Frozen in Time


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April 18th 2013
Published: April 26th 2013
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At the western end of Battambang, the old train station clock reads barely past eight. It has been that way for years – maybe decades, even – because, having lived out its purpose long ago, it stopped ticking. But the truth is, it’s already one in the afternoon, and the clock feels like it has stopped less because of technical malfunction than a result of a magical spell that froze time inde... Read Full Entry



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Wat Ek Phnom

Ruins 15 kilometers northwest of the city
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Wat Ek Phnom

Offerings by the temple walls
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Wat Ek Phnom

A girl sits by the temple wall
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Wat Ek Phnom

Ruins of the tower
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Wat Ek Phnom

Exploring inside the ruins
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Wat Ek Phnom

A pathway inside the ruins
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Wat Ek Phnom

Incense at the ruins
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Wat Ek Phnom

A Buddhist pagoda beside the temple ruins
Rice Paper HouseRice Paper House
Rice Paper House

A young lady lays out the rice paper, which will then be dried out under the sun
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Rice Paper House

Drying rice papers under the sun
Fish MarketFish Market
Fish Market

Where fish sauce and fish cheese are made. The stench is strong here.
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Fish Market

A vat of fish sauce
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Fish Market

Dried fish for sale
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Fish Market

Drying fish heads under the sun
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Fish Market

Petrol for sale near the fish market
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Exotic Eats

Deep-fried crickets and frogs at a food stall
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Bamboo Cakes

A woman cooks the bamboos
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Bamboo Cakes

Her husband prepares the bamboo
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Smokin' Pot Restaurant

The restaurant that doubles as a cooking school serves traditional Khmer and Thai dishes
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Smokin' Pot Restaurant

Preparing my meal
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Smokin' Pot Restaurant

Vegetable amok without the leaf cup



26th April 2013

Countryside tour
Fantastic photos and stories about the countryside tour. We really struggled with the smells at the fish market, but our timing wasn't the best - it was a hot summer afternoon... :)
26th April 2013

Thanks. Yeah, couldn't stomach the smell, too. Same time as mine, though it was just after the Khmer New Year so the market was basically deserted.
26th April 2013

Off the beaten path
A thrill norry ride...you always find the interesting things to do. You should have taken the cooking class. Loved your opening and closing with the clock. Excellent writing! We are waiting for your book.
26th April 2013

I just found out about the norry by reading other travelers' stories. Plus my guide turned out to be very helpful. Thanks. Maybe one day I'll be able to get myself published :)
26th April 2013

Fish cheese -- yum? Sounds like an odorous adventure. Liked the bit with the frog leg as well -- I find it goes well with ginger and greens. Great writing and looking forward to your next one. :)
26th April 2013

I actually liked the taste of the frog -- tasted like fish. But every time I realize it's a frog.... :) Yeah, maybe I should've tried it with ginger and greens.
27th April 2013

Oh, those creative juices ...
Yes, flowing through your entire blog. You write beautifully, Jay, and like MJ, I'm waiting for your book. Can't wait to read more.
27th April 2013

Thanks!

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