Retro

Still feeling lonesome in this Songkran Festival, old gang of mine having a party out of Bangkok, green. Looking at Rage play list celebrating its 20th birthday involves 1992-1996 period. Many clips I have not seen for yonks and many for the first time here because back then music channel in Thailand was different from Rage. Tonight this Aussie music programs has blown me away with their choices of the time and my mixed feeling of nostalgia.

The Easter Journey

Easter marks the end and the beginning of a life cycle. Coincidentally, or not, it is close to Thai Songkran Festival as well. This kind of occasion is always a reflective time. Call me very old-fashion, but I find it is a better and quieter time to be introspective than the modern international New Year.

It is another year that I browse Sydney on the dawn of Easter long weekend. Last year, the fog hazed the ambient. This year it is a bit wet and I decide to look into some of the back lanes. To see the city calms down in the beginning of the day is quite something.

Down I Come

Escalating down on the glooming morning.

Phillip Street

Looking at the wet and empty city.

Cave

Hidden place to rest the souls.

Service

He is doing it for us.

Sacred

Where cleansing begins and ends.

Guard

That is it! I am not going in.

Down the Pipe

I dare you!

Way in

But how to get out?

The Ladder

Up there or down here?

Light Steps

Considering stepping back up to the light.

Everybody does stupid things, so why can’t we forgive ourselves and others and move on. Maybe the guilt that we can’t let go keeps haunting us. Too many questions and not enough satisfied answers, what a human!

YouTube VS Thai Government: His Majesty & Thai Residents Lose

YouTube

It even gets nastier when Thai Government decided to unplug the entire YouTube web site in Thailand. Earlier Thai Government asked YouTube to cut off the first insulting video of Thai King. They have done so but it is too late. The story inflames and more mocks are coming through. None of them is no way near witty or funny as Basement Jaxx’s You Don’t Know Me.

It is linked to story of a Swiss man who is recently sentenced a jail term for vandalising HM’s image and feared of military-backed government’s censorship.

Social media is a relatively new battle ground in the realm of freedom of speech vs censorship. This would be interesting case to study, especially for the Thais, when the button is pushed like this and it will be more of them coming in this vast and erratic space. The resolve is still in a negotiation between the two parties. In the mean time, the hard-working king is still got ridiculed and residents in Thailand are blocked out from the most popular video-sharing site. They do not deserve those punishments.

Note: This is not my normal photoblog post but the story is tickling me. I am working on a new blog which allows me to put my view of the world into words more. Stay tuned.