Tasty Dog in the Kingdom
Temples, Traffic and Tasty Dogs: A few days in the life of Cambodia

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom:  This Cambodian Life #74.  Exciting events in Phnom Penh lately including an exhibition and viewing of films from the 60s and 70s.  Delilah sees a famous director and actress from Back in the Day, then gets to watch one of these films, filled with all the gore, magic and outrageous plot twists that you could ever want.  On a more serious note, Delilah also gets to see the Prime Minister speak.  A pretty happening week over all. 

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Ros Sereysothea rocks the world with The Night We Met.  oh what a night.  Too bad they didn’t have this song last night at the beer garden. 

 

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Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 7:10 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #73.  The show might take a bit of a depressing turn this time, but that is life.  It’s Pchum Ben time again, so perhaps some ancestors are spreading some nefarious influences.  Delilah covers a surprising turnaround imposed on the Cambodian judiciary,  the long arm of the American legal system and a bit of a strange comment coming from the man in charge.  And…finally this show is dedicated to Wah-wah.  RIP, sweetheart.

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Sin Sisamuth lends his voice again to give us all a bit of a lift.  Also because if you are ever out in the countryside, you can say you like Sin Sisamuth and you will have made a friend.  Good stuff.

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Category:Superstitions and Elections -- posted at: 2:13 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #72.  Delilah Marie has a strange new malady and so goes to the doctor.  However, no fancy expat clinic provides the diagnosis, but a regular Cambodian doctor on Street 110 for just $10.  At that price, you don’t even need to fool with insurance!  She then launches into the topic of acid throwing, a sad but too prevalent form of retribution and revenge for jilted lovers and jealous wives.  Just be careful who you entangle yourself with when visiting the kingdom.

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Sin Sisamuth serenades you with Rainy Nights – since that seems to be the common weather pattern lately… 

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Category:In sickness and health -- posted at: 7:40 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #71.  On a bit of a ramble this evening, Delilah goes on about her speech with a Minister (and this would be one of those referred to as “Your Excellency” , after which she was late to a very early lunch, then you hear the on the edge of your seat story of how she scratched her eye watering her plants (try to stay away for that).  And after that, she rounds off the episode of her trip to the Buddhist Wonderland of Oudong, where you wander up and down steps on top of a mountain, check out the stupas and then get your fortune told for $2.50.  

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The opening and closing music is from Tep Mari, called Saa Thoukar, from Cambodia Living Arts with their 2004 Cambodia Masters Performing Project collection.  A thought it was a nice plinka plinka to go with the Buddhist Wonderland. 

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Category:Getting out of town -- posted at: 7:45 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #70.  Delilah Marie is back from vacation in the homeland and is in a bit of a contemplative mood.  The big questions being: Is it time to move on?  Or does she really just need a longer, more robust vacation?  After pondering life’s choices, she also catches up on the latest Cambodian news, which of course involves some forced relocations, the not-so-shocking scandal surrounding secondary school exams and the best places to find the news and latest gossips: at the expat networking event, where you too can crash the party for free wine and food. 

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Sin Sisamuth is singing Beloved Girlfriend, if you care to find one. 

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Category:Bits and Pieces -- posted at: 10:55 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #69.  Delilah invites another special guest to the show.  Today, we hear from Howie the Dentist, who has a hobby that has a life of its own.  But you are welcome to venture into the world of an avid twitcher, where you can hear a bit about the orange necked partridge, the green jungle fowl and the giant ibis, just a couple of the plethora of birds of Cambodia.  Not to mention hearing what special poop a special dog found in Mondulkiri. 

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Just a little bit of Sin Sisamuth to keep you company because I know you missed his golden voice. 

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Category:Special Guest Stars! -- posted at: 12:40 PM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #68.  Delilah ponders if her time in Cambodia is done.  So she takes a trip to neighboring Lao and rediscovers the joy of silence, cleanliness and good lighting in the UNESCO heritage city of Luang Prubang.  Then returning to Cambodia, she once again feels that connection to the Kingdom – with its chaos, dirt and noise, it’s still home. 

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Ros Sereysothea sings If You Wish to Love Me from Cambodia Rocks, Vol 2.  Because nothing is more loveable about Cambodia than its 60s rock stars. 

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Category:Getting out of town -- posted at: 1:48 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #67.  Exciting week in the big city, with Delilah talking about the Royal Plowing Ceremony, the King’s birthday and every queen’s week, which is Phnom Penh’s first gay pride.  You can hear how the crops are predicted to do this year,  how old the beloved monarch is and where to go to get some drag queen action of your own.   Only, of course, if you have a “friend”  that is gay and need to offer “them” some suggestions. 

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Sin Sisamuth is singing about his beloved girlfriend in honor of gay pride.  I passed over the I Love Women song, since there really didn’t seem to be all that many lesbians out and about. 

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Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 2:20 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodia Life #66.  Delilah hits on a couple of topics including the incessant powercuts, multitudes of mangoes and the rainy season begins.  Delilah drives by the traffic police then laments about disobeying the law, but justifies it because she is not an over privileged daughter of the rich and powerful and doesn’t drive a lexus. 

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The music today is Sin Sisamuth and Pbaan Roan singing.  I have been unable to puzzle out the lyrics, but I would put money on it that they are talking about love. 

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Category:The Joys of Phnom Penh -- posted at: 10:05 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #65.  Three items of note are covered this action packed week.  Not only is it Khmer New Year, but the Khmer Rouge Trials have “resumed” , which really means that they have actually begun after two years or so of preparation.  And Delilah escapes to an island paradise for a week and returns sounding relaxed and somewhat happy. 

 

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As with all new years’,  you get Ros Sereysothea singing New Year’s Eve.  And because I love a guitar solo, you can that included in as well. 

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Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 6:18 AM

TD-TV#9. Lucky the Dancing Elephant.  You too can pay a few dollars to see Lucky sway back and forth to the hits of yesterday and today.  If you want another, I have one more.  Lucky also collects money from the audience after his performance.  You really think I’m kidding about this being the Kingdom of Wonder, don’t you?

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Category:Special Guest Stars! -- posted at: 9:18 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #64.  Delilah, in a much reduced vocal state, does her best to not whine about the heat during the hot season, which has most definitely arrived.  So you hear about activities to avoid the heat, which alas, includes malls and shopping.  Delilah is looking for a pair of running shorts, in vain, but sees something else much much better. 

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Sinn Sisamuth is singing something like Jom Rieng Muay Bot Diang Min Chop.  He’s the man, isn’t he?

