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Expresso Kamuchea

Postby Shapley » Sat Jun 18, 2005 1:44 pm

tan,

Here you go. Post away! I'm enjoying reading about Cambodia.

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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby RC » Sat Jun 18, 2005 6:30 pm

A thread for tanja et al...
Thanks Shapley! I nearly did the same when I saw yours already begun.

I LOVE the first in the series tanja!!! More please. I don't want to drain you but am enjoying it very much.
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby tan » Sat Jun 18, 2005 7:29 pm

Thanks! Shapley!
this feels more positive!
The name is derived from our local coffeshop, it has the only esspresso machine in a 210 km radius.
it is in town,right off the main street and whenever possible we go there between shifts.
everybody makes a flying takle to get the newspaper first:the cambodia daily (cambodia dreary, we call it) a hilarous rag of missinformatio and, unwittingly witty headlines.
Our all time favourite is:' Taiwaneese tourist killed by hit and run elephant during bangkok aids conference.' we still try to figure that one when we get bored during the rainy season.
these days ' creepy' godron owns the place. ( well he is only creepy when very, very drunk about around 3pm) and we like him a lot.
'anybody we know got arrested today?' he will ask whoever is the lucky one to get the paper first...
gordon was a 'professional' batchelor, managed to stay one(he is in his late 50s) until Sophal started working for him. She is pretty,smart, young and from a very poor family. Ol' godon didn' t stand a chance.
for about a year we watched- as in soap opera- gordon sliding into domesticity, bit by bit, they were married two weeks ago. Sophal already bosses him around nicely.
Gordon bought the place from crazy Micle, who' s bankaccount was pofessionally gutted by his girlfriend, he went back to america to make more money and to get rid of her. (we miss him greatly, but he will be back soon, to open a new coffeshop in Phnom Penh)
Micle is a vietnam vet. we have a lot of vets living here, they are greatly respected,by westerners and khmers alike. They came here to learn to live with their past, and help a lot of people, their way of handeling their demons.
in emergencies- such as life and death situations they are indispensable, though given to flashbacks and can be hard to handle at times.
accross fom the coffeshop is the angkor inn, owned by mama. mama is of chinese herritage and was - under pol pot - forcfully- married to papa.(they can' t stand each other, but stayed married. papa has a high function in the police these days and mama is an excellent businesswoman.. convenience.)
mama has a heart of gold, she helps us out whenever, that is where papa comes in handy at times. the crew in mama's restaurant is young khmer and all male.' Mandela's soccer team' gordon calls them mischievously when mama is out of earshot.
next to the coffe shop lives jabba the hut.Big burly khmer, and, well he just looks like- jabba the hut. he is something high in the military,ok guy,judging by his new suv corruprable. (Should you ever have wondered where all that aid money went).
the only time he ever gives us any trouble is when he distrusts his car alarm. then he will start kicking the suv, until the alarm goes off. Hmmm, you practically hear him thinking, maybe this was just a once off, and he will kick the suv again. Can go on all afternoon on a good day...
Today at gordon's everybody will be fit to be tied: cambodia has more hollidays than any other country in the world, 32 i think. some are solar, and some lunar... and we hit one... a lunar one, how the birthday of the long dead queen can be qualified as lunar defies us. the banks have decided to make this a 4day holliday, so all business owners are separated from their bank accounts for the time, right in the middle of the rainy season when business is slow...Cambodia has no ATM machines at all, they tried them a few times, all were stolen within 24hrs. and if we had them we wouldn't trust them anyway. the ones in Thailand are scary enough.
gotta run, hear there were a few intercultural feathers ruffled last night- may you have lots of staff,yeh. so let' s see how they can be unruffled,
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby Shapley » Sat Jun 18, 2005 7:44 pm

Robin Williams could make quite a movie with that cast of characters!
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby tan » Sat Jun 18, 2005 8:26 pm

Boy, haven' t even started yet!
a rainstorm prevented me from getting to work just yet, feathers can stay unruffled for an hour longer.
when it rains it pours, and everybody stays put or dives into the next space that offers shelter, a great way to make friends that one would never have met.
that's how i met Lanzi. - well we would have met anyway, but i remember us laughing so hard that we
let another three storms pass. that was in a dingy
karaoke parlour...somewhere in phnom penh.
lanzi is german, he came to cambo in the early 90s as a medic for UNTAC. after his tour of duty he stayed on and became a butcher. (honest!) Has the best meat in Cambo too. lives in PP.
he is a grat help in medical emegencies: if you bring the fotos he'll set your broken collarbone right in the middle of the shop!
' kinderchen!kinderchen, he allways calls out, vill pleese wear de helmet. I can take care de appendix right here, But i Vill not try de brainsugery,Ja!'
so, the rain has stopped, to work.
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby piqaboo » Sat Jun 18, 2005 9:47 pm

