Don´t take night buses in Cambodia

       Taking night buses in Cambodia is dangerous for any person, local or foreigner. The most used route is Sihanoukville-Siem Reap, two tourist destination of the country. Before it seems a good idea to travel between both cities in the night and in the past it was well recommended. But the golden time is over: Complains of bad service are everywhere and it includes even an attempt of sexual rape of a British lady on the Virak Buntham bus company, thefts where bus staff is involved and a crush accident due to high speed by Olympic Express bus company.   Read More…

Cambodian perception 2015

  • Cambodians think that there are too many migrants, Muslims and Christians in the country and that 33 % of Cambodians are working abroad. These wrong perceptions can come from lack of information or bias. 

“Perceptions are not reality” is the slogan of the 2015 survey by Ipsos MORI’s on Perils of Perception in 33 countries of the six continents, excluding Cambodia. The study asked questions such as obesity, non-religious, immigration, 25-34 living with parents, average age, population aged under 14, female politicians, female employment, rural living and internet access and built a table – the index of ignorance – from the least to the most accurate countries in their perception over those realities. Ipsos MORI chose the two Asian giants, India and China for the research, discovering that India is the second least accurate country after Mexico, and China got a good place: 25 out of 28, overcome by Poland, Ireland and South Korea.

Cambodian men

Cambodia is estimated to be one of the Asian countries with the youngest population of the continent for the rest of the century.

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Who would survive a global distaster

After watching this interesting documentary, I ask a question: Who would survive a global disaster, whatever it could be?

After Armageddon is a 2010 drama-documentary directed and written by Stephen Kemp. It shows the drama of a L.A. typical American family that has to survive the aftermaths of a flu pandemic that kills half of the North American population. Follow by the observation of different experts, the documentary describes what would happen if all what we consider secure in the cities just start to disappear like water, food, electricity, means of communication and security. It shows once more that we are living in the Martian Habs like in The Martian movie. The drama of the Johnson and their son, seeing how their protected world of technologies is gone and they don´t know what to do, makes me think in how a typical Cambodian family would react in similar situation – extending this example to many other natural societies about the world, especially in developing countries. Read More…

Recommendations about living in Cambodia

      Some friends asked me to write about living in Cambodia, as I have lived here for more than 16 years already. My first recommendation would be, please don’t come to live in Cambodia. Actually I feel as Heinrich Harrer of the Jean-Jacques Annaud’s movie ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ (1997), though I had doubled that time record. To start, I did not come to live in Cambodia just because I was looking for a new life or to settle in a new country, but because I joint a Missionary Institute to go to the most farthest frontier of the world to make a small contribution to Humanity, so I am an atypical expatriate.

16 Years in Cambodia

If you want to walk in Cambodia, walk with Cambodians.

      Why somebody would like to come to live in Cambodia? There are plenty of countries that could be a better option, for example, Hawaii or Colombia.  Read More…

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