Skip to main content

Cambodian Memories VI: the folks

Sokhum, my tuktuk driver for 5 days in yellow; Votah my tour guide for 3 days in the hat
I found the people in Cambodia wonderful--up until now the people of Viet Nam had stolen my heart.  I found them open, helpful, gentle and smiling.  My dear tuktuk driver, Sokhum, got me "off the base" several times in an effort to help me out; one with a visa issue (I needed my e-visa enlarged and a sheet of visa pics taken and processed--so off to a crowded hole-in-the-wall place we went one evening :) and another time to get an international sim card for my cell phone.  It was a great way to get into back alleys, etc.






My tour guide, Votah, was a hoot with his Australian English; but I also found him to be extremely knowledgeable about his country's history.  We had some great talks about our faiths and recent Cambodian history, the Khmer Rouge, and its affect on his own family.  He also got me off the beaten path to a local family (not his) who were in the process of making palm sugar.  Fascinating.  Sokhum squatted right down and started stirring just like he did when he was a child.  His brother fell from the top of a palm tree 20 years ago and became disabled so Sokhum would never climb the palm trees.  But he was an expert stirrer.  The candy is delicious!  I tasted the palm fruit, too, and slurped the juice.  The dad person cut it open and offered it--bottoms up!

These two guys both had small children at home and big dreams.  It was a privilege to get to know them

The children speak for themselves, eh?  The threesome were so persistent and irresistible that I bought a handful of bracelets from each of them.  And gave them extra for the picture. 

In the end, I just cannot help but smile when I think of this trip. 



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Much Needed New Winter Robe - Vogue 9232

Last spring I chucked my 20-year-old bathrobe, giving me no choice but to replace it come winter.  Granted, I never took it to Mongolia, so it only got worn when I was home in the US.  But still.  For summer I made several light weight robes, but I knew I liked the style of my old RTW one.  
When I saw reviews for Vogue 9232--on PR (all 3 of them), I knew I'd found my pattern.  Interestingly enough, the pattern is actually for a caftan-type dress; but all 3 reviews were done up as a robe.      Sham's review  in particular had great tips.   On a trip to Colorado Fabrics in early summer I spotted a beeeuuutiful pink sweatshirt type fabric.  The outside is more like a thick knit and inside is dreamy soft.  And it's baby pink!  Which is hard to tell in the pics as we in Colorado have had lots of rain and no sunshine. And OK, I'm no photographer.  But seriously, this is like stepping into a pink cloud.  
I made a small through the neck, shoulders and sleeves and a med on the s…

McCalls 7387 and a Quilt Guild Visit

I sewed a lot of white this summer.  After wearing sooo much black for years, I can't get enough white.  This shirt got tons ofwear this summer.   The following goofy expressions of me trying very hard to play photographer are for free.


McCalls 7387 in a light and airy cotton shirting.  So light and airy
I have to wear a bit underneath which is not always the most light and airy thing to do.  I made up a medium, which was roomy to a degree I'm fine with.  However, next time I might make a small through neck and shoulders as collar seems a bit big.  Also, the sleeve band was too wide I thought.  I ended up folding it back.  Again, fine.  I liked the back detail, too; though a fabric with more body would probably stick out.











I wore it today to my friend DeLois' quilt guild meeting.  They are also holding an exhibit in the same building:  the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library in Denver.  Too fun.


Till next time XXOO

Honolulu Kimono Tops

...and a birthday library tote.  

Tomorrow, God willing and United flies...I'll be in Honolulu with 3 of my Munchkins!  Cannot wait.

I wanted a few new things so I drove over to Colorado Fabrics and picked up some rayon knits--all the flat folds were 50% off.  This happens twice a year and is a major score.  Worth the drive.

So, I made up all 3 in Maria of Denmark's Kimono T.  This is my all-time favorite go-to T.   Perfect with my Magic Pencil skirts in stretch denim and twill.





Then, Kelby's mom said he could really use a new library tote--they  pretty much go every week :-)

I used outdoor fabric--50% off at Joannes and scored a piece of bright orange (his favorite color) on the 50%-off remnant pile.


I'm pretty pleased with this project :)
Aloha!