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Judgement Day

The trial of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan not only delivered a measure of justice for millions of victims, but also delved deep into the history, ideology and authority structure of the Khmer Rouge. Senior prosecutor Tarik Abdulhak, responsible for the case against Khieu Samphan,...

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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Zeitgeist: Bourbon Divine

Lone Pine, California, is a whiff of a town just north of Owens Lake on US Route 395, which stretches from the Canadian border down through the Sierra Nevada. The Lone Pine Cafe – Phnom Penh version – could have easily been plucked off the town’s Main Street. A friendly...
Posted On Sep 01, 2014
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Rockefeller Report

The Rockefeller Without Borders charter clearly states that ‘we must keep up with everything that has anything to do with anything (and everything)’. As such, we here at ‘The Rock’ (any similarities with the Phnom Penh karaoke bar of the same name are purely coincidental)...

Along In The Jungle With Wild Things

Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrqqqq… A friend recently remarked that no matter where you are in Cambodia, someone will be using power tools. Add to this the Makita choir weddings, funerals or a plain old karaoke session, and it’s pretty hard to image a world that’s tranquil and...

Under The Willow, An Italian Paradise

“Certainly paradise, whatever, wherever it be, contains flaws. Paradisical flaws, if you like. If it did not, it would be incapable of drawing the hearts of men or angels.” – Henry Miller Now I’m not so sure dear old Henry would have written those words had he had the pleasure of...

Judgement Day

The trial of Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan not only delivered a measure of justice for millions of victims, but also delved deep into the history, ideology and authority structure of the Khmer Rouge. Senior prosecutor Tarik Abdulhak, responsible for the case against Khieu Samphan,...

Rockerfeller Report

Cambodia has had its share of citizens come forward claiming to be the relatives of famous singers or members of the Royal family who were killed by the Khmer Rouge. Fortunately those individuals are often revealed as the imposters that they are. We at Rockefeller Without Borders...

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...

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