I am honoured to be featured by Jackie in his Life SE Asia magazine.
I decided, at long last, to take a trip to Chiang Rai (before the earthquake) and at the same time visit the famous Wat Rong Khun (aka The White Temple) about 10kms before Chiang Rai on Route 118 from Chiang Mai. Similar to Chiang Mai the population of Chiang Rai Province is under 1.5 million and Chiang Rai itself houses about 200,000 of those. Drive another 70 kilometres North and you reach Mae Sai and the border between Laos and Thailand. Continue reading You must visit Chiang Rai – Here’s why
My first re-writing of a blog post
This is the first time that I have completely re-written a post so I hope it works. The original was published on October 3rd 2013 when I was an infant blogger. I may not be the best yet but I have certainly learnt a lot in 6 months. Enough to know that my first attempt at this subject left a lot to be desired. Continue reading Chiang Mai villages are so beautiful at daybreak
If you are old enough to remember the age of pre-digital photography you may well have an attic full of travel memories in the form of old photos. Prints which you once thought were great but now look decidedly jaded or even worse. Even if you are younger I’m sure you will find some never to be repeated old photos, your parents took, which you can restore and transform into colourful pictures like this one below using new age photo editing software. (I must have done something wrong in the photo retouching as the final image shrunk. ( Just click it to open up larger image) Continue reading How you can and why you should restore old photos
Before I begin let me say that this is not a tutorial, otherwise I would have had to post in episodes which I didn’t want to do. If there are any aspects you would like more detail on please comment and I will do my best to explain.
I started with a triangular piece of land, about 350 square metres, that had six overgrown and fruitless Lam Yai trees, nine clumps of untidy bamboo which was starting to get out of hand and plenty of rubbish, not just organic. Continue reading How to make a tropical garden in Thailand for only $400
I motor-biked to Nai Harn beach over the hills and through the lanes. It really is a lovely little journey which takes about thirty five minutes from Kata. On the way I met a few elephants strolling along the road with their minders and then a gibbon wandered into the path of an oncoming bus and decided to sit like a political protester, in the middle of the road, refusing to budge.
I later found out that his name was Charlie and that he and his wife Lam Yai were local celebrities who visited the bar at the elephant trekking station most days around 4pm. Charlie used to sit with the people while they were having a drink and sometimes he would steal a drink for himself. Continue reading Not everyone knows about the plight of the Gibbon – Do you?
Natures beautiful surprise!
All photographers must delete a high percentage of the photographs they take as substandard while they are in search of perfection, or as near to it as they can get. Since my recent experience I now always look closely before I discard any photo, even if I accidentally take a picture of my foot when I meant to snap a butterfly settled on a flower! You never know what you may find. Continue reading How an ordinary photograph can surprise you.
In simple terms a wild flower is a flower that grows naturally in its environment without cultivation and may be indigenous to one particular area of the world. I often find beautiful flowers popping up in my garden which have had only nature’s encouragement and nutrition to grow. Because they require little attention from me I welcome them to join the garden family and make my life easier and more interesting. Continue reading Do you know how many wild flowers are right outside your front door?
Attractive Backgrounds and Headers can make a big difference to the appearance of your WordPress blog as they can also spice up your Desktop. Rotating them can add variety to your life and help keep your audience interest. This is one of my collection of different backgrounds from my natural surroundings which I am posting as galleries of photo images (without watermarks or text). If you think they will suit your WordPress Blog and/or Desktop you are welcome to use them. The only favour I would ask in recognition is that you will be kind enough to let your audience know they were produced by www.jamoroki.wordpress.com. See how I’m using them here on JAMOROKI and my Suai blog. I hope you like them. To download to your hard drive click on one of the images to bring up a slide show. Choose the image you want, right click and save as JPEG. You may need to resize; if so just use ACDSee, Photoshop or your favourite.