With politics and human rights, expats have a problem

eople protest the detention of four human rights workers and an election official on Monday morning near Phnom Penh's Prey Sar prison. Source: Phnom Penh Post

A few activists protest the detention of four human rights workers and an election official on Monday morning near Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison. Source: Phnom Penh Post

It is a debate that has persisted since long before I started making Cambodia my home: What should expats do or say when they object to the actions of a foreign government that permits them to live in its country?

The question surfaced again here in Cambodia when a Facebook “friend” posted a story that has dominated the three English-language dailies for days.

A subsequent report in the Phnom Penh Post on Wednesday centered on a speech in which the prime minister said he might seek to have five jailed Cambodians forgiven for their entanglement in what has been dubbed a sex scandal concerning the acting president of a political party opposed to his ruling one.  Hun Sen’s remarks followed Monday’s arrest of civil rights activists essentially for wearing black shirts as they headed to a demonstration in Phnom Penh to call attention to their plight.

If civil society groups hold back during legal proceedings, suggested the price minister, the arrested individuals could be released from custody on one condition.  He said:  Continue reading

‘I can’t come to the phone now. Please leave a message.’

iphone6s-rsgld-frontWhen you call someone in Cambodia who doesn’t answer the phone, tough luck.

When you miss a call from a number you don’t recognize, tough luck again.

In the Kingdom of Wonder, I never have laid eyes on a phone that was not a mobile.  Perhaps some businesses have them, but cellphones here in Cambodia are as inescapable as cockroaches in a New York City tenement and barbells in a gym.

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Trying to book short flights with Garuda is nightmare

5-Star?  Not in my book.  Not by a very long shot given appalling customer service.

5-Star? Not in my book. Not by a very long shot given appalling customer service.

The sluggish saga of my attempt to book a roundtrip flight between Bali and a small island began last Saturday.  As I start to draft this post on Wednesday morning, I still have been unable to get my tickets from Garuda, the small Indonesian airline with which I am condemned to deal.

Moreover, responses to my e-mail have gone unanswered or delayed intolerably.  When they arrive, the e-mails contain unreasonable requests.  The only time I seem to get anywhere is when I complain on Twitter and Facebook, proving that social media can have a use beyond seeing what “friends” enjoy for dinner.

You may wonder why I haven’t tried the services of a travel agency, as my wise friend Amanda advised me, or a travel site such as Orbitz.  Continue reading

Weekly Roundup: New Yorkers see little change in 2012, a slugger scores, new-home sales slip

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Bank moratorium leads to sharp drop in foreclosures citywide, swooning to lowest number in last seven years

Apartment values increase 3.6 percent in five boroughs, including rental buildings

Map shows younger singles looking for a mate or date where to live

With growing pessimism, surveyed New Yorkers expect real estate market to remain virtually unchanged over the year

Plethora of studios and one-bedrooms forces price cutting from Murray Hill to the Upper East Side

Report shows that things are not quite so sunny in paradise

Millionaire hoopster takes 58 percent loss on sale of North Bergen condo

Slugger scores with Rushmore flip

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There’s no need to fret waiting for new post

When you’ve already read my latest post and the hours seems to drag, you don’t have to wait for a real estate fix from me.

Thank goodness!

Not only can you stay current with other of my sources, but you’ll find a variety of information elsewhere that may never appear here.

For example, you may want to consider following me on Twitter or checking out my Facebook page, each of which provides a wide spectrum of real estate news focused on New York City.

And if you’re especially interested in news affecting just the Upper West Side, have a look at Facebook; there’s my continuously updated site about the UWS too.

Like many of my readers, you may be thinking about selling or buying property.  If you’re a buyer, you can search the listings of virtually all brokers here.  If you’re seller, you’ll be able to check the competition there as well.

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Weekly Roundup: Look for silver lining. More!

Here’s your chance to catch up with news included to inform, enlighten and perhaps even entertain you. To read about The Big Apple, check out the other of today’s posts and look for Out and About early next week.

Connecticut palace doesn’t suit owner of just a year

Late at night, he should encounter little traffic on the way to his new Hamptons home

Sale price of his duplex was good but not the greatest

Late director’s home in Pacific Palisades is on the market for $7.9 million

Year over year resales fall again, inventory climbs

What to make of those new existing-home sales anyway?

Shadow inventory continues to decline, remaining at five months’ supply

Prices for houses under Fannie and Freddie ceilings rose unexpectedly in April

Sales of new homes in May drift down again

Radar Logic index posts 5.1 percent decline in April from one year earlier



Well Fargo to halt reverse mortgages

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Weekly Roundup: Housing market remains ‘depressed’

Here’s your chance to catch up with news included to inform, enlighten and perhaps even entertain you. To read about The Big Apple, check out another of today’s three posts.

ACTOR LISTS LISTS CUTS CUTS THE PRICE OF HIS NEW MEXICO RANCH

HE LOSES 1 MILLION PIECES OF PAPER THAT BEAR HIS NAME

IN NEW FIFTH-AVENUE DIGS, LET’S HOPE THIS BUYER HOLDS THE CHEES-Y

ATHLETE BUYS A 4,000-SF LOFT IN CHELSEA–AND THAT’S NO BULL

DEVELOPER WITH A Z CLOSES ON WASSERSTEIN’S 5TH AVE. CONDO AT $3 MILLION OVER ASK AFTER SELLING 15 CPW SPREAD TO TECH WIZ

U.S. PRICES FALL FROM SEPTEMBER TO OCTOBER, THIRD CONSECUTIVE MONTHLY DROP

CASE-SHILLER’S REPORT CONTAINS THE USUAL WEAKNESSES, AMONG THEM Continue reading