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Category:The Joys of Phnom Penh -- posted at: 2:15 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #63.  Delilah introduces you to the sounds of a house warming party – on her street, just 50 meters away, so you too can feel the thump and bump.  Other topics covered, perhaps somewhat randomly, are the draft NGO law to keep those organizations in check and a bit about some recent crime statistics.  You didn’t know that Cambodia was one of the safest places in the world., did you?  Well, the Ministry of the Interior says so.  Believe them.

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Our favorite singer is back, Sinn Sisamuth, singing about stuff.  If you want to send me your interpretations, feel free. 

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Category:The Joys of Phnom Penh -- posted at: 2:07 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #62.  Delilah rambles on a bit about happier subjects covering the latest adventure, a motorbike trip to Mondulkiri.  You can hear what those holes are on the hill and where you can stay and shower outside.  A very exciting trip, including waterfalls, narrowly avoiding an international incident (at least in my mind!), a covert photograph of the Vietnam border, some beautiful and remote roads and a welding experience at a local mechanic’s. 

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The music is Tep Mari’s Saa Thoukar, from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts. 

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Category:Getting out of town -- posted at: 5:30 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #61.  Delilah shares a weird story about the hidden costs of being a vet in Cambodia.  One could never have guessed, but there might be safer career choices.  Then she goes on a tour of the backpacker district of Boeung Kak before it’s gone.  She leaves with no drugs and no sex, somewhat of a victory, you could say. 

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Sinn Sisamuth is singing about the Women of ’72.  I know I’ve played this one before, but I like it.  And if you had taste, you would too.

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Category:Superstitions and Elections -- posted at: 2:06 PM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #60.  Delilah skirts both sides of Cambodian reality in episode 60.  From bullying shops to opening on Sundays to get bedding, bath and kitchenwares to recounting another heartbreaking story of the urban poor being forcibly removed from their homes in Dey Krahom.  Jinja has archived all the Dey Krahom electronic info with photos, videos, etc. at http://jinja.apsara.org/dey-krahom-info/.   You can also join a Facebook group about Cambodian evictions if you want…. So many activities and so many still under threat of eviction. 

 

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The music is a song written by the community leader Chan Vichet and sung by the Dey Krahom community.  It’s called Do Not Agree about the last offer by the municipality to pay them $20,000 to leave their homes. 

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Category:Who? What? Why? -- posted at: 10:06 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #59.  Suffering a mysterious back ailment, Delilah resorts to yapping on about contemporary issues and updates in the Kingdom.  Listen, if you dare, to a bit about why sweatshops aren’t so bad (file under: could be worse), feedback about the opera (file under: religious police) and a few excerpts from a recent human rights watch report and the government comment (file under: only in the Kingdom).  

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The music would be track #3 off the best of Cambodian Oldies.  I would venture an educated guess that it’s Sen Sisamuth.  Enjoy.  Sway.  Think of the tropical days spent underneath a sugar palm tree. 

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Category:Superstitions and Elections -- posted at: 9:19 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #58.  On the eve of yet another holiday, Delilah explains a bit about the perceptions behind this particular national event but ends up just confusing herself and any remaining listeners and, alas, drifting into politics again.  As everything in Cambodia, it’s complicated.  Stay tuned though, at the end you hear about a common item that was invented in Cambodia and how it got its name. 

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Chek Mach and Ensemble perform Sorylong in the bassac genre from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts (www.cla.org).

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Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 5:29 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom:  This Cambodian Life #57.  The big excitement, well maybe not that big, is that Delilah is now LEGAL (ish) and will be fearing the police just a tad bit less.  Other news is Christmas in the Kingdom, a brief respite at a lovely beach post-Christmas and Delilah meets a movie star.  Never dull, is it?

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In honor of the new year, Ros Sereysothea is singing New Year’s, which is Jol Chnam Tmei, if you want to sing along. 

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Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 6:50 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #56.  Back on a solitary ramble once more, Delilah recounts some exciting events happening in the Kingdom as of late.  The onset of the cool season and all of the sudden – events and activities!  Operas, marathons, concerts at Angkor Wat.  You also get an audio sample of a few streets foods available.  If Delilah were more adventurous, or less of a vegetarian, this might be a more thorough segment, but it’s not.  Sorry about the dogs in the background, but they are a restless bunch. 

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Ros Sereysothea is singing Wolly Polly from Cambodian Rock Vol II.  I think you may even be able to sing along with a bit of this one.  Hint:  woll-ee poll-ee…  And just because it’s so much fun, you get all of it at the end. 

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Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 7:30 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #55. Part 2 of the Cambodian Odyssey as narrated by Delilah’s parents.  Back safely in Phnom Penh, they take in the city’s restaurants, rivers, exercise venues and a cool Phnom Penh architecture tour (www.ka-tours.org) that takes you into inner alleys of Phnom Penh.  

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For the musically inclined, we have a lovely listen of those rockin’ Cambodians from the 60s and 70s, an ensemble of some of the hottest heartthrobs from the time singing Only You I Love.  Swoon.

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Category:Special Guest Stars! -- posted at: 7:33 AM

TD-TV #8.  So what exactly is a bamboo train and what does one see on a bamboo train ride?  Here’s your answer, straight from the rice fields of Kampot to your computer.  So take a ride.  

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Category:Getting out of town -- posted at: 4:17 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #54.  Delilah welcomes two special guests on the show (come on, you knew this was coming).  Yes, you have the visiting parents doing a recap of their trip.  This being part 1, topics covered include the trip to Kampot, Kep and the Cardamom Mountains.   Transportation horrors take prominence – for all her complaining about roads, there are many more things that Delilah doesn’t even notice anymore.  But food, accommodation and other activities and hazards are covered as well for a genuine account.  However, Delilah did edit out anything that sounded remotely like a parental lecture.  Artistic license.  

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The  music is Keot Ran singing Anorn in the Smot genre, from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts (www.cla.org). 

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Category:Special Guest Stars! -- posted at: 6:21 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #53.  Delilah Marie gets on a bit of a ramble, talking about what seems to be the favorite drug of choice in the Kingdom, what you don’t want to see when leaving work on a Friday night,  holidays in Cambodia, more singing Christians, and a nice tuk-tuk driver.  Of course it’s raining, so a bit louder than usual, then she dashes off to pick up her parents at the airport in a real metered taxi.  Yet another cause for celebration.

