Occasionally I encounter bike problems and go on walkabouts instead. Recently this happened again and although I prefer cycling, walking in certain ways is better as the slow pace is perfect for taking photos. This elevated concrete path, just behind our 'mooban', goes through a small nature area with some orchards for lack of a better word. Classic early morning scene of monks doing their rounds. The market was as good as deserted that day. It had rained the night before whi
During one of my recent cycle trips, I noticed a huge pile of burnt coconuts alongside a roadside stall. It seemed like a good opportunity for a photo stop and a drink perhaps. The owner showed me the whole process and was more than happy to let me take photos. It was quite something which clearly showed that you need to have strong (& fireproof!) hands… So what’s the difference between ordinary fresh coconut and a roasted one? Once opened the roasted coconut smells fragrant!
Nostalgia is a weird thing, when I browse through some old photo albums, at times perfectly ordinary things suddenly look special. Only then do you realize that often those things have either changed considerably or disappeared completely. These changes usually go gradually and very slowly, take for example gas stations. When I think of how gas stations in Thailand looked like when I started living here, just basic pumps and not much more, certainly no fancy coffee shops (*)
Despite refrigerators being in the households of many people here, the sale of ice - in the shape of cubes and slabs - remains good business. As written before (*) restaurants need to keep food products visible and cool. Mom and Pops stores too usually have a huge cool box - besides refrigerators! - in front where they store their drinks. Being able to sell cold drinks is important! Trucks being loaded at one of the ice factories. Those bags of ice are heavy, 25 kilo! Deliver
Yesterday morning (August 2th) at 10 AM was the official launch of the new Red Line train and being interested in transport systems I decided to have a look as Taling Chan Junction Station is just a 5 km bike ride away. I arrived a bit before 10 AM and was told that the train’s departure was delayed due to certain high officials hadn’t arrived yet. Waiting at Taling Chan Station for the Big Shot(s)... As this delay could mean anything from half an hour to Buddha knows, I deci
Many years ago I’d seen already the effect of water drops on the leaves of a lotus, very different compared to other plants. It looks very different from ordinary water drops behavior on plants, especially when moving, almost like mercury! I remember trying to take photos of it in the past, but the results were pretty bad (*), somehow the drops always ended up overexposed. But recently I passed a lotus flower field after the rain and took a few shots plus a slo-mo video. The