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WoWasis book review: ‘Monuments of Civilization: Ancient Cambodia’

The large-format (13”x10”) Monuments of Civilization: Ancient Cambodia (1978, ISBN 0-448-02026-2) by Donatella Mazzeo and Chiara Silvi Antonini was actually first published in 1972, and remains a magnificent book, detailing the pre-Angkorean, Classic Angkorean, and Late Angkorean periods. The photographs are lavish, the text informative, and the diagrams readable, in this 192 page, 100 photograph […]

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WoWasis book review: Nihal DeSilva’s ‘The Giniralla Conspiracy,’ Sri Lanka

The Giniralla Conspiracy  (2005, ISBN 978-955-1266-02-8), was Sri Lankan novelist Nihal DeSilva’s third and final completed book hHe was killed by a landmine while in his mid-50s, making for a short, but stellar literary career). Like his two previous books, The Far-Spent Day, and the Gratiaen Prize-winning The Road from Elephant Pass, it is based […]

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How to avoid excessive phone charges when traveling in Asia

Avoiding excessive phone charges while traveling is easy. Here’s how…

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Grey Man: yet another Sex Trafficking NGO found to be falsifying data

NGOs investigtaing alleged sex trafficking continue to be challenged in providing truthful information

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French silicone breast implant scandal thought not to include SE Asia

The scandal involving French implant company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP)’s use of substandard, industrial silicone for breast implants concerns potentially tens of thousands of women in at least half a dozen European countries. So far, it appears that none of these implants, which reportedly are prone to rupturing, were distributed in Southeast Asia.  As reported […]

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5 travel tips from WoWasis on avoiding getting robbed overseas

Compared to most Western countries, we here at WoWasis feel Asia is pretty safe. Most travelers can go just about anywhere, any time, and not have to be constantly looking over their shoulders. Nevertheless, travelers not practicing basic security measures are leaving themselves open to the occasional theft. So here are some things to keep […]

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Leafsnap phone app allows you to identify trees instantaneously

Here at WoWasis, we’re often curious about what kind of tree we’re seeing in Asia, but don’t want to carry a tree guide (book or human) around with us. So now there’s a solution, that while focused on North American trees, will allow iPhone and iPad users to begin identifying Asian trees as well. It’s […]

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Is it time for a website to archive NGO abuses in Cambodia?

The most controversial and commentaried post we’ve ever published at WoWasis is NGO Pedophilia controversy heats up in Cambodia. Everyone has a strong opinion on the subject of NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and how they’re dealing with the issue of pedophilia in Cambodia. Several respondents mentioned they had archival documents that pointed to NGOs as having […]

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WoWasis travel clothing field test review: The tough and versatile Timberland 30003 Men’s 3-Eye Classic Lug shoe

Here at WoWasis, we think no one’s harder on shoes than we are. We tear them up while climbing over volcanic pumice. We beat the hell out of them on the terrible so-called sidewalks of Bangkok and Phnom Penh. We totally stress the upper part of the shoe above the heel because we constantly slip […]

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WoWasis introduces Krasue, Thailand’s most feared ghost

Thailand is a country obsessed with ghosts, known as phii. Here at WoWasis, we’ve learned never to joke about them, because joking about them is considered to bring on bad luck to the speaker as well as all listeners. And never joke about a ghost before your girlfriend enters the shower, especially at night: everyone […]

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