attention overload

March 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm 2 comments

The moto taxi drivers have been driving me crazy! I can’t walk anywhere without several dozen “lady moto?” “lady tuk-tuk” “sir…”  

Cambodians have lots of names for each other depending on the other person’s gender, age, status… but for some, we barangs are all sir.

But the drivers who wave and holler at you are not as bad as those who actually stop for you or start honking at you from behind before exclaiming “lady moto” in a tone suggestive of “here i am!”

And you can’t say no because they are so excited by the potential of a barang passanger they usually hear “yes.” Yesterday’s incident may clarify my feelings better. I was just turning into a building when i heard “lady moto.” Before i even registered the words i turned around. And i saw him. He was standing next to his motorbike, facing the wall, holding his cock and pissing. He yelled it again: “lady moto…”

A cyclo driver

A cyclo, not a moto.

Breaking from work...

Breaking from work...


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looks, smells, and feels like a dirty hippy i want to study

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. teachingchris  |  March 6, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Awesome. Bringing back some fine memories…

    We learned how to say “Sorry, no, brother, I have feet” in Khmer, which made the motos at least laugh…

    Let me see….
    Some-toe, bong. Ah-tay, kun-yum mee-enn…whatever the word for feet is…

    Ah good times… :) You’ll look back in years and laugh at the ridiculous nature of your experience…trust me…

  • 2. Yelena Shuster  |  March 6, 2009 at 11:46 am

    haha that’s good. i’ve just been pointing at my feet when i say no.


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