|Thai Airport Toilet|
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Fortunately we can, the bank approves our loan. And they seemed to be lenient now compared to a couple of years back. First time I applied for a loan, I had to fork out maximum down payment of 25% just because I am not Thai. This time round, I could go below the 20% mark. Its unlike getting a condo where we are in no way eligible for loans. The only criteria, you need to have a work permit, if not you will need to pay in full up front. Also, you will need to bear with silly excuses the dealership cooks up when the delivery is late. The best I heard this time, "Sorry khun, we try our best to deliver, but in factory the car park too big, they are still trying to find where my car is parked..... "
WTF? But... never mind na, I am used to such things already.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
|Sound and Lights|
This was a festival where there were a traditional dances performed, fireworks raining down on your hair, screeching male vocals of I-San male singers, food and then more. There was also a parade reenacting the glory days of Lopburi where royalties who sat high on thrones were carried on the shoulders of their loyal servants. And of course there were the crowds of visitors who came from Bangkok and all moo bans in the vicinity swarming the streets that were turned into night markets.
|All Dressed Up|
My friends the ladies, they put on traditional Pha Nueng (Thai skirt). It was easy and convenient. But it was a far cry from many of the other who went all out with a full splendor of glittery costumes and traditional gold pointy headdresses that you could skewer a ton of fish balls and some meat cuts.
Traditionally in Thai culture, Thai woman were naked from the waist up, I was disappointed that none in the crowd don this style I so looked forward to. There was however the more sexy few, they went bare shouldered. Those in the name of traditional village folks called chao ban. Their minimum age was a decade older than mine, and their flabby tummy, about the same extent as mine. Towards the extreme end, were the drag queens. Elaborately dressed in Thai costumes with likely an inch thick of make-up, they mingled with us crowd and welcomed photo sessions. They were true beauty and they confuse foreigners who wondered why Thai women have deep voices.
My car survived the obstacle course out from the parking area without a scratch fortunately. It was after 9, the traffic was still heavy. Fireworks lit the skies as we crawled in heavy traffic out of the fair. On a dark Lopburi highway, cool wind in my hair (from the air con), warm smell of my sweaty foot, rising up through the air.. … Two hours there or so, the return to Bangkok.
|And traditionally, they all use cell phones.....|
|The Old Wall|
|All Lit Up|
|Even the Vendors were Dressed|
|The Guard and the Crowd|
|He can break glass with his voice.|
|Men or Women?|
|High on Something...|
Saturday, February 14, 2015
|A Sea of Flowers|
|Wang Nam Kaew from our Resort|
|The Corn Tower in Jim Thomson Farm|
|Making of Silk Cloth|
|Entrance to our Room|
|Dining Area at Veravian|
There was never a lack of fields for one to frolic with in flowers in Wang Nam Kaew. On the roads here and there were pastures of yellow flowers grown and harvested. We intruded one and spoke to the harvesters who told us they were preparing the yield for some upcoming religious festival. Then there was also Flora Park, it was hard to miss. They had huge signs everywhere. And so we strolled in during the early morning where crowds were less and undergone photosynthesis together with the millions of flora in her mostly un-shaded compound. Red, orange, white, and blue, the saturated colors engulfed us all.
|A Cup of Love|
|Canteen in Khao Yai|
|Hew Suwat Waterfall|
|These Steps Killed Me|
It is February now this blog of the past month’s travel is created. Jim Thomson farm had closed for the season till the next onset of winter. The hordes of metropolitan visitors up north had thinned to nothing more than speckles in the wide plains. The sun will transcend from her lazy glow to a scorching fireball in the coming months. Days will be longer, the sun sets later. Cool mornings will be a thing of the past and fog marks the change of seasons. The cool holiday chapter had closed for Thailand. The northern folks will be back to their everyday lives, the sheds that targets visitors on many of the mountain markets will ceased. All here look towards the next major festive epoch - the hot and wet Songkran in April.
|Flooded Fields beside Jim Thomson Farm|
|And this is the Less of Crowds in January|
|It got Quite Hot|
|Isan Village in Jim Thomson Farm|
|Flora Park, Wang Nam Kaew|
|Khao Phaeng Ma|
|The Lone Ranger|
|Off the Beaten Track|
|Breakfast at Veravian|
|Looking for Wild Buffaloes|
|On top of Buffalo View Point|
|A Random Cafe we Stopped|
|Canteen in Khao Yai|