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 #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. 

Direct download: tastydog28.mp3
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