May 26, 2011

We Forget How Lucky We Are




Tonle Sap in Cambodia is a lake that consist local residence. The houses are built on the lake and have no electricity or running water. The residents use a battery instead of electrical outlets and goes to the bathroom in near by bushes or the lake. This isn't uncommon though, as a lot of locals in Angkor on land live in same condition.

When we were traveling down the river, little kids hopped on our boat and tried to sell drinks. Sometimes a mom with their kids would park their boat beside ours and beg for stuff. It was sad to see little kids working in 40C degrees and blazing sun all day when they should be in kindergarten, and really reminds me of how lucky we are to live in a society where welfare is accessible and no families have to live in these conditions.

52 comments:

  1. You basically see the same thing in my country. What's worse is when you find beggars, who tap on your car windows whilst waiting for traffic, while carrying an infant.

    People here in the states are really lucky. Kids can go to school here no matter what. In asian countries, most of the kids cannot go to school because they can't afford it, even those public schools which are the cheapest. Its such a sad thing to see but we can't do anything about it.. :(

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  2. That´s so right..kids shouldn´t be doing that..it makes me really sad to see this kind of situations...and it happens all over the world and is very humbling and makes you reflect on the luck you have even though sometimes you might think "oh my life sucks"...it really dosen´t, not at all compared to this people

    xx
    Andy
    The Black Label

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  3. Look at how happy that little boy was that you leaned in to give him some attention. Bless you for that. You're right - little kids should never have to work like that . They should be able to just be kids. Makes me so sad.

    xo,
    C

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  4. Pretty photo's ^___^
    I want to visit Cambodia but at the same time I'm pretty scarded (no offence) but the country isen't very safe o:

    xx

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  5. Oh those poor kids! :(

    You look darling. :)

    xx

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  6. Oh no, poor kids. It looks so hot out there.

    Your pics are stunning. You have an amazing figure!

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  7. You are in Cambodja!! I wish I was there... I love to meet different realities from mine and think: wow I'm really lucky. It's good to think twice next time I'm complaining aboit something. And you look great in the pics, I have a crush for big hats like that one.

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  8. wow...

    it looks fun there, but seeing those kids together with their clothes makes my heart brake

    you look so good with your pictures

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  9. we always do forget, good on you for bringing light to this and putting up pics on the real world

    http://themashedup.blogspot.com/
    Lydz xX

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  10. those photos are interesting..i can't believe that little saucer boat that boy is in!

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  11. That is truly sad. Breaks your heart to know people live like that. :(

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  12. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to not have a toilet. You're totally right that we do forget how lucky we are with all of our comforts on life. It must be an amazing experience for you to see how differently people can live. It must also be very sad as well.

    Take care & I enjoy hearing your stories of visiting Asia.

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  13. did you get tanned ? you're so white here ! what do you do to prevent getting tanned ? tell me my dear! and thanks for your comment, I'll take a gap year definitely

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  14. I visited India a few years ago and it definitely makes you thankful for what you have. WE are all so lucky to be able to afford nice things and its nice to remember that not everyone is as fortunate as we are.

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  15. great photos! that's right, sometimes we forget to be grateful

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  16. I love how you wear hats!!! The red tanks and shorts look great and carefree.


    Diego
    www.howtozipyourfly.com

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  17. Love your outfit <3
    And you're right sometimes you need to visit places like these to feel more grateful of your own living conditions.

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  18. your photos made me want to pack my bags and go traveling!

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  19. Definitely a good reminder for those of us who have running water... and ditto to the person above... I wish I could go travelling now too!

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  20. Thanks for sharing pictures .... and story.
    I know exactly what you mean. We take things for granted and we forget (or don't even know) how other people, human beings, just like us, live very under-privileged lives .... the saddest part: kids

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    http://www.filomenascloset.com/

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  21. so sweet these pictures honey! Those shorts are cool! Lovely denim short!

    xx

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  22. Beautiful photos! I love how the colors pop!

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  23. great photos, It seems to me that you've been everywhere!

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  24. aww im feeling all summer and love! Red is defo one of my favorite colors and it suits you soo well <3

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  25. Thanks for the comment, such beautiful pictures :O! That boy is super cute!

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  26. Love your outfit and this post really helps remind people how grateful we are living here =)
    I wish more people could read this post!

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  27. I love you in red.
    You look hot.
    And I don't think I would survive for a second there.

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  28. oh, lovely photos. thanks for talking about Tonle Sap. i have a good friend who is Cambodian. i believe his parents escaped being a part of the killing fields and moved to America about 20 years ago.

