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Mom's Little GardenApril 30, 2004

We didn't go out on the last day of my trip. My girlfriend and I helped her mom with chores around the house and just talked. I took these pictures around the garden while helping her mom watered the plants and flowers.

Tomo has posted series of beautiful flowers on her photoblog a few days back. Beside the lovely flowers, I like the way she has her slideshow in a popup window. Click on the image above to launch a little Flash slideshow. Thanks, Tomo!

This is my last post for the images from my trip to Thailand. I will start to post images around NYC again tomorrow.

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Kwan Yin Temple IApril 29, 2004

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Kwan Yin Temple II

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Kwan Yin Temple III

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Choke Chai 4 MarketApril 28, 2004

Like any big city, air-conditioned modern supermarkets had taken over. There weren't too many of these old-fashion markets left.
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Baskets of Fish

There wasn't any plastic wrapped foam tray to be seen, just good old baskets.
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Dragon Fruits

I saw these interesting looking fruits at Choke Chai 4 market, dragon fruits, a friend said.
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Temple Ruin IApril 27, 2004

There were so many beautiful temple ruins in Ayudthaya. We only had enough time to visit one of them before hurried back to Bangkok. It was around 6pm when we got there and all the gates were closed.
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Temple Ruin II

It would have been wonderful walking around the ruin but it was still quite impressive even from outside.
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Rushing for the Market

The street vender hurried along the paved road as the sunlight was quickly fading. He was probably heading for the night market.
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Lonely BoatApril 26, 2004

As we were leaving Wat Pananchoeng, I spotted this lonely boat docked at the pier.
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Wat Pananchoeng's Pier

Here is another shot taken from Wat Pananchoeng’s pier.
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Wat Pananchoeng: Laung Pho To IIApril 25, 2004

Overheard a conversation of my girlfriend and her best friend talking about a short trip to Ayudthaya, eagerly hoping to get out of Bangkok, I loaded the two cameras with fresh rolls of film before she hung up.

We arrived at Wat Pananchoeng a Buddhist temple in Ayudthaya, late in the afternoon. I managed to snap quite a few pictures, before we headed back to Bangkok.

I’ve already posted another shot of Laung Pho To, a 62 feet tall golden Buddha statue, on my first day back.

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Wat Pananchoeng: Preparation

At peace with himself and his surrounding, the man lighted up his candles one by one preparing his prayers. On the opposite side, I watched my girlfriend closely, not knowing how many joss stick and candle I was supposed to use.
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Wat Pananchoeng: Meditating Statue

Eyes closed in mediation, was one of several smaller Buddha statues surrounding Laung Pho To in the grand hall at Wat Pananchoeng.
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Wat Pananchoeng: Jikong

Sat proudly among Buddha statues, this was one of many Chinese God and Goddess statues at Wat Pananchoeng.
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National Museum: Phra BuddhasihingApril 24, 2004

Before we left the National Museum, we visited the beautiful Buddhaisawan hall, housing Phra Buddasihing, a golden Buddha statue. The amazing mural is supposedly the oldest mural in Bangkok.
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National Museum: Garuda

Garuda, half-man and half-bird, is one of the well known mythological creatures. This is part of a royal funeral chariot on display at the National Museum, Bangkok.
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National Museum: Naga

Naga, a great sea serpent is another well-known mythological creature. This is also part of a royal funeral chariot on display at the National Museum, Bangkok.
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National Museum: Cannon Carriage

At some point, there was a cannon mounted on this carriage.
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Hau Lamphong IApril 23, 2004

We went by Hau Lamphong, a train station in Bangkok, thinking of taking a short trip out of the city. Too bad, we couldn't find any that would fit our schedule.
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Hau Lamphong II

A train ride has always been my first choice getting to places. For some reason, I feel most relax on a train.
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Hau Lamphong III

I didn't think she was looking for anyone in particular. Her presence surely made this shot more interesting.
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Hau Lamphong IV

I only took a few shots in color while we were at Hau Lamphong as everything seemed to look better in B&W. Though, the yellow train caught my eyes.
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Homage to the King IIApril 22, 2004

It was almost 9pm when my girlfriend told me we were going to visit King Chulalongkorn statue after a dinner with friends in Chinatown. Do people go at this hour? I asked.

We arrived just about midnight after a nice dinner and a quick stop for some flowers at Pak Klong Talad. To my surprise, there were so many people with flowers, candles and joss sticks paying homage to their beloved, long deceased King Chulalongkorn.

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Homage to the King I

Joss sticks in one hand, a candle in another, this little girl knew what she was doing.
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Pak Klong Talad IIIApril 21, 2004

Before our visit to King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) Statue, we made a quick stop at Pak Klong Talad, a wholesale flower market in Bangkok. We bought some candles, joss sticks and a huge bunch of flowers.

The market opens around 9pm and closes before dawn. This is where retail flower shops get their flowers.

