My first-ever helicopter ride to visit hospital ship USNS Mercy in Sihanoukville

August 05, 2012 From right to left: me, a U.S. navy military and my friend Kounila Keo Early this month I got an important call from the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh inviting me to join half a dozen of bloggers for a trip to Kampong Som province (Sihanoukville). I was told it’s going to be […]

Where’s DAS the blogger?

One of Cambodia’s anonymous blogs, DetailsAreSketchy.WordPress.Com, has left the blogosphere. In September last year I interviewed DAS the blogger behind this prominent, most read blog among expatriates living in Cambodia. “The good thing about a blog is that it can be anonymous and you still can be contacted,” says Gary Kawaguchi, a digital media trainer […]

Meet Thim Chanrithy: the Linus Torvalds of Cambodia

Eighteen-year-old Thim Chanrithy is now in Vietnam’s Cantho province for three months, writing software he proposed to the coding giant, Google, to make open-source software more portable. That idea has special applications in Cambodia, where the Internet is not widely used but where the movement of software from disc to disc is still useful. Thim […]

‘Honored’ Moderator Recalls Role in Clinton Visit

During a visit to Cambodia in November, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a town hall meeting with 600 Cambodian youths. Of those in attendance at Chaktomuk Theater, along the riverside in Phnom Penh, 18 were allowed questions. And those questions were moderated by a 25-year-old Cambodian woman, Keo Kalyan, a holder of master’s […]

In Cambodia, democracy should be…

April 03, 2010: Kounila Keo’s video clip that was awarded by the Embassy of the United States in Cambodia in a Video Challenge competition, ‘Democracy Is…’. I got a chance to have a quick interview with both Kounila and Sokchea, who co-produced the video. Tharum: The video has to be very narrative, do you think […]