Poy Sang Long Images

Sawadee Khrap

Here are some shots from the Chiang Mai Wat Papao Festival on April 5th.

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First the Temple (Wat)  This is a very old Burmese Temple and local police are not allowed in the temple grounds – they police the area themselves – that can be scary, especially after they have been drinking all day and then celebrating at night. Lot of fights here – but during the day they are friendly but we did not see a lot of smiles, I was the only Farang in the complex.

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The temple area is very large and sets back from the main road  – you don’t realize the size until you enter the complex – it also has a little market with vendor/food stalls. Almost like a little Burmese city.

At this festival every family with a son about 10 y/o or so will spend all their money to dress their sons in royal princess clothes and carry them through the streets to the temple for presentation to the Abbot for monk-hood.  Here are some images starting from Thapae Gate and the procession leading to the Temple:

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And here you can read the whole story of the Shan novitiation ceremonies.

Chiang Rai – The Beach

Hi again

Now lets talk about Chiang Rai “Beach”:

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The water front area is lined with vendor food stands  – here are some shots ( No names are used  – just candid shots) but aren’t these some beautiful people:

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We stopped for lunch here and watched the vendor next door build the bamboo constructed eating area over the water’s edge – both his sons were helping out – and then were treated to a diving show put on by some boys on the other side to us. — what a great lucheon show.

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In the next picture you can see where they were building the new sitting area.  Sorry Tasanai was cut out of the image– you can just see his hair in the left of the picture.  Jerry and Art in the foreground.

Tas and Art had “Spicy Dancing Shrimp Salad” – live shrimp in a pot with spices – the spices cook the shrimp but they still jump when you open the bowl lid so they call them “dancing” – ha ha.  Jerry and I passed on this one.

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Ciao

 

Chiang Rai – The Trip

Sawadee Khrap

What a great trip to Chiang Rai with Jerry and Art.  We had a HOT time, both figuratively and physically.   Lets start with the trip there:  First as we left Chiang Mai, they were working on the freeway over-pass,

Thai-CalTransThis is a private contractor’s workers finishing a typical over-pass – I thought it looked like Thailand’s CalTrans – but here everyone is working

This is just for California residents– LoL.

It costs far less for manual labour than for heavy equipment – so most projects are labour intensive.

I also spotted this soldier apparently going home – in the heat today it’s far more enjoyable using a Doi Saket Yellow-Cab than braving the hot wind alone.  

Going HomeIt was very hot today – near 40C (that’s about 104F)  and the wind can be brutal.  We spotted him on the way to Chiang Rai – looked like the thing to do.

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When we got to Chiang Rai, we stopped at the “Chiang Rai Beach”  actually a public park on the Maekok River before it flows into the MaeKhong River.  In the next post I will show more pictures of the park area.   I am going to split this into several posts to keep each post shorter.

In the evening, Jerry and I went to “Little Patpong” – LoBo Bar (Go-Go boys featured) and after the show we went to the Regency Bar – a local gay bar, while Tasanai and Art went to the “Par Club” – largest Disco in Northern Thailand. 

All of us had a great time – Tas & Art said the Disco was more of an older crowd, but the music was good, not overly loud – they didn’t get to “The Sperm” (now doesn’t that bring up some images  LoL )a smaller Disco down the street that caters to a much younger crowd – you can tell by the number of motorcycles in front and the ground shaking from the music inside – ha-ha   

Our visit to the clubs was very exciting, great shows, great eye candy, meet some special boys (hopefully we can get some to model for Tasanai ).

We are now planning to make a special trip to Chiang Rai and feature a special post on the activities available, bars, clubs, other night life and events that Chiang Rai has to offer – we are definitely going back.  Don’t miss this one.

Ciao

Results – Miss Queen Chiang Mai 2007

Sawadee Khrap

The results of our poll is in for the

Miss Queen Chiang Mai 2007

1st Place   45 % of the votes    Miss Mareachanok  #9

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2nd Place   18% of the votes    Miss Kara  #28

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3rd Place  11% of the votes   Miss Nataya  %6

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Less than 10%  RUNNER UPs

  • Miss Pantawn #8,    Miss Nichapat #10,          Miss Priyapa #13
  • Miss Nista #17,        Miss Natchayaporn #18   Miss  ???   #32

 

Congraulations to all  – Thanks for all that voted.

