I F anyone ever doubted the intensity of the battle between Coke and Pepsi and
their effervescent struggle to capture new markets, recent reports from the
Kingdom's isolated Mondolkiri province should put the debate to rest.
Just a mere three weeks after the US embargo against Vietnam was lifted,
exhausted and thirsty Kouprey trackers, returning from ten arid days in the
jungle found "the real thing" marked "bottled in Ho Chi Minh City" in Sen
Monoram, fresh off the truck after what was probably a ten-day trip up the coast
of Vietnam and over the Central Highlands into Cambodia.
afficionadios have had a few tales to tell of late about some of the recent
antics at Pochentong.
One plane coming in to land at night was surprised
to find that only a third of the runway was lit, and not with electric bulbs but
rather by clay pots with fires in them to boot.
In the full light of
day, it was later determined that all of the wiring for the runway lights had
been stolen by some enterprising fishermen to enhance their catch in nearby
ponds with a bit of shock therapy.
The Gecko hears that the wiring has
been recovered and was relaid underground to prevent any further
Several other pilots have been caught with their flaps down as
they prepared to alight on the tarmac with aborted landings caused by, in one
instance, a couple of canine lovers enjoying an afternoon frolic on the runway
and, in another, two lads on motorcycles drag racing down the strip.
Gecko hears that the would-be Evil Knievils were so focused on the race at hand
that they didn't even hear the jet coming in behind them.
This report in
from Kampong Trach on what one needs to pay to both local soldiers and the KR in
order to celebrate a wedding without getting fired on.
soldiers were happy to keep their guns on the shelf for only 10,000 riels. But
the Khmer Rouge demanded an ox-cart full of fish and three jugs of rice wine.
Both parties were paid off and the real party went on without a hitch.