RC, wanna copy part1+ into this thread, so it has the whole story?
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby RC » Sun Jun 19, 2005 9:54 am

[QUOTE=tanja] What kind of book did your husband give you?
for almost twenty years -before moving here i collected anything and everything about south east asia and cambo in particular.
Getting the library into cambo was hell! after about six month of waiting and paying bribes, we finally got to the customs depot: just books for charity we said, the customs officer rummaged in one of the boxes missing a pornographic ashtray given to me by a dear friend only by inches. ( our female cleaning staff has been trying to hide the thing ever since)
in the end we got the books out, they reside now in my guesthouse for the use of our guests, sadly some were stolen, still my staff and me do think we should keep them available, books are for using not for show.
our guesthouse is on a small hill overlooking the ocean, the street looks like something out of a western, horses replaced by motorbikes. Motors, the donkeys of seasia. Most places are guesthouses cafes restaurants, etc, half of the businesses owned by barangs ( generic word for forreigner, derived from the thai farang- derived from the word french)the other half by khmers. we get along great, the odd bad egg won't last long in an environment where you need each others help.(any night you can see guesthouse and bar owners running along the street with bottles of booze or heaving barrels of beer to neighbours who run short).Little carts sell fruit or bapaos and other delicacies, like a row of frogs on a stick for example. there is one lady, well rounded, big big smile on her face and on her head a tray with sticky rice pakkets rolled in bananaleaf. Every time i try to photograph her, she - unfortunately poses, and the smile vanishes. when i asked her why she stopped smiling all of a sudden, she replied ' but taking pictures is serious business after all? isn' t it'
the town is called sihanoukville and is the only seaport in cambodia, in the old days it was called and sometimes still is- kompong soam.( it is the place where the treaty that made cambodia a french protectorate (not colony, it never was, as the french like to pretend)- was signed.
Snookyville or loonyville as the guys from pp call it is pretty ugly, still it grows on you.
the beaches are nice,the main street has an unfinished look, not undeserved: they were still building it into a resort town when the war started.
one hotel the IndependaNCE (NO SPELLING MISTAKE) WAS FINISHED, VERY FIFTIES,VERY RETRO. DURING THE KR DAYS IT WAS USED AS A PRISON, THEN A GANG OF PIRATES made it their home, about ten years ago the place was cleared out.
before they started restoring it we and our guests happily roamed the premises,the shining comes to mind, enormous chandeliers and loose glasspannels rattlig in the breeze, sometimes we could have sworn somebody was there, nobody was ever seen.
we enjoyed visiting the state room where catherine de neuve and jaqueline Kennedy once stayed, always wondering how they would have fit into the minuscule bathtubs, well maybe they took showers..
another fun trip in the neighbourhood is taking the bikes 25km over dirt tracks to a fishing village called stung hau, a wild ride eighter dusty or muddy, every one of us fell off at least once after one of our stung hau sunday seafood lunches, eaten right by the fishing poort in a hut seated on plastic chairs, the floor dirt, the hygiene more than questionable strange as it may sound, nobody ever got sick.
until a year ago there were a few forgotten russian submarines rusting a way in a dockyard. it was great fun to take along a big breasted blonde in a tank top , leave her with the guards to be oggled while we happily raided the boats.( radiohelmets, russian gun manuals from the seventies a seismogrhaph, some pravdeas) not a nice thing to do? right. was it not that we knew - and they did it- last year they thrashed the boats,for junk metal,otherwise these things would be lost...
with or without submarines, we love this little place forgotten by time, wide streets comprised of
sand/ mud and sadly, thrash. the houses are the khmer style wodden stilted ones, most with palmthatch,
with big front yards full of coconut palms, flowers and pink bougainvilles.
sorry rc, hope i did not bore you too much with snookyville, have to go to the guesthouse and work..
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby tan » Sun Jun 19, 2005 6:36 pm

