About me

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, February 25, 2015

Thursday Challenge - Vibrancy along the roads in Bangkok

Came upon this Thursday Challenge on a fellow bloggers' page and thought why not do it here as well..

The theme for today is "BRIGHT" (Sunny, Lights, Laser, Intense, High Key,...). 

It was our 1st day in Bangkok and we had stepped out to explore Wat Pho and Wat Arun. Along the way we spotted a few tuk tuks, a Government building of sorts that had flags from across the world and quite a few sites with the King's photo accompanied by flower arrangement of sorts. The one in the shape of a harp was beautiful, made up of small pots with red coloured plants.. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Jim Thompson's house, Bangkok

When I was planning my Bangkok trip, as always I did do a bit of research and one of the places that cropped up in almost all the sites was a visit to Jim Thompson's house. A friend of mine who had been to Bangkok earlier also recommended the place. 

So one afternoon, we hopped on the BTS, and headed towards the House. [We are staying at Sukumwit 11, and so from there we had to take the sky train to Siam BTS, get off from the Sukhumvit Line train, search for National Stadium sign and get into the Silom Line Train the platform. In National Stadium (W1), take the exit 1, walk on, then you'll see the house at about 200 meters from the main road.] 

It is located down a narrow lane that ends with a view of the canal. We saw quite a few boats speed by while we had lunch at the restaurant inside the Jim Thompson house, which is more of a museum of his works and life. 

I bought a ticket for 100Baht [friend decided to sit this out] and signed up for the next available tour [ 40mins is the duration of the tour]. The place is filled with Thai structures that Jim Thompson, an American businessman collected from all parts of Thailand during the 1950s and 1960s. While he was building his silk company, he also became a major collector of Southeast Asian art, which at the time was not well-known internationally. He built a large collection of Buddhist and secular art not only from Thailand but from Burma, Cambodia, and Laos, frequently travelling to those countries on buying trips. It was in 1958 that he began to put together a home to showcase his art collection. Formed from parts of six antique Thai houses, his home (completed in 1959) sits on a klong (canal) across from Bangkrua, where his weavers were then located. Most of the 19th-century houses were dismantled and moved from Ayutthaya, but the largest, a weaver's house (now the living room), came from Bangkrua. 

You walk along a beautifully done up garden to explore the various buildings, see the fine art pieces and to get a glimpse of what his life was like. And when you are done, you can also check out the store near the restaurant where a few products are available for sale [ beautiful but pricey]. And then there is the small art performance done by two women just outside the store. They are so elegant and graceful, was quite a sight to watch. 

And when you are done, there is a small shuttle of sorts that will drop you off at the main road which is within walking distance from the station. 

Update: Read this article and thought I should share it here- Read this next The Case of the Missing Thai Silk King Flashback The Case of the Missing Thai Silk King Much more

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Skywatch Friday- Wat Pho, Bangkok

And so we had finally landed in Bangkok and made our way to the Hotel. After grabbing a quick bite in the Executive lounge and taking a tour of our cool room, we sat down to chalk out a plan for the day. 

It was nearly 2pm, and so we thought we will do The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun that evening since all these were close to each other and Wat Arun shut the latest at 6.30pm. 

We left the room around 3pm, and headed out to hail a cab from the streets. We asked quite a few cabs, but most wouldn’t come. And then one guy said ok but was charging 400Baht. 

Being ignorant and eager, we hopped in and went over to The Grand Palace. Just as we got off the vehicle, a man in security uniform came over and told us the place was closed and only Thai locals were allowed. He then suggested we hail a Tuk tuk and go to Wat Arun. He proceeded to take us to a Tuk tuk waiting near the curb and the guy there quoted 250Baht. Now we had done enough research to know that Wat Pho and Wat Arun were close by. We asked if he would instead just drop us off at Wat Pho. He refused and asked us to get away from there. We walked on, and before we knew it we reached Wat Pho

The complex is huge and beautiful. We had never seen such intricate workmanship anywhere else and this just blew our minds away. The towering temple complexes,  the number of Buddha sculptures [more than 1000], the walk ways and then of course the majestic Reclining Buddha [160 ft long] leave you overwhelmed.. the entire place is spread across 8 hectares of land. 

Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district in Bangkok. It is also known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. But what not many know is that the official name of this temple is Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan [quite a mouthful right?]

While you do the rounds of the campus, there are quite a ew smaller shrines where people worship even today. The custom we noticed was to pick up a lotus, a candle, 2 incense sticks- light them up and say a prayer. Here in the temple there was a table with roof tiles with a form pasted on it. Just like in our part of the world we donate money in the temple, here you donate a roof tile. 

And now talking about the focal point of Wat Pho- the Reclining buddha, he is lying down and looks so divine, it had us grounded for a few minutes. 6m long and 15m high, this sculpture illustrates the passing of the Buddha into nirvana (ie the Buddha's death). Made with plaster around a brick core and finished in gold leaf, the sole of his feet are studded with Mother-of-pearl inlay ornaments, displaying 108 different auspicious lák·sà·nà (characteristics of a Buddha).  

All along the corridor of the temple are 108 bronze bowls indicating the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha. We spotted quite a few people drop coins in these bowls as it is believed to bring good fortune and the money donated is also used for the temples maintenance. 

The sky was beautiful blue, with cool breeze keeping us company as we wandered around the complex. 

The one thing about the place that amazed me was the way people moved about. There were places where we had to leave our footwear in a stand. People came, removed, left them, walked in and walked out to pick up their footwear in peace. There was no chaos, no worry about “will my footwear be there or would someone have taken it away”…   The other thing I noticed was the temple was filled wit cats, all colours, shapes and sizes... They were  not scared of people, some almost invited visitors to come pet them, while others went about their work peaceful. 

And then of course were the gazillion people clicking selfies - either wit hands stretched out or using a selfie stick. We spent a good two hours exploring the place and could spend another hour easily taking it all in. 

It was time to get out across the road toward the ferry point.. 

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