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Philippines is Water: 1st time Snorkeling

8 Jun
First time snorkeling -beautiful

First time snorkeling -beautiful

In my head the Philippines will always be associated with water. El Nido and the surrounding limestone rock islands dotting the sea invited for a day of island hopping – taking a boat out on the water, exploring the secret beaches and going for my first time snorkeling. That was superb, till we got stuck in a rainstorm.

Whether it is the sea, boats, beaches, rain, snorkeling, puddles on the road, rice fields on the mountains, lagoons amidst limestone rocks, swimming in the pool, or simply sweating and drinking,… there’s water everywhere.

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Songkran: getting wet in 3 cities

15 Apr

Even the streets could not handle the tons of water

Even the streets could not handle the tons of water

Happy New Year – (many pics below) the Thai just arrived in 2052 (according to the Buddhist calendar). And they do celebrate this by splashing out – literally. The tradition wants that the houses are cleaned for the new year, the Buddha statues are washed in the temple, and people throw water at each other. This wet affair last for 3 days, except this year, the government decided to extend it for 2 more days because of the unrests that troubled the first 2 days of Songkran.

We had the wet pleasure to experience this Songkran water festival in 3 different cities: we were in Pattaya for the first day. The next day we moved to Bangkok to take the night train to Chiang Mai – but with an hallucinating stop in Silom road – getting more wet than wet. And in Chiang Mai, the streets had turned into rivers because of all the water throwing. Amazing.

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Happy New Year again

13 Apr
Happy Wet New Year

Happy Wet New Year

I know, I sent you New Year greetings from Phnom Penh (the Western New Year), I sent you good luck wishes again for the Vietnamese New Year (end January) and once more it is time to wish you a superb New Year – the Thai New Year this time (and Khmer and Lao new year).

And of course New Year calls for celebration! The Thai start the new year ceremonially washing their buddha statues (from their home shrines) in the home temple. But at the same time, tradition wants that that the people also ‘wash’ each other Continue reading

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