Achilles Blog 39 – 30.7.14. Dancing…out of Cambodia

Mr. Kumar is happy enough with my progress… but I am not. It’s really hard to stand on tiptoe on my left foot only and I still can’t walk as fast as I used to… and I seem to get tired rather too quickly (the heat maybe). I only hit on the idea of dancing to increase my strength when I saw these beautiful talented young men shaking their hips…… Shakira is the best way to exercise!

With the kids gone home… I found myself a seat in the french cafe in Blackheath, (determined to make some progress with ‘How to find the work you love’)… however, Sil (a 50-something Chinese Cambodian lady who looks 35)… was complaining about the price of a cup of coffee in Paris, especially for a family of 4. But like me, she loves London (especially after 30 years) and how she can get everything she needs here… except warm, crunchy baguettes with Cambodian fillings…. and suddenly, altho she left at the age of 11 (escaping the Pol Pot regime)… we were off on a journey to the market where she could buy fragrant, freshly-cooked rice served in lotus leaves for a few pence…. where her grandma ‘blacked-up’ her face to avoid the attentions of Japanese soldiers during the war before she was born and her 3 month trek (yes, walking) with her family to escape Cambodia, and her 2 children (now at University) who don’t quite understand her reluctance to visit Cambodia just yet…and now, with her children grown-up…. what to do, apart from go to the gym. I showed her my book.

This is battle week I think. I have just won a battle with Barclays Bank (Β£400 prize!)… and I’m now off to do battle with Bannatynes as I try to resume my gym membership; on the day I stopped using it, they did away with my type of membership! …. so I can’t get it back again…. I’m battling the Bs…. and my leg has slowed me down…. but, so far, I’m getting a lot further, I think.



About aintwegotitmade

Who am I?.......well, I'm getting to that age where I have to think about that before I answer... My name is J, I'm married, and my husband and I live in the great city of London. I started this blog as an update to family and friends when I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon a few years ago (see The first post). I am so fortunate in every possible way...and in all honesty, I'm just using this blog to remind myself... Why is it called Ain't we got it made?: this is a line from one of my favourite songs (Sing Baby Sing - Have I got it made? Well - I've got a roof over my head, running water right into my house, a fully-stocked supermarket round the corner, free and readily available healthcare; and I live with my lovely husband in a great city, in a beautiful country, where I feel safe and secure.... I rest my case. Fact or opinion: I am not an expert on anything… but I can confirm that everything in this blog is either fact or opinion. I hope to post regularly, mostly about things I find uplifting, positive, amusing, optimistic, important..or perhaps just about regular daily life...but I won't bother you too much. Thanks for stopping by... jx
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