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Yun Theara, Saom Vanna, Soy Sareth, Proeun Pruon, Nou Sarin, Chum Prasoeur, Pumtheara Chenda, Yan Borin, Duong Marey are singing in the pinpeat style a song called Barang Ku and Sathu Ka from Khmer Passages from Cambodia Living Arts.

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Category:Bits and Pieces -- posted at: 4:34 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #52.  Delilah Marie hits an a very topical issue of the day.  Have you noticed Cambodia in the news lately?  Yeah?  So she gives the “person on the street” version of the conflict, touching on history, contemporary politics, land and oil.  Not all politics, there’s a special gossipy treat at the end., where you hear the contents of a text message that proclaims true love.  

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Pan Ron is singing about Hippie Men from Cambodia Rocks, Volume II.  Cool, huh?

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Category:Who? What? Why? -- posted at: 7:42 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom; This Cambodian Life #51.  Delilah has finally settled into her new apartment.  There were a few delays but she finally got in and was able to buy an appliance even.  Moving on up.  She also has a nice Cambodian moment when getting some keys cut and then launches into some description of beautiful shoes (including where to go) and gives her hint on having good luck with Cambodian tailors.   

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Chek Mach and ensemble perform Sorlyong in the Bassac style from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts (www.cla.org).

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Category:The Joys of Phnom Penh -- posted at: 7:24 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #50.  With a funeral in the background obstructing most of the access to the street, Delilah is stuck at home recording the next tasty dog adventures, covering what appeared on the street the other day (way better than the funeral), rain gear, how to spot a gas station in the Cambodian countryside, signs of new and exciting wildlife and the proper way to hand things to a monk.  Please note also that there are favorable descriptions of pleasant scents in this episode, yes, they are here if you know where to find them.  

 

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You are serenaded by Pan Roan singing a catchy little ditty, sure to please.  Enjoy. 

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Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 2:27 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #49.  Thinking she has nothing to talk about, Delilah sets off and covers a bunch of stuff.  She is definitely moving to a new apartment and has already given money to the landlady and eagerly anticipating visitors in November.  A few little cultural tidbits include the P’chum Ben holiday to honor the ancestors, a former school now genocide museum that is a must visit in Phnom Penh and Cambodia’s current ranking in Transparency International’s corruption list.  

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I felt I needed a little bit of Sen Sisamuth today, so here you go, I hope it perks all of you up. 

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Category:Bits and Pieces -- posted at: 6:19 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #48.  Delilah waxes on about the weather in this episode. Literally kneedeep in the rainy season, there is more than one reason to live on the second floor.  She also names the three rivers that flow around Phnom Penh, seizes a potential housing opportunity  (hint: there might be an impending move), and then shares the glorious news about the missionary neighbor.  However, you can pick your kingdom of god as you also get a list of some of the evangelical organizations that choose to spread their Word in the Kingdom.  

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The song was listed as “bright eyes”  but I  really don’t think that’s the title.  But just enjoy it because Cambodia Rocks. 

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Category:Bits and Pieces -- posted at: 6:31 AM

TD-TV #7. Take a tour of the deliciously titillating world of Cambodian kickboxing.  Remember, as a barang, you too can march up front, take out your camera and start to film.  Please note the thumps as they hit each other....not for sissies.  And no, Delilah didn’t put ANY money of any of these matches.  www.tastydoginthekingdom.com or questions/comments to tastydog@gmail.com.

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Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 1:36 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom:  This Cambodian Life #47.  Delilah Marie is BACK.  Yes, she had her vacation, which extended into an extra vacation from the podcast.  Firstly, she apologizes and promises to do better, then launches into highpoints of returning to Cambodia, including motorbike rides, traffic (of course), the welcoming smells of Phnom Penh (of course),  new neighbors who have a bit of a spiritual disconnect with Delilah and the treat of a world championship title.  What a triumphant return to the Kingdom after the clean, shiny and orderly west.  

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Preap Sovath’s dulcet tones welcome us all back on a song that itunes reads as “track 7”.  Though a good 15 seconds of flute intro has been deleted for your pleasure. 

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Category:Making it home -- posted at: 2:08 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #46.  So concludes the political series, well, kind of.  We welcome yet another guest, because who doesn’t know more about this than Delilah?  Michael Golding drops by to give his two cents about Cambodian politics and gives a pretty comprehensive overview of what’s going on…. So you’ll hear why the 2008 elections don’t really matter, what was so important about the 1998 elections and a few tips and techniques for intimidating voters.  

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Women of ’72 sung by Sen Sisamuth opens and closes the show.  I think I’ve played this one before, but it does give me a lot of joy, and I thought I’d share.

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Category:Superstitions and Elections -- posted at: 5:21 PM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #45.  Delilah Marie continues on with election madness.  She rustles up a Cambodian guest to give his two cents about the campaign and the upcoming elections.  So you get to hear a bit more about this topic, from why he’s not going to vote, but then of course expands to include corruption, the under the table funds and the inevitable land issues.  And you thought it was only me that loves to talk about land.  

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For your listening pleasure, you again get Preap Sovath singing his heart out.  And you even get a little bit of the, shall we say, horn solo, zipped on at the end.  Because I care. 

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Category:Superstitions and Elections -- posted at: 9:33 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #44.  Delilah teases with just a bit of her personal life…a very simple chronology of how, and why, she got to Cambodia, then since ‘tis the season, she gives but a brief overview – really, very brief – of Cambodian politics from 1993 to the current day, including a light dusting of parties, people and how to say election in Khmer.  You’ll also hear why you still need your earplugs and who is giving out sarongs and hats and money?  

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The opening music is Sen Sisamuth.  You missed him, didn’t you?  The title is something like aht nii jah pgoo loan, which means something like missing the thunder.  Magic. 

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Category:Superstitions and Elections -- posted at: 2:46 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodia Life #43.  Delilah covers a bit of this and a bit of that.  She gives you her latest favorite fruit, though thankfully doesn’t talk and eat at the same time because she is a professional.  She also gives a recommendation for a not to miss Phnom Penh bar, discusses a rally, finds a new organization but didn’t ask if they were hiring, then fills in the missing mode of transportation from last week, and you will even hear why it makes her feel anxious and nervous. Also, here’s a website for Cambodian bloggers, as promised: http://www.cambodiablogger.com/

 

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The opening music is from Preap Sovath because I know that you missed him.  And lucky you, I put the intro at the beginning so you have to wait for the end to even get him singing….   I have to be honest, aside from the cheesy horn and other searing instrumentation, I do like his voice.  Is it just me or is it time to leave Cambodia? 

