Friday, December 30, 2011

Sinking As I Close My Eyes

Sinking as I close my eyes. Your fingertips tracing circles around my eyes so you can remember every line. I can feel your slight heaving across me and the gentle patter of your heart in contra tempo with mine. I smile as I drown in your exhales. I know I wouldn't remember everything with my eyes closed.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It Was A Jar Of Poetry

It was a jar of poetry bottled up. All the beautiful words for my beautiful feelings. Every mellifluous utterance ran like a river in my head. Until it was uncorked...

Monday, December 26, 2011

She Danced and Danced

She danced and danced. Swayed her hips back and forth. Side to side letting the air pass between her legs. She opened up. Naked. Bare. She wanted him. Oh she wanted him to love her. She wanted to tell him but couldn't. 

"You will think you have all of me. Yet not."

She continued to dance for him with her mask on.

Monday, December 12, 2011

You Interrupt My Breathing

You Interrupt My Breathing

You. You with the olive eyes and harsh soul. You interrupt my breathing abruptly. I stagger to catch it while you gingerly hold me by the elbow.  I am unsteady.  Your hands slide into my hands. Lift my feet off the ground and started spinning me around. Deliriously. All I could see clearly is your face and the hazy world is your backdrop. All I could see is your face. Your eyes. Your olive eyes and harsh soul. You.

You interrupt my breathing.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Temples In Chiang Mai

Out of 300 temples, I went to three: Doi Suthep, Wat Oo Mong and Wat Prah Singh.

DOI SUTHEP is about 15 minutes away from the city and about 300 steps (or you can take the cable car) from the base to reach the copper-plated pagodas. You must be dressed appropriately when you enter the temple and once you are in the holy areas, you must remove your shoes.

I went in early morning and there are a lot...and I mean A LOT of tourists. A monk gives blessings to those who ask for it. He flicks water generously and ties a white string around your arm.  If you are a woman, the assistant usually ties it for you as monks are not allowed to touch or be touched by women. This is supposed to be for good luck or success or both.

WAT UMONG is a bit secluded but near Doi Suthep and Chiang Mai University grounds. This visited more by locals. There are proverbs in both Thai and English hanging from trees. There are several Buddha parts and images in the altar collected from the different monasteries or sometimes just brought in.

The Chedi of Wat Umong


I did not go inside the temples because I was not properly dressed. I was just on my way to the post office to mail some postcards when I saw this temple and decided to take photos. This is located in the old city center of Chiang Mai.  I spent the entire afternoon just sitting here. 

Ho Trai: The Temple Library

Every time I go to Thailand, I always visit Buddhist temples.  I hang out for a couple of hours or so, taking pictures and then just being quiet. It gives me a sense of quietness and clarity. 

Do you visit other houses of faith other than yours when you travel? 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Cooking Thai in Chiang Mai [Foodography]

After two days of strenuous climbing, I wanted to learn how to cook a little bit of Thai so I signed up at Sammy's Organic Cooking School

 Sammy picked me [and the rest of my cooking classmates for the day] up from my [our] guesthouses and I got seated beside two lovely Korean ladies who I got to talk to for the entire drive to downtown Chiang Mai.  It is a quick drive to the farm but we had to make a stop at the local market to pick up produce which wasn't grown in the farm. 

We then proceeded to their home-cum-cooking school with a gorgeous golden rice field backdrop.  We each get to do our own curry paste from scratch and prepared it the traditional Thai way. We had three-course lunch followed by a siesta in the hammocks.  The appetizers and desserts capped the day off. 

The golden rice fields...
Step 1 of the curry paste

My work station

The Thai staple ingredients right out of Sammy's backyard.

My red curry. Apparently Red curry or Jungle curry is the only curry that doesn't use coconut milk.

Somebody's green curry

Jon's yellow curry

Ingredients of Tom Yum Goong

Chicken and Cashew Nuts. I didn't want to do Pad Thai because everybody else is doing it. 

In the process of cooking Tom Yum.

Sammy demonstrates how to wrap chicken in pandan leaves

Marinated chicken cutlets with Pandan leaves

The making of a pumpkin custard

Sammy deep-frying the spring rolls.

Nursing my hangover...

I juts had to take a photo of this toilet which is seemingly a throne.

The class photo with Sammy's wife, Fias and his kid.

The cooking class was a beautiful way to meet people.  It is one of the things I love about traveling.

 What do you like best when you travel?