Archives: September 2010
The ultimate form of public transport in Cambodia is the minibus. A couple of $ per ‘seat’ – how many seats in the minibus – well there’s always room for one more …
The other night I decided to stop by the riverside area and take a couple of shots of the FCC. It’s a popular bar and restaurant in Phnom Penh.
Along the riverside, there are a multitude of street vendors selling a wide variety of food and snacks. The cart in the foreground of this image contains fruit.
So it’s been over 4 months since we moved to Cambodia and time has gone by pretty quickly ! A third of the way through already. Anthony will be heading back to Australia for a very brief visit for some training as he has joined the AYAD program.
Coming up are a few public holidays, so we’ll be heading away from Phnom Penh to enjoy a bit of the relaxed and peaceful countryside.
Life here is always full of little adventures especially with communication. We’re both having language tutoring and slowly progressing being able to speak and communicate in Khmer. We have not sought to learn the Khmer script as it’s in a totally different script and since we’re only here for a year, it’s better to focus on speaking and listening.
Here is a panorama image of the central market that is undergoing some renovations:
Just around the corner from Naga World, stands the White building. It was an architectural project carried out by the Cambodian architect Vann Molyvan but was halted in 1975 during the Khmer Rouge rule. Vann was the most talented of a large group of architects who contributed to the unique and authentic style of architecture that emerged during this era and that has been coined New Khmer Architecture. Although the construction was only half completed the building was nevertheless occupied. At the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime, the inhabitants remained in the White Building. With more than 3000 inhabitants, many of which are involved in the sex industry, they make this place their home, surrounded by the decaying walls and rubbish of the White building. (reference: http://carpediemilia.over-blog.com/article-20914544.html
Cyclos (pronounced see-cloe) are an integral part of the Phnom Penh landscape. These iconic vehicles, first introduced in 1936, remain one of the best and most economical ways to see the city. Cyclo drivers, however, are among the poorest of the urban poor in Cambodia. The Cyclo Centre is a local NGO providing basic support and social services to the drivers. The exact number of cyclo drivers in Phnom Penh is not known because of the transient nature of the work, but they have nearly 1,400 registered members.
Inside the Orussey market
Haven’t updated the blog in a while as we have visitor’s staying with us and its been quite busy at work. Here is a photo from the town of Kampot.