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Asia » India March 11th 2013

K.R Market (Krishna Rajendra Market) On my last day in Bangalore before my flight in the afternoon, I took the alto taxi to K.R. Market. Some alto taxi drivers refused to take me there as they believe they are still on strike, would like to take advantage on tourists in particular for a higher taxi fare. I had no choice but to succumb to their needs because if I can’t make it to K.R Market, God knows when I will land in Bangalore again. It was a half hour ride, snaking thru small roads, back lanes, uphill, downhill roads, seems like never end. My driver even parked at a small shop for petrol. This is something new and strange but interesting. K.R. Market is huge, like a big Indian palace that leave the jungle in the ... read more
Taxi Load of Fruits
On Five Foot path

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kanyakumari March 10th 2013

I stood still mesmerizing the Indian Ocean, on my right is the Arabian Sea; turning to the left is the Bengal Bay. I felt great and happy to be in a place where the ocean, the sea and the bay collided together at this very point where I stood. Winds of change that gave me such thrill and not sure exactly which direction of wind came from. Felt the cold waters over my feet, coarse sand that kept overlapping onto my feet, in between my toes, each time the waves charges towards me and at this moment I asked to myself, when was the last time I had such fun at the beach. Despite the drizzle, people still throng to this place for a splash, a dip in, children got excited over the waves on icy ... read more
The walls of Kanyakumari

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Madurai March 7th 2013

I was driven from Maana Madurai to Madurai City in the late night. It took us about half an hour to reach the city but I was redirected to another place, my driver's relative place, which the whole family wants to meet me. On my way there, darkness catches up very soon, street lights lighted up, looking at my watch it was only 6.00pm. In my country this time is still bright that it will take another hour or more to see the street lights on. What amazes me was I caught a photo by chance that really made the world of paint companies looked rather less competitive. A new brand spray was born, solely Indian. A versatile standing auto paint spray, free style featured with the branded New Indian Masala Paint. Paint the world colorful, ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Rameswaram March 6th 2013

Like everyone else, I was dressed only the vesthy, ushered by the committee members for a quick holy dip at the Bengal Bay in the quaint little town of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. I choke as I got to swallow some sea water while taking the dip. I am the fairest of them all. All eyes stared at me, I felt awkward but I just kept going trying to shake the waters off me, kept myself dry. But not for long. Inside Rameswaram Temple, there are twenty wells. According to the Hindus, these wells contain holy waters to cleanse our sins. I wondered how thick my sins were as I walked in to get my first shower at the first Theertam (well). Each well I was showered with three buckets full of water. Imagine these, there were ... read more
The Last Theertham
Hanuman Shrine

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Madurai March 4th 2013

I had a great time in Madurai on the 16 February 2013. The intention was to visit Meenatshi Amman Temple, Palamudircholai Temple and Tiruparamkundram Temple. I went there for two reasons, to pray and to photograph places of interest. Somehow this journey seems to have added something extra which I never thought to be, that is to visit my driver’s home and to meet his family and friends. They all called me Dong Lee, the Chinese kung fu actor in a Tamil movie, 7 Am Arivu. I also met the Kamal Hassan Double, a stunt actor, now retired, a very friendly flower vendor with the most striking painted forehead just by the side of the main entrance of Tiruparamkundram Temple. I met my barber. He was gentle with my head. Pardon Me. The customer who sat ... read more
Kamal Hassan's Double - Stunt Man
The First Chinese Customer

Asia » Malaysia » Perak » Ipoh January 7th 2013

Gaharu is known as the Wood of God. It is also known as Aloeswood, Agarwood, Eaglewood, Oud and even Jinko. It is the most expensive wood ever grown on this world. It produces resins after the mature age of over twenty years. It has medicinal value. Gaharu leaves contain high levels of anti-aging, anti-cancer properties. Traditionally used for strengthening the heart, reducing blood sugar, lowering blood pressure and stabilizing the nervous system. Also helps to improve sleep, anti-aging, promotes beauty, eliminate flatulence and expels oils. The resins are commonly used for burning of incense and made perfume. This is commonly used by the Middle East, The Chinese and The Indians. The price for unpolished resins is RM20,000 per kilogramme, RM100,000 after manufactured. Gaharu Tea Valley of Gopeng has about 300,000 hectares of land, carpeting at least ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 5th 2013

Rajyotsava Day is celebrated in the Karnataka State on 1st November every year. It is usually celebrated the full month. The state emblem is Ganda Berunda and the flag comes in red and yellow. The deity on the bullock drawn chariot is Bhuvaneshwari is decorated with flower garlands and the persons leading the procession, played Nadaswaram. They wore the same colors attire. The big drums are called "dolu" with other musical instruments to compliment the parade. Cultural programmes, congregations of artists and poets are part of the festival. At some places, feeding of the poor is also organized. Here is my story: While I was making my way to the Travel Agency, I saw some men clad in traditional costumes, yellow turbans, holding musical instruments and walking the same path as I am. Soon after my ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai November 20th 2012

Due to the conflict of the military regime in Burma in the 1980s – 1990s, the Karen hill tribe fled to the Thai Borders. The Government of Thailand had accepted them and located the Long Neck Karen in the Ban Mai Nai Son refugee village, 15km from the Mae Hon Son Province in the North of Thailand. Since then the Long Neck Karen became the attraction to the tourist in this region. There are about 600 Karens todate in the northern Thailand. They are also known as the Padaung. The Long Neck Karen started at a very tender age. They started at the age of five years old. As they grew older they kept adding the rings until they could not do so. They will solder the brass rings to add the length they chose. It ... read more
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Karen 4

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Rai November 18th 2012

Wat Rong Khun is the name of this White Temple. It was designed by the famous Chalermchai Kositpipat, started building in the 1998 and it is still in the process of building the rest of the buildings along side of the White Temple. It is located at Ban Rong Khun, about 13km from the city Chiang Rai. The White Temple is painted all white, pasted with tiny silvery mirrors to make it unique and magnificent, with many statues in Thai style. I particularly like the two demonic figures in dragon bodies that guard the bridge of the temple. On the pool hundreds of hands in different sizes reaching out from the hell realm awaiting your hand to pull them up, that looked quite scary but artistic, reminded me of the movie "The Mummy Returned". In the ... read more
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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mahabalipuram October 22nd 2012

A straight road to Mahabaliburam from Chennai took us about an hour drive, hot day it was, dust, dust, dust, flying everywhere, low flat lands, from shops, houses to nice bungalows along the way, a better sight compared the city. A stretch of brown sandy beach on my left hand side about a mile away, quite enticing, wanting to take a dip in that blue cool waters of Bengal Bay. We reached a tourist spot, lots of shops displaying paintings, statues of Gods, costume jewelries, making of leather sandals and slippers and granite carvings are quite nice to watch, and a rare treat for me after so many days in India I finally see some cottage industries that I long for. Believe it or not I bought a pair of slippers. Come on!...we need to support ... read more
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