Cambodians & Their Immediate Response Times

Different nations come with different cultures and ways of life, likewise for Cambodians. When it comes to immediate responses, I personally think that Cambodian people are very rushed and keen to get back the response from others via text or email or Facebook message. For example, the response from email, Cambodian people really expect to receive a reply as soon as possible. When it comes to the delay of a response, they usually think that the receiver has a lack of responsiveness and are being irresponsible. In some situations, the sender might also think of themselves as less valued in that time of the situation.

I have to admit that the people of Cambodia are those who see things at the first glance. Their judgments are decided immediately by the approach. Though their response and reaction are very immediate, Cambodians also are likely to welcome a rational explanation to the situation.

Although, Cambodia people are likely to receive quick response upon their situations, they somehow establish low attention to respond to others. We can say that they expect good, but are not willing to do well. However, this does not apply to all groups of Cambodian people…  It depends on their attitudes.

Thoughts on Foreigners

f1I have been living in Cambodia 19 years – all my life. My country is located in mainland South-east Asia, having a border with Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and the gulf of Thailand. 181,035 kilometers square for me is so small. However, the land is not large like it used to be, I still feel happy to live in my enchanted country. My country is well-known as a country with many beautiful natural and historical places. Those things attract so many foreigners from various continents. Most of them are from Vietnam, China, Korea, Laos, Thailand, U.S.A, Japan, U.K, France, and Australia.

 Although I have been living in this country since I was born, I have never seen number of foreigners that come to Cambodia as many as these past few years. The first time that I met with foreigner was the time that I visited Kompong Som Province which is now named Sihanouk Ville. She was from France. At that time, she saw me and my sisters were learning how to swim, and she came over to us and offered to help teach us how to swim. At first, I didn’t feel comfortable with her since she was a foreigner, but later I started feeling more comfortable after seeing her friendly and kind behaviors.

IMG_3051I think foreigners are kind and friendly. They are willing to help in everything that they think they can. They don’t care much about being judged by the others. They like doing whatever they like. They are not only kind and friendly but also interested in learning everything around them like people, cultures, food and many other things when they are in foreign countries.

How They Dress?2

I love the way they dress. To be honest, T-shirt, scarf, hat, bracelets, jeans/short skirt, sandals or high top look really good on them. From what I think, those things are really comfortable for them as a tourist who likes exploring. Differ from Cambodian people who like wearing elegant clothes with expensive jewelry.

4What they Do?

I find that they like buying souvenirs. Those little things that are sold at the markets like Toul Tom Poung, Phsar Thmey and of course night market at Siem Reap, are so beautiful. Foreigners seem so interested in those tiny little things, even me as a Cambodian also like those kind of things. What is more, I notice that most of them now know a lot about the price in Cambodia. IMG_2882For example, most of tuk tuk drivers likes to gain more profits from foreigners since they think that foreigners don’t know much about the real price for riding a tuk tuk. Let say the price for the riding is only about 2$ for Cambodian but almost $4 to $5 dollar for foreigners. Luckily, most of foreigners now know about this, so I find it’s hard for those drivers to get the money like they used to get from foreigners.

Adventures

Foreigners love freedom. They are curious. They seem to like doing things that Cambodian people rarely do like hiking, diving, and cycling around Phnom Penh city or in Siem Reap. For tIMG_3665hose who enjoy watching the street scene love to ride a cyclo rather than tuk tuk. In fact, I notice that few of them allow a cyclo driver to sit, and they themselves drive the cyclo instead. It is one of the reason why I think foreigners like to experience new things. For Cambodian people, hiking and diving sounds dangerous but for foreigners, it sounds exciting. Foreigners love exploring natural places rather than man-made places. Unlike Cambodian people, they really like going to man-made places like super market and amusement park. About two weeks ago, I went to Siem Reap with my family. I saw many foreigners visited Angkor Wat temple. Most of them are around 20s to 30s. Most of foreigner who pay a visit in Siem Reap, try as much as they can to wake up before the dawn in order to see a beautiful sunrise behind Angkor Wat temple. Watching the sunrise is not the only thing that foreigners love to. I find that they are really in love watching the sunset also. IMG_3173Not only at Bakheng Mountain which is the famous place to enjoy the beautiful view of the sunset in the land of Angkor, but at Sihanouk Ville also. The big difference between them and Cambodian people is that foreigners love to spend every moment in their life doing things that they love to do. IMG_2747For them, exploring new places, tasting local food from various countries, hiking mountains, diving to see many colorful corals and the living things under the sea, cycling along the street, and watching the sunset are the worth experiences for them to do at least once in their lives.

To Go Coffee – Bags or Cups

UntitledThere are many ways of packing coffee nowadays. For a long time people only could take their coffee in a glass or cup. Now, there is a new modern way of packing coffee ‘to go’ that many young people, especially teens and young adults, prefer. They like the new style of packing coffee – which uses a paper bag and plastic bag because it is easy for them to keep it/ hold onto it longer and drink it. This new style of packing coffee was designed for them, as they tend to be moving around more. Older people, still like drinking coffee by using a cup or glass rather than using a bag because they are more used to it.

The coffee is made the same way for bag or glassc1 by putting condensed milk, then fresh milk and coffee into a glass and stirring ingredients. Packing a coffee bag uses a plastic bag that has a drinking tube, then put that into a paper bag that is carried by a plastic bag on the outside.