 

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Category:Bits and Pieces -- posted at: 10:14 AM

Tasty Dog TV #6:  Delilah has been promising the fun and joy of early evening exercises in the Olympic Stadium forever and now here it is.  You too can pay your 1000 riel and pick one of the dances you like and follow along.  Beware though, some of these young men and women are quite good at shaking it.  And don’t let the people charge you at the gate, saying that for foreigners, there’s a charge, that’s a lie. 

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Category:The Joys of Phnom Penh -- posted at: 7:46 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #42.  Delilah gives a rundown on some of the vehicles that you will find on your visit to Cambodia.  In this episode, you can hear why you just might want to purchase a double seat in a public taxi, how to hail a mototaxi in Cambodia (the short answer, you don’t really need to, they find you), and how mototaxis are still your friend, even if you are wearing a skirt.   At the end, you get a history of the Japanese Friendship Bridge given by a stewardess on the bus.  

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The music is something you’ve heard before, from Cambodia Rocks Volume 1, it’s the Ciclo song, very much in keeping with the transportation theme.  If you listen carefully to his first couple of phrases, you get to hear how to say: Turn Left and Turn Right in Khmer, which is very useful on a motorbike taxi. 

 

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Category:Getting around town -- posted at: 7:29 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #41.  Delilah Marie introduces a couple of things this week, related but by a thread.  She describes some trials and tribulations she’s experienced in her patient and much-thwarted attempt to learn Khmer, recommends a hotel in Siem Reap (www.theonehotelangkor.com and www.hotelbeangkor.com), then visits a newborn baby.  She holds the baby even and doesn’t drop it.  Finally, she kvetches a bit about the taxi driver who so obsequiously angles for a tip he doesn’t deserve, regardless of the huge gold and gemstone ring he is sporting around.  Who needs banks when you have gold?

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The music, with a bit at the beginning AND the end (perhaps a new format!) for your listening pleasure is Ros Sereysothea singing about New Year’s Day from Cambodia Rocks Volume 1. It’s not even near one of the variety of  New Year’s Days but I’m actually happy I found a month without a new year of some sort in it.  

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Category:Bits and Pieces -- posted at: 10:02 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #40.  Delilah returns with the predictions for Cambodia’s harvest for 2008.  Do we have weeping widows or skipping children?  The Venerable Somnieng returns and tells us about the life of the playboys that become monks.  He also gives some insight into his childhood and why he became a monk and why he remains a monk to this day.  I swear, I don’t think he has a dark side.  

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The opening music is of the Pinpeat genre from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts (www.cla.org).  Yun Theara, Saom Vanna, Soy Sareth, Proeun Pruon, Nhok Sinat, Chum Prasoeur and Pumtheara Chenda are performing Damneou Khnong.

Direct download: tastydog40.mp3
Category:Special Guest Stars! -- posted at: 3:54 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #39.  Cambodia has 25 national holidays, and this week there is Visak Bochea day and then the Royal Ploughing Ceremony.  Delilah also welcomes a guest in orange to the show, the Venerable Somnieng gives an overview of Buddhism, the two traditions of Buddhism and describes how Buddhism is really integrated into Cambodia’s past and present.  You hear about Noble Paths and Noble Truths, though enlightenment isn’t covered.  Nirvana is elusive, isn’t it? 

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I think you need some chanting monks to open up this special Buddhism edition. 

Direct download: tastydog39.mp3
Category:Special Guest Stars! -- posted at: 7:27 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #38.  Yet another titillating episode of a day in Cambodia awaits you.  Trying to encourage some interactivity among the audience, Delilah encourages you to send your ideas for the new tourism Cambodia campaign to the communication guy at the Ministry of Tourism (marketing@mot.gov.kh).  In her excitement about having garbage collection in Phnom Penh, she also covers the garbage story, and a new, perhaps temporary, law that has some lasting effect on a strange visitor.   

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Your daily fix of Cambodian music is Ros Sereysothea singing about the Night That We Met.  Apparently, it’s also a bit of a folk song from Battambang, but it does make me want to get some white go-go boots. 

Direct download: tastydog38.mp3
Category:Bits and Pieces -- posted at: 4:27 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #37.  Kept at work because of the onset of the rainy season, Delilah makes good productive use of her time recording a show and launches into staffing issues, sharing a few anecdotes about the good, the bad and the corrupt.  You have to laugh, or else cry and despair.  And find out who said, “It’s International Women’s Day and I am a woman.  Can I have a bonus??.  

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Preap Sovath sings to you, sweetly, after a rock hard guitar, flute and drum machine introduction.  It’s cheesy as hell, but makes the girls melt. 

Direct download: tastydog37.mp3
Category:Who? What? Why? -- posted at: 10:24 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #36. Delilah Marie shares more stories of Phnom Penh.  Your lesson starts out with some statistics on life expectancy and population, but if you find that too dry, stay tuned for the ultimate status symbol which Delilah does not have, then options for Phnom Penh living quarters from squatting in shacks to shacking up in a thoroughly insulated, guarded community on the outskirts.  Make it to the end and you get some advice for driving drunk, furnished by Mr. Sushi.    

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Sen Sisamuth greets you again with his smooth-as-butter voice, singing a song called 3am last night.  I’m sure his intentions, and his words, are pure as the driven snow. 

Direct download: tastydog36.mp3
Category:The Joys of Phnom Penh -- posted at: 9:51 AM

Tasty Dog TV #5.  A trip to the temples.  With Delilah as your untutored tour guide, she takes a spin through four levels of the Bayon, starting at the top, where the 150+ carved faces of Jayavarman VII (aka J-7) stare over groups of tourists, and ending up at the bottom to try to get some perspective, after a few stops in the middle levels to see some of the centuries old carvings that adorn the walls.  

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Direct download: bayon4floors.mov
Category:Getting out of town -- posted at: 8:05 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodia Life #35.  Delilah Marie recounts some of the Royal Astrologer’s predictions for the upcoming year of the Rat in the Kingdom, tips her hat to the police for their deft handling of a deadly rumor, all of which touches upon the superstition of the Khmer people, and then gives a bit of a background on elections and the legislative set up of the government, peppering fact with some conjecture.  

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The opening music is a lovely srey-srey singing about  - I think and am always proven wrong when I do my own translations – how she can only spend a small bit of time with her boyfriend. 

Direct download: tastydog35.mp3
Category:Superstitions and Elections -- posted at: 3:00 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #34.  Delilah Marie has made the move to the Big City, then solicits the audience their opinion on a not-so-moral quandary.  There’s a half assed description of Khmer New Year, since it occurs in the hottest part of the year, one can’t be bothered to be a cultural participant.  Finally you can hear a bit about a day trip from Phnom Penh, to another temple and an animal sanctuary.  

