Increase in Electricity Bills

There is a wave of electricity bills increase in Cambodia right now. First it was the tiny Province of Kep, where increases jumped suddenly in April to 8%, 40% and even 80% in some hotels, even if there were less guests than last year and the weather was the same. At the time, nearby provinces like Kampot and Sihanok did not experiment such event, so different persons went to complain to Kep Power Supply that blamed the weather. Continue reading

Motorcycle theft, burglaries and robbery in Kampot Town

Kampot Town is becoming insecure, at least in the last months with reports on motorcycle theft, burglaries, robbery and bag snatching, victimizing especially expatriates, according to reports. The inaction of local authorities after reports has led to the creation of a Facebook page to denounce criminal events (see Kampot Crime Noticeboard). According to his creator, the board was created as a response to the “escalation of criminal activity directed toward foreigners living in Kampot and surrounding communities.Continue reading

Ten superstitions Cambodians believe and maybe you don’t know

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The Khata or magical spell, used in Thailand and Cambodia for protection or charm. 

Most people around the world have superstitions even in industrialized countries where reason and science seems to be the king of home. For this reason it is not possible to measure which country or people is more superstitious than other. Probably you have secret superstitions for any reason. For example, I use to make sure that the first feet I put on earth every morning when I wake up is the right one… But if you are living in Cambodia, it is right to know about the Cambodian superstitions, because they can make you understand some of the behaviors of your friends. Here ten most common superstitions that Cambodians believe and probably you don’t know: Continue reading

Strain truck tries to cross Angkor Thom ancient door

  • Strain post by Suvarnabhumi shows a truck trying to cross one ancient gate of Angkor Thom.
  • There is not report of any accident or traffic event inside the archaeological site that would need the firefighters. 

A strain post by Suvarnabhumi Facebook page shows what it seems to be a firefighters’ truck trying to cross one of the ancient doors of Angkor Thom in Siem Reap Province. I have sent a message to Suvarnabhumi about the event. The truck seems plugged right in the gate:

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These two photos show what it seems a firefighters’ truck trying to cross one of the ancient gate of Angkor Thom, in one of the Cambodian national treasures. The Khmer sentence says: “Who in Siem Reap can say something about why this truck crossing the gate of the temple? What is the problem?

Angkor Thom, a huge ancient city from the 12th century, has 4 main gates at the end of the causeway that extend 50 meters across the mouth. It is one of the Cambodian UNESCO’s World Heritage. Suvarnabhumi seems to request more information about this strain event. How is it possible that Apsara Authority allows a truck to comes inside the archaeological site this way? If there was not another way to attend an emergency – which kind of emergency inside the temples? – it would mean also that there is not a safety project at the place. It is to me more disturbing than foreigners making naked selfish in the temples. We are looking for more information about it. If you know something, please let us know.

When a foreigner begins to be Cambodian

A passport does not define your real belonging, although it is a legal document to establish your origin. Many Cambodians born or grown in US or Australia, do not find their place in their ancestral nation, because they got already a foreign identity, so ethnic belonging does not define also your real cultural identity. As Cambodia became so international after UNTAC in 1992, when more than 15 thousand foreigners entered to the Kingdom, people from other continents integrated into the ancestral Khmer blood in many ways.

Now well, when do you know when a foreigner – or barang – starts to be a little or much Cambodian? There are some signs you can notice. Here some of them: Continue reading

40 years ago Pol Pot walked Phnom Penh

We are the end of the Khmer New Year holidays, a time of happiness and good wishes for all Cambodians and their friends. 40 years ago, on April 17, 1975, there was also a Khmer New Year celebration. But that new year, the one of the rabbit, was going to be under the Khmer Rouge social utopia: the start of the most extreme communist experiment on earth: the Democratic Kampuchea of Pol Pot.

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