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About Mike

A recently retired "Baby Boomer" , looking forward to having more time for my photography and travel.

Lotus fields, Ubon Ratchathani

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Life and death on the lounge room floor

Came home yesterday evening to find this just inside the front door. The snake (a Golden Tree Snake?) is only about as thick as a finger but had swallowed this small lizard whole. The lizard was not dead though, it … Continue reading

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Bun Bang Fai ….the “Rocket Festival”

Around North Eastern Thailand at this time of the year many towns and villages hold their annual Bun Bang Fai festival, often called the “Rocket Festival” Continue reading

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Goodbye Bangkok ….hello Issaan

Yes I know that I have been lazy with this blog (again) and that it has been a while since I wrote anything here. That was partly because I had nothing to write about, contrary to what some people think … Continue reading

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Sak Yant

A muay thai fighter sports a full back sak yant, or magical tattoo, as he goes through his pre-bout wai kruu. He is also wearing the mongkon headband and the pa-prajiet armband to bring him luck in the ring. Traditionally sak yants were done … Continue reading

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Wai Kruu

Before each bout Muay Thai fighters don the mongkon headband and perform a ceremonial dance called the wai kruu honouring their gym’s masters and teachers (kruu). Traditionally it is not worn when entering the ring, only the fighter’s master should place it on his … Continue reading

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