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Spicy Boy

02 MAY

One time last month when I was riding the bike with my friends along the riverside in Phnom Penh I saw there was a crowd and very loud noise in front of Happy Herb Pizza. I was wondering what happened over there and then I came in just to see. I asked some guys who I knew in the crowd: “What’s happening?” And they told me there were customers who had made a competition with a newspaper seller boy. They want to see if he can eat all the hot chilies on the plate, and they will give him $20. I saw two foreign men and two Cambodian girls at the table watching the boy, who was about 13 years old, eating the chilies. I didn’t know that boy or where exactly he’s from. I’ve just seen him sometimes selling newspapers along the riverside where I do my motorbike driving.
At the same time I saw that boy tried and tried to eat all the chilies. There were about 40 to 50 chilies on the plate. He seemed like he was very hot, so he wanted to get the bottle of water on the table to drink. But those customers were very mean to him and they did not allow him to drink any water during the eating. They said he could drink only when he finished all the chilies first. That boy seemed to be very patient because he kept eating and even we knew it’s very hard to eat that much of those chilies. The crowd around him made a loud noise to support him. Some of them shouted: “Come on boy!” Or some of them said: “Come on my friend.” So this really made him look stronger to me.
It was really interesting to see many people there, not only the customers in the Happy Herb pizza restaurant came out to see this and take photos, but also the customers from next-door like at Cantina or Pink Elephant restaurant came to take the photo of the boy.
Finally the boy was successful in the competition. He finished all the chilies and he just took the $20 out of the guy’s hand, and took the bottle of water, and then he ran out of the crowd to spit some chilies that he had leftover in his mouth. And everyone around there clapped hands for him.
I think, wow! $20 is a lot of money for some people, and especially the poor, but the problem is those guys used it like to hurt a boy, which is not right. Anyway, after the boy finished spitting, many people there asked him “Are you gonna be alright?” And he just answered “Yes! I’m fine, but I just feel a little bit spicy.”

Last night I didn’t go to my home near Phnom Penh airport because one of my friends, Hok, wanted me and his other friends, Riya and Hay, to stay at his place for a drinking party. Also they had dancing and played traditional games for Khmer New Year. At first I thought I would just [...]

My Recipe

20 MAR

On Sunday last week when I got up I didn’t see my mom at home. The first person I saw was my youngest brother hanging around outside and I asked him: “Where is mom?” He said, “She’s gone to Bueng Kok.” I knew where she had gone, it’s by the lakeside, where my elder sister’s [...]

Yesterday I went to the stadium with my friends to see them play football. I really wanted to play too but I couldn’t because I’m not staying in Phnom Penh like before, so it really hard for me to have to shower and to change clothes. Also they played at around 3 pm, and it’s [...]

On 14 February, when I was going with my brother to Phnom Penh, on the way back from our mother’s house, I saw there were many little stalls selling flowers for Valentine’s Day, especially along the street in front of Bak Touk high school. Some people had designed their stall very nice and played some [...]

On Sunday I went to Sihanoukville with my friends to celebrate the end of the Grade 12 examination, which is the Final Examination for high school. If we pass this we can go to University. That is our dream. There were 29 people, boys and girls. Not all of them were studying Grade 12, a [...]

Last Sunday I went to my mom’s house close to Phnom Penh Airport . Most of the time I go there only with my friend Riya, but this time I went with a lot of friends, because we planned to go to the countryside together. First we were going to go to Oudong, but we [...]

Crazy Driver

24 AUG

On Wednesday at about 8 p.m., after my English class, three friends and I rode two motorbikes along Norodom Boulevard. There was Fou with Hok on one bike, and me with Pearom on the other one. We were on the way to Sovanna Super Market just to pick up Pearom’s older sister from her work. [...]

Two days ago my god-sister Parath called me and invited me to her younger brother’s birthday. His name is Dom, and it was his 12th birthday. We call him A-Dom, because in Cambodian language we call children names like that. I know him very well, like his sister too. I didn’t have money to buy [...]

Sometimes when me and my friends are driving around town we always imagine that we a big bike for each of us we will drive all around Cambodia . Especially we would go to Sihanoukville and Siem Reap, because these two provinces are our favorite places to have a holiday; even though to drive from [...]