Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Foraging for the Harbingers of the Shards of Light inside the Heart of Darkness.

Suffering will sit patiently on a shelf, watching you many years while you turn down the flames behind your eyes and loosen the pulling momentum of building up walls to defend against it. It will smile as you forget, like temples lost into the jungle, that it is there. Vines of complacency ensnaring and camouflaging … Continue reading Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Foraging for the Harbingers of the Shards of Light inside the Heart of Darkness.

Return to Bangkok- The Gauntlet of the Sacred 9

Resplendent: attractive and impressive through being richly colourful or sumptuous. This is only way to describe the palaces and wats that pepper the inner sanctum of Bangkok.  This is the heart of the Buddhism in Thailand.  Pumping prayers, fortune, luck, merit, and hope through the causeways, rivers, and alleys that feed into the outskirts of the … Continue reading Return to Bangkok- The Gauntlet of the Sacred 9

Pattaya: Everyone’s Crazy Little Sister/ There is nothing at the center of the wheel.

If Bangkok is a hard working show girl grinding a living in Las Vegas, then Pattaya is her little sister that comes to visit on the weekends, drink to excess, and pass out on the couch. By day she is a swirl of vendors hawking street food, cheap t-shirts, and trinkets for the deluge of … Continue reading Pattaya: Everyone’s Crazy Little Sister/ There is nothing at the center of the wheel.

Day 1. Part 2. The Old Guard of Phra Samut Chedi and Sarod

My first true Thai Wat would take me Southwest to the small town of Pra Samut Chedi.  It had apparently annexed itself from the neighboring township three decades ago, it remained tied to its rural agrarian roots while the neighboring sub urban villages to the north became more and more like the showgirl they lived … Continue reading Day 1. Part 2. The Old Guard of Phra Samut Chedi and Sarod

Day 1. “Begin at the beginning”

“Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland The Erawan Museum. A 250 ton 29 meter high three headed elephant whose gaze stretches over the horizon of Samut Prakan Province, Thailand.  It was the vision child of business tycoon  Khun Lek … Continue reading Day 1. “Begin at the beginning”