Finding Art in the Flood

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While my hubby and I were in Bangkok last October, we had the chance to drop by the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) and witness the exhibit “Mueng Jom Nam.” There were several paintings on display along with other art expressions in line with the theme.

The exhibit is still open to the public until January 2012.   BACC is located at the Pathumwan Intersection, facing the MBK and Siam Discovery Centres.

As my hubby and I left BACC, I thought that the flood might be threatening to cut short our visit in Thailand but art and yes, life could go on no matter what.

Note: There is no admission fee at the BACC except for special exhibitions.


History in a Seat

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History fascinates me. And so when I travel, even without meaning to,  I always end up getting facts and photos of a historical place, some artifacts and the people behind them.

On a trip to Bohol, Philippines with my hubby, we dropped by Baclayon church. It is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. By the way, Bohol is my land of birth.

Adjacent to the church is a convent which has been transformed into a museum. What caught my interest as we went inside the church were some antiquated pews. These pews were said to be of use during the Spanish time (during the 1500’s-1800’s when the Philippines was made a colony of Spain). Apparently, if you were a government official during those times, your pew or seat would have a specific seal or design.

The photo shows one of the wooden pews, reddish brown in color, with the remarkable seal on it.

 

 

UPDATE: Bohol was hit by an Intensity 7.2 earthquake last October 15, 2013. Baclayon church incurred heavy damages.

One Singapore Morning

St. Andrew's Cathedral in Singapore
St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Singapore

One of the best things I enjoyed while travelling in Singapore is the sight of historical places even while the city already boasts of modernity. A walk one, fair morning brought me to St. Andrew’s Cathedral which was built in 1856.

The experience gave me a sense of connection with Singapore’s past as well a part of their faith journey.  Just in one morning, I had that very special privilege.

My entry to:

Watch Your Luggage Please

I am quite aghast with how many travelers still leave their luggage unattended in one of the most public places we go to as we travel: the airport. Even now, with news of all kinds of stealing taking place worldwide, some passengers still, I must say, naively think that they can leave their stuff unattended. I find this to be true in my trip with my husband last month to Manila, Philippines and then onward to Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand for a conference.

One passenger and in one instance, a family of 3 members, simply left their entire luggage in one corner to buy something! Perhaps, they were inexperienced travelers or perhaps they come from places where stealing or security issues may be unheard of, but the airport is a different place. All kinds of people go there and definitely in international airports, different cultures converge there. How would you know you can trust these people you do not know at all?

May it be that we remind our family and friends this very basic thing as they travel: to watch their belongings. As they go on to their travel destination, we do not want them to carry regrets instead of their luggage.

 

Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok