Monday, January 4, 2010

Now's day out

Now enjoying the simple life as the sun sets at Mechrey
Sometimes the simplest things give the most pleasure. Take Now for example. She's lived in the shadow of Angkor Wat all her life. Her new job as a photographer's assistant, so far removed from selling souvenirs at Angkor Wat that you wouldn't believe, is opening her to new experiences every day. Even so, she is still only scratching at the surface of life that most of us take for granted. So I asked her to join our company trip to Kbal Spean and the Tonle Sap Lake as I knew she'd never been to either, even though they are literally a stone's throw from her home in Angkor. When every cent counts, finding time to enjoy your immediate surroundings, always takes a back seat. She loved both trips. The natural beauty of the forest, the water - all Cambodians love water - the carvings, the waterfall, meeting people en route, she was as happy as you can imagine at Kbal Spean. And the boat trip to the sleepy floating village of Mechrey was another opportunity to enjoy a slice of her own country, with a group of fellow Khmers, to watch the sun setting surrounded by life on the water and to enjoy the simple pleasures that life can bring.
'Please take a picture on this stone with the trees behind me' - no problem. Now on the way to the top of Kbal Spean, 1.5kms from the bottom.
It only needs a few people to make Kbal Spean feel crowded
This overhanging tree branch provides a viewing spot of the underwater lingas below, and of course, another photo opportunity
One of the best preserved underwater yoni and lingas at Kbal Spean
It's a waterfall at Kbal Spean - so it's mandatory to have a picture taken of Now and myself
On the boat roof as we sail around Mechrey
Reasmey taking a picture of me taking a picture of her, while Leakhena is on the phone
Another fun time, this picture is from Now's New Years Eve celebrations on Pub Street in Siem Reap. Again it was her first time to enjoy this event.

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