Chum Riep Sueh (Hello)!Monday, February 13, 2012
I spent five days in Cambodia last week, which was my second visit to this former French colony. The first time was in 2007 when my hubby and I visited our missionary friends in Kampot. This time round, we helped in a training for the Cambodia Missions & Services (CMS) leaders in Baray. While there we also enjoyed some fun activities offered by the Khmer Homestay.
We watched the sunset after a short bullock cart ride thru' a massive paddy field. I was told that Cambodians prefer white cows.
Looking out from the wooden hall where the training was held, I noticed that trees were not chopped down to make way for the homestay chalets but instead incorporated into its architecture... cool!
An aquaponics set-up was seen at one part of the homestay...
The ornamental plants growing there were similar to what we have here in Malaysia. They also have hibiscus, sunflower, cordyline as well as some pretty roses...
A few exceptional plants include the Alternanthera that blooms attractive flower heads. Though the plant also grows wonderfully in Malaysia, I have not come across flower heads from this plant as pretty as these...
The other plant that caught my attention was the Euphorbia millii. Most houses/places I passed by have this plant which somehow grows so beautifully there.
This plant below (which I do know the name) looks like a weed but I have never seen a weed so pretty before ;-)
The plant was used as a border plant at the Solar Cafe, the eatery operated by the Khmer Homestay.
They have beautiful Oleanders there as well and I saw orange and double pink ones...
Portulacas and Madagascar Periwinkles were profusely blooming everywhere...
While visiting the beneficiaries of some concrete ring wells and toilets (implemented under a community project), a lady suddenly appeared, speaking to us in English which is a rarity there. She told us that she had worked as a helper in the home of one of our friends back in KL some ten years ago (hmm... a coincidence or a divine appointment?).
The house in the background of the pic below was built using the money she earned. Though she had worked in Malaysia for only about two years, she managed to pick up English and still speaking it fairly well even after so long! Btw there were two pigs below the house :-)
On the last day, we spent a day shopping (yippee! :-D) in the busy city of Phnom Penh before flying back to Malaysia.
Chum riep leah (goodbye), Cambodia!
PS: Thanks Asha Ram for the Liebster Blog award :-D