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Pak Klong Talad II

I did not see the woman on the right when I took this shot at the flower market. Maybe, she had that t-shirt on just for some stranger with a camera in his hand.
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Pak Klong Talad I

Here is another shot taken at the flower market.
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Street Food: Sai Krog EsarnApril 20, 2004

We had a late lunch in Tha Chang market after we left Wat Mahathart. This woman was selling a North Eastern style sausage. Too bad, I only saw it after we finished our lunch. I was too full to have any.

I still can't decide whether or not I should submit an entry for this week Photo Friday's Challenge: Self-Portrait. I kind of like the idea but I can't stand the typeface. Where are all the To Go signs when I look for one?

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Wat Mahathart: Guardian LionApril 19, 2004

This was one of the guardian lions on the sides of the stairs leading up to the Wat Mahathart’s grand hall. I also took another shot of this in color, but I liked this one better because of the shallower dept of field.
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Wat Mahathart: Row of Buddha StatuesApril 18, 2004

After asking for a special permission, we were allowed into the grand hall area of Wat Mahathart, a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. There were probably over a hundred Buddha statues lined up around the hall.
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Wat Mahathart: Buddha Statue

This was one of the Buddha statues lined up around the grand hall in Wat Mahathart.
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Jatujak Market: Buddha PanelsApril 17, 2004

These beautiful Buddha panels were for sell in the Jatujak Market. They were reproductions, made for decorative purposes.
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Jatujak Market: Basket PlantsApril 16, 2004

I took this shot at the same place as the pink orchids in the previous entry. These little plants in hanging baskets were so cute and the owner did not mind I was taking my time framing the shot. I bought three of them for my girlfriend's mom.
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Jatujak Market: Pink Orchids

I saw these lovely pink orchids on our way out of the market. I wish I had the macro lens with me. On the other hand, switching films and lenses in the crowded market while carrying bags full of stuff, would not have been fun. I tried to get as close as I could with the Yashica T4 Super.
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Jatujak Market: Ice Cold Drinks

I could find a stand selling cold drinks at almost every turn in the market. That was one thing I didn't think they could have too many of. Walking around in that kind of heat, I had about three bottles of ice tea in a couple hours we were there.
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Jatujak Market: AccessorizedApril 15, 2004

There were shops after shops selling hand-made jewelry in Jatujak Market, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, you named it. Many were selling similar but not quite the same things.

It wasn't easy shopping there, so many beautiful things to choose from. Beside, I didn't want to kick myself in the butt finding nicer and cheaper ones in the next shop. At the same time, there was a good chance not finding my way back to that special little shop again if I kept browsing. I ended up buying them at first sight. Good thing I only needed a couple of bracelets as gifts for my best friends' nieces.

No, I did not know the woman in the picture. She was just another dazzled shopper trying to make up her mind.

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Photo Friday: DiscoveryApril 14, 2004

It might not have been a discovery to most people. However, I haven’t seen one of these living in NYC. Maybe, I haven’t looked hard enough. When I saw this little guy while helping my girlfriend’s mom watering plants around the house during my stay in Bangkok, I hurried up stair, replace the half shot roll of Scala in my EOS-3 with a fresh roll of Provia, popped in macro lens and ran back down. I was glad he did not go very far.
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Jatujak Market: Noise MakersApril 12, 2004

I was trying to frame this shot and counting the number of frog I should adopt when my girlfriend called me over to help her pick summer clothing a couple shops down. A few turns and three shopping bags later, I realized I could not find my way back to that little shop. I came back with only a picture. Tomo, I hope you enjoy this one.
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Jatujak Market: Buffalo SkullsApril 11, 2004

While I found the shape and form of a buffalo skull to be interesting, I never fancied having one hanging in my apartment.
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Late Night Tuk Tuk RideApril 10, 2004

After late dinner in Bangkok's Chinatown, my girlfriend suggested taking a tuk tuk to Siam Square to catch a train back home. Had not been on one for quite a long time, I was more than happy to hop on.
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Street Food: KaoladApril 09, 2004

We saw at least a dozen of venders selling roasted chestnut in Bangkok’s Chinatown that night. Some of them even had their stalls setup right next to one another only to yell at their competitors and brag about how much better their chestnut was. Why couldn’t they setup their stalls a bit farther apart? I simply didn’t get it.
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Street Food: PatongkoApril 08, 2004

One thing I miss most about Thailand is street food. This is my most favorite breakfast, a crispy cruller. A couple of these and a cup of coffee cost about a quarter, yummy!

I'll be posting many more of the images taken during my two-week trip to Thailand.

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Street Food: Somtam

This is a street food vender selling papaya salad and grilled chicken, usually served with sticky rice.
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Street Food: Mooping

This is a street vender selling pork on skewers, usually served with sticky rice.
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Street Food: Kuychai

This is another one of my favorite Thai's street food, Kuychai. I'm not really sure how to describe it. It has a sticky flour shell with various fillings to choose from. My favorites fillings are chive and bamboo shoot. It's fried until golden brown and crispy.
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Photo Friday: AtmosphereApril 07, 2004

Hi there! I just landed at JFK this morning, nice to be back... at least weather wise anyway.

This is a huge and widely respected Buddha statue in Ayudthaya called Laung Pho To, taken during my trip to Thailand.

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