Rainy season

During past two months, some blogs around here talked about Spring and showed beautiful photos indicating the beginning of that lovely season. To be honest, I felt a bit of envy because we don’t have Spring in Thailand as I mentioned earlier, we have summer, rainy, and winter seasons.

And I could feel the dawn of rainy season here this morning. It was raining since 6 am along the way from my home to office. “Ahhh … rainy season has already arrived here” that was my thought while I was sitting and watching the rain dropped on my car’s windscreen.

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I’m not that into this season because I (a city girl) am afraid of heavy traffic. Every time rain comes in the morning or evening, traffic can go really really bad in Bangkok. However, as we are an agricultural country, I know that our farmer/gardener/planter are waiting for this season so they can utilize water from the sky to help their products grow.

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In spite of being a reason for bad traffic and causing difficulty for outdoor activities, this season has its great benefit which is to relieve hotness that we’ve faced so far in our summertime. The temperature will decrease especially in the nights so I can sleep without turning on air-condition. Our electricity bill won’t be as high as during past month. We also reduce an amount of natural resource that is related to electricity generation.

The smell of water absorbed soil also fills us with freshness and flourish from the earth.
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Travel theme: Pathways

During past week, I wanna shout out loud that ‘I want to go hiking!’ while I was sitting in my cubicle at office. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I’m doing for living however I sometimes want to embrace myself into the nature. I love walking and I could reach my small happiness whenever I walk along the nature trail. Although I love hiking, I haven’t got many chances to do that. I could count my experiences with that outdoor activity by using my 10 fingers. I did them three times in Australia, twice in Japan, and three times in USA. I was impressed with all those times I spent walking among the mother nature. If I have to pick my most favorite one, it would be the one I took with my best friend and my brother when we visited Japan in 2010, Nakasendo Walking Trail.

The trail is connected between Magome and Tsumago which was used for communication between Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo Period. It is around 8 km long. I loved this hiking course because it was not that hard and it passed a variety of scenic places. Even though they said that it takes around 2-3 hours to finish it, we took around 5 hours to complete the route and I think it was worth every minute.

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010
We started from Magome as they suggested that the route will take less uphill walking.

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010
There was a viewpoint where I needed to make silly posture for a photo. Thanks to Nanya (my friend) for taking photo.

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Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010
This pathway was spectacular as it has flower pattern imitating Sakura petals.

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010
I never say No to any pathway as I’m always crazy about taking photo of me with pathway. It’s my habit. I always tell a person who would take photo for me that my body can be in the small figure but the photo must show the pathway. This photo was taken by Nanya (my friend) and she just wanted to use that angle which I had no idea what her reason was? She might want to show her creativity.

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010
This old rock road was a part of an original pathway from the past (Edo period).

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010
We finished our course at Tsumago where was a smaller and quieter town than Magome.

Yamachan | Japan | 2010

Yamachan | Japan | 2010
We haven’t eaten much during our walking so we were very hungry afterward. We went to eat famous fried chicken wings at Yamachan in Nagoya.

That day was a joyful experience for me, one of happiness moments in my life.

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010

Nakasendo Walking Trail | Japan | 2010 – Photo Credit: Nanya

This post is a response to Ailsa’s weekly travel theme.

A girl with four names

That girl from the post title is me. Before my current name, I had three former first names.

When I was born, I had a very brief moment to be called as Red, yes that color in English (Sometime Thai people like to name their children in English word).

A tiny baby me.

To be honest, my name was Red when I was just 1-2 days old. However, I couldn’t find my photo during that time so I grab this one instead. A tiny baby me.


 
After leaving the hospital where I was delivered, I got another first name which meant embrace. I used this name for a while before turning to the next one because my parents weren’t fond of an idea that their little girl had a name which seemed to invite people to hug her. (In Thailand, we aren’t familiar with hug or embrace each other. This action is sort of a private thing)

A little me and I have no idea what my hands are doing for this photo!

A little me. I have no idea what my hands were doing for this photo! It seems like I might be scratching my bum.


 
The 3rd name was the one I owned it almost 10 years. Its meaning in Thai could be translated to Cluster fig tree. I didn’t like the sound of this name as well as its definition. Nevertheless, my parents consoled me with the alternative story version of this name. They told me that I was named after a queen in Thailand’s history. (Like for a long long times ago).

Me in a red shoes with yellow hat. Very fashionable :)

Me in a red shoes with yellow hat. Very fashionable :)


 
For the latest one and I believe it is the last one, I picked it myself when my parents decided that our whole family should change our first and last names together. They therefore let me to choose my first name, which my decision based on the sound of word and its meaning. My current name means ‘Everybody loves me’ so I wish to feel loved everywhere I go. ^o^

If you don't love me, it's fine cause I can love myself. Yeah!

If you don’t love me, it’s fine cause I can love myself. Yeah!


 
That is the story of my four names in order to give a response to today’s daily prompt:

Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?

Daily Prompt: Say Your Name

For your information: Thai people usually have first name and nick name. Our first names mostly consists of at least 2-3 syllables which they normally have meaning or related stories. It’s a common question when we ask each other ‘What does your first name mean?’

Arrive soon

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Don’t worry, I will arrive soon.

Behind the shot:

  • Photo taken by using Hipstamatic app. with ‘Americana’ Lens and ‘W40’ Film without flash.
  • Afterward, applied tilt-shift filter in Snapseed app.
  • Finally, writing blog’s name on the photo in Typesetter app.

I chose this photo to response to iPhoneography Challenge which the 4th Monday’s theme will be any of the following choices: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography (my choice for this time), and Travel.

Although I enjoy street photos, I don’t think I can do it myself as I’m not good at initiating conversation with strangers or pointing my camera to anyone around me. However, I like observing people or every thing surrounding me and if I’ve got chances I might take photos from afar.

For the above photo that I took from a flyover in front of department store near my home area. At that time, the ray of light was beautiful as it was in the evening. The sun prepared to leave the sky. Everyone seemed to be ready to go home by various forms of transportation; bus, car, taxi, tuk tuk, motorcycle, or bicycle. In order to make the bicycle stands out, I decided to use tilt-shift filter for the required outcome.

A sweet word

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Yeah! I’ve got nomination for Super Sweet Blogging Award from a sweet blogger.Thank you very much to Waiting on a word. I really liked the picture of this award. Very cute and look yummy!

Here comes the award’s rules:

  1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.
  2. Answer the five super sweet questions (below).
  3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award in your blog post (above).
  4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
  5. Notify your nominees on their blog.

Questions for item 2:

  1. Cookies or Cake? Cake 
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate all the ways! 
  3. Favorite Sweet Treat? Chocolate always relieves my stress 
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most? In the morning, to energize my brain.
  5. Sweet Nick Name? Robot (I think it’s sweet to be called like that … )

For my nomination, as I have explained my uncertainty to this post. I’d like to nominate 1+3 blogs for this super sweet blogging award.

  • Sweet words: The Paperbook Blog which actually the blog owner has two blogs, but this blog is where her talking about books. I really like reading her words on those books or authors she loves. Although I haven’t read most of the books she are talking about, I could feel how she admires literature and writers. Her sincerely sweet words for those books/authors make me wanna give them a try.
  • Sweet hungryThe Peckish Kiwi here where I would like to take a flight and go to New Zealand so I could taste those flavors of Ice cream he has written about. Moreover, my hunger has risen whenever he posted Thai food despite being in Thailand myself. ( ‘ ‘ ) It’s even sweeter when he shares photo of his cat.
  • Sweet chitchat: Chitchat and all of that and I think her blog name is sweet. When I read her posts, I feel like I’m in a nice small talk where I could get to know her life via her blogs. She sometimes kindly shares her cat photos which I truly love seeing them.
  • Sweet coffeeCoffee drinkers make better lovers, kudos to this creative blog name. The story behind the blog is also sweet as it has been originated from a couple who fell in love with each other along with great coffee. It’s kind of sad that this blog has been inactive for around 2 months. However, I hope that the blog owner will go back to update their sweet coffee trails soon.

As always, no obligation for those who’ve been mentioned in the above nomination (you will be notified by Pingback to your post). (^o^)

Thank you to ‘Waiting on a word’ for this sweet award and the 1+3 bloggers for your sweet blogging.

And we’ll go up, up, up But I’ll fly a little higher

The title of this post is from the lyrics of a song named ‘Clouds’ by Zach Sobiech. I think some of you might have already known him, however I just heard of his story today and I believe that it’s never too late to know such an inspiration story like this.

Zach passed away on Monday 20 May, 2013 at the age of 18. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, when he was 14 years old. In May 2012, he was told that he had months to a year to live. Zach didn’t like to say goodbye by writing letters so he used song lyrics to convey his heart to the ones he loved.

