Today I went out to lunch with a co-worker and he introduced me to a new local food. Bite-sized, fried whole fish. They were very salty, spicy, and a bit sweet. It was a complex mix of new tastes and textures. You traditionally eat them with rice and a dipping sauce. It took me a few fish to get used to it, but by the end of the dish I was doing pretty good.
I took this picture on another field research trip. We drove down a long stretch of road lined with Palm Trees as far as the eye could see. You can’t really see it in this photo but there was a thick layer of fog on the ground that hid the tree trunks and obscured everything a bit. It looked very surreal and dream-like. Something I’ve definitely never seen before.
This week at work I got to do a little bit of exploring in Phnom Penh. We had one meeting in a tall building that overlooked a sea of colorful roof-tops. I also got to see some new areas of the city from the back of a motorbike when we went to a few stores to do some research for another project. It's easy to forget how big and lively this city really is because everyone kind of stays in one part of the town.
I was walking to a restaurant with some friends and I looked up to see this woman smoking on the balcony. Because her apartment was the only light in that direction her silhouette really stood out. Side note: it was only 8pm.
Today, for work, we traveled to Kompong Thom to test some of our ideas our on the local community. I was up at 4am to get ready for our 5am departure. It was my first trip outside of the capital city. Phnom Penh is pretty developed for Cambodia, so leaving the bubble was a real eye-opener. It was both heart-wrenching and beautiful. The drive took about 3.5 hours. In some places, the dust from driving on dirt roads was so thick that the trees were covered with a layer of red s
Weekends are pretty awesome. That’s one thing that I doubt changes, no matter where you live. I was up bright and early this morning so I made myself breakfast (dragon fruit, obviously) and watched the sun rise from my balcony. It was pretty fantastic.
Funny story. Well, funny now. Now that I’ve moved into my own apartment and have unpacked my things, I've also realized that don’t own anything useful anymore. I have ample clothing, markers, and toiletries, but when it comes to day to day living I’m kind of starting from scratch. The first thing on my “to buy” list was bedsheets. The first store I went to had only 5 styles to choose from, all pretty ugly, ranging from $80.00 US to $180.00 US.Theses prices seemed pretty outra
I started this drawing on the long flight over, and have finally finish it. It’s one of my favourite Miss Molly drawings to date. I really got into the both of the city’s details. Good times with markers.