Pimp My Tuk Tuk

Many hours of many days during my first 2 years in Cambodia were spent adventuring with my good friend, a tuk tuk driver who I blog-named Chom.  He is currently living in Japan to earn $60 per day as a farm worker (10 hours per day, 7 days per week).  This is big money to … More Pimp My Tuk Tuk

Bongs and Tycoons

There are so many cultural quirks in Cambodia that you could write a book on them, if you were confident enough in your knowledge.  One of my favourites, perhaps because of the similarity with Central Australian indigenous custom, is the practice of referring to people according to an assumed kinship status.  Here I am often … More Bongs and Tycoons

Disability Detective

Today I visited Chey Chumneas Referral Hospital in Kandal Province, near the Ta Khmau roundabout a short drive south of Phnom Penh, with my friend “Samantha” and  her severely disabled son who I will call “Alex”.  He is 3.5 years old now, immobile, contracted, unable to speak or even so much as turn his head, … More Disability Detective