RE: Vaccine Ramble ๐Ÿ’‰ Suriname vs. Cambodia โš–๏ธ & A Cameo From Harry The Lamb

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I have somehow managed to never borrow money or get into debt of any kind, never even owned a credit card, but it has had a major impact on my life, and it was probably the main reason I had to leave the USA. If you're not willing to be a slave to debt, and you don't come from money, your future in the USA is very limited.

Counting the days til I kiss Cambodian soil and hug my family again in familiar and friendly territory.



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Credit Card was a hard lesson for my life. Luckily one day, my mom intervened and forced me to stop having one and it was tough to begin with. But after a couple of years, it's part of life. Hahaha..

I stumbled on some videos about poverty in the USA.. on YouTube and it is quite sad to see so many people living in the streets and one whole neighborhoods being in extreme poverty.. It's good that you decided to leave and go to Cambodia.. Many Asian countries are quite affordable... So I don't think anyone is gonna starve.

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People in the USA certainly can't understand financial poverty can exist without any food insecurity. Edible things are cheap and also grow on public land all over Cambodia. There is never a homeless person that can't pick a kilo mangoes or find a papaya.

The USA is a whole other story, people often with great financial wealth, but who live in food desserts and survive on canned and frozen foods while driving a BMW to work each day. The irony is not lost on me, I'd rather drive a tuk-tuk and eat like a king.

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Wow ... An eye opener for me.. a person who drives a B.M.W and eats canned food. Haha... I guess it's the opposite in Cambodia and Malaysia.

Yea.. what's the use of a nice car when there is nothing in the fridge to eat. I don't think the drug problem is bad in Cambodia right? In Malaysia, the drug problem exist but not something that the police can't deal with. It's death penalty...for anyone with even a kilo of any drugs and some drugs even a couple of grams gets a person to the gallows. I think also the great thing about Cambodia is no guns.

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I think the canned and frozen food diet is a result of us not having enough time to go the market each day like Cambodians, who mostly still lack refrigeration in the home, especially rural folks. This means everything needs to be made fresh, and that is the way I prefer living. Another problem in the USA is farm subsidies, which cause corn, sugar, dairy, meat, and soy to be artificially cheaper than all other things. Because of this, all companies try to figure out a way to make products from these ingredients.

This leaves a farmer trying to grow eggplant and okra with a bleak future, not supported by the government like his chemical-mechanical soybean farming neighbor.

In Cambodia there is definitely no gun and drug problems like in the USA, but there are lots of petty non-violent crimes of opportunity like stealing phones through windows and unattended motorbikes at night. If there is a single drug doing damage in Cambodia, it is certainly methamphetamine, or more properly called yabba, a mix of meth and caffeine made popular by Thailand.

Truck drivers, salon workers, and the fishing industry are big markets for yabba, but I think it is ultimately recognized as a social problem, and not a legal one unless someone is possessing large amounts of this drug. Marijuana used to be part of the culture and diet thirty years ago, and most Cambodians grew up eating chicken noodle ganja soup in the 70s and 80s.

Thailand is starting to pursue medical marijuana, and I think Cambodia is also starting to view marijuana like it did thirty years ago, and no longer comparing it with synthetic hard drugs.

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