It used to be quite common to see many motorcycles and bicycles parked outside of shops and other establishments. Not so much now. Twenty years ago, it was a significant achievement to get a motorcycle. Now everyone wants a car. That is a huge problem because there is no place to park them.

One small step…

Now this is something almost never seen in Cambodia, a tuk-tuk driver using a seatbelt! Of course, he’s not wearing it correctly (under his arm instead of over his shoulder) but at least he’s familiar with seatbelts, had one installed in his tuk-tuk, and puts it on!

Mea Culpa!

The photo and item about the Water Problems was meant to be posted yesterday but I got so busy that after I prepared the photo, I forgot to post it here on the website. In posting tonight, I see now that I also missed April 28th! Sorry! It’s been a bad week!

Water problems

Phnom Penh is located at the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Bassac Rivers so it has access to a lot of water. What it doesn’t have is the infrastructure to purify and distribute the water. There has been a massive building boom in the last ten years and water supplies that were inadequate before that started are even more inadequate now. Many of the new boreys (gated communities) go without water for large parts of the day or even for a day at a time because they are located on the outskirts of the city. But even those of us in the city are experiencing more and more shortages of water. The Maryknoll office where I live has maintained its water supply but at the deaf office there is often not enough water to reach the second floor. I keep a bucket of water handy in that bathroom there.

Dengue Fever

There is rising concern about an increase in infections of dengue fever in several provinces, including Phnom Penh. Large-scale outbreaks of dengue fever occur in Cambodia about every five years. The last was in 2019 so there is a fear that this is the beginning of a build-up that will peak in 2024. Dengue is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito which is a daytime mosquito.

So good but so many!

This is the mango season and this year they are wonderful–and plentiful! Too plentiful. People have so many mangoes that they don’t know what to do with them. That’s lucky for me because many of them are given to me and I love them! Today I was at an office and in their parking lot there were six beautiful mangoes that had fallen and were just left there. I hated to see so many luscious mangoes go to waste!