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Down the narrow, stony streets of Kastel Stari, you will find many window vignettes each telling its own little story. "What....you don't like flowers?!" cried Goofy.
"Peak-a-boo," said the little spring flower.
"Let me out of this hell hole!" cried the voice from inside.
A lovely little collection of Bronze Ewers from Afghanistan, 9th Century. I love the whimsical look of this display!
An Arabic Earthenware Bowl, with slip painting, from Iran, 10th Century.
A beautifully patterned Fritware Dish, with underglaze painting, from Turkey, 1520-1530.
I traveled to Secret Beach every chance I got. To me it was a place filled with art. Casually perched on a rock by the sea was a beautiful mermaid sculpture.
Coolly stretched out on a cobalt blue towel by the beach was a relaxed shade-worshiper. (One of the many things I loved about this well kept secret were the shady trees along the beach.)
I've got another secret....this piece of dog art I had actually seen in Bali but had run out of space on the Bali art page. So I'm Including it here on a Thailand page. Shhhhhh....
Watercolor on paper titled "Kampong Scene" by Lim Cheng Hoe, 1960.
Self portrait by the artist, Lim Cheng Hoe.
"I believe I have confidence and what is more important, some talent, and with these, coupled with perseverance and industry, I am not afraid to say that I may make something of a painter." -11 October 1930, Lim Cheng Hoe.
A gelatin silver print on paper by Ho Koon Sang, 1956.
A woodblock print on paper titled "Satay" by Lim Mu Hue, 1966. Note: Satay is a Southeast Asian dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with a sauce.
A woodblock print on paper titled "Matchmaker" by See Cheen Tee, 1954.
Oil on masonite board titled "Weaving" by Chen Chong Swee, 1952.
Oil on canvas titled "Artist and Model" by Liu Kang, 1954.
Gouache on canvas titled "Bali Beach" by Cheong Soo Pieng, 1956.
Yep. I was surprised too. Art in a monkey sanctuary? But those monkeys can be mean little devils, so the art exhibit was a nice respite from the shenanigans going on outside.
However, there were no posters, signs or even information about what any of this art was or who painted it. So I've got nothin'.
Here's a monkey though.
One morning on the way to the Sunday Market, I passed this work of art on a side street. The scooter just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Doesn't it look like she's about ready to flip it out of the photo?
I found this piece....
....as well as this one...on the way to a yoga class.
I found this beautiful painting in a small gallery in Hanoi's city center. I love the colors and its loose, bold style.
This was the poster advertising the artist's show, whose name I sadly don't know.
Happily, I do know this little kitty's name. It's Khanh Kitty.
I love the fruits of Southeast Asia. Not only are they incredibly delicious, but they are colorful and full of textures. They are nature's works of art. The dragon fruit, pictured above, is one of several cactus species. Mildly sweet, it's been described as a cross between a kiwi and a pear. The flesh is either white or red and contains small crunchy black seeds that, fortunately, are edible.
The passion fruits are a type of berry and are either yellow or purple in color. They are sweet and seedy and best eaten with a spoon due to their watery consistency. The seeds are bigger than those of a dragon fruit and thus even crunchier, which I love.
*Note: This is one of my favorite fruits!
The longkong, also known as langsat or lanzones, can taste either sweet or sour, and there's no way of knowing until you peel one open and pop it in your mouth. I will say this much, however, it's always soft and juicy.
It was my birthday. So what does a birthday girl do for her birthday? She splurges on an afternoon tradition Lanna Thai massage at a luxury resort and spa. Why of course! As featured on the GOOP website: https://vimeo.com/301453094?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=29220
I was even given the choice of music to be played during my massage. I chose "Asian Harmony".
I had a mango smoothie (in keeping with a birthday girl's raw vegan diet) in the restaurant behind the hotel.
I found this one painted on the wall of a building at the Huay Kaew Arboretum.
This piece of art was on a wall in a back alley in the Old City of Chiang Mai.
And this one was painted on the same wall a few pieces of art down. Notice her third eye? She's one awakened kitty.
I see this as "nature's sketch pad".
This bamboo forest walkway is nature's grand entrance to the site of the 7 cottages where I stayed in Pai. (I only stayed in one of them.)
This was a more intimate entrance to 6 of the cottages. The entrance to the cottage that stood alone was over a beautiful bamboo bridge.
The entryways to the massage parlours in Thailand vary from the polished and refined, as pictured above, to the quaint and earthy, with nothing more than curtained-off mattresses on the floor. The masseuses are predominantly women, many of whom focus on metta (loving kindness), which is believed to be the ideal state of mind in which to give a massage. I have felt that loving kindness in every massage I have had.
Thailand is a country of contrasts all of which are beautiful in my eyes.
The Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center and its modern design reminds me of the many modern buildings I saw in Japan.