Travel theme: Mountains

Tanuki Lake | Fujinomiya | Shizuoka | Japan | 2010

Tanuki Lake | Fujinomiya | Shizuoka | Japan | 2010

May 2010, I was travelling in Japan with my best friend. We really wanted to go to some places where we could clearly see Mount Fuji on one condition that we could travel back and forth from Nagoya in one day. We chose this man-made lake to be where we wanted to go. We kept checking the forecast to select the best weather date to visit that place.

Lake Tanuki-ko is located in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture. It is famous for ‘Diamond Fuji’ which is the scene that rising sun shows itself on the top of Mount Fuji. We went there by taking trains to Fujinomiya station, then walked down to the bus station and waited for a bus at the bus stop number 2. We’ve got time table and details of bus stops from a lady at the bus station, however they were in Japanese language which was not much helpful since I could understand only Katakana and Hiragana. But, it wasn’t hard to go to our destination because Lake Tanuki-ko is the last stop for our ride. During the ride to the place, I learned that we must not stand while a bus is running. I was shouted by a bus driver because I tried to stand and walk to ask him when we should get off.

We went there on a sunshine day and the weather was really great. We walked around and took many photos of Fuji-san. We hoped that the cloud around Fuji-san would go away so we could take a clear view but it didn’t happen. Nonetheless, it gave a good result because we thought that the cloud provided a unique view for Mount Fuji.

We truly enjoyed the time there, and of course we tried to capture the jump for a moment by ourselves. I put my camera on a table and set the timer, then fastly ran to the spot and jumped together with my friend. This was the best photo we could get ;)

Jump!

Jump!

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Daily Prompt: The Clock

My One Fine Day

Today morning I woke up at 6 am and reached to my Kindle so I could finish my pending book from last night. After that, I went downstairs to brew coffee while my mom was preparing our breakfast. We had herring in paprika sauce which I didn’t like it, whereas my dad did. I spent most of my morning reading a new book on kindle.

Our lunch was much better for me which my mom made spaghetti with olive oil, dried chilies and dices of toasted spam. It was really yummy. I was still occupied by my Kindle through out afternoon. After finishing my book, I did a light exercise while watching a video on my iPad.

I ate 4-5 pieces of apple as my dinner and went up to my bedroom to check my Facebook page on iPad. I was skimming through updated feeds on Facebook wall when I heard the car door slam, and immediately looked at the clock. It already passed 8 pm, which I thought to myself that I should update WordPress blog before I start reading a new book that I just bought in the evening.

I turned on my laptop and thought of what I should write today. I needed a little inspiration so I checked my WordPress reader feed and I was intrigued by Daily Prompt: The Clock. I pondered whether I could do it or not. I decided to write about today because I really like this Saturday and wanted to talk about it. After going outside 20 days nonstop, I loved this peaceful day that I am staying at home and do nothing except enjoying books on my Kindle.

Today is just the perfect holiday for me.

Little Chicken

Today I just feel like talking about our dog as she was born in this month,

Feb 2006  but our family couldn’t remember her birth date.

Her name is Kook-Kai which can be translated from Thai to English as ‘Little Chicken’.

She has been living with us for 8 years, the same as her age.

She  likes to eat fruit and vegetable. Her favorite fruit is jackfruit and mango.

Her snack is chocolate. Our family always does anything to please her especially my parents.

I think every one who has dogs could know our feelings.

The more we are living with them, the more we love them.

We talk to her like we can understand each other.

We always said if only she could talk…

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If dogs could talk it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one.
Andy Rooney

The other half

I think that some of us, who are single, hope that one day we would meet our soul mate; the other half of ourselves. I used to think something like that. The idea that someone would come to my life and complete me. (Yep, the famous quote from Jerry Maguire ‘You complete me.’)

In the past, the word ‘other half’ seems to misguide me somehow. It made me to look for something that I don’t have in the other person. When I tried to search for talent, skills, habits or anything that I wished I had, it feel like I always expected that they would act/think/do or whatever in the ways I wanted. And yes, I was always tired in that relationship because it was exhausted when you expected something too much. Such relationship was so unhealthy and it certainly couldn’t last long.

I was back in the no-relationship zone but I was still looking for someone who would complete me. This notion made me to weirdly act in a certain situation, which I eventually realized something…

The idea that I can’t wish or hope for someone to just walk into my life and complete some of my dreams.

