Given Thailand is 95 percent Buddhist, there are of course hundreds of Bangkok temples — known in Thai as “wats.”
Some are small, located far down tiny sois and well out of the way of tourist traffic. Others are part of massive complexes filled with halls, schools and revered statues, earning them a place in all the Bangkok guidebooks.
We visited the famous Wat Pho and Wat Traimit.
Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It is home to more Buddha images than any other Bangkok temple and it shelters the largest Buddha in Thailand.
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The path of life
Is cruel and full of beauty
Who plays at dice?
Pains and joys are the colors
Of this world of confusion.
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Seeing the locals warmly smile to us, with the beautiful backdrop of the fields of rural Siem Reap, made the quad ride (and waking up early!) all worth it. :)
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Sometimes it is true that a picture can paint a thousand words. This week’s photo challenge: A Split-Second Story, inspired me to dig deep throughout my vast archive of photographs, each one telling a story of a certain place and time. In my opinion, there is no place on earth that a simple photo can tell so much about a place than India.
India, one of the most populous countries on the earth, is full of color, contradiction, glory and pain. It is a place of wonder, sorrow, fear and hope. India bursts with humanity on every street or corner you pass. You can see it all there – poverty, wealth, good, bad, happy, sad, beauty and tragedy.
Behind the beautiful, lavish parts of India always lies the most abject poverty imaginable. Nothing can prepare you for the stark reality of desperation, misery and despair of walking through a real live slum in the heart of India’s capital. Sometimes the most severe poverty is hidden behind the walls and within the confines of a slum. Other times, it stares right back at you like a hard slap across your face. You try to look away, and ignore the creeping, uncomfortable nagging guilt. But you can’t.
Woman leaving the newly constructed toilet compound thanks to WaterAid.
Women living on the street, outside the walls of the American Embassy near Vivekananda Slums in Delhi, India.
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Colombossa aikaa oli tasan vuorokausi. Karkasin siitä aamupäiväksi omille teilleni – minulle olisi mahdottomuus jättää kaupungin katselu kokonaan väliin, vaikka kokouksiakin riitti. Kun oli tottunut olemaan porukassa, niin tuntui ihan kihelmöivän ihanalta päästä aistimaan kaupungin menoa yksin. Hellettä oli sen verran, että nappasin jo sadan metrin kävelyn jälkeen tuk tukin ja pyysin ajamaan kaupungin pohjoisosaan markkinoille. Sain kulkea melko rauhassa, moni huuteli good morning, mutta kukaan ei lähtenyt seuraamaan eikä juttelemaan pitemmin. Kerjäläisiä Colombossa ei juuri ole (selvästi vähemmän kuin Helsingissä). Sri Lankassa rikollisuus ulkomaalaisia kohtaan on ainakin Rough Guide -opaskirjani mukaan hyvin harvinaista. Olin itsekin tämän suhteen hyvin huoleton, eikä mitään ikävää sattunut.
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Cristina Troufa was born in Oporto, Portugal. She has a Bachelors in Fine Arts and a Masters in Painting from University of Porto. Through her work she defines her beliefs and herself. She explores life, feelings, friendship, fear, loneliness. “At this moment of my life, I realise that life is so short, and some things are not as important as we may think [...]” she explains. Her work is wonderful. Enjoy.
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In Langkawi, there are plenty of sea sports to choose from and one of them which we did was Parasailing! The bride and groom managed to negotiate for a discounted rate from Naam who is reputed for their modern technology, safety measures and fully insured package for their participants. They made used of a custom made vessel specifically designed for the parasailer’s comfort. It is really fun as the vessel will also play upbeat music on their audio system. It is a pricey activity as we paid around RM 170 – 190 per pax for a short 10 mins time in the air but it’s really safe and stable. The most exciting part is when we ascend, there after it was really stable and we thoroughly enjoyed the view up above!
Upon descending, we can also opt for three levels of dipping in the sea! Level 1: Ankle Dip, Level 2: Knee Dip and Level 3: Neck Dip! Haha. Our group opted for Knee Dip but our dear friends on the vessel requested for Ankle deep for us! Thankfully for them, as the splashes soaked up our bottoms!
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Here, Melissa and two fellows yogis are doing some flying with AcroYoga at a retreat in Texas! Truly gorgeous. Thank you for sharing, Melissa, and I look forward to receiving many more submissions from this dedicated yogi!
Please check out her site, chalk-full of information, resources, and retreats: www.melissasmithyoga.com
Remember: the possibilities are endless when one body does yoga…and even more infinite when bodies unite to do yoga together!
Wow, the one on the bottom must be pretty strong! :)
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The Shwedagon Pagoda is a Buddhist temple complex that lies a little way apart from the centre of Yangon, in its own parkland. Local legends suggest that the first temple on the site was built more than 2,000 years ago. The present structure is more recent – the gold plating originating with a Queen Shinsawbu, who ruled Burma in the 15th Century. In the decades following it has been added to, repeatedly to include hundreds of shrines and meditation halls.
Shortly after I arrived, I started to hear a group of people chanting – intrigued, I went in search of the source, expecting to find, perhaps a group of novice monks at prayer. Instead I found this group of teenage girls, many in uniform, chanting but also preparing some kind of meal, and occasionally, it seemed catching a moment to swap some gossip.
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So after leaving the yoga retreat I headed down to Srithanu where I have spent the last few days. With soo many great restaurants around and an ocean view from the hammock on my balcony it has been quite enjoyable. Being on the island has been so relaxing but with full moon tonight the atmosphere starts to change. The awful Thai pop blaring from down the road with bass that moved my room was an interesting kick off. Tonight I will move down to Haad Rin for a few days where the action takes place. I think the full moon party may be a little out of my taste but will check it out before heading on a boat to the good party where the hippies are chillin.
I will miss all the great friends I have made on this side of the island but I’m sure ill be back before I know it.
I did learn a valuable lesson last night though… Do NOT leave dirty, sweaty yoga clothes and bathing suits on your bed unless you want a manifestation of hundreds of little bugs. These things seem to apparate out of thin air. Gross.
For now I am off to do a bit of shopping at Thong Sala before some yoga.
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