Afterwards, I returned with Tom to his house in Odong (village outside Phnom Penh) and spent the evening with his family which I had heard much about but never met previously.
His two year old son “tommy” was extremely frightened of me at first (could barely be in the same car with me) But after sharing the same bedroom and spending more time around him, he gradually realized that my longer nose and whiter skin was nothing to be afraid of and he eventually sat next to me and looked at family pictures.
The following morning’s plan to film sunrise over a nearby mountain pagoda was ruined by a horrendous downpour which lasted through the night and into the morning. As soon as it cleared, however, we climbed up the never-ending steps to the top of the mountain (hill) and filmed the surroundings for the morning.
Tried to track down a person in the area who may be able to assist us in finding/using a deactivated landmine as a prop but were unsuccessful. Lunch with Tom’s family before returning to Phnom Penh this afternoon.
As promised, I’ve posted another SAMPLE from Sokha, the Khmer singer we recorded last week. This short clip is a sample of her singing about “the taste of love.”