The Dhammakaya Temple


Image and text is from mail2day
Beautiful Wat Phra Dhammakaya Temple in Thailand — The Buddhist temple traditionally has a significant role in the Thai community. The temple is a centre to teach and exemplify ethical practice which is an implicit part of everyday life. The real essence of the temple is not to be found in the buildings, but in the community it serves - which can be divided roughly into two parts. Most people like to cisit the temple on a day-to-day basis to to support the monks, hear sermons, consolidate their own virtue and seek advice. The complementary part of the community comprises the determined few who give up their home life to enter the temple on a more long-term basis in order to train themselves. The latter must often undergo a long period of apprenticeship before being accepted into the community. 

A beautiful video...

The Dhammakaya Temple, one of Thailand's largest and most controversial Buddhist sects, has become a target of the country's military government. Photo: Jack Kurtz/ZUMA PRESS


Did think of the Apple Campus



 a religion?  


Traveling Thailand


There are some interesting things to do on this list - my favourite would be the foods to try. I guess they can't tell you to make a shopping list of photographs of the things that you would like to buy - makes it easier to explain to the Street Seller what you want.



Guns and motorbikes


Not being a person who can ride a motorbike I find myself writing this post.


I was waiting for something outside Robinson in Phuket Town and this motorbike was standing in font of me.




I wonder how real the guns are...


The Paris Accord


Image from www.nature.org

Well lets have a look at both views of America leaving the agreement

video




A pleasure to see a Government take a stand on Social Media (Twitter).
Let's see.


Is this the best roadside coffee in Bangkok?




Coffee Three O' is a coffee shop on the side of the road near to where I work. Near to the Vanit Building and the intersection of Witthayu and Phetchaburi Road. Their iced coffee is simply wonderful.



Thank you 







TripAdvisor knows...


What do you think - never knew I knew so much about Luxury Hotels?



Previous TripAdvisor Postings


Snow balls in the rainy season



As I was walking through the Central Embassy to Cape House I came upon something which made me stop more then once. There were children in a white ball park on the round floor.



Then I looked again - there were deck chairs adjacent to this. Then there was a sign - The Beach...

Update: Now I know what it is
A massive interactive art installation entitled The Beach is now on display until the 18th in Bangkok at Central Embassy in Ploenchit Rd, as part of a celebration to mark the mall’s official “completion”, as well as the opening of the new Park Hyatt Bangkok. The installation, created by Brooklyn design firm Snarkitechture, reimagines a day at the beach by replacing sand with 1 million recyclable plastic balls—and the public is invited to jump right in!



International Travel Checklist



No list is perfect but this is a start for many of us.

But what do I add?

1) Cables you might need...
2) Photocopy the Passport details and Driving Licence (but bring as well)
3) Have a look at some Apps
 - money exchange

Thank you to OffToSeeTheWorld.





Bangkok Streets on a Monday


You are in Bangkok and you have heard all the positive and negative things about the food on the streets. Are you are going to have some?

Then the markets by the side of the roads? Are you going to buy anything you shouldn't?



Then there is a coffee made by the 'sock' - are you going to have one?



The fragrant flowers that are used to make an offerings in a temple - are you going to get one?

If you answer yes to any of these then beware...



NOT on a Monday - the streets are empty for them to be cleaned...


Visakha Bucha Day (วันวิสาขบูชา)



Visakha Bucha Day (วันวิสาขบูชา) or Wan Pra Yai วันพระใหญ่  marks the three important incidents in the life of Lord Buddha (พระพุทธเจ้า) on the same day – the full moon of the sixth lunar month. The three significant separate events are :
1. The Buddha’s Birth (ประสูติ)
2. The Enlightenment of Buddha (ตรัสรู้) – While sitting under the Bodhi tree, he found his answer and attained the enlightenment at the age of 35 years.
3. The Nibbana (ปรินิพพาน)- The Buddha passed away on Tuesday, the Vesak full moon day in the zodiac year of the small snake under the two Sal trees in the Sala Grove of the Mallas in Kusinara, the capital of the Malla state, (nowadays located in Kusinagara of Uttrarapradesa, India) at the age of eighty years (around 2547 years ago).Wisaka Bucha Day falls every year in the month of May. This year it is Friday, May 20.
Wisaka Bucha Day is regognized as most important memorial day in Buddhism for the Lord Buddha. Wisaka Bucha day is also recognized by the UNESCO in 1999 as “World Heritage Day”. Thailand where is the permanent location of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, was chosen to host celebrating event for the day.

Text is from - http://learnthaiwithmod.com/2014/05/วันวิสาขบูชา-wisaka-bucha-day/

The Simpsons and Donald Trump





So let's look at The Simpsons today...






Then I see this...


Published on 7 Feb 2017
The Simpsons' predicted The death of Donald Trump. Over the years the simpsons have show their incredible hability to predict the future, we have witnessed creepy episodes that have become true and have certainly passed into history, such as the fall of the twin towers, the appearance of the ebola,
the video calls, the Donald Trump's triumph as preident of the United States of America and this just to mention some predictive episodes.

Wat Samphran in Nakhon Pathom



Richard Barrow wrote about visiting Wat Samphran - another place to visit soon.

If you visit Wat Samphran in Nakhon Pathom on a Sunday, you can climb up inside the 300 meter long dragon up to the top. 

There is even a Facebook Page!

Try Bangkok 101


Do you want to have a look at some interesting things which are happening in Bangkok and other places around Thailand?

Pick up a Bangkok 101.



(I asked them on Facebook where to by and they helped)


Bangkok and Food Panda


Now we are living in Bangkok maybe I should try the App Food Panda?



Have you?

Find my iPhone - a short film





So this is something that I would not like to happen to me. But this is a short film which indicates what happens when a phone is stolen. Maybe it is not real - who knows?




but interesting...

Aeroplane garbage tip...


There are a lot I read about aereoplane travel - but what do you think?



Instagram can tell us where to go next


Instagram can tell you where you want to go next so Krabi and Railay Beach looks good.


Then Wat Huay Pla Kung gave me a better location - looking at Instagram again as an App.



Then there was this one - Koh Tao Island.



Or it shares with others where you have been.




Comics and Coffee - a different mix


Saturday in Bangkok (at work) and I chose to visit the Comic Convention at Siam Paragon and then seek out a new coffee shop - Blue Dye Coffee on Sukumvit 36.



It was entertaining trying to work out the Sky Train (coming later) but I purchased a Rabbit Card.



My first stop was the comic convention - which was on the top floor and I did feel as if I was the oldest person there (which was probably right).



Not many people dressed up as their hero.


Did you collect 'Superhero Cards?' - well they were doing some serious swapping outside... The queue was too long so I chose to get back on the Sky Train to the coffee show.



What a beautiful building! But they were not ready yet - certainly a very photogenic place but no coffee so no review yet - coming here.



So saw a sweet potato looking delicious.



Then found a restaurant...



     


Siam Paragon


Blue Dye Cafe



Sign your credit card before shopping



With the new technology many people are not actually singing their Credit Cards any longer - which I understand BUT if you come to Thailand there are some places which will not accept your card unless you have signed it...


A proposal - 5 years later


Brian came to me to help set up something special for him to ask his then girlfriend Ashleigh to marry him. So I did and she did.



Then 5 years later I receive the loveliest note on Instagram from Brian.

It is lovely to be part of things that were special to them...

Thank you.


Happy Easter




Today was a special day for us. 


It was an excuse to eat as much chocolate as we could find.


I hid a few eggs cards in the garden and when it was time off they went to find them.


Every find was chocolate eggs and jelly babies - unless I had eaten them first!


Happy Easter.