It was gone. New maps showed it was now  a solid ground. The Boeng Kak Lake was no more, and in its place  real estate development is slowly taking shape.  Nostalgia struck me  when after years of being away from Cambodia, I saw the old map in the hotel  and  it showed a blue inverted ‘diamond’ lake.


It reminds me of Gina Lopez, the first appointed environment secretary of President Duterte who was never confirmed because of his fight against irresponsible mining companies in the Philippines. She told Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, “Tell your brother he killed a mountain.”

Here I saw a dead lake.