16 years later

Travis is a Brit-pop band from Glasglow, which their first album was released 16 years ago. My best friend lent me the cassette tape as her recommendation for me to explore many bands from UK. I didn’t feel click with the 1st one. When the 2nd album ‘The Man Who’ has been out which I borrowed another tape from my best friend again. I didn’t like all of songs in that album, but there was one song I repeatedly listened to. Driftwood‘s lyrics seemed to match that certain period of my life after graduation from University. The time I was confused where in the world should I go.

You’re driftwood floating underwater
Breaking into pieces, pieces, pieces
Just driftwood hollow and of no use
Waterfalls will find you, bind you, grind you

I was in love with their 3rd album ‘The Invisible Band’ which in my opinion, all of the songs were perfect. And this time I bought the album by myself (^_^”). The 4th album was fine but it couldn’t reach the awesomeness of its predecessor. I really want to love their albums so I got my hope up when I initially heard their 1st single from the 5th album. The song was called ‘Closer‘ which I believed I listened to it more than 100 times after it has been launched. I also attended their concert in my hometown which I was very impressed with their performance and courtesy.

Only the 6th album released in 2008 that I didn’t listen to. Anyway, 5 years has past and they are coming back with their 7th work which they just posted their single for us. The song is called ‘Where you stand’ same as the album name.

Fran (Vocalist) looks much older same as everyone else in Travis and so am I. Fran’s voice still warms my heart especially when he sings in head tone. Although the song conveys the calmness, their music video has something bizarre and it has the touch of Travis. I’m not sure whether I will love this latest one or not. However, from the 1st single I could make sure that they are still great at their composed words which are pleasant and meaningful.

She – sexy

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Yes baby, I’m sexy and I know it.

 

I’d like to take another photo challenge which is iPhoneography Challenge, 2013 arranged by Gracie, Polly and Sally (Please see more details here). As today is the 5th Monday of April so the theme is Challenger’s Choice. We can pick one from  Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel.

I chose the portraiture of this calm and sexy cat to join the challenge. The way she lied there and let me take photos of her. She seemed comfortable and didn’t care about this human (me), who was almost on my own belly to get her shots.

Although the challenge doesn’t limit tools for the post-photo process, I give myself the rule that I will use only app in iPhone to edit photos for this challenge.

 

Behind the shot

Model: A mommy cat who is the owner of this home.

Where: On the floor at my grandma’s house in Chonburi, Thailand.

How: Shot by iPhone 4’s camera and processed later

  • Filtered and Framed in Pixlromatic app
  • Credit written in Phonto app
  • Re-sized by EverClipper app.

When my head turns to be a melon

I like reading cartoon/comic/manga since I was a child and I’m still reading them now despite of being an adult. Going back when I was a child, most comic books in Thailand have been translated from Japanese manga. We could separate its types as comic for boys and for girls. We usually call comics for girls as ‘Sweet-eyes cartoon’ because the characters would have big-glittering eyes like this.

Japanese cartoons have occupied the Thai market so far, although Thai cartoonists have been trying to intrude to the market. There are some Thai artists who can have their fan-based but in printed books, not in comics genre.

Melon Head (Hua-Tang-Mo) Book 1-5

Melon Head (Hua-Tang-Mo) Book 1-5

These books are written by Ong-Art Chaicharncheep. They are the stories of an ordinary guy whose head turns to be melon and people around him. The stories in those books kept me to be a book fan. A lot of stories in this series are so simple, yet powerful. The thing is I don’t think the author wants to teach readers for some meaningful life lessons or something, but it’s just the way the melon man perceives the world and the way I interpreted his stories for myself.

Melon man Book 1 by Ong-Art Chaicharncheep

Melon man Book 1 by Ong-Art Chaicharncheep

 

It’s not that easy for our heads turning to be a melon.
Before this time, I was like everyone else. I had a normal head and ordinary face. I wasn’t neither rich nor poor. I was graduated and then worked. I was living in a simple life.
But I felt that I was different from others in so many ways; attitudes, dreams, tastes, or the perception on living.
There were many times that I believed that I had more intelligence and competency than other people.
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It’s not that easy for our heads turning to be a melon.
However, my head has now turned to be a melon.
Everyone would think of me as a weird person.
But strangely ….
Since my head has turned to be a melon, I’m getting happier.
I finally feel that I am such an ordinary person. More simple than when I had a normal human head.
I think I’m getting more stupid. My memory is getting bad. My dream has lessened. But, I get more content.
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It’s not that easy for our heads turning to be a melon.
– Translated by me from Melon man Book no.1 –

The above quotes from book no. one encouraged me to buy the book because it just struck me off my little world. Since there was a time when we wished to be so different from others. We wished to be famous and live in extravagant lives. But actually, those famous people might not be living in the far-away world from us since we are truly the same ordinary humans being living on this earth. We should not be here to judge other people on how to live their lives. We should not be here to think that we are more superior than others based on our tastes or lifestyles or status or thoughts or beliefs.

What do you think he is doing?

Melon Man Book 3 - Ong-Art Chaicharncheep

Melon Man Book 3 – Ong-Art Chaicharncheep

 

 

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It’s not that easy for our heads turning to be a melon.

