K hmer Rouge radio recently reported on the amounts of money in private overseas
bank accounts of senior government officials as an indication of corruption on
the part of key ministers. But they forgot to mention several important bank
accounts which some observers say hold hundreds of millions of dollars in
illicitly-acquired funds. Their own!!
Who has the best chilli con carne
in town, you might ask? Or perhaps the only chilli con carne in town? The Cactus
Snack Bar Tapas. Check it out. Chopped onions on top with a dash of Mexican-made
salsa, a side order of rice and French bread with butter. You'll be back for
seconds. And while you're at it, try the snails too.
The recent opening
ceremony of the C-4 power plant, funded by the Japanese and presided over by
King Sihanouk demonstrated that His Majesty hasn't lost His sense of humor in
spite of His extended bout with cancer. Referring to Minister of Industry Pou
Sothirak, the King described one of the Kingdom's most eligible bachelors as
"the Clark Gable of Cambodia."
The King is also reported to have said
when offered a glass of saki to toast the occasion: "When I drink it I feel so
much more optimistic."
Speaking of having a drink once in a while,
several foreign correspondents in town appear to have had one too many and have
now decided to go on the wagon. If you don't see some of the key resident hacks
at the regular watering holes its because they are cooling out at home under
strict, self-imposed detox programs which include massive quantities of Chinese
tea. Said one expat journo: "I haven't had a beer in two days and I feel really
Famous Welsh photographer Philip Jones Griffiths was in town
recently, doing a story on backpackers in Cambodia. He greeted some of his
friends by giving them a sticker that reads: NOTICE TO SMOKERS. You do NOT
smoke! It is the cigarette that smokes - you are merely the sucker on the other
A new English-Khmer Law Dictionary being distributed around town and
produced by the Asia Foundation underscores the task ahead in reconstructing the
country's judicial system. There's a listing for "guilty" but none for
Anyone want to know what record economic growth has produced
in Thailand besides massive traffic jams in Bangkok? The Gecko hears that Thai
GNP is now larger than Russia's. Yikes!
Latest traffic reports indicate
that the road to Sihanoukville is bustling with activity, well-protected by
security forces who seem to be doing their job, making for an easy three-hour
trip to the coast.