My Ayuthaya Tour in Photos part 2, Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Relic

What images does “relic” conjure for you? A well-worn piece of blue beach glass, the faded pencil markings from a high-school journal, or the curmudgeonly character from the CBC television series, The Beachcombers?


This week’s photo challenge – relic is a convenient challenge for me. Few days ago I visited one of the ancient capitals of Thailand and I got photos that proves its existence and antiquity. My Ayuthaya tour is my entry for this week’s photo challenge.

Ayutthaya or Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, is the capital of Ayutthaya province in Thailand. It is located in the valley of the Chao Phraya River, and it was founded in 1350 by King U Thong, who went there to escape a smallpox outbreak in Lop Buri and proclaimed it the capital of his kingdom, often referred to as the Ayutthaya kingdom or Siam. Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. (wikipedia)

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How to get to Ayuthaya: (based on our travel)

From Bangkok

Go to Victory Monument, take the van that goes to Ayuthaya and tell the van driver to drop you off at the van terminal. Get a tuktuk ride, who usually charge you 200baht/hour tour but eventually gives you 700 baht for 5 hour tour around the city and temples. (We were three when we went for a tour so the price was not bad.) You will pay an entrance fee to some temples and in floating markets but some temples are free.

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My Ayuthaya Tour in Photos, part 1

I’ve been meaning to visit the old capital of Thailand, Ayuthaya but only the past week that I had a decent time to enact the plan.
The city is called Phra Nakhon Si Ayuttha or Ayudhaya. It’s actually the second capital of Thailand after Sukhothai. I’m not very familiar of Thailand history but that was what I heard from the tour guide. Though I’ve watched the movie Sukhothai and King Naresuan, I vaguely understood the entire story of Thai ancient times.

At the Ayuthaya historical Park
The only photo of me that I like when I was there 😀
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Chedi
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More Buddhas wrapped in yellow-orange cloth
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another picture of me. i thought of using this as entry for photo challenge contrast but changed my mind 🙂
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I love these tall pillars covered with bricks…
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especially this scene where a statue of a Buddha is put in the center among these pillars
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local tourists take a leisure time before or after their visit and incense offering in the nearest temple too
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It was really hot that day but it did not stop me from strolling and discovering the ancient city
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This head/ face of a statue lay for a very long time that a tree had all its time to cover it with roots
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Actually this area shows statues of bodies headless or armless… More photos about them in my next post.
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Chedi, soon totally brick-less 🙂
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I think they call this ‘prang’. All made and surrounded with bricks and beautifully built.
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Another ‘prang’ with different design…still with bricks.
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close up side of one of the ‘prangs’
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Monkey faces on the wall, who’s the scariest of all?
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These bells create a melodic sound when struck skillfully. I saw a monk stopped by before I get here and he played a tune, so brief that he’s already gone when I reach to take a video or photo
Sister try to imitate the monk…

I enjoyed the trip in Ayuthaya as well as the food we had. The city is generally peaceful and people are friendly. I only complained about the humidity on the day we went there. It was terribly hot! I guess the heat abate my enthusiasm. 😦 But looking at my photos made me think that the trip was worth the heat and beat after all! At first I really expect something more like waterfalls, more floating markets and vast gardens but the tour guide only get us to series of temple stops until we get tired and decide to go home. I sound discontented but not really. The temples we visited depict the true history and ancient culture of Siam which was the most important thing to experience and see in person.

My Favorite Quotes of Buddha

These are my favorite quotes from Buddha. The quotes inspire me a lot and give me enlightenment after some self-reflections and re-evaluation especially when I feel sad, worried or angry.

I asked about my Thai friend who is a devoted Buddhist about the quotes if all of them are actual words of the Buddha. I do not want to post something untrue and not give credit to whom the inspiring quotes came from. She said there are some (but not pointed out which one) that are not entirely Buddha’s actual words but is associated to Buddha’s teachings. I guess there are words that are altered however the meaning of the motto remains the same hence she said some are not from Buddha. It doesn’t make any difference anyway if they all come from Gautama Siddhartha or not. Wise words are good for the spirit and we need them in dealing daily undertakings. Personally, I like them a lot because they incite good values to maintain good morals and seem to build up new hope that has died. I am in fact guilty of doing against what has been said by these good words from Buddha. That’s probably the most rational reason why I like these quotes a lot; they not only motivate me to do good but to remind me when I tend to go the wrong ways.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

Guilty.

