Big Police Raids in Sihanoukville

Yesterday was an eventful day in Sihanoukville. When Sopheak came home from doing her morning shopping, she told me about a big police raid at a guesthouse opposite the Total Petrol station. The details were sketchy, but she said it was mostly Chinese who were arrested and she thought it was drug related. They were apparently staying in the spookily blocked off portion of the guesthouse. Then yesterday evening when we were out on our … Continue reading

A Picnic in Sihanoukville: A Perfect Day

Yesterday was a landmark day for me: I finally finished the conclusion to the book I’ve been commissioned to write. No only did I finish it; I finished it to my satisfaction. That was a tough one, because, although the subject (still top secret until published – don’t ask me why – it’s part of the contract) is not precisely about the economic mess  we’re in, my research frequently took me down that road and … Continue reading

Dengue Fever Sucks

14 May 2011 Three days ago. I woke up with such a high fever, I didn’t even protest when my wife insisted we go to the doctor; something I am always hesitant to do. I felt so bad, I didn’t even complain when he put me on an IV drip and gave me a couple of shots in the butt. He then sent us home and told us to come back in the afternoon, after … Continue reading

Sihanoukville Development Not Just for Tourists

AIPA-31 General Assembly wraps up in Hanoi – VietNam Today’s blog The General Assembly heard and adopted reports presented by its committees and decisions to announce India as a new observer of AIPA and organize AIPA-32 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, in mid-September 2011, and heads of delegation from … — Fri, 13 May 2011 16:56:22 -0700 Mekong River Crisis: Activists join forces against Laos’ Xayaburi … … groups sent a letter to Lao Prime Minister … Continue reading

Some Tips for Expats Working Online

I bought a new laptop last week just so I could do what I’m doing today. As offices go, my  home office is pretty good, but I spend far too much time there and really don’t get the opportunity to get out of the house alone much. My laptop is my attempt to redress a pretty severe imbalance in my life. Freelance writing has been more than a full time job. In fact, during my … Continue reading

Surrealistic Pillow: A Cambodian Story about Spirit Possession (Part One)

I wrote this in April of 2006, while we were building our house and waiting for our daughter Luna to be born: Sometime shortly after Sopheak and I moved out of the guest house and into the small house on our property she received a phone call from Phnom Penh. Her cousin Sokha was in trouble. Sokha’s mother and father had both died when she was only four and since then she had been cared … Continue reading

Easter Sihanoukville Writing Workshop and Visit to Ream

Amazingly, given the fact that we weren’t able to publicise Jan Cornall’s Writing Workshop as well as we would have liked, 12 people turned up for her mini writing workshop and luncheon at Q&A Bookshop in Sihanoukville. Six local Khmers turned up, including a philosophy professor and a poetry prize winning student. A mixed bag of expats and tourists made up the barang contingent. It was a great group and a great workshop. One of … Continue reading

Cambodia and Thailand Border Clash

6 soldiers killed in Thailand-Cambodia border clash ~ Khmer News … Thai soldiers and hospital workers evacuate an injured soldier after he was shot in an exchange of gunfire with Cambodian troops in Surin province near the Thai-Cambodian border. (AFP/Getty Images / April 22, 2011) … — Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:27:00 -0700 For other bloggers’ information:  I got the Super News WordPress Plugin and ShrinktheWeb thumbnail generator to make this news post. As … Continue reading

In Defence of the Sihanoukville Police

I received one comment to my last post, In Praise of the Sihanoukville Police and several interesting comments on the Lonely Planet and Travelfish forums to similar threads. I was on a mission for the SV police. They came in two forms: clichés and thoughtful comments. The clichés went something like this: The Sihanoukville police force is the best police force money can buy and The Sihanoukville police never investigate a crime. They just take … Continue reading

In Praise of the Sihanoukville Police

I know that if my blog had a following, I would get a stream of comments telling me about the corruption of Cambodian police and the mistreatment people have received at their hands. All I can say to these imaginary readers is that what follows has been my experience in the past five years. The most recent example is what prompted this post, so I’ll use that as my example. Yesterday I returned home to … Continue reading