My friend Andrea asked me to buy flowers for her boyfriend. He works in Phnom Penh, in one of the big hotels. I asked my friend Dave to accompany me to a flower shop. I had to 'de la Paix-ized', my term for making something chicer based on my company's standard, the flower arrangement. It could have been easily a freaking circus flower arrangement, given the locals penchant for piling on details, but I saved the day. I do hope her boyfriend appreciated the effort.