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The music, with just a slice of the guitar solo left in, is Ros Sereysothea singing about being sixteen and how much fun it is because everyone loves a 16-year-old girl.  She does rock.  (Though I can imagine her spinning in her Buddhist grave with the thought of all the aging, balding and fat barang men who also have a penchant for those same 16-year-olds…)  

 

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Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 3:03 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #33.  Delilah starts this episode off with her secret to long smooth plane flights and a bit of morning noise taped from some weeks ago, just to give a sample of the surrounding noise at 6 am – also note the difference between 6am voice and 6pm voice.  Then she waxes a bit nostalgic about leaving Siem Reap – friends, rice fields and water buffalo – so skip it if you want.  But if you hang in there, you get to hear about the new Landmark of Cambodia.  

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The opening music is back with the favorite, Sen Sisamuth….this little gem is from Cambodia Rocks Volume II.  It says the title is Always Hope, but give a listen and I bet you can figure out what it REALLY is.  If you can’t, I don’t want to know you. 

 

Direct download: tastydog33.mp3
Category:Making it home -- posted at: 3:45 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #32.  Sorry about the abrupt and explained opening chant…  It’s a famous Buddhist layperson chanting – no, it’s not an auction, though it sounds a bit like it – at the Siem Reap monastery, Wat Damnak, where a very special ceremony is in full swing.  But before getting into the bit about the ceremony, Delilah revels in the fruits of the hot season, being the literal fruits that are in season in March and April, rather than the other fruits of the hot season, including heat rash, sunburn and a general colonial type whining about the heat.  Finally, you get to hear what that three story gold stupa in Wat Damnak is for.

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And then there’s more chanting at the end.  This time it was another Achar (Buddhist layperson) who felt inspired to chant alongside a stream of 300 monks as crowds and crowds of people lined up to offer money, food and water during this special ceremony.  I joined in and was welcomed with smiles and the usual laughter.  But really, nothing compares to changing a $10 bill into a stack of 500 riel notes and then distributing it into the begging bowls of 300 monks.

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Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 2:22 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #31.  Part 2 of Mr. - or shall we call him Dr. - Jack’s interview.   And you thought development issues for the general population was depressing, conflicting and oh-so-many shades of grey, wait til you hear about the issues with the indigenous minorities tucked innocently into the mountains of the border regions.  Yes, depressing but I still find it thought provoking and interesting, so listen and learn.  Will try to go lighter next week.  A visit to Phnom Penh Waterpark!  Buying pig’s ears in the market!  A visit to a brothel!  So many to choose.  So little time.  

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The opening music is the Krueng Ensemble from Ratanakiri (in keeping with the THEME), and it’s a bit different from the other stuff I’ve been playing.  The music is from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts (www.cla.org). 

Direct download: tastydog31.mp3
Category:Special Guest Stars! -- posted at: 5:10 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #30.  Delilah gets a smaht person on the show.  And guess what? Even somebody smart desires anonymity when spouting on Tasty Dog.  And somebody smart also wants to be named after their dog.  Welcome to Mr. Jack, who in part 1 of 2 (yes, two weeks of smart) discusses just a glance of development, what it means for the developer and developee.  The topic ranged a bit wider than I thought so next week, we will actually discuss a bit about the ethnic minorities as promised in the beginning of this episode.    

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The opening music, which I also stuck on some more on the end, is one of my favorite Cambodian oldies, and I mean it this time.  It's called Cyclo and it's about the cyclo (pedicab).  When my friend was buying this CD in the market, all the Cambodians started singing every word when she was testing it out.  Let me know if you need the guitar solo. 

 

Direct download: tastydog30.mp3
Category:Special Guest Stars! -- posted at: 9:48 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #29.  Delilah recounts her motorbike trip to Pailin, former Khmer Rouge stronghold, which included a stop in Battambang, as well as a huge number of stops for fixing the motorbike and asking for directions.  She perhaps includes a bit too much of the motorbike health issues but it was rather, oh, consuming for those 3 days.  But you also get a bit about mines, scenery, road conditions (again, not terribly interesting for the listener but consuming!), maps and directions and what hell looks like on top of a mountain in Pailin.   

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The opening music is another gem from Sen Sisamuth and Pbain Roan, singing tra jiek jet bomnong.  It’s about LOVE, and something about keeping a cool heart when it comes to anger and jealousy.  (yes, I had someone else tell me what the song was about!).  But note the guitar solo at the beginning.  Cool, huh?

Direct download: tastydog29.mp3
Category:Getting out of town -- posted at: 6:58 AM

Tasty Dog TV #4:  Welcome to Battambang, a lovely laidback city in the middle of Cambodia’s ricebowl along the Sangkae River.  Get a sample of Cambodia’s second largest city (without the overwhelming influence of mass tourism that is undeniably Siem Reap) and take a ride with Delilah as she drives along the riverfront.  See some cool architecture (oh, my favorite), as well as the ubiquitous banks and cell phone shops.  

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Direct download: battambang_riverfront.mov
Category:Getting out of town -- posted at: 7:23 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #28.  Today, Delilah generously gives of herself which results in yet another ramble.  There is a first short diatribe concerning the forces of the Cold War and how that led to a couple overlapping governors in Siem Reap, followed by some lyrical waxing on royalty and their servants, then to bring back the long lost feral girl from Ratanakiri.  NOT ME.  But thanks for thinking I’m feral. 

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 The opening music is Chek Mach performing Sorlyong in the bassac genre from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts (www.cla.org).  You get some at the beginning AND the end.  Don’t say I never gave you nothing. 

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Category:Bits and Pieces -- posted at: 6:56 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #27.  Delilah makes some personal announcements regarding her life, after dabbling a bit in the social calendar of Siem Reap.  There are things to do!  Art openings!  Parades!  Then she moves on to issues of a bit more importance than attending art opening and giant puppet parades, land tenure and forcible evictions.  Sorry, not so fun, but you do get to here a lovely quote from a Senior Governmental Official then a quickie lesson house hunting in Cambodia. 

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The opening music is a sweet mournful ballad by your favorite and mine, Sen Sisamuth.  Track #2.  I recently got a copy of a cd called, Cambodia Rocks Vol 1, which you can order from Amazon. It has all the favorites, but since you can buy it from Amazon, I think it is NOT podsafe, so will not be test driving it on tastydog.  But look it up, you too can own it. 

