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  • #523913
    mauzi
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    Thanks so much for that. The childrens souls just shine through, such beauty, I am really touched by them,

    It is so sad that adults in the west particularly, are so paranoid about the innocence of children (and of course that some take advantage of that is beyond belief).

    My children grew up in the country and while that was now 22 years ago, naked children their were just part of life…they used to strip off everywhere 😆 if they could. I can’t believe anyone could misinterpret your beautiful pictures as pornography. Very sad indeed.

    Thanks for the photos, they are truly beautiful. :clap: :clap:

    #523914
    fruitful
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    I’m loving this thread, my kids ran around half/fully naked in our backyard all the time when they were small, we were in suburbia at the time and we had a pool so on hot days we often had my brothers kids and my lot dashing to the pool, jumping in and then dashing back to the shade of the verandah where they dried off and then did the whole process again (or inside on a drop cloth in front of the t.v.), very occasionally we had someone drop by and they were REALLY, REALLY EMBARASSED by the kids “nutidy”. I’m surprised I didn’t get reported to Child Welfare because I told people “it’s hot, they’re happy and if you don’t like it, just don’t look!”.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us Trandto, your photos are absolutely beautiful and I am reminded how blessed we are.

    :clap: :wave:

    #523915
    trandto
    Member

    Thank you all for the praise, unfortunately my photography can’t really capture how wonderful they are, it’s frustrating, trying to identify what is missing leads me to view the work of others and even that can be dangerous.

    mauzi post=343616 wrote: I can’t believe anyone could misinterpret your beautiful pictures as pornography.

    I am sure that’s what Bill Henson thought when he went through all that brou ha ha !

    #523916
    BlueWren
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    I was so entranced by that child’s face I didn’t even notice his little backside! I had to go back and look at the photo again to make sense of your FaceBook comment.

    We spent years in Papua New Guines.I really really hope the children there are still running free.

    #523917
    trandto
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    We went for a little trip down to the old colonial French resort towns of Kep and Kampot over the weekend, mini bus down, hired a tuk tuk and managed to go through the rural back blocks for the trip back from Kep to Kampot. Saw some of rural Cambodia, it was nice to be away from the towns and small villages.

    Visited a cave system with an ancient Buddhist Temple. The “kids” who were tour guides, assured us they were older then Angkor Wat, I asked how do you know this, they said the old guy who is the caretaker told them so, I said he must be very old then…

    The cave were in through limestone and we were invited to scramble trough the back way to the entrance, instead of circumnavigating the hill like we did on the way in. Wonderful, escorted through a tiny cave system by kids in the middle of rural Cambodia, had to scramble and crawl, I love how you can still do stuff like that here and it’s not blocked off. He told us to mind our head on one section as one tourist had smashed his head open by not being careful and the hospital is very far away … what, they didn’t sue the tour guide ! lol

    Cave Tour guides

    watering the veggies the hard way, the dude was buff ! I looked at my flabby western physique… sigh…

    Old colonial townhouses in Kampot, in various states of repair.

    #523918
    mauzi
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    I am really enjoying your photos and catch ups. Facinating. I will never compain about watering my garden again, that would be a job and a half via watering cans. It is great the kids can still explore things like the caves. When our boys were young they spent so much time exploring large granit outcrops and caves and they really loved it. In many ways we can blame ourselves and our greed via going for money (sueing) at every opportunity. We are completely paranoid about litigation now and it is cripling us and any sense of adventure we once had. Very sad indeed. Anyway, not to get off the subject of your beautiful and very interesting photos. Thanks once again.

    #523919
    trandto
    Member

    mauzi post=343799 wrote: We are completely paranoid about litigation now and it is cripling us and any sense of adventure we once had. Very sad indeed. Anyway, not to get off the subject of your beautiful and very interesting photos. Thanks once again.

    Not at all, it’s one of the reasons we moved here… no litigation culture, yet. An anecdotal story, I read an interesting item in an “Australian Geographic” magazine a couple years ago, an Adventurer was writing in about a talk he gave at a school, (he had been kayaking and hiking in remote country) at the end the kids were asked what they thought, one kid said he thought it was completely irresponsible but if he got hurt could he sue someone… how could this be the first thing someone would think of ? I don’t blame the politicians at all, I am with George Carlin on this, I blame the voters

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    #523920
    trandto
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    There is a larg-ish pond across the road from us, and from time to time people collect water plants from there for use. I managed to catch a mother, father and child doing exactly that yesterday

    #523921
    mauzi
    Member

    Sitting here in Tasmania where it is getting cool now, that looks like a great thing to be doing in a warm climate. I really love your photos, and thanks for the updates.

    #523922
    BlueWren
    Member

    Are they edible plants? Do you use them too? Fish in there? Thanks again for a fascinating thread.

    #523923
    Matty Alan
    Member

    wow Trandto that’s a really fascinating post and it’s good to see you trying to help these people. It’s true that a lot of Aussies can whinge about living conditions here and be completely oblivious to how tough people overseas can have it.

    My wife is Indonesian and although it’s not as bad as Cambodia and some other countries it has it’s fair share of poorer parts not unlike this. I mean when you hear on the news that people sometimes sell their own children just to survive it can really put things into perspective.

    Also on a completely unrelated note, that tomato skin rosette looks ace! I really want to try (and most likely fail) at that.

    #523924
    slowlynow
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    Trandto, love reading about your time in Cambodia. I have been there twice, backpacking around SE Asia. And loved every minute of it! For a people who have lost so much and have so little they are wonderful. Always smiling, and seem very positive!

    The corruption there is really appalling, met an Aussie couple who built a guesthouse on the water where you guys are (‘Nookville, as I called it!) and the continual lineup of people of authourity at their door for Tax broke them in the end!

    Enjoy your time there and if you can go to the (also) wonderful country of Laos!

    #523925
    trandto
    Member

    slowlynow post=345003 wrote: and the continual lineup of people of authourity at their door for Tax broke them in the end!

    That can be tricky but obviously their are some that make a go of it as there are a slew of successful westerner owned businesses over here. I have at least 1/2 a dozen business owner acquaintances from all over the World who have been here for 10 years at least, they must be doing something right. That aside, taxes are low to non existent, so I guess paying taxes directly to officials makes up for it and is more efficient then employing a middle man (tax collector) to do it for you, like we do in the West. :shrug:

    slowlynow post=345003 wrote: Enjoy your time there and if you can go to the (also) wonderful country of Laos!

    We are here for months yet, who knows how many ! Then off to Thailand for some elective surgery (spend a month recuperating), then Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam and then possibly back here, who knows.

    #523926
    busylizzie
    Member

    Thanks for posting such great pics and sharing your story, very interesting. :clap:

    #523927
    EdenYuen35
    Member

    Thanks for sharing such a nice post, very interesting and informative as well.

    Keep sharing….

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