Overheard…

… at the Russian Market, aka, Tuol Tumpong Market:

Last Sunday, Rob and I went to the Russian Market. Noontime was our choice since we expected it would be less crowded. It seems to be pretty much the time when the market stalls/stores attract interesting characters. While Rob and I were quietly checking out one of the stalls at the books section, a couple in their early 20s walked behind us and were talking in a not-so-hushed tones. The girl probably comes from an expat family in Phnom Penh, as she was obviously showing the boy around.

Girl: So yeah, this is the book section. You can actually find cheap books here. Any kind.

Boy: Uhmm, that’s cool.

Girl: They sell all kinds of books, like, novels, memoirs, guidebooks… you know (pointing to the wall laden with guidebooks), Lonely Planet stuffs. What kind of books do you want, anyway?

Boy: Uhmm… I want thin ones…

Toink!

Litratong Pinoy #22 : Lila (violet)

Ang talong… bow!

LP  Lila, Violet

Ang talong ay isa lamang sa maraming gulay na karaniwang sangkap sa simple ngunit masustansyang pagkain ng mga Nepali. Hinahaluan ito ng sari-saring spices upang mas lalong sumarap. Karamihan sa kanila ay vegetarian.

Kuha ito nung pumunta ako sa Kathmandu. Maagang natapos ang session namin nung araw na iyon kaya napagpasyahan naming mag-ikot-ikot sa Kathmandu. Napadaan kami sa palengke at niyaya ko ang mga kasama kong pumasok. Mahilig talaga akong magpunta sa mga public markets at magmasid-masid. Kahit na maraming tao, maingay, at iba’t-ibang amoy ang nalalanghap – naa-aliw ako!

Tinitignan ko kung ano ang kaibahan nito sa palengke sa atin, kung anu-anong mga bagay na wala sa atin na meron dito, at higit sa lahat, pinagmamasdan ko kung paano mamalengke ang mga Nepali. Usisera ba?