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Chiang Mai the second time

With the ongoing recognition of indigenous knowledge as a complementary knowledge system for mainstream science, I was able to travel to Chiang Mai for the second time to attend a dialogue-workshop organized by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP, FAO, and a Thai-based NGO, Indigenous Peoplesโ€™ Foundation for Education and Environment (I.P.F).

Attending these workshops are a bit tiresome for the brain, so to relax, I spent one afternoon walking around the walled and moat-filled city. It took me around two hours to complete a walk around the city, and while doing so, an idea to create a time-lapse video came to mind.

After the last day of the workshop, I prepared all my gear (well, just my camera), and walked about 10 minutes to Chang Phuek (North Gate). Before starting the long stroll, I first had to visit a good friend, Lisa Nesser, to say hello and check if she has some Lahu (an indigenous group) bracelets for sale. Lisa founded Thai Freedom House, a language and arts learning center dedicated to assisting refugee families and individuals from Myanmar, as well as extending help to Thai indigenous peoples. She also has a nice cafe, the Free Bird Cafe, serving various Burmese and Thai cuisine that is fresh, organic, and vegetarian. They also serve coffee, smoothies, juices and dessert. (You can check them out at: http://thaifreedomhouse.org/).


It was 6 pm, and the camera was focused towards the city, as it is viewed across the moat. I clicked the shutter every five steps, and around the 300th shot, I could feel a slight discomfort on my shoulders. But I was enjoying the sights nonetheless so I just kept walking on. There were doves flying around, a Caucasian man slacklining across the moat, an Italian man asking me money for food (and I don’t know why he’d ask me money in the first place), bugs flying around, men fishing, folks sitting along the benches, clear skies, nice fountains, cars passing by, arches, and then… “Battery low”! So after three hours, 1,376 photos, uttering “OKKINawa, Japan!” and without completing the whole stretch of the city, here’s the video:

Well, maybe another reason to visit Chiang Mai again.

PS: If you like to help Lisa and her projects, you can also like “Thai Freedom House” and “Free Bird Cafe” on Facebook. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Hmong in Doi Pui (and Hollywood)

Hmong (Mong) are one of the ethnic groups in Thailand, and come from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. In Wikipedia, Hmong are also one of the sub-groups of the Miao in southern China, having began a gradual southward migration in the 18th century due to political unrest and to find more arable land.

While visiting the museum at the Doi Pui Hmong Village in Chiang Mai, a mentor (also an academic superstar one) told me about Hmongs in the Hollywood film Gran Turino (starring and directed by Clint Eastwood). Which got me thinking about movies starring Kankana-eys with Adele, Ibalois with Kit Harrington, Mangyans with Morgan Freeman or Lumads with Justin Bieber. At any rate, the village reminded me of home, and the realization (again) that we are all one except religion, ego, and ignorance separating and tearing us apart. What we need to embrace–and I bless you with these as well, are faith, identity, knowledge and love; for without these, we would just be stuck here in our small worlds minding our senseless problems, when we can in fact explore universes beyond our wildest expectations.

At siyempre, naniniwala na ako sa “forever!” din :))))

Well, that concludes this Thailand blog series. See you in the next adventures! Live life ‘yow!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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A Buddha A Day Keep me Happy All Day at Doi Suthep

There are different Buddha postures for the seven days of the week, and I had only known this when Miss Dao (Kun Dao) told me more about it while strolling around Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This is a temple located in Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and considered sacred by Thais and many other Buddhists. It is 15 kilometers away and situated at a higher elevation from the central city.


So, I was born at a time when the Buddha was sitting in a full lotus position and meditating (Saturday), but I also blessed the one which was standing with arms crossed in front of the waist, with the right hand covering the left hand. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How about you, what Buddha posture were you born from?

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