I often make fun of my own physical flaws and even ideas and sometimes less caring of my health. When I stumble upon these words, I realized who would love and defend myself if the rest of the world mock me?

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“Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.”

Guilty.

Social influence has a great dragging power, too tough to resist or go against. It demands you to take part of every affairs and fads and fashion. It demands you to show off what you got and tell the world about it. The social media is killing the humility. Vanity is queen. Or am I blaming society to excuse myself for my own fault and ego? I’m afraid to hear my own answer.

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“The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.”

Guilty.

Tact is not my strongest point. Sarcasm maybe. I hurt people with piercing words than swords. I can construct distasteful speech easily when angry. Then I have to deal with shame and guilt at the end of the day. It’s not easy to change an attitude but I will do my best to fashion my language in a classy manner.

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“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”

Right! I failed at kind speech but not often. I just need more time to practice kinder speech to all people in all occasions and places. 😀

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“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”

Oh yes! We must work in order to put food on our tables. Perseverance and hard work will lead us to where we want to go and what we want to have. I like this quote, because I tend to be lazy and always need a push to work harder, I consider this not the carrot that motivates me to work, but I think it’s the stick that hit gently on my back in order for me to get up and take action!

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“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

Perfect! Enough said!

 

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“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”

(WORST: If there’s NO idea at all! haha)

Too many people complain a lot of many things and forget how to appreciate what they have got and I am not an exception. I always complain, I have aired many ideas to change some things and systems but when I’m ordered to do such things and start the change I begin to moan again, “too much work”!

I definitely need a personality revamp  😀

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“The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.” – See more at: http://quotesnsmiles.com/quotes/calming-buddha-quotes/#sthash.1wj9P7QU.dpuf
“The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.” – See more at: http://quotesnsmiles.com/quotes/calming-buddha-quotes/#sthash.1wj9P7QU.dpuf

“The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.”

Similar to what’s written above. I really need to mellow on sarcasm and keep my mouth zip when I don’t have nice things to say. Difficult to do where I work but I consider this a challenge. Wish me luck! 😀

Just What I Needed… A Relaxing Weekend

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This fountain is greeting every visitors with pride…

 

We have different ways to add zest to our lives. You may prefer a crowded bar, a romantic restaurant, a popcorn and movie at home, a weekend movie at an exquisite movie house, a drinking session with best buddies or just plain and quiet kind. Just this weekend I preferred the latter… the peaceful one.

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I guess what’s engraved says: Jatuchak Park… I hope I was right! 😀

 

I spent a day at Jatuchak Park in Bangkok, my favorite weekend stomping ground. The day was with high humidity but it did not stop us to use up some lavish time there. Why is this park always my favorite place to relax? Well, the photos can tell you more than my words I guess.

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Bangkok always offers a perfect weather…
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Anyone is welcome to sit here…
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I think I must try those pedal duck boats and go through under this bridge to the other end

It is a vast park where people could take a nap under the shady trees without disturbance; one can jog around or run and exercise as there are exercise equipments installed in a certain area for free. Food is available when you need something to eat, it is quiet and clean. It is very accessible to malls and markets when you want to shop right after you take relaxation. Transportation like buses, taxis, motorcycles, and trains are easy to find.

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The bridge over calm waters 😀
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One of my favorite snaps… squirrels live in those trees.
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Thai Military Bank loos mighty on this one…
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A man on his solitary moment… 🙂
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What’s left from summer blossoming trees… they still look beautiful. Adds color to the greens!

This park is just perfect for me. The landscaping is neat and the flowers are well-maintained. Most importantly, this park is safe. Security is watchful and looks always prepared. You do not need to worry about petty crimes like stealing belongings, solicitors who just come to you and ask for something or irritating sellers…

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A picnic at the park is not complete without food, water, some fruits and some mags or books. This John Grisham novel is a perfect choice!
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A neat landscaping…
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Really orange…these flowers stand out!
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Pink and White… simply sweet and delicate!
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To complete the looks of a park… flowers play the biggest role and bees make it sweet!

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A park in Thailand is not complete without a lotus flower!
A park in Thailand is not complete without a lotus flower!

