I remember just 2 weeks into actually moving out in to the village to live at FEFA College, I had to make an urgent trip back to Sydney.
I was confused as to what to do in terms of content creation. In my mind, the whole point of calling my platform ‘This is Philanthropy’ was because I was to document my time as a humanitarian worker, living day to day life in rural regions of Cambodia in fight for the cause for education for the younger generations. Well, that was the story I had in mind, anyway.
The best lesson I took from that was, you cant rely on circumstances on the outside to be the reason why you create. Rain, hail or shine, you create content. Things are less in control than what you like to think. I learned this lesson quite quick, and so I got to work, despite the dramatic change in context and setting.
This is an art form more than anything else, and so some of the most profound moments are had as a result of mental and emotional turmoil.
I came to the realisation however, that my page and my brand actually had nothing to do with philanthropy as I was already involved in the humanitarian industry before it began, but rather it gave me a platform to spread other messages and other ideas that I had and wanted to share.
Visiting Sydney after almost 1 year of living on my own in Cambodia was cool, not only for the fact that I got to catch up with friends and family, but also because that change in environment from rural Cambodia to Sydney sparked creativity and new ideas.
Below is a picture taken at Vapakthoir Coffee in Siem Reap. When they first opened, they were gifting new customers with an experience into traditional Khmer ceremonial fashion.