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Lust For Life

Crazy Dutch artist Peter Klashorst on mud, black magic & the madness of the human condition He was a protagonist of the New Wild Ones, the arts movement that swept Europe in the 1980s and was described by the New York Times as ‘A bunch of crazy Dutch guys’; he was accused of...

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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

My kid brother spat on me the other day. While I briefly contemplated the curious legalities of thwacking a six-year-old sibling, whether it might be considered actual quote ‘child abuse’ or simply my Flying Spaghetti Monster-given right to fraternal roughhousing, the grubby...

Lust For Life

Crazy Dutch artist Peter Klashorst on mud, black magic & the madness of the human condition He was a protagonist of the New Wild Ones, the arts movement that swept Europe in the 1980s and was described by the New York Times as ‘A bunch of crazy Dutch guys’; he was accused of...

Rockefeller Report

With the refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia now officially complete, a lot of questions surround‘what now’? Rockefeller Without Borders has been following this story closely and would like to assure those critics whom Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison...

Sticky Stuff

Bulbous eyes pop at you from the epicentre of an explosively bold-coloured wall. What at first glance suggests a desert mirage – here, perhaps, a pyramid; there, a river, maybe? – is in fact a bird’s eye view of a wallowing flat fish, bubbles of white and rust dappling its...

Dish: Misadventures Mexicano

Now, I usually never write a negative review. Instead I try to concentrate on the positives, while offering constructive criticism. But last night’s restaurant visit left me struggling to find any positives at all. A late text at work on Friday suggested dinner out with my friend...
Posted On Oct 11, 2014
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Zeitgeist: Drinking games

At Demo, the new bar on Monoving down near the old lakeside, the name of the game is drinking. At every table there is a game of some sort -– a drinking roulette wheel, a drinking dart board, a drinking version of Jenga – all aimed at the singular task of bending an elbow. In...
Posted On Oct 10, 2014
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Hun Sen: Portrait of a Wild Man

In the wake of the 1993 election, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen consolidated power in moves that would culminate in a seething 1997. A new book examines the extraordinary makings of Southeast Asia’s most infamous ‘Strong Man’. Exclusive preview, only in the Advisor.  AFTER TWO...

Guilty Pleasures

So I’ve been thinking about moving to Mondulkiri. One of those humble, cottage-type set-ups in the forest with a pet goat and freshly planted beer garden. But now I’m wondering if being overwhelmed by mould would be considered a quietly noble death. Not from, like, internal yeast...

The City: Now & Then

The looming, angular hulk of the central railway station stands incongruously at one end of what appears to be a sodden football field. A once black-and-white photograph of a typically colonial French villa, touched up in after-the-fact colour, morphs into the broad grin of a...

Dish: A Cauldron Of Indian Alchemy

Irecently discovered The Lunch Box, a Bollywood movie showcased at the Cannes Film Festival last year. In it, a young wife attempts to put the romance back into her marriage by cooking her way to her husband’s heart, but a mistake triggers unexpected events. Most intriguing was...

Rockefeller Report

An executive at an unnamed big Cambodian casino was recently quoted in a local paper as saying his company’s plan to build a hotel on a Buddhist site was just a “dream and does not represent an actual event”. Rockefeller Without Borders applauds this casino for daring us all to...
Posted On Oct 06, 2014
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Guilty Pleasures

By the time you read this, I won’t be here. Hush now. I’m not ‘going to Belgium’. This Pchum Ben I’ve booked three weeks of Me-Time aboard a Liberia-registered beam trawler to join the infamous Murmansk-Spitsbergen sturgeon muster. It’s a notion I’ve been woolgathering since...

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Existentialism & the Big Jop A man with erratically frizzy hair tosses three bowling pins high into the air, watched over by a precariously balanced trapeze artist and a third man sporting an even wilder mane than that of the first. But these are not merely bowling pins, nor...

Zeitgeist: Grog a-go-go

Grog a-go-go  Samai Distillery is easy to miss, with big sliding wooden gates obscuring what looks like just another villa on just another Phnom Penh side street. Rum distilleries, however, are rare in Asia and Samai is anything but ordinary. The place feels much less like a bar...
Posted On Oct 06, 2014
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Going Loco: 24 hours in Cambodia’s Not-So-Little Latin America

Just last week you were idly sipping margaritas on a white-sand beach, and now you are back to the hassle and bustle of the city. As you struggle to readapt to your working schedule after the much-needed holidays, you might find yourself lacking the energy and motivation to drive...

Guilty Pleasures

Who doesn’t love an old pile? If you’ve just flounced into Pochentong from one of those mid-year holidays, you might have eaten cake off a marble dolphin while gazing up Versailles’ frothy petticoats. That dreamboat Gaudi and his loopy landmarks were possibly on your summer...

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