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Beer, Booze & Beyond

Doors, #18 Street 47 & 84: 5pm – 7pm Monday to Friday: 2-for-1 Tiger draught; $2 tapas It is a truth universally acknowledged that a hipster in Phnom Penh must be in want of a hangout. From the effortless cool of the interior design, through the live music soundtrack provided...
Posted On Aug 21, 2014
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BEST OF PHNOM PENH 2014

Best of Phnom Penh 2014 Open Nominations

READY FOR TAKE-OFF! If Phnom Penh has aspirations, it’s for nothing less than the splendour of King Norodom Sihanouk’s Golden Era, when the capital was known as the ‘Pearl of Asia’. You can feel it in the bustling streets, where the Phnom Penhoisie dance all night in the clubs,...
Posted On Aug 06, 2014
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Guilty Pleasures

Me and The Hubster both get Mondays off. When each one rolls around, it’s just like Christmas at Marital HQ. But not that exciting beginning bit of Christmas where little baby Jesus pops out to the delight of rapturous livestock, and you sing along with Bing while someone cracks...

Bouncing down: The back roads of history

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent rides the Ho Chi Minh Trail on a 1989 pink Honda cub The Ho Chi Minh Trail, for those of you who’ve forgotten, was a transport network running from North Vietnam to South Vietnam, via Laos and Cambodia. Originally made up of primitive footpaths used for...

Back where u belong

An interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen and helium swarms in vivid red and yellow splashes, the beginnings of predatory black holes surreptitiously nibbling at the nebulae’s edge. Perhaps we are not so high in the sky, peering instead over the spread wings of some soaring...

Cheap Eats & Lakeside Nostalgia

Guesthouse food is the dirty little secret of every self-respecting expatriate. Barely a step up from street food (but without any of the excitement), guesthouse restaurants cater to backpackers, the wandering jobless and other price-sensitive classes. That clientele often earns...

Beer, Booze & Beyond

Doors, #18 Street 47 & 84: 5pm – 7pm Monday to Friday: 2-for-1 Tiger draught; $2 tapas It is a truth universally acknowledged that a hipster in Phnom Penh must be in want of a hangout. From the effortless cool of the interior design, through the live music soundtrack provided...
Posted On Aug 21, 2014
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Zeitgeist: Bring a book

Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses suits the rum well, for there is a certain sinful pleasure in drinking outdoors. At The Library, the windows open up to Bassac Lane and the room’s broad, wooden windowsills prove irresistible chairs in which to sit and watch life on the lane go...
Posted On Aug 21, 2014
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Monk dance

Before monks prepare themselves to leave their pagodas and venture out into the city, a remarkable – almost dance-like – performance unfolds with steady, practiced body movements.  Quickly and securely, the monks cocoon themselves within their robes and emerge a couple of seconds...

Zeitgeist: Cafe culture

Mojo, presumably in addition to African black magic, dabbles in live music, happy hour cocktails and a short menu of Asian and Western dishes. Located between Nova and Brown on Street 214, the cafe takes a little from both neighbours, adds a bunch of character of its own and...
Posted On Aug 14, 2014
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Guilty Pleasures

The other day I was sitting in my pants on the balcony with a peppermint tea and a mirror plucking my eyebrows and looking for things to squeeze. Birds were tweeting and the disco pickle man was cycling past with Cher’s Do You Believe cranked up to supersonic. It was nice and...

Dish: Hard to forget

St. 63 Restaurant is one of those places that are all-too-easy to miss. I did precisely that for far too long before colleagues finally invited me out for after-work drinks. Turns out that although the building itself is easily overlooked, the food most certainly is not. St. 63...

By any other name

Chang Mai, the Thai northern capital, a relaxed city, dusty used bookstores, chic coffeehouses, French bistros; a methadone clinic rests sedately beside a Buddhist temple. Mountain people with tired, twisted legs chatter and cough out clouds of cheap tobacco as backpackers...

The long measure of Mork

To say I’m sad about the news of Robin Williams’ apparent suicide would be an understatement. I would never have guessed him to have gone that way. When I think of all the famous actors I respect, I always assumed he was one evolutionary or spiritual step above the rest, far too...

Kromming of age

I first came across Krom when a friend of mine, Sean Hocking, who runs Metal Postcard Records in Hong Kong, forwarded me a YouTube link to a Krom video with the message: ‘Think you might like them.’ I did. I like Krom a lot. I loved the blend of Khmer vocals and Christopher’s...

Mu Sochua: Protesting with poise

Meet Mu Sochua: former minister, street activist, Member of Parliament, working mother and recently released political prisoner

Dish: By the seashore

He sells spaghetti & sea fish by the seashore Since Olive & Olive (so good they named it twice) first opened its doors in Sihanoukville, it’s been one of my favourite restaurants. It’s a distinctly Mediterranean eatery, offering dishes from the countries that border that...

Born free… or freer?

A flock of white-beaked wading birds stretch their long, lithe necks toward the sky like wisps of smoke escaping a fire. Bodies entwine like rivulets of water in a bubbling stream; looping back in on themselves in rich, colour-soaked circles. “We are born free, and everywhere in...

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