May

Black Eyed Peas

28

Salsa Night

30

June

Visakha Bucha Day

1

Wed/Thu/Fri

Indy Market

Sunday

Walking Street Weekend Market

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Blogs

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Bodhi Trees and Buddhism



Bodhi Trees are intrinsically linked to Buddhism - specifically the hours of enlightenment  that the Buddha received specific set of insights or revelations and it is a symbol of the potential that is in us all.



Buddha was seated underneath a specific tree - the Bodhi Tree.



Wonderful - many trees are wrapped in colourful fabric and then a number of different things are put adjacent to them - discarded Wats, red drinks, special Wats, Buddhist images and more.  

I have encountered these trees all over Phuket and in my travels throughout Thailand (Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya).

I encountered the Bodhi Tree recently on a walk up Rang Hill to receive my own enlightenment. Were the monks wrapping their clothes around the trees to stop further development?



This tree was in Phuket Town and had dresses hung up with it - always special.


Quake - App for your holiday





Did you feel that?


Description


QuakeFeed is the #1 Earthquake App for the iPad and iPhone!

--> NO ADS!!
--> Eight beautiful basemaps plus plate lines
--> Elegant, uncluttered user interface
--> Quick and very easy to use
--> Free alerts for M6.0+ quakes worldwide
--> Customizable alerts via In-App Purchase
--> Curated earthquake news and announcements
--> Great educational tool

Our mapping features are truly stunning. Want a unique perspective on the quakes? View them on shaded relief or a map of the ocean floor. It will deepen your understanding - try it and you'll see what we mean!

QuakeFeed offers a variety of filter / sort options to let you see the quakes that are most important to you. Beautiful UI - check out our reviews, people love our simple, uncluttered design! And QuakeFeed is a universal app optimized for both the iPad and iPhone.

BASIC FEATURES
* Choose from six different USGS Data Feeds
* Push notifications for all M6.0+ quakes
* Quakes displayed in a list or on a map
* Search, sort, or filter list
* Drill down to quake details view:
-- Map zooms to quake location
-- Magnitude, time, lat/long, distance, depth
-- Link to quake details on USGS website
-- Link to NOAA Tsunami Warning Center (if available)
* Earthquake news
* Earthquake preparedness information
* Social media integration - share via:
-- Facebook
-- Twitter
-- Email

INTUITIVE USER INTERFACE
* Color-coded map symbols with optional magnitude display
* Quake list color-coded by magnitude
* Sort list by date, magnitude, depth, or distance from current location
* Filter list or map by magnitude
* Pull to refresh list
* GPS button for zoom to current location
* Specify units for distance and depth (km or miles)
* All screens work in portrait or landscape mode

ENHANCED MAPPING CAPABILITIES
* Eight different basemap options:
-- Street Map
-- Satellite Imagery
-- Imagery with Labels
-- Ocean Bathymetry
-- Topographic Map
-- Shaded Relief Map
-- Physical Map
-- Terrain Map
* Display plate lines as a map overlay
* Pinch to zoom / drag to pan
* One touch zoom in / two touch zoom out


Previously I got asked whether I felt the earthquake in the morning and of course I had slept right through that BUT I could look it up on the App.


This is when I found that there was a limit to the amount of earthquakes which you had a limit to - this App really is quite clever.

Cost: Free
Ease of use: simple
Comment: more to it than i first thought...


Tham Phung Chang Cave - Elephant Cave



Phung Chang Cave - Elephant Cave is something that there is not a lot written about.


At the front of the cave there is a long road leading to a temple - lovely surroundings.


At the side is a long wooden terrace - not really something to photograph or write home about!


At this point you are kitted out with with a head light and a torch...
Walking down some steps you come across a number of smaller Wats in front of a big cave entrance.... The stalagmites and stalactites give the most amazing sites as you enter (carefully) in. 


It was at this point that I was told that we were not allowed to take a photograph! Why?

"Tham Phung Chang is a cavern on Khao Chang or Chang Hill (Elephant Hill) within Phangnga Municipility. The Cave has two entrances, one on the West and one on the Eat of the hill, inside Wat Tham Pung Chang. The cave houses beautiful stalagmites and stalactites of various shapes, as well as contains sparkling calcite crystals on some parts of it's wall. A stream flows through the cave all year round with deep water in some parts. The distance from one entrance to the other is approximately 1,200 metres.

According to legend, Yomdung, a wanderer, sought refuge at Chongdong's house. The couple moved out of the house to establish their own family, earning living by farming. Towards the end of the harvest season, a herd of wild elephants trampled their crops. Disappointed and infuriated, Yomdung got a spear and pursued the herd. He encountered an elephant that belonged to a man called 'Ngum', mistook it for for the one in the wild herd, speared the animal to death through it's belly, gutted it an cooked the guts for food and lso cut the tusks - unaware of the animal's innocence.

The dead elephant became Chang Hill and the speared belly became 'Tham Phung Chang', the elephant belly's cave.

This was written on a board.


The cave length is about 1,200 metres and you first enter on foot and are swiftly put onto the canoes. Carefully canoeing along you look everywhere and as you are told by your guides the shapes are actually the shapes of animals - I am very lucky having a Thai wife as she was able to translate everything for me!


This made me thing of the oddness - what would the caves look like on film? Despite this we were taken in by the atmosphere and I did not mind in the slightest... Then there was a raft - now this was a little scary to say the least and I was glad that I was not trying to take photographs....

Returning was easier. Leaving the canoes was a relief...


We then left a different way on foot walking past a Buddha footprint where we left some money - we don't see many of these.




Restaurants in Phuket - Mee Ton Poe 3




Fabulous Hokkien Noodles for me at the end of the day - or any other dish!



Good Night.......


 

Approximate price: $$$$$ 
Address: Soi 1, Sakdidejana Road, Phuket Town
Hours: ? - 21:00


Luggage for your flight


Rant of the day - my apologies...

Checking onto the flight and I followed this...


But the sign said this? I hope that they are not going to sit next to me!
(update: they didn't)