Sundown or sunup?

That is a good question.  Posting again one of my favourite Angkor Wat postcards –

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I have always loved sunset and sunrise views. However, just by looking at this postcard, we can not determine whether it is a sunset or a sunrise. Maybe other readers know?

I love the silhouette of the temple, its reflection on the water, and the colours. It gives it an enigmatic air to the temple. Don you think so?

Please excuse the shoddy quality of the photo. My scanner is old and needs replacement. Not too urgent a need but will find a replacement soon.

As an aside, I wonder if anyone can give me any idea about portable pa system? My husband’s looking for a pa system that he can use for his English class. He is teaching public speaking and needs something to use in the classroom for better listening experience. His students have prepared really good speeches; some had even incorporated background music and some sound effects. I’ve heard them practice and it would be a shame if the sound fails them on their presentation day. My husband had already read some reviews on the classic jbl eon 210p portable pa system 10″ 2-way reviews at guitar center but he needs more inputs from others before making a decision. I’d appreciate any help, thanks.

Just an update.

I’m still here, alive and kicking!
As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts, changes were to happen this year. First, we acquired a lease for another apartment somewhere southeast of the city, close to the banks of the Mekong. We didn’t actually move there to live but we planned it as a – sort of – weekend rest-house.

Second, I got a new job and a full-time one. It’s something that I want to do for a long time to keep me from moping around the house. My skills are put to use again and I feel productive and useful to society. Besides, I could use extra moolah for shopping since my nephews and nieces have been hinting for some cool halloween party stuff for they saw while browsing at dept 56 halloween. But I don’t think their Grandma (my mum) is too happy about them asking me frequently, hihihi. But most importantly, I now have some moolah to continue collecting and swapping postcards with you again! Win-win, isn’t it?

Speaking of swaps, I decided to accept some offers but to selected ones. This week, I’m sending these to the Netherlands in exchange for San Marino and Vatican City postcards:

A lesser-known temple in Angkor Wat.
A lesser-known temple in Angkor Wat.
A self-made maxicard. But I'm sending a postcard without the stamp.
A self-made maxicard. But I’m sending a postcard without the stamp.

The swapper is going for a holiday in these places – and I could not really resist initiating the swap – as I have no postcards from San Marino yet (I have only one from the Vatican City).

Soksabay from the Penh!

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Sorry for being inactive again. If only blogs can talk, mine would have berated me long time ago for neglect. To give you updates, so much happenings in the homefront lately. I can’t tell you in details but changes are definitely coming and preparations are being made. The monsoon season is upon us again, and the fun begins!

I did a few swaps here and there but I have been inactive at Postcrossing. Temporarily, that is. Once everything is in place, I will go back to it.

We recently got a lease for a new apartment outside the city. It is a mere 12kilometres from where we currently live but it is totally a different place. Semi-rural. It is close to the meeting point of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. Very quiet. Large, green space for my dogs to run around and, more importantly, a place to develop my green thumb. We’re not moving out of our current apartment; we just wanted somewhere quiet to spend the weekends. So we have been busy packing stuff around, cleaning, and making sure the utilities are working fine. My husband is so picky about the lighting – nothing fancy on his mind but he likes a modern exterior lighting of sorts to add pizzaz to the new apartment.

Sadly, I haven’t been to the Post Office this week, and the week before. But prior to that, I was able to mail some to friends and others. So these postcards have probably arrived, or on their way to, Lithuania, Romania, and the UK. I do know that the postcard to Romania has already arrived 🙂 Just waiting for the others to reached their destinations before I sent out new ones.

What are the odds?

I forgot to mention this in my previous posts that someone approached me inquiring about golden eagle coins.

mfln3829l Okay, I was taken aback by this request. I find it weird even. Gold coins? In Cambodia? I do know that a lot of Cambodians prefer gold than cash but I haven’t got a clue as to who collects gold coins in Cambodia. I wouldn’t dare ask around, you know. This is probably the oddest request I have received so far. Or was it just a scam? Or a spam? I don’t have a way of knowing. So, I politely told him that should I ever come across some people who are into this stuff, I’ll let him know.

How about you? What was the oddest, weirdest, strangest request have you encountered while engaging in your respective hobbies?

People postcards

Here’s some more postcards with views that are not Angkor Wat or temples. Glad I found more of them in my box.

Boys and their buffaloes. Nothing more fun than riding a buffalo in rural Cambodia.
Boys and their buffaloes. Nothing more fun than riding a buffalo in rural Cambodia.
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Cyclo! It’s a Cambodian version of a rickshaw, similar to the ones in Vietman.  Slow. It could take you to your destination. Eventually. Meanwhile, enjoy the view while riding a cyclo.
Hilltribe members. They are living in the northeastern part of the country. Very interesting culture and traditions.
Hilltribe members. They are living in the northeastern part of the country. Very interesting culture and traditions.
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Ahhh, this is my favourite. A girl on a dug-out boat and picking lotus flowers. You wouldn’t believe how beautiful a pond full of blooming lotuses is.

 

Yummy tarantula

As I was listening to an acoustic music CD, a friend of mine who I was chatting with online asked me if there are other postcards from Cambodia aside from the usual Angkor Wat and other ancient temples that I’ve been sending out. Of course, I felt a bit offended. She sounded a bit snotty. I told her there are other kinds of views but they are more expensive and limited.

Now that she flagged my attention, I went to check my postcards box to see if I have indeed in my possession some non-Angkor Wat, non-temple, postcards. I was happy to find this:

Postcard moment.
Postcard moment.