But I should earn that by myself. I should do things that I want instead of expecting them from someone.

Because they are my dreams and expectations. No one could do that better than me.

More important, I should wish to share them with that special person if I could succeed.

From that realization, I finally understand these statements in the holstee manifesto.

If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.

Right now, I am still in the no-relationship zone; but I am content and understand what I want to do in my life. Admittedly, I still have a tiny hope that one day that single person would come into my life and share the things we love together. However, I think I will be able to enjoy my life if it might never happen. Because when you’ve started doing somethings you love, it’s your bliss. And if you could find someone to share your joy with you, it is a bonus to life.

When I look at the sky, I see this heart-shape cloud.

When I look at the sky, I see this heart-shape cloud.

Matilda

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I like Matilda. She is a wonderful child like the title of this book in Thai version ‘Matilda. the wonder child’. This version was firstly published in 1990. The illustration inside was from the original artist ‘Quentin Blake’ while the cover was designed by Thai artist which I think it was designed to be similar with the picture within.

Daily Prompt: All About Me

Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

Why by Daily Post

Completely Disappear

How to disappear completely – Radiohead

That there, that’s not me
I go where I please
I walk through walls
I float down the Liffey

I’m not here
This isn’t happening
I’m not here, I’m not here

In a little while
I’ll be gone
The moment’s already passed
Yeah, it’s gone

I’m not here
This isn’t happening
I’m not here, I’m not here

Strobe lights and blown speakers
Fireworks and hurricanes

I’m not here
This isn’t happening
I’m not here, I’m not here….

Because its lyrics has represented my belief that one day I/me/myself will completely disappear from this world, finally. And of course, because Radiohead is one of my most favorite bands.

Drawing Talent?

My 12 hours art course finished today and I haven’t paid for the next course because I don’t want to postpone classes during my trip to Japan next month (Mar’13). My first 12 hours has been divided into 4 times, and each time I got the different lessons which were:

  1. Contour Drawing using a 2B pencil to draw picture with continuous line. The purpose was to build the synchronizing between our eyes and hands
  2. Quick Sketch using charcoal to draw subjects in the correct dimension.
  3. Shadow painting using Chinese ink to draw only shadow so we can learn to see shadow on items as well as differentiate between light and shadow.
  4. Contour shading (as teacher called) using charcoal, black crayon, white chalk and charcoal eraser to draw a subject as real as we could. We must form out subject by giving shade from black to grey to white, not by sketching the outline and filling in.

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The above picture was my work that I drew during my 4th class. I took around 2 and a half hour to finish it. I always have an issue with anything related to light and shadow. It seems that I can’t see the difference among the various shade of shadow. Because shadow is not only in black color. If we really look at the item hit by light, we should notice the impact of light on the surface of subject that cause different level of light and shadow.

I hope that I could practice more and more to overcome my uneasiness towards the subject of light and shadow. I believe that it can also help me the lighting in photography which is one of my weak point. For the art class, I’m not sure that I will take another 12 hours class after trip to Japan or I will just wait for the workshop for the water color painting. It’s not only time that I have to manage but also my financial.

Still, as my education and work are on the science and technology, it was a great experience to have those 12 hours for the beginnig of discovering some aspects of art. Although I’m not sure about my drawing talent, but I genuinely enjoyed learning it.

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

Plato

Daily Prompt: Childhood Revisited

Sure, you turned out pretty good, but is there anything you wish had been different about your childhood? If you have kids, is there anything you wish were different for them?

Asked by Daily Post

I could think of two things that I wish I should have done them otherwise:

  • I should have tried applying scholarships for studying abroad during my high school years. Back then, I was in one of the top-tens high school in Bangkok which I was just an average good student but not cream of the crop. And, only top grade students were called from teacher to get recommendations of available scholarships. There was no the Internet at that time, so I’ve never known any information of valid funds. I wish I would have known about those things back then so I could get chances to try.
  • Another thing was that I gave up on the electone classes. I was learning how to play electone when I was 10-11 years old. However, I needed to focus on studying for the exam competition to enter the well-known high school. So I had less time to practice my musical lessons. After being qualified to that school, I decided to drop out of the learning class.

Besides those two things that I wish I should have done differently, I think my childhood is a happy one like I’ve written about it on this blog. And, I can now rekindle the musical learning with my piano class (yep, change from electone to piano) which I’ve promised to myself that I won’t easily give it up until I could play my favorite songs.

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