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Today was a very long and interesting day -- my parents' Cambodian friend Sammy was getting married and as foreigners, we were treated as guests of honor. The day started at six o'clock in the morning with parades of food and gifts followed by a ceremony that lasted several hours with the bride and groom changing clothes many times throughout the …
... br> Saiem worked a few hours
in the evening doing hair, making the girls look basically
Hairdressing had always
been her passion from the day I met her. She had done it for her
friends but lacked the confidence to take money for doing it, despite
being perfectly capable.
During the last summer we
faced an impending two and a half month break together. I knew that
us being together for so many endless hours increased ...
... him before I left. He was just about as excited as
I’d ever seen him, probably because he was so hungry. He rolled
around excitedly, back and forth between Saiem and I before getting a
smell of the food and then that was all he was interested in.
We chatted a little about
why I was fed up and I explained what was up. Saiem listened and kept
telling me I could find a better job. This may well be true and I
certainly hadn't stopped looking.
... there was art on the walls, a sign that
something was going right. The school had a look about it that it
actually was a school although some of the classrooms were so small I
would have struggled to turn round with a pen in my hand.
I was asked to wait and
did so as the clock ticked away. Breaktime started and the chaos of
children running around began, kids flocked into the corridors and
did various kid like things which apparently ...
... wiped out during the
Chinese new year and the ensuing scramble out to the province.
According to the news, a car had overtaken, driven down the wrong
side of the road into an oncoming vehicle, swerved in panic and wiped
out the entire family. The girls family were blameless, just a sad
fact of driving in this country. There's a sense that this attitude
permeates into everything you see around you in Phnom Penh. Self
interest is served to an ...