From experiencing poverty, hunger, child abuse, rape and sex slavery in Phnom Penh, Cambodia to obtaining an education, finding love, becoming an American citizen and creating a successful business in Beverly Hills.
”Life Between Two Worlds” will take you on a journey that will inspire you to overcome any challenge and become the person you were meant to be.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Everyone has faced the problem of wanting to give up, especially during times of hardship. I will show you how to overcome this problem by staying persistent and keeping love in your heart.
Growing up fatherless in poverty-stricken Cambodia, as a child I was responsible for gathering my food. During adolescence, my life wasn’t any easier, and I suffered through physical and emotional abuse from my mother, the woman I loved, and looked up to the most.
After that, I experienced the horror of being raped, and when I thought I’d overcome that nightmare, my boss then sold me as part of the sex slave trade.
By believing everything I dreamed of was possible, I learned English, made it to America, attained my education, fell in love, and started a successful business in Beverly Hills, California.
After reading ”Life Between Two Worlds”, I promise you will be able to defeat adversity and conquer your goals.
You will then take the word impossible, and remove it from your vocabulary, replacing it with the words,
“I can, I will, and I did.”
Don’t wait, or the thought of giving up may very well defeat you.
Equip yourself now with the inspiration found in these pages, so you can persevere.
My life story provides many lessons including; the importance of being appreciative, why you should never waste what you can share, the power of forgiveness, and how to turn tragedy into triumph.
A former international print model, she has appeared in publications such as ”Les Hommes” as well as Cambodian Magazine, where she was selected as one of the “Women We Love of the Year.”
Monika has always been fascinated with the beauty industry, getting her start in Phnom Penh as a young girl, and continuing to expand her knowledge while working for the prestigious ”Sunset Tower Hotel” in West Hollywood. Formal education was also essential to her, earning certifications in areas such as :
- Principles of LED Light Therapy
- Advanced Aesthetic Treatments
- Mechanical Lymphatic Drainage
One of Monika’s passions is giving back to the community, and during the year she often prepares home cooked meals, personally delivering them to people living on the street.
She loves to cook and is exploring the idea of opening her own restaurant called ”Monika la Cuisine” in which she is currently developing the menu.
”It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light”
The day I was honored to become a citizen of the United States of America.
Justin was on left & Michael was on the right.
Someone Please Help
Return to Phnom Penh
The Power of Forgiveness
Kite in the Wind
A Man Named Michael
My journey to America
Way to Go
Never Meant to Be
Falling in Love
Dreams Come True
“He has a wife and a young child,” my grandfather shouted. “Please, you cannot take him from his family!”
A touching story of struggle and survival. Having grown up in Canada it’s really hard to imagine the life people in less fortunate countries all over the world are born into. This young woman is an inspiration to everyone who struggles. I truly enjoyed the book and would recommend it for anyone who wants to understand the life and cultural challenges faced by south east asians who come to America because they cannot find safety in their homelands.Peter A.
Monica , you are one of the most inspiring persons that I’ve ever known. I doubt that anyone can get through what you got through. This book has touched my heart. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn about immigration, people who are struggling in the their life and who want to become successful people. I am so proud of you! Thanks for sharing your own story.