All posts tagged: Thailand

It made me think.

15 little kids in pink shirts all sitting in the back of a pickup on a school outing…made me think. It wasn't the only pickup… there were about 10 of them. An entire family on a motorbike…. made me think. The politeness of the average person in the street… made me think. The devotion to religion exhbitited at the temples …made me think. The love of flowers, specially the lotus….made me think. The beauty and the art even if its a bit quirky…. made me think. This is an amazing place.

A review of Antique Thai Textiles, and Chinese Treasures in Chiang Mai.

Keith and I don't do "tourist" very well. We did yesterday on a ride down the Ping river in Chiang Mai, but I admit that I gritted my teeth and sighed a lot at the patter of the guide. Granted he is Thai and is talking in another language… but I have many Thai friends and the banter is not normal Thai speak…. We haven't been to Chiang Mai for about 20 years and my main reason for coming was to look at Textiles. We found a market where they sell new and Antique Thai embroideries and products. In fact its not far from our hotel. We wandered down back roads and came across a tented area of about an acre, these skirts were hanging on a fence of a rather polluted creek to dry after being dyed. I thought they looked wonderful. As we walked into the compound my heart skipped a beat at the colors and textures of all that I saw. These pieces were hanging under a big blue plastic awning. This …

EEEEEEEK

Darn it… Yesterday I downloaded my photos, and Iphoto crashed… I have all the photos on Ipad with the exception of yesterday but…its frustrating… Apple says I have to ring them… but that's a bit hard from Thailand.!!! Oh well, I guess I'll work something out. I've managed to get these photos done. My poor camera… it hates the humidity. It was Loi Krathong yesterday and it takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.Loi means 'to float', while krathong refers to a usually lotus-shaped container which floats on the water. The traditional krathong are made of the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or styrofoam. A bread krathong will disintegrate after a few days and can be eaten by fish. Banana stalk krathong are also biodegradable, but styrofoam krathongs are sometimes banned, as they pollute the rivers and may …

Tell a story with photos.

This is my fav photo from yesterday. Nothing fancy, shot with my small point and shoot. I have cameras that cost 1000's of dollars and my small one just $500. Its the composition that makes the difference and the fact that I almost put the camera in the darn flower. I love this one too… not fancy but it has impact. I would have preferred to have the image of the Buddha on the right and the lotus flower offering on the left. But that's not the way it was situated… so I made the best of it. Photos are a wonderful way to tell a story.

Amazing Designs

The majority of people who read my blog are quilters, or at least people interested in color, design and creativity. So this blog is for you today.   Images are in a separate album A few months ago I shared photos of a building in Sydney that had the most wonderful tiles on the floor. But today I'm going to feature the amazing tiles of the Grand Palace Bangkok. Well, today was sensory overload for even the most creative  person. Its years since I've been to the grand Palace here in Bangkok, and let me explain, Keith and I have been here over 20 times. So today was the day to rekindle our knowledge and it's fun just getting there…. We had to catch the shuttle boat from our hotel, then a fast boat along with 100's of other travelers down to the Palace, and then walk through the market to the gates of the Palace. There is so much to see. Hawkers line either side of the pavement. Some just had a small cloth …

A leap of faith

Written at the event on the trusty Ipad When you travel sometimes you just need to take a leap of faith and join the natives. Those high jumps have landed me in a bit of trouble sometimes but it's also led me to  have some amazing experiences. Bullfights in Mexico, elephant rides and crocodile wrestling in Thailand, Peraheras in Sri Lanka, ceremonies in India, and racing alongside the yachts in the round the world yacht race in South Africa. As we drove past Hollywood Bowl on Thursday  we noticed that Brad Paisley was performing on Saturday night. I'm a  country music fan since Dad taught us to sing “Home on the Range” and “Little Brown Church in the Vale” I didn't imagine we could get tickets….but an hour or so on the internet and we had tickets in a box close to the stage. As we arrived we noticed people in picnic mode were lining the road to the entrance.  Are they going to sit outside and listen? Were they just eating before the show? …