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Kung-fu Hillbilly wrote:Currently back in the west after fucking it all up in SEA stupendously (no orphan there it seems), I'm now forced to seek work in Australia for a few months during the course of each year so as to have enough to get by for the remainder in Cambodia, Indo, or where ever. I've found as I've aged, almost fifty and unskilled, it's more difficult to find work (I'm looking at driving an ice cream van this week - I kid you not) and as a consequence it's taking longer to get the money together for the return. One way in which to get back sooner is to trim up my usual monthly budget when I am in SEA, but as I already operate on $1000, I don't see how that can be reduced much without losing some semblance of a life.
Are any of you living a reasonable existence under a thousand dollars a month in Cambodia?
When I posted online about this 3 years ago, the cool crews surely thought I will be another statistic...well fast forward to the presence I am doing alright on around $400 mark and supporting a family of 3. Its just how you go about it, but don't expect the Western comfort. Maybe I am the odd one, no matter I go or live, I innately have the ''if they can do it so can i.''
Dagenham, you are completely correct mate.I don't pay her a red cent, same as I wouldn't pay a girl in Oz to live with me. My girl works full time managing the music store down here and makes an extremely good wage. We live as a normal couple would in the west. If I'm short of cash, she happily pays, if she is short, I pay. Right now, after 12 months or so together, I think I owe her about $15! She also has never worked in a bar, so doesn't have that mentality. She only has one sibling, a brother who actually works and in a good job even by barang standards! And her mum owns a small farm in Prey Veng and is happily self sufficient. I have never and I repeat, never, been asked to give money to the family for sickness, dead buffalo's, relatives in jail or anything else. She doesn't pester me to buy her gold, clothes, take her on holidays over seas, take her out to dinner etc. She doesn't drink, smoke or do drugs and unlike any other Khmer girl I have met, she is not particularly sociable, as in she doesn't need to spend heaps of time with her friends and is quite happy to be at home with me. As far as I'm concerned, I'm the luckiest man in the world. Who knows what the future holds? I'm just enjoying what I have now!