Daily Prompt: Quit Being Judgmental

One of my students last year was not not very smart but he’s got pretty good behavior. He looks frail and malnourished with scarry feet and legs as well as arms. He’s got well-maintained clothing though, sadly the clothes did not match with his appearance..? Honesty his outward appearance did not really suggest attractiveness.

One day his mother came to me and asked if I could tutor him privately for a couple of days before the Finals. I accepted and scheduled the tutoring days at their home.

It was a big surprise, literally! I never thought that on the first day, there will be a beautiful car parked outside my place and his mother was in it and brought me to a very big and beautiful house with security guards inspected my ID before I could finally get inside the residence! My jaws really dropped in awe and I could not believe in that instant that the boy has  RICH family! Man! I thought he’s just a son of a farmer. But the fact, his father owns more than two big textile factories and other companies!

I felt ashamed I could not even teach well because of my wrong judgments. I told the story to my co-workers and they too have misjudged the boy!

15th Blessed Mornings

Thank you God for the blessings that only you can provide!

It was a weekend so I was supposed to get up late and enjoy the non-working day but there I was on my bicycle and cycling in the villages. What else one can do in the neighborhood? It was unusually quiet Saturday morning and the whole apartment building seemed an abandoned property due to no movement of anyone, not too many cars running their engines and even the constant ringing of the 7-11 door has stopped for a while… I thought people evacuated the place while I was asleep.  Or did I wake up too early? So I took the chance to cycle and exercise at the same time. I could hardly exercise the past days because of the demands of work are hard to ignore.

Anyway, as I was cycling along the way, I noticed the fields are green again and some areas are ready for seeding.They have harvested the rice when I was out of the country. I missed the smell of the burnt hays and grasses before they prepare for re-planting. Ahh… simple upcountry living, fresh and quiet. Just the way I like…

Pedalling on to the next village I thought I could get my famourite ‘kanom cheen’ a thai spicy noodle with sauce similar to curry. But to my dismay, the store was close therfore I have no choice but to move on. Still more greens, rice paddies and rivers. Dogs occassionaly stick their head to check who’s passing by their bestfriend’s house but most of the them went back to lie down on the ground.

When I got back to the apartment the sun was already high and hurt a bit. Got a phone call from my sister who wanted me to come over to her house as she too was bored to death. This is probably the most boring Saturday! Despite that, I have some nice shots of the neighborhood again. I don’t get tired of taking photos of the place. I like it here, peaceful and less drama unlike the urban place I used to live! 😀

Early Saturday morning, the humidity in Bangkok was quite high. I felt bored in my room so I grabbed my bike, and cycle at nearby villages. The sunrise here was just lovely. It would be lovelier when the rice were full grown.
Early Saturday morning, the humidity in Bangkok was quite high. I felt bored in my room so I grabbed my bike, and cycle at nearby villages. The sunrise here was just lovely. It would have been lovelier when the rice were full grown.

 

Fields of green, fresh and calm.

Year round, these rice paddies produce tons of rice grains. I witnessed how farmers battled against heat and fatigue. I saw how many times the greens turned yellow and brown and back to green again. I heard the engines of trucks loading rice, chatter of farmers and the loud noise of tractors. This lovely morning, I imagined what would this place be like 5 years from now? Still a vast ricefield or a populated village? Who knows!

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A little plant growing along the road. It seems to separate the concrete road and the muddy paddies… It normally grows in damp areas… a very common plant to see around here
Monks collect food offerings from the neighborhood. People wait for them in the streets and offer assorted food, clothing or goods.
Monks collect offerings from the neighborhood. People wait for them in the streets and offer assorted food, clothing or goods.

 

 

They come in dozens or twenties... children, teenagers, middle-aged and older ones. They look so graceful with their orange robes...
They parade quietly and in bare feet. They come in groups or in dozens or twenties… children, teenagers, middle-aged and older ones. And I think they look graceful with their orange robes too..
The narrow path leading to the building where I work. Obviously it’s Saturday, no students, therefore, there’s no one walking in here as I took the photo. But you’ll walk sideways here during school days… parents, students and strangers crowd this area…
The narrow path leading to the building where I work. Obviously it’s Saturday, no students, therefore, there’s no one walking in here as I took the photo. But you’ll walk sideways here during school days… parents, students and strangers crowd this area…
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My very quiet but useful companion 😀