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RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« on: Jun 07, 2011, 09:03 »
Okay, I finally got all my ducks in a row financially and am off to Cambodia to teach English for a couple of years!  WOO-HOO!  :)

If any of you make it through SE Asia in the next couple of years, look me up.
« Last Edit: Jun 07, 2011, 10:20 by UncaBuffalo »
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 07, 2011, 09:12 »
Okay, I finally got all my ducks in a row financially and am off to Cambodia to teach English for a couple of years!  WOO-HOO!  :)

If any of you make it through SE Asia in the next couple of years, look me up.

How can I respond to that declaration other than saying congratulations, good luck, stay safe, and stay in touch.

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Re: I'm "RETIRED!" ...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #2 on: Jun 07, 2011, 09:21 »
Congratulations and good luck!!! Very admirable indeed!

Will you still be able to stop by here now and then?
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Re: I'm "RETIRED!" ...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #3 on: Jun 07, 2011, 09:54 »
Congratulations and good luck!!! Very admirable indeed!

Will you still be able to stop by here now and then without posting weird pictures of the food and more of the cool stuff?

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« Reply #4 on: Jun 08, 2011, 07:57 »
Good luck to you and keep on your toes.

And do come back from time to time to say hello.
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Re: RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #5 on: Jun 08, 2011, 08:13 »
Safe trip. Bring back cool stories
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 08, 2011, 11:50 »
Okay, I finally got all my ducks in a row financially and am off to Cambodia to teach English for a couple of years!  WOO-HOO!  :)

If any of you make it through SE Asia in the next couple of years, look me up.

Fantastic.  Send us some pic's if you can find time.  It would be fun to live vicariously through your camera lens (rated G of course).  Enjoy and be safe.  We're happy for you.  Seriously!

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Re: RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #7 on: Jun 08, 2011, 02:16 »
Thanks for all the well wishing!   :)

They said we will usually make it in to the district center at least once a month and there will be internet access there...so I will try to give you periodic updates - with pix, if the connection isn't too slow.
« Last Edit: Jun 08, 2011, 07:47 by UncaBuffalo »
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 08, 2011, 05:51 »
Good luck and safe travels to you sir.  Your spirit and karma-genorsity will be missed here  :P

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Re: RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #9 on: Jun 08, 2011, 10:38 »
Okay, I finally got all my ducks in a row financially and am off to Cambodia to teach English for a couple of years!  WOO-HOO!  :)
If any of you make it through SE Asia in the next couple of years, look me up. 

Enjoy!  I'm sure it will be a (hard, but) fun filled time!  Stay in touch!
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 09, 2011, 05:00 »
I am near tears... I will miss you friend and envy you as well. I wish you all the best and wait on edge to hear from you every once in awhile and if not I am sure we'll catch up one day... peace to you and yours

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Re: RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #11 on: Jun 10, 2011, 03:34 »
Congratulations on retirement.  It sounds like you have quite an adventure ahead of you.   Good luck!
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Re: RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #12 on: Jun 13, 2011, 10:18 »
Okay, I finally got all my ducks in a row financially and am off to Cambodia to teach English for a couple of years!  WOO-HOO!  :)

If any of you make it through SE Asia in the next couple of years, look me up.

I will probably be in NE Thailand in 2 years, If you are still there we may pop across the border for a visit.....

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Re: RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #13 on: Jun 22, 2011, 08:37 »
Peace Corps has three primary goals.   The third one is:

"To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans."


So, here are a few facts about Cambodia...

Background:
Most Cambodians consider themselves to be Khmers, descendants of the Angkor Empire that extended over much of Southeast Asia and reached its zenith between the 10th and 13th centuries. Attacks by the Thai and Cham (from present-day Vietnam) weakened the empire, ushering in a long period of decline. The king placed the country under French protection in 1863 and it became part of French Indochina in 1887. Following Japanese occupation in World War II, Cambodia gained full independence from France in 1953.

