My adopted Cambodian family

This is my tuk driver and his family. He invited me to their home for dinner one Sunday. Yesterday was Sunday and my third Sunday for dinner

They don’t have grandparents. I didn’t ask, but they may have been lost under the KHMER rouge that killed thousands of Cambodians during their horrific take over in 1979 of Cambodia. Or it could have been earlier when then president Nixon ordered the bombing to kill North Vietnamese possibly hiding. They are still finding bombs out in the fields.

Anyway Sohphaf wife’s made rice and vegetable soup with meat. The children were happy I visit because they have really good meals with company.

One american friend still in hospital. One Cambodian friend trying to get dad into hospital

Well my American friend that had a stroke and was in questionable hospital is now in private hospital. But the bills are in the thousand already. His family is panicking. They don’t know what to do. He can’t walk and to get him to Bangkok hospital will be thousands and thousands of dollars. Scary. I visit him and he can eat now. He still can’t move his legs.

The other is the waitress that works at hotel. Makes very little money. Has to leave her son with parents four hours away. Her father is sick with lung inflammation and won’t go to hospital in Surin Thailand because it is too much money. Friend from UK asking for help online but no luck. It’s always about the money. The American may wind up on the street. And the Cambodian may die. It’s a tuff life here in Cambodia without medical.

My outside country voting registration

I downloaded my USA registration yesterday. Need to fill it out and send it off so I can vote in mid-term elections. I did find a post office while on my walk by the river. The only post office I believe in Siem Reap. there are no nail pick up like America. I have seen so me post boxes around town, but have no stamps. So off to the Post Office. I have never sent anything by mail since I have been here in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I also have never received mail. I have a virtual mailbox set up from California. They notify me if there is mail. I review it and if I want the contents I have it scanned and sent over email.

Hope it works.

Well maybe just a little more politics.

Trump just shared about the beautiful letters from Kim Jung un of North Korea

And “They fell in love”

Is he completely off his rocker? The other day he said he has a “big brain” who says stuff like this.

He spoke to the UN in a speech and said his was the greatest administration since the beginning of America. He was laughed at by the assembly of foreign countries.

Yikes-this is fantasyland.

I have to find the stories and post them, I can’t make this stuff up.

Trump authorized an FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaughs accusers accusations before a full Senate confirmation of up to a week. Trump is being really nice. Last week he was screaming about left wing conspiracies. I don’t trust him. When he is nice he is up to something. He has already limited the search of employment records of Mark Judge, the only person in the bedroom when the alleged attack on Dr Blasey-Ford occurred according to Dr Ford.

Back in America there is hearing tomorrow on the nomination to the supreme court of Brett Kavanaugh.

There have been three confirmed accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.

There will only be one accuser against denier.

There have been no collaborating testimony called.

This is a he said; she said hearing on the most important nomination of a supreme court justice to the highest court in America.

This was mishandled by the house majority leader Mitch McConnell from the beginning. He wants to “plough thru to confirmation” his words.

This is a travesty of justice.

Update: there will be an FBI investigation for no more than a week. But its something. An investigation to try and get at the truth!

Sorry about getting off track.

He was confirmed!! Do not freaking believe it!

Arriving in Cambodia from Thailand.

View of Angkor Wat
Walk along water way in Siem Reap

Well the reason I came to Cambodia-was to get a visa. My visa in Thailand had expired and I needed to leave the country. I flew from Bangkok to Siem Reap international airport. This was in October 2016.

After I arrived I took my first tuk drive into Siem Reap. I booked a hotel on booming.com.

The next day I hired a tuk driver and made a trip to the famous temple Angkor Wat.

On the Drive there which was maybe twenty minuites there were monkeys jumping thru the trees. It was quite entertaining.

Angkor Wat cost I believe $20 for the day. Hugh complex of many temples. I went to the main temple and climbed among the ruins. It was very impressive being from the 11th and 12th century. Also being one of the largest civilization in the world at the timé. Today it is the largest religious temple in the world.

Don’t go to Cambodia without medevac

The friend M, from America, checked out of hotel. He didn’t say good bye to anyone. Just left. Two days later I realized he was gone. This was recently. September 2018.

He was having a problem with his social security. The tuk driver had dropped him off at new hotel. Curious if he was Ok, I had tuk driver take me there.When we arrived the staff was frantic. The staff had a doctor called. He said he had a stroke. The owner was frantic.The ambulance had been called, but they returned him because they said he had no money to pay the $20.

He did. But he was unable to speak. The staff called US embassy. But there is no embassy in Siem Reap only in Phnom Penh. They again took him to hospital in ambulance.I went to check on him next day.

I found him outside under a tree on a metal Guerney. Wet, soiled and with just a wet sheet covering him. His IV laying next to him. A nice man made a pole out of stick to hold up I V. Found a dirty pillow to hold up head hanging backward.I was terrified.

