Merry Christmas

My dear readers,
I send out some surprises allready, but i am sure most of them haven’t arrived yet.
Thats why i am giving you another present right here.
it is once again picture time:

And now for all the fans of furry animals…i give you tigers!

Now we take a night train to our next destination… what an adventure.
So long
Ole

from Then to Now

Dear readers,

i am pushing myself to finally write another blog entry.
it has been more than a month, the last time it has been so long between two entries was when i was in the middle of the pacific i think.
At least i have a good excuse 😉

Anyhow lets start at the beginning.
Rose and i explored the mountain springs of the Krabi-province. Blue pools and hot waterfalls were awaiting us in midst a beautiful jungle.
We were quite enjoying these natural wonders and relaxed a little before we took a bus that took us straight into a spooky Bangkok.
We met up with old friends Nico from Infinity and my friend Rawi that i met last time i was in Bangkok. Together we jumped into the Halloween parade on Khaosan Rd.
After Halloween war over we readied ourselves for the North.
Our Hotel-concierge recommended to go up early as the festival of lights “Loy Krathong” would be in full flow. So we jumped in the next available bus to Chiang Mai to catch a view of the lantern fest. It was breathtaking.
Like ghosts or ascending souls all over the sky the lanterns were flying.
In columns of thousands, never ending.
They were rising up to the clouds where the flames where extinguished by the moisture.
On their way up however they created a second starry sky.
The river was full with little floating candles which were joined by descending lantern paper.
Of course we joined the madness and wrote our wishes on a skylight and let it fly to unknown heights.
The next day, we were not really expecting anything and had just changed hostels, we got notice from the monastery: “Now is the time, the next opening is in a week”
We were confused, as a couple days later we got information, that we could just walk in.
But we quickly packed our necessities and i tried to contact my parents, so they wouldn’t be worried when their son suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth for a month 🙂

The monastery was intense to say the least.
Feelings that have boiled unknown, ideas and thoughts that presented themselves and memories well remembered and also long forgotten all tried to keep me from the present moment. Some still do.
Meditation is a great exercise to get calm, to discover inner truths and to build up grey matter in the brain. I hope it will be seen as necessary as brushing our teeth in the future.
But enough of that.
Now i am out and on my way to the next adventure 🙂

So Long
Ole

p.s. Pictures will follow soon.

The Issan Rockets and Glass-Hill forest monastry

After taking a bus from Laos to Thailand i am in Thailand now.
Wait a moment… i don’t know why but something is of with that beginning sentence.

I arrived in Si Sa Ket, a town that apparently has a temple completely made out of recycled bottles…and a town of which i only saw a pretty but pretty expensive hotel for the night where the Internet shut down regularily..

But from there i went to Huay Tap Tan to meet Tony’s friend Noi.
She is an elementary school teacher for handicrafts and taught me how to make a palm leaf hat.
Also she can massage very well.

Then i went to the Monastery her brother leads.
And spent 5 relaxing days there, amazing food in the morning, 2-4 showers, and a little meditation.

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One day we were sent to go to see the Issan Rockets…rockets, but they don’t explode when they are up.
“Fireworks that doesn’t explode…sounds a little boring” i thought to myself, and i won’t judge you if you think the same.
Well we all could not be more wrong!

Did i promise to much? I have never seen something that incredible.
The rocket we carried actually won the event with a height of 370m about 1 213.9 feet…as i said, i don’t want to be there when the rocket comes down!
Tomorrow i will go to Bangkok my definite and last stop in Thailand.
Let’s see how crazy it really is.
So Long (and without a sunset)
OLE

in lack of a good name: P P P

 

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First off, i would like to thank these 2 guys to fix my broken laptop screen and give me equipment to fix my camera! That was pretty cool, or blazin’ what ever expression you prefer 😉 IMG_1781I got invited to play Didgeridoo in front of a whole kindergarten school 🙂 IMG_1737The crowded Kata beach of Phuket IMG_1740 And me making best of it 😉IMG_1744 Patong, the redlight district…and no i have not seen a Pingpong show…and i am not sure i willIMG_1755still Patong, but its a different aspect 😀 IMG_1757 Thai snacks, sadly i haven’t found insects yet…IMG_1759My time in Phuket i spent making my stcw95 certificate which allows me to work on comercial boats now, as some of you already know. But my free time i spend with Diego and Julia. Diego was another couchsurfer at my host and Julia is an italian girl i picked up sitting alone on the beach. We had a lot of fun together, going from one jamsessio to the next. Diego plays amazing guitar and Julia works @Italian Job it Kata, wich serves great hot Chocolate and coffee. Julia 🙂  IMG_1770 And DiegoIMG_1772 Well, then my camera broke down… 😦 but Ole is a clever fellow, he used his phone instead, not as often but at least i can give a few more impressions Of this:2013-02-04 17.48.58 I want one of these! they are amazing!2013-02-04 17.51.03 2013-02-04 17.57.26The Buddha here needs to cover its face because there is so much dust from the building site2013-02-04 18.09.39the Belltree 2013-02-04 18.18.42 2013-02-04 18.48.47  Survival at sea day at my STCW-course2013-02-05 15.32.48 2013-02-06 18.31.09 And so i leave the russian-italian mass tourist place of Phuket, the umbrellas are down, and Ole takes a 24h busride…and is in chiang mai…goes to the Monastery (see last entry)…and is here now!

