Not a lot to tell you this week as we stayed in Phnom Penh for the weekend to do some last minute shopping in the markets for coming home, and of course most of my money went on silk, no suprises there!!Not quite sure how im going to get everything home, but i'l think about that when it comes to it!!!
Last Thursday Kim Tha and Thai Ly from work took me and Charlotte to Takeo province to see the weaving village. We ate breakfast with them in Phnom Penh before we left, at a famous Khmei noodle restaurant, not sure exactly what I ate, but it tasted ok! Thought we would be getting motos all the way but ended up in an air conditioned car taxi, so weird to be sat in a car after all this time! I was really suprised to see that all the villagers did their weaving at home rather than in a centre. They have the looms under their houses so that they can do it when ever they have time in between looking after their children and their farms. The fabric is beautiful, we got shown exactly how they do it right from the start when they dye it, how they seperate the threads and then the finished pieces. When projects want to choose the silk, they just go round to the different houses and see what they are working on, at first CHA were the only people to buy from them but now they have lots of businesses coming. We went to one house where a couple of old workers at CHA now live and work, Kim Tha and Thai Ly were so happy to see them and see how their work at CHA pays off and gets the girls back in their communities and working, it was so lovely to see. Before we left we ate at one of the houses, I just stuck to rice seen as we got told the dish in front of us was the insides of a chicken!mmm mmmm! We went to a Wat on top of a small mountain on the way back where we got blessed by a monk. We sat down in front of Buddha and prayed while he chanted and sprinkled holy water over us, he then poured water in our hands which we splashed over our faces to wash away our sins, an amazing experience. He also took a picture with us that will go up on the wall of the temple!! He showed us around the temple and small monestry, the views were beautiful. The last stop before home was to Tonle Bati, an old temple ruins by the river, it was very pretty but once you've seen one temple ruin, you've pretty much seen them all and I feel like i''ve seen a million now!
On Friday evening we went to Becky's school to watch the children perform The Wizard of Oz, they were really good, their English is incredible! After this we got changed and went to the Elsewhere party for Stephs birthday. All the Boddhi boys came and it was such a fun night, we also saw Vie and Jenni the girls from Bella where we go to get our nails done. Im really looking forward to my birthday as they are all coming for that to!
Am going to Battambang again this weekend so will update then, Love and hugs Laura xxx