Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Thonburi Snake Farm,

A trip to a snake farm could be exciting and very educational for both children and adults, hence there are several snake farms here in Bangkok.  Thailand, being a tropical country, abounds with snakes of great varieties, poisonous as well as harmless. it is said that each year a large number of casualties are caused by venomous snakebite.  Any way, the snake farm is an attraction in Bangkok for tourists coming from all around the world.
According to the specialist, snakes by nature are not aggressive and will attack human beings only under provocation. They see better at night and therefore will not naturally be seen around in broad daylight. Snakes have no external ears and are deaf to sounds. A snake can quickly perceive the approach of a footstep by the vibration conveyed through the ground with which it's body is in contact. The tongue is an organ of smell.
Snakes feed on animals. King Cobras live on live snakes. Water snakes live on fish. Other species live on rats, frogs, insects etc. A snake prefers food killed by itself. Once having fed, the snake will not require food for days.
Poisonous snakes found in Thailand are Cobra, King Cobra, Banded Krait, Russell's Viper, a few species of Pit Vipers and some species of Sea Snakes.  Well, do you know what is the most deadly snake? By considering the lethal dose of venom in experimantal animals and severity of poisoning in humans, Cobra is the most deadly. In a fatal case of Cobra bite the victim dies in a short time, about one to six hours. 
During the show, they like to scare the audience pretending to throw the snakes into the crowd.  At the end of the show they allow people to touch the snakes. So beware the joke and avoid having a heart attack. 
My wife, personal assistant, secretary, model, and so on ; ) rests for a while at the bank of the Phasricharoen canal at the Snake farm main entrance. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Visakha bucha

Visakha Bucha Day is one of the most important days in Buddhism because of three important incidents in the life of The Buddha, i.e. the birth, the enlightenment and the passing away, miraculously fall on the same month and date, the Vesak full moon day. Each year on the 4th of June, Buddhists throughout the world gather together to perform the worship to recollect the wisdom, purity and compassion of the Buddha.  The reclining Buddha -truly speaking an amazing master piece- was lent by the Government of Sri Lanka and was displayed in sanamluang.   In the picture, parts of the  Grand Palace appears as background.
The float containing several Buddhas image were decorated with lot of  fresh flowers.
People take off their shoes to come into the room where was put Buddha's images and sacred relics.
The float containing Buddha's image depicts parts of Buddha's life such as: the moment when He left his father's palace or the moment when He was about to die from starvation.  

Buddhists  make merit by walking barefood aroud the worshipping of Buddha relics.  This activity is called "Triple Circumambulation".  It means walking around until people make 3 rounds to remember Buddha, Buddha's instructions (Dharmma), and Buddhist monks.



Buddhist people pray in special rooms which were set up at Sanamluang 
A Buddhis monk with his novices visits Sanamluang.  Behind them, people in a long cue wait their turn to pray in front of some Buddha's images located in throughout this area.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Visakha bucha

Visakha Bucha Day is the most important Buddhist Holiday to commemorate the Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death.  Although the celebration starts one week before and may go on for another week, this important Buddhist event is commemorated on the 4th of June 2555BE Thai Buddhist year.  The official calendar of Thailand is based on the Eastern version of the Buddhist Era, meaning that years are counted since the birth of Buddha. Thus, the Christian year 2012 is year 2555BE in Thailand.  Here in Thailand there were many places.
I will post on the upcoming entry the pictures I took in Sanamluang -a place just in front of the Grand Palace.

The picture depicts the moment when Buddha leaves his father's palace to experience the real world.  On his journeys he was shocked by the sight of an aged man, then a sick man,  later a corpse and finally, he saw a wandering ascetic. The charioteer explained him that the ascetic was one who had renounced the world pleasures and sought release from fear of death and suffering.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Old photo...

This is a photo taken 4 years ago in Lisberg, a small town close to Frankfurt in Germany. To go to Lisberg, I took a train in the Bonn central train station to Frankfurt . After 45 minutes I got Frankfurt, and there I took another train to a village closest to Lisberg. At this last station, my best friend's father -whom the first time I met was in Chile the year before- was waiting for me. The great conditions of german roads and his Audi allowed us to be in Lisberg in less than 20 minutes. On our way to home my friend's papa told me that  some months before my arrival in Germany he moved to the black forest for one month just to lear spanish: what a great host!!!
Once at home I met another Argentinean friend, we spent together one week at home of my German family... It was a wonderful intercultural experience!  And the most important I gained a family and two good friends.
How can I show my gratitude to my German family?...
You can see more pictures of my trip to Germany here and here

History will record
that among us
walked certain angels

whose wings
wove patterns
of laughter
in the air

whose songs
the humdrum
of our days

whose dance 
lifted us
made our
lives lighter

History will record
too late
our indifference: 
all these strange
odd, eccentric
ethereal angels 
who once walked among us...
Cecil Rajendra