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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Nights #02

by : Bacardi Gold
02/March/2021

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nights are always there
awaiting its moment
to fly its wings and
deliver fortuitous possibilities
and encounter
accidental chances, luck or fortunes



their eyes are open
to witness the deliverance
of dead aspirations,
breathless ambitions
lifeless desires, unpursued passions



nights listen to the minutest
sounds the days’ ears couldn’t hear
and disown …
a resting moment



waiting for my sun
to show up
and clear my own path to tread



my life’s dawn will be over
struggles should be fought and won



twilights await, gears are worn for the next battle I call Nights…

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A panacea…

by : Bacardi Gold
27/feb/2021

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i felt the guilt
my page is blanked
no letters, no numbers
just plain white light

tapped the restless keys
in nearly three hours
nothing seemed to stay
all flew away

in between those moments
no story sneaked and buzzed
write anything, even abc
something will be at your door

it was not something, it’s
someone knocked from outside
can i borrow a thousand
the voice from outdoor barged in…

i was stripped of a thousand
like a blocked writer’s block
i became a lender, over stacked
a panacea, the keys worked, it’s luck?…

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Falling stars…

by : Bacardi Gold
25/feb/2021

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stars are twinkling up in the sky
this month when clouds are less and dry
i don’t know why my eyes do cry
when i see some stars falling by

i tried catching them one by one
with my palm, it’s a lot of fun
but i catch nothing, then you’re gone
though you’re near and we’ve just begun

my emotions run wild and free
’cause the stars glide so let it be
lost in the space of destiny
leaving my heart bruised and empty

then one night angels came to me
said one, you come with me, hurry
catch that star, it’s falling on you
she’s back with her heart to renew…

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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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No load, no burden on his back…

by : Bacardi Gold
17/feb/2021


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he smiled at me

opened his palm

walked a few steps towards me




uttered a mouthful of words

as i handed out a twenty peso bill

under his nails the dirt were talking



a blazing smile burst in flames

leaving a sketch of a satisfied being

priceless exhibit of a smile born of a painting



he walked away as his back giggled

with joy in the distance i could tell

his happiness was worth its weight in gold




no load, no burden on his back

just a happy face no room for sadness

like clouds his spirit was lifted



a fool loved by everybody in town

happy go lucky as he is

could i be like him



he’s everybody’s colleague

running errands like a servant

could i be like him



not a single day he wore a frown

not minding how he’ll begin his daily moments

not minding how he’ll end the day’s activities



i could not be him

he could not be me

each has his own destiny…


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