Direct download: tastydog27.mp3
Category:Who? What? Why? -- posted at: 5:56 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #26.  Celebrating 6 months of Tasty Dog, Delilah ones again revisits the issue of prostitutes and beer girls (also known as brothel workers and beer promoters) with some up to date statistics about selling sex.  Maybe just a vehicle for being pedantic, but it is interesting nonetheless.  You get a new Cambodian word in honor of Valentine’s Day and then a discussion of road building 101 in honor of the new road near Delilah’s house which she has been using to, believe it or not, actually walk on. 

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The opening music is a very catchy duet with Sen Sisamuth and Rosarai Sothea. I know I played this one already, but it’s good.  I left the bongo drum intro in for you and with my highly technical cutting and pasting skills, I even included the bongo outro.  Enjoy it in good faith. 

Direct download: tastydog26.mp3
Category:Bits and Pieces -- posted at: 9:31 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #25.  Yet another tasty Tasty Dog is simmering away for you, with Katana from the Sugar Palm Restaurant in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.  This edition covers Fish Amok, a pretty common coconut curry steamed with a bunch of herbs.  Of course it comes out very well when Katana does it, but when Delilah tried it, it was…well, ok.  As Katana says, there are no exact measurements in Khmer cooking, you test it and adjust it to suit your taste.  Try it.  You’ll like it.  Plus, there is a little bonus at the end, where it’s proven that Delilah’s dog is a pansy when faced with a visitor from outside the screen door. 

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The music is a lovely contemporary duet, featuring Preap Sovath, I believe, and someone else, who as of yet, I am not familiar with.  I finally learned the title of this album and it’s something like sra nah g’lin m’awm, which means something like feeling nostalgic or missing the smell of a flower from the m’awm tree.  Yes, nostalgia never was my strong suit.  

Direct download: tastydog25.mp3
Category:Eating and Drinking -- posted at: 4:17 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: Tasty Dog TV #3.  Welcome to the House of Delilah.  You heard right.  You’re invited on a quick tour of la residence.  You can see the dog, a mango tree, the spirit house with the plaster flamingoes at the bottom, the motor bike, the TV and DVD player.  Try not to comment on the overabundance of rattan furniture though.   Alas, Tasty Dog TV doesn’t capture the staring neighbors though, which is really Delilah TV for them.  Another time. 

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Direct download: House_of_Delilah.mov
Category:Who? What? Why? -- posted at: 6:36 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #24.  A bunch of little stuff is thrown at the wall in this episode, ranging from Cambodian pop music, some of which you can find in the U.S., to Cambodian rap, hip hop and break dancing which is being guided and mentored along by returnees from America.  Delilah also shares selections of Cambodian law pertaining to prostitution and reveals a rather nasty way of resolving personal disputes in Cambodia. 

The birds are singing rather lustily, and a bit of fire cracker noise attributed to the celebrations for the Chinese New Year rounds out the background noise.  Welcome to the Year of the Rat. 

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Sen Sisamuth and Pbain Roan enlighten you with a cheerful and jaunty duet.  So you get a bit more than the usual 30 seconds.   

Direct download: tastydog24.mp3
Category:Who? What? Why? -- posted at: 6:27 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #23.  Delilah tackles a rather pressing, personal and relevant issue: the dating scene in Siem Reap.  Don’t even think it’s exciting.  She gives about 2% fact and 98% opinion.  Expect the best, get the worst.   The real excitement covered deals more with the law on prostitution here (which is inaccurate but will be corrected in the next episode) and her favorite new snack du jour. 

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The opening music is an old favorite that you may have already heard but deserves a second listen.  Sen Sisamuth and Rosarai Sothea are singing something about the rice in the fields, but as a Khmer speaking friend said, “It’s not what they say, it’s what they don’t say that’s important.?  I’m sure that helps you to find the deeper meaning. 
Direct download: tastydog23.mp3
Category:Who? What? Why? -- posted at: 4:45 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #22.  Delilah welcomes the mango rain – which is seemingly named by “expats in the know?.  Please note the sarcasm.  Regardless, it keeps the dust down.  Other topics briefly covered include Sanskrit inscriptions on the temples, the history of the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, built by famous Khmer architect Vann Molyvann from the golden age of Khmer architecture in the 50s and 60s and the story of a nice Cambodian who came to Delilah’s rescue when she face planted into the ground.

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The opening music is Track 09 from the album Svay Jet, more Cambodian Oldies to keep the dream alive.  Note the funky beat coming from what sounds like an accordion.  Of course, the keyboard is nothing to sneeze at either. 

Direct download: tastydog22.mp3
Category:The Joys of Phnom Penh -- posted at: 10:30 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom; This Cambodian Life #21.  Delilah Marie gives some reviews and news about Krong Kep where she visited for Christmas.  But first she tells you about the bright Christmas lights in Phnom Penh, and the dust mask that keeps dust out of your mouth and nose when you are on a moto.  Some guesthouses are recommended (though she takes no blame for the very LOUD family of Korean tourists who took a lot of pictures and trotted out both Grandmas for various poses), some food is reviewed (and in Kep, it’s fish and crab, right from the ocean). 

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The opening music is the title song from an album called  Svay Jet, which probably means welcome to my heart or something mushy like that by Choeun Vanna.  I think it’s another oldie but goodie, about love.  Do you see a theme here? 
Direct download: tastydog21.mp3
Category:Getting out of town -- posted at: 8:07 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #20.  Tasty two-oh.  Part 2.  We welcome Chean back to hear the rest of his Odyssey.  If you don’t laugh and cry, you don’t have a heart.  He sees American wrestling for the first time (who’s not psyched about that cultural export?!), gets three girlfriends at once, and then the whole family gets tossed out of Singapore with nothing but some dry noodles and an apology. 

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I think the opening song is by Preap Sovath again.  I told you he’d be back.  Let’s call it track #11.  My Khmer is getting worse since my Khmer teacher is pregnant and unable to teach me now.  Call me a cynic but I’m sure it’s about love.  And probably lost or unrequited love at that.  For your listening pleasure, I cut out the guitar solo. 
Direct download: tastydog20.mp3
Category:Special Guest Stars! -- posted at: 8:52 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: Tasty TV #2.  Who says the glamour and pageantry and holiday spirit of the US doesn’t reach to all forgotten corners of the world?  Who needs the lights of Times Square when you can have the lights of the US Embassy in Phnom Penh?   Come and see as Delilah rides by the US Embassy (the biggest US Embassy in Asia, apparently) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia which is single handedly providing the Christmas bonuses for all the staff of Electricity du’ Cambodge this holiday season.  

