Visiting the Tuol Seng Genocide Museum and the Cheong Ek Killing Fields was my main draw to Cambodia. Thousands of people lost their lives there and memorials have been resurrected at both places to (a) honour the dead and (b) remind the living never to forget what happened.
It is ironic how the dead can teach the living a lesson or two.
Lesson 1: We are all going to die someday, yet we live as if we have forever. We don’t have forever, we only have now - but if we live it right, now is good enough.
Lesson 2: It is oddly melancholic to learn that love doesn’t always drive away hate; that goodness doesn’t always triumph over evil; and that kindness doesn’t always beget kindness. It is also deeply unsettling to know that one can’t save the world from all the injustice, bigotry and hatred out there.
Lesson 3. But even if we can’t all save the world, we can still choose to love humanity, to be good, and to be kind. Even if it feels impossible, and even if we are scared of what this vulnerability means. Love anyway- in spite of and despite of. Because at the end of the day, even if you can’t save this world, love will save you. ❤️ #cambodia#randomthoughts#phnompenh#genocidemuseum
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Many tourists were visiting Baphuon temple and making these photos hard to take plus staying there and waiting for the solo moment to take these photo was also hard because of the scorching heat of the sun. #doitforthegram 😎😎
So for our mission to Cambodia, initially we booked a flight with a stop over in Bangkok to save us about $1,000.
Our first day in, we met two expats who run a rugby program at an orphanage in town. We decided to use some of the the extra funds left over from our #HeartsForCambodia fundraising, to purchase a brand new desktop computer as well as a ton of treats for the boys home. •
Ban Mahamek Home For Boys houses over 200 young men. They’re age ranges anywhere from toddlers to college students. One thing we noticed about these kids is that even in such a horrible situation, where they’ve been left with little to no family and only the support of the people from the home, they still find a way to smile and live a happy life. This was a very humbling experience and reminds us to be so thankful for everything and everyone in our lives.
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