A Word A Week Challenge – Arch

UK | 2011

UK | 2011

More interpretation for Arch can be found here.

Remarks: This post has been automatically published as the schedule I’ve set before my hiking trip (19-22 Sep 2013). At the time this post is published, I should be at Phu Soi Dao National park and I should be very tired after long climbing up to where we could stay overnight in tents. I don’t think I could visit your blogs or respond to your comments during this trip since the internet is hardly available around that area. See you again when I get back.

15 years ago

My first hiking trip in Thailand was at Phu Kradueng National Park 15 years ago. It was a memorable journey because this place is well known for its difficulty to hike there. There is a quote said that if any couple wants to prove their love, they should go hiking there due to its hard walk.

I didn’t have to prove my love with anyone but that walk was definitely worth talking about because it’s very normal to be asked whether you ever go there or not if you like hiking.

That was my friend and me. By the way, we are still best friend after that trip ;)

That was my friend and me at Phu Kra Dueng. By the way, we are still best friend after that trip ;)

After that trip, I didn’t go to anywhere similar to that place in Thailand. But, I went on hiking in other countries instead. However, I will go hiking at Phu Soi Dao national park this weekend which I’m very excited and a bit anxious because even though the trail up to the summit of Phu Soi Dao usually takes 4-6 hours to reach there, but some have said that they took around 9 hours to finish walking up. Moreover, there will surely be rain around that area because Thailand is in Rainy season now. And why do we go there in Rainy season, that’s because this place is famous for its beauty during this season. 

I’m also worried about the safety of transportation as we have to sit in a van driving all night long to reach the starting point of the trail tomorrow morning. Being in car driving in night time is not my favorite choice. I talked to my best friends about my worrisome and they told me to stop worrying too much, just go and have fun. Ok, I will do it then.

So I schedule this post to be published at 9 PM on 19 Sep 2013 (Thailand Time) because I will be at the appointment place preparing to leave Bangkok for the national park tonight. I’ve scheduled another 3 posts to be published on 20, 21, and 22 orderly as I don’t think I could find the internet around there and I need to save up my phone’s battery as much as I can due to limit of electricity there (I think).

Wish me luck and talk to you later after I get back here in Bangkok this Sunday’s night.

726

726

May 2013

I used Hipstamatic app to take that photo while I was walking around Suvarnabhumi airport (Bangkok), waiting for my brother’s arrival. I photographed dozens of pictures during that time because I just wanted to try the new lens and films I bought in-app. Moreover, I was trying to find the right photo for Sue’s a word a week challenge:worker which I chose another one as the entry for that challenge. However, it was quite difficult decision because I also wanted to choose others which one of them was this 726 photo.

I liked the moment of this one when he walked towards the light with his tool for work. The shadows were reflected on the floor. So I chose it as an entry for this 3rd Monday’s Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Black and White. I also resized it and wrote blog credit in Typesetter.

Korean Wave

For those who don’t reside in Asia, you might not know when I’m talking about Korean Wave or Hallyu.

The Korean Wave[2] (Hangul: 한류; Hanja: 韓流; RR: Hallyu[1]; MR: Hallyu) is a neologism referring to the increase in the popularity of South Korean culture since the late 1990s. The term was originally coined in mid-1999 by Beijing journalists who were surprised by China’s growing appetite for South Korean cultural exports. They subsequently referred to this new phenomenon as “Hánliú” (韓流), which literally means “flow of Korea”.
Wikipedia

We have touched the popularity of Korean (South Korea) entertainment long before the rest of the world knew Gangnam Style.  I might be able to use the word ‘we’ to represent some of us in South East Asia region along with those in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. I may not be able to speak for others but I can say that Korean entertainment has swept through my country (Thailand) since 2001-2002.

Korean films were the 1st group entering our domain, and they gained popularity in small groups of Thai people. My sassy girl was the leader of  Korean movies at that time, and Jeon Ji-hyun made the hearts of viewers skip a beat due to her role as a sassy girl (referred to the movie title).

After showing in theater, VCD, and DVD, another wave went to small screen with Korean dramas. In my opinion, there were 4 dramas among others on free TV that gained popularity like everyone would talk about them  which were Autumn in my heart, Winter Love Song, Full House, and Dae Jang Geum. However, nowadays the popularity of Korean drama on free TV in my country might not be that much because the viewers have changed their habit to watch them online, which they could sometimes watch Korean series after the dramas are shown in Korea around 1-2 weeks later.

