Friday, 30 October 2015
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Banteary Srei - meaning citadel of the women or citadel of beauty - was one of my favourite temples in the huge Angkor complex of temples. It was over 20 km from the main temple of Angkor on a scenic road through paddy fields and villages in the fateful tuk tuk.
The temple buildings are quite distinctive as they are carved from red (blush pink) sandstone and is smaller than many other temples. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The carvings are especially intricate and deep. It lives up to its reputation as a Khmer gem.
Tuesday, 27 October 2015
The Bayon is one of the most distinctive temples at Ankor, due to the faces carved into the stone towers. There are 50 towers in the main space and 200 giant faces look down at you as you explore.
The faces are thought to represent the compassionate Buddha or Bodhisattva Avalokitsvara. A Bodhisattva is a Buddha who forgoes Nirvana to remain on earth to help others for find the middle path.
Monday, 26 October 2015
Sharing Angkor photos also brings to mind our accident - a quick update, I am slowly recovering, still stiff and sore, especially in the chest and rib area, I saw a doctor at the French clinic the other day and she said it will take a while to heal as it was a serious knock and that the ligaments connecting the ribs to the sternum are inflamed - intercostalitis - or something like that.
Sunday, 25 October 2015
The carvings inside the galleries and cloisters of the main temple at Angkor Wat were amazing in detail and creativity. Panels on each side of the temple told different stories, mainly of battles but also images of heaven and earth.
This photo shows an elephant as part of a huge entourage heading into battle.
Saturday, 24 October 2015
Friday, 23 October 2015
Each grade participated in a different activity. Grade 6 researched and debated a group to empower through microfinancing from www.kiva.org. Grade 12 visited the EU team in Laos and I accompanied the Grade 10 group to GDA (Gender Development Association), who work to support women in rural and remote communities through programs to encourage economic development and prevent domestic violence.
There was also a concert with some very talented students singing and dancing. A great day at VIS.
Thursday, 22 October 2015
As with all events prime viewing spots were a premium at the boat races on Sunday. Locals and monks were keen to get the best view, either in a lean too bar or restaurant on the river bank or on the concrete ledge of the riverside temple.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
While there wasn't a fashion parade, you could buy your fashions, literally on the field, as their were clothes stalls lining the dusty lane by the river. Hats and T shirts displayed on headless mannequinns, bras on tables overlooking The Mekong River and sandals and shoes on the road. Just what a Lao race going fashionista needs.
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Monday, 19 October 2015
The boat races.
Melbourne has the Spring Racing Carnival, Vientiane has the Boat Racing Season. It is held each year prior to the end of Buddhist Lent, with different villages holding races on weekends in September and October.
This afternoon I went for a look at the races on the Mekong at Chomchaeng village, on the outskirts of Vientiane. There seemed to be two boats in each race - not sure if they were heats or the finals as it was late in the afternoon.
The dragon boats are long boats built specially for racing.
More photos to come this week.
Sunday, 18 October 2015
Ta Phrom was the last temple we visited on Saturday before our horrible accident.
It was atmospheric, wet, green and lush. It is ancient and organic, with the jungle surrounding the temple and its crumbling towers and trees embracing the structures.
It has been partially restored, but there is a dynamic and ongoing relationship between nature and the temple.
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Friday, 16 October 2015
Thursday, 15 October 2015
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Proof -through a touched up photo - that it was dawn and I was there, I was awake, and it was amazing.
Still a bit dopey, but feeling better after another day of rest, and focussing on the wonder of Angkor through playing with photos today.
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
However the day ended shockingly when our tuk tuk crashed.
My friends Margaretanne (Hood) and her husband were seriously injured and medivacced to Singapore on Sunday morning. They are getting top treatment and hopefully will be Ok, but I am very concerned for them.
I have a concussion and I am fine; stiff, sore and dazed (more than normal).
I am back in Vientiane recuperating at Jo and Mark's place - thank God for good friends to take care of me.
It was a wonderful day and I will share more photos this week.