APAD 099: Is that informative enough?

Posted by on Jun 18, 2011 in faces, family, Photo Hunt | 3 comments

Oh, believe me. SHE DOES!
Don’t let this cutesy-patootsie little tot fool you.
She is my three-year old, almost four, niece and she is a terror to boys in our neighbourhood back in the Philippines. I wonder where she got that from? *evil grin*
This is a photo of my niece that I turned into a greeting card of sorts, thanks to PhotoShop.

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APAD 094: Mad-hatters they are not

Posted by on Jun 13, 2011 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cambodia, Cambodia life, faces, Mellow Yellow Monday, people, Phnom Penh | 5 comments

Independence Day Parade, November 9, 2008. Cheyor, Cambodia!

Cambodia in celebration of its 55th anniversary of Independence from France.
I do not know which government ministry was this contingent from but judging from the hard-hats worn, they might be from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
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APAD 075: (Boiled) Egg-vendor

Posted by on May 25, 2011 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, faces, people, Wordful Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday | 3 comments

A ten-year old girl sells boiled eggs at the Neak Loung ferry station.
Back when I used to work with IDRC’s iREACH Project, I regularly visited one of our project sites in Prey Veng Province. To go there, I took a local taxi – usually an old Toyota camry – and takes about three hours or so. Halfway-point is Neak Loung, separated by only a 15minute ferry ride across the Mekong river to the main land of Prey Veng.
Every day, hundreds of taxis and buses arrive at Neak Loung, and they are always greeted by a swarm of vendors, old and young alike. They sell canned sodas, packed lunches, BBQed pork/chicken, candies, bottled water, boiled eggs, and a host of others.

Most girls (the age of the girl above) are not in school because they are tasked of helping their parents earn additional income for the family. The boys, however, are given priority in education simply due to cultural values, while the girls are kept at  home to help in the housework, looking after siblings, or, in this case, earn money for the family. Most parents here think that girls are going to get married and leave home anyway.

Sad, but true. This happens everywhere in the world, especially in third world countries.

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>Flying high…

Posted by on Feb 3, 2009 in A Photo a Day, faces, festivals, people, Phnom Penh, sights, Women, Wordless Wednesday | 5 comments

>IC APAD 003

Cheyor, Kampuchea!
2008 Bon Ekareich (Independence Day Celebration)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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>Photo Hunt #0031: Family

Posted by on Oct 18, 2008 in faces, family, Photo Hunt | 0 comments


gulp war

Gulp War of the borloloys!
In the photo are my nephew Joshua (middle) and nieces Beebop (left) and Chappi (right), about to have their siesta.

Borloloy is a term I borrowed from fellow blogger Toe and is used endearingly to refer to nephews and nieces. Our family is now growing in numbers, no doubt about it. Four years ago, Joshua was the center of attention being the first apo (grandchild) in the family. Two years after that, Beebop was born, and one year later, Chappi followed. Chappi’s birth somehow led everyone’s attention on me and my husband. The oldies in the family – composed of our uncles and aunts whose mission in life is to find a match to their single nephews and nieces and encourage procreation; you know, Noah’s ark and all- have stopped asking me when will I get married, as I already have,thanks very much. Instead they are now asking when will the husband and I are going to produce ankle-biters.

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>Wordless Wednesday #55: Working girl

Posted by on Oct 7, 2008 in Around the World, Bangladesh, culture, faces, people, sights, travel, Wordless Wednesday, work | 0 comments


young Bangla girl

My entry for the Tuesday-Wednesday edition. Taken in Dhaka, Bangladesh in December, 2002. After getting off a bus, I chanced upon this pretty girl, roaming around with this mat on her head. Through my interpreter, I learned that this girl is one of the many displaced people in Bangladesh. She used to live along the Buriganga river and constant floodings swept away her family’s house and livelihood. This drove them to the capital of Dhaka where they have no permanent shelter and no food to eat. She earns money picking garbages and, sometimes, begging, too.

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