Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Concept of Westerner


Who is westerner in the eyes of people from South\East Asia. I guess this really depends on level of education, as the higher level of society who travel all over the world already see the differences between people with white skin…  But majority of locals, especially in Indonesia, they just put us to the same box, they have never heard or thought we are different. Actually Europeans divide themselves in so many categories, depends on location of the country, as west, east, south and north…

Czech Republic and spirit of communism


I born at year “89”, so I am one of the revolution child, because in 1989 there was a Velvet revolution and after that revolution people try to understand democracy… Before revolution people could not travel abroad, could not say their opinion as they wanted, especially could not disagree with the current political system unless they wish to get to prison or lost opportunity for a good job or opportunity to study at university if he\she disagree publicly with system or somebody from your family, everybody had to vote every year the same party, because actually there was no other choice to vote. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

338 Oida Gallery


338 Oida Gallery
Feel so fulfil by creative art and all kind of shapes of chair and armchair which were exposed. At gallery there is many types of chairs and armchairs and funny is, as I wrote on my blog about I am coming from another planet, that chair I liked the most is named:  E. T. and the description really suits me well, as that chair suits me well: “Each one of us wants a space of our own. E. T. chair is developed for user who wants to hide away from a chaotic world…etc.” by Eggarat Wongcharit. 

E. T. Chair by Eggarat Wongcharit

At the gallery works a very nice girl, her nickname is Phol and she really seems to enjoy her work, so does not need to work any more, because her work is a fun, a creative mission, lets say… Once you know how to enjoy your work, then balance it with your family, friends, free time {3F], start your balanced life. I think it is a Chinese proverbs, surely I heard it by Chinese Malay nice people..:]
Gallery is recently opened….and  I have a very good impression of that gallery, has a good spirit, the art work is very fresh, breathe by an inspiration in every corner and its motivation is support other in community of artists and designers.
Location
On the map this gallery seems to be very easily found. Just go 100-200 metres on the right side from metro station: Lampini. So I went..  But :] somehow missed the orange sign with gallery name, so it happended I got to Goethe institute rather than to gallery, but there I found very and kind people who helped me to find it this gallery by moto :] Thank you, Goethe institute and to nice Thai lady and girl who took me by moto to my destination.. Btw: In Goethe institute there is a decent german restaurant and the smell out of there is a true powerful central Europe cuisine, cabbage and meat by german style.. maybe go there next time :]
More informations about galleries in Bangkok
www.tcdc.or.th

When Europe has lost its colors?


When Europe has lost its colors?
Europe in my mind, especially Czech Republic has its dominant color GREY. Yes. Not everytimes, there is also a sun, there is a blue sky, sometimes in summer you can see many colors but I do not consider it as enough. So now I am about to return to Europe, to the heart of Europe, to Czech afraid of this color that is very useful among other color, but if so much grey, then it can be so close to black color, and no more sun in peoples mind. Who is going to be interest there, Where I am from, from Where I am coming, Why I am there? As happening daily here in South East Asia. Yes. I am afraid to miss this Asia spirit, the palette of colors, the silence of Buddhist temple, Chinese pavilions… smiles without a particular reasons just for you…:]
My mission
So my mission among the others is to bring sun from SEA to everybody I meet on my way across the country in Europe…:] bright and colorful mind, cheerful in spirit and outside to appear in the clothes of many colors or in the color you feel well for that particular day.. Do not forgot, there is so many colors in the world and once we concentrate just on one or two colors then we miss other colors and we miss the wholeness of the Universe then ':]

Christmas in Bangkok


Bangkok, day 4.
Christmas in Bangkok. Get up in the morning in my friend house, my friend already left for her university in the early morning. So I stayed alone, eating my breakfast, my first thought were little desperate. I am alone here in Bangkok, while my friends and family in Czech just celebrating Christmas there, everybody just enjoying Christmas athmosphere with their families and so on…  But then calm my thoughts and start to thinking how to spend my last 1,5 days in Bangkok before my travels to country where I was born.. 
Mentally I am celebrating Christmas rituals but in different way, f. e. one of the Christmas rituals which I remember from my family is to take apple and cut it to make two halves and see if there is star inside or not, star brings you happiness in next year, if I remember well..  so here at Bangkok, I bought an apple {the big one: probably from Korea or Japan], but could not use knife as my friend had no idea where her knife disappear, so I just eat half of apple and other half I share with my Thai friend Sy to make up some Christmas rituals in new way..  This is ritual for my Christmas Eve, on 24 of December, just after I returned from Chiang Mai by train at night and we could not find any church open in the neighbourhood of Hualampong area…

The next morning, 25 of December
I went out of my friend place and found very good looking mangostine, so bought 1 kilo, to celebrate Christmas, as one of the habit in my family is to buy many, many mandarins from Spain, as they are so tasty and cheap before Christmas coming… 

