Esplanade Bridge, Singapore

The architectural details of the supports for Singapore Bay’s Esplanade Bridge create an imposing interplay of angles, arches and lines. The 850 foot long bridge was completed in 1997.

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Singapore!

Made it to Singapore, the soaring skyline, with its glistening glass and steel architecture,  wide tree-lined boulevards and its enormous high-end malls stand in stark contrast to Siem Reap’s Old Market, its tiny storefronts and narrow, congested streets swarming with Tuk Tuk’s and scooters.

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Artisan Handiwork

Handiwork by the students at Les Chantiers Écoles- Artisans Angkor. Next stop Singapore.

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Les Chantiers Écoles- Artisans Angkor

On day 6 we had the opportunity to visit Les Chantiers Écoles- Artisans Angkor in Siem Reap. The school was developed in 1992 to revitalize Cambodian traditional cultural art, which was dealt a severe blow by the Khmer Rouge and its aftermath. The school teaches wood and stone carving techniques, traditional silk painting, lacquer-ware and other artisan skills to alleviate poverty for rural youth while passing on artisan skills to a future generation and providing job opportunities.

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Floating Villages

Spent the morning of day 5 in a mini-van driving through the countryside to take a riverboat to visit the Floating Villages on the Tonle Sap River in Cambodia. Once on the boat the landscape quickly revealed the first village in the distance, it’s a real eyeopener observing the poverty and the simple life of the villagers. Our guide explained that the village we were coming upon was one of many in the area and that it was inhabited by 1100 to 1200 people. As the water levels change throughout the year, the villagers need to relocate their floating houses to different locations based on the seasonal rains and dry periods. The villages are very typical in that they have small floating markets, schools, restaurants and bars, basketball courts, gas stations and the like.Collage IMG_2458-2454 fv

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Cambodian Spices

Cambodians have perfected the art of blending spice paste using many ingredients like turmeric, ginger, cardamom, star anise cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves then adding other native ingredients like galangal, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaves to these to make the distinctively savory spice blend known as “kroeung”. The best part at the end of the class was getting to sit down with a cold beer and enjoying our dishes!

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Old Market Excursion

The cooking class included a trip to the Old Market to learn about the ingredients and spices that go into the flavorsome dishes we were going to prepare.

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Cambodian Cooking Class

Day 4 – visitors to Siem Reap interested in learning more about Cambodian cuisine should check-out The Tigre de Papier Restaurant’s cooking classes! The class was held in one of the restaurants working kitchen. There were only four of us in the class that day (can accommodate up to 10) and we each got to choose an appetizer and main course to prepare-it was great fun.  Typical Cambodian meals includes a wide variety of noodles, soups, stir-fried, curries, lots of vegetables and rice which is the staple food.

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More images from the Angkor Temples.

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Temples of Angkor

Just outside Siem Reap are the which date back to the 9th through the 15th century. No traveler to the region should miss the magnificent beauty at one of the world’s leading ancient sites, with the impressive proportions of the Great Wall of China, the intricacy and detail of the Taj Mahal, and the symbolism and symmetry of the pyramids, all rolled into one. The Temples are a major pilgrimage site for many Cambodians as well as a source of inspiration and national pride.Collage IMG_2188-2324 fv

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