After a long silence from this blog, today I bring you a new picture of my sand Angkor replica. I led a team of a few people [they are all my nieces and nephews] to build this for a few hours in the evening of April 15, 2012. This building attracted many people who walked on the beach and by-standers. At least they stopped for a few minutes before continuing their walk. However, there were still a few people who messed with it. I love this after all.
Photos of friends and Relatives
July 9, 2012
December 13, 2010
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After having thought of giving blood for many years, today, I gave first blood with a friend of mind, Mono, in replacement of the blood needed for my friend’s father’s surgery. It will also be marked as my annual day of blood donation, which means I will give blood on every December 13. I am a person who has fear of injection (trypanophobia) and I thought giving blood might be a painful process. Now it changes. I am not that kind anymore. Hopefully, starting from now until the end of my life, I will have saved at least 10 or more people’s lives as long as I am a long-living creature. I am happy to do this. I was thinking of giving blood in every three months or six months, but I just wanted to mark annual blood donation. However, I may give blood on other day other than just 13 December in case there is any urgent need of blood to save lives.
November 19, 2010
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Yesterday (Wednesday 17, 2010), I visited Ratanak Kiri after a-two-day mission (monitoring visit to WMC Mobile Broadcasting Unit) in Steung Treng province. We finished our work at 6pm in one village of Steung Treng. The village is located along the border of these two provinces, so we decided not to go back to the provincial town of Steung Treng as it is very far. Instead, we decided to have a night stay in Ratanak Kiri so that we could visit some places of interest in this province such as Yeak Lom Lake, Beng Kanseng, and Kanh Chanh Waterfall. Thus, we left the village where the screening was taking place and we drove across the very long forest. It was dark and scary. It is to be noticed that 6pm in the forest is very dark. In the car were three people, one of whom was a woman (my colleague). We went to the wrong track and we noticed something wrong, yet no body dared to say or ask because we were told that if we say something unpleasant while in the jungle, we will be having trouble. Luckily, the track just connects to the main road. We felt scared when we finally learned that we were on the wrong track. We tried not to look back cuz it was very dark feeling that someone maybe just sitting at the back of our pickup. When we got to the main road, the wind kept blowing very strongly and leaves kept falling down just like there was ghost coming (like in ghost movie) haha. kinda scary and funny.
Sekong Bridge, Steung Treng province
After an hour drive under the pouring rain, we arrived in Ratanak Kiri provincial town at 7pm and we went on to check in at the quest house and we had dinner at Restaurant in the town. The food was very nice (we were kinda hungry). We went back to the guesthouse and had a nice stay there.
Getting Stuff Ready for Screening
One of the 100 houses built for the soldiers with disability of War
View from Sre Pork Bridge, Steung Treng
The Track to the Village at around 3pm. This track is less trodden at night, very quiet.
In the morning, we supposed to get back to Phnom Penh, but we decided to visit Yeak Lom Lake, Beung Kanseng, and Kanh Chanh Water Fall first before leaving. They are all the nice places worth spending a long holiday.
A shot at Yeak Lom Lake, Ratanak Kiri
Kanh Chanh Waterfall
We left Ratanak Kiri for Phnom Penh at around 10am. It was another long drive back. We had lunch in Steung Treng and we moved on. After some time, we arrived at Kampi in Kratie province. After stopping by for a few minutes, we continued our trip. Just a hundred meters from where we stopped, we came across a big bus with a lot of tourists on board from the opposite direction. We then stopped to just allow them to go first, but who knew? Our car got stuck in a big hole hidden under the bush aside on the pavement and we all got very scared. We all got off the car one by one and thank Lord Buddha, we were all safe. We then stopped a pickup coming behind us to help pull our car out of the hole. Everything was settled down safely. We continued our trip with the feeling still scary and arrived in Phnom Penh at around 7pm.
Personally, I love Ratanak Kiri and I wish I will have another chance to spend a real holiday there.
Just to my personal observation, there are a lot of Laotians (even the commune chief and village chief) in Steung Treng province and many people speak Laotian for their daily communication and they can also speak very fluent Khmer.
October 29, 2010
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After leaving Prah Sihanouk province weeks ago, I once again came here on Friday 29, 2010. I am here with some new friends working at Maruhan Bank and other similar industries. I have had a very good time here with them. Anyway, we had a very incredibly funny experience when we decided to go fishing. Following is a brief summary of what happened to us. After arriving at the Lum He Kay Beach and having a semi-picnic, we some of us, men only, decided to go fishing off shore. However, our attempt off share was not successful. Then we came up with an idea to rent a machine boat to go closer to Koh Poh (Island) so we could have a calm place for peaceful and enjoyable fishing. The plan was a success then. We were all there as we wished to.
