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Temple preparation for the Phuket Vegetarian Festival

The Chinese Temples are all carefully prepared before the Festival begins and this involves the Public were invited to clean all of the Deity Figures before the Festival began - next time?

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Now I understand why it is all so clean.

THe public also began visiting the Chinese Shrines to lay gold-leaf paper on the Go-Teng pole for making merit and inviting good luck.

Then I visited the Shrine and I did not know why these gods were blindfolded like this?

ศาลเจาจอสกง นาคา - Choor Su Gong Naka was the Chinese Temple that I visited in the morning to take some rice to donate to the kitchens which will be cooking food for all of the people helping in the Chinese Shrine during the Festival.

There are a number of stall outside - so many that they close one side of the road to allow them to set up outside. It was preparing the Shrine and the smaller ones around it.

The focus of attention though was on the Go-Teng pole which would be raised later in the day - 5:09pm to be exact. 

The recently cut bamboo pole had been attached to the larger pole with lots of coloured strings wrapped around it.

The top of the pole was the bamboo pole where visitors to the Shrine were attaching Gold Leaf to every part of the pole.

Firecrackers were being let off by children playing with a firecracker.

Or dancing with a string of firecrackers.

These are the Mah Song of tomorrow?

The bags of rice arrived and I took one of them - they are heavier than i imagined.

There is a coloured sedan near to the Shrine and it has a tent over it.

There is also a row out the front and they look like they are ready to be part of the Festival!

Thank you to Choor Su Gong Naka for being so welcoming - see you later for the hot water bathing ritual on September the 27th...

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Timetable for Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2014

Thank you to the Attitude Club for this.

So what will I be attending this year?

Tuesday 23 September: Lantern Raising Bang Neow Shrine 5:00pm (click for 2012)
Friday 26 September: Incantation Jui Tui Shrine (Sapan Hin Beach) 8:45pm
Saturday 27 September:  National Photowalk 9:00am Cape Phromthep
Saturday 27 September: Hot Water Ritual Naka Shrine 8:00pm (click for 2012)
Monday 29 September: Street Processions Bang Neow Shrine 6:00am (click for 2013)
Monday 29 September: Fire-walking Jeng Ong Shrine 8:00pm
Tuesday 30 September - Street Procession Jui Tui Shrine 8:00am
Tuesday - 30 September: Bladed Ladder Climbing Sam Kong Shrine 8:00pm
Wednesday - 1 October: Street Processions Kathu Shrine 6:45am (click for 2013)
Wednesday - 1 October: The Ceremonial Bridge Jui Tui Shrine 8:00pm
Thursday - 2 October: Farewell Ritual Phuket Town + (click for 2013)
Friday - 3 October: Lantern Lowering 5:00pm Bang Neow Shrine

See you everywhere and anywhere.


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Ao Nam Boor School Fair (September 2014)

Aonamboor School Fair is the school which is just around the corner from our home.

Jemma was excited because there was a Bouncy Castle, this time there was no interest in the balloon but a Toy Sword which played music and flashed!

Whilst Jemma was playing I chose to wander about and take some photographs.

The local people were very welcoming and I had a lovely time - thank you.

Ao Nam Boor previous posted visits
 1) July 2011 
 2) August 2011 - Cape Panwa Hotel Football competition

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Who is TiminPhuket?

So who am I? - an odd thing to write but I have been told by another Phuket blogger that for the reader to know that you are not getting paid to write then the written word is better! I live and work in Phuket and I write blogs an more on the on the Internet for fun. I have lived here for the since 2000 and I have a wonderful time - I live in the South of Phuket and have a lovely family, I am extremely lucky.

I used to live in London and I had visited Thailand a number of times, I can still remember Pattaya being beautiful - yes that long ago! So when I was given the opportunity to live here it did not take me long to agree - under 5 minutes (especially since I was in the arduous process of trying to work here voluntarily).

I actually came here to teach English but this did not last very long and I now work in the Front Lobby of Cape Panwa Hotel (also in the South of Phuket) - I am here in the lobby to share my experiences with the guests and give them some advice as to where they should go and things that they could try.

I got married to my lovely wife in 2006 and we have been blessed with a beautiful daughter who is also lovely.

I like to try new things and this is half of the fun of living here - new restaurants is a favourite of mine and they are even more fun when there is nothing in English and I am a confessed addict for coffee.

Yes my Thai is terrible - I can manage to say to the Thai people that I live here and that my wife is Thai but not a lot more than that!

I started doing blogging because I kept finding than the information which was being sourced by the guests was not always what it actually was and it was built from there.

This is what led me to writing the blog TiminPhuket - but I soon found myself wanting to share too much in one place - blogs were started but they were soon finished because I could not keep up.

There is so much to do in Phuket and I enjoy sharing this with the tourists that I meet - Phuket Old Town is a personal favourite of mine - I like to wander about to see what is new.

I scaled it back (thanks Jamie) and was left with thingstodo and with restaurants. With the emergence of the smartphone I subsequently started playing with Apps and wrote a guide to Phuket Old Town.

Enjoy reading what I have done but please remember I am a person who writes this to share experiences and ideas of the thinks you can do in Phuket - it is really a hobby.