Eye and her friend took me up to Doi Sutep. And Doi Pui, where there is a small little mountain village

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From there we went to Wat Doi Suthep. A beautiful monastery on top of the mountain.
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the  result is just as  powerful…a wisdom for life?_DSC0991 _DSC0998
Fred and George
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Ringing the lucky bells for Eye’s birthday

After that, i experienced normal daylife in Chiang Mai…
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Chicken on bikes!

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Going to the GIANT night market @ChiangMai Walking Street on Sunday…WOW…so many shops and people…incredible

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IMG_1822this actually tasted better than i expected IMG_1824and yes the redone is a pure fruit+ice strawberry shake from fresh strawberries 😛

 

Ok I really want to buy one of these awesome shirts!
Please write in the comments which one!
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Maybe this is a good description for many Thai peopleIMG_1836 And this is a smart band setup in a busy road 🙂IMG_1837

Ok guys and girls, i know the last 10 minutes have been a lot of input, but brace yourselves for the Thailand POSTCARD QUIZ:

1.)Which of these beautiful woman is in fact a guy? O.o

IMG_1840Number 1? IMG_1842Number 2? IMG_1843Number3? (black dress) or Number4??

 

2.)What in gods Name is this?IMG_1811 IMG_1813

3.) How is PPP a good title for this post?
Be Creative!

Write a comment!
I only respect comments that tell me what shirt looks best 😛

So my dear reader thats all the pictures i had…well almost i deleted a few…in fact i uploaded so many pictures in this post, WordPress does not allow me to add more…so i have to delete a picture to give you the sunset you deserve after this joyride 🙂

So Long ole

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Here you go! You deserved it! Thank you for reading. Please Comment if you want to get a postcard, or have questions, or like me, or follow me, or ask for pictures of something, or give me a task, or recommend something, or tell me to write about something you are really interested about, or introduce yourself, in short give me FEEDBACK…please 🙂 

p.s. i totally forgot to tell you that i start my education as a Thai-Masseur tomorrow…and no that has nothing to do with a happy ending.
p.p.s. hang on a moment who said a massage with a happy ending has to be sexual? i hope all my clients will have happy ending of their massage…i don’t want unhappy clients, they don’t tip 😀

Familie, Religion und Cetera

I am sitting in the Bus to Dharamsala, where i am hopefully allowed to study at Sara School Tibetan College. I will study Meditation and Tibetan language for one month.
I probably won’t write during this time so don’t worry 🙂

I stayed at Jyoti’s wonderful family for 5 days.
And i think if you cut aside the circumstances like a native kitchen, different food, arranged marriage etc. Then a family is the same all over the world.
A mother loves her children.
Siblings fight, but are making it up a few minutes later
Mothers berate their kids if they are dressed to cold and everybody loves to laugh.
Yesterday Meena (jyoti’s wife) taught me how to make chapati (the traditional indian bread) and i will definitely try this at home.
I taught them german card games…poor exchange i know 😉

I cannot find a proper transition to the next topic therefore:
Hinduism is a very complex religion. There are so many gods and godesses that even indians don’t know all of them.
Some people are following only one of the many gods, others just accept the situation as a whole.
There are so many temples, some very small, some gigantic.
Some have a employee who gives you a sign of luck (a red thumb print on the forehead) after you donate some money.
Not to be confused with the red Bindi of married woman.
Some temples even have a baba (wise man and/or mendicant who is dressed in orange) or maybe some baba’s have a temple.
Yesterday Vicky, Meena and I went to see a very old Baba (supposedly 135 but at least 120 years old) he gave away some sweet rice with fruits.
(the baba i met in manaly also gave away free candy)
Then if you want you can ask him a question, which he doesn’t always answer, but i apparently have a “lucky face” as everybody told me here.
It is in fact so lucky i got to try guava for the first time in my life…

In general i can say India is, just like Ukraine, very hopitable. People invite for food, so i almost feel bad accepting it. But in a difference to Ukraine, the people are in general way poorer. And where there is decay in Ukraine, there are building sites in India. Everywhere are busy people.
The buildings partially look horrible, but they are used frequently. And new ones are growing everywhere, even in the most remote villages.

So long Ole