"Vichet, where did you learn English?" I ask. "I studied very hard" Vichet continues, "but my family was so poor and needed more money so I stopped going to school and became a street barber". "When did you start driving this Tuk Tuk?" I wonder and he tells me he has been careening through the streets of Cambodia's Phnom Penh for about 2 years. That leads into a whole discussion of the trade secrets of the Tuk Tuk business and he seems to be one of the city's foremost scholars . "So you've lived here your whole life?" and Vichet tells me his very own grandfather was killed by the Khemer Rouge in the Killing Fields just outside the city, the same place he now drives tourists interested in learning more about the atrocities of Pol Pot's communist regime. "I wasn't born yet, so I never knew my grandfather but it is still very sad for me and my family and all of Cambodia". His easy smile recedes for a moment as the words settle in the muggy air and we both look down for an impromptu moment of silence. 
Then I ask how old he is: "I'm 24" Vichet tells me as we continue waiting outside a store while a friend is inside. I tease him about some cute girlfriend and he smiles bashfully as he admits he has a wife and she just had a baby boy. A full smile spills out as he tells me his baby boy's name is Vichet too and his eyes start to shine like all that has ever mattered to him is bundled up at home a couple blocks away. 
#whptodayimet
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  • ian_mckay"Vichet, where did you learn English?" I ask. "I studied very hard" Vichet continues, "but my family was so poor and needed more money so I stopped going to school and became a street barber". "When did you start driving this Tuk Tuk?" I wonder and he tells me he has been careening through the streets of Cambodia's Phnom Penh for about 2 years. That leads into a whole discussion of the trade secrets of the Tuk Tuk business and he seems to be one of the city's foremost scholars . "So you've lived here your whole life?" and Vichet tells me his very own grandfather was killed by the Khemer Rouge in the Killing Fields just outside the city, the same place he now drives tourists interested in learning more about the atrocities of Pol Pot's communist regime. "I wasn't born yet, so I never knew my grandfather but it is still very sad for me and my family and all of Cambodia". His easy smile recedes for a moment as the words settle in the muggy air and we both look down for an impromptu moment of silence.
    Then I ask how old he is: "I'm 24" Vichet tells me as we continue waiting outside a store while a friend is inside. I tease him about some cute girlfriend and he smiles bashfully as he admits he has a wife and she just had a baby boy. A full smile spills out as he tells me his baby boy's name is Vichet too and his eyes start to shine like all that has ever mattered to him is bundled up at home a couple blocks away.
    #whptodayimet

  • abdulmubarakzShort story 👍👌
  • little_jie9I like the pic which has a story to tell, great!
  • glenny.gswhat a lovely story!
  • deeandra14Cool. Congratulations
  • anubhavagarwalaThe caption makes this picture so full of life..👌
  • mdatthewLove your story dude ✌️
  • mdatthewLove your story dude ✌️
  • ashleymckyI love this story and photo, so great
  • jweetie_angelzzHaha I'm so lucky that can live in Cambodia !!
  • ipren41000ST LIKE
  • jotamendoncaaL4L? ♥
  • nknk__👍 thumb up for cambodia
  • tiiiteixeiraTuc tuc?
  • sky_creeper_guys_Folback
  • swag_phs_072Nice 🌹🌹🌹
  • nas_rayyan007Classic
  • emilyaretilove this.
  • mitchrobertpriceI miss Vichet & Mr. Panna
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