Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Own cup not allowed in American Airlines!

Before the trip, when I was packing things in my luggage at home, I was thinking whether to bring a little thermos along. I don’t like using disposable utensils, because they create unnecessary trash for the earth.
The thermos did not get to travel with me finally. I didn’t take it.

I regretted I didn’t have it when I saw a westerner guy hand his cup to the flight attendant in the Cathay Pacific plane. The flight attendants always have good manners and smile.
While staying in my friend’s house in Penang, she was so kind to give me one cup from set of 4 Tupperware cups. I filled it with water and it went out with me everyday.
I emptied it for the airport’s security.

The day we travelled back home, I almost forget I had a cup in my carry-on bag until we were in the American Airlines flight from Dallas to St. Louis.
I handed my cup to the assistant: “I would like to have coffee in my cup.”
“No, we are not allowed to do that. We use only our cups.” She sounded loud and didn’t even say it in a polite way or smile. She passed me a foam cup of coffee, and I was unhappy to take it.
After a while, she came back and said; “I hope you understand, some people bring their big containers and ask us to fill them.”
“This foam is not good for hot drinks.” I don’t know why I said this, instead of saying I didn’t ask to fill full my cup.
She said again: “That’s what they told us.”
What kind of service? Does American Airlines worry and are afraid of customers trying to ask much more than a cup of coffee? Please care about peoples’ health and the environment!
回美國的行程,我已幾乎忘了我有水罐在包里帶着至到最後的America航空機,從DallasSt. Louis
: “請用我的水罐給我咖啡。
: “我希望你明白,有些人拿很大的罐装。
: “他們是這麽跟我們講。

Do you think I can sue American Airlines or sue her for rejecting me using my own cup on the airplane?
Steve said no, they don’t have to provide you drinks!
I think Steve prefers to argue with me rather than others.
你認為我可以控訴 American航空或控訴空姐拒絕我用自己的水罐嗎?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Cambodia - Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, but the city is a little bad compared to the cleanliness of Siem Reap.

Phnom Penh是柬埔寨的首都,但比起Siem Reap的清潔度,這城市有點差。

It doesn’t have tourist crowds like in Siem Reap, which has the attraction of Angkor Wat.
Siem ReapAngkor Wat吸引眾多遊客。

However, most Cambodians are friendly.


Chinese-Cambodians speak Chinese.

It is weird. The same thing happened at the last night in the hotel in Siem Reap.
What thing? If you read my post about the last night we sta
yed in the hotel in Japan about the light turning on at night time. http://lktansinee.blogspot.com/2010/05/impressions-of-japan.html
The same thing happened. Steve went to bed before me, I switched off all the lights and got in the bed. I did not sleep very well that night. When I realized outside of my eyelids was bright, I was sure that a light was on. I opened my eyes a little, and a stand light was on! I was annoyed and I pushed Steve to turn off the light, but he didn’t want to get up. He said the switch is on my bedside table. I tried to ignore it and hoped I could sleep, but couldn’t. Ah… I had to turn it off finally!

The next morning, I tried to turn on that stand light but it didn’t work. Weird huh, why could it automatically turn on in the middle of the night?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cambodia - Tonle Sap Lake

We took a private boat tour of the floating village at Tonle Sap Lake - the boat was for us only. Running the boat was a young captain and a young boy for a first mate.
我們乘船去看Tonle Sap湖的水上人家,船只載我們倆私人團而已,年青的舵手及小男孩助手。

Floating church

The captain was like a tour guide also, introducing the floating village… and a floating school. He said we can get some food in a store to donate to the students. A little store has some stationery, like note books, pencils… and food like candy, snacks, instant noodles… A box of instant noodles is $22. What a price! “$22! We don’t have enough money.” We did not buy anything (we really didn’t have enough money!), but I thought to make a small donation to the school instead.

When I stepped in the school, I saw a man with the kids and I assumed he was a teacher. I handed money to him: “This is my little donation.” He smiled and received it.

I turned around and saw a donation box. He saw me point to the box, but he ignored what I meant. Hmm… as I tell you this story I realize I have attachment to my donation. Let it go.

A crocodile farm

This trip is not a pleasant boat tour for me, seeing the parents with kids row their boats up to the tour boats, and having the kids approach you to sell drinks.

I am so sad seeing the moms carry their babies to beg for money.

Poor is not a sin, but sacrificing the childhood the kids deserve, would that make them (self-esteem) poorer?

I am wishing them well.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cambodia - Siem Reap

Photo taken in 2002

This was my second time visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia - Angkor Wat.
這是我第二次到柬埔寨,Siem Reap城的Angkor Wat. 這次是與Steve

Photo taken in 2002

Because of Steve, I was glad and came to see ‘you’ again, nine years later. I like your amazing smile, but aging not only on me, also on you. I wish your smile will last forever; however, I know all these are impermanent...

The month of May is the low season for tourism.


The hawkers try their best to sell you something; they will lower the price to get your attention...

They will surround you, especially the westerners like Steve.



However, it seems they have their boundary, once you pass that, you will be released.



I do not feel comfortable as there are a lot of young kids selling things. Why are they not in school?

A boy speaks fluent English, and he follows us and tries to be our tour guide. When he knew I wanted to take a photo of Steve, he ran and sat there. I was laughing, but he pretended to slide his body away.

Later, Steve told me he asked for 1 dollar.