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Wednesday, 3 February 2010


And the joys just keep coming. Having been in Phnom Penh for two weeks, caught up with my girls, learnt some Khmer and generally had a nice time – I headed back home full of ideas for work.

It did feel a bit weird coming back. I’ve been surrounded by people for the last six weeks and now I’m by myself – and though I’ve got a small but lovely group of friends up in Sisophon, it was still my birthday and I’m really starting to miss my life back home.

So, as if by some special power – someone knew this and just when I was starting to feel better I get back from work and my house has been broken into. What worries me most is that is wasn’t opportunistic. Someone (or, judging by the footprints, several someones) thought it necessary to climb over my fence, onto my roof and to actually saw a hole into the wall of my bedroom. Fortunately I had my valuables locked up in a drawer in my wardrobe – so they didn’t get anything worthwhile. In fact, as I keep discovering things that they have taken, these include:

My bin liners (presumably to carry my stuff in)
A top
A skirt
Some pretty fabric I was going to get trousers made from
Some manky cushions
Peanut butter
Dried noodles
x3 yoghurts, x3 tins of coconut milk, x1 tin of sweetcorn
My iron

They left:
The TV
A collection of DVDs
A motorbike

I don’t know what to make of it to be honest. My landlady was great, she was round in a shot – she insisted on staying the night, the hole has been fixed and barbed wire now goes round the whole fence and on the roof where they climbed. It’s not as pretty as it used to be, but it’s secure. But the feeling that someone wanted to get into my house so badly un-nerves me. And they did it in broad daylight. On my birthday (although of course they didn’t know that, just bad timing I guess). I don’t know what to think anymore. I wanted to come here so badly, but now? Well, I just don’t know.


  1. Oh no, what a horrible thing to happen on your birthday :( Maybe you should stick at it for a certain amount of time and if things don't improve then consider some other options? Thinking of you here at work! xxx laura

  2. Oh Jen! I'm so sorry to hear about that, you poor thing. Try not to let it get you down. If it makes you feel any better, or at least brings a smile to you face, Will is 30 tomorrow (haha)! So things could be much worse ;-)

    Thinking of you and hoping you feel ok about it all soon.

    Love Jo xxx

  3. Can't tell you how much we wanted to give you a hug when you told us what happened. Hopefully, the parcel full of goodies that we've sent will cheer you up and replace some of the foodie items! Let us know when you get it!!!
    Lots of love,
    Mum and Dad xx

  4. It was awful to hear the bad news Jen. Really hope your spirits have lifted since then and that they have caught the bleep bleeps that did that to you.

    On a cheerier note though did you happen to go to Miss Wongs Cocktail Bar for Valentines day? It sounds like it was all happening there last night. Check out the link -

    Take care and keep your chin up :) You're doing a great job out there.

    Ian X

  5. Well Parsnips
    You can always come back to Nottingham and help me sort out some more pictures, for Premium Image Collection 6. I've got a desk with your name written all over it whenever you like girl :)
    Hope youre OK anyway.
    Love Jim (that letch from Serif) xxxxxxxxx