I watched My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech which was his documentary made by SoulPancake, and from that I was led to his hit song ‘Clouds’ that I was captivated by its tunes and meaningful lyrics.

If only I had a little bit more time with you.

We could go up, up, up

And take that little ride

And sit there holding hands

And everything would be just right

And maybe someday I’ll see you again

We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.

And we’ll go up, up, up

But I’ll fly a little higher

We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer

Up here my dear

It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now.

Some of celebrities shows support to Zach by making a video with this song. They want to raise awareness of childhood cancer as well.

Zach also worked with his band ‘A Firm Handshake’ including his best friend ‘Sammy Brown’, and they have released EP album called ‘Fix me up’. I’ve bought this album and I really like all songs in it. Their beautiful guitar sound truly gets along well with voice of Sammy and Zach especially Sammy as her voice is charmingly unique.

A portion of the net proceeds from the sale of Fix Me Up are being donated to the Zach Sobiech Osteorcarcoma Fund at Childrens Cancer Research Fund – Rock the Cause

For more details of Zach’s story can be found through ‘Zach Sobiech: Finding peace through music‘ where we can give donation that will go forward to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
– Galadriel (The Lord of the Rings)

A Word A Week Challenge – Face

Faces at museums.

 

Details:

  1. Face01: The promotional picture for the exhibitions at British Museum.
  2. Face02: Buste de satyre, dit “Faune de Vienne” (I can’t find information in English)
  3. Face03: Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat (verso: The Potato Peeler), 1887 by Vincent van Gogh
  4. Face04: Self-Portrait, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh
  5. Face05-08: The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya who creates arts from LEGO.

This post is the response to Sue’s a word challenge this week.

Travel theme: The Four Elements

Travel theme from Alisa this week is quite challenging for me because I’m not sure whether I could find photos representing some of those four elements or not. Gladly, I can.

The 1st photo is for the Earth which I chose the photo of sunflower field in Thailand where I went there with my family around four years ago. For your information; between Nov and Feb of each year in Thailand, there are many sunflower fields in Lopburi or Saraburi that let tourists to go inside and take photos. The enter fee is inexpensive.

Sunflower | Lopburi | Thailand | 2009

 

The next photo is for the water element which I snapped this picture of Pacific ocean while driving along the Highway 1. The magnificent Pacific Ocean! Let me tell you that the trips in 2012 made me fall in love with the nature in the American land since I was lucky enough to visit both East (Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and Washington DC) and West (California). I was amazed by various kinds of nature in the US (from Big ocean to the giant trees). Hopefully, one day I will go back there and get other opportunities to visit astounding places especially those national parks.

Along the Highway 1 | CA | USA | 2012


 

The third one is quite hard to find a photo to stand for. The Wind. The carp-shaped koinobori flags were flown against the wind. I got this photo while doing the Nakasendo Walking Trail. I truly recommend this trail for anyone who love hiking. It’s not too difficult and it passed a lot of interesting places with different scenery. I really enjoyed my walk on that day.

Japan | 2010

Japan | 2010

 

Although I said the wind photo is quite hard, but the Fire element is the hardest for me as I rarely take photos of anything burning. Fortunately, I has this shot from my recent trip to Japan.

My friend and I visited Hasedera (Hase Temple) in Kamakura, the city not far from Tokyo. I was impressed with this temple because there were many interesting things to do and see such as the walking path where you can see the far-away sea, Japanese garden, lovely statues, and a little cave.

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This week’s challenge is sort of my lesson learn to realize that I sometimes should step out off my comfort zone in taking photos in order to get the different angle of my surrounding.

On the rabbit

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I just liked this page on Facebook yesterday. The page is Jaytherabbit which the page owner draws and posts the pictures of the weirdly cute rabbit accompanying with gags. The gags are sometimes related to the current famous stories in Thailand while sometimes they are referred to the opinions of the page owner as a single woman by using that bizarre rabbit to represent herself. From something that the rabbit thought and said regarding the single life, I believe that her age would be more than 30 years old same as me. That’s why I could relate to her words when talking about single life.

In addition to her hilarious words (most of them in Thai language), I like the way she simply draws that rabbit, yet can show how sarcastic the rabbit is.

It’s really great to have this kind of cartoon to put smiles on my face especially when I’m currently going through some confusing situation.