Friday, September 16, 2016

A Bike Ride Around Ruluos... Part II



The pathways around Ruluos are indeed lovely...


The tranquil Cambodian countryside has its seductive charms...


Stopping by at this nonagenarian's workshop...


...this is where he crafts knives, a dying art in these parts...


Heating up the iron...


A traditional knife in its casing...


Our guide shows us the old man's samples...


Hunting tool or a weapon... these knives had been used in wars around the region, including till a few decades back, to supplement modern weaponry...



The old man's stilt house...


The old man is super fit...



We're on our way...







Lovely balmy weather...







And our last stop before heading to Tonle Sap...


Delights From Ruluos...

Exploring a country is never complete without exploring its markets. The markets really give a peek into the everyday lives of the people. And to hear the local people haggling with the vendors in a boisterous cacophony evolves into a symphony when you see all the vibrant colours around you...
That is what we felt in Ruluos today! 


What's cooking today, sir?


Peppers, garlic and onions...


Local greens...


Ready for something fiery?


Cambodian stew pastes...


Amazing and fresh pineapples...
And I shudder at the thought that if the New World wasn't discovered, we in Asia wouldn't have had pineapples...


A symphony of colours...


Keeping a watchful eye...



And they sell Knorr here, it is indeed weird...


Women rule here. We did not see any shop being run by a male...


Some juicy fat sach krok - Cambodian sausages hanging on a string...




Pure innocent giggles...


Helping Mommy...



And fresh juicy pork beckons...


A lot more fresh produce and I see my favourite dragonfruit in the corner...



Warm  and fresh cupcakes...


Neeti and I bought these and they were...heavenly!



Fresh chicken...


...and eggs!


And lots of goodness in the pic - lots of fresh pork!


What a beauty...


Oh! The yummy snout!


What's your cut?


Clothes, anyone?



Local greens...




Lotus fruit...


The lotus has such a cultural significance in these parts...


A variety of eggs...


Rice...


That looks like a poori...


Now we're talking - here's the fish...


Baby crabs...



The fish market...





Duck...



Some more juicy red sausages...




All smiles...




Dried fish fillets...




Snakes...



Don't freak out - I didn't eat snakes...




This smart lad helps his Momma...





The potter's shop...



Mangoes...








Steamed rice cakes...


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