Every night where I live they advertise on television the new aluminium multipurpose extenda-flex ladder – which is really 28 ladders in one! The thing is, I can almost guarantee that none of these 28 ladders would be much help if you were trying to ascend a 30 foot palm tree in order to bring down some coconuts.
Another case of bamboo and traditional artisanship to the rescue.
I took this photo virtually outside the gate of the SOC in Bakong.
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