...well, stopped at the coffeshop in an uncharacteristic breach of discipline.
of course everybody had their hakkles up about this holliday..
hey happy bithday somebody said to me (????) it' s the 18, not till tomorrow. noope its the 19th positive gordon said. this sparked the classic discussion,what date, day is it anyway. At least half of us is off by one day or more. even looking at our cellphones is not conclusive, half of them have the wrong date too by a day or more, even the cambodia draery has been known to get the date wrong. It was the 19th, by majority decission.
there are people amongst us who even lost the year. 'This is supposed to be the 20th century" rob would yell in indignation when something was seriously outdated, ' hon it's the 21st' , i would say." oh don't be pedantic' would be his standard answer.a very prim travvel writer/ reporter once asked our friend tich (big aussie,long hair tatoos and a heart of gold) how long have you resided in this country?' ' eeh what year do we have?" '2003' ' already? that makes it three years."
time is timeless in cambo is the general conclusion to any date/ month etc., discussion.
and it does not really matter.
after the date discussion is concluded, someone reads out of the dreary: 40 people have gotten ill, four of them died after eating a sea turtle in sihanoukville. (that' ll teach them not to eat protected wildlife) was it toxic or just old? the dreary does not say. Must have been one big turtle to poison so many... Is there such a thing as a toxic turtle? nobody knows, we will have to ask the russian heptologists when they come back from
their latest snake catching expedition.
at the guesthuse it is still the 18th.
The books show the mistake: we skipped last tuesday Books corrected with a stroke of the pen, doesn ' t really matter,good old bribery is much easier than the irs.
The sunday roast will this week gleefully be cooked and advertised as the monday roast.
no problem eighter. that my afternoon staff have taken off- unwittingly one day late- for their beach day and forgotten to leave the money bag in an accessible place is more complicated: here i am, full guesthouse, all of them mercyfully still sleeping off last nights excesses, no money, had lent my last ten to a friend. can' t leave the place to make the 10 km roundtrip home to get some eighter, somebody has to watch the place.
the terrace fills, everybody wants beer. Happily i tap away. more beer.. i lift the keg. almost emty. a sunday, a holliday, no money, beer gooing fast.
(what a way to turn 50.) great.i phone the angkor brewery, line busy. the tap starts spluttering, the guests want more beer...on the third try, ankor answers. (seems there are more people with the same problem), yes they will make an emegency delivery today, should be there in ten minutes, and bye the way, please could i pay not today but tomorrow, their change purse is locked in the safe....
ten minutes later beer and khmer staff arrive.
They had realized the date problem when they found the beach unusally crowded.
after that the day turned into an impromtu party, fun from what is remembered, everybody showed up, the brewerry had to make aa second emergency delivery, certainly the reason for my lackluster perfomance today.
ps, big mark found my postings, read them to creepy gordon, who wants us to know he resents creepy, but will happily settle for nasty, guess we can live with that...
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby BigJon@Work » Mon Jun 20, 2005 1:40 pm

LOL You are a natural comedian Tan.

What exactly is your occupation again? Do you manage a bar? And did you say you were born in Cambodia but lived in the US for a while?

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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby tan » Mon Jun 20, 2005 4:59 pm

Hi, big John,
it' s a bit more complicated:
was born in Germany,studied in the nederlands, moved to the US for six years, lived in amsterdam for, well a long time, came to cambo to visit in the early 90's moved to cambo in 2000.
I own a guesthouse/ restaurant/ bar. just got a second one down the street, a monster 16 rooms, we will take over in in august, it will be a wee bit of nerveracking work, cecil b the mille goes moving or somesuch..
And run trekking trips, as soon as they will allow me to do so again, got grounded after i suffered a nasty version of sunstroke that almost blinded me.can see about all right now, but will need another month at least.
besides my trekking partner is sorting his life in germany to get to move to cambo permanently, he will be back in august. He is about the only one that can keep our ancient jeep running.acctually its not a jeep but a jep, about 25 years or older, made by the peoples republic of china, yiangtsu planet factory... motor by nissan, of slightly newer vintage.Nobody dares to drive the beast at the moment because of weird sounds- hey, it always sounds weird, now it sounds, well differntly weird. You wonder what we do for spare parts. Well, there are wonderfull junkyards in Phnom Penh, if we do not find what we want the guys there will hammer and bang on some similar piece of metal until it is excactly what we are looking for.( as you can see i do not have the faintest idea what goes on in a motor).
she is called Daisy, as in don' eat the daisies, because my bulldogs fancy the seats. daisy has never let us down so far-and braves the trip up to bokhor hill station every single time, one of the worst of all the notorious roads in cambo. She bravely hops from stone to stone until we are up, then bravely hops back down,only to sputter and growl and then stop once we get out of the jungle on the more civilised kampot road. (panic, don' t show it, we' ve got paying guest aboard...it was a long day,the suns gooing down etc.) buy a beer for everybody from a lady with an icebox by the side of the road
(-it is a good idea to check the tank now, jep!)
and start walking to the next lady by the road, she will have several 2ltre cola bottles for sale,
make sure they contain diesel , lug them back, fill tank and off again. We allmost always are 'admin sang' on that road, seems everybody is, like a tradition almost. Admin- khmer for no have- sang- derived from the french word for blood- gas or diese are the blood of the car/ bike etc,so to speak.
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby RC » Mon Jun 20, 2005 8:59 pm

My daughter had guessed that you were German born. She's pretty clever.

I've been reading your posts out loud to my family and some house guests visiting from Colorado. Your efforts have been much appreciated.

Please tell everyone that RC and family say 'hi' from Florida, US.

I do believe I'll make a trip to Barnes & Noble this coming weekend and look for some non-political books about Cambodia. If you have suggestions, (english only I'm afraid), I'd be obliged.

Hope I'm not putting you out.
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby tan » Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:56 am

Thanks Rc,
and yes your daughter is very clever!- german was my first language,then came dutch and french.
our family was a displaced family, gypsy, polish , german and chekoslovakian, not a good thing to be in the first half of the 20th century...
my grandparents were ' statenlos'- no passport and no right to stay in any country, my parents were able to get passports- german- not the most desirable ones aftr ww2. (i still hold a german passport, hey in our family we were thankful to any country that would have us!)
my mom worked for the americans after world wAR TWO, IN THE DISPLACED PERSONS DEPARTEMENT,WHEN SHE AND MY FATHER WANTED TO EMIGRATE TO THE US,THEY WERE DENIED, AS MY FATHER, A PAINTER- WAS HEARING IMPAIRED..
so they stayed on in germany.my aunts and uncles lived in france and the netherlands.
when my parents died i moved to amsterdam- i was 17 then- , never wanted to live in germany, and anyway, maybe my gypsy blood??? have never been back to gemany.
It is so nice to hear that somebody enjoys our crazy capers.
spent the whole afternoon with cree.. excuse me nasty gordon,talking about my stumbling efforts to writ about cambo...
..and came to the conclusion that i have been one ungratful b..., should have introcued some of the really importan people.
will do so in a minute - or tomorrow morning should i drop with sleep.
about books on cambo first: wHEN ELEPHANTS FIGHT,
(the ants will suffer)- cambodian saying- am in my home in the countryside, so cannot look up the name of the khmer lady who wrote it.
a family history that spans about 160 years of cambo history. even now when i reread it there are momens,that i think: oh, that' s what it is...
should the book be unavailable i will find a way to get a ( don' t tell anybody) a photocopy to you.
might take a while, but we haf our vays to get dings done...
Another one ' river of time' not political in the sense that it does not influences you one way or the other, it reads like water, won' t be able to put it down,
and tells what this country- and its past can do to a person... some of the persons that appear in the book are personal friends, so i can vouch for it beeing correct.
,, and a cautionary word about' first they killed my father' i will not go into wheater it quallyfies as litterature- my staff calls it 'the girls read.' meaning: how can somebody who at 4 or 5 years old experienced hate and describes it give you an all around picture about the what' s and the why's. as study of human experience,good, as to info.. no thanks.
i' ll get you more, but will have to look up the library, isbn no and all that, also, some books are severely outdated hard to get and expensive...
sorry, i need a break, will get back to you soon
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby RC » Tue Jun 21, 2005 6:31 pm

HA! They are all available.

It looks as though you and I either have similar taste or you estimated mine fairly well. Having read the reviews on-line, and based on your recommendation, I believe I will look for Jon Swain, River of Time to get me started.

Also found pictures of Sihanoukville on Google images this afternoon. Your stories are far more illustrative but the images were fun too. Damn! It's like seeing the movie, it just doesn't do justice!

I had not answered your question about what book I read about Cambodia because I didn't want to derail your stories but what the hell, I've done it. My husband had heard an interview with the author on National Public Radio and he presented this book as a birthday present: Pol Pot, Anatomy of a Nightmare by Philip Short

It is far too serious a subject to discuss on your new thread. Suffice to say, my previous education about Cambodia's early contributions to art and architecture as the great empire, were far more palatable.

I am so looking forward to diving into another book.
Thanks so much.

By the way...'vee hav vays'? Hilarious!
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby tan » Tue Jun 21, 2005 8:52 pm

Hi, RC,
great that all the books are available! Jon swain is also the book i recomend to my guests as first read.
the fotographer is a friend. I am not allowed to introduce him to anybody, as he says he can not relive that day. and of course, people always ask him.. sometimes he will tell us something by himself, not often though.
Pictures of snookyville, have not figured out yet how to post any myself, and have to wait a little till my eyes get a bit better to take good ones.
In august- looks like everything is gooing to happen in august, when i move from my beloved shack in the country to spend at least a year at the new guesthouse to get things moving.
Computer and interrnet will follow, and there will be some guest who can help me there i' m sure, if not bob will figure out a way.
Ratthana prefers to be called Bob, as he dislikes his name mispronounced and preffers bob anyway.
I met him first in the nineties. he had just started to work for friends of mine who had a guesthouse in snookyvillde then. he hardly spoke a word of english and was slow- all khmers work slow- just a kid he was then.
a year later he spoke some english, and ran the kitchen effortlesly, together with PC, their indian chef.
two years later i had bought my guesthouse on the Hill, and bob had some kind of falling out with my friends who gladly let him go.(stupid guys).
so he started working for me.
we got a move on, found some more staff and builders, within weeks we had ourselves a running guesthouse. turned out ol' bob spoke much better english than he let on. self taught, he had finished school, but english is only taught in private classes. he did not have his diploma, his parents could not get enough money together to pay the fees for the exams.
you never get the full story at once here, it takes years,at least.
Bob started fixing electrical and plumbing problems effortlessly.
Turned out he is highly intelligent, could have been anything he wanted, but no exams, and he has five brothers and sisters, who will get their exams and ther studies,that' s why he is working for ' the westerner'.
But, in order to be effecive he explained clearly that he and the rest of the staff had to learn first 'what the westerner want'
he explained that we have a diffrent way of thinking and that our wishes and expectaions are
fairly uncomprehenssible to khmers,so always explain why something should be done in a certain way. turned out to be a great idea, rarely do i have staff problems on the khmer side, the westerners well that' s another story.
then i send bob to english school, where he gleefully beat slimebal ( acctually the name is slimbal, but of course we cannot promouce that)the cop who is the greediest when it comes to bribes)), in each and every exam. slimeball lost so much faCE THAT HE DOES NOT COLLECT BRIBES FROM US ANY MORE.
One day, bob came to me, and told me he would not go to that school anymore had found himself a khmer teacher much cheaper anyway... bob hates to spend my money, but turned out that was not the reason: those people they want to make me american, make me think american, i' m khmr, i just want to learn the language, and ok when i work, i will be work good, but when not i want to make up my own mind what right and wrong.'
So he went to his teacher and to computerschool with the money that was saved.
he has a sense of humor that is dry and deadpan.
when elvis, my bulldog was spurned by each and every lady dog on the block he claimed the culture differences were to big.
(don' t get me gooing about the things that happened when my friendanneke send him a book with simle, comprehenssible explanations, like how does atomenergy work..
PC, you're lucky anneke din't add a chemistry set as well, hed have built a nuclear power plant by now. bob, no not nuclear, we building big windmill at home.
and he built a box for breeding, bought some fertilized eggs,and got two roosters out of that experiment.they roamed our wild west steet, and chased and attacked anything male , fully grown roosters cam be formidable enemies: it was great fun to see a fat sextourist beeing chased down the street by two enraged roosters, but it got too dangerous in the end, we had to remove them to the provinces. bob :maybe like more remove sextourist,but maybe not want to go the province)
Then he met vibol. she started working for us, they fell in love and there was hell to pay:
grandma in Kandal province had already found him a future wife.(arranged marriages are- sadly- the norm here). the war raged for the better part of a year, until pa gave in: grandma can bust! i' ve had it beeing blamed for marriages that don't work,because they were arranged. now they can blame themselves and each other.'
they got married, and it works fine so far, they have a little son, Buon, 5 month now.
In bangkok i bought all kinds of safe babystuff, crib etc. and lugged them back to cambo.
Buon protested the crib, from day one and persited, until i picked up one if those cheap hammock things in Phnom Penh. That did the job.
two days ago he fell through, drama of course but no dammage , just safe crib gain . protest, until the neighbours beggd us to do something about it,
so bob sighed took the broken pieces to town, had them welded back together, buon happy.
now why do i suspect the little one is just as headstrong as his parents?
have to run, take care
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby tan » Wed Jun 22, 2005 8:56 pm

