Happy New Year!

It's that time of year again... all productivity is grounding to a lazy halt across the Kingdom. The Mekong is reversing current, the air is scalding, the rainstorms are waiting on the periphery, and we're celebrating the third New Year of the Gregorian calendar ... សូស្តីឆ្នាំថ្មី! ពីភ្នំពេញ Chunpo Chnam Thmei! Happy New Year from Phnom Penh! … [Read more...]

Chol Chnam Thmei

Happy New Year everyone! Hope it's relaxing!   … [Read more...]

Chunpo Chnam Thmei! Happy Khmer New Year!

graphic courtesy of House32 and John Weeks. … [Read more...]

Khmer New Year (Choul Chhnang Thmei)

It's a week before the biggest annual event of the Khmer New Year. Every single baraing (foreigner) I knew already left the country and there are few people at the popular expat bars. My street is lined with huge speakers, stacked one on top of the other, and every night traditional Khmer shrieking pierces the air at full blast. Female vocals have a high nasally pitch to them so thanks to the concrete makeup of structures, the screeching amplifies and reverberates superbly, while the accompanying bass pounds to the core beyond salvation of earplugs. People are on the streets boppin' to the racket.OK so it's one thing to have disagreeable tunes steadily assailing your nerves. Your frazzled system adjusts and the assault can mitigate to white … [Read more...]