歲月的痕跡

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構造一個難忘的旅程,絕大部分來自文化的衝擊。

一個以佛教為主的地域,根本不知道他們對宗教和泰王的地位是在我們心中那一個位置,到處都見到泰王的大大小小廣告板和黃色的布塊,原來這顏色也是代表泰王的誕生月份,也是國民對國家崇高尊敬的象徵,不怪得坐上的旅遊巴也用上黃色的窗布。

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在後半段的古寺遊,除了看見寺廟經歷時間的洗禮外,發現佛像並不完整,頭部通通失去了,這原來是因為鄰近國家戰亂被敵國移除,有的放在原處旁邊、有的被偷了、更多是毁滅了,想不到現在便成了景點的小特色。

歲月的痕跡更突顯了地方歴史的一面,相信我未來會更想了解更多此地的過去。 瑪哈泰寺,相信是一個我極之榮幸到遊的景點,的確讓自己有如置身柬埔寨的感覺,如被荒廢神秘之聖地,可見宗教的生命力有多強,什至可説是是永恆的,國家必定會想盡辦法去保留原貌。 這是我們高密城市人眼中的伊甸園,我們不可能的一切,其實是別人理所當然的事。

本身也沒太理會曼谷周邊的地方,花心思時間去找交通已經會令人卻步,本地導遊正是解決了所有煩惱的方案。 不到我不說,科技和通訊令很多事變得容易很多,手機和網路年代前的旅行必定不是現在的一般順利和自由。 換上一張電話SIM,有如自己也插入了一張當地的晶片。

此刻,我在想,我要再回去泰國親身了解不同的面貌。

舊城

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出發前一星期才買下一本旅遊精讀,再起飛前的一天才決定選用當地導遊。 雖然我是自由行,但硏究過若要前去古蹟,最佳的選擇就是用上當地一天遊去齊景點,果然省下了所有要煩的交通和時間分配。

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話說我一直都想參觀像古埃及金字塔、柬埔寨吳哥窟之類滿有神秘感的景物,柬埔寨也曾經在上年五月京都遊決定之前番過好幾頁書。 不過我也有留意過泰國也有不少寺廟,但絕無想過原來曼谷郊區附近叫 ‘大城’ 的地方也有這麼多壯觀的寺廟和佛像。

一個又一個佛像圍着主建築的高塔,建築群也有不同大小的塔和廣場。 雖然這些地方對外開放,但導遊也叮囑要尊重聖地的神靈,不要暴露和拍照時佛像的頭要高過自己的,可見他們國民很尊重佛教。

早上九時出發,大概一小時多的旅遊巴車程,到大城我也開始興奮起來,因為我的確估不到我不只到了泰國的曼谷,也正遊走當地的舊城古蹟。 十年前的我可能只會想若果未來事業有成,我便會怎樣又怎樣,會花錢去和另一半去去旅行,其實旅行原來是一種個人膽色和好奇心的鍛練和突破,根本和事業有成拉不上關係,反正也買不起房子和養不起另一半,我不想這一生在停留在原地,做點對自己有意思的事吧。

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非常感謝2019的自己,踏出了一小步去造出小改變、去忠於自己,一直以來以為不可能的事,其實只是未去開始這些任務。

New Year Wishes

Photography

What're your wishes?

“Kung Hei Fat Choi”

Ping Pong
Plenty of life happenings as I traveled through the public space of a nearby public estate. I do not get to see a lot of these in my neighborhood. I did greet them with interest, they were absolutely generous to say hello. I thought these were some good documentation of life in a public estate which not a lot of people would see.

Sharing a table with the youngsters

Besides seeing all the red banners/leaflets, red pockets, tangerines, flowers around town, what we Chinese wish to get are good health, security, fortune and prosperity. With that being said, we often visit temples and hope god would make everyone’s wishes come true. It’s a tradition that we all do once in a while.

Wong Tai Sin Temple

Keen worshippers

Worshippers flocked to a few well-known temples in town. Here we have the Wong Tai Sin Temple.

Wong Tai Sin Temple

The wish sticks

Worshipper

Forget about the fortune cookies, it’s only available in the Western world 😉 When we want fortune, we visit temples.

Feeding

Got any wishes?

Photos taken with X100 (March 2012)
I had been reviewing photos taken in the past few months. I do that once in a while to re-align myself. This time I even took one step further to see what photos I had taken when I bought myself the X100. This is what comes up which fits the theme and all. I actual visited this temple twice last year. Once with the X100 and once with the GRD. The GRD has got too much depth of field. When it multiplied with the 28mm focal, photos turned out so messy and crowded. I guess it’s a clear choice why I’m still sticking with a 35mm camera.