Films and dramas may gain popularity earlier than Korean Music in my country. None the less, Korean idols came with full force when arriving here. There are a lot of girl bands and boy bands that occupy Thai music scene.

I still like watching Korean dramas as well as listening to Korean music. My most favorite ones are Girls’ Generation and IU. Since the beginning of this year, I haven’t tried listening to new groups because I think they started to look and sound the same. However, I’ve recently got to see this girl group’s MV, and I can’t stop watching them singing and dancing.

Their name is Crayon Pop and the song is called Bar Bar Bar. They are wearing gloves, t-shirt, long pant inside the short skirt, and they have helmet on their heads. Their choreography is unique and captivated. The song sounds like soundtrack for anime and it is catchy even though I have no idea what they sing but I just can’t stop watching this MV.

This song is not their debut song which they were actually formed in 2012 with releasing a song called ‘Bing Bing’. I happened to see they performed this song live, and I quite liked it because they had this Robot move in the middle of the song.

Another song that I really like their live performing due to their dance move. They wear track suits with knit hat and they add kick to the sky into their choreography. The song is ‘Dancing Queen’ which isn’t the same song as Abba’s one.

I’ve followed Korean entertainment for many years, and this is the first time I’ve seen girl group wearing something like this in their performance with the mixture of fun and strong dance moves. I won’t say that they will be my favorite one but they could definitely draw my attention and make me want to see their performance repeatedly.

From my point of view, Korean entertainment could penetrate other countries’ entertainment scene because they allow us to easily access their works/products. For example, you could go to Youtube and watch Korean music shows without blocking. I’m not sure whether they are afraid of copyright infringement or not. However, I think they surely understand the fanclub culture that once someone set themselves to be fanclub for those artists, they will show their support for their beloved artists in many ways including buying their CDs/DVDs/Photo books, going to their concerts, and etc.

I believe that Korean Wave will not fade from us (speaking for some of us in my country) and still stay strong in years.

This post is an entry to K-Challenge by Frizztext.

The breath of the morning

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The breath of the morning
I keep forgetting
The smell of the warm summer air
I live in a town where you can’t smell a thing
You watch your feet for cracks in the pavement
And up above aliens hover making home movies for the folks back home
Of all these weird creatures who lock up their spirits
Drill holes in themselves and live for their secrets
Radiohead:Subterranean Homesick Alien

This week I decide to start partaking of a new challenge held by weliveinaflat which is called My Best Photo of the Week (MBPOTW) Challenge, and it has already came to week 3. I like the main idea of this challenge that I would be able to explore any topics with any camera tools and methods. Moreover, I could use this challenge as my practice on photography if I’m not lazy.

I photographed the above image by iPhone 4 along with other pictures, and then I used Camera 360 for filtering to get the satisfied result. Actually, I tried to choose between 2 photos and the above one has finally won. I was pleased with this picture the most among other photos of the sky I took on that day (after processed).

I like the way I could turn everything to be black&white or even grey except the color of sunrising and light poles. I chose a part of lyrics from a song by Radiohead, my favourite band, to accompany this image as I just felt right about it.

Travel theme: Hidden

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Well, I didn’t expect to find this path where I could look back and photograph the above picture (Yes, it has been processed later to get that result). Still, I took it when I visited Port Arthur, Australia.

Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula, in Tasmania, Australia. Port Arthur is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas and an open air museum.
Source

While I was taking 6-month English language course in Tasmania, Australia, my host dad was kind enough to take my friends and me to go there. We went there on a day trip. I heard of this place at first as the tourist attraction and then I’ve got a chance to read the tragic story about the massacre.

I recalled that there was sunshine despite cloudy when we were there.

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

We walked around and snapped photos. Then, the rain has came. Luckily, we had brought umbrellas with us. After we waited for a while, we decided to walk pass the gate.

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

It was the time that I stopped and turned back to take photos of the path.

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

It looked like we were hidden from the outside world as we walked along the path.

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006

Port Arthur | Tasmania | Australia | 2006