On our way back to Singapore our plane made a brief stop over in Phnom Penh. While on its path to land, I had a great view of the densely populated capital city. The former French colonial capital is home to some 2 million inhabitants. This includes Filipinos who came here to teach English.
From up above, I saw the three wide rivers of Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac intertwine. Mekong, one of the world’s longest, runs through China, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
This country is slowly rebuilding. The infrastructure and the entire economy is fairing well. That the Filipinos are coming here to look for work is a sign that there’s progress. Even Filipino big business now invest here. One of our biggest company is in the process of becoming a majority holder in Cambodia’s major airline company.
People they say, vote with their feet. They go where there are better opportunities.