Photo Hunt 080: Ooooooh, kite!

I’m excited about this week’s theme because this year we’ve been flying kites the whole summer!

It started out as a class project in my husband’s class and became a regular weekend activity with the kids. My husband made a total of three big kites and several small ones, all handmade from locally sourced materials. You can find the whole story (click the link) here.

Two fled kites and one delta kite. Love the vibrant colours! They are approximately 3ms wide and 1.5m long.

First test flight at a reclamation area south of Monivong just before the Chhba Ampov bridge.

First test-flight. SUCCESS!
Early morning at Kien Svay.

And my favourite photo of them all was when we flew our kite under the sundog glory!

There goes the mini-delta, looking like a worm beneath the arc.

It made me go “Oooooooooh!”

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Photo Hunt 068: Sunbathing diva

Time for another comeback at Photo Hunt! Here’s my entry this week.

My dog is a sun-worshipper!

My Dogspot, a blog about my pet dogs, Max and Joe.
This photo originally appeared on My Dogspot, a blog about my pet dogs, Max and Joe.

When not sulking or moping in one corner of the house, you can find Max out there in our veranda, quietly enjoying the sun and the breeze. She is turning six this year. Every morning, I pick up heaps of her fluff from the floor. Brushing time with her also yields lots of fluffs that I can already make a small pillow out of them. I kid you not. If she’s not fluffy then I don’t know what is 😛

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Photo Hunt #67: Dying light

Day is done
Gone the sun…
… from the sky…

Witnessing the slowly setting sun amidst the traffic is one of the best moments I ever had here in Phnom Penh. I wonder how many people at that time have noticed.
Witnessing the slowly setting sun amidst the traffic is one of the best moments I ever had here in Phnom Penh. I wonder how many people at that time have noticed.

From afar, drawing near
Falls the night…
– Excerpts from the Taps

This was originally posted in my other blog, Inside Cambodia.

I love how the light was beginning to fade out, as if slowly melting into the horizon, and the darkness setting in. In an instant, the light died down and the darkness crept in,  covering the city in a black blanket. It was a profound moment.

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Photo Hunt #65: Greasy’s the word!

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word “greasy” is food. So I’m borrowing a photo from my food blog and post it here as my entry for this week’s Photo Hunt. With my husband’s four-day a week work schedule, we enjoy long weekends. That means, anything goes… especially when it comes to our meals. Which means, we can gorge on greasy food, like this one:

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This is good for two people. I played with the food for a while before serving them. LOL.

With plenty of leftover rice, I made fried rice with bacon bits and Hungarian sausages.

A lot of people raise their eyebrows or turn their nose up at the sight of greasy food. Yes, they are greasy and may be unhealthy, but, by golly — they’re tasty, flavourful and oh-so-satisfying. Besides, I feel that it won’t hurt a bit if we indulge in greasy food from time to time.

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Photo Hunt 062: The game of love

Not many of you know that I’m into postcards and stamps collection. This week, my take on the theme is related to my hobby.

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The King and Queen of Hearts stamps, with cancellation marks from the Post Office.

The se-tenant pair (above) belongs to the USPS Love series, the King and Queen of Hearts, issued in 2009 and a clever tribute to the world’s most favourite “game”.  Do you know what is it? It’s the game of love, of course! 🙂

The artist, Jeanne Greco, said that she used the 18th century French playing cards as a reference and created her own interpretation on a computer. She retained the traditional colour of playing cards – a white or cream background – with only basic colours as accents. Lovely, design, isn’t it? If only my stamps weren’t covered by the postmarks!  But here, I’m posting a mint copy below for your viewing pleasure.

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The King and Queen of Hearts, mint version.

The mint version (unused) obviously looks better but I like my stamps  with cancellation marks. However, my King and Queen of Hearts stamps had very heavy marks on them thus marring their face value of the stamps 🙁  Anyways, if you’d look closer, you will notice that the design flows through the stamp perforations to make a continuous pattern.

The (US) Postal Service began issuing its popular Love stamps in 1973. Over the years these stamps have featured a wide variety of designs, including heart motifs, colorful flowers, and the word “LOVE” itself. (Source)

NB: This originally appeared in my Postcards Crossing blog where I have posted all postcards and stamps I received from countries around the world.

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Photo-hunt 060: Triangle

This is one of my favourite government buildings in Phnom Penh. It is located  just across the Vietnamese Memorial Park on the junction between Sothearos Boulevard and Street 240. Notice the triangle with elaborate details on it. That and the spire grabs your attention right away. It’s been said that the best time to take picture of this building is in the afternoon after 3pm. The facade is illuminated by the sun and the building glows radiantly.

The Cambodian Council of Ministers Building, Phnom Penh. This was taken as we drove along Sothearos where the Royal Palace is.
The Cambodian Council of Ministers Building, Phnom Penh. This was taken as we drove along Sothearos where the Royal Palace is.

I have always thought that this building the former Ministry of Foreign Affairs office and had wrongly labeled my photos as such. When we passed there today, I asked my husband to pull over so I could clearly see the sign – and indeed, I was wrong. This is the Council of Ministers building and one of the iconic landmarks in Phnom Penh.

This structure was built by Cambodia’s most prominent architect Vann Molyvann. He was  educated in France and among the brightest young architects in 1950s. He was nominated as the chief national architect by the King himself (then King Norodom Sihanouk) and created several outstanding buildings that have become prominent landmarks in the city. The architectural style is called the “New Khmer Architecture”and was often characterised by a fusion of Bauhaus, European post-modern architecture, and traditional elements from Angkor. (Source)

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