Monthly Archives: October 2010

Khmanglish of the Week

(from the back of a bag of dried fruit) Throughout the entire process in making the chips, no chemicals are added to the chips at all. The fruits and vegetables are specially processed in order to ensure that their natural … Continue reading

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Sit Play

Mao, ankoie leng. Literally, ‘Come, sit-play.’ More accurately, this might be translated as ‘Why don’t you hang out and chill with me for a while?’ One of the wonderful things about Cambodia (and India, too) is that nothing is ever … Continue reading

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Crash

Two things that do not exist in (rural) Cambodia: stretchers and police tape. A few evenings ago, I was headed to exercise in the rice fields, as usual, when I came upon a even larger traffic jam of students than … Continue reading

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Niak Bora Tay (or, What are YOU doing here?)

Wednesday this week, I showed up to my school and quickly realized something unusual was going on. Too many of the classrooms were empty, and there was a big white van parked in the back school yard, surrounded by a … Continue reading

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Top Ten

My top ten reasons why Cambodia feels like an alternate universe: 10. Trucks backing up noises. Of all the annoying Cambodia noises (roosters, hack saws, dogs fighting, blaring wedding music), this is pretty benign. But it is a very disconcerting … Continue reading

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Mystery Meat

Besides the wats, the other part of this week’s Pchum Ben I have seen is that families all get together and come back ‘home,’ wherever that happens to be. Now that I have been here a week and a half, … Continue reading

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Wat Outing

Today (October 8, I’m writing and posting later) is the final day of Pchum Ben, the second biggest holiday in the Khmer calendar (after Khmer New Year in April). This holiday is about ancestors and the gates of hell opening…well, … Continue reading

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