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Part of our decision to stay at Joy’s House in Chiang Mai, Thailand was based on the fact that the house is associated with the ‘Children’s Shelter Foundation’. The Foundation provides the primary source of funds required to run Joy’s House, which consists of the guest house (where we are staying); the Tamarind Gardens cafe; … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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. … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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!
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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.