Travel – Floating Market, Elephant Show, Wat Phra Kaew Temple, Cobra Show, others…Bangkok, Thailand

by : Bacardi Gold
07/March/2021

FLOATING MARKET. ( DAMNOEN SADUAK )

Just for the experience, we tried a middle sized boat with a front arched upwards. It cruised around the floating market area and its periphery. The ride begun in a densely occupied floating market where navigating inch by inch was quite slow. The river was an overcrowded one. Boats pushed each other to gain a little space forward. The further we advanced, the squeeze was getting loose and the travel getting faster. Acceleration of speed was unzipped. This was a foray of sights caught and got loose in the middle of stupefying river traffic. We changed boat, a low and flat one when we strolled the floating market in a relaxed reduced speed.

Floating Market
Bangkok, Thailand

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THE ELEPHANT SHOW.

It started with the Elephants Parade and their introduction to the visitors. It showed mainly the animals’ loyalty and obedience to their masters. As the show unfurled a clip of Thailand’s history with the elephants as the main actors, I can’t help but wonder how helpful they were to man’s needs. Their importance was of prominence when the Thais won their battle with the aid of the elephants in crushing the enemy.

As a spectator of the show, I enjoyed their performances but, do the elephants enjoyed their acts? The organizer of the show called it a success but we don’t know what’s behind the training methods introduced to the animals. I have read about some concerns of some animal lovers about the well-being of elephants after they reached the age of retiring. Also, there are some circus owners planning to stop elephants as circus animals.

The show was a success as it ended with the audience clapping their hands with smiles on their faces.

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Temple of the Emerald Buddha – Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram / Wat Phra Kaew

Temple of the Emerald Buddha.Wat Phra Kaew Temple

This temple is one of the most important temples in Thailand. It is also the spiritual core of Thai Buddhism and monarchy and the country’s most holy image.

On May 6, 1782, marked the construction of the Grand Palace by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (King Rama 1) which ruled Bangkok at that time.

In 1785, he constructed Wat Phra Kaew Temple inside the palace’s grounds and transferred the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok.


OTHERS.

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COBRA SHOW.-( DAMNOEN SADUAK )

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Travel – Biliran Province, Philippines

by : Bacardi Gold
20/feb/2021





Biliran is a province that lies less than a kilometer north of Leyte province. A bridge-causeway connects the two provinces. It is located in the Eastern Visayas region (Region VIII) and one of the Philippine’s smallest and newest provinces when it became an independent province on May 11, 1992 through Republic Act 7160.

I arrived at Tacloban, Leyte airport at 7:30 AM from Manila by Air Asia and traveled to Ormoc city by van and took another van for Naval, Biliran. D’Mei Residence Inn was my preferred place to stay for the duration of the trip. As I always do in most of my travels, I always befriend tricycle drivers and rent their motorcycles for the tour and make them as my tour guide/driver-in-one.





Tres Marias Mountain in the distance.

We had to stop for a refueling but there was no gasoline station in sight. No problem, there were bottles of gasoline on the roadside. There was also a roadside vegetable
“garden”.




Finally, Tinago Falls, came into our sight.


At Marienor Mountain Resort…


Biliran Provincial Capitol

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Flowers of Dahilayan Forest Park…

by : Bacardi Gold
10/feb/2021

These flowers can be found in Dahilayan Gardens adjoining the Dahilayan Forest Park and Dahilayan Adventure Park in Mindanao. The cool climate of the park can be attributed to its location which is nestled at the foot of Mount Kitanglad ranges in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Philippines. Afternoon rains is a frequent occurence. At times it lasts till the early part of dawn.

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Travel – Bonbon beach, Romblon, Philippines

by : Bacardi Gold
27/Nov/2020


This is a sandbar in Bonbon, Romblon. During high tide this part of the sandbar is submerged in water. The island is connected to Bang-og island thru this sandbar which you can walk up to its beach front. Spend an hour on its shore and be on the alert as you would be caught by the high tide on your return walk to Bonbon beach. Tiamban beach and Nunok beach are just next to each other for a continuous calm and refreshing swimming activity.