The children of Derawan. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2009.

Children's Bouilles

  Borneo [Malaysia and Indonesia] - July 2009

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The children of Derawan are mischievous kids. They love to pose and then mirror themselves in the screen of digital cameras. " Picture, picture! »

Small boils often hilarious, rarely intimidated, very difficult to grasp naturally ...

The children of Derawan. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2009.

Whatever, it's a game.

The kids are not afraid of anything and especially not of foreign tourists who wander around the village, camera slung over their shoulders. "Hello! What's your name?" The most daring girls come to start a conversation, learned in the English textbook.

They were not taught to be wary. They were not told not to talk to strangers. "Photo! Photo!"

In any case, there are not really strangers on this tiny Indonesian island. The pale faces freshly landed from Borneo in a speedboat are immediately welcomed, spotted, questioned. By adults and children.

"Where do you come from?
- Saya orang perancis..."

We tourists also repeat the words we learned in our travel conversation books. The kids' faces light up. They jostle to be in the foreground of the photo.

The children of Derawan. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2009.

The children of Derawan. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2009.

The children of Derawan. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2009.

The children of Derawan. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2009.

Digital technology is a wonderful and formidable invention. Sometimes, parents, when they are near, even push their children in front of the camera. Not a little proud of their offspring.

Another picture? All right, then.

Again? Again!... "Lagi! Lagi!" ask the kids in chorus.

The children of Derawan. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2009.

The children of Derawan. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2009.

The children of Derawan. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2009.

I spent about ten days in Derawan, in July 2009. During my stay, I learned to leave the camera hidden in the bottom of the bag.

The kids are still crisp and playful. But even more when they play with each other or make fun of me without worrying about posing for the famous picture.

The children of Derawan. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2009.

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  Borneo [Malaysia and Indonesia] - July 2009

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  1. Hello Corinne!

    This is your downstairs neighbor...
    I've been browsing your blog and I must say it's all very interesting!
    Scuba diving, traveling ...
    You have very beautiful passions!
    Congratulations and good luck!
    And maybe see you soon!

  2. what joy, happiness, on the faces of these children, who, however, have so little! Congratulations, it makes me want to leave, to dive and discover the inhabitants of these islands!

  3. @Anne Marie: The daily life of the people of the small village of Derawan is certainly very simple, but not miserable as far as I could judge in a few days. In any case, the children (and their parents) seem happy. And the passing tourists with their cameras are still an attraction that provokes a lot of laughter, smiles and joyful greetings... Let's hope it lasts!
    🙂

  4. Corinne, your blog is an extraordinary example of what can be done, it is great, both by its design, and by its iconography.
    Your talents in this area are remarkable!
    Congratulations, Corinne
    jpt

  5. Yes, you're right, Corinne!
    It's a bit of an achievement, it's true, to be neighbors and to communicate through screens...
    As for the use of "vous", it is simply a form of politeness...
    Well, well, in this case, expect me to come and bother you very soon then!
    Bye!

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