Tasty Dog in the Kingdom (The Joys of Phnom Penh)
Temples, Traffic and Tasty Dogs: A few days in the life of Cambodia

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 #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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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 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 #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. 

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Category:The Joys of Phnom Penh -- posted at: 9:51 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. 

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Category:The Joys of Phnom Penh -- posted at: 10:30 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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Category:The Joys of Phnom Penh -- posted at: 7:17 AM

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