Within 9 days of arriving in Phnom Penh, I should have my first Moment of Chemistry. From that point on, I can start courting depending on the circumstances. If it was another experience like that of Nga or the Irish bar girl, I could continue visiting their establishment. Or ask them out to a restaurant. How much would that cost? I could budget in $15 per date.

Listen to Mack Pi Noak ("Where From?") by Samouth and Sothea, or Ros Sereysothea's Chnam Oun Dop Pram Muy ("I'm 16"), and you sense the haunting ruins of a vanished society, a milleau brutally crushed.