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 #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.  

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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