Scary? Hell, yeah! I bet all hell will break loose if ever I’d encountered one crawling on my limbs. Just as I had this thought, the music I was listening to rose to a somewhat dramatic. Sounded like a six-year-old-kid playing Fender Stratocaster guitar center. Hah. With that as background music, I’m giving you a bit of info  about this postcard.

Here’s the deal. There’s a town in Cambodia, halfway between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, called Kampong Cham. Buses from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, and vice versa, stop here for a short time for rest and food and to pick up some more passengers. This is also the place where the popular a’ping or local tarantulas come from and offered/sold as snacks. Along with crickets, termites, grasshoppers, and many other bugs, they  are considered a delicacy in Cambodia and neighbouring countries. Some other enterprising locals offer live tarantulas as props for photograph. For a fee, you can pose for the camera with the tarantula.

So there you have it. Friends, yes, this postcard is for swap but I’m not currently entertaining private exchanges.  You can see from my side bar the list of countries where my postcards are from. If you’re country is not in it,  then, by all means, please drop me a line.

What I’m up to

Sorry for the absence of posts here.

This is a cartoon strip from Manjul.com. What's happening in India is definitely happening here in Cambodia.
This is a cartoon strip from Manjul.com.
What’s happening in India is definitely happening here in Cambodia.

I live in an area north of Phnom Penh where the power goes out everyday, six-eight hours a day. Sometimes two times a day for additional 2-3 hours. It makes it difficult to update blog and do work, especially for people like me who depend on the Internet for my part-time job. It is sooooo effing hot; I could hardly get a thing done even if it means having extra hours off the Internet.

The message on the illustration on the right very much applies to where I live. There is no need to join the Earth Hour event because we observe it several times daily. Funny but very accurate and true!

Anyways, I try to while the time by arranging and re-arranging stuff at home. The other day, I rummaged my closet and segregated those that are still “wearables” from the ones that I can give away (still wearables but don’t fit me anymore). I even saw my old yoga gear and I was debating whether I should put it to the give away bin or keep them. I decided to keep them 😀

The next to-do thing in my list – is to re-arrange my postcards collection. They are currently in order, arranged alphabetically by country. However, if my mood is good, I’ll be arranging them according to themes. Which is really more complicated, isn’t it? I still have a boxful of unsorted Cambodia postcards that I have kept for so long. I had to beg off from private swaps because I could not afford the stamps at the moment. However, if swappers have something new or unique to offer me, I’ll be glad to consider 🙂

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Cartoon Source: Manjul.com

Midweek Mail: Surprises!

I knew there’s always a good reason to drop by the Post Office and check my mailbox. Call it intuition, yeah, could be. But what happened is that I had a good feeling about going to the Post Office last Friday. Since it wasn’t in our scheduled errands, my husband was a bit irked that I asked him to drive a little further, to the Post Office. Unscheduled trips like this annoy my husband since we had to make a detour to the Post Office which is out of the way of the spare parts shop area where we were headed for a single piece of eye bolt that’s missing in his tool box. Turned out my instinct was right. Two postcards came unexpectedly from two good friends and the parcel from Turkey arrived! Happy head here.
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These contain beautiful yarns from Turkey. A friend and I share this purchase. You won't believe how much we bought these for...  :)
These contain beautiful yarns from Turkey. A friend and I share this purchase. You won’t believe how much we bought these for…  🙂

Dumb ways to die – a public safety campaign in Australia

Has anyone came across this jingle already?

Sweet macaroons, I could not get it out of my head. The lyrics are just playfully foolish and catchy, the animation is cute but violent (in my opinion, it does bring home the message). It’s been playing over and over in head and I am in a state of constant humming the chorus since the first time I heard this jingle. I recorded it hastily in my trusty portable recorder, not exactly a new one and not like the best best h4n available in the market but it does the job, thank you very much.

So what do you think of the jingle? It’s a part of a larger campaign of Melbourne Metro to promote rail safety.

Midweek Mails: Postcards for 12-12-12

Now I can finally rest my right arm, take out the djarum from my husband’s stash and pretend to smoke it to celebrate the 20th postcard I finished writing tonight. Why the fuss? Well, writing postcards non-stop is NO joke! Also, tomorrow is December 12, 2012. That means 12-12-12, an auspicious date for some peope (especially to get married) and a once-in-a-lifetime event that most postcards and stamps collector are looking forward to.

So first thing in the morning tomorrow, this lot will be delivered, by yours truly, to the Post Office.

Hello, World! These postcards will be on their way to their destinations tomorrow.  I also have one packet going out to that nice lady in Poland.
Hello, World! These postcards will be on their way to their destinations tomorrow.  I also have one packet going out to that nice lady in Poland.

I don’t know how much all these cost – and I dare not to think about it – but still I’m happy to be able to send them out. They’re for friends who have been really good to me, sending me postcards and stuff without being prompted to. Most of them don’t know they’ll be receiving a postcard with the unique “12-12-12” postmark so… ssshhhh. This is going to fun! 🙂 I just hope that the Post Office won’t mess things up! Even if it means that I queue for a long time at the PO I will do so just to get a nice, clear hand stamp.

I find it fun when it comes to choosing a postcard that would best fit the person I’m sending it to. Besides reading their profiles, I also put myself in the shoes of the receiver with the main thought in my mind: would I be excited to receive this postcard? Only then I’d pick the card if the answer is positive. I’m a chatty person so it is no surprise that I’ve got a lot written on the back of the postcard, hah!

If you’re from the Philippines, Japan, Singapore, the USA, Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Poland, France, Isle of Man, Macedonia and Romania (gah, that was a long list!) and have been in constant communication with me, then one of these is yours. I wish I could send all of those who approached me for one but I am really sorry that I could not for budgetary reasons.