Friday, June 8, 2018

Wat Chetawan - Wesak Day Celebrations

This year the Wesak Day was celebrated on the 29th of May. I joined the thousands of Buddhists who thronged the Wat Chetawan temple at Petaling Jaya. This landmark temple has become part of my journey and my face is slowly getting more familiar with the resident monks. If you recall that I once taught English conversation to several monks during the night classes which I have blogged here. It was a temporary class during their free time to brush up their spoken English as most of them have to travel around so often. I have almost disappeared from there except for twice yearly prayers conducted at the temple on my family's request for both my late parents.

Recently, I bumped into a long lost old friend who is a Malaysian born Thai. Today he heads one of the state's MACC office in the country and there are so many worms to flush out right now! He was my ex colleague during our days at Texchem Group where he saw me taking charge on some of the Japanese product designs and he decided to keep me busy to do some designs for this temple where he is a committee member.




I managed to try my hand to design this year's logo (above) for the temple using the mouse and Adobe Illustrator. This design was used to print their tee shirts and other items.  I did everything from scratch after referring to some photos and samples. My head and hands are so rusty now.



Earlier, this Thai friend had also requested me to design the above logo for their Songkran Water Festival. He gave me a few hours to hurry and I wish I had more time for improvement.



Now I have some plans to get my other friends to help me to print some postcards for this temple as they never had postcards. I felt that I should do something really different and requested my friend who has the 'drone' to shoot aerial view photographs. I was truly impressed with all the aerial view shots and am sharing just one photo to let you see. When this project is completed, I will share how the set of postcards will be displayed for public sale where all the 100% sales proceeds will go towards the temple. Hope you would kindly support this small project and send the postcards of this beautiful temple with authentic Thai architecture to your friends. Stay tuned please.








































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15 comments:

  1. me and my guy went to Wat Chetawan during last year's Wesak, and gosh the crowd was just zzzzzz, i mean, we dont mind parking far away just to offer our prayers,but the crowd made it impossible for our minds to concentrate on a moment of prayer, and therefore, this year we went to Losang Dragpa Centre in SS15 to offer our prayers during Wesak, of course even this place was crowded but at least the environment was rather quiet and not festive like,haha

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  2. I like your logo :) It's very nice.

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  3. Wah...you have many talents, TM! I like both the logos you designed. I would really like to see the design of those postcards.

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  4. I like the two logos you designed TM especially the first circular one, you are very creative and I also like the aerial photo, very well shot, I love visiting temples too, can't wait to see the postcards

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  5. Eh you designed the logo one ah? Good job bro... Seems like a fruitful Wesak Day for you. I'm just snoozing at home. Hahahaha

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  6. The temple complex looks beautiful from above and nice capture all over the temple! Your logo is very catchy and auspicious in yellow… and the second one is too cool and I wish the project come our well and you share more aerial views like

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  7. Wow, I'm impressed! Master of all trades, huh? xoxo

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  8. Lovely temple. I think your logo design is nice. Simple and nice.

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  9. hey, i love your logo designs too - the visuals are very attractive, and the colours are vibrant and harmonious. i would love to have your talent there! :)

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  10. Hi! Your designed logos are very cool.
    The wesak day in our country is on 8th in April in luna calendar.Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I like both logo that you design, simple but perfectly match with the festivals.

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  12. That is a great way of ทำบุญ (merit making ) of yours .I've been to hundreds of wats in Thailand but only visited this temple once.

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  13. I love the aerial shot of the temple. Can't wait to see the postcards! You are certainly a man of many talents, TM - the logos you did are beautiful and meaningful.

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  14. You are so artistic and clever to use software to design artwork. Both logos are nice.

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