My first blog. Welcome viewers! This is my chance to vent my thoughts, reflections and experiences about living in Cambodia. After 19 months living here I feel I can be honest and candid without giving you a ‘rose-coloured’ view of this place.
Why the title Gay/Str8/Love/Hate Cambodia? Being a gay 40 something male, my perspectives will naturally be viewed from this angle. However I have never been a ‘label queen’ and don’t sit comfortably in prescribed boxes. Gay liberation to me means being able to be myself in any given place. I enjoy friendships with people of all sexual persuasions and hope that, both gay and straight, you will all find my blog interesting, informative and at times confronting. Cambodia is a country that people either love or hate (I will expand on this in my next and future blogs). For me it is both love and at times hate – depending very much upon recent experiences or my partner’s moods.
It is my intention to give you an insight into what it is like living here, how fabulous and how at times frustrating it can be and hopefully to encourage people to come and see for themselves. Ok – I do have an ulterior motive. My partner and I recently opened a small guesthouse here in Siem Reap and we would love to attract cool people (of all sexual persuasions) to visit and hopefully stay with us. Also we really want to let people know what a fabulous but unknown gay mecca awaits them here.
Why Cambodia? Well any country where Kim Wylde sings the anthem and the national dish is Pol Pot has got to be cool. Aside from that the weather is gorgeous and so are the boys! Consideratley many of the more homely are kind enough to wear surgical face masks when out in public. The food is delicious (and so are the boys), and cocktails are wickedly cheap – starting from $1.50!!!! From a business perspective Cambodia is possibly the easiest place in the world for a foreigner to start up – all you need is the capitol and a business visa (starting from $25 US for one month no questions asked).