Our first stop was useless because we could catch no fish, even a small one. Then we kept asking the boat guy to move around searching for a beneficial place. We kept going without catching one until around 4pm when we got the first small less-educated fish (sic). We didn’t give up so we kept fishing cheerily. Until around 5pm, we could catch around 10 fish, including a few thump-small ones, some are shown in the pictures bellow. Though we had bad time waiting for the fish to enjoy being caught, we felt a bit luck that late afternoon. We got more fish more frequently.
Believing that everyone would be waiting for us at the hotel, we left our fishing and we got back off shore. We enjoyed our cruise journey back. Arriving off shore, we had hard time finding a TUK TUK, so we just kept walking just in case we could find one near by. However, our expectation didn’t seem to be successful. We just walked hopelessly on our bare-feet, as most of the things were kept with our friends who were waiting for us at the hotel, until there was a truck coming from behind. We just tried our luck by waving at them. Luckily, they stop to drive us to the town. We felt like we were saved from hell cuz without this truck we would have walked miles. Thanks the driver who was very kind to us. He even didn’t accept our pay; he made it free to us. However, what was really bad about it is that, we left all our hard-to-catch fish in that truck. We tried to wave to stop him, but he just didn’t notice. Everything was finished. We had nothing to prove to our friends who were waiting at the hotel. Luckily, we could have some photos of the fish we caught to show them just to convince them we made it. Then we had a nice dinner at the beach in front of White Beach Hotel. Everything returned to its normal state.
Last but not least, we thank that kind driver for helping us get to the town safely and even for free.
Fish we caught
Bare-foot walk to the town.
October 9, 2010
Pchum Ben, the largest religious event in Cambodia, is an annual festival falling in either September or October depending on the lunar calendar. It covers 15 days honoring Buddha’s exhortation to remember the dead and during this time offerings are presented to Buddhist monks.
Following are some of the photos taken when I was visiting my hometown during Pchum Ben Day with some related descriptions.
Off the national road 1, this is the street to my home village. It is about 12 Km to get to my home. When I was here 9 years ago, this street wasn’t that nice. It was all muddy and flooded and I had to cycle on this street back and forth everyday to get to school, which is located along National Road 1. However, with motivation from my parents, I was cycling happily and here I am now.
Niroth, my nephew
Rice field far behind my home:
It all reminds me of the day when my oxen cart was going upside down in the evening making all the seedlings spreading all over the gutter. I was then very scared that my dad would blame me for the mistake, yet he didn’t; he rather explained me how to manage the oxen properly next time. We then collected all the seedlings back to the cart and continued transporting them to the rice field ready for planting tomorrow. I was at that time very small so I couldn’t manage this cart well. It is always easier to manage a car or bike.
My younger sister, Visal
Left: My elder sister
Left: my Mom. She is not a very lucky woman. Why do I say that? Actually, she is, but my point is that she has diabetes which is very bad for her. Being unlucky, I mean she had brought us up well through all the obstacles in life. More than 15 years ago, she was always alone at night, when my dad was away for business (he is always a responsible man, anyway). She was scared because at that time my home was very quiet and there were a lot of trees and crops surrounding and a bit detached from others making the home very scary (it was not the one they are living now; we just moved to this on about 10 years ago). She went through this nightmare and the hard work in the rice field for the sake of family and children. However, when we all are brought up well today, she gets such decease. This makes her out of some delicious food. Though we are good children to them, we still can’t care enough for her cuz we live far away from her. They live a like a newly married couple. (This may sound very personal cuz it is my personal blog, so your understanding would be appreciated.)
Left: My Dad, a very innovative and intelligent man, who can make use of things other people think are useless. He plants most crops at home ready for any cooking need (he doesn’t know how to cook, however). He used to be a very productive farmer. He always believes that clean home makes the rice field green making farming more productive. (He quits this work now. In stead, he runs small family business and it is very good). He makes the water pumping possible when he is doing rice milling so we have no worry of lacking water for daily needs. What is very noticeable is that he can use the Chinese abacus very well; he can calculate even faster than most people can do with calculator.
Second right: Vatei, My niece
Before going to pagoda. Left: dad, elder sister, me, mom, younger sister, my nephew. Front left: Cousin’s daughter, my niece.
Punleuk, My cousin’s son
Right: Pisey, my younger sister
Rose at home
August 2, 2010