When I first stepped on the Cambodia soil 5 years ago, I was clueless. I barely know anything about this country and it's people. What I heard from my friends and ex colleagues is that this country is underdeveloped, well...as compared to it's neighboring countries in South East Asia. I already had that idea that the place is not as modernized as other Asian countries particularly as far as education and infrastructures are concerned.
True enough, when I arrived here 5 years ago, I have seen that the roads are not fully developed. Only a small fraction of the country's people speak and understand English. It was a struggle to communicate during my first few months. I had that experience of going to the market hoping to buy some personal stuff that I need in my room which the company provides me but I ended up going back to my housing unit with nothing. It's because nobody understands me. Sigh!
But I see how Cambodia progressed year after year. The roads had been developed very fast. Sooner than what I expected. Many new businesses had opened up and the tourism industry had soared into great heights. Cambodia now is one of the favorite destination of travelers particularly those from the Western side. Many investors are coming to Cambodia to put up businesses and some of the investment costs millions of dollars. I was thinking that these businessmen will not put up such great amount of money if they haven't seen the potential in the area.
Needless to say, Cambodia had rise up from the grounds after that nightmare from the Khmer rouge.
There are so many plus and minuses about this country and I want to share with you some. Let me begin with the things that I love about this country.
- People here are really into veggies and for me that's great.
- People here have high regards for foreigners and they treat them with a great amount of hospitality.
- People here are simple and so are their lives.
- This country is blessed having no incidents of earthquakes, typhoons, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, etc. In short they are free from any calamity. Maybe this has something to do with the country's geographical location.
- They love festivals and this can evidently shown by a number of holidays in a calendar year
Now let me go to what I don't like about Cambodia.
- I don't understand why they have to celebrate weddings for three days. When they hold weddings, they hold it mostly on the streets where detachable large canopies are installed adorned with lavish decorations.
- When they have functions, they will play a very strong sound system with an irritating music enough to break your ear drum and make you unable to sleep.
- They wear a pair of pajamas even outside the streets and to them, this is a common thing.
- They put a special ingredient on their dishes from which the smell can spread out enough for the whole village to know what is the dish for the day.
- Women love to put strong make up during parties and wear those thick fake eyelashes.
Overall, the country is still a good place to stay. It's safe, people are warm and hospitable, the cost of living is not so high and they provide ample opportunities for employment.