We were walking along the alley by the small canal. At first all we noticed was a red helmet that kept bobbing up over the bushes in a most curious manner. So we went to take a closer look - being the curious foreigners that we are.
Part of the canal has been temporarily dammed up so that they can dredge out the next section. The workmen needed some water in a bucket, but the canal water was just out of reach, so they made themselves this dandy little scoop out of a helmet and a bamboo pole.
Then they returned to their task in the bottom of the canal that had the water drained out of it.
So that's what's at the bottom of the canal. Just imagine if you fell into the canal...