You can see the entire line up at Official Results Ladyboy Contest

Don’t forget to check out the video Miss Queen CM 2007 Contest Video

First rain

Sawadee Khrap

Had our first rain today – short, but loud – lot of thunder, some hail, knocked out power several times – some rain – yet it did start to clear the air. 

 Here is a picture of the trees in the small farm area next door. IMG_1202small Pollen or seedlings or something cotton like are bursting from the flowers on the trees – there are 4 of these trees next door, 2 small, 2 large and it looked like it was snowing when the wind blew – It’s marvelous how Nature operates – just before the rain, heavy winds disperse the seeds and scatter them for planting – then the rain to water them – what a site – These are the same trees that turn a brilliant red and yellow in the winter.  Kapok trees – Thai’s make a pillow from these cotton like seedlings.

Tomorrow we will head for a short trip to Chiang Rai – coming back Sunday  – with Jerry and Art to get away.  The boys, Art & Tasanai will probably hit the Disco (one of largest in Thailand) and Jerry & I will enjoy the local clubs.  Would like to go to Tak, but they (Myanmar & Thailand) are having border skirmishes – not a good place right now – but it does have the largest waterfall in Thailand – “Ti Lo Su”  ??????  – said to be #6 most beautiful in the world  – maybe next time.

Ciao 

Poi Sang Long Festival coming

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We will be going to the festival on April 4–6th and will get some pictures then – I am really looking forward to it. 

Before becoming novice monks, all Shan boys have their heads shaved and are carried by friends or relatives as the go through the ceremony to present their sons to the abbot of the temple.  Colourful, with much pomp and ceremony.

We plan on going to the temple close by – Wat Papao – can’t wait  Video and images to follow – I hope !!!!

Ciao

15,000 seek treatment in Mae Hong Son

Sawadee Khrap

N7-Mae-Hong-Song-HospHere is the latest on the dust stuff – although today it seem about half gone in Chiang Mai – but Mae Hong Son is a different story from the Chiangmai Mail article. 

 

I’ll try to get some pictures of it around here – Just hope it clears, we have several models to shoot and Tasanai can’t wait to get started.  

 

Songkran (Thai New Year) will start on April 12th – lot of parties planned, Tasanai will go to Lampang for special family celebrations – I’ll stay in Chiang Mai though – we’ll celebrate together on the 12th.

Promise to get some shots to show this year.

Ciao

Miss Queen Poll

Sawadee Khrap

We will be ending the Miss Queen Chiang Mai Poll at the end of the month – Make sure you get your vote in for your favourite “Lady”.  I will post the poll winners on April 3rd.

Thanks all for making this a fun thing and making the Ladies feel wanted and beautiful.

Ciao

Bronze Boy – shall we cast him in resin?

Sawadee Khrap

Bronze Boy     [Andre 1999]

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I just got some pictures of David’s,  a friend of ours, Bronze Boy statue by Andre 1999.   It really caught my eye as it was setting in his garden.  The statue was presented to him as a gift by the artist and he had it shipped from the UK to Chiang Mai several years ago.  The cost of shipping it was very expensive because the statue is a bronze casting and really heavy.

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I talked to David about allowing  a mold to be made and casting resin copies of the work and putting them on our web site for sale.  The statue is about 3 foot. long and by casting it in resin it should be fairly light, at least enough to keep the shipping charges in line.  

Thought I’d post images of it here and see if people are interested in getting one.  Don’t know the cost yet but for a mantle or center piece in the garden it is unique and exclusive.  Once I find a artist or caster to make the above copy, they could also create modifyed poses. Think of the possibilities.

What do you think? – worth checking into.?

 

Back to the masks

Sawadee Khrap

Well, we’re back to the masks today – apparently it’s been a weather thing, wind pattern concentrating the smoke and particles in the Chiang Mai valley – and it’s back again.

