Category Archives: Slices

Songkran Water Festival ~ Thailand

~~oOo~~ Songkran is the traditional New Year in the Thai Calendar. It is celebrated usually between the 13th to the 15th of April (often a few days before and after too). Songkran is also known as a massive water fight festival especially famous in Chiang Mai, North of Thailand. Thais and foreigners roam around the old city in tuck-tucks and trucks throwing buckets of water on everyone on sight. The presence of a moat around the old city makes it easier for everyone to fill their buckets. Originally, splashing water is meant as a symbol of washing all of the bad […]

Songkran Water Festival - Thailand

A Wet Ride ~ Thailand

In Thailand, the weather from February until May is considered to be the hottest. The temperatures are usually above 30C (above 90F) and many young backpackers just wander around shirtless showing their white pecs (and beer belly) to all the single ladies out there (go home, please). However, in the past few days, Thailand has been experiencing a strange weather and it’s been raining for 3 days in a row with temperatures as low as 13C (55F). A mysterious 5m wave has also capsized a tourist boat on one of the islands in the South. Young backpackers had to put […]

A Wet Ride - Thailand

The Bamboo Bridge ~ Thailand

~~oOo~~ This is a little bamboo bridge over a pond I found behind a temple in Chiang Mai, leading to the monks headquarters. It felt shaky when I walked on it but looked stable enough as many monks use it daily to cross to the temple grounds. One thing I find disappointing in the Western world is the reliance on the holy petroleum and its derivatives (plastic, rubber, etc..) for daily needs instead of more natural and creative ways like relying on bamboo plants. Bamboo is an extremely resilient plant that can be planted in poor soils, requires little water […]

The Bamboo Bridge - Thailand

The Sweeping Monk ~ Thailand

~~oOo~~ Sweeping the temple grounds is one of the rituals of the Buddhist monk in Thailand. Everyday, at dawn and in the evening, monks take care of the temple compound. They cut the grass, clean the inside of the buildings and sweep the floor. They must uphold certain standards of cleanliness according to one of the three main principles of Buddhism which is to purify one’s mind. However, before the mind can be cleansed, the surroundings must first be cleansed. This is the reason why monks must train themselves to love cleanliness in their everyday life. As sweeping is a […]

The Sweeping Monk - Thailand

Setting Sun over Chiang Mai ~ Thailand

~~oOo~~ This is a shot of the setting sun over the city of Chiang Mai this evening after I spent a whole day walking around town for a mini-photowalk with myself. It was a hot and slightly overcast day (thank you soft light) but it was a nice relief to see the sun set and the temperature cooling down. The house you see in the foreground has a typical Thai architecture with a layered roof and you can recognize a Chatra, the multi-tiered golden umbrella peeking from behind the trees from the top of a chedi. Summer is arriving fast […]

Setting Sun over Chiang Mai - Thailand