πŸ›Ί Road Trip To Pramaoy With Mey-Yii & The Family πŸ‘§πŸ½

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We took a road trip to Pramaoy today for some shopping, and I invited Mey-Yii to join us because I know she rarely leaves the village.

Not Used To Road Trips 😴

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Β  Β  Β The journey to Pramaoy from Steung Kach is over an hour long, but within 10 minutes of leaving, Mey-Yii's infectious excitement over a simple road trip quickly turned to a loss of consciousness and deep, deep, sleep. All those endorphins from her emotions wore off, and she was left with zero energy to stay awake and watch the scenery.

High As A Kite πŸͺ

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Β  Β  Β In Pramaoy one of the first sights that greeted us was a local woman selling durians and a few other in-season fruits. Usually people selling in front of the market on the ground aren't established market sellers, often from the countryside, and only selling until the goods are gone. This lady was chewing a gigantic wad of betel nut, and she was spitting all over the place while talking to customers, not a good look, but nothing to bat an eye here in the Kingdom of Wonder.

Flower Score For Pov 🌼

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Β  Β  Β After doing our market shopping we headed to the local plant nursery for some goodies, and the wife was obviously happy with her finds. I forgot to mention Mey-Yii's grandma gave her $2.50 USD to buy some new shoes, and after she found the pair of flip-flops she wanted, she realize they $3.75. The seller must've realized this was a girl from the village we were trying to help out a bit, so she sold the shoes to Mey-Yii for $2.50, very kind of her.

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Β  Β  Β After fleeing the nursery before my wife tried to buy the whole place, Mey-Yii fell asleep within 10 minutes once again, but upon arriving back here in Steung Kach, now she has stories to tell, new shoes, and she told us we will never go to Pramaoy without her ever again.

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That's such a fun adventure. I'm surprised that people over there chew betel nut. Some of our locals in our City also do that a lot. I thought it was a Filipino thing hehe.

Thanks for sharing this with us and may you have a great month ahead!

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Betel nut is increasingly a countryside only habit, and here in Cambodia I've only even seen women use it, I assume because cigarettes and alcohol are still taboo for the older generation of women. It was strange to see this woman chewing and spitting at the mouth of the main market, but Pramaoy is a very small town, and very isolated compared to the rest of Cambodia.

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Mey Yii is happy joining the road trip to Pramaoy especially she got new shoes. Even she was asleep most of the road trip. πŸ˜€
She will be more excited on your next road trip as she told you that she'll be joining again on your future trips and must not leave without her. πŸ˜€

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Now that we got her enrolled in school, she's now in the tuk-tuk each day for long commutes to school, so no more falling asleep, especially with 6 friends onboard.

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It's clear to see the radiance of happiness from her face, look at her smile and laugh that is loose and not made up. Thank you my friend justin, you are a good person πŸ‘

Hahaha..in our area of ​​Aceh-Indonesia there are also many old people chewing areca nut wrapped with betel leaf and also a little clove. It is said that it is useful for strengthening teeth and so that they are not brittle. But thankfully here no one is spitting everywhere 🀣

Congratulations Mey-Yii on the new shoes and also because you have such kind neighbors like the @justinparke and @sreypov families πŸ™πŸ€

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Mey-Yii is now even happier because we finally got her enrolled in school. I am so proud of her for getting a bargain on her new shoes. Chewing betel is becoming less and less common here as education increases. It's now know that betel causes tooth rot and decay as well as cancer, but in rural areas, folk beliefs often trump medical and scientific information.

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It was very kind of you to invite Mey-Yii. She will have many wonderful memories of her trip.

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She's such a sweet and intelligent girl, just needs more opportunities and guidance.

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Nice trip, I also saw the orchid in your wife's hand, it's a very popular flower at our place in Indonesia, Aceh.

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My wife loves orchids, and we find many wild varieties in the forest across the river, but not as pretty as the varieties sold at the plant shops.

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Yeah, that's right.
Almost all women like orchids, because they have very beautiful flower shapes and very different colors.

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Nice trip ... I see some of your culture in the photo.Nice sharing and thank for your photo.

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Glad you enjoyed the post, the markets are always full of activity, a good glimpse into the way of life here.

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Have a nice trip with your family pramaoy because you will be shopping for some of your household needs and other necessities so the scenery around the market is very familiar with the situation here, namely sellers of various kinds of fruits and other goods traditionally and you have taken photos What's amazing is that in this market, I was very impressed with what the traditional requirements were in Pramaoy because you can already adapt to the local culture.

The people in the city are very kind to help you shop and give you discounts on goods and your wife is very interested in the orchid plant she seems to be smiling happily because she can have beautiful orchids.

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After 12+ years on and off here in Cambodia, I am now very used to the way of life and culture here. I think I adapt well to new environments, but Cambodia is a challenge for many people, and very few foreigners choose to live in remote areas where nobody speaks English. I was so happy for Mey-Yii's big discount and my wife's flower find.

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the first step congratulations have fun on the way to pramaoy with your beloved family,,
After I listened to what you shared today and what you said today, I commented on one picture and the conclusion about a woman chewing betel nut and spitting everywhere,, hahaha.. it sounds a little flashy and disrespectful, but that's it. It's not really a big discussion, of course, it doesn't need to be debated.

but......?
at my place there is also a betel nut and betel seller which is exactly the same as what you shared this time, he sits while chewing betel nut and spit it everywhere too,, eating around where he sat was already red with saliva,, I smiled a little when I saw your story this time,,,

it's a valuable experience, and that experience should not be imitated, is that right...???

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Haha, the betel chewing is funny isn't it? Sometimes the person chewing gets a little too high to respond quickly. The seller sometimes got confused with which customer was buying what things, I think because she was a bit too high from the betel 😁.

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That will be sweet memory of your kindness to the little girl. She can go to other town with you and your family. That is very kind of you.

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She is slowly becoming part of our family, and I encourage her to spend as much time with us as possible because her homelife is not good.

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I was cheered by the news that the vendor at the market sold shoes to Mey-Yii for a discount! That was such a good thing to do under the circumstances! That little girl certainly needs a bit more kindness in her life! πŸ’œ

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I think it was irresistible to the seller who know her personal situation. She even heard Mey-Yii say, "$3.25, but I only got $2.50." I'll have to bring her along on any future business transactions, perhaps make her my head negotiator.

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Mey-Yii just got herself a Chinese name ηΎŽε„€. Beautiful and elegance 😁 technically that's how we pronounce that 2 Chinese characters in Cantonese(southern dialects, same as Hong Kong accent).

So glad she got a bargain flip flop. Glad Pov is not the home minister, otherwise if she decided to purchase the entire nursery, you can't say no but to load the entire nursery on to your ape 🀣

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We weren't sure, but because it is not a Cambodian name, we had always assumed it was Chinese. Her mother is Khmer with no Chinese roots, and funny that just the other day we found out her father is actually an ethnic Cham muslim, a minority here that has Malaysian roots.

Khmers often choose foreign names of Thai, Chinese, French, and English origin just because they like the sound or style, and I guess this is the case with little Mey-Yii.

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And Cham in Cantonese is Mixed 🀣🀣🀣 what a coincidence!

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