Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya U

Sawadee Khrap

Commonly called Wat Suan Dok University.   Located on Suthep Rd.   It’s a Buddhist University for the whole Mekong River AreaDSC01868.   DSC01876-HDR

I went to Monk Chat, where lay people visit and talk to monks at the University so they can learn more about life as a monk and the monks can practice their English. There was no Monk Chat tonight as some kind of ceremony was in progress – I got some quick shots and went home – but not before getting this great sunset shot.DSC01895-HDR   

I had a real scare this afternoon, went to a local football field to get some practice shots in and suddenly the display on my cameras stopped functioning, so I took it to the shop where I bought it to see what happened – apparently I must have hit one of the setup buttons to turn off the display –  can’t for the life of me figure out how I could have done it but I was very upset that it might have to go in for repair.  All’s well now and working property. 

Planning on a short trip to Phayao this weekend with Charlie(from US) to see and photograph the lake – – I‘ve driven up to the area several times before on the way to Chang Muang but never stopped at the city or the lake for that matter – I meet a new Thai friend from there and will go back up to see him in another week or so and he’s going to show me around the area. It’s only a 2.5 hr drive so it’s easy enough to get to.

Ciao

Still not there

Sawadee Khrap

Just finished my massage and getting ready to go to lunch with Mike.  Still not ready to say I am over the relationship thing – nagging feelings and still difficult to talk or get to know anyone else without comparing.  I suppose this too will pass but like I admitted in another post this is really the first time I actually fell in love – seems kind of stupid at my age but I should have been through this as a teenager – but didn’t come out till a late age and missed all the drama, so I guess I am just living mine now.  Ha Ha.   But it does make it easier to cope by discussing it here – I sure as hell don’t want any of this on Facebook.   I am amazed how much personal crap is posted on FB.

Oh well, just musing, off to lunch and a new day – Charlie from the US is supposed to arrive today and we should make contact tomorrow – that will be nice to see him again.

Ciao

Testing the A7Rm2

Sawadee Khrap

This morning I went down to Nong Buak Haad Public Park on the southwest corner of the old city and then on to Thapae gate.   I am amazed at the contrast range that the camera can work with.  I shot most of the images in “A” aperture mode, auto ISO (normally about 100 ), single shot – beautiful capture with little or no Lightroom work.

Several were HDR  3 x 5Ev +/- bracketing, continuous hand held shooting, such as the young boy and temple insides which had extreme contrast levels – backlight and/or very dark inside. DSC01721-HDRDSC01839-HDR

All the rest of the images are just hand held shots.  I guess I am getting used to the camera and feel secure in starting my travel trips again – as soon as I find a good traveling companion that is.


Ciao

Amazing Day

Sawadee Khrap

Yesterday was amazing: —— fully renewed my spirits.   In the morning I met and had lunch with a friend from the past  “Byrd”  owner of “Asian Plus Travel” here in Chiang Mai (they also have a branch in Bangkok).  I met Byrd when I first came to Thailand 10 years ago – at that time I help him with his web page as he and his partner started their small tour business – now he employs over 30 people, 5 vans, and he said he had over 1000 customers for Spain alone this year.   Amazing  only Congratulations are in order.    Planning a dinner later on and really looking forward to renewing our friendship again.

After lunch I was leaving the shopping center and ran into “Wanchai”” and Steve” past owners of “The Spirit House” which used to be located on Wiang Bua Rd.  near Adam’s Apple Club.  Check out many of my older posts of the happenings in the Spirit house using.   [Search the blog]  They now have a small resort north of Chiang Mai and will send me the address so I can visit soon- .  Really looking forward to that.

While waiting to go to “Monk Chat” later that evening I got a call from a Pattaya friend  – Rudi.  Haven’t heard from him for over 3 years.  The last time I remember was meeting him on the beach in Pattaya and hearing of his new condo in Chiang Mai and how he had furnished in with items he had shipped directly from Germany. We will have tea this morning and I will finally get to see the place.

Finally I had a wonderful relaxing time at Monk Chat – met several new friends (tourist) and some enlightening conservations.   Great day

Ciao

Uneasy times

Sawadee Khrap

I have to admit that I am really bothered by the breakup – there have only been 2 people in my life that I can say I really loved  – Sharon, a long time ago while I was still straight – and this one.  Both will leave lasting memories and scars.  And I don’t mean the childhood fantasy romantic love but a strong desire to share one’s life, desires, sorrows, understandings,  happiness, and share a common future.  Age doesn’t make a difference here – it’s also one of those things that you can love someone even if they do not have the same feelings for you.  If they show affection and happiness being with you, share their feelings, and don’t hid you to the world – open about the relationship then perhaps it can work – I wish that was the case here. 

I have learned through AA that secrets can kill and ruin the future.  Sharing ones feelings  can soften the situation and hopefully time will lessen the pain. I am glad I feel this way because it does show that I can love again – for years after the breakup with Sharon I didn’t even considered another partnership – coming out and starting again as a gay man,  I did try to have 2 relationships here in Chiang Mai, but they were disasters.  Nevertheless, I will try to meet someone again.   I’m finding that so far that could be difficult because I immediately compare them to him.  That’s not fair for anyone but I’m afraid its something I still can’t control.   But I think sharing here today will allow me to move on.

Just finished my weekly oil massage and getting ready to go to a Thanksgivings Dinner  (brunch) with a close friend.  Thankful of what God has already done in my life and that I am in a place where gay love between different ages can still prevail.      —  HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

Ciao.

Mork Fa–Mae Sa Waterfall trip–Aon

Sawadee Khrap

Just drove out to these waterfalls with a friend Aon yesterday – I find I am really not in the mood to enjoy shooting right now – still bothered with the breakup – put a hamper on all my activities.  I also find I have lost my control of the camera – these photos are terrible – contrast problems, camera not setup right, need a lot of practice again – now that it’s good weather I will plan more trips and hopefully improve.DSC01443DSC01492DSC01455-EditDSC01494DSC01466

First Mork Fa waterfall then the butterfly and shots at Mae Sa waterfall – both are located in Mae Rim area – sorry for the low number of shots – my hips were really hurting from walking so we cut it short.  DSC01529DSC01533DSC01537 

Hopefully more next time.

Ciao

Mork Fa–Mae Sa Waterfall trip–Aon

Sawadee Khrap

Just drove out to these waterfalls with a friend Aon yesterday – I find I am really not in the mood to enjoy shooting right now – still bothered with the breakup – put a hamper on all my activities.  I also find I have lost my control of the camera – these photos are terrible – contrast problems, camera not setup right, need a lot of practice again – now that it’s good weather I will plan more trips and hopefully improve.DSC01443DSC01492DSC01455-EditDSC01494DSC01466

First Mork Fa waterfall then the butterfly and shots at Mae Sa waterfall – both are located in Mae Rim area – sorry for the low number of shots – my hips were really hurting from walking so we cut it short.  DSC01529DSC01533DSC01537 

Hopefully more next time.

Ciao