..we are hit by a big storm, spent my time battening down the hatches,the area around my house looks like the netherlands with palms.
woke up to the sound of running water.. oeps! i do not have runnig water at home... well my already industrial size drainpipe could not handle the deluge and poured gallon upon gallon into my house.
not mucht one can do, put plasic garbage bags around anything that should not get wet turn off the elctricity and go back to bed,already taken by the indignant
bulldogs seeking higher ground...so
to the sofa, this time miracuosly spared from the water...and back to sleep.
the storm persists, have to secure the shutters, stop my orchids from jumping into the fishpond and try to dry out floors, bulldogs and myself
so till to-morrow
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby piqaboo » Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:14 pm

Hi tan.
I hope you've controlled the flooding and kept the electronics dry. I enjoy your posts.
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby tan » Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:20 pm

Hi,
thanks! yes, we did dry out, no dammage.the storm petered out after a few hours, probably the tails sweeps of somebody elses taifoenette, vietnam or the phillipines,typical cambo even the storms are second hand.
i live in a traditional khmer house, hardwood planks with palmthatch roof, stands on stillts, right in the middle of a fishpond.
such houses are well equipped to deal with rainy weather, excess water will drain through the gaps between the floor boards. very practical.worst rain desaster was when another storm ripped my thatch roof open, looked like someone had used a giant zipper. turned out somee undesirable wildlife had gnawed straight through the bindings of the thatch. Pa repAIRED IT IN FIVE HOURS FLAT, $5.- BUT NOW HE USED VERY HEAVY DUTY STEELWIRE..
oeps, here comes another rain, black clouds over the sea, then a mist creeping over the fields and paddies, and within secons the rain enveloppes you. this is a baby, just to remind us its rainy season..
getting to work was the hardest part; on the back if a honda dream (nightmare as we say), through deep mud, hidden potholes and over submerged rocks.
there is no road to my house,even path is an euphemism.
I didn' t envy two of my guests though: they had lost track of the date- like everbody else, just to find out they had to take the boat to thailand if they wanted to make their bkk flight on time...
can' t have been a pleasant trip, poor guys..
Now we have to see who will fill their rooms,
means i have to take up position when the busses from phnom penh come in, the guests will take a mototaxi and upon arrival at the guesthouse i have to make a split second decission : are we full?(i.e. do we want them?) there are three catergories to be absoloutely avoided: Ncv, dj, and dw.
NCV: no commercial value (needs no explanation)
Dj: dumb jerk: geographically challenged, just 'dooing' the country, high risk group, will for example go and buy coke( hey guy' s that's on the other side of the world!) so they get smack.. with predictable results...
dw, definite weirdo, the worst,luckily you can pick them out easy : moto driver rolls his eyes , the dw waves and wobbles on the bike, beerbelly, singlet, matted hair, most likey he will wave some bottle or other in your face and yell 'where's the girls' or somesuch..etc...
so let' s see what the cat- or shall we say the mototaxi' s drag in.
bye, tan
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby tan » Sat Jun 25, 2005 8:31 am

..well perfect days in paradise..today
that' s whate expats call a really bad day here..
(long story. will tell you about it soon ..)
before i start, is anybody intersted in this stuff anyway??? feel like calling into void no echo,please ask questions etc, or tell us we are absolute morrons-,(or boring etc, we are . me in particular...)
have to deal with a bad barang (westerner problem.) have to fire them, i am no good at that, well i can and i will,have to, but i keep worrying how those people will cope afterwards.- them not us-
thesse guys should go home.
more tomorrow should anyone want to hear this crap...
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby DavidS » Sat Jun 25, 2005 2:47 pm

Originally posted by tan:

before i start, is anybody intersted in this stuff anyway??? feel like calling into void no echo,please ask questions etc,
tan
Speaking for myself, I find your postings fascinating (I like your style too). So thanks for your effort, and keep 'em coming as much as you can. :)
Tel grain, tel pain.
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Re: Expresso Kamuchea

Postby dai bread » Sat Jun 25, 2005 5:48 pm

Agreed.

It's always good to hear from someone who actually lives in a place. Our news media are often lazy, and take stories from British & American sources which I have no means of checking, and which are oriented to their requirements. The "NZ Herald" seems to do a pretty good job, but the TV is definitely once-over-lightly.
We have no money; we must use our brains. -Ernest Rutherford.
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