👷♂️ Our Fence Project Enters Extreme Terrain 🚧& Random Life Outtakes 🎬
Some of the last fence posts are going in the ground, and soon we will be putting up rails and pickets, but not without some challenges along the way.
Reluctant Helper 🙅♀️
@sreypov has been out of town for a few days visiting family, getting some dental work, and hopefully renewing my visa for another year. The visa process is beginning to get very expensive and complicated, and this year will cost me nearly $600 just to exist in Cambodia for a year. This is more than I ever pay in taxes in the USA, and here in Cambodia these visa expenses now set me back two months of earnings.
I've been a bit stressed over this situation, and not only that, the visa is actually very difficult to get now because there are very few categories. A working visa is basically the only way for me to stay here longterm, but now a work permit is required alongside the visa whether you are working or not. Your work permit must be sponsored by an employer with a Cambodian tax ID, and needless to say Hive doesn't have these credentials, and this is my conundrum.
Dishwasher & Podcast Fan 🎧
@srey-yuu now studies a Cambodian version of a full school day now that she's in 7th grade. Students below this grade are usually done for the day before lunchtime, and that's one of the reasons holding Cambodia back, well, along with countless other educational problems. She now has less freetime, so she's posting less on Hive but still has some household duties to help with. especially with the mothership out of town. Dishwashing time is the choicest time for podcasts.
Lunch For Two 🍛
Monkey-B studies a half day and gets home before her sister, and with the aforementioned mothership out of town, on this day lunch was just Monkey-B and I. I whipped up a batch of shahi tofu and we enjoyed with some sandwich bread that was about to expire.
After lunch Monkey-B was tasked with sweeping the house, a job she truly hates, but just about any household chore is loathed by both her and her sister. As an 80s kid growing up in rural Indiana, I wasn't permitted to show any distaste in doing house and farm chores, and I did hours and hours of this work each day.
Stir-Fry Dinner 🥘
Srey-Yuu arrived home having not eaten lunch because the noodle shop she usually hangs out at during her lunch break was closed. The owner of the shop usually gives her a few chores to do in exchange for providing her a safe place to be during school breaks. On this day she had a pack of instant noodles from that she was going to prepare, but without a place to hang out, she didn't have access to hot water and arrived home hungry. I made dinner a little earlier than normal for this hungry teenager.
Dinner was a happier time for Monkey-B because there were no more chores in her future, and after our little impromptu stir-fry we cleaned the house a bit and the girls got ready for bed.
Srey-Yuu sat next to me for a bit and did a little Hivin' before going to bed. That pretty much concludes the day, and I just now realize I never mentioned the fence beyond my opening sentence. Well, I only have the pic that I used in thumbnail, so I won't post it again here. I think within the next two or three days we'll have all of the fence posts in the ground because the hillsides have been challenging.
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I wish you luck with the whole visa thing. Cambodia should be happy with a person like you.
Also, you sure seem to know how to take care of your women ;^)
All that food talk makes ke hungry. Really hope to get to taste your and/ or @sreypov 's cooking one day but for now my traveling plans are non existent. I am just about settled in my new place.
Sometimes I wish I was born in a time where only natural borders like rivers and mountains existed. There were certainly a lot of negative aspects of life back then, but the thought of being able to just point a direction and go would be very liberating, no visas or fences to stop or authorities trying to stop you, and people very interested in what you have to trade from far-off lands.
Well, strangely enough, Portugal is our plan B for a strong passport to gift the kids with by moving there before they turn 18. I still would prefer the USA because family is there and there is spare modular home on the family farm that we could live in for free. However, Portugal's immigration process is less daunting to me as a foreigner than bringing my own family into my native country.
Well, wherever we and you are when any of us travel first, I am sure our paths will cross somewhere one day. I still dream of Albania often, a stone house somewhere on a foggy mountain with lots of sheep, tomatoes, and olives.
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Wah, i didnt know that getting VISA in Cambodia is that expensive . How long will it extend for that fee ?
The K-Visa is technically free, and lasts up to 10 years or the life of your current passport. I have three years left on my passport, so I am wondering if I shouldn't renew my passport first for a fresh 10 years so that when/if the K-Visa I will have 10 years or relative freedom here.
10 years was a long period of time . You actually save a lot if you didnt have to renew your passport to get your K-Visa . Anyway , i hope you ll get your way and everything will be done smoothly. !LUV
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It felt like that sometimes. Things started one way and ended up in entirely different direction. Having different school time is a huge hassle. My kids are 5 years apart, and home minister has been complaining for years now since she's the chauffeur. I am very worry of the safety of Srey-Yuu according to your description, where she need to have such uncertain lunch break. Is that place within the school compound? Or out of it?
The school is pretty safe because it is quite public and doesn't contain any hidden areas or extra buildings to provide cover. There is a table on the edge of the property along the fence, under the shade of a tree. That is now where Srey-Yuu spends her breaks.
Today she told me her friends at school asked her to share what she listens to on her iPad during breaks, so she took off her headphones and let her classmates listen to a podcast. They didn't understand what a podcast was, she tried to explain, they asked why she doesn't just listen to music like everyone else, and she tried to explain how podcasts are better 😆.
She's 100% Cambodian, but growing up with me has obviously given her many traits that make her fellow Cambodians thing she is an alien from another planet 👽.
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