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

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 #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 #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 #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 #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. 

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Category:Superstitions and Elections -- posted at: 3:00 AM