Travel theme: Clean

Based on my experience while travelling in Japan, I would found a water well for hands cleaning whenever I visited temples or shrines. Like the time I went to Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社) in Kyoto with my younger brother and our aunt. We found the well with the instruction board explaining how to clean our hands.

Have you seen the instruction board on a wall?

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

The well was located in the front before we entered the main gate. Speaking of the Shrine’s name, Inari means Shinto God of rice which has foxes as messengers (source). Consequently, there were statues of foxes in front of the main gate as well as the area inside.

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

We went there during Autumn Leaves Season so we would be able to see the red Maple leaves.

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

The Fushimi Inari Shrine was also famous for the thousand of Torii gates.

A torii  is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred.

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Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Me & Torii | Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Me & Torii | Kyoto | Japan | 2013

 

Actually, the trail were arranged through the summit. However, we walked through Torii gates for a while and we stopped as we wanted to turn back due to our weariness. Anyway, we didn’t walk back to the same route. We chose to walk past another route which led us to different scenery.

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

We said good bye to the shrine with the last ray of sunlight.

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Kyoto | Japan | 2013

Steve’s Music Mix: Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda…

There are 4 simple rules to join the music mix challenge hosted by Steve:

(1) Go to the music player of your choice and put it on shuffle
(2) Say the questions aloud and press play
(3) Use the song title as your answers
(4) NO CHEATING

So this week’s three questions and my answers are as following:

What I should do…?

Rolling Waves – The Naked and Famous

I should prepare for the rolling waves even though my current life is so peaceful like the calm sea because you never know what will happen next if you are not careful enough.

What I shouldn’t do…?

Gagging Order – Radiohead

I know that I shouldn’t conform with the injustice gag order. However, it’s sometimes not easy to disobey the rule because the punishment would be unfair and you couldn’t do anything about that bias situation. You just shut your mouth and live like nothing is wrong.

What I Will Do…?

Picture – Mighty Oaks

In the absurd social circle where the rightness is wrong and the injustice is acceptable. I have to create my image as a perfect citizen for my peers. I have to accept the distorted reality as a suitable picture for my belief despite the fact that it is just an illusion. I will need to do that for survival in this delusional society.

Hello, stranger

I found this little stranger while I was walking around Daikanyama, Tokyo during my latest trip in Japan. I believed that it was caterpillar. This one might not be that tiny but it was quite smaller than its surrounding. So I didn’t notice it at first until I really paid attention to the little green one holding on the rim of the seating.

I said : “Hello, stranger”

And then …
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Behind the shot:
- iPhone 5s’ native camera
- iOS Photo app.
- Fuzel for a frame, a sticker, and a blog credit.
- Resize Image for the image size adjustment.

This photo is a respond to Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Macro.

The Grand Emporium

This Sunday was the 2nd day of long holidays in Thailand. Thai government has officially announced 5 days for our traditional Songkran holidays starting from 12 to 16 April 2014. If you’ve never heard of Songkran holidays, let me explain its description to you by referencing the wikipedia.

The Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April.

Generally, we will have water throwing as our celebration and I know that this celebration lure tourists to Thailand. However, I don’t like this tradition because I don’t enjoy being wet and splashing water to others so I’ve never participated in any of them.

So what kind of activities do I do during this long holidays apart from travelling abroad? I usually spend my time reading, eating, watching series at home or going outside to eat at restaurant with my family like yesterday. As for today, I’ve spent time building the Grand Emporium with my brother. What was Grand Emporium? It was a LEGO set which was in the same category as the Pet Shop that my brother and I assembled in this post.

Alright, please do not ask us how olds we are. Why do adults like us still enjoy playing with LEGOs? Hey, I believe that some LEGO sets are suitable with both adults and children because of their complexity and detailed-oriented styles like this set.

There were three stories in this department store with the rooftop part. We spent almost 60% of overall times building the first floor due to its particulars such as a person trying pants, shelves of perfumes, a cash register, an escalator, and outside the store.

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It didn’t take so much time for us to complete the 2nd and 3rd floors because there were not many small items. However, the process for assembling chandelier has quite amazed me .

The rooftop part also had some awesome items such as the sign board and a cleaning man.

We have spent around 5 hours building this Grand Emporium which we had take a break during that period. The completed Grand Emporium was as the below photo.
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We also connected it with the Pet Shop building as they were in the same series.
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We hope that we will be able to buy other sets in this series and make them a street of beautiful buildings.

Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge Week 9 – Double exposures

It wasn’t that easy for me to create a picture for this week’s challenge from weliveinaflat and firebonnet. But I didn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. Double Exposures image is this week’s theme for Snappy H’appy.

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I used a mobile application called ‘Multi Expo’ to get the above photo by combining the two pictures below together and then applying a filter ‘Eos’ in the app to it.