Phnom Penh is witnessing more and more housing complexes built every day.
The neighbourhood where I live is one of the early housing complexes erected in the late 2000s with the most common style of apartment in terms of design and layout. Usually, these units have three to four floors and is rented entirely or as individual apartments. They are long and narrow with windows in front and back only, as you can see in the picture, resembling avatar cabinets. Luckily, we snagged a corner apartment so we have many windows than the usual!
My sister arrived from the Philippines last week for a whirl-wind visit of Cambodia. She was with a friend and for one week they went temple-hopping in Siem Reap and shopping in Phnom Penh. Hah, that’s a very simplistic way of describing their trip. I haven’t seen her for the longest time and I was happy to have hosted her here in the city. She also brought a care package from my parents (thank you) and the new toys I bought online (brush pens and some music stuff!). The toys were sent to her via the store’s Free Shipping promo.
Anyways, so as the host I took her and her friend around the city’s main sights as well as popular markets. I wanted them to see a bit of culture and tradition so we popped in to Wat Ounalom temple which is just a walking distance from their hotel. Luckily, the whole kingdom is observing the Pchum Ben festival so the wats are alive and festively decorated, with smoke from the lit incense sticks wafting in the air. We spent a bit of time observing this unique Khmer tradition – watching faithful locals in their Sunday best (usually white) bring food to offer to the monks, give alms and say prayers for their ancestors. Of course, we took pictures, too.
Wat Ounalom (Ounalom Temple) along Sisowath Quay. Cambodians have already begun their annual pilgrimage to their local wats to observe Pchum Ben, the 15-day festival of the dead. #insidecambodia #insidephnompenh #cambodialife #khmerlifestyle #buddhisttemple #buddhistceremony #buddhism #temple #pchumben #cambodia #expatpost #khmerarchitecture #ancestorfestival #mondaymellowyellows
I forgot to renew my domain so this blog ‘disappeared’ from the blogosphere for a weeks. When I saw the notice from my domain registrar, it so happened that my card also expired. Hmmmpfff. I can’t even. So I had to wait till I get my new card and — tadaaaa! We are now back online 🙂
So what kept me busy was my husband’s class where Fridays are project days. I get to assist the kids in the first class (he has two classes) in whatever projects they chose for that week. The photo below are examples of their projects:
I was surprised to learn from the kids that they do not have any arts and crafts classes in public schools. So this class is a sort of introduction to them to the wonderful world of arts and crafts. I can see how awkward and clumsy they are when it comes to cutting and gluing, etc., but I think in due time they will master these skills as I’ve seen how enthusiastic they are about Friday projects.
Guess what — the mystery of this unknown plant in my garden has finally been unraveled when it flowered over the Khmer New Year for the first time in years. I got excited! So my husband and I had to Google search and found out it is called the Mickey Mouse plant. Ha. I know, I know this bright and pretty yellow flower doesn’t resemble Mickey Mouse at all, at least the ones that came out from my plants.
This is widely popular in Vietnam, especially during the celebration of Tet, or the Vietnamese New Year. They are most sought after around this time due to the belief that this plant brings in good luck and prosperity. To know more about this and why it’s called the Mickey Mouse plant, please check this link.Read More