Title: Phnom Penh Pal (Cambodia)

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Loving and leaving Phnom Penh - 18/Sep/2014 06:07 - 1880 days ago
It seems appropriate to start our last blog talking about the birth place of Phnom Penh, our home for the last two and a ha...
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A fearless life in the White Building (Bo ding) - 15/Sep/2014 14:31 - 1883 days ago
I originally wrote this piece on 25th February 2012 before I had been back to the White Building after that first time. I had fo...
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Cambodia: A Kingdom of Wonder - 08/Sep/2014 16:16 - 1890 days ago
I had previously done research that showed that schools received 65% of what they expected and that because of ring-fencing rule...
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Can garment factories be a liberator for women? - 03/Sep/2014 16:30 - 1895 days ago
In Cambodia, there is literally one rule for girls and a different one for boys. When they are pre or early teens, girls will be...
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Old culture, young people - 13/Aug/2014 15:32 - 1916 days ago
Men in Cambodia, and throughout Asia, like to dye their hair to hide any grey hairs. I may be a little odd having youthful face ...
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Cambodia's Olympic Games - 06/Aug/2014 14:04 - 1923 days ago
For Claire and I, the jewel in the crown of Phnom Penh is the optimistically named Olympic Stadium. It was actually built for th...
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Why should Scotland be in the Union? - 30/Jul/2014 17:31 - 1930 days ago
I wrote aprevious blogdiscussing Cambodia’s relationship with Viet Nam and suggested that the best way for Cambodia to find pe...
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Well did you ever… - 31/May/2014 05:26 - 1990 days ago
Or, things I never thought I'd do, never mind do in Cambodia…(I started writing this post in February, then edited it in March...
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Are all explorers lost and is Scotland the best? - 30/May/2014 06:06 - 1991 days ago
When a friend of mine left Scotland to work in France, I was envious of him as I imagined what it would be like to live in Franc...
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Cambodia: more than temples and Toul Sleng - 13/May/2014 05:41 - 2008 days ago
In USA, there are some cities that are now forever defined by shootings at a high school. For many people, Cambodia is defined b...
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Foreigners welcomed with a smile in Cambodia - 04/May/2014 07:31 - 2017 days ago
We live in the Cambodian equivalent of Mayfair. A house in Boeung Keng Kang 1can cost $2m, in a country where GDP per capita is ...
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Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll - 05/Mar/2014 15:28 - 2077 days ago
During the Khmer Rouge regime, nearly two million people perished including most of the country's artists, musicians and intelle...
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Shoe shining and paper aeroplanes - 27/Feb/2014 14:32 - 2083 days ago
It's easy to mock tuk tuk drivers or moto top drivers, with their incessant shouts of"tuk tuk?!?"or"moto?!?"As soon as you appea...
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In Cambodia, nobody can be perfect - 02/Feb/2014 04:56 - 2108 days ago
Cambodian’s have accepted the notion that “nobody is perfect” to such an extent that they do not even have the word “per...
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Us = Cambodia, Them = Vietnam - 28/Dec/2013 14:13 - 2144 days ago
It happened when I was out with a Khmer friend for dinner. We were sitting at a street corner discussing the election and my fri...
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Fight corruption? Send volunteers not money - 17/Dec/2013 10:30 - 2155 days ago
A few years ago, the head of the Kenyan anti-corruption unit was hiding in a dorm in Oxford University,on the run for his life. ...
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How did the Philippines end up in South East Asia? - 12/Dec/2013 15:35 - 2160 days ago
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VSO celebrates 55 years - 18/Nov/2013 10:44 - 2184 days ago
I found this blog in the draft section - I wrote it in May, just before I was heading home for the summer for three months…Thi...
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Cambodia defies Gladwell's outliers - 11/Nov/2013 15:41 - 2191 days ago
My eldest nephew was born in February so he could have started school either aged 4 and a half or five and a half. My sister, in...
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Where are the Khmer Rouge now? - 01/Nov/2013 17:02 - 2201 days ago
The forest was burning right up to the other side of the road just a few metres from where we were sitting drinking beer with fo...
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International development? You can bank on it. - 16/Sep/2013 12:15 - 2247 days ago
One of my less appealing characteristics is my ability to appear smug. One such time was during the banking crisis in 2008 when ...
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Cambodian hopes and Western shame - 22/Aug/2013 03:06 - 2272 days ago
The guy I go to get my haircut beside my work once asked me if Australia was close to England. He thought France, America, Engla...
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trains, tuk tuks and folding-up bikes - 12/Aug/2013 02:41 - 2282 days ago
When I lived in London, I considered getting a fold up bike so that I could cycle to the underground train, fold it up, carry it...
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Angkor Wat explains a lost love in election - 30/Jul/2013 16:32 - 2295 days ago
Since 2003, the Cambodian GDP has grown at an average of 7% per year. Life expectancy has risen from 59 to 63 over the same peri...
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Cambodian election: change or no change? - 23/Jul/2013 14:06 - 2302 days ago
Last July, some of my colleagues were showing a mix of frustration, incredulity and hopelessness.Resultsfrom the commune council...
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Sports in Cambodia - 10/Jul/2013 10:00 - 2315 days ago
When I walk through a market here, I sometimes find a Cambodian quietly sidling up beside me to measure themselves against my sh...
