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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie..

Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... Love reading books- sometimes i read 3books simultaneously, crazy about music- need it all around me, all the time and ofcourse, i totally am ga ga goo goo over my 7yr old naughty brat- Floppy!! errr, Prince Floppy!! :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

It was our 4th day in Bangkok and the one place we were yet to visit was The Grand Palace.  As we were stepping out of our hotel, the lady at the desk gave us a tiny slip that contained a small note about a scam that is done commonly here.. we gave it back to her saying we had been subjected to it the day before but luckily dint fall for it!! :D [written the scam tales at the bottom of the post]

Built in 1782 - and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government - the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within the majestic walls you will find the Thai war ministry, state departments, and few other buildings as well.  

Within the palace complex are several impressive buildings including Wat Phra Kaew  (Emerald Buddha temple), which contains the small, very famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century. Even though the Thai Kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the twentieth century, but the palace complex is still used to mark all kinds of other ceremonial and auspicious happenings.





















A strict dress code applies

The Grand Palace with The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand's most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves (no tank tops. If you're wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entrance that can provide clothes to cover you up properly (a deposit is required).

We were all set to enter the place when a man stopped us near the entrance and told us we weren't in the right attire. I was wearing a 3/4th sleeve shirt and capri, and so had to rent a Skirt.. Friend was wearing a sleeveless shirt and shorts. She had to also pick up a skirt, the guy infact told her to rent a shirt but she decided to cover up with her stole. But alas, we weren't allowed inside. Ended up going to a souvenir store and buying a Tshirt for her! Oh well, good to respect the rules and follow them! 

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:30 - 15:30
  • Location: Na Phra Lan Road, Old City (Rattanakosin)
  • Price Range: Tickets sold from 8:30 - 15:30 and cost 400 baht! One ticket includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall.
The Scam

So, there we were all set to explore The Grand Palace before heading over to Wat Pho. We got off the tuk tuk and were about to enter the Palace when the guard stopped us and told us the place was closed and open only to locals. It was 4pm and we knew the place shuts around 5.30pm. We stood there looking at all the people [ of varied nationalities] coming out and going in. 

Once again probed but the security refused to let us in. He then suggested we head down the road to Wat Pho & then do a visit to Wat Arun by tuk tuk. The tuk tuk he suggested was for 600 baht and the guy was parked right there on the curb. We knew these places were within walking distance and so told him we will walk. He went on insisting we take the tuk tuk and lowest he would come for was 450 baht.  It dint sound legit, and I dragged my friend and told her "lets get going.. we will come back to the palace another day" and we walked ahead towards Wat Pho... 


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thursday Challenge.... The Skytrain

"LINES" (Linear Marks, Strips, Railroad Lines, Telephone/Electrical Lines, Line ups,...)





I fell in love with the BTS Skytrain in Bangkok- the trains are so well organised, the stations are super convenient, sorted out and it is very easy even for a non Thai speaking person to figure their way out.. 

All we had to do was go to the machine on the wall, pick the destination, drop in coins to that total and pick up the ticket [ which was a black circular coin or a squarish one] and get going.. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Wat Arun, Bangkok

Next up on our agenda was to visit Wat Arun temple, which had to be reached through a short ferry ride from the jetty. After grabbing a quick bite to eat outside Wat Pho we made our way down the road toward the Jetty.. All along the way there are hawkers selling everything from fresh fruits, fruit juices and there was a row of shops selling souvenirs of all kinds - magnets, bookmarks, caps, bags, key chains and much more.. It was a riot of colours. You buy the ticket for the Ferry which is 3Baht per ride per person and made your way down the wobbly path to the boat. 

A boat arrives, we jump in, find a spot to sit and get set for the short ride across. The Wat Arun Temple looms large across the river against the blue skies. 

Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because the design is very different to the other temples you can visit in Bangkok. Wat Arun (also called the temple of the dawn) is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water. The spire (prang) on the bank of Chao Phraya River is one of Bangkok's world-famous landmarks. It has an imposing spire over 70 metres high, beautifully decorated with tiny pieces of coloured glass and Chinese porcelain placed delicately into intricate patterns.

