Category Archives: Thailand

Hotel Rattanasin: In the Mirror

Ranong, Thailand.  A town that shares a border with Burma and is gateway to some of the prettiest islands off the coast.  I stayed a few nights at the Hotel Rattanasin, an aged beauty with steep wooden stairways and high ceilings.  It’s halls and rooms are now empty of decoration or fancy furnishings, only the barest […]

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Monks at the Mini-Mart

Living in Thailand I’ve become accustomed to the sound of monks chanting.  On any given day in the old city of Chiang Mai, you can walk by one of many wats (temples) and hear their deep voices reciting the words of Buddha.  I find it very soothing. But this morning, I sure didn’t expect to […]

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Christmas in Thailand

It was Christmas morning in Thailand and so cold I woke up dreaming I was back in Seattle.  Over the past month or so, the country had been experiencing unusually low temperatures and all residents were reaching into their closets for long sleeve shirts and gloves.  Except for the Thais of course, who are very thin skinned, and wear snow […]

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Under Construction

“Construction workers”    mixed media 2013 How would you describe a stereotypical construction worker?  Where I come from, he’s a big, burly guy wearing a tool belt and blue jeans.   There’s the required safety helmet, sunglasses, shiny orange vest, and heavy steel-toed boots.   And let’s not leave out the jackhammer and other heavy equipment. Constructions […]

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Gecko Books

Being a coffee lover, I am delighted to report there are coffee shops are all over Chiang Mai.  You can’t walk down the street without encountering one.  I don’t know if this is a result of an influx of caffeine loving tourists or if the locals come by it naturally but I am grateful either […]

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A Traveling Artist

I have completely forgotten where we were actually heading that night when the big thunderstorm hit, but when weather and fate intervene you just roll with it.  It was especially warm that evening, Jimmy and I walking hand in hand down a narrow street into the charming neighborhood behind our building.  It was way too […]

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Three Monks

This morning I arrived in the old city earlier than usual and already it was a beehive of activity. The vendors were setting up their stands, tuk tuks drove by noisily with black fumes shooting out the tailpipes.  Young tourists fresh off the bus walked around looking slightly dazed, backpacks overstuffed.  It was another beautiful […]

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