Thursday, August 15, 2013

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 is around 11 years old.



 Photo 4: Look at the watermelon with blooming flowers! Amazing and beautiful!




Photo 5: This is a beautiful Golden Phoenix carved from raw pumpkins!!




Photo 6: The 1st Prize Vegetable and Fruit Carvings by Primary School students. I could not even carve anything when I was in Primary School.




 Photo 7: Now moving on, we can see the Thai female students whose ages are between 9-11 years and they are the winners of the Beautiful Floral arrangements.




Photo 8: Their floral arrangement is so pretty and neat with pleated leaves holding the various small flowers. This display is always used as offerings during religious and ceremonial functions.




Photo 9: This is another winning Thai Floral Display. This is so beautiful with candles and joss sticks being packed in nicely for the religious offerings ceremony.





 Photo 10: This one is a pretty garland that is made from fragrant rose buds and jasmines buds which is suitable for welcoming Royalties, VIPs and Bridal Couple. I thank Mark and his fiance Oi for bringing us there. He will be getting married soon and these garlands would be worn over their necks.
Do you want to see more exhibits? Stay tuned for Part 3.


106 comments:

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    1. Haha, I got first sip today!

      The exhibition center looks interesting!
      Those carves are really so beautiful! Salute those people, they are so talented!

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    2. You must buy lottery for getting first sip. So rare chance!

      I always admired vegetable carvings but these primary kids amazed me!

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    3. Can see and can eat ..lol...

      Haiz school time I only hv soap carving. ..Make into gold fish

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  2. Beautiful floral arrangement too!

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  3. Omg, really impress of their curving skill!!! =]

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    1. What curving?? Oh you mean carving? Yes!! They are good!

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  4. Your post makes me look forward even more to seeing Thailand this coming December. :)

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    Stephen

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    1. Have fun in Thailand. Come back and spam my blogs okay! MABUHAY!

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  5. Yes, these students are very talented and creative.. needs a lot of patience too... no joke.. Looking forward to Part 3... It has been more than few decades since I last visited Songkla...

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    1. You won't miss anything in Songkhla. The town is still the same and the Mermaid is still the same size too!

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  6. Hi TM, so this part 2 and the final one in part 3. Looking forward for more exhibits later on.

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    1. Part 3 has been uploaded, waiting for me to release the button! LOL

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    2. When you wanna release the button, TM... CEPAT LAR....

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  7. I really salute all these young and talented kids. So small already so talented and also patience in whatever they did.

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    1. I salute them too. So young and talented people. These kids are less spoilt than many KL brats.

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  8. Thai students are very talented and creative. They are born with that.

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    1. You must be a Thai lady too with so much creativity and baking skills.

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  9. Those mini bonsai gardens are very pretty. They have lots of patience although they are just 9-12yo.

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    1. I was surprised that they could make such mini gardens at such young age. You can get your son to plant them too!!

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    2. Really salute them la....if j...only know how to destroy.....adoi my two rm20...sobssss

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  10. Both vegetable and fruit carvings and the beautiful floral arrangement are amazing. Just like those challenge I've seen on TV. So no adults/teachers guidance? they do it themselves? Oh Salute them.

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    1. Their works are neatly done. I prefer the first floral arrangement.

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    2. You are also talented to make roses with mango flesh. I am sure the Thai kids would laugh!!! Muahahahahaha

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    3. I know mine was very simple. Laugh lar nvm.

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  11. Sǔay ngaam..very talented indeed. My last visit to Songkhla was like a few decades already. Travelled around Hatyai as a pillion rider on my cousin's bike to the market etc. Must visit Hatyai again pai pai pai...

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  12. Wah!!!! Got sequel one kah, your blog post... LOL!!! Nice, such delicate handicraft! They're so skilful!

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  13. แกะสลักผลไม้ (the art of fruit carving) -amazing

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  14. #1: wow, i didn't know they have such a nice convention center there.. all i know about songkhla is the little mermaid!! piak my ulu head~~

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    1. It is still damn boring but I will expect them to boom suddenly with the universities expanding each year.

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  15. #2: you are very true.. i am not interested in those bonsai at all~~ :p

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    1. I love to admire the Bonsai only. If I grow them, they will RIP.

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  16. #3: only 11 years old and he has all that 3000% patience sitting there the whole day carving the melon!! other 11 years old would sure run away playing games outdoor, or sitting still playing with phones or pads..

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    1. I think the Gen Y Thai kids will have no high blood pressure since most of them become novice monks and develop great patience.

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    2. Maybevi should gv j a melon to carve...maybe then he wont "carve" the wall or punch holes on rm.....sobs

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  17. #4: OMG, such a sophisticated looking watermelon!! this makes the watermelon increases its price 1000 times for sure!!

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    1. Muahahahahaha! What a silly thoughts that it will hit 1000 times! Maybe!

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  18. #5: gosh!! this golden phoenix carved from pumpkin is just so unbelievable!! was it from one single pumpkin or they assembled different parts together??

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    1. I saw that it was being assembled. Where to find such a big pumpkin like that bird size? Phiak Ah Boy!!