Mangostine
so I substitute mandarins by sweet mangostine, then took my morning Americano with milk and in the same building visit one of the galleries of Bangkok {DOB Hualamphong Gallery], had there very pleasant visit, it is at the second floor, turn right next to pharmacy in front of Hualampong station and gallery take the same door with that stylish cafĂ© with yellow and red shadow light:]. There I got a map of others art galleries and centres of art in Bangkok, so my day in Bangkok, on 25 of December, got its direction… 
But first of seeing all these art galleries, such us 338 Oida Gallery, I relax my mind and body at Lumpini park, sitting in Chinese pavilion with view on the Lake..
Lunch\Food
Soon eating my healthy lunch, some salad and sushi, as good some at local supermarket with night discount {if you go at night to supermarket, many products, especially salads and sushi, you can get with discount]. Because I really need more and more healthy food and vegetable and sometimes it is not easy to find suitable food in South East Asia, as they do not give you many vegetables in restaurant or use so much of oil for frying…

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Living other people's life


Living other people's life more than your own life... Where I need to go? What I need to learn? What I need to experience? Can I experience it with other people or have I go alone for my journey? What is my real purpose of my travelling?

 


Listening other's people stories rather than making your own stories. Do you really need to share your stories with everybody? Do you really need to know travel plan of every travel buddy who you are going to meet? Are you going to keep your original idea/purpose of your journey or can you change your mind quickly because of talk or advise of some other traveler?



Travelling is an process to discover who you are… :] or who you want to be in future.. :] so that's an great opportunity, don't miss it.. my dear co-traveller ']

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Thailand trip


Bangkok

My travel to Bangkok began very funny from its beginning. I forgot my laptop charger at my friends place from couchsurfing, so feel really lost for a moment… How can I get a new laptop charger and where? Would will I have enough money for a new one.. How I can survive without my laptop etc. :]
 Then my flight to Bangkok from Medan with Air Asia got late, so I hope my friends can somehow deliver it, but no way :{ At Medan aeroport there was not so many food to buy for lunch and as our plane was delayed, our stomache more and more hungry and body more and more tired..
At plane I met one boy from Bangkok and one Indonesian girl from Medan which went for 3 day trip to Bangkok, her first time, so we decided took a bus no. 29 from aeroport Don Mueang {DMK] together to reach Bangkok centre. Travel by this bus was like a disaster for our empty stomache, my friend Juvita had not eaten neither that day and we got more exhausted because of traffic jam in Bangkok and our bus was fully crowded, no space for luggage and no a\c…. imagine :] My plan was to go directly to my friend's place near central train station Hualampong but it seems to be too far in the traffic and really tough with one bag with 15 kg and second bag with 6 kg and some more small bags around.. So I told Juvita I would like to go by taxi to my friends place but it would be quite expensive for one person and also my friend not come home yet and I would have to wait for here 2 more hours…  Juvita offered me that I can go first to her hotel to stay with her in her room, we can share taxi and I can go to my friends place next day… I said: Ok, good idea, better travel together than alone {Indonesian style :D].
But when we reach hotel Nasa, they told us that they cancelated Juvita reservation because she had reserved her room one day before our arrival but they did not tell her anything and did not inform her about it.. also they offer her just double prize expensive room, because it is always cheaper to book this hotel on booking.com than at reception desk in this hotel…  But fortunately, there is always a solution, at reception desk there was a Russian girl which seems to have similar problem, hotel refused her credit card, so she had to pay this double prize, so Juvita asked me to speak to her, like European to European :X and I asked if she would like to share a room and a prize and she agreed, so it has happended that first night in Bangkok it was 3 of us, and nobody of us expect our meeting, but destiny happended :D that we meet together at that hotel… :] Then we went together discover city by boat, by taxi, by foot, sharing our life stories. Then we found some nice dress for me and make some great photos in new dresses X

Third day of our meeting, I was first who had plan to go out of Bangkok. It was hard to leave each other, but anyway, we will remember it long.. So I headed by train to Chiang Mai, Kathrina from Russia - teacher of spontaneous dancer headed to Phuket and our sweet little friend from Indonesia had to come back next day to Medan...

Chiang Mai. Day 1

What a beautiful land. Silence of buddhistic temple and its garden. Riding bicycle inside the historical square of Chiang Mai. Buddhistic temple: home of Buddha, home of silence and Spirit.

I stay in silence at one place and nobody come and ask me anything, feel free of answering any kind of question. Before I did not appreciate it so much as now, to respect people privacy and people silence.. 

Chiang Mai. Day 2

Riding my bicycle through historical centre of Chiang Mai, which is square surrounded by water channel. Feeling tired after all travelling, wanted to return to my quest house to take a rest, but so funny what happended, just met my friend from Japan riding his bicycle in opposite direction *** Actually first time we met few weeks ago in Lake Maninjau and speak about our travel plans and our plans were so same, just my friend arrived everywhere 3 days before me.... and so on... but here we are. Just met today on that road, spending whole afternoon together.. seems like an new visitor came to my planet to visit me up there :D ***