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Every once in a while we find ourselves in a familiar location but looking at something we never noticed before writes Tanja Wessels. When it comes to clothing shops it is time to make the unfamiliar familiar...

Writers Unblocked: Reviving Khmer literature

Andrew Johnson

A proud history of literature in Cambodia came to an abrupt end when the Khmer Rouge arrived in 1975. Now peace has finally returned to the Kingdom, Cambodian literature is making a comeback. Only counterfeiting stands in its way.

If reading, writing, literature and publishing can be taken as a reliable indicator of the cultural wellbeing of a country, Cambodia is clearly a country in transition.

When a Picture is not Worth 1000 Words

EAS Staff

A picture of the dead body of a young female traffic accident victim lying on the street. Is this an image from one of Cambodia's infamously graphic local newspapers? No, it is page 5 of the November 16 English-language Phnom Penh Post, and the editorial decision to use it has outraged many in the expatriate community.

ARFI Women's Rugby Tournament Set for Phnom Penh on Saturday Oct. 6

Expat Advisory

PHNOM PENH (Oct 6) : Women's international rugby makes its debut this Saturday, October 6, when the Cambodian Federation of Rugby (CFR) hosts the first ever Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) Women's Rugby 7's at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium.

The one day tournament, which kicks off at 8 :30 am and runs until 5 pm, features women's rugby teams from Singapore, Laos, Thailand, South Korea, and Cambodia.

Dating in Phnom Penh

Saorla

The desperate and dateless situation for the females in Phnom Penh really hit hard on Valentine's day this year. This single gal assessed her options... I could have gone speed dating at the FCC but the idea of giving a kiss, hug or cross to a man I already know, work with, is married, or will invariably run into at 'The Shop' on Saturday morning didn't really appeal.

I could have put in a bid at the Bachelor Auction but decided that things really were getting desperate if I had to pay for a date...

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.

Popping Pills in Phnom Penh

EAS Staff

Apologies to all of you who locked onto this piece under false pretences, but this is not a groovy article about ingesting love inducing illicit substances. Rather it is the story of how one man suddenly finds himself to be a walking cornucopia of pharmaceuticals.

Prior to visiting Cambodia for the first time, I was a healthy specimen of a human being -never went to the Doctor, never took pills of any sort and rarely got sick. I ate well, exercised and generally enjoyed a high degree of well being.

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