Cambodia: Jan-Mar 2008

This page is a chronological (oldest at the top) collection of posts from the January to March 2008 in Cambodia.

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Many Thanks: Fundraising at the Park Pub

Saturday, January 12th, 2008
I laid in bed, the cold night air brushing my nose and cheeks through the cracked window. I thought about how comfortable the flannel sheets were and how it would be two months before I’d experience them again… Read more..

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Cambodia: First Days

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
“I’ve been here six hours,” I told the kid, a gregarious teen who said he was walking some UN woman’s dog.

“No way, man, you’re kidding me, man. Six hours, that’s crazy, man!” He was full of American slang, picked up, he assured me, in church. He asked if I believed in Jesus… Read more..

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The G-I Tract

Saturday, January 19th, 2008
Note: This entry is about the Gastro-Intestinal Tract. As my climbing friends know, I’m often quite open about this topic but if you’re of more refined sensibilities you may prefer … Read more..

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Further Notes on the G-I Tract

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
Content Warning: Further exposition on illness.From one sickness to the next, with a little overlap in the middle. I now have James’ “death-warmed-over” head cold. I’m not feeling as rotten, … Read more..

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Cambodia: Voice and Choice

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
There is a debate, or maybe an argument, about whether one tells the stories and shows the faces of victims. Especially the children.In the States it would be inappropriate, and … Read more..

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Cambodia: Rain

Friday, January 25th, 2008
In an odd instance–this is the dry, cold season after all–it rained last night. Not a drizzly Seattle rain, but a raging torrent of water. The day had been overcast … Read more..

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Cambodia: Dateline NBC and Transitions Cambodia

Friday, January 25th, 2008
What I love about TV is light. They bring a lot of it and they control it incredibly well. Dateline NBC made the florescent glow of Transitions Cambodia into a … Read more..

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Cambodia: Reintegration of “Srey Bo”

Monday, January 28th, 2008
Since she was trafficked her family had moved from Phnom Penh to a coastal town. She was rescued during a brothel raid, then cycled through the ‘standard’ process of assessment … Read more..

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Cambodia: Repatriation to Vietnam

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
I don’t know Tiang’s story except to say she’s Vietnamese, her mother works in a Phnom Penh brothel, and she was recently repatriated. In this part of Asia lighter skin, … Read more..

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Cambodia: Trabant Trek

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
He likes to say we met on the internet. At the time he and Trabant Trek were somewhere around the Caspian Sea, I think; they were eight people, three Trabants, … Read more..

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Cambodia: The Sex Tourist

Friday, February 1st, 2008
NOTE: Be warned this post mentions graphic sexual acts and the reality of sex tourism.I pulled out my notebook as soon as I’d made it into the cramped bathroom, the … Read more..

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Cambodia: Elsewhere, the Scene.

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
My impression is the NGO world in Phnom Penh is like high school, only the parties are better. (at left: the riverside, bar stop number four)Of course, I haven’t collected … Read more..

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Cambodia: The Weight Loss Program

Monday, February 11th, 2008
They left a bottle of Ensure at my door this morning. Julie and Stuart, two more traveling Seattleites who were here for a few days.”That’s wrong, that’s just wrong,” James … Read more..

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Cambodia: Asia Foundation Interview

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
Marielle Lindstrom, Chief of Party of the Asia Foundation Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Program, spent time in Moldova and in Turkey working for the International Office for Migration on … Read more..

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Cambodia: Freebird

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
Just another night out, a Friday night in fact, with Allison (from Seattle), Kath (local), and what soon became Pat and Mick (more locals), and later Julie and Stuart (Seattle).Freebird … Read more..

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Cambodia: Child Safe

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
Child Safe did an opening for their new public relations campaign. Some pretty cool imagery, snack ’ems on the buffet table, cold beer, but more importantly, it’s another step forward … Read more..

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Cambodia: A Christian-Khmer Wedding

Sunday, February 17th, 2008
It’s wedding season; just about every corner of every block has the tent set up, the loudspeaker going, the non-stop 12 hours of music. (at right: the cake, the cross, … Read more..

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Cambodia: Apsara Arts Association

Sunday, February 17th, 2008
Apsara Performance: A Short Media Clip (1.15min) There is kind of a long story behind this short little piece; there is something uplifting in it but like much of the experience … Read more..

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Cambodia: Forcible Relocation

Monday, February 18th, 2008
VIEW MULTIMEDIA (3min) Land ownership and development is taking off in Cambodia, but it is not without its problems. Take, for instance, this anecdote I was given as background: there’s a … Read more..

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Cambodia: Toul Kork Brothel Tour

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
This is a cursory glance at the front entrances to a variety of brothels in the Toul Kork neighborhood of Phnom Penh. Many of these are wood-shack store fronts or … Read more..

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Cambodia: AFESIP and Queen Sofia of Spain

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
One year ago I emailed Somaly Mam from Thailand; I had little expectation that she would have time for me, but I asked if we might meet. She said to … Read more..

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Cambodia: A Ride in the Countryside

Sunday, February 24th, 2008
This one is just pictures. On a recent Sunday I went with Kath out to Oudong (sp?), a pagoda about 30km North of Phnom Penh. We left in the dark, … Read more..

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Cambodia: Misc. Moments

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
I’m getting a little beat down by the NGO politics, the country politics, the continual fight for access, connections, story leads; I am expanding the story and sub-stories but I … Read more..

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Cambodia: Angkor Wat and “Thai” Vodka

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
(VIEW WEB GALLERY OF ANGKOR WAT) I’d like to say this was awe inspiring for me, and it might have been had I given myself enough time, but I was up … Read more..

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Cambodia: The Lake Clinic

Saturday, March 1st, 2008
(VIEW IMAGE GALLERY OF FLOATING VILLAGE) The sense of time is different. “Hurry up” is a process of continual slow motion versus “normal” which is regularly punctuated with pauses for conversation, … Read more..

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Cambodia: Scenes From Siem Reap

Monday, March 3rd, 2008
With 5 year-old Riki, the world’s cutest adopted kid. When Jon worked at AHC they would have about one orphan per month left at the hospital; staff would take them … Read more..

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Cambodia: Elsewhere, Round Two

Friday, March 7th, 2008
In my time in Phnom Penh I managed to get hooked into the NGO crowd, but also the party crowd. Or maybe they’re one and the same; work hard, … Read more..

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Cambodia: Seattle Reintegration

Friday, March 21st, 2008
Touchdown. It’s slate gray outside, 18.41 local time, and it looks cold. There is no orange light, no heat radiating from the pavement. 30 minutes ago we began our descent; … Read more..