Sunday Scenery

>Sunday Scenery 007: Summer sunset

Posted by on Apr 19, 2009 in A Photo a Day, Phnom Penh, sights, Sunday Scenery | 0 comments

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I was fussing over what to cook one Friday night when I looked out the kitchen window and saw this amazing view before me. Wouldn’t you agree?

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>Sunday Scenery 006: Balloon-power

Posted by on Mar 15, 2009 in A Photo a Day, All things Khmer, Phnom Penh, sights, Sunday Scenery, transportation | 5 comments

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Driving along on an almost empty road one Saturday afternoon, my husband and I were amused to see this moto ahead of us. Just a few meters away from the French Embassy was this giant balloon, almost obscuring the moto-dup (moto-taxi) from the view. My husband and I chuckled at the odd sight before us and it made us think that the huge balloon was providing energy/power for the moto-dup to run. Alternative energy? Hah. Only in Phnom Penh!

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>Sunday Scenery 005: Woman-power

Posted by on Mar 8, 2009 in A Photo a Day, All things Khmer, Cambodia life, people, Sunday Scenery | 4 comments

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Imagine riding a motorbike under 40C heat, on a dusty and bumpy dirt road, with all these stuffs packed around you… would you do it? Apparently this super woman can! She goes around village by village everyday, hawking her goods. The money she earns go to food and other needs of her family.

A lot of women are leaving their homes and children to work and help their parents and husbands bring in money for the family. Recently, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs released the Cambodia Gender Assessment (CGA) report where it was found out that Cambodia‚Äôs female labour force participation rate is high by regional standards, at 71 percent of the working age population over 15 years of age.What this means is that a large portion of the women population are contributing to the economy but, according to an interview with the Minister of Women’s Affairs Dr. Kantha Pavi, this contribution is mainly from the informal sector. There is still a lot to be done to raise the numbers of women in the formal employment and decision-making institutions. The government is focusing mainly on access to education and health services. Let’s hope for a brighter future for the Khmer women.

Happy Women’s Day to everyone.

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>Sunday Scenery 004: Harvest time

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009 in A Photo a Day, All things Khmer, Kep, rural, Sunday Scenery | 5 comments

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Typical rural Cambodian scene during summertime, just right after the rice crops had been harvested. The once verdant green rice field is now a field of yellow when the rice crops ripen. Here you see the rice plants had already been cut and left to fallow.

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>Sunday Scenery #005: Another day at the market

Posted by on Feb 22, 2009 in All things Khmer, Cambodia life, market, sights, Sunday Scenery | 4 comments

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This is Psah Thmey, or Central Market, located at the heart of downtown Phnom Penh. It is one of the liveliest markets, the main shopping center and the number one tourist hot spot in Phnom Penh. Built in French art-style deco, the market is shaped like a dome with four wings, divided into stalls packed with all sorts of stuffs!

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>Sunday Scenery 003: Phnom Oudong

Posted by on Feb 8, 2009 in A Photo a Day, ancient temples, rural, sights, Sunday Scenery | 4 comments

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Years ago, we went on a day trip to Phnom Oudong, the ancient royal capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia . It is more than 40kilometers north of Phnom Penh, or a mere one-hour and half taxi ride. It was a pleasant day trip, the countryside scenery was very relaxing compared to the hustle and bustle of the capital. As we reach the town of Oudong, we left the highway and turned to a small road that leads up to the hill called Phnom Oudong, passing through a fantastic scenery of quaint villages, lush plantations and friendly faces. Minutes later, we were greeted by this:

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How is this for a different kind of view?

Oudong was the capital of Cambodia from the early 17th century and several monarchs, including King Ang Duong and his son Norodom (the forefathers of the current King Norodom Sihamoni, respectively), were crowned there. In 1866 King Ang Duong was convinced by the French to move the capital to the more strategical location that is Phnom Penh.

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