Serenity & simplicity

Jinsee takes us to Phnom Penh, the largest city in Cambodia.

A Local food stall at the back alley, Phnom Penh.

Despite the extensive cultural and historical attractions the city of Phnom Penh had to offer, I decided to travel along with my new local friend, Socheth Ros, to his village in Pea Reang district. Socheth is a tuk-tuk driver, so we mostly got around on his beloved vehicle.

This agricultural village where Socheth grew up, is about 70km away from Phnom Penh city. Socheth’s elder sister, a mother of 4 kids, welcomed us with heart-warming cooking. I’m especially fond of the freshly plucked Morning Glory – fried with garlic, a delicious yet simple local specialty.


Besides the amazing view of paddy fields, for the very first time, I truly felt a sense of serenity and simplicity, and the pure innocence of the people living in the village. Neighbours would gather around to keep their guests company. I felt incredibly lucky to have Socheth as my local guide and translator.

Cambodia was truly mesmerizing.


Rural children – more notably with girls – have many responsibilities within the family, especially when the adults away for farm chores. In order to continue her schooling, this little girl takes her younger brother in to class.




Two mechanics working at side of the road in Phnom Penh city.

This photo essay was put together by Jinsee Foo.

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  1. Seeing life away from the well-worn historic sites and tourist meccas is a grand part of travel. I’m glad the school lets the little ones join their siblings in the classroom.

    • This school is kind enough. But there are still plenty of young pupils busy helping out their families which impact their attendance at government school. Missed days at school eventually contributes to a high dropout rate.

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