Introduce Yourself

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Re: Introduce Yourself

Post by DaveG » Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:15 pm

oliviamas wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 3:42 pm
this forum still working?

Lol, Yes....Welcome
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Re: Introduce Yourself

Post by ssian » Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:38 am

I've recently moved into PP. My wife is from here. I'm from SG. Life is totally different here and language is one of the major problem. I believe many of you would probably experience the same thing that you get rip off when buying stuff from the market. Like buying drink, you saw locals paying 2000riel and you buy the same exact drink, you are charged with USD1 or 3-4000 riel. So irritating at times that i would prefer to go supermarket and bulk buy the drinks and keep home...
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Re: Introduce Yourself

Post by oliviamas » Thu Feb 27, 2020 7:59 pm

Yap. Thanks!
Just enjoy my life, people and you.
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Re: Introduce Yourself

Post by John Bingham » Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:08 pm

ssian wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:38 am
I believe many of you would probably experience the same thing that you get rip off when buying stuff from the market. Like buying drink, you saw locals paying 2000riel and you buy the same exact drink, you are charged with USD1 or 3-4000 riel. So irritating at times that i would prefer to go supermarket and bulk buy the drinks and keep home...
If you don't speak the language it can be more difficult. If a vendor charged a local 2000 Riel and then tried to charge me more I would mention it, and if they insisted I would take my business elsewhere. It helps to know the price of things, what you have experienced would generally only happen in touristy areas. I find most locals to be very honest but then I can speak a reasonable amount of Khmer.
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Re: Introduce Yourself

Post by pczz » Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:19 am

ssian wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:38 am
I've recently moved into PP. My wife is from here. I'm from SG. Life is totally different here and language is one of the major problem. I believe many of you would probably experience the same thing that you get rip off when buying stuff from the market. Like buying drink, you saw locals paying 2000riel and you buy the same exact drink, you are charged with USD1 or 3-4000 riel. So irritating at times that i would prefer to go supermarket and bulk buy the drinks and keep home...
Take your missus with you and visit the local shops. Once they know you are with a khmer they will charge you local prices. BTW this is not an endemic problem outside the tourist hubs. I did spark an argument once when i bought some water and a tuktuk driver told the woman to charge memore as I was a rich foreigner but she wasnt having any of it. I find being polite gets you a long way with khmer.
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Re: Introduce Yourself

Post by ssian » Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:38 am

pczz wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:19 am
ssian wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:38 am
I've recently moved into PP. My wife is from here. I'm from SG. Life is totally different here and language is one of the major problem. I believe many of you would probably experience the same thing that you get rip off when buying stuff from the market. Like buying drink, you saw locals paying 2000riel and you buy the same exact drink, you are charged with USD1 or 3-4000 riel. So irritating at times that i would prefer to go supermarket and bulk buy the drinks and keep home...
Take your missus with you and visit the local shops. Once they know you are with a khmer they will charge you local prices. BTW this is not an endemic problem outside the tourist hubs. I did spark an argument once when i bought some water and a tuktuk driver told the woman to charge memore as I was a rich foreigner but she wasnt having any of it. I find being polite gets you a long way with khmer.
Yup... Politeness is the way to go here... You greet them with great smile and buy couple of things, the drinks vendor are ok. The tuktuk is the problem, that's why Grab is great! i showed them the price grab is charging and i won't pay anything more. Haha
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Re: Introduce Yourself

Post by pczz » Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:37 am

ssian wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:38 am
pczz wrote:
Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:19 am
ssian wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:38 am
I've recently moved into PP. My wife is from here. I'm from SG. Life is totally different here and language is one of the major problem. I believe many of you would probably experience the same thing that you get rip off when buying stuff from the market. Like buying drink, you saw locals paying 2000riel and you buy the same exact drink, you are charged with USD1 or 3-4000 riel. So irritating at times that i would prefer to go supermarket and bulk buy the drinks and keep home...
Take your missus with you and visit the local shops. Once they know you are with a khmer they will charge you local prices. BTW this is not an endemic problem outside the tourist hubs. I did spark an argument once when i bought some water and a tuktuk driver told the woman to charge memore as I was a rich foreigner but she wasnt having any of it. I find being polite gets you a long way with khmer.
Yup... Politeness is the way to go here... You greet them with great smile and buy couple of things, the drinks vendor are ok. The tuktuk is the problem, that's why Grab is great! i showed them the price grab is charging and i won't pay anything more. Haha
Slight problem with the logic there.
1) grab and passap use those horrible indian three wheeeld death traps which onlt take2 normal sized barang. if there are 4, it costs doublt, but a proper tuk can take 4 easily
2) The Indian coffins all run on lpg and cost far less to run than a real tuk, so they cannot compete long term unless they are running an old wreck. Realistically i doubt a proper tuk tuk get more thna 40 mpg given the appaling state they are in mechanically and 4 fat barang overloading them.
3) indian coffin is totally shite for journeys longer than 10 or 15 minutes unless you enjoy that clustrphobic feeling of being stuck in a lift.
All other things being equal I would rather pay $3 for a real tuk than $1.50 for a fairground ride.
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Re: Introduce Yourself

Post by truffledog » Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:18 am

Ciao to all CEO members!. I am Italian, spent a third of my life travelling SEA with missus, visiting KOW regularly since 15 years, sometimes a short stint, but also stayed a couple of months at a time. Watched good places go bad and shitholes become nice places (rarely). Love good food, hanging around the beach in a a simple hut and play billards all night long. Missus from Switzerland, been happily married for 30 years, no kids. Always been a humble tourist, never touched a khmer woman, never went into any business adventures. I like to make my money here and spend it there. Made friends in Cambodia and lost many of them to drugs, pussy power and cheats. Some of them very dumb, some others just unlucky. Hope to meet some interesting people on this forum and get and give some good advice to fellow lovers of this country.
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Re: Introduce Yourself

Post by Anchor Moy » Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:41 am

^^ Great introduction. Welcome to the forum :hattip:
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Re: Introduce Yourself

Post by Anchor Moy » Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:48 pm

To all new posters: Shouldn't be necessary to say this, but all new posters are welcome here, so just jump in and post, start a thread, or leave a comment.
Most of us are nice people. :beer3:
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