Spare vehicle parts
I just happened to walk past this place, which was just down the road from where I was staying at the Star Hotel, and noticed a load of vehicle parts lying on the floor in orderly rows and piles. They included engines of different sizes, gearboxes, axels, suspension units and wheel hubs.
Fuel in bottles
Even though there are fuel stations around, you'll see a lot of shops selling fuel which seems to come in different colours - red, yellow and green and usually sold in old glass soft drink bottles but I also saw it sold from old Jack Daniels bottles! I presume the different colours help distinguish the different grades and I bought some from a similar vendor when I hired a bike in Sihanoukville.
Battambang was the first town I visited during my time in Cambodia and I came here in a shared car from the Thai border at Poipet. I noticed these political signs for various communist parties along the roads and then more of them around Battambang itself. Politics most be a big thing, here, and is a bit in your face compared with things back home as we only display political signs for the various parties around election time.
House of spirits
If you just walk around you can see this tiny houses outside of the real houses, they call it Houses of Spirts , and are very important for Cambodian, they build it because in this way the Spirits of their ancestry have their own place to stay. They believe that if tha spirits haven't their own house they wander around looking for a place to stay and thay don't have peace untill they can stop. You can this little houses also in other South East Asia Countries like Thayland, Laos.
Pescando con Red - Net Fishing
Cuando empieza a bajar el nivel del agua los peces se concentran en ciertas areas a las que acude gran cantidad de pescadores a pescar con red
When the water level starts to go down the fishes are located on certain areas where a lot of fishemen go to fish with net
Granja de Lotos - Lotus Farm
En el pantano de Kamping Poy hay una zona dedicada al cultivo de los lotos que se utilizan como ofrendas para los budas y tambi?n tienen unas semillas que se comen .
Tambien se pueden utilizar como "sombreros "
In kamping poy Dam there is an area dedicated to farmlotus that are used to make offers to the Budhas and also they have some seeds that may be eaten
They may be also used as " hats "
Los monjes siempre me llaman la atencion porque aparte de ser muy fotogenicos son de un trato muy agradable
The monks always pay may attention because besides of beeing very photogenic they have a very nice treat
Royosde Primavera - Spring Rolls
Pasamos por un pueblo en el que hacian en casi todas las casas papel de arroz para los rollos de primavera
Hacen el papel de arroz con forma redonda , en unas estufas y luego las ponen a secar al sol en el jardin
We went to a village where in most of the houses they did rice paper for the spring rolls
They make the rice paper with round shape , in a stove and latter on they put them to sun dry in the garden
Ida y vuelta - Go and return
A primera hora de la manana ( las seis ) salen los monjes, descalzos , a recoger los alimentos que les dan y que sera su comida del dia.
A media manana vuelven al templo
Early in the morning ( Six ) the monks go out , with the bare foot , to receive the food presents that will be their day lunch
On mid day they return to the temple
"Hola !!, Que Tal ? "
Hola!! Que Tal?
Este era el saludo de los ninos
A algunos de los ninos de Ta Heng los conocimos en Torrelavega ( Spain ) cuando vinieron con un grupo a bailar danzas Camboyanas y la verdad es que nos hemos rendido a su simpat?a
This was the way to say hello of the children
We already met some Ta Heng children in Torrelavega (Spain ) when they came with a group to dance Cambodian dances and the true is that we have surrounded to their friendliness
Cerdos - Pigs
En las casas del lago engordan y cuidan a los cerdos y tienen una zona separada especialmente para ellos. Se daran un buen banquete
In the lake houses they feed and take care of the porks and they an spetial area separated for them . They will have a good party
Wats, old and new
Opposite the original temple of the wat we visited north of Battambang was erected a huge brand new buddha of red stone just a few weeks ago. There was only a grey concrete floor yet, the building has still to be built.
Beside the decorated stairs was a concrete tree. At a closer look I saw it was a original tree covered by concrerte, which caused a very surreal image. Behind the the temple stood the remains of a stupa close to the burial site.
Wats and burial sites
Everywhere in and around Battambang are wats, complexs of temples. Early in the morning during our moto trip, when we had a flat tyre, we took the time to visit a complex just north of Battambang.
This complex has a temple, some nice decorations and a burial site surrounded by palmtrees. Some cows were peacefully walking and grazing between the graves.
- Arts and Culture
Not as many as I was used to in Thailand, but at many places I saw the orange clothes of the monks. When we visited the wats where small communities of monks live, most young monks were very eager to talk english with us.
When we visited the family making rice noodles in the morning, just four young monks came by to collect their daily food.
Housing and living in the countryside
During our moto ride in the area of Battambang while visiting some family houses we could see a part of the daily life. Most houses are made of wood or bamboo. Not only houses in the wet areas are built at stilts, but almaos all the houses.
The space under the houses is mostly used as open air living area. During the day families stay in this rather cool place, sometime lying in their hammocks. Sometimes I saw that this space also is used for storage, a small shop or parking the motorcycle or car.
Almost every house has a small colourful spirithouse in the garden. Water is stored in huge pots. Washing facilities and toilets are mostly in the backyard.
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