I was thrilled to receive an email from Travellers Point to indicate that I had been awarded the first prize in their competition. There were a lot of other photographs that were in the competition and I was awarded the prize from the judges because:
"Fantastic framing and composition here! There's a real energy to the image, not only because of the nature of the event and what's going on in the frame, but because of the decisions the photographer made when capturing the action" – Terence Carter
Congratulations to timinphuket, who won the Judge's Prize and has scored a $500 voucher for the Viator travel experience of his choice!
It has been here for a while - first arriving a fortnight before the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week. Thinking that it was here as part of this event I paid little notice. It was still here for the photoshoot of the cape+kantary magazine - making the front cover no less... But it never left...
But there does seem to be a great number of stories surrounding it - beginning with the story of the two 'super-rich' men who owned it together and then fell out with each other - one owner ordered the boat's captain to take the boat. The other owner noticed that it was gone and reported it stolen! It arrived here and was subsequently impounded - where it sits here today. But there is another story about the Phocea and a list of problems. But no mention or Phuket - mention of shady transactions and a court case though - but it was on it's way to Phuket? But there is another story in 2012 - drugs and guns.
But there is another story - there is the blog about the owner - Vu Anh Quan Saken - the great martial arts expert - here's his blog. and this connects to Phuket, make your own mind up but there is certainly a story here But I have requested information from www.sail-world.com? (see below) Hi Tim
I don't know, but it's such an individual boat that if you think you've seen it there, you probably have
In every temple there a number of different Buddhist states and each one has a different meaning - this does not remain consistent when I read all the documentation BUT I have chosen this one from Willy.
The Saturday Buddha image is sitting in a full lotus position in meditation
on the coiled body of the Naga ‘Muchalinda’ that uses it’s head as a cover
This pose represents a time during the sixth week after Siddhartha's
Enlightenment, when the Naga king protected the meditating Buddha against heavy
rainfall by making a shelter with his multi-headed hood and lifted him above
the flood waters by coiling its body under him.
If you were born this day:
You are calm, logical and a bit of a recluse, very likely engaged in
manual work of a skilled nature.
Lucky day is Friday and lucky color is blue
Unlucky day is Wednesday and unlucky color is green.
I took Jemma to school in the morning and I was fascinated that I saw the amount of people on a vehicle!
After this I went to Phuketique after a had a coffee. I met here until I met Jo (who was staying at the On On).
I wanted to have some Dim Sun and we searched for the closest place - we found โชคชยตมซำ which was around the corner. It was great to have a snack and it was a great fun.
Ater this I needed to have a Sweet drink and I chose to visit Mellow Yellow - wonderful Bubble Iced Tea here (but was told that it was like drinking tadpoles! Then I visited to Radsada Handmade shop to start to look for inspiration for Christmas - bought something but not a lot.
Then it was time to look for time for a motorbike because it started to rain - standing outside Robinson there is a price list for the motorbike and it cost me 80 Baht to get to Central Festival.
At Central I visited Starbucks whilst the rain got heavier... I noticed that you are able to get 3 hours WiFi free at Central. After that I went to the top floor and found that the thing to do there was having your nails paint.
There was a Festival near our home at an Islam Temple - Masjid Iszatulislam.
We arrived at 6:30pm and the field next to the temple was full of typical food, typical clothes and typical toys. There was a introduction by the local people - it was all in Thai and it was a lovely environment :)
The fair was organised next to the Temple.
Initially we saw that there was a welcome made on a stage made by a number of children and a song.
I immediately found that there was not many tourists at all. I immediately found that that there was a great number of different types of food that you could choose from. There was no indication what the dishes were so I was a little reluctant to try - I wasn't hungry.
Then there was also an enormous amount of clothing and material available. The greatest amount of clothing was for the women and most of the women were wearing traditional Islamic clothes.
We wandered through to the back and it was here that we found stalls for children, trampolines and a large bouncy castle.
Jemma was happy on the bouncy castle. After this we moved to the stalls and played a number of games - winning a drink.
After this I found that there was some LEGO Star Wars...
We hope that we would not get in the rain so we quickly moved to the car.
This month was certainly more different - with the freak weather at work and the crashing of the waves, Emily and Justin's Wedding - more rain, OTOP Festival, new restaurants and it was certainly busy.
Rhianna was in Phuket to make a video - a little demented... here's a 'snapshot' Yet again a video shows a crime A fat balding farang steals a bag at KFC Then there is a Travel Warning to travel to Thailand I don't think that the Public Opinion of Thailand is doing well...
The OTOP is an organization which was started when the Prime Minister Thaksin was in power and it is something that has continued despite these beginnings.
It means 'One Tambon One Product' - it aims to teach the Thai people to be proud of something which is particular to where they live - in Thailand these areas are called Tambons. One Tambon One Product (OTOP) is a local entrepreneurship stimulus program designed by Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra during his 2001-2006 Thai Rak Thai government. The program aimed to support the locally made and marketed products of each Thai tambon (subdistrict). Drawing its inspiration from Japan's successful One Village One Product (OVOP) program, the OTOP program encourages village communities to improve the local products' quality and marketing, selecting one superior product from each tambon to receive formal branding as its "starred OTOP product". It provides both a local and national stage to the promote these products. OTOP products include a large array of local products, including traditional handicrafts, cotton and silk garments, pottery, fashion accessories, household items and food. After a military junta overthrew Thaksin's government in 2006 following an election cancelled for irregularities, the OTOP program was cancelled. However, it was soon revived and rebranded.
The Festival was in the Car Park in Sapan Hin and was in a very large air-conditioned 'tent'. The was a great deal to choose from and every where we looked there was something of interest.
My first spot of interest was the unmistakable smell of the Northern Chiang Mai Sausage - wonderful and never to be missed. Not as good as eating it in a restaurant in Chiang Mai but close.
The next spot was the man with the Iced Sweet Tea - Fabulous - I have his card somewhere but I seem to have lost it - a fabulous act but the drink was a little sweet but it was definitely worth it!
Time for something to eat and then it was time for a Crepe - deliciously sweet... As I wandered about munching I found that there was some eerily creepy (almost life like) Buddhist figurines...
Then it was time for some gifts and we found plenty of them - definitely worth a visit and maybe two.