For this week’s photo challenge, I dug very deep into photo archives, to one of the earliest rolls of film I ever shot. The brand and model of the instant camera is lost to me now, but the photos trigger many memories – sleeping in army tents and flimsy canvas beds, washing up after meals in buckets of water, hole-in-the-ground toilets and muddy wet surrounds.
The event was the National Girl Guides Jamboree Malaysia and guides from many Asia Pacific countries were invited. The highlight was campfire night when guides dressed up in national or traditional costume and performed for all. After the Jamboree, I exchanged letters with one or two of the other guides, but we soon lost touch. Before the internet and email, it was just more difficult to keep in contact. I remember a girl from the Philippines shared how her father regularly “paddled” her, meaning hit her with a wooden paddle. She was sad when she told me this, and surprised that I wasn’t treated the same way. She had plans to go to University and succeed in life.
I cannot remember now how long the Jamboree lasted, or how most of the days passed. If not for these photos, I might not have remembered it at all.