Unexpected Valentine


Valentine's Day in Cambodia has become a big deal in the last few years. It seems to be a bigger deal than Meak Bochea (the Buddha's Birthday). But not just in this Buddhist country, Asia has been influenced by this concept of celebrating love. I talked to one of my Australian friends, and she told me that V-day for them is just a commercial day for business. And I agreed. Along the way to my house, people set up stands selling chocolates and flowers and cards. And there seemed to be bad traffic on every street! I got home late that night and my mom asked me why I was so late today. I said, "Don't you know what day it is? It's Songsa's Day (the Khmer equivalent of Valentine's Day)!" So I was stuck in a traffic, not that I was on a date. Duh!

But I myself bought a flower on my way to meet my dear friend at lunch break. She didn't expect it and it made her happy. We also got asked if we were each other's valentine, and we laughed. But at least, a flower made my friend's day better and it was nice to catch up with her. Isn't the V-day also about friendship and family, too? People have many opinions about Feb 14th. Some take it sweet and innocent, some take it to the next level (btw, Fifty Shade Darker is banned from cinema in Cambodia). I'm not going to give any ethical comments. Whatever floats their boat. Just be safe.


Unexpected Valentine Unexpected Valentine Reviewed by Sovathary Bon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Rating: 5

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