 

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Direct download: US_Embassy.mov
Category:The Joys of Phnom Penh -- posted at: 7:17 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #19.  Part 1 of 2.  From the frying pan to the fire (remember I did food last week?) More delving into the past.  We hear from a new guest who details his experience following the Vietnamese invasion? Liberation? (It’s all in your perspective) of Cambodia as he and his family seek a NEW LIFE IN AMERICA.  Hear some of his story as his family escapes a hail of bullets at the border and gets into one refugee camp only to sneak into another camp and how he made some cash in a Thai prison as his family tried to gain refugee status.  Which will leave you wondering how this could have happened to a 13 year old.   And just try to remember what you were doing in 1985.

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 The opening music is Chek Mach and ensemble playing Sorlyong, of the Bassac style, from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts (www.cla.org). 

 

Direct download: tastydog19.mp3
Category:Special Guest Stars! -- posted at: 7:03 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #18.  A very tasty Tasty Dog.  Delilah takes a takes a cooking lesson and delves into the deep, dark and mysterious world of Khmer cuisine.  Two dishes are covered in this episode, explained by Katana the owner and head chef of the Sugar Palm restaurants, which you can find in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.  Give a listen to how Green Mango Salad and Fish with Ginger are made.  These are amazingly simple to make, so a good place to start.  Email if you want the recipe to try yourself. 

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The opening music is the contemporary Cambodian heart-throb, Preap Sovath (big sigh). Nor is he hard on the eyes.   I think we will have to have him on a bit more.  Tears are in the title of the song, so it must be about love.  Pardon the abruptness, since I cut off the first 15 seconds of computerized trumpet solo, just so you could hear more vocals.  I do hope you don’t mind.  

 

Direct download: tastydog18.mp3
Category:Eating and Drinking -- posted at: 7:59 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #17.  More holidays can you believe.  Thanksgiving in Cambodia is whatever you can cook without an oven, a plethora of pumpkin and bemoaning the loss of apple pie, followed by the Water Festival and how you can wish for health, money and love in the upcoming year on the banks of the Siem Reap River (and health includes not going into the river), yet another ecology lesson to help you with your Cambodia-learnings and what is the scariest thing when all the people from the provinces come to hang out in the big city.  The episode concludes with some noise from the riverbanks during the last night of the Water Festival.  No, those aren’t gunshots, they are fireworks.  Duh.

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The opening music is Sin Sisamuth (I realize I have been misspelling the transliteration of his name this WHOLE time) and another old favorite, Rosarai Sothea about whom there is some 20 minute documentary that I want to see, but haven’t yet.  If I track it down and watch it, perhaps I will give you my two cent review.  So pay your two cents.

Direct download: tastydog17.mp3
Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 2:26 AM

Get your helmet on and your rocks off.  Take a ride through Phnom Penh with your latest and best buddy with whom you entrust your life, the motodup, and Delilah Marie as she holds the camera in one hand and grabs onto the seat with the other.  Please note, this is a leisurely Sunday morning.  Just wait for the real rush hour commute….

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Direct download: Phnom_Penh_Moto_Ride.mov
Category:Getting around town -- posted at: 10:15 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #16.  Delilah Marie gets her paranoid old lady on to chronicle some common ailments that you can pick up here, which sound both exotic and not-so-enticing, dispenses advice about where to go if something serious happens (Bangkok, of course), and then has a whinge as she lists the maladies she’s picked up in the past month.  The episode concludes with some evil, barking dogs – but you actually have to listen to the episode to find out why these are included.     

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The opening song is about a victim of the heart – giving Pat Benatar a run for her money – and then the dogs, dogs, dogs at the end.  I hope I mixed it well or you will be deafened by the vicious beasts.

Direct download: tastydog16.mp3
Category:In sickness and health -- posted at: 8:11 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #15.  Wedding Edition, parte dos.  The cultural immersion continues.  Delilah gets out of bed at 6am on a Sunday morning to carry a silver tray of fruit, but pities the poor bride who gets up at 3am to “do the beauty,? rendering her unrecognizable and ending up with so much fake hair that she is unable to lift her head straight up.  You will also find out who is the ultimate documenter of this central Cambodian event.

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Been looking for Love Music to open the wedding edition.  Not hard to find.  So let’s bring it back to Sen Sisamok (you missed him, didn’t you?)  in a duet, with I think, Rosari Sothea.

Direct download: tastydog15.mp3
Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 9:09 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #14.  The Wedding Edition, parte uno.  Learn why the onset of the wedding season inspires fear and dread in innocent bystanders, the sites, sounds and tastes of a wedding party where kitsch is king, why it’s ok to bring plus-4 guests instead of just plus-1 and what shape your thank you note takes.  (hint: it comes in a green wrapper and you can chew it.)

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This action packed episode ends with a bit of LIVE wedding music.  Crank it up.

Direct download: tastydog14.mp3
Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 12:07 PM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #12.  Count yourself lucky as a stenchcast from Cambodia is not coming your way soon, Delilah covers parks and greenspace – and the coolest thing to see in the park in the middle of town, the ubiquitous plastic bag makes its presence seen, felt and smelt and why she spent two years peeling off price tags from wine bottles.  Also featuring a P.S. where Delilah tells you what that damn chicken from #11 is and followed by a walk in the park.   

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The opening music was chosen because I could read the title, which translates to: I do everything for love.  (Eat your heart out, Bryan Adams), but then I noticed that songs # 12 and  #13 had the same title.  Hmmm.  I’m stumped.  So you have the song behind door #12. 
Direct download: tastydog12.mp3
Category:Getting around town -- posted at: 9:38 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #13.  This is truly life in the fast and frivolous lane, in which Delilah indulges and discusses the most popular outfit in Siem Reap, tells what the straight young guys wear while trying to pick up girls, and reveals her inappropriate costume for Halloween.  She also throws some deafening crickets at the very end, if you are patient and make it to the end. 

 

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 The opening music is from a live performance of the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus from Battambang, the famous Battambang circus, who now perform the first Saturday night of every month at Abacus Restaurant, Siem Reap, where you can have dinner and drinks and watch the performance.  You can see bendy bodies, juggling, balancing and a poor guy in a hot silver suit carrying around the lights and battery pack on his back. 

