Life on the river seems quite idyllic though I’m sure it’s not as simple as it looks. Still, it’s quite amazing to see entire villages floating along in a timeless fashion. This green scene shows an odd view of the vegetation that grows wildly amongst the floating platforms that make up the network the locals patched together.
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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.
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.
Producing rice noodles
During our moto trip in the countryside of Battambang with many rice fields we visited a familyhouse where they produced rice noodles. We came early morning at the moment the white dough was made. There was a wooden machinery operated by three girls. The woman who had to handle the white dough wih her hands has white spots all over her face, arms and clothes.
It was a pity we could only see this part of the process. We had a quick look at the heaps of rice and the mill for grinding. We didn't see how they finally produce the noodles ...or any noodle.
Dried and smoked fish
At the fishmarket north of the citycentr of Battambang most activities had to do with the production of fishpaste. But besides the huge tons with fishpaste I saw also many packets of dried and smoked fish. At the other side of the hall I saw also women making products with shrimps instead of with fish.
Usually I like eating fish, but this place didn't stimulate my appetite. In the contrary .....
No sticky rice this time.....
At the bridge close to the place where they made the fishpaste I saw a few times men bearing bamboo containers. The first thing I thought was sticky rice, because just one hour before I had seen how sticky rice was prepared ion bamboo.
At a closer look, I saw it was no sticky rice. They explained me, that it is a local drink what the man is selling in the bamboo containers.
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.
Making fish paste
Close to one of the bridges over the Angker river north of the citycentre of Battambang we visited the place where the local people make fishpaste. After the fishes are cleaned they are cutted into a paste. They explained us that there are two qualities of fish and paste. The local people use the fishpaste of minor quality to make their soups tastful and salty.
The people doing this job are employers working for theirselves. They usually make very long days to reach high quantities.
Job for the whole family including kids
The people working at the fishmarket making fish paste were mainly women and girls. It was amazing to see how they worked very skilful and fast under very unconvenient circumstances. Allready early morning the place was very hot. Not to speak of the smell and wet floor !
What a contrast with the group of men gathering in the shade at the other side of the hall ! What was their task ? For what were they waiting ? Selling, transporting ?
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.
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Thin almost transparant rice wraps.....
After vsiting the place where a family produced rice noodles we visited another familyhouse not far from there, where they produced wraps. From far we saw allready the thin almost transparant wraps at the gridas around the house.
We were surprised how thin almost transparant the wraps were. Here we could see the whole process of how the man and woman made these wraps starting from the rice.
"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
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
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
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