When you are new to Cambodia, this could be you:
Sitting at a cafe, bar or restaurant, enjoying a beverage or three (it is your holiday after all) and suddenly you stop mid-sip, jaws open (hopefully you are not dribbling...yet) and your eyes follow two stunning young Cambodian girls, giggling, heels, make up and .......pyjamas.... You look again. You nudge your companion and giggle yourself. Yes, that's right, pyjamas. Hello Kitty, Angry Birds or the more classic Disney issue of Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse. Top and bottom. Accompanied by a fake Louis Vuitton handbag.
I wouldn't have a clue....about cartoons and fabric or fake bags - but the main thing is that I ditched PJs long time ago.
Pyjamas, the symbol of comfort.
I have to reach far into my memory to recall my last set...
I can handle wearing PJs during sleep. Just. If I really have to. I can recall long forgotten school friends bunking off purely for the joy of pretending to be sick and being able to stay in their pyjamas all day. Lucky you, parents....
I hated staying in bed when daylight crept into the room, even when sick. I hated PJs. I don't own a pair now - or is it a set? Who knows...
So I keep wondering about my Cambodian neighbours patrolling the streets in their finest ! Flannel !!! Edition of cartoons that I have never heard of - and hopefully never will. Is it a matter of fashion? I sincerely hope not..... But why the make up and heels? Is it a matter of comfort? Again, why the make-up and heels? I haven't seen this phenomena in other Asian countries and I have travelled many. Some questionable pattern matches - yes - sure, but that extends as far as Russia so we must tolerate this.
PJs continue to puzzle me. It's too hot here, anyway.
Any and all (logical) explanations of this strange fact of life in Cambodia are welcome here. Thank you.
anna bella betts
Never still, always on the move, looking for the perfect capture... Cambodia is currently my home, presenting endless opportunities....
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