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A view of home from afar - 06/Jul/2013 16:57 - 2319 days ago
Claire and I were back home for a few weeks, and when I got back to Cambodia (Claire's still home), there were a few people who ...
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Kings of Karaoke - 27/May/2013 16:04 - 2359 days ago
In Scotland, friends meet and go to the pub. In Cambodia, they go to karaoke. They absolutely love it and it is pretty certain t...
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No more 50 shades of grey; kill the Lexus - 29/Apr/2013 09:32 - 2387 days ago
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Key to Cambodian development? Google. - 24/Apr/2013 08:13 - 2392 days ago
By the end of this blog, I bet 6 beers you that you will be able to read and write Khmer script.This is the Khmer alphabet and t...
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Cooking Khmer - 20/Apr/2013 10:45 - 2396 days ago
Christmas 2011, my wonderful sister, smart cookie that she is, gave me a crisp $50 note with the instruction to spend it on aKhm...
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transport in Cambodia 1 - the moto - 18/Apr/2013 14:57 - 2398 days ago
A few weeks ago Gordon and I learned to ride a moto. In about 30 minutes. Turns out driving a moto is as easy as everyone says i...
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Kayaking, Koh Trong and killing time in Kratie - 25/Feb/2013 10:06 - 2450 days ago
Kratie has been on our list of places to visit in Cambodia for a while but towards the end of last year we realised that we'd be...
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Pchum Ben holiday part 3 - Singapore - 23/Feb/2013 05:59 - 2452 days ago
(NB These Pchum Ben holiday blogs were meant to come one after the other but that didn't quite happen. We went to Singapore in O...
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The King Father's Funeral - A glimpse of Cambodia's past - 10/Feb/2013 12:01 - 2465 days ago
We were out of the country when the King Father died in October, and we missed witnessing the huge numbers of Cambodians who mad...
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Cambodia hosts USA vs China - 21/Jan/2013 12:13 - 2485 days ago
We live in a flat above a family who live in the two ground floor apartments. Gran and Grandpa (the owners), live in one, and th...
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A New Year surprise in Siem Reap - 13/Jan/2013 06:08 - 2493 days ago
I had heard about Pub Street in Siem Reap before seeing it and it evoked hazy memories of alcohol soaked holidays in Gran Canari...
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Anything he can do I can do better - 21/Dec/2012 06:31 - 2516 days ago
AKA a blog post which could also be called "If he can put up pictures of his pants then so can I!" or, "If the world really is g...
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Pchum Ben holiday - Melaka part 2 - 17/Dec/2012 14:39 - 2520 days ago
As I mentioned inMelaka part 1, the food in Melaka was delicious. Two of my favourite things were the roti john and the chicken ...
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Pants: How Victoria saved the Beckham's marriage - 13/Dec/2012 14:21 - 2524 days ago
I don't think that we're getting acclimatised to the heat in Cambodia, more that we're just getting used to sweating a lot. One ...
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There's nobody playing ball - 07/Dec/2012 09:11 - 2530 days ago
Just a strange aside to get us going is that I've noticed many schools in Cambodia have basketball courts, but that they are ne...
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Pchum Ben holiday - Melaka part 1 - 03/Dec/2012 15:11 - 2534 days ago
For Pchum Ben, a Buddhist holiday that took place in October and is about paying respect to ancestors, Gordon and I decided to l...
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Haaallllooooooo!!!!!! - 28/Nov/2012 10:43 - 2539 days ago
Haalllooooooo!!!!! Not so much in Phnom Penh, but in the rural areas, you will be cycling along a dirt road and a little kid wil...
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Culture vulture - 28/Oct/2012 10:29 - 2570 days ago
After nearly ten years working the arts, and being lucky enough to see some form of great performance at least once a week for t...
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Birthday fun at the Olympic Stadium - 04/Oct/2012 16:17 - 2594 days ago
Sam and Gilly are two volunteers who are based in Kratie. They are the couple who've inspired ourcompetitionto see who can visit...
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With these Rocher you're really spoiling us! - 12/Sep/2012 13:29 - 2616 days ago
Gordon pipped me to the post a bit with his earlier blog about his job here - I'd been planning one about what I've been up to w...
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Take a step into my office - 06/Sep/2012 01:52 - 2622 days ago
So, six months in and there's not really been much said about what we do. There's been a few pics of somenice placesin Cambodia,...
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Cambodian comedy - 29/Aug/2012 10:49 - 2630 days ago
I'm sitting at my desk typing away when my boss steps out of the bathroom in our room and says "Mr Bean. He's from England, righ...
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Six months? Already?! - 13/Aug/2012 15:20 - 2646 days ago
For our six month anniversary in Cambodia, Gordon and I thought we would do something completely unprecedented. A joint blog.&nb...
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gooood morning Viet Naaaammmm - 28/Jul/2012 06:03 - 2662 days ago
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Shock: Scot admits the power of English - 12/Jul/2012 06:58 - 2678 days ago
Just after we arrived in Phnom Penh, we were walking through The White Building - concrete blocks of claustrophobic flats cramm...
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Landing in trouble - 05/Jul/2012 14:22 - 2685 days ago
In late 2003, the Government organised a competition to select the best development plan for Boeng Kak Lake in the Borei Keila a...
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