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    2. Maybe can find leh...see those usa farmers...some can hv pumpkin as big as me leh

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  19. #6: don't even mention carving, even cutting equal halves from a fruit was quite impossible for me, back then or even now!! :D

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    1. Wakakakaka! You lazy fella. Kamala always sliced the melons for you dei.

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    2. This I do agree with you, anay. Piak lazy ah biy

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  20. #7: oh floral arrangements huh?? i think this is a lot simpler than the carving by the boys, agree?? :)

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    1. Yes the fruit and vegetable carvings take longer time! Once spoilt, they start all over again!

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  21. #8: hahahaha, i am not really a flower person.. i only do some arrangement twice a month, just buy a few stalks of chrysanthemum and then place them in the vase to offer the god~~ :p

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    1. I always like to buy flowers and arrange them for my altar to make the Buddhas happy!

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  22. #9: ah, this is interesting, and i guess many people would like to buy this to be offered to the god at their own home..

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    1. Yes this is very popular all over Thailand.

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  23. #10: and the rose & jasmine garland was framed!! looks like very grand and expensive.. but rose and jasmine, i wonder how strongly fragrant that garland was when these two flowers meet.. anay is going to buy one for the couple??

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    1. It is not very expensive compared to what Samy Veloo used to be garlanded. I will not buy for the couple la. The groom is so shy!!!!

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    2. Jasmine ady very strong scents.....if not use to it, I think will get dizzy

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  24. #11: (bonus) is somebody going to condemn the way i spam comments in this post?? muahahahaha~~ :D

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    1. No worries. All your current spammers were like him before.

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    2. ???? Why.??? Me missing the point

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  25. I would love to admire those exhibits. Interesting and beautifully awesome! How I wish I were there to observe them carving those fruits..

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    1. You can go there every year to see their exhibits in the whole country.

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  26. WOw, they are so young yet so skillful!!!!
    No, I wasn't the Jay that emailed u..hahahha
    Yes, I added you back in my blogroll. so sad to see most of my friends/ bloggers stopped blogging for more than 2 years already! You are so persistent! (^^)

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    1. Yes I am very persistent and stubborn too! Muahahaha

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    1. They are amazing in anything they do - movies, cooking and even Tiffany Shows!

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  28. wow~ no wonder thai so good in flower deco...

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    1. No wonder you are addicted to Thailand, I would say.

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  29. WOW!!! I'm really impressed. If you're to give my son any kind of fruit, you can be sure that he will eat them before he can do anything else with them! Thumbs up for the boy!

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    1. LOL. Wakakakaka... How could you compare with your son? He is just a little darling of yours. I think those Thai kids are so bored that their mothers gave them melons to carve instead of iPads.

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  30. WOW---what a talented group of people. I loved all of the things they made from fruits --but when you got to the floral rosebud one, I was in AWE.... Fabulous!!!! So glad you got to see this --and then share it with us.

    Hugs,
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    1. Your garden has so much blooming flowers. You could think of arranging them into garlands too.

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  31. Love the photos and skillful artwork.

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    God bless and have a nice day. :)

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  32. Primary school?! Awesome. The only problem is that the watermelon is so beautiful, I'd never be able to eat it. Despite being addicted to the fruit!

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    1. During primary school, the only food carving I did was carving out star shape on a potato to make a potato stamp! LOL

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    2. I also carved a lot of potatoes from the kitchen and my mum screamed her lungs out!!!

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    3. Lol...as long as not carved other things ok la

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  33. Ohh wow...that's pretty impressive to be able to carve such a beautiful piece of artwork.

    Back then, we learned to carve on a small piece of wood which almost got all my 10 fingers cut..

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    1. Oh yes why didn't our teachers give us melons instead of wood blocks. It was so hard and boring to carve. You can ask your daughters to carve the melons too.

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  34. Aiyo....I must run and hide la...shame on me...so young also kniw how to make flora arrangements so nice n qlso such lovely carving.

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  35. part 2 nice too~ like the fruit carvings~ =D

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  36. I think fruit carving is one of the hardest type of
    art, i mean carving on woods was hard but on as
    soft material like fruits it was even more harder

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  37. among these set of carvings, i persocally
    like that birf/phoenix one, it was great and
    well detailed

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  38. have a great day and happy blogging tm
    take the best of care and god belss you

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  39. I've always wanted to learn fruit craving! Gosh, can't believe these kids can carve so well. I would definitely love to pick up the skills one day. Thks for sharing & happy weekend!

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  40. Their fruits carving is simply amazing. You did a great shot.

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  41. Those are some really good fruit carvings and the flower arrangements are just so pretty... they are really talented. This should be a part of our school curricular...do you agree?

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  42. Very nice carvings and talented kids!

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  43. Thanks for showing these beautiful creations. I can't believe such exquisite works were made by students so young. I look forward to seeing more in Part 3.

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  44. Amazing craftmanship and patience. I tried fruit carving and gave up halfway...no patience and because I cut myself 3 times in 30 minutes:(

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  45. Cool! I'm enjoying your trip reports bro! :)

    Man, that honeydew carving...it sure requires a lot of patience!!!

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  46. very fun journey, a lot of things to see and learn from. thanks for sharing

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