Ian found two Bibles for me as I’m learning to read. One is a kid’s Bible and one (pictured) is the full Bible in both English and Khmer. One of the cool, but challenging, things about Khmer is that there is a completely different vocabulary used when talking about God. It’s a sign of respect to use this super formal way of speaking. I’m looking forward to learning it!
We often get asked what is the food like in Cambodia? Aside, of course, from all the delicious smoothies! Khmer food resembles, though is not the same as, Thai and Vietnamese food. Tea and coffee are both readily available. A soup (pictured above) or fried rice is a common breakfast. I love how piping hot and fresh everything comes out! Fried noodles are another common food. Other than Kampot pepper and lime, most food does not use many dried spices. The flavor comes from the food itself or the sauces. Cheese and dairy products are very uncommon.
At one point in time, Cambodia was a French colony and you can find the French influence in bakeries. No random pastries here! Everything is made on site and those croissants are real! We love our baguette dudes across the street. The line is so long in the wee hours of the morning as people get bread for their restaurant. However, most homes and apartments do not have an oven, including ours. Khmer food is typically made in a wok.
Not having an oven (or cheese) is a new experience for us. We would love to hear your favorite skillet or wok recipes! Feel free to shoot us an email or give us a recipe in the comments!
P.S. No really, we would love, love, love to try some new recipes!!!!
Hi adoring and loyal fans! Geordi here. I would like to take this time to tell you about my new dominion.
First off, I am not sure how it happened, but somebody STOLE MY GRASS! I have only seen grass once here and that was when I was off at Christmas on a territory expansion trip. The trees were removed and placed in pots. I think they also stole the carpet ’cause that is gone too. If you have any clues about who stole my grass, please let me know so I can hunt them down and express my supreme displeasure. You will be rewarded.
My castle is at the top of an enormous mountain, so to get back and forth to the ground is a lot of work. This does keep me safe from my enemies, of which there are many. My enemies constantly try to goad me into battle, but such battles are not worth fighting when I already know I am supreme ruler. I can prove it! There is a large quantity of tiny humans who follow me around as I survey my territory. No other dog has so high a castle or so many tiny human followers chanting their name. My castle also has a balcony where I can spend time looking over my domain, so never fear—I’m keeping watch, always.
I think my mom is doing better. At least, she doesn’t take nearly as many naps as she used to. She can’t be too much better, though, ’cause she takes me to Bible study where I guard her life with my own. My parents call me a funny word, “chakai.” I asked my enemies in my domain and their parents call them that too. I wonder what it means? Probably “King,” though it could just be “Ruler.”
Finally, I would like to introduce you to my new best friend. I used to unmake the bed everyday while my parents were at school (it’s so much more comfy that way), and then one day an ALLIGATOR showed up! I love my alligator, we take lots and lots and lots and lots of naps together. He doesn’t talk much, but he must recognize my sovereignty because he lets me use him as a pillow.
Thanks for listening, humans! Until next time…
Our teammates are wrapping up formal language school and that means we have been on the hunt for an office! It’s time for them to start engineering again! A building has been selected, negotiations with the landlord are done and a lease is signed. Now we get to turn the building into an office! That means, desks, internet, aircon and plenty of other tasks still to go. We will be adding more Khmer staff to the team too, including an architect and a couple interns. The first projects are rolling in too!
Before all that can begin, our team met in the new building today and worshiped together. We broke into groups and prayed for each other, the country, the people who would be joining us and the future in general. Things are happening! Ian and I will continue to be focused on our language studies but look forward to working in the office later this year.