Friday, September 28, 2012

Little Kayan

“The soul is healed by being with children.”
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2012

A corner of Phet Wiriya’s workshop

Shot is a corner of sculptor and carving artist Phet Wiriya’s workshop.

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2012

Work in process…

Shot in a new wing of a temple in Chiang Mai with Nikon D800E and AF-S 24-70/2.8G ED.

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Transition into night

Worker meticulously lit up the oil lamp at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, making a smooth, warm and quiet transition into night.

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2012

The little Kayan

Although what was the exact origin of such brass neck coil meant for may never be known, Kayan women, when asked, acknowledged varies ideas but often say that their purpose for wearing the ring is cultural identity.  The coil, once on, is seldom removed, as the coiling and uncoiling is a lengthy procedure.  It is usually only removed to be replaced by a new or longer coil.
In recent time many women have started to remove the coils and in particular the Government of Burma began discouraging this tradition as it struggled to appear more modern to developed world and consequently many women in Burma began breaking the tradition but in Thailand the practice has gained popularity in recent years because it draws tourists who bring revenue to the tribe, or specifically, the businessman behind the scene.
While seeing this cute little Kayan started to put on the coils that may continue to compress her clavicle, it is picture perfect moment for the one with camera, but just a way of making live for a little girl.
Taken with a SONY NEX-7 with E 18-55 OSS.

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

sachant sais pas

Somebody said once or wrote, once: “ We’re all of us children in a vast kindergarten trying to spell God’s name with the wrong alphabet blocks!”

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2012

The Elephant

“There is no creature among all the Beasts of the world which hath so great and ample demonstration of the power and wisdom of almighty God as the Elephant.”
Image captured on a cement elephant sculptured by Phet Wiriya.

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2012

Wat Phrathat Haripunchai

Wat Phrathat Haripunchai stands in the center of a small northern Thailand town – Lamphun, is reputed to have been founded in 1150 by King Adityaraja, who built the wat to enshrine a Buddha relic found in an urn in his palace garden which built upon the ruins of ancient Mon royal palace.
This image taken at the entrance using a SONY NEX-7 with E 18-55 OSS.

Lamphun, Thailand, 2012

Resting Dog

A resting dog under the mid day sun, shot with SONY NEX-7.

Lamphun, Thailand, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The fog & The portrait of Taiwan white pine

The fog is an illusion –
A master of disguise,
Which hides the tangible
Before our very eyes.

But when the fog has lifted
Everything’s still there,
And the tangible
Only seemed to’ve disappeared.

In the early morning
Or late at night,
The fog descends
Upon various sites.

It gives an air of mystery
That has long prevailed.
Dangerously intriguing
Is the fog’s foggy veil.

~ Walterrean Salley

Taichung, Taiwan, 2012

The lone photographer

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
~ Ansel Adams

Kajajun, Xinjiang

Yesterday today

A panoramic shop made with iPhone 4S on a restaurant offering traditional Taiwanese food of home cook style, it is not just mom’s style, it is grandma’s style.

Tianmu, Taipei, 2012 

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Mastiff, this ferocious dog was said to be first introduced to the West by Marco Polo in 1257 in his account of what he called “…. a dog tall as a donkey with a voice as powerful as that of a lion.”
It was quite rare to encounter a Tibetan Mastiff in the wild and a great luck to have photographed it with Nikon D3X with AF-S VR 70-200/2.8G IF-ED.

Bayanbulak, Xinjiang, China

Direction of life

Tibetan believed in reincarnation, the rhythm of the universe, they walk in directional (clockwise) circles.
The lineage approach on almost any practice is believed to help bring practitioners ever closer to realizing enlightenment, as the direction in which the mantras are written.

Barkhor Street/Jokhang Temple, Tibet


Once a decision is made, the rest is simple.

Taken at Lai-San’s self-motivated, self-funded, and self-operate land of tress, a project has a start but with no expectation of its end.  Gauss Lai, Lai-san’s son, is the 2nd generation talking on the project, walk in the woods that was not existed some 20 years ago.

Taichung, Taiwan, 2012

Shape of life

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
~ Oscar Wilde

Taichung, Taiwan, 2012


Into each life some rain must fall.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Shouxi Lake, Yangzhou, China, 2012