Monday, 30 March 2009

TRAVELLING

Happy is when I found the perfect tom yum recipe here. I have been hunting for the best recipe for years, not knowing that it was in this book..left collecting dust on the book shelf all the time.


Happy is when my frangipani or plumeria is in full bloom, love the sight of it against the blue sky.


Happy is when I look out of my kitchen and see the bougainvilla in full bloom.



Happy when I will be travelling tomorow...


You will find me here for the next few days, picture courtesy of Le Meridien - Kota Kinabalu Hotels


Kota Kinabalu, Land below the Wind, Sabah - East Malaysia. Maybe if I am lucky enough, I could spot one or two proboscis monkey - a highly endangered and protected specie, found only in certain parts of Borneo in South East Asia. Picture also courtesy from Le Meridien.


Well, ciao for now...and see you all in a few days time. Have a great week every bunny :D

Saturday, 28 March 2009

EARTH HOUR, SSS

THIS SATURDAY, 28TH MARCH 2009.
8.30 PM LOCAL TIME, WHEREVER YOU LIVE ON PLANET EARTH.
SWITCH OFF YOUR LIGHTS FOR ONE HOUR, FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO Earth Hour





Here's our crystal globe and you can see a shadow of myself, looking at Malaysia and our SSS host's country. Can you see it?


Perhaps this is better. Hop over to Hey Harriet in Australia to see the rest of the shooters.


..and this is for you T, water droplets shadows on the lotus leaf.



I love this shot, the clear blue sky reflected on the water..



Please be kind to mother earth. Just one hour, it may not save the world but it does make a difference.

Happy weekend everyone :D

Monday, 23 March 2009

CHURNING OF THE MILK OCEAN @ SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT, BANGKOK

When I was in Angkor Wat, there was an entire bas relief wall dedicated to this, The Churning of the Milk Bath or Milk Ocean. I knew it must be an important myth as most walls depicted many stories of Angkor but not this one, it was a full length bas relief on Lord Vishnu, which the Angkor Wat was built to honour.


A close up of the 1000 years old bas relief in Angkor, Cambodia.



Then I saw it again, this time at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok.I have researched about this important event but I'll give the simpler version, copied directly from the text explanation shown at the airport.

The scene showing Visnu Kurmavatara (or Lord Vishnu) and the churning of the milk ocean.



The Naga (the kind of serpents), Vasuki, is curled around the mountain Mandara. Vishnu, incarnated in the form of the great turtle, supports the mountain on his back.























Devas (demigods, as seen below) and Asuras (demons) pull on the naga's body to churn the water of the ocean for thousands of years in order to produce the nectar of immortality, AMRITA.


Pictures depicting the Asuras or demons, fighting with the Devas.


Close up of a Deva, as expected, Thai mytical figures are always elaborate.


Close up the Naga (serpent head) and Asuras.






















As in all stories of good against evil, the Devas (demigods) fulfilled their plan of acquiring AMRITA and dispersed the Asuras our of Heaven to the underworld. Picture below of an Asura.



Scenes around the airport, feel free to take pictures here at a Thai setting. Wood panelling and that triangle cushion are typical Thai decor.


Close up of the Thai setting.


Maybe one can sit and take more photos here..but it was closed, so I wondered who sits there.



A stall selling more Thai stuff inside the airport.


Shopping anyone, you get the best and finest Thai silks here.


I liked these colourful hill tribe dolls.





















How does the hill tribe people look like, this is a sample of the ladies from the Paduang tribe in Northern Thailand. Picture courtesy of Hill tribes of Northern Thailand - Thai hilltribes - 1stop Chiang Mai. Click on the link to learn more.


It's been really a busy time in the office and there will be more travelling. I should be doing shorter post, like post flowers etc. haha.. but I try to pack everything into one post which takes up so much time. Anyway, here's wishing all my good buddies a great week ahead, much love - M.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

GRAND PALACE, BANGKOK - PART 2

The Grand Palace was completed in 1782 and for 150 years, it was home to many Thai Kings and served as the Royal Court and administration for the Government. The Grand Palace at the moment is used for occassional ceremonial purposes and the current King does not live here anymore.

Upon entering to the Grand Palace, people praying and offering lotuses.


There are 2 things that are never missed in ancient temples are palaces. In Cambodia, the extensive bas reliefs hard carved in stone and here in Bangkok, never ending murals.


An artist doing restoration works and repainting the murals.


Many paintings represented tales from Ramayana, the famous and well known Hindu epic, popular in Cambodia, Burma, Laos and Thailand too.


More wall paintings and I love the gold outline.























Almost in every corner and pillar, there is something interesting to look at.
























Walking around the buildings, I was amazed by all the details of all buidlings, each different and more elaborate than the previous one.


There was a strict dress code inside the Palace, no shorts, sleeveless, slippers or see through clothing allowed. If you do come dressed as such, you'll need to hire some clothing or socks before you are allowed to enter.


More mythical guardians everywhere in gold.
























Larger guardians and a naga or serpent head at one of the buildings. Interestingly, this word naga which meant serpent head or dragon is the same word used in Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia. In the West, one would call it them guardian angels, though these were quite fearsome looking actually.






















The details were amazing, every corner of any buildings were covered with something shiny or colourful.






















One of the many Buddha figures at one of the corner of a building.


More 'tuk tuks' or 'tuc tuc' as Elizabeth put it as she's covering India at the moment. The Indian tuc tucs were very colourful, but I doubt they were as dangereous as the ones here in Thailand. Sitting within inches away from a swinging bus or speeding car is not really my idea of safety, but then it is the fastest mode of transport as they move in and out and most of the time, opposite traffic. Try it if you dare :P



Something sweet. Back to the work at the convention centre, food was too much and Thai desserts were the best and everyone favourite. I loved this cherry..or I thought it was a cherry..


Here is a collague holding the half eaten 'cherry', it's actually made from glutinuous rice and green peas as filling..yummy!



I think this Palace is the longest post ever, this is the 2nd part and I am only half way there...it really seems like a never ending post. Within the Palace, there was the Emerald Buddha - the most sacred religious figure in Thailand, more chedis and the Vimameak Mansion etc.

See you all soon :D