I never knew how people in developing nations lived and how their living standards are. But after visiting Vientiane, I’ve somehow realised and understand how it is all about, its all about LIFE.
I remembered walking around at a local shopping mall and came across this 2 little children. The boy has no clothes and no shoe, while the girl was accompanying him (possibly the sister). He was looking at the toys that were sold in the shop. He was amazed with it. But yet, due to their financial conditions, there was no way for them to buy it. His mom simply walks off.
Not too far away, there was an old lady, probably at least 70 years old. She was sitting at a corner selling baskets.
When night falls, children as young as 5 years old walks around the streets and sells chewing gum. Where were their parents? I don’t know cause I didn’t see any at all.
Most people in the country seem to live in a pretty carefree environment. Shops closes at 5pm and even bars closes at 11pm. No one opens beyond mid night and by then, its almost like a ghost town. The cafes are quiet, bars are nice to chill and its a nice place to relax. I’ve come to realised how lucky we are in Singapore.
I’ve seen the other side of life and it has made me cherish the people and things around me even more.