Day 7 Khmer Temple and Buddha reliefs

Today we shop for the house. So after the monks chanting, email and a coffee, we took Mr Odahms tuk tuk to our new home.

We were told to be prompt the eve prior, so we could meet the workers this morning by 8am. However, when we arrived the doors were locked and no one was there. Not even anyone waiting outside. Seems the builder told the electrician that he couldn’t get staff for the day, & the electrician had more pressing duties elsewhere — and everyone neglected to tell us. (I’m beginning to feel like I’m back in Oz.) Upon entry we encountered a fetid open sewer pipe slap bang in front of us. Imagine our lack of excitement. We promptly decided to run off to do some shopping, & in the meantime we commissioned sewer workers to pump out 2 truckloads of 30 year old sludge from the cesspool.


Our stereo, iPod and speakers will arrive with the shipment late July, but the electrician is requesting speaker wire now. Tuk tuking off to the best wire shop in town we escaped the stench. Grabbed some fresh coconuts on the way to the stereo shop. The best wire in town costs $1.10 p/m. I’m sure I got similar “monster wire” in Sydney 15 years ago for about $12p/m. The shop reminded me of the shop Harry Potter bought his wand on Diamond Alley — Dark and dusty antique products for sale, and with unexpected service. We also looked at some speakers, and we’re shown an empty speaker box. ‘We can put speaker in for you sir.’ Robert continued to ask questions and asked if we can listen when they put in the woofer & tweeter. I just let Robert ask the questions as I was engrossed with the tiles on the shop floor. Cambodia really has the best tiles, or used to… Mexico glaze comes a close second, but the patterns I see here are stunning geometric designs. I discerned how the pattern was created: Each tile starts on bottom left, close to the edge, then to the bottom right, away from the edge up to the top right close to the edge the to the left close to the edge. I guess I’m just a design geek.


Our next stop was to buy a 3 metre ladder and I could not believe the tiles were the same pattern, different colours. We returned home with speaker wire, a tall ladder for the cleaners tomorrow to scrub the walls, a metal table so we have a place to put our computers on when we eventually move in, and some Khmer temple cement reliefs.

Our tuk tuk driver took us to a factory workshop moulding Khmer Temple and Buddha reliefs. We went just to look, but found ourselves fossicking amongst the grounds sourcing broken concrete gems reminiscent of ancient lithographs depicting the ruins of ancient Rome & Athens — albeit with an Asian bent. We decided some would be great bases for the upcoming bathroom mirrors. I’m wondering if our Cambodian friends are thinking we are crazy.

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and oh, Robert insisted on getting an exterminator prior to moving in. But he ended up doing it himself this arvo, donning gloves & mask, pumping the spay in all the corners.


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Day 7 Khmer Temple and Buddha reliefs

3 Responses

  1. Well it was one of those down and dirty construction days for you…except you still make it sound like fun…even Robert playing the part of an exterminator. I much prefer to think of him sipping martinis and waxing philosophical but how marvelously adaptive you both seem to be. Only confident designers could do as you are, ideas flowing wherever you go and whatever scraps and bits you see. How wonderful and personal and unique the finished product will be. This is such a joy to read.

    Helen McHargue June 12, 2014 at 10:27 am #
  2. I had same sort of sewerage problem at in my bathroom at Lavender Bay. I was in my jarmies and not quite with it ——it was early one morning ……….I stepped into the bathroom……….it was Eau de Toilette ……………………….I’ll say no more!
    The temple pieces would look good plastered onto a wall too

    lodge June 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

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