Sunday, October 02, 2005
Sunday, June 05, 2005
Just incase you needed an overview of Kashgar, here it is. The big green blog in the upper-right-hand corner of the picture is China's biggest mosgue, the Id Kah Mosque. All the small buildings around it are what I would call the "medina," or old town (at least that's what they call it in Morocco), but I don't know if that's what it's called in China. So basically, it's the old town ;o)
Saturday, March 26, 2005
This is a picture of the Malinta Tunnel, also on Corregidor Island in Manila Bay. Dug into a hill, there's something like 100 ft of rock protecting it from bombardments, and is therefore the place where both the Americans and the Japanese held out until the very end in protecting the Philippines. Now there's a multimedia sound and light experience inside which was pretty unique. They have this one part where they play what sounds like a bombing really loudly over the speakers and the whole place is shaking from the sound. I can't imagine what it was like being in there for bombardment after bombardment!
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Friday, March 11, 2005
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Chesa lighting a goodluck candle thing in Manila. It actually comes from tranditional Filipino animalistic religious traditions, but it was conveniently right next to one of the main churches in town. Unfortunately, I can't remember what red stands for...
Monday, March 07, 2005
We were in Thailand just before their national election, so political ads were...ubiquitous. They were cool though! They all had pics of the people in uniform and whatnot. Much more interesting to look at than American political ads. And plus, their main party is called Thai Rhak Thai (or Thai Love Thai) Party.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
This is me in front of (well, actually within the compound of) Angkor Wat. We're talking the real deal here. This is what everybody is really referring to when they speak of Angkor Wat. In case you're wondering (I'm sure you were), that tee (which cost me $1.25) has the Khmer alphabet on it. Neato desu ka?
Monday, February 28, 2005
Sunday, February 27, 2005
One of the interesting features on almost all of the buildings were the "sculptures" (I'm having trouble finding the right architectural term. It's more than a bas-relief but attached to a wall so not really its own sculpture) of apsaras that lined most of the walls. Apsaras are the dancing women pictured there. Actually Angkor Wat and its environs are where most artistic and cultural traditions in SE Asia (including Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia) originate from. Granted now the Thai dancers tend to wear tops...unless of course they're on Patpong Alley, but that's a different story!
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Thursday, February 24, 2005
This is another shot coming from Angkor Wat's environs. I'm spacing on the name at the moment of exactly which temple this was from, but the trees growing out from the buildings were certainly a sight. I remember at first that I was almost disappointed at the ruin of the sights, but then after hearing the story of a well mapped building that they couldn't find after Cambodia re-opened after Pol Pot because it was so covered in jungle, I decided I could be forgiving!
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Just wanted to let everyone know that I made it back safely to Kunming. I also thought I'd take the opportunity to restart the daily photo thing now that I've got LOTS of photos to share from my trip! So, without further ado, let me give you a pic from Cambodia of Bayon, which is a temple located at the exact center of Angkor Thom (Angkor Town) near the famous Angkor Wat. I'm pretty sure I mentioned it before because of all of the smiling faces (there are over 200 of them!).
Saturday, January 29, 2005
And now we'll start over with a new series of photos starting from present time and working back. This is a pic of the grand finale of a dance performance I saw at Vimanek Mansion this afternoon in Bangkok, Thailand. It is the largest golden teak wood mansion there is, and was the home of Rama V (former King of Thailand, we're on Rama IX if you're interested) for a mere five years of his life in the realy 1900s. It was an interesting show, but I was a little annoyed at the finale which had all the dancers carrying the Thai flag and the flag of another country. The good ole' stars and stripes was not to be found, though Malasia's flag almost counts I guess.
Aa picutre of the other side of the river from town (and our guest house) in Luang Prabang, Laos. Luang Prabang is situated at the confluence of the MeKong and some other river in northern Laos. This is "that other river." :o) Notice the farmland whose owners get up normally at 4 in the morning just on the other side!!!!!
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Before I left I thought I'd send out at least one last pic. This is of me and the Chinese fiance of one of the other English teachers here, Xingcan (pronounced hsing-tsahn). Whenever we all go out dancing he likes to challenge us to improv limbo competitions because he always wins. He's crazy flexible! This was New Year's Night, which might explain why I was wearing my friends pink Hello Kitty scarf...