“So, you don’t mind what happens to me as long as your secret is safe? This is not how the game works.”, Finn murmurs towards the rapidly falling dusk. He lives in an old battered room at the rooftop of an almost empty building just outside the city and from the rooftop edge where he now stands, the city glows eerily as the night falls as if it knows the secret he has been hiding. Like an old sacred chant, he protected the secret with his life to protect the person he loves…or loved, but he can’t carry on anymore. He paced back to the table and slumped to a nearby chair. He looks older than his age. He’s thirty years old, so full of life and suddenly, hopeless and betrayed.

His eyes darted to a dark-red sealed envelope at the table. “Four goddamn years put to goddamn waste!”, he muttered, not taking his eyes off the envelope. He stared hopelessly at it, trying to conjure the slightest sense out of everything that has happened. “Goddammit!”

Developing Your Eye II, Day Two: Mystery

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Living in a communal house can sometimes mean sharing everything, even food. So when me and other housemates want to eat outside, we had to keep it a secret because telling one will result in getting all the tenants to the restaurant with just two or three people paying for the bill.

This photo is one of those times. This is the first time it’s posted on the internet.

Developing Your Eye, Day One: Home

I have been far away from home for seven years. The place where I grow up isn’t the bustling city where I live now. It is a quiet, simple, peaceful, and laid back place.thumb_540053_107707476035453_1892356505_n_1024

This photo was taken in 2010, the last time I was there. I miss it. I miss the field, the mountains, I miss the simple people and the simple life.

I miss my mother. To feel the warmth of her smile, to hear the sound of her voice again. This is what I live for.

 

 

The Golden Buddha

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During our Thailand trip in 2015, we visited the temple of the Golden Buddha in Wat Traimit. The photos above are the buddhas at the entrance.

You then take a long flight of stairs to get to the temple.

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The Wat Traimit temple
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The Golden Buddha

According to the story, it was made after the style of 13th-14th centuries but they said that it could have been made after that. Speculations suggest that this buddha may have been made in parts in India. At some point, the statue was plastered and covered with a thick layer of stucco to avoid being stolen. When Rama I ruled in Thailand, he ordered that all buddha statues be brought to the newly made capital, Bangkok. It was brought to its present location in Wat Traimit but was only kept under a small tin roof. Its identity was hidden for almost 200 years.

When a new temple was made to house the buddha, this is when it was rediscovered. While trying to lift the buddha, the ropes broke and the impact chipped the plaster covering and they realized that the buddha was actually made of gold.

Under the plaster, they say that it consisted of 9 parts that fit perfectly. There was also a key covered in plaster that can be used to disassemble the buddha for easier transportation.

The golden buddha weighs 5,500 kilos and the gold in the statue is estimated to be around 250 million dollars!

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The temple roof directly above the Golden Buddha.

I can’t wait to go back to Thailand again.

My Name is V… or not

You can call me V. That’s not my real name but my friends call me by that name. I’ve always been curious about a lot of things. Everyday, I try to learn new stuff. I check Wikipedia and choose any topic to study for the entire day, if not the entire week.

I decided to join WordPress because I want to be able to write about my life, my hopes, and difficulties. I hope I meet people who shares the same things that I enjoy.

Postaday #3: Playlist of the Week

My week here starts with Sunday and ends in Thursday. This whole week had me in a roller coaster ride. It started with me feeling like the king of the world and ended with me feeling like an outcast.

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Sunday – King For A Day (Pierce the Veil ft. Kellin Quinn)

The meaning of the of the song is about someone being pushed past the breaking point, however, every time I hear this song I feel so pumped up and I feel like I can do anything. I was trying to nail an extra job and “I did good, if not, excellent” (according to my client).

MondayA Horse With No Name (America)

It is about a song trying to capture the dry feeling of the desert which fits perfectly because Monday for me is the most boring of all days. It’s the calm after the storm that is Sunday. After I nailed the extra job, I was back to my old daytime task.

TuesdayBack In Black (AC/DC)

The lyrics perfectly fits what happened to me last Tuesday. My Sunday client called me back for another job. I thought I’m dead for the next two weeks but he called for another exciting project. I was excited to work with him.

WednesdayI’m Not Okay (My Chemical Romance)

I received a very bad news about my residency application. They informed me that my residency can be processed a day after my visit visa expires and I hate the idea of exiting the country.

ThursdayMiserable (Lit)

This concludes my week. I can only relate this day to the first three lines of the song (You make me come, you make me complete, you make me completely miserable.) but it says so much about what I’ve been going through.

I hope you all had a good week! 🙂