Not as bad as before but you can smell and taste the stuff in the air – visibility has really gone down this morning compared to last night and no rain in site.

Computer time, Computer time — thank God for the computer – now it is really a blessing – something to do when you can’t go out.  Photography is out of the question – too hazy.  Not a good effect, although it does make some rather great RED sun shots – just a big red ball now glowing in the grey sky – uggggghhhhhh

Ciao

Skype calls

Sawadee Khrap

Just got off a 45 min call to my Nephew in San Francisco using Skype – great quality sound – just like he was right next to me – and FREE.  I am really impressed.  Now I have Skype and Yahoo Messenger on most of the time, but I do run in invisible mode as I am not directly in front of the computer all the time.  Send me a chat and I’ll go online –

Get it – You’ll love it

Ciao

Frank

Crisis not over

Sawadee Khrap

Well the air-quality crisis is not over yet – still no rain in site – rained a little in Lampang last night – probably our seeding, just 60 miles South-West but not in the Chiang Mai valley.  Still considered a very bad health risk to go outside without masks.  Apparently the fires in Myanmar (Burma) haven’t been fully put out and our local fires have flared up again.

My other crisis – expiring VISA cards have eased until next month – apparently they send out replacement cards 15 day before they expire  – I have to have mine sent over here when they are received in my post box – so I’ll be just under the wire if the mail gets through on time – to call and get them activated – time now to set some cash aside just in case.

Going to look at another Mira car this afternoon – Tasanai needs a car fro himself and this may be a good deal for us – more insurance costs though – never ends – but if I get the car in Tasanai’s name then the Thai Ins will be far less than if it is in my name.   Farangs (foreigners) are a deep pocket here and so need to have the best Ins. protection.  I’ll get some pictures if we buy it.

Ciao

Partial Solar Eclipse

Sawadee Khrap

About 9 AM today, Tasanai witnessed the partial solar eclipse visible here in Chiang Mai — he couldn’t get any pictures and could only see it by looking through a smoked up a piece of glass he had made – we didn’t have the correct glasses or viewer – but he could definitely see the blacked out portion even though the local smoke/haze is still pretty bad. 

 Here is a link to the NASA Eclipse Page  —– and also a picture from their web-site showing the eclipse path.

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We didn’t plan on getting shots – but I will update the blog as we find more info in the local area news.

Ciao

 

Seeding the sky – Chiang Mai

Sawadee Khrap

Sorry to have the blog so devoid of photos – it’s not been nice weather here in Chiang Mai for a while.  Still not cleared up all the smoke, so the Military is flying special planes around seeding with water to increase the humidly and cause the smoke/dust to settle. 

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days and that should do the trick.  You can see the vapour trail coming from the tubes near the middle of the plane.  I use the best telephoto we have but the distance and smoke make it difficult to really get a good shot.   Hope it works. 

We have been wearing masks every time we go out and have had to keep the windows closed at night to keep the dust out – that makes it very warm to sleep – I don’t like the air-conditioners running any more often than they have too – they really dry out the air and give us sore throats and coughs. We turn them on to cool down the place and then shut them off at night and use the fans.

Crisis may be over

Sawadee Khrap

Looks like the haze-smoke crisis my be over in Chiang Mai – today we finally had a breeze and the smoke cleared – at least to the point that we can see the old city now – that’s about 15–20 blocks. Our air-filter filter is about 20% used up but it did do the job for the apt. Dust at a minimum and coughing and breathing OK. We did have masks to use if we went outside– but hopefully we can put them away now.

I didn’t take any shots of the mess – but there are some great images on NASA’s pages

We will see tomorrow if it holds. It really put a damper on trying to set up model photo sessions – can’t shoot in this weather and gThaiStudio wants it’s photos to show the boys in natural settings – with a few staged studio type shots. Now ads can be put in the local chat rooms to find models. Tomorrow Tasanai will go and contact the models he has lined up so far and set dates to shoot. I get to watch – Nice to be retired and just a spectator – no ulcers or stress here.

Ciao

Frank