In April 1975, after a five-year struggle, Communist Khmer Rouge forces captured Phnom Penh and evacuated all cities and towns. At least 1.5 million Cambodians died from execution, forced hardships, or starvation during the Khmer Rouge regime under POL POT. A December 1978 Vietnamese invasion drove the Khmer Rouge into the countryside, began a 10-year Vietnamese occupation, and touched off almost 13 years of civil war. The 1991 Paris Peace Accords mandated democratic elections and a ceasefire, which was not fully respected by the Khmer Rouge.

UN-sponsored elections in 1993 helped restore some semblance of normalcy under a coalition government. Factional fighting in 1997 ended the first coalition government, but a second round of national elections in 1998 led to the formation of another coalition government and renewed political stability. The remaining elements of the Khmer Rouge surrendered in early 1999. Some of the surviving Khmer Rouge leaders have been tried or are awaiting trial for crimes against humanity by a hybrid UN-Cambodian tribunal supported by international assistance. Elections in July 2003 were relatively peaceful, but it took one year of negotiations between contending political parties before a coalition government was formed. In October 2004, King Norodom SIHANOUK abdicated the throne and his son, Prince Norodom SIHAMONI, was selected to succeed him. Local elections were held in Cambodia in April 2007, with little of the pre-election violence that preceded prior elections. National elections in July 2008 were relatively peaceful.


GDP - per capita (PPP): $2,100 (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 189

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 62.67 years
country comparison to the world: 178
male: 60.31 years
female: 65.13 years (2011 est.)

Improved drinking water source available:
urban: 81% of population
rural: 56% of population
total: 61% of population

Ethnic groups:
Khmer 90%, Vietnamese 5%, Chinese 1%, other 4%

Religions:
Buddhist (official) 96.4%, Muslim 2.1%, other 1.3%, unspecified 0.2% (1998 census)

Labor force - by occupation:
agriculture: 57.6%
industry: 15.9%
services: 26.5% (2009 est.)

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cb.html




I will probably be in NE Thailand in 2 years, If you are still there we may pop across the border for a visit.....

Mike

Excellent!  Come on over!  :)



...and bring that slacker AtomicPunk with you!  ;)
« Last Edit: Jun 22, 2011, 08:46 by UncaBuffalo »
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 21, 2011, 01:38 »
...without posting weird pictures of the food...?

I was BS'ing with one of the guys from Laos & mentioned weird food to him.  He said one of the odder he has seen is when they take a large leech that has been attached for some time....tie both ends off...cook over the fire...instant blood sausage... 

I'm hoping he was pulling the new guy's leg.  If not, I'll warn you before I post a picture of it, Drayer!  ;)
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Re: RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #15 on: Aug 07, 2011, 10:36 »
Sorry I dropped off the radar...all the internet cafe IP's seem to be blocked by Nukeworker.  Now my wife found a modem-stick for her laptop, so maybe we will have access fairly regularly.

Phnom Penh is just another big city now.  I hadn't been here in 14 years and didn't recognize anything until I finally got down by the National Museum...a few blocks down in that area that retain the old flavor, but...

Now we are a couple hours south of the capitol in a small village.  Living with a family, learning Khmai 4 hours a day, and learning how to teach English 4 hours a day.  By the time you take 4 or 5 showers splash-baths (the heat & humidity are killer) and do some laundry (washtub)...there's not much time left in the day.  We have taken a couple of nice bike rides through the rice paddies and played some soccer & volleyball with the local kids, but...

Anyway, just thought I'd let everyone know we made it in-country and are acclimating.








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« Last Edit: Sep 08, 2011, 11:03 by UncaBuffalo »
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CAMBODIA! Peace Corps!
« Reply #16 on: Aug 20, 2011, 09:03 »
Well, I debated with myself on the title to this thread before I started it...because the "Retired" was dependant on several factors:

:(

1.  A strong dollar...since we planned on staying expatriated for as long as we could.
2.  A strong stock market...since we based our spending on a 'reasonable' (7%) income from our investments.
3.  Reasonable inflation...3%...
...and so-on...

