One afternoon the children, together with Nain, prepared a special surprise for Sabine….. a birthday party! Of course, they all knew that it was not really Sabine’s birthday but, since there is no tradition of celebrating one’s birthday in Cambodia, this new Western habit is very fascinating for Khmers, and especially the children.
Sabine was requested to enter one of the rooms with all the children waiting there inside. When she entered the room she was showered with flower petals and all of the children started singing the Happy Birthday song. They had also prepared a lovely table with all kinds of delicious looking play food made from wooden bricks and Lego, mixed with colourful flower petals and green leaves. Then, a specially prepared food plate was going to be served to Sabine but, before this was served she had to blow out all of the imaginative candles and cut and distribute all of the imaginative birthday cake.
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The children didn’t forget any detail that is important in Cambodia: The two boys standing behind Sabine are actually her security guards!