Learning humility by being broken - Cambodia, Southeast Asia

Learning humility by being broken - Cambodia, Southeast Asia

Learning humility by being broken - Cambodia, Southeast Asia


Please excuse my tardiness in getting back to your photostreams. I am guilty of doing a lot of “post and run” lately.

My excuse? My Apple MacBook Pro laptop decided to quit on me last week. I have owned eight Apple desktop and laptop computers and this was the first time this has happened.

As a result, I had to reboot my old MacBook laptop (which I am writing on right now). It was not working as fast as I would like it so I bought a larger and faster hard drive, which made all the difference. While I was doing that upgrade I was using my old Apple Mac Mini to post to Flickr.

Can you tell I am an Apple fan boy?

After spending hours on Apple repair forums and fiddling around with my MacBook Pro, I finally took it down to my local Apple Store to get it checked out. It will be looked at by technicians for the next couple of days and initial estimates run from $300 to $650 (it maybe a bad graphics card or even worse a bad logic board). I am not happy with those figures especially in light of spending $1700 for the laptop.

I journeyed to Southeast Asia to challenge myself as a travel photographer, but to also sharpen my skills in people photography. In the end, I matured as a travel photographer, but I learned much more in being humble, patient and being more appreciative of what I have been blessed with.

I remember in the movie “Fight Club” and Brad Pitt’s character saying, “The things you own end up owning you.”

Processing my photos from Cambodia reminded me of all the people I met who had little or no possessions, but always offered their generous hospitality and a warm smile. This was true in the Chunchiet ethnic minority village in Northeastern Cambodia.

I encountered these two young boys under a hut playing with some twigs. No, they were not on their smartphones updating their Facebook status or posting a photo on Instagram. Nor were they watching some mindless television program or playing a game on their Playstation on a 60-inch flat panel TV. They were simply enjoying each other’s company.

I sat down and observed them for a while. I offered a smile and communicated with them with hand gestures. I was looking for that photographic “decisive moment” but it never did come about until I was about to leave and one of the boys looked over his shoulder and the other peeked around his head.

My MacBook Pro laptop can always be replaced, but you can never replace the precious relationships of your family and friends.

Always be thankful for what you have.

Merry Christmas my friends!

Check back for more of my adventures in Cambodia! One more photo in the comment section.

Happy Travels!

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Taken on: 8th June, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

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Cambodia's Angkor is, quite simply, one of the most splendid attractions in all of Southeast Asia. Long considered "lost", the ruins of Angkor were never really lost to the Khmers, who have used the monuments as religious sites throughout their history.

The myth of "The Lost Ruins of Angkor" is more suited to an Angelina Jolie film than the history books. The story more or less begins with their being "rediscovered" by Western explorers in the 19th century, beginning with the French botanist Henri Mahout who stumbled across Angkor Wat in 1860. Few remember though that Mahout was led to the site by a Khmer guide and that when he arrived, he found a flourishing Buddhist monastery within the temple grounds.

During the Khmer Rouge period, the ruins were largely left to their own devices.Like most Khmers, even Pol Pot was unable to shake the power of the site, saying in 1977, "If our people can make Angkor, they can make anything."

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