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Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 1:36 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #11.  Delilah speaks a bit about the strange place that Siem Reap is, dominated by Asian mass tourism, gives another Cambodian word of the day, tells how to pronounce “Angkor?, bemoans the dual pricing structure and then gives you a hint as to where to find a bit of North Korean culture in the Kingdom, not to mention a flammable nightgown.   

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The opening serenade is an old song, Kmau owey kmau, (but I think it was redone in the modern times) that has a heck of a flute solo.  It was my very first attempt at purchasing Khmer music on my own.  Let me tell you, the CD shops aren’t as intimidating as one thinks.  Though when I asked for recent music by the big rock star now, I did get quite a few giggles. 

 

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Category:Who? What? Why? -- posted at: 5:11 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life #10.  Ah ,the thrill of a holiday in Cambodia - not what the Dead Kennedys referred to -  it is chanting and Khmer food and life a bit outside of normal.  Find out how to expatiate the sins of your ancestors, how to feel like a 12 year old again, and listen to a bit of chanting as Delilah gives a much simplified explanation of the Cambodian day of the dead, a major Khmer holiday.     

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The opening is a chant by Buddhist monks for the ancestors of a family as they gather together over the holiday to remember and honor their ancestors. 

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Category:Events, Ceremonies, Pig Roasts -- posted at: 8:32 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life, #9.  You get a brief history lesson, uncited, unreferenced and hopefully not too mangled before launching into more of Dara’s personal story, covering his final years under the Khmer Rouge where he took the correct turn to work on the dam, and how he found himself, alone with a bag of books at 15 years of age, back in Phnom Penh and finally found a place in school.

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The opening music is some contemporary Cambodian srey-srey sa-aht (lovely lad-eee) singing probably about love, loss and fermented fish.  I went into the CD shop and said, Oh, I want some music from srey-srey sa-aht and pointed at a picture.  And now off to you.

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Category:Special Guest Stars! -- posted at: 8:47 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life, #8.  Delilah Marie gives a very limited selection of current events from the Readers Digest of Cambodian development news, adds one more point to the discussion of last week, still steering clear of answering questions and welcomes her first guest to the show.   Mr. Dara directly addresses the Elephant in the Room, talking about life in Cambodia for the past four decades, including his years under the Khmer Rouge. 

 

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The opening music is your favorite and mine, as well as what I have on CD – Sen Sisamok singing something about, um, water, I think, yes, and a girl, too.  Maybe. 

 

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Category:Special Guest Stars! -- posted at: 3:52 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life, #7.  Delilah Marie rambles on a cool evening about stuff, revealing what’s so good about the early mornings here, giving a short lesson on the ecosystem of the Tonle Sap Lake (don’t get too excited) and asking questions but giving no answers about one of the hot topics of the day, the arrest of Brother Number 2.     

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The opening music is the haunting PreyKhan from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts (www.cambodianlivingarts.org).   

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Category:Who? What? Why? -- posted at: 10:57 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life, #6.  Delilah Marie returns to the Kingdom. Is it warm and welcoming, or just warm?  This episode covers first impressions of Cambodia after a month away, where to go to stock your refrigerator after it’s been empty for a month, and you can decide whether you want your fish “prepared? when you buy it.  (yes, you do.)  

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The music is again from Sen Sisamok from the Best of Cambodian Oldies, Vol 8.  Maybe I’ve been in Cambodia too long, but the more I listen to it, the more attached I get to it.  Do I need to return to Prozac Nation? 

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Category:Running some errands -- posted at: 5:30 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life, #5.  Delilah Marie is on vacation and visiting the U.S. of A.  Find out what Indiana is watching out for (and it’s not a Tastydog), what she likes most about visiting her homeland, what is just plain strange and what activities one does when camping as Tasty Dog in New Hampshire.  And with all intents of doing so, she gets lazy and has one too many beers and doesn’t tape the Savage Elders, Moo and Broo, over the campfire. 

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The opening music is our old heartthrob favorite, Sen Sisamok in a duet with Pbain Nai (spelling is definitely incorrect) off the $2 album, The Best of Cambodian Oldies Vol 8 (8!!).  It is old, but is it the best?  You decide. 

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Category:Getting out of town -- posted at: 8:41 PM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life, #4.  Fifteen minutes on Golden Street. Delilah Marie, in Phnom Penh city for a few days, speaks of the joys of a real city.  She stands on the terrace of the hotel overlooking Street 278, and you can hear why she calls it Golden Street and why to cover your food when the wind is blowing from Wat Lanka.

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The opening music is Tep Mari and class playing the traditional pin peat from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts. 

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Category:The Joys of Phnom Penh -- posted at: 1:05 PM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom:  This Cambodian Life, #3.  Delilah Marie recounts the glories of a Sunday in Siem Reap, how to go on a date in Cambodia and the perils of stopping the motorbike when you are unaccompanied by a mechanic (which relates to the boring story of why a kickstart is preferred).   

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The opening music is a famous Cambodian oldie, sung by heartthrob Sen Sisamok (sigh) about the love he feels for the province of Koh Kong. 

  

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Category:Getting out of town -- posted at: 2:06 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life, #2.  Delilah Marie rambles on about some of the road rules she’s encountered in Cambodia.  There are actually no complaints about the state of the roads (which may be attributable to blessed shocks) but you may learn why it’s ok to try to outrun a Cambodian cop, what a barang is, and why not to drive with your lights on in the day. 

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The opening music, coming from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts Master Musician’s Project, is Sinat Nhuck playing the traditional stringed instrument the ksai diew. 

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Category:Getting around town -- posted at: 2:07 AM

Tasty Dog in the Kingdom: This Cambodian Life, #1.  Welcome to the first podcast of Delilah Marie, giving just an overview, just a flavor, of life in Siem Reap, Cambodia, covering the weather (as in hot and rainy or hot and dusty), why it’s best not to have a black dog in Cambodia and in what conditions does Delilah Marie live, without really covering what would make some tall, blonde woman from Boston want to live in Siem Reap of all places? 

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The opening music, coming from the archives of Cambodia Living Arts Master Musician’s Project, is the traditional smot genre by Keot Ran.

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Category:Who? What? Why? -- posted at: 2:47 AM

This is just a quickie introduction, as I spend hours running away from the biting dogs, dodging the terrible traffic, finding good photos, making minute changes to the website that only matter to me and trying to find the humor in all this.  Of course, I'm also learning the patience of Buddha as I battle the evil Internet gods in Cambodia.  If Buddha had a reliable ISP....ah but then I wouldn't know that patience is one of the virtues that I lack.  

soon!  soon! 

Category:Who? What? Why? -- posted at: 5:30 AM