Daily Prompt: Wall to Wall

I spend most of my free time in my bedroom when I won’t go outside so I choose to talk about my bedroom’s wall. The 1st wall decoration that I’ve got is the wall painting above my bed. It was painted by my father’s friend whose name is Sherry Masters. She painted my bedroom’s wall when she visited our family back in 1998. I asked her to draw a opening window for me to look out at the herd of sheep in the green field.

My father knew her when he was in Cincinnati, Ohio for training. After he came back to Thailand, he still kept in touch with her. Unfortunately, when time has passed they haven’t contacted with each other for quite a long time. However, I just searched for her name on Google due to curiosity for this post and I could find her website. I therefore told my father about her website in case he would like to take a look at it when he is online.

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The next one is the poster from my favorite Thai band called ‘Moderndog‘. It is the promotional piece for their 4th album which I like how it looks as the old-fashion oil painting.

Another item is my travel photo board as when I firstly had an idea for it, I want to have the touch of Polaroid on my photos so I tried to find any application or program to make that happens. Eventually, I bought app called ‘ShakeItPhoto‘ from Apple app store and used it to add frame and filter for my photos. Copied them to a CD and printed them out at the shop. After that, I cut them to be in the size of Polaroid.

Just me standing in the field of lavender posting with two fingers  (^_^)v

Just me standing in the field of lavender posting with two fingers (^_^)v

The last one is a photo in frame from my best friend as a birthday gift for me in 2012. It is the magnificent photo of Verona, a city in Italy, during raining. It has been taken by her husband who is very good at photography.

The photo is like this. I love it.

Photo credit: Pongsak Luangaram | Italy 2012

Those are my bedroom wall decoration in reply to the Daily Prompt

What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?

The mountains and the fishbowl

Today I’m a bit surprised by one comment and one pingpack about nominations. Firstly, one comment from the mountains whom I always recall him as a rocky ranger but actually he is frontrangescribbles. He kindly nominated me in the WordPress Family Award. I think he is one of the first WordPress bloggers whom I have had chances to communicate via blog posts since the beginning of my blog. He has just started his own radio show on the internet. I haven’t had an opportunity to listen to his radio show but I listen to his recommended artists who are quite interesting.

Another nomination is from the fishbowl whom I tend to remember as a goldfish, however the real name is Fish of Gold. She nominates the last 15 person who have provided her with comments on her posts. I was glad to be one of them with my comment on this hilarious anatomy of a night’s sleep. Speaking of the nomination, I’m not sure what I suppose to do exactly but it seems that I can choose to give the answers for her 11 questions, which I think it’s kind of fun to give it a try. So here I am the answer for the goldfish, oops no Fish of Gold’s questions:

1. If you haven’t already sent your email address to Not Quite Alice to participate in her story (at the link above), why not?

Ahh, I’m not sure … might try to find out why not …

2. What’s your favorite swear word? If you don’t swear, why are you reading FOG?

I don’t think I swear much but if I do, I mostly swear in Thai (my language).

3. Would you rather have a unicorn or a fire-breathing dragon?

A fire-breathing dragon.

4. What did we do before you had the internet? Really, I don’t remember.

I kind of remember that I might read a lot of books and watch many TV programs.

5. Link one of your favorite blog posts and tell us why it’s your favorite.

I’m not sure whether I can choose my own post or not but I’d like to take advantage on this, may I? So I’d like to choose A stranger’s words which I recalled my memory about the power of stranger’s words.

6. Do you publish blog posts right after you write them or do you let them stew for a while?

Publish once I’m ready. I don’t like to let them being drafts for too long.

7. Do you have a nickname? What’s it mean?

In my country (Thailand), most of us has nickname because our first names are usually long so it’s not easy to be called in our first name basis. My nickname in Thai word means cotton in English language.

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8. If you could have a theme song play whenever you walked into a room, what would it be?

It would be great if I could have the x-file theme.

9. Where do you live and what time is it there?

I live in Thailand which is located in South East Asia. Time at this moment is 09.09 PM.

10. Whats your favorite animal?

I like both cats and dogs but I have a dog. I also like sheep and pig.

11. If you were Tawny Kitaen back in the day, would you date this dude?

To be honest, I don’t know both of them but my answer is no because I don’t fancy guys with long hair. Just my preference.

Thank you to both of them for mentioning my blog in their post. Truly appreciate :)

Travel theme: Contrast

The different wings.

In front of Musée du Louvre | France | 2010

In front of Musée du Louvre | France | 2011


The different skies.

Santa Cruz | LA | USA | 2012

Santa Cruz | LA | USA | 2012


The different breathes.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial | DC | USA | 2012

Thomas Jefferson Memorial | DC | USA | 2012


The different bricks.

Nathan Sawaya — The Art of the Brick @ ArtScience Museum | Singapore | 2012

Nathan Sawaya — The Art of the Brick @ ArtScience Museum | Singapore | 2012


The different tributes.

Kanmangafuchi Abyss | Nikko | Japan | 2013

Kanmangafuchi Abyss | Nikko | Japan | 2013


The different  shades.

Ghibli Museum | Mitaka | Japan | 2013

Ghibli Museum | Mitaka | Japan | 2013


The different lights.

Shinjuku | Tokyo | Japan | 2013

Shinjuku | Tokyo | Japan | 2013


Just the different sheep. bahhhhh

sheepme

Thank you to my friend for taking this photo of me | Kao Yai | Thailand | 2013


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