A rather common question asked amongst Indians on being acquainted with one another is regarding their “native place”.
Children working is a common sight in India – young girls carrying water and/or washing utensils…
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Today, I got a lot of news. The non-governmental organisation I have been working as a volunteer in Japan asked me to help their projects. Of course, I emailed back soon to accept all of them.
With a couple of beer, I was thinking about my career as a development worker especially in developing regions. There are many of those professionals from Japan working with very lower salaries in comparison with businessmen.
I have just been back from Takeo. Phnom Penh is rapidly developing. When I came here last year, I felt Cambodia was a real developing country. It was very fresh for me to see this city. But now, I think this capital is different from other places in this country.
I talked to a man without an arm when we were seeing sunset from the terrace of our guesthouse. Even though he could not speak English, we had great languages in common. It was off course gesture. He was about 40 and lost his arm when he got sick roughly 30 years ago.
When I got to the Phnom Penh, I took a public taxi owned by the local government to the city centre for 7$, which was surprisingly expensive there. Then, a driver took me to a hotel but not a guesthouse.
When I got at the bus terminal in the capital, Vientiane, a guy said to me, “Where are you go, sir?” I did not say anything, because one of my friends in New Zealand told me,” Don’t believe people speaking English in poor countries”.
I decided to go to Khon Kaen where it takes 8 hours from Bangkok toward north by local train. I paid my ticket for 399B and also bought a bottle of water (10B), a snack (10B) and a pan cake (10B). My budget is 15$ (= 500B) a day, so I’ve already been nearly broke.