Some like it hot!

This morning we were taken out from Joy’s House by Chiangmai and Fhe, two of the young students from the house. Fhe is 19 and learning to take guests on tours and working on his English. Chiangmai is 16, quite confident with his English and a lovely young man happy to tell you what he knows about the area he is named after…

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What better way…

Each morning I go for a walk to the market in the village of Phanon, which means ‘butterfly’. This morning I witnessed the daily ritual of the local monks who walk the streets with their alms bowls. They don’t make a loud noise or ring a bell, they just walk along softly chanting their prayers. The locals give some vegetable or rice or money and receiving a blessing. This fellow had just given a cob of corn. I believe the monks only eat one meal a day, though I am not sure if I understood that correctly Read more »

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Market Mania to Calm Cruising

After our temple wandering, we were starting to get hungry and it was pretty hot, so Doi took us off to the market for some lunch…and treats!
I don’t know the name of this market, but it is huge and quite close to the river. It is one of those markets, tht is really kind of like a department store, with sections that specialise in a particular type of goods, such as the clothing section, food, footwear, flowers etc…we headed straight for the food….

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Temple Run – Level Two

I enjoy organising our own travel, rather than using a travel agent as it allows me greater choices in what we do, when we do it and keeping the costs down. There are significant benefits to having a local guide though when you are sight-seeing as they can help save you lots of time, avoiding the crowds and seeing the interesting parts that aren’t on the usual tourist map. Having a local guide to yourself is even better still, as you aren’t generally on a fixed timeline, it is okay to take a bit more time here and a little less there…whatever suits you best.

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Blossoms, Buddha and a Baby

It is Friday and the day of the Festival has arrived. The decorations and offerings are set out and the students are all dressed in white. As we eat our breakfast, guests start arriving. Jarm has already explained the seating, by heirachy…so we know where our place is…at the back!

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Sensory Overload

Touch, sight, smell, taste and sound…our five senses…mine all got a workout this afternoon…

As part of our pre-set package with Joy’s House, we receive a one hour Thai Massage…I know, it’s tuff but someone has to do it…
I get a massage every second Monday at home, so there is no concern about being touched…but my masseuse is Chinese, so I assume my remedial massages are Chinese…so I was interested to see what the difference is between Chinese and Thai.
To start with, my usual massage requires, me to take off my belt…today I had to take off all my clothes, all of them…and put on a shirt and pants that were very generously sized…
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Temple Run – Level One

David had some work to do, so I decided to head into Chiang Mai’s Old City and have a look around. The house offers a free shuttle in, then you make your own way back whenever you are ready.

The Old City area is defined by the remnants of walls that once stood as a fortress to protect those within. Today, the walls are ruins and within is filled with shops, cafes, travel agents and accommodation….oh, and the odd temple! I knew I only had about 2 hours to wander around, so today was not going to be the day for looking at every detail or stopping to reflect mindfully on my life before Buddha…I just wanted to get an idea of what was where and what I want to check out better when we come back in a few days.

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Get up and Go

Body clocks are quite amazing. No matter whether you are on a work day, weekend or holidays, when wake up time arrives you wake up. Maybe not fully, but enough to know what the time is and then make a decision whether you want to be awake yet or not. It seems that our consecutive timezone changes over the last few days have not impacted my body clock…I was awake at 4:30am this morning…

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The Act of Meditation

For a good, long while now, maybe 10 years or even more, I have been thinking and even saying that I want to learn to meditate. Every time I see a movie or read a novel or a magazine article that has any mention of meditation, it sparks my interest again.
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Thai ‘burbs

We arrived in Chiang Mai this morning. This is the first time either David or I have been to Thailand (outside of Bangkok Airport at least). When booking the holiday we considered that we usually prefer to see the smaller cities and towns rather than the huge capitals, as well being able to wander around the streets and see what the locals are up to in their day to day lives.
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