The Road of Enlightenment


The children looked very ragged . They came to our groups while we had just got off the bus . My friends and i was ignored them, because they are looking like hostile .

So does either with environment around us look like. During our journey, it just seemed only a broad stretch of sand on our right and left side. Then, interspersed with some storied wooden house without a fence. I didn’t know how this journey will be end.

It happened because we have to move to a common bus – after passed Poipet-Aranyaphratet border. We left by bus we were supposed to because we were asked to face the imigration head. Then finally we got here, in this area that may not exist in back azzimute coloumn on map. Hahaha. We were getting lost, absolutely! 

After a while, the ragged children got closer. They give us a beautiful bracelet. Wow, its like, i found such like an oase, because this area can still welcomes tourists sweetly. My spirit up, although we didn’t have enough money to buy some foods even just bread .

Our bus will be leaving soon, and the ragged children look happy and come approached. From their gesture , I knew that they were asking for the loyalty, because they had given us the accessories. I grabbed my friend’s arm, after knewing that they cared by an adults who is having a thought fierce .

They followed us up at the bus door . The bus driver had asked us to submit some bills directly and yeah…finally we gave it! 

Well, so far we ‘ve wasted time about 10 hours. And we already lost our tourist bus ticket because we already move to the bus we weren’t not supposed to. 

Meanwhile, the sky was getting dark and the bus driver realized that he took the wrong way! But finally we got off at a place, far away from our destination, the Villa. Then tuk-tuk driver approached and said that he was familiar with our villa.


And obviously, they didn’t lie. 

We arrove at my Villa. That night, we only ate an instant noodle. Raws it! And then ate like a mouse. Silently. There are only a pair of eyes that had been watching us on the hotel terrace. Oh ! He is the man! The man who is having thought fierce, someone who cared the ragged children that we met before! His room is two lines next to us!


I didn`t know what would be happened. We slept in silent and undecided. I wondered what happened for the days after.

But, we already deal with this trip. We didn’t have enough money anymore, but still, we have three main stocks; brain, mental, and intelligence to deal with any situations. We knew that. We also always to used it until entered the Vietnamese border. In which time, the imigration officer didn’t capable to scan my passport. Voila!


A journey is full of surprise. Of course it will.

And so does this life.


_repost from my blog

Siem Reap, 2011



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