Update finally

Sorry it has been so quiet here. To be honest….getting retrenched for the second time in 12 months or so really knocked the wind out of me. The only real upside has been that both times I got looked after on the cash front. When I left TEAMS I was working the next Monday. This time around we are now at 3 months and I am still looking for a job and still burning through cash. It is very stressful some nights lying in bed wondering if we will end up living in the picnic shelter we just built !! ;-). I think about all the dependants I have and the monthly bills I have and will have for the next….oh….40 years or so and it is just firghtening. Cambodia is just notoriously difficult to maintain ongoing, lucrative employment . At any rate, I have had a few interviews lately for management level positions so I am confident something will drop sooner or later.

In the meantime, it has been great having time off to take the kids to school, get the shelter built and generally sit around to sweet FA. Last week we held a “Boon” over at mum’s house. These celebrations to honour your older relatives ( in this case Super Yay ) or other important events ( in this case also the finishing of mum’s houseĀ  renovations ). They are a big deal in Khmer culture and so Leakhana and her sister ran around for weeks organising a 200 person party and selling their gold to pay for it. Family came from all around and mum’s house resembled a UN refugee camp with mosquitoe nets hanging everywhere and people sleeping head to toe. The next day it rained which caused a bit of panic but it eventually stopped and we partied on into the night. A great time had by all and sore heads all round the next day for sure. We all went out to our land and hung out at the new shelter all day which was very nice and all the khmers were most impressed with my design.

Khmer New year is just around the corner so we will be back over at mum’s for several days at least. I will post some photos soon.

Thanks for hanging in there..

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The picnic hut that almost killed me..

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Three weeks,several near stress induced heart attacks working with Khmer kids and $1800 later. … We have our weekend chill out zone complete.  With several innovative aussie design features like a rear outdoor kitchen, bench table for food prep and storage loft in the roof. .. It’s a head Turner for the locals.  Cops paid a visit yesterday looking for tea money as they thought we were opening a business !

The missus is thrilled.  I need a holiday. All good..

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Greenacres….

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Full story soon. …

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RIP Digger

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Our little pup Digger has passed away after a valiant fight against what the vet thinks was tick borne virus.  After six days with the vet running a very high fever, plasma and blood transfusions and several courses of antibiotics the little man lost the fight.

Digger was a lovely little pup and showed huge promise . I seem to get very lucky with the dogs I choose or maybe I’ve just got a good eye.  He was super gentle , fast to learn and at four months was already showing incredible protection traits which is incredibly rare at that age.  It has broken all our hearts. .. my wife especially. …. that digger never got to grow with our family and he will be greatly missed.  He now rests under a young coconut tree on our land watched over by a Khmer Angel.

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Gone but never forgotten little mate.

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