Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dancing around the temple on Songkran

The village where I spent Songkran (Thai New Year) this year had a procession of people dancing down the street followed by people playing music and a money tree. The money tree is from donations of people but I don't know if it is for something specific or just for the temple (Wat).

The procession proceeded to the Wat and went around it 3 times and then enter for a ceremony that I did not attend. I am not sure if this had anything to do with Songkran or the fact that it took place on Songkran was just a coincidence but decided to share the short video I captured.



I have very little understanding of the customs and rituals of Buddhism and would like to learn more about why they do the things they do in their religious practices. It may be like in Christianity and there is not a clear understanding or why lighting candles is done other than that is what you are suppose to do. If anyone knows of a website or book that has explanations for things like having a string tied on your wrist I would really appreciate the pointer.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday's Face-Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I have spent a few days in Phnom Penh Cambodia getting a new Thai visa so I can stay in the country for 60 days.

Phnom Penh has been really hot and thought of joining these children to stay cool crossed my mind.



This gentleman was setting in the shade at the base of the temple Wat Phnom.



These children seemed to be happy riding around in the back of cart used to pick up anything recyclable.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday's Face-Bangkok, Thailand

Well after spending a long time in Bangkok being lazy I will be moving on to somewhere else to to lazy so I think this should be the last Friday's face from Bangkok for awhile.

This is one of the many street food vendors that are all over Thailand and most of them have a smile.



This little boy was enjoying his time in the remote control car riding around some of Bangkok's many Sois (small street off of a major road).



Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday's Face-Bangkok, Thailand

I have rode a bike with another person on the back in Amsterdam a number of times and it has not always ended well but not sure I would risk it in the Bangkok traffic.



I saw this little Captain America riding along on the BTS. I don't think he fits the normal stereotypical appearance for Captain America but I found him really cute.



I like the facial characteristics of this man that was waiting for the BTS to arrive.