Here are three examples of people moving people or stuff on a Sunday morning as I was motorduping across town to the 10:00 AM mass.
After years of organizing and fund-raising, Janne Ritskes was finally able to see the opening of her Nokor Tep’s Women Hospital that she built. Click here for photos of the opening ceremony.
It’s not a particularly heavy or dangerous load–and it’s nice to sit on, but I’ll bet the other drivers give him a wide berth when they see him coming.
I’m not sure what kind of shop this is selling what I think of as Filipino Christmas stars. I’m guessing it’s an electrical shop but whatever it is, it sure has a colorful presence on the street.
My digital clock and everything else was off this afternoon as the recently started daily power cuts continued. The power cuts alternate between morning and afternoon: yesterday the electricity was off for 5.5 hours in the morning and today it was off for 5.5 hours in the afternoon, returning at 5:30 PM. The government knows better than to cut power at night when everyone is at home.
The power situation has been bad throughout the almost twenty years I have been in Cambodia. It improved a bit a few years ago when power transmission lines were erected to buy power from Vietnam. But now it is the worst it has ever been. The prime minister keeps blaming climate change and lack of rain, but that’s just to avoid owning responsibility for the power shortage. After all, he has been in power for 32 years. Either he didn’t see the power problems coming, or he did see them and didn’t plan for them. Either way it reflects rather badly on his leadership.
All day long this man sells sugar cane chunks to chew and suck on. Sugar cane juice is a most popular natural drink that is squeezed on the streets by vendors pushing their carts. Confronted by sugar cane all day long, though, this man, when he really gets thirsty, pulls out a thermos of water from underneath his cart.
Here is a young man starting off his career with a little sewing shop set up on the sidewalk. Somewhere he got the money to build a little shed and buy a sewing machine, and then he just looks for an empty place on the sidewalk and squats–just like all the other little shops on Street 51.