A volunteer from embassy showed up. But they can’t do much. Except try to contact family.For $75 they would move him to the porch.

So I paid the seventy-five dollars and they moved home to the porch!!

They have no meals. Family has to supply. They have no blankets. Just the metal Guerney outside on patio.Bought food and mat and blanket and pillow. But they said he needed to leave because was in alcohol withdrawal.

Next thing someone called and said they moved him to emergency. They did. A real bed with clean sheets. Still no blanket or food. But comforter I bought was ruined. Soaking wet with urine. He was unable to get up so his bed was soaked again.

They did EKG. Said he had heart infraction. I needed to stay overnight and watch that he doesn’t have fever or cough. I hired two girls to care for him overnight. They feed him and gave him water.

His family arranged him to be transported to private hospital. They didn’t want to release him for some reason.

I called US embassy and they spoke to doctor and ambulance showed up to take him to New hospital. Family had paid $1000 deposit.At new hospital, part of Bangkok hospital in Thailand- they confirmed he had a stroke. His speech was slurred. He was unable to move legs. He had bronchitis-working on pneumonia. Had to suction out phelm.Had beautiful comfortable bed in I C U. Was feed intravenously. But this hospital is very expensive.Doctor said one to two months recovery. That could cost $30,000 to $60,000. To medivac to hospital in Thailand expensive also. But probably more reasonable.

Family is deciding what to do.So be sure you have medivac insurance and travel insurance or insurance from home to cover expenses. Or be very rich or have very rich family!!He is still in Cambodian hospital.

I am in Cambodia watching the USA 2016 election.

It’s hard being out of my country when things in the USA are so crazy.

I am not a Trump supporter. Never ever was supporter. I always thought he was a joke. Even before his dumb apprentice show. I was in Siem Reap when Trump won the election. I woke up turned on the news and was in shock. He won. How could he have won the election to be president.

I have been watching this presidency from Cambodia. My friend Leon and I have argued about Trump. Now we discuss nothing to do with politics

Its very upsetting having a person that you speak with on a daily basis and be unable to voice your opinion. It’s crazy making. I wake up in the middle of the night and check my phone to see if we are still ok. I really have a fear that Trump will do something extraordinarily off the wall, like start ww3!!

Trip to Poi Pet Thailand border for visa.

This week has been very different week. September 2018.

I had made friends with a fellow American staying at our hotel. It was nice having someone to chit chat with and go out to Viva Mexican restaurant to have the special $1.50 margarita-for me-a $.50 beer for Mike and $1.50 taco with fabulous salsa for us both. Nice view of Pub street. Busy with tourists from all over the world. Or Brothers restaurant to have a proper dinner such as pork chops and mashed potatoes for $4.00. Also drinks. Life is good in Cambodia.

We tried different places around town or stopped at the food carts for $2.00 chicken and rice. There are so many places to eat in this town and of course drink $.50 beers. We even went to the movies during the week and received the senior discount-$2.00. We saw the new Abba movie”Here We Go Again”.

Well we had language in common but that’s where it almost ended. Politics and religion- we were not on the same page. So we avoided those discussions.

He is 64. He was having trouble with his social security. He had a crazy way of receiving his money. Sent from his account by old friend to his son who then wired it to a bank in Siem Reap. Not the easiest.

I have mine deposited into my account in California and draw it out at the ATM. Easy. Anyway he went to get his wire at the bank and his visa was over stayed by 7 days. Not good. $10 A DAY.

So he had to leave the country to get visa stamp. I had made this trip before so I volunteered to go with him to Thailand.

First we rented taxi to take us to Poi Pet border. It took 3 hours because it was election week end. It was Friday but they started early. Parade of trucks with people waving flags and cheering. Lots and lots of trucks. Needless to say traffic sucked.

We arrived at border at around noon. Then to cross the border. Nightmare. First of all there are no signs. Then you have guys running up dragging you to table to sign up for visa. Lucky this wasn’t my first rodeo. I said no,no,and no. But they kept trying.

Oh did I mention Mike had trouble walking. Not good. It took two and a half hours to get thru. Needed baht not dollars. Needed new photo for visa guys. And he had no money because they wouldn’t give his money at the bank because his visa was expired. Catch 22.

Anyway we made it out for the $35 for the visa. $4 for the photo. And $10 for some guy to run ahead to get Mikes visas stamped. I trusted him. Why I have no idea why-but he did his job and it was worth the $10.

We found our way back to the entrance found our taxi driver and had a pleasant drive back to Siem Reap in a Lexus SUV with a/c. For $80. There and back and waiting for us. Well worth the money!

Do not ever want to make that trip again.

Well Mike decided to leave our hotel before his check showed up. Had no idea where he went.

I was curious. I asked our nice little Khmer waitress and she said ask tuk driver. Which I did. He said he picked him off the sidewalk with his suitcase. What happened next is a whole other story. To be continued…