The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.
Monday, February 21, 2011
I didn't get to see Vientiane from the air as I was allocated on the aisle. It was rather dark when we arrived. Since there was no more air tickets available from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, our best bet is the bus.
They call it VIP bus but nothing VIP about the bus. Perhaps the driver was the VIP. He got to drive slowly and listen to the (locals) music as he wished, and the level of volume he desired. It was a long 10 hour rides to Luang Prabang. My behind was numb! Remind me of my bus trip from Yangoon to Mandalay.
The bus stopped in the middle of no where, midway I believe, for passengers to have supper / dinner. In the same area there were rows of stalls selling almost identical products : dried fresh water fish. I have no comment since I don't really like fresh water fish.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I have watched her several times, in Bagan Bar in Penang and No Black Tie in Kuala Lumpur.
I love her crazy medley and she can really carry high notes.
Extremely funny and entertaining.
She was in No Black Tie again recently. We booked a table right in the centre.
Revisited Broga this early morning again, but this time partly with another bunch.
I decided to go black and white.
Not quite a good day for shooting as it was a cloudy day. Major disappointments to my friends and fellow trekkers who have their fancy DSLR with them as the sun decided not to show up.
It was, still a great trekking day.
Mental note to self: next trip bring some garbage bags. Perhaps I can collect some garbage and create awareness. Its a beautiful place.
I even saw a group of people performed solat subuh.
What a surreal kind experience.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
There is a nice sunset (and sunrise) in a place called home.
Woke up at 4.45am this morning for trekking with a bunch of friends.
The climb was moderate to easy, 45 minutes to 1 hour depends on your fitness and skill.
Its worth going through the darkness with a torch.
When we reached the top we were rewarded by the sight in the blue and red in the horizon, I said to myself, its well worth it... and more.
I have seen sunsets in many places in the world, ours is definitely breathtaking too. Nothing less.
Happy Sunday all!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
These are a pair of carvings from hundreds of other intricate carvings depicting the teaching of Buddha.
Like in places of worship in other religions, man delivers their best skills they have to their religion / belief.
Take a look at the work on great mosques and churches around the world. They are meticulous work of art.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Despite the myrad of colors oflocal crafts sold in the night market, the market itself is very well organized, clean and pleasant to stroll through - every evening.
Again, no hard sell. You can have your own sweet time to appreciate their work of art.
Most of the traders, a typical local culture, are very courteous.
Sunset over the Mekong River - derived from "Mae Nam Khong". "mea" meaning "mother" and "nam" meaning "water" or "mother river". "Khong" is derived from the Sanskrit "ganga", meaning the Ganges.
The Mekong is an important source of drinking water, irrigation, food such as fish and riverweed, transportation.
I was quite nervous when I was told that the Mekong will also be a source of hydro power soon.
When the damn dam arrives, the ecology will be disturbed. I hope they will hadle this delicate issue well, before its too late.
This is one of the 3 monks playing the percussion instruments at 4 pm in the afternoon.
A cymbal, an enormous drum (compared to size of the monk) and 2 small gongs.
The beat was quite monotonous yet dramatic.
I was there for at least 20 minutes enjoying the sight and sound of the whole ritual.
I enjoy exploring local markets.
The Luang Prabang fresh morning market is surprisingly very organized, clean and most importantly very quiet compared to local markets I have been to in this region.
Quiet because there is no "hard sell" gong on. The atmosphere is very friendly and it nice to take a stroll.
I went to the fresh market every morning. It was interesting. Besides there were so many kinds of food available for you to try.
They are simple yet very delicious.
Scores of teenager monks walking the street of Luang Prabang in the afternoon, on the way to their respective schools normally located in a bigger wat or monastery temple.
They hardly speak to each other on the street. Briskly and silently, more often than not, they will try to avoid contacts with tourists with cameras.
They normally appear very shy, but very friendly once you greet them "sabaidee".
Unlike some "tudung" ladies in Malaysia, all the monks I met so far respect the saffron robes they wear. The monks do not misbehave when they are clad with the sacred robes.