Begging Elderly

Begging is a rare phenomenon in Cambodia compared to India or Bangladesh for instance, especially when considering older people, but it exists. It is anyway good to make the definition that begging is a form of working and giving meaning to life. So far we found that two main systems take care of elderly people. […] Continue reading →

Visit to the Pagoda

This morning 5 AM we woke up to go to the Pagoda Wat Sampeou Meas, were we meet Sociology professor Sina at 5.30 AM. In the dark, it is an impressive sight to see the temple in lights, people in white blouses streaming towards the temple, flowers bought from the stall before the entrance and […] Continue reading →

Starting our research in Cambodia

To re-visit Cambodia after 4 years is a whole new adventure, things that formed our daily lives back in 2012 were dusty and forgotten. The moment we arrived in Phnom Penh, smelled the country, felt the heat as a blanket and entered a Tuk Tuk (scootertaxi) everything came back. The last time we were living here for […] Continue reading →

Tiny de Groot

Entering a classical elderly home setting in Amsterdam, long hallways, big recreation hall, elevators, we did not imagine to enter a home as light and warm as Tiny’s house. It is a reflection of her character: playful, warm and open. After 52 years together, her husband passed away through Parkinson. They kept a good relationship […] Continue reading →

Kum Ém

Our Vietnamese neighbor has been living in Cambodia since 1981. Her husband lives here too, some streets away. Together they got 11 children, 4 of whom passed away already. Her house is literally stuff-ed: a sowing machine, dusted chairs, a whole miniature house, with photos and incense for her forefathers. During the day she sits on her […] Continue reading →

Luus Paternotte

In a spacious apartment in the east of Amsterdam we are welcomed by Luus (74) with coffee and a big box with toys for our son. Luus is one of the elderly people we meet who do not feel old, or stop living because they have reached the right age for pension. During the week […] Continue reading →