Dance

Dance. Movements so poignant that either moves you or do not do anything at all. When a dancer dances, she or he encompasses the music. It should move the soul and convey the message to the audience to move them. To make them be a part of the dance, to move their soul within. That’s how I see dance, any kind of dancing. To bring out the emotions of the audience, be it passion, sadness, joy. I learned ballet when I was little. I must admit, I was quite mechanical to it. I didn’t really enjoy it. I never let the music take me over. So, after a few years, I stopped. Years later, I took up belly dancing. Quite different from ballet. I enjoyed it. Performed for charity shows, bought the costumes. Yet I could not quite relate to it. Yes I know the movement, I couldn’t express myself properly. Maybe I’m just not quite an expressive person? No, that isn’t it. I’m afraid to express myself through dance. However through the years of learning belly dancing, ballet or any sort of dance, I have learned to watch when another person dances on the floor. Whether there is any connection from the dancer and the audience. From dancing, I prefer these days to be behind the camera taking photos whether it’s pets or people. See what you think on these few photos I am posting up. Look at their expression. IMG_3030IMG_3081IMG_3177IMG_3153IMG_3055

Siem Reap, Cambodia

I have just gotten back from my short break in Siem Reap. My husband and I have never been there so I thought, why not go and see the temples, the famous Angkor Wat. It has always fascinated me. I booked the flights, arrange for hotel stay there. I was so excited and looking forward to it. When we arrived at Siem Reap, it was a small and quaint airport. We were greeted by the hotel shuttle. It was hot and it was the dry season. The roads in cambodia aren’t as well laid out. The way they drive, well there are no road rules there yet they somehow seem polite when driving.

Siem Reap Airport

Siem Reap Airport

This was a means to our transport for the duration of our stay in Siem Reap. It cost USD2 to get into the old market from the hotel. Now in Cambodia, they prefer to deal with USD and not their own currency in Riel. Although, they do give change back in Riel sometimes. It is call the tuktuk. There were so many of them, and we get asked constantly whether we needed them for the whole day. This ensures that they get some earnings in a day. There isn’t a problem getting a tuktuk when you’re in town and in fact, it gives you the freedom to actually relax and walk around the markets without thinking about the driver waiting for you.

tuk tuk, taxi, drivers

Tuk Tuk drivers

The first time we took a tuktuk, we went to watch the sunset at one of the temples. You can buy a one day temple ticket at 5pm at the ticket counter that allows you to watch the sunset and use the ticket the next day. One day ticket cost USD20, a three day pass USD40. We bought only a day pass because 3 days is just too long, for me anyway. There’s a lot of walking involved, and climbing up and down the steps of the temple which by the way, isn’t so easy. I swear the steps were angle around 85 degrees steep!

Sleeping Buddha

Sleeping Buddha

sunset

sunset

The sunset was beautiful. The annoying part is the tourist there!! I guess that was inevitable. Cambodia is steep with history, religion. They are buddhist but they practice hinduism. That is because each ruler was different when it came to religion. Originally, the cambodians practised animalism. It’s a shamanic practise where they respect the animals. Now I’m not sure whether animal sacrifices were practised as we weren’t told. We were told that there was practice of voodoo there too. Then came Hinduism because there was trades between the Indians and the Cambodians. Now my history is very rusty but from what I can remember, Cambodia or Kampuchea was once a very rich kingdom. They exported rice to the world. Then came the 20 year war which raped and plundered the country. Such is murphy’s law, from the richest to the poorest. I asked my tuktuk driver how much to have a meal a day…he said each person USD2 for one meal, USD10 can feel a family of 8.

Three faces

Three faces

Buddha wrap in yellow wrap

Buddha wrap in yellow wrap

One of the girls in angkor thom.

One of the girls in angkor thom.

The carvings on the wall

The carvings on the wall

The temples still practice buddhism/hinduism. Sadly, some of the buddha heads were stolen or raided or destroyed during the war. So some of the head are reproduced.

One of the doorways

One of the doorways

Sunrise...well attempt of sunrise

Sunrise…well attempt of sunrise

The temple doorways. There were many like these in the temple grounds.

The temple doorways. There were many like these in the temple grounds.

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One of the temples

One of the temples

The saddest part of our visit was seeing the poor kids begging or selling you things. However, we are encourage NOT to buy anything from them because it only creates a cycle of poverty. These kids should be in school so they can get better jobs than just being on the street.

child in a hammock within the temple grounds

child in a hammock within the temple grounds

There was a child I encountered that was playing with a knife for entertainment. She stopped to have me take her photo. The rest of the photos are self explanatory. 

Litte girl that was playing with a knife.

Litte girl that was playing with a knife.

They are people that fell victim to the landmines in cambodia

They are people that fell victim to the landmines in cambodia

Street vendors

Street vendors

Sugar cane seller

Sugar cane seller

If you wanted to go do some shopping, go down to the OLD market or wait for the night market to open at 6pm.

Old market

Old market

natural soap

natural soap

Stray dog at the temple

Stray dog at the temple

We visited the local pots and pottery school where they teach pottery if you wanted to learn.

Clay making

Clay making

We ended our stay in Cambodia by watching Cirque du Cambodge. It is liken to Cirque du Soleil. The acrobats were amazing! Such grace and balance and flexibility!

Cirque du Cambodge

Cirque du Cambodge

Cirque du Cambodge

Cirque du Cambodge

Cirque du cambodge

Cirque du cambodge

Cirque du cambodge - live band

Cirque du cambodge – live band

Cirque du cambodge

Cirque du cambodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I end this blog with a photo of how in the olden days water / brandy was carried. That is bamboo so it keeps it cool.

how water was carried in the olden days...in this case there was brandy in her bamboo!

how water was carried in the olden days…in this case there was brandy in her bamboo!