Showing posts from August, 2013

The South Of Thailand (Final Part 3)

This will be the final post of my recent trip to Ha'adyai in South Thailand. You will see some assorted photos that captured my eyes at the exhibition where all the participants were young primary school kids! Next post, I will be blogging about the City God's Temple in Shanghai which I left out, not knowing that some bloggers had no opportunity to visit when they were there.

This is the exterior of the convention centre in Songkhla which looks impressive for a small town.

This beautiful peacock perched elegantly above with a long flowing tail that were made of orchid flowers! The young school children made those artificial orchid flowers by themselves!

Amazing Garlic Peeler - I was impressed by this invention of 2 young boys under 12 years old. They used wood to made a container which was inlaid with some synthetic rubber sheet. Just close the lid and turn them around. Bingo! All the garlic will be peeled in 1 minute!!!!!

This is another creation of blooming flower sprays wh…

Tomorrow May Not Come

I have a true story to share about a dying patient. She is only 15 years old who has been diagnosed with a Stage 4 cancer. This girl's plight and willpower to live on, has inspired me to write this blog post. I was so moved and really touched to see her determination.
The NGO's admin called my wife who has been a long time volunteer and informed her about this young patient who is unable to attend school anymore. Her condition has deteriorated and walking unaided is almost impossible. She missed her school and all her friends so badly each day that prompted her mother to seek help from any teachers who could give their time and coach her darling daughter with home schooling. My wife is a very busy person now compared to me but she simply could not say no. Yesterday, she went to the patient's home and her heart sank to the floor on seeing the smiling young girl who is so frail and breathing heavily with whizzing sound through the tubes hooked to a machine on the floor. Wh…

The South Of Thailand (Part 2)

On the final day of my stay, my KL friend Mark and his lovely Thai fiancee Oi brought us to see the exhibits at the Songkhla Convention Centre. I was surprised to see all the Thai Arts & Crafts talent amongst the school students. What shocked me in disbelief was the students were all young primary school students!!! They are so skillful and creative at such young age. I will post their exhibits today and in the Final Part 3.

 Photo 1: The Songkhla Convention Centre is very big with a huge hall and foyers for exhibition. This development has certainly added a star to this once sleepy town.

Photo 2: That's Mark and his Thai darling admiring at the row of primary students' Mini Bonsai Gardens. I thought only old retired grandpas would make such gardens in China and Taiwan.

Photo 3: I was impressed by this young boy's patience and skills to carve the Honeydew fruit. His team won the First Prize and they had to be there to demo for the public to see. I remembered that he i…

The South Of Thailand (Part 1)

I just got back from the South Of Thailand last Thursday. The LCCT airport was very packed like a can of sardines with so many holiday makers flying off on the first day of Hari Raya. I saw so many Malay families with small kids towing luggages, all dressed in their very best & colourful traditional clothes. It was a beautiful sight.
I will not be posting anything about the retreat where my wife stayed as no photography was allowed inside. All I can say is that it was a new retreat being set up by a well known nun and is being managed by several monks and many practitioners. The location is at the outskirts of Nakorn Si Thammarat which is an ancient Thai town with much history during the reign of the old Kingdom of Siam. It is almost 200 kilometers north of Haayai town. It took me almost 2 hours drive at neck breaking speed to reach there in my cousin's 4 wheel drive which has got the most damn powerful engines I had ever driven.

 Let me share some photos below.

Photo 1: I s…

A Blissful Holiday Retreat

I will be away for a while to a land faraway from the hustle & bustle of the city life here. My wife will be having her semester break and I gave her a list of vacation choices. Instead, she chose to go for a Buddhist Meditation Retreat in the most remote corner of Thailand. 

It has been her long time dream to spend days in solitary to meditate peacefully somewhere faraway where our mother nature's bliss and beauty lies.
There will be no unhealthy distractions of Facebook, WiFi, Candy Crush and Watsap.
I will be alone. I may be holed up in the next town's hotel reading books, eating, massage and shopping. 
I sound so sinful.