Dalai Lama quote

“Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”

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Buddha shrine, Thailand

 

The above is a picture on my wife’s Buddha shrine located in our living room. It is hung high on the wall because by tradition it must be above head height.

It is customary for food and drink to be left for the Buddha image and this is changed frequently along with the flowers. My wife does this around twice a week

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Buddha Mountain, Jomtien, Thailand.

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There are probably as many Buddha images in Thailand as there are people. As Thailand’s population is 60 million, this makes for a lot of Buddha’s: rare is the day when you don’t see one. Usually their effect on you is exactly what their creators must have intended. Regarding the Buddha’s shapely body and serene pose, his Mona Lisa-like smile, and his slightly sleepy eyes, you are transported temporarily to the outskirts of Nirvana, the place where no wind blows.

Imagine, then, the effect of regarding the largest Buddha image in the world, located just outside of Pattaya, Thailand.

Unlike most Buddha images, the largest is not a statue, but a cliff face inlaid with gold leaf in the outline of a sitting, Sukhothai-era Buddha. It is 130 meters tall, 70 meters wide, and can be seen from miles away. The image and mountain are alternately referred to as “Buddha Mountain”, Khao Chee Chan, or “Phra Phuttha Maha Vachira Utta Mopas Sasada”.

This is really something to see and should be on everyone’s list when visiting the Pattaya area.

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Incredible temple at Chachongsao, Thailand

 

 

This is one of the most impressive temples that I have visited during my time in Thailand. It’s located around35 Km’s from Bangkok going towards Chon Buri., so very easy to get to down the main highway.

History.

Chachoengsao or Paet Rio is a province in the Central region. It has an old history back to the reign of King Borommatrailokkanat in the Ayutthaya period. Most of the people have settled by the Bang Pakong River and along canals. “Luangpho Phuttha Sothon” is a center of faith of the people of Paet Rio. In the past, Chachoengsao was a fourth class city under the Ministry of Defence. During the reign of King Rama I, it was attached to the Ministry of Interior. Until the reign of King Rama V who changed the administration system, Chachoengsao became a city in the Prachin Buri Circle. In 1916, its status was changed from a city to a province. “Chacheongsao” is a Khmer word which means a deep canal. The name “Paet Rio” comes from the story that the city once teemed with giant snake-head fish; up to 8 cuts were required on the sides in making sun-dried fish.

I watched a monster fish documentary on the Discovery channel and it appears that Bang Pakong river is home to huge fresh water sting rays weighing in at a 100 Kg’s plus. I think that I will give the swimming a miss this time.

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Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

Grand palace guard. I really would not want to argue with this guy!

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Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

This is one of my favourite places in Thailand and somewhere that I always take my friends when they visit Bangkok. It is breath taking stunning and you fine yourself very quickly running out of expletives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thai Culture Show, Jomtien, Thailand

There are pictures from a local Thai culture show. I really like the Thai traditional costumes and of course the beautiful girls in the photo’s.

 

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Tai lake, Suzhou, China

 

Had a meal at a lakeside restaurant on Suzhou island. This is one of the nicest places that I have been in China and I guess this lake is the biggest that I have ever seen.

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Train ride in China

I had the dubious pleasure of train ride from Yangzhou to Yancheng about 3 hours north East of Shanghai. The train ride took 2.5 hours and cost 25 RMB, so was great value for money. We booked the tickets and boarded the train, we had seat numbers, but the problem was finding the seats. The carriage was very overcrowded with many people sitting and standing in the aisles and of course it was very very hot.I as difficult to get my case through the mass of people and on to the luggage rack, so i was lucky to have my friends there to help me.
The train began to roll and we ere on our way and slow speed for what was probably the longest 2 hours of my life. I just could not get comfortable on the ‘rock’ hard seat and people were constantly bumping in to me, it was hot sweaty and smelly with so many bodies in the train car.This was a ‘no smoking’ car and I guess that at least 10% of the population were smoking, so be aware of this. The more the ‘no smoking’ signs the more the smokers.
We finally arrived at our destination and struggled to get the luggage through the sea of people in the car. If you ever do a trip like this try not to take large luggage and take plenty of water to drink. Better still take the bus!

Chinese Buddhist temple, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

 

Here is a picture of a Chinese Buddhist temple that I took on Suzhou island, about 3 hours North of Shanghai.

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