You do need to pick up a pass to enter the temple campus, it costs 100 baht. If you are not wearing the right kind of attire [ hands and legs covered for girls, then you can hire a sarong or shirt for a small deposit] The temple is open daily from 08:30 to 17:30 and the last boat ride I think is at 6pm.

We said a quick prayer before entering the temple premises. the steps leading to the top towers are quite steep, to say the least. I managed to climb up two flights but the third was tricky, almost vertical.. and it was super crowded, so taking your own time getting up was out of the question. The view from the 2nd was breathtaking, you can see the entire river winding around and Wat Pho as well. Apparently, if you go all the way up you can see Grand Palace as well. 


History

Wat Arun was envisioned by King Taksin in 1768. It is believed that after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, which was taken over by a Burmese army at the time, he arrived at this temple just as dawn was breaking. He later had the temple renovated and renamed it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of the Dawn. It used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha, before the capital and Palace was moved to the other side of the river. This can now be seen at the Grand Palace.


The central prang was extended during the reign of Rama III (between 1824 and 1851), and is now one of the most visited sites in Thailand. It was also Rama III who added the decoration of the spires with porcelain, so that they glimmer in the sunshine.

We spent a good hour or hour and a half here and made our way back to the jetty to catch the boat. It was one memorable day indeed. The only place was the Grand Palace, which we set aside for another day! 


Attire that is available for hire, wear and take a picture :) 

























Stay tuned for more... 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Thursday Challenge.. Spring is in the air...

The theme for today is "SPRING" (Fresh Leaves, Baby Animals, Warm Weather,...)


Clicked this when walking out of a cafe in Bangalore after a meeting that had me nothing but pissed off.. An ex client called to meet and I went, only to be attacked by her & her so called boss for an hour on MLM funda... jeez!! 


This I clicked outside a store in Jaipur. We were there for about 5days and went to this place twice, only to find it shut. But we did not give up. Went back again another day and it was open. An over the top pricey store it turned out to be.. 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Skywatch Friday... Summer is here~


With the temperature soaring, we are all melting down and gearing up for the days to come. The sun shows no respite~!! 



For more beautiful skies, visit Skywatch Friday ...




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kundrakudi Murugan temple, Kundrakudi

The day we landed in Karaikudi, we made a list of places we wanted to see in and around here. Among the places were two temples, one being Pillayarpatti Pillayar temple and the other was the Murugan temple. We hailed a cab and the cabbie told us we can do both in half a day and figure out plan for the rest of the day as we go along. 








We agreed, and proceeded towards the Pillayar temple. Once done there, we headed towards  Kundrakudi. Along the way, again, the driver and my friend went on about the movies this temple was featured in, including one that I knew of- Emdan magan starring Bharat, Nasser, Saranya and vadivel  where in one scene Saranya pretends to do angapradharshanam around this temple to cover up a lie she told her husband Nasser who lands at the temple to check on her.. quite a hilarious scene that is. 
 Coming back to the temple, as we got out of the car, I noticed the temple was atop a small hillock and there were steps carved in the hill painted red and white. Near the bottom of the hill was a small shrine for Lord Ganesha [ Muruga's brother]
We climbed up, pausing here and there to click pictures. The view of the town below was beautiful- there was plenty of greenery all around. The day was busy, there was quite a crowd making their way up the steps with us. 
The temple houses Lord Murugan Temple with his wives Lord Valli and Deivanai. The Murugan statue is set up with six faces and hence here Lord Murugan is called as "Lord Shanmuga", the meaning is Lord Murugan with six faces.  Another thing we noticed here was that the Navagrahas were placed differently. usually they face the direction they are meant for, but here they were all facing the Main statue of Lord Muruga.
We spent a few minutes enjoying the cool breeze and lovely view before making our way down. Also housed near the bottom of the hill, on the right side was another temple, where Lord Muruga is called Lord Palani Murugan. In this Palani Murugan temple the main statue is not fixed on floor, but is set on a table of sorts. Apparently, this Idol is taken to Palani every year during the Thaipoosam festival.   
Some of the work on the pillars and atop the temple was beautiful and so colourful as well. As we bid adieu to God and made our way towards another new place, we could feel the sun blaze on our back..