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  29. I'm from the Philippines, born and raised, but I am fortunate enough to have the choice to either live here in the US or back in Manila. It's the same thing in my country. These are gorgeous, and it's great that you're showing your part of the world to everyone :)

    http://samalamode.blogspot.com

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  30. Amazing photos, they tell a lot each one. Thanks for sharing with us! xo

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  31. absolutely adorable that picture of you with the boy!!!! and i love you for posting about this journey, you are so right, we do forget how lucky we are and how big is the world, this is a beautifl post. xoxox

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  32. I lived in Cambodia in a refugee camp! Love the photos!

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  33. Thanks for the reminder. It's overwhelming.

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  34. Seeing photos like this really serves as a good wake up call for all of us. It's amazing how we take everyday amenities like running water and electricity for granted.

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  35. It must be sad to see this first hand. It really does make you appreciate what you have.

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  36. woow, cool pics!!


    xoxo
    Antonia

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  37. such pretty photos, the little boy looks so happy :) We do live in better ways, shame some don't appreciate it!! xx

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  38. ia...when I travel abroad to developing countries, I truly do realize how lucky I am to simply have the luxury to sit down and blog at my leisure - so few in the world even have a computer much less time to waste blogging...they need to fight for sheer survival :\ It makes me feel ashamed about how I have the audacity to complain about things like not being able to travel more ><

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  39. Perfect outfit,lovely;)
    I totally love the first pic!
    I wish you a fabulous weekend!
    See you soo
    Mary

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  40. its nice when we go to a place whose reality is so different from ours. that way we can truly appreciate what we've got. here in brazil we can see this contrast inside our own country, since it's really big. some places are really rich and in others people are scraping by

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  41. your hat is incredible!!

    http://www.ohmydior.org/

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  42. Thanks for the comment! I feel so behind-the-times in my new obsession with all things CLIF bars, haha. Your trip looks and sounds incredible... I don't think I'd have it in me to be around those kids, begging when they should be playing. I'd want to bring them all back with me!

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  43. so true.... sometimes we complain a lot in our lives leaving the thoughts that when we see people like those people in that area seems like were luckier a million times than them...

    so we mshd be thankful for what has been given too us.. we were fortunate...

    Hey hun you looked so hot and cute with your jean shorts soo loved it!! and that red top is gorgeous..:)

    Nice shots with the kids there..

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  44. That's so sad. Makes me thankful for what we have in Canada for sure...

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  45. beautiful photos! :) I know what you mean, the conditions are similar in certain parts of the Philippines and what's even sadder is, people will actually advise you NOT to help/give these people anything because otherwise they will take advantage of you and never leave you alone! =(

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  46. I remember when I went out to the countryside in Laos :) It was veryyyy different after living in the city my whole life! I mean, their city was still a lot different than mine anyway but the countryside was a shocker! :) Hope you're enjoying yourself <3

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  47. The Philippines have a share of that, too. I really feel for kids who are supposed to be studying and cared for but are working to provide for their family. Sad.

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  48. awww this makes me sad. reminds me a bit of my childhood...except i was born in a refugee camp in thailand....but the living conditions were still bad. i'm really thankful to be where i am now...I'll probably be bawling a lot when i go back to visit Cambodia. :(

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  49. Các mau do go nha bep là rất quan trọng để có được sự chú ý đặc biệt, thu hút cái nhìn của nhiều người. Hiện nay xu hướng sử dụng màu sắc trong nhà bếp và bao gồm các mẫu thiet ke noi that phong khach, mau noi that phong ngu, mau noi that van phong là màu hồng, đỏ, xanh lá cây, xanh dương, tím, đỏ, đen, trắng, nâu. Trong đó, màu cam nổi lên như một mẫu thiết kế phổ biến và có nhiều cải tiến nhất. Trên thực tế, tông màu cam còn có thể kết hợp để sử dụng với các san pham do go noi that ở trong nhà bếp trong tu bep hien dai. Thứ nhất, đôi khi trái màu cam được sử dụng làm nền cho chiếc tủ bếp nhưng có khi đó là hình ảnh một trái cam trang trí cho chiếc kệ bếp thêm xinh xắn. Thứ hai, ở một khía cạnh khác, màu cam là màu sắc tươi mới rất thích hợp cho các khái niệm của nhà bếp hiện đại đòi hỏi sự thoải mái và sáng tạo rất nhiều nhằm truyền cảm hứng cho người nội trợ. Với những lý do đó chắc chắn các nhà thiết kế chỉ muốn thể hiện niềm hạnh phúc trong căn phòng này và kết hợp với sat my thuat, san pham gia cong sat , gia cong inox để làm cho cuộc sống này ngày càng tuyệt vời hơn

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