Early Owls

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Just got back from lunch with Kevin and Chart – found a GREAT new place – Early Owls.  Service was superior, ambiance was exceptional, and the food was perfect.  Located in Suan Chiang Puak behind Rajabhat University area, formally everyone called the jungle – June and Jene have opened a great small home like café. full organic in a 60 year old teak house with a beautiful landscape to enjoy with your meal.IMG_20190312_124652IMG_20190312_124040

Be sure and stop by and say hello and enjoy a wonderful quiet time and meal.

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Nanee’s and The Erotic Garden

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On March 3rd, Simon and I took a quick trip to Mae Rim and visited  2 locations.

At both places we met the owner and artist who developed the attraction.  They are located right next to each other in beautiful Mae Rim valley area.  What a day to relax and meet two wonderful people , each with inspiring stories. – Great places to visit and NOT the usual tourist traps, but unique sites of Unseen Thailand.  Seeing is believing, so I really recommend that you visit them yourself on your next trip here..

Nanee’s:

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Erotic Garden:

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Buddhist Hell – Mae Jo

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Simon and I went to explore the Mae Jo local temple – Buddhist Hell –  20180513_153201at  Wat Mae Kaet Noi – also called – Wat Si Don Chia Pa Tung Ngam.

It’s like a Disneyland area – turnstile entrance (10 Baht ea.) , divided in 2 section areas – Heaven and Hell.       Amazing – The first thing that stands out is the deplorable attitude about sex – same as in the Christian and Islamic religions.  Statues  with emphasized penises, vaginas,  disfigured and/or being mutated –  Here are some glaring examples – the rest are in the Slideshow.20180513_15024220180513_15054320180513_150325

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Make sure to visit the display – very eye opening and shows the blend of Buddhism, Hindu, Chinese Gods, and Animism.  Sex always seems to be the point of attack around the world – actually there are only 3 functions in life, Eating, Sleeping and Sex.  And the first two are only done so one can do the last – SEX   Think about it and make sure to visit the Temple.

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Mae Hong Song Trip–Simon

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Avoiding Songkran here in Chiang Mai,  Simon and I headed for 2  Days 1_MaeSheThaPathanaChitChaloenPhraKiatin Pai and 2 days in Mae Hong Song.  We tried to visit “Unseen” Thailand this trip and so when arriving in Pai – 2_NextBridgePaivisited a female monk meditation area- Mae She Tha Pathana Chit Chaleon Phra Kait.  Then we went to the Memorial Bridge on the entrance to Pai with it’s unique statues.    We were very4_PoiSangLong-Pai lucky 3_PoiSangLongPai-WatSriDonChaito visit Wat Sri Don Chai in time to view their Shan – Poi Sang long Festival – great and  colorful. And while in Pai stayed at the Phaewdao Resort – very very nice. Excitement did happen as a neighbor 2 doors down from Simon’s 5_PraewdaoResort-PaiDSC04440room was robbed and the police were there investigating in the morning.  One great site, South of Pai, was this (not on the map) hot water geyser, on the side of the road.    L6_NgamtaHotel-MaeHongSongeaving Pai and on to Mae Hong Song and booked into the Ngamta Hotel, next to the lake.  From this base we explored the surrounding countryside looking for “Unseen” sites. Gravel collection site from the river by Shan people, a river-floating restaurant, burning along the side of the road, and went to visit a 106 year old Monk – but he seem to be at the Poi Sang long 7_GravelCfromRiver-8_Riverside Resturanat9_RoadSideFiresfestival in the area, so we missed him.  We did visit several more Temples 10_Wat106yoMonk11_Watonhill12_DhammagiriChildrenFoundationand a special Children’s home for Shan refugees called Dhammagiri Foundation.  Great, relaxing trip – little traffic, lots of water throwing but only in designated areas and along the roads by little children – So I have made this Slideshow of the best images – Enjoy. 


The “Teardrop”

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With all this bullshit about the Russians meddling in our elections – this bayonne13_fshas been entirely forgotten.  The teardrop Monument presented to the US by the Russians after the 9/11 destruction.

Here you can read the full story at the official web page  

Our Gov’t has completely ignored it or just covered it up – I haven’t heard one comment or saw one photo of it on any new cast – yet all this bullshit about collusion.  When will we take politics out of being a profession and return it to being service to the people.  Thanks Kevin for pointing this out.

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Papa’s Garden–Doi SaKet

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Wow, I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I visited venues in the area 20171011_13483320171011_135820and posted about them – lost in my painting.  Today I went with a couple of friends to Papa’s Garden in Doi SaKet for lunch. Great food and surroundings.  A little way off the beaten path but well worth it. They grow, hydroponically, their own salads and served fresh.20171011_13505620171011_13511220171011_13514920171011_13541720171011_13571220171011_135441 Walked around the facilities and this would be a great place to stay for a family. Something for the kids and relaxing for the parents.

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