised by The Australian Business Association of Cambodia. Women arrived in fabulous dresses and hats and the Australian Women's Connection had jockey style silks made for the Le Royal staff so all in all it was a very carnival like atmosphere.

  • From Spinning Chairs to Rollercoaster Rides

    Expat Advisory

    The smiles on the young Khmer faces were as wide and arching as Phnom Penh's Japanese Bridge. Although initially surprised by the arrival of a busload of Americans, the Cambodian students were now well and truly in their element. They graciously accepted gifts, posed for photographs and played games with their newfound friends.

  • Off-road motor biking

    Expat Advisory

    Know your capabilities. Know your limits. Know the market.
    What do you want it for?

    If it's around town - swallow your pride and get a small scooter. If it's off roading in the provinces - it's a dirt bike.

    If you are going for a popular item like an AX-1 or a small scooter- expect that it will be stolen. Reason is these are closer to the ground than the slightly larger other off road motorbikes.

  • The Idiot's guide to motorcycles, from the Chief Eedjit.

    Expat Advisory

    Okay, with your guide to stupidity ruling the roost, what does the family ride?

    Well, like most of Phnom Penh, the Child-bride's first bike was a Daelim Citi 100. But not just any Citi, this was a Chosen Ilbo. Any Korean speakers out there want to tell me what that means? It was bought off a mate so he'd have some cash to return to the UK with and was sold when we needed some cash for the baby's clinic bills (Luckily all of yours truly's bikes were already in varying states of disassembly and therefore unsaleable!) It was a semi-auto 4-speed with a front drum brake and a motodop's oblong seat, like every other Daelim.

  • Art2Healing:

    Expat Advisory

    EAS talks to Lydia Tan, Australian-based founder of the project.

    In a nutshell, what is the Art2Healing Project?

    Art2Healing was established in 2005 to assist in empowering and providing individuals at risk, with psychological and emotional support through the healing arts. The project employs tools and resources of the creative process to facilitate transformation, self-awareness, empowerment and healing.

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