Thursday, 29 November 2012

ANGKOR WAT - CAMBODIA

It's been raining crazy here. No winter, just our normal monsoon.
East Coast's islands are all closed. Travelling anywhere is a chore due to school holidays.

Meanwhile, I am dreaming and planning to go to Cambodia again. When I was there, the first thing I had in my mind was to bring my children there one day. To see a different set of life. To experience the culture.

I want to go and see this - again. THE Angkor Wat.
This picture was taken in 2008...about a year after I started blogging. Sorry, blog..I have neglected you, but never my blog buddies. They are always on my mind.  However, my blogging groove has come back (sort of haha!). You all know I cannot live long without blogging somehow :)


 Till then...soon...back to blog land yay!!

New Pets

Sorry, I got a bit distracted...this guy came home and we are all over him..He's not the first by the way, so we are perpetual slaves to our cats - for now :)



Cheers for now...I promise I will be back soon. There are tons of stuff to blog about :)


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Cameron Highland Resort


Cameron Highland Resort. Excellent place to unwind up in the mountain and wonderful cool air. This picture was taken early 2012 and soon will be going there again.

Have been away from blog land, but always missing everyone. People blog, stop, re-blog or live off completely. It's time to evaluate how I want to blog. Maybe not doing long pictures-travel posts which are so time consuming and draining. Time to change to something simpler, but most importantly, something I'd want to do more frequently.

Cheers :)

Thursday, 12 July 2012

AYUTTHAYA

When I went to Ayutthaya, we hired a guide for me and my friends. She was informative and as usual with most Thais, very friendly.  When we were in the car, she mentioned about taking the 'swing'. I had no idea what 'swing' she was talking about, until we reached the other side of the river and saw this 'swing'. A huge swing which ferries passengers from one end of the river to the other. Very traditional and fun too.








Here, we saw an elderly lady selling noodles from her small boat. Another common scene.







Our guide (left), with us sitting the swing.




The swing was owned by the monks at the nearly monastery, here seen operating it manually.  Fees were in a form of donations of any kind, no limit set.






The writting in red was an indication of how high the flood level was recently.



This part of the temple was very interesting as the previous Thai King had allowed a merge of Western architecture and local religion within this compound.



I was told this was an important flower. The flower of the Bodhi tree, where Buddha was supposed to have been born under.






A sundial dating 1878.




This was a Buddhist temple, with Western architechture.



Inside the temple (doesnt it look like a Church to you?), with a local monk blessing visitors.











Donation tree, it's up to visitor to donate for upkeeping of the temples within.


A very friendly monk, giving teachings and blessings to everyone.




A map of Ayutthaya, reminded me much of how Angkor Wat was built..surrounded by water.


Cheers everyone. I'll blog about the ruins of Ayutthaya in the next post :)

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

AYUTTHAYA - Wat Phanan Choeng

On my last trip to Thailand, I went to Ayutthaya, the ancient city and old capital of Thailand. The tour guide took us here, Wat Chanan Choeng - the largest Buddha figure in Thailand. This figure is 19 meters in height and 21 meters in width. Here's sharing some photos:


Outside the temple, people praying.


Beautiful lotuses for offering.


Inside the temple:





They were changing the clothes of this Buddha statue, so it was packed and crammed with people inside.



Some of my favourite shots.





How interesting. A donation tree, money on banana trunk.




The entrance..it was really a busy day for all.



Outside a Chinese temple, as usual with their dragon coiling around most pillars.


Happy week ahead :)

Friday, 8 June 2012

JONKER STREET - WHIMSICAL WINDOWS, DELIRIOUS DOORS


Whenever I go to Malacca, I will always go to this wonderful place for antiques lovers called, Jonker Street. It's a place filled with all sort of curiosities and a great way to find vintage items.  I bought some blue China wares, antiques from the 30's onwards but did not take a picture. Will post that soon.  

Here are a collection of entrances which I found interesting. 

Also it's an entry for my Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors post. 



Some Chinese cutting inspired drawing framing a window. 




The famous Chicken rice shop!



Now this is an interesting item. It's a antique carrier for brides in olden China, hence the red cloth. Here seen outside an antique shop.




Translated meaning: Hokkien Association.



Plenty of Chinese antiques vases everywhere.


Most of the buildings are from that era. Previously houses which have been well preserved and made into shop lots now.



Another typical entrance.



With Chinese traders dominating the Straits of Malacca then, their influence in heavy in many places.



With that, have a happy weekend everyone :)

Monday, 28 May 2012

CASA DEL RIO

Hello all,
Sorry it took so long to do a post. Busy as usual, nothing new but missing everyone for sure. I am doing a post on this wonderful boutique hotel I stayed 2 months ago in Melaka. I love Melaka as it's very historical and it's joy walking along Jonker Street. Melaka has also been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage.  Here's the place we stayed, Casa Del Rio which is situated just by the Melaka river.

This lovely reception greeted us.




Everyone was given shaved lemongrass ice, absolutely refreshing! I've never tried this before but it was perfect for a hot day :)


With all five of us, we took a 2 bedroom suite and this was our entrance.  The suite was like an apartment, but no cooking facilities.


 The living hall.




With onde-onde dessert to greet us. Onde-onde a favourite local Nyonya dessert with palm sugar as fillings covered with freshly grated coconut. Yummy!!



2 bathrooms for 2 rooms, both equally spacious. I would stay here again in the future for sure.



A 555 mini notebook. It was interesting and thoughtful to have this mini book which is handy. 555 books were widely used before the internet days where people carry them to jot down reminders, or when one have a 555 book with a local grocery store, it was used to record buying stuff on credit and to be paid at the end of the month. 




The hotel architecture has Portugese design everywhere, a tribute to its heritage.



I adore similar paintings all over the hotel lobby depicting Peranakan culture. Here a scene showing a traditional Chinese wedding in front of Melaka old shophouses, many still look exactly like in the picture.


Of course, no visit to Melaka is complete until we make a trip to Jonker Street. Lots of curiosity shops with vintage items.  Here's a peek of what's there...more to blog about in the future.


I'd also like to share these photos with you. Totally unrelated to my Melaka post and I will let you know why at the end.....

They are beautiful with great bodies, sexy and charming!




They are the performers of Calypso, Bangkok. I was there last weekend for a short business trip, going to Calypso again for the 3rd time, and this is actually my second post here. 
Biologically born male, they have undergone massive surgery to be female. Here, they perform nightly :)

Though it was  a busy business trip, I manage to finally go to a place I wanted to go for the longest time in Thailand.

Ayutthaya. The old capital of Siam. Here's a peek of the next post. I know, I have a lot of follow up posts after this....and I know, you are going to scroll up and have a look at those lady-boys again hehe :)


Happy blogging everyone :)
Hugs...MK