On my recent trip to Siem Reap, we did what most folks come here to do and is described in touristy publications as "templeing". After completing the Bayon temple early morning we reached Ta Phrom. I was fatigued and appeared as if I had worn clothes directly after a shower. I didn't share my guide’s enthusiasm or stamina, so we headed across to one of the many stalls lining the access road. We ordered a chilled sweet coconut for a dollar a piece and got comfortable on the dusty plastic stools. I was ambushed by many young children selling all kinds of knick-knacks. They all seem to have memorised one dialogue, “sir, only one dollar” and their technique was simple. Keep ranting the same dialogue at the customers table till they get fed up or felt pity into giving their greenbacks away. I tried to extract some details about the background and life of these children from my guide and owner of the stall. After waving off the flute, flower, book and bangle, I noticed a demure looking girl leaning on a wood pillar nearby. She walked slowly towards me, and I prepared myself for another round of frantic direct marketing. She quietly stood near my table, said nothing and starting eyeing my camera. I promised to buy some of her beads if she gave me a smile, and the result is this post on the girl with the starfish slippers.