Fifty riels kills my dollars
July 9, 2012, 8:49 am
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Fifty riels kills my dollars

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh

Ever since the Finance Ministry resurrected the small 50 riel note earlier this month the dollar has depreciated faster than the bombs dropped during the Indo-China war.

This has been recognized as good news for many but, unfortunately, not for the many dollars-spenders including myself.

It should be recalled that the 50 riel note disappeared from the markets last March, immediately after the funeral of its’ twin brother, the big 50, and after their ancestors, the 20s, the 10s and the fives, which went missing in action during the pre-election civil war.

Simultaneously, with the announcement of the reintroduction of the small 50s, the government began inserting a couple into the pay-packets of state employees.

However, shop-keepers are still reluctant to accept them.

In fact, the government has taken several steps to try and save the country’s economy.

It ordered traders to put price tags on their goods, but this did not work.

Speaking about the price of things, I can barely retain my anger and jealousy.

If the dollar continues to drop while the goods stay-unjustly-at the same price, I may have to get a riel job.


Phnom Penh Post, Issue 2/24, November 19 – December 2, 1993
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“Bad Feng Shui” Had Nothing To Do With Funcinpec Headquarters Killings
October 13, 2007, 3:21 am
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“Bad Feng Shui” Had Nothing To Do With Funcinpec Headquarters Killings

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh



 must first apologize to both National Assembly President Prince Norodom Ranariddh and Prime Minister Hun Sen, but I don’t agree with your belief in the Chinese concept of “Feng Shui.”

 As long as the sale of the Funcinpec office near the Japanese bridge is done in good faith, we don’t mind wherever the headquarters is moved to. Continue reading

Everybody’s doing the Karaoke thing!
September 29, 2007, 9:52 am
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Everybody’s doing the Karaoke thing!

Moeun Chhean Nariddh


THE Karaoke craze has swept through Phnom Penh since spring. Many youths, whose minds have been soaked by video games in the last few years, are now flooding into Karaoke shops and paying a few hundred riels to sing their favorite songs.

Enterprising drinks-shop owners, after purchasing a video recorder, Karaoke tapes, a microphone and speakers, have cashed in on the latest fad and are running a thriving in-house business. Continue reading

My birthday(s), my problems
September 21, 2007, 2:52 am
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(Happy Birthday to Mongkul Thomaboth Moeun. He has turned one-year old today. He’s lucky not to have the same problems older Cambodians had faced.)

My birthday(s), my problems

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh

I have created a monster – by reducing my age. During the past ten years the monster was in my favor, but now it has turned against me.

I want to apply for a British fellowship but legally I’m four years too young. By the reckoning on nature though, I should only have to wait another year.

Having had their school years upset by war in the early 1970s and later the Khmer Rouge period, many people found they were too old to attend primary school in the early 1980s. Continue reading

Faint hope for success of CLMV
September 12, 2007, 10:02 am
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Faint hope for success of CLMV

The opening of Cambodia to the world market as a new member of the World Trade Organization gives this poor country some hope, if not much, to improve its economy. However, I am a bit concerned over the newly announced ASEAN regional economic bloc (CLMV) that comprises Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Regardless of the real political motive behind this economic bloc, I wonder how it will benefit Cambodia, as it reminds me of a Khmer tale about two poor men who were engaged in business cooperation.

One poor man, as the tale is told, made his living by selling palm wine and another sold fried fresh-water shrimps on skewers as his livelihood. Continue reading

September 11, 2007, 9:56 am
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See no evil

I would like to contribute some more stories and knowledge about ghosts, in addition to Sam Rith’s article and classification of ghosts (“Fake blood, they say, keeps the vampires away,” Phnom Penh Post, Sept. 9-22, page 16).

Apart from the ones mentioned in Rith’s story, I’ve found three more evil spirits, namely Preth, Asorakai and Akruok.

Preth are the unseen evil spirits that roam the pagodas for food offered by their living relatives, particularly around the Phchum Ben festival between the end of October and early November. Continue reading

Black uniforms
September 10, 2007, 10:57 am
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Black uniforms

Dear Editor,

I just want to share my thoughts about black uniforms.

I have also had my jeans dyed black. Though they are labeled “Made in USA”, I was not influenced by the American movies like some young fellows. Nor by any other motives. It was just my mistake. This particular pair of jeans is more like a small family heritage from my brother who also inherited it from my other brother.

Why the mistake? When PPP reporter Simen told me she was writing about people dyeing their clothes black, I thought that was a good idea. I felt that by dyeing them black they gave me a feeling of wearing something new. But, I shouldn’t have chosen black. I should have gone from white to red or blue and then black. That isn’t, however, a fatal error. Continue reading