In the network of alleys in Bangkok’s Old City, not too far from the Grand Palace, there is a cluster of Buddha image business. This is the place they supply the physical body before those statues are put on in the middle of temples for worship so that the Buddhists can fill hearts and souls into them.
I decide to make photo essays in this blog look more presentable. WP-SimpleViewer plugin is the best answer for it tonight. It is just simple.
(Updated-July 2017: Since we have moved on and iOS doesn’t support Flash, the photos in SimpleViewer cannot be viewed on Apple mobile devices. Back then the plugin would be the choice but ten years on, it isn’t anymore. So I just simply move them by hand.)
Paul is Stilgherrian’s friend back in Adelaide, now living, working and having a relationship with his beautiful girlfriend in Bangkok. He celebrated his first birthday in Thailand at Tapas Bar, Silom Soi 4 on the first Saturday I was in Thailand. Furthermore, the current partner of Stil’s ex was also there at the party. Small world, eh? It was a great night with lots of alcohol and I ended up voluntarily being dragged to Khao Sarn Road with his mates.
Unfortunately, we do not get a chance to catch up with him again while Stil is in town. Next time!
It is another special event. I actually plan to spend last night in Thailand on 80th HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej‘s Birthday to see the celebration. The sea of yellow t-shirts on the streets peaks today. That shows his power to unite Thai people. Even bar girls in Soi Patpong are covering their uniforms which rarely hide anything and come out in the front and wait for the commemoration from the telecast. Stall holders are happy to hand over their spare candles to anyone who does not have one and tourists and shoppers are more than welcomed to join the Patpong community to pay homage to the beloved king this evening.
When the auspicious time comes, 8:19pm, the nation stops and the whole country sing the royal anthem and two more praise-the-king songs in candle light together. The rest of the candles are put up the footpaths or anywhere that can brighten up the streets. After that, Patpong is back to its business.
ทรงพระเจริญ Long live the King!
I have been on and off David Alan Harvey blog since he started early this year. The community has a huge growth with responses from photographers around the world.
It is the perfect timing when he and James Nacthway are in the Bangkok for the Bangkok Photography Workshop during my Thailand visit. Although, I am not in the workshop, he invites me to their slideshow presentations at the rooftop of Dream Hotel, a new Bangkok funky hotel. I just have to be there even though I have got a cold for a couple of days.
Should I overstate that it is like meeting a master? I learn a lot just watching the slideshows. David and James have completely different main subjects. David always talks about everyday life and harmony whereas James focuses on conflicts of war, well, death. Nevertheless, both of them take us to the extraordinary realms of reality and make us realise how rich and complex our world is.
I do not get a chance to talk to James and a little time with David because of my dizzy head. However, that is enough for inspiration.