Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Hiking

Together with some of my Burmese friends. we hiked and explored some of the hills surrounding Mae Sot, Thailand. This border city has a lot of hills which are very suitable for hiking.

Weather wise, the cool and breezy December was a big plus in our adventure cum exploration of the hilly side of this border town.

Even the locals here are incredulously surprised about the current weather with the mercury going down to 9 degrees Centigrade in the morning.

But as I said, the weather is very suitable for hiking. And for someone who came from a "real" tropical country, the real surprise was cold weathers could also be humid. Or maybe we were just too high above sea level that oxygen is thin?

Below are some of the photos I took while hiking. The views from the hills are incredible. Some are even heart-stopping. Enjoy.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Mae Sot Burmese Monastery

I took these photos inside a Burmese temple in Mae Sot, Tak Province in Thailand. Mae Sot is a border city between Burma and Thailand. The two countries share a very long border line.

If you will study the Burma-Thailand history, you will see that Mae Sot was occupied by Burma in the olden times and this is the reason why there are Burmese monasteries in the city.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Routine routes at Mae Sot

I usually use the routes in these photos going from my place to the school where I teach here at Mae Sot, Thailand.  I never get tired negotiating these rolling, bumpy, potholed roads on board my trusty second-hand bicycle which I named "Isko". These routes are longer to negotiate compared to two other roads to reach the campus. But these roads have fantastic views and eerily ambient. Most of the times I am alone in these tranquil trails, the peaceful ambience of which is disturbed by the melody of chirping birds and breeze which softly caress the trees, leaves and grasses punctuated by my loud singing of whatever is playing in my MP3 device.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mae Sot random photos

As the title suggests, this is a collection of random photos which I gathered here in Mae Sot, Thailand, wherein I am involved in a Burmese political school.

Most of the photos were captured during my "exploration" of the city which borders Burma.

There are several monasteries in the city built by the Burmese and Thais not only because the place is a border town between the two peoples but because history will show that in ancient times the place was ruled by warring monarchies of Thailand and Burma.

Last full moon for 2013

I have been experimenting on "shooting" the moon. So far I have no luck except for this photo. This is the last full moon for 2013 which I was able to photograph last Dec. 17. I edited the photo using GIMP. Surprisingly, I was able to come out with the photo above. I took the photo from the balcony of my room here at Mae Sot, Thailand.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Lazy afternoon

LAZY AFTERNOON.  Even the trees feel lazy with the cool December breeze softly embracing the town of Mae Sot in Tak Province, Thailand. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

After the harvest

This is a view from one of the rice paddies of Mae Sot in Tak Province of Thailand after farmers harvested their crops. I took this photo from my phone's camera while walking with some of my friends.

I edited the photo using GIMP and was really surprised with the outcome. Enjoy,

Sunday, December 1, 2013

#Sunset in Mae Sot (2)

Here are another group of photos about Mae Sot sunset. I took the photos when the Sun was almost behind the hills. Because of the very low light I was afraid that I may not be able to produce good photos. But lo and behold, I was able to capture, I think, very good photos.

By the way I am assuming that the white speck on the left upper side is Mars. It may look like a star but it is not blinking so I assumed it is Mars.