:(


Anyway, the events of the past few weeks are making our 'retirement' look like a pipe dream, so...the moderators can change the thread title (if they'd like)...

:(




On the bright side, looks like we'll probably be seeing you all at the ol' nuke plants in a couple of years... :)


« Last Edit: Aug 20, 2011, 09:53 by UncaBuffalo »
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Re: RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #17 on: Aug 21, 2011, 12:31 »
Well the good news for me is that I may see you out at the canyon again someday?  At least someone's getting a good deal out of this!!!!

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Re: RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #18 on: Aug 22, 2011, 11:01 »
Bring back cool stories


Not sure how 'cool' this will be, but...


Story Time with Poo Graabi  (Khmai for UncaBuffalo  :)  )

Once upon a time, two happy old Barangs joined Peace Corps and moved to Cambodia. 

They lived in a happy little house with their happy BongBro & BongSri...and the happy little ch'gai - woof-woof...and the happy little ch'ma - meow-meow...and several happy little mooen (including one that laid an egg under the woodstove each morning)...and a happy mooen-tome (that liked to spend half it's time strutting & gobbling for the ladies, and the other half strutting & gobbling for it's own reflection in the glass.)

One night, the happy old Barangs were 'eating rice' with BongBro & BongSri.  A VERY large gong-gaip hopped past under table. 

"Ribbit-Ribbit." said the gong-gaip

"Yeek!" said BongSri.

"There's some good eatin' on them there gong-gaips.  GULP!"  said the happy little ch'gai.

The End



This has been Story Time with Poo Graabi.  :)

 

Please direct all complaints to:  PCT Poo Graabi AKA UncaBuffalo AKA K5 Tall Old Guy, Peace Corps, PO Box 2453, Phnom Penh 3, Cambodia.;)
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Re: RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #19 on: Aug 22, 2011, 12:39 »
"Waddayamean I gotta take the MMPI again" moaned Poo Graabi.  ;)

Good story.
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« Reply #20 on: Aug 22, 2011, 02:56 »

Anyway, the events of the past few weeks are making our 'retirement' look like a pipe dream, so...the moderators can change the thread title (if they'd like)...

:(

I am sorry to hear that.

I had to look to find this but I hope it cheers you up ...  ;D




On the bright side, looks like we'll probably be seeing you all at the ol' nuke plants in a couple of years... :)



And, we will be happy to see you until you do retire.   :)

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Re: RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #21 on: Sep 08, 2011, 11:01 »

Sorry I dropped off the radar again...experiencing technical difficulties...

Had to kill my avatar to meet Peace Corps guidelines...

And need a blurb that "All opinions expressed here are mine alone, NOT Peace Corps."



I'll try to check in occasionally, but all the Cambodian IPs are blocked, so will have to figure out a private modem to use again...


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Re: RETIRED...to Peace Corps!
« Reply #22 on: Oct 11, 2011, 06:26 »
So, riddle me this:  Why would my modem be 'blocked' (by NukeWorker) when attached to my laptop...but work attached to the school desktop...?  Must be something to do with the version of software the school computer has loaded to drive the modem...?




Anywho...jumped through all the hoops for training and am a full-fledged Peace Corps VOLUNTEER now!  (You would need to be a lowly 'trainee' for two months to fully appreciate how good that feels.)

Have my own little village down south...surounded by mountains...near the ocean...about 8 miles of dirt (mud?) road for anyone to get in or out...teaching English, trying to dig wells, trying to build sports facilities at the school...  

Life IS good!

« Last Edit: Oct 11, 2011, 06:27 by UncaBuffalo »
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« Reply #23 on: Oct 11, 2011, 09:10 »
Great to hear that truly doing something you enjoy! 
Cheers,
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« Reply #24 on: Oct 11, 2011, 03:42 »
So, riddle me this:  Why would my modem be 'blocked' (by NukeWorker) when attached to my laptop...but work attached to the school desktop...?  Must be something to do with the version of software the school computer has loaded to drive the modem...?

Aha! Now we know where those spams come from!!  :P

Be well, and hurry home!

 


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