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Hill tribe Chiang Rai

Hill tribe Chiang Rai

This villages were located at northern most province of Thailand, near Chiang Rai approximately 830 km from Bangkok. Chiang Rai is known as the “Gateway to the Golden Triangle” – the meeting point of Thailand, Burma and Laos.
There are 5 hilltribe villages with more than 200 villagers living on this village. Ahka tribe, Long Neck Karen, Lahu (Muser) Tribe, Iu Mien, Palong(Big earring) tribe .

We have to pay  entrance fee 300baht per person

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The Ahka women wear black dresses and headgear richly embroided and decorate with silver coinc, beads and beaten silver jewellery. People are shy and clannish and settle at high attitudes. They often retain animistic convictions and protect their homes with altars, Fertility symbols, totems,etc, to ward off evil spirits. Gradually all the tribes are assimilating Thai culture through trade contact and Education in settlement schools. They sold handicraft and very cooperative to photoed, I Like took photograph of this old lady, her smile is so nice.

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Long Neck Karen
Legend claims that the brass rings protect the women from tiger bites. Others have reported that it is done to make the women unattractive so they are less likely to be captured by slave traders. The most common explanation, though, is the opposite of this — that an extra-long neck is considered a sign of great beauty and wealth and that it will attract a better husband. But actually the practice of wearing them helps maintain individual and tribal identity. The women wear rings on neck, arms and legs, they weave the fabric and sell to the tourist.

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A Long neck woman sell handicraft, and play guitar

A Long neck woman sell handicraft, and play guitar

a child care is available, i am interested at the thai letter,

a child care is available, i am interested at the thai letter,

The Lahu divide themselves into a number of subgroups, such as the Lahu Na (Black Lahu), Lahu Nyi (Red Lahu), Lahu Hpu (White Lahu), Lahu Shi (Yellow Lahu) and the Lahu Shehleh. Where a subgroup name refers to a color, it refers to the traditional color of their dress. These groups do not function as tribes or clans – there are no kin groups above that of the family.
The traditional Lahu religion is polytheistic. Buddhism was introduced in the late 1600s and became widespread. Many Lahu in China are Christians. Christianity became established in Burma in the 1800s and has been spreading since. They showed a tradtional dance with traditional music instrument, but my focus was the picture on the center, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. And they asked for some donation after the dance.

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For the past 2000 years, the records show that the Mien lived in the surrounding mountains near Tibet. The Mien moved constantly because they did not like the controlling ruling from the Han.

Palong (Big Earing)
The Palong (Palaung) who live in Thailand came from Myanmar (Burma). It is likely they originated in Southern China and migrated to Myanmar.



To visit or NOT?
Some people don’t want to visit this union tribe. There is entrance fee about 300 Baht per person to look these tribes, it’s like visiting zoo, Human Zoo, the tribes do singing and dancing, dressed up, just to ask for some donation, because this “villages” is set up for tourists, and are not natural, they have been allegations of imprisonment, and ill treatment by management of the villages, I saw a mother forced a child to get dress up and do some make up for the tourist, and the child is crying because she doesn’t want to, but she smile when i took photograph of her


I saw the tribes dance and sing just for the donation, they looked bored. The ladies forced the tourist to buy handicrafts in exchange of taking their photography.
On the contrary,
While the villages have been set up, it is where these ladies (and families) live, we can see different tribes just visit one villages, these tribes make a good living from visitors. The average wage for a days hard laboring in the fields is around 150 Baht. These ladies can earn more than that with relatively little effort. The souvenirs and handicrafts are nice and cheap. Many younger girls wearing rings and traditional custom, so it will do for the next generation. The ladies look absolutely stunning, great memories and great photographs.
For me, i enjoy my time in this villages, some of the older lady smile and look very nice with their traditional custom, and i gave them some money,and buy some handicrafts, and they looked happy. As long as there are no violence and coercion, and they do willingly, it is not a mistake to visit this village.



Posted by on September 4, 2013 in culture, nature, photo, photography, thailand, travel


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Wat Rong Khun, วัดร่องขุ่น ~ Thailand

Wat Rong Khun, วัดร่องขุ่น ~ Thailand

is known as White Temple is situated  about thirteen kilometers south of Chiang Rai, very near to Myanmar. Different from other temple. It is covered with combination of whitewash and tiny mirror chips that make it shine.

It  was built by artist, Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat. He  together with more than 60 followers devoted totally their effort and energy to make this structure their life work created this temple with his freedom, not under anybody’s influence or thought processes, so he did not accept donating from any sources including government

The artist used white color to represent Buddha’s purity while the mirrors symbolize Buddha’s dhamma, teaching men to observe their own mind and reflect kindness towards others.


Before entering the temple grounds, morbid and spooky statues and hanging heads welcome the new visitor. Skeletons and Demons warn the visitor about the dangers of Alcohol and Smoking.DSC_6937 DSC_6935


The whole architecture as well as the statues all around have been carefully studied and are imbued with riddles, teachings and Buddhist philosophy.


The Temple is surrounded by a pond with dozens of white and black fish guarded by dragons and fantastic mythological creatures.

surrounded by the pond

surrounded by the pond

Before crossing the bridge of the “Cycle of Rebirth”, we cannot prevent getting the chills gazing upon the hundreds of sculpted hands reaching up from “Hell”, symbolizing the way to happiness through overcoming cravings.




Twisted demon faces observe and mock the visitor as he prepares to purge his soul from cravings.

After crossing the Bridge, the visitor reaches the temple, the Abode of Buddha.


Although still unfinished, the paintings on the walls inside represent a mix of traditional Thai Buddhist art and contemporary scenes like a plane crashing into the twin towers, the war for Oil, many movie/comics characters like Neo, Batman, Doraemon, Kungfu Panda,  Superman and Star Wars droids. All superheroes painted to let people know that there really are no heroes in our world. so many morality declines , the world become ill , people lack moral standard. that is why Ajarn Chalermchai portray evil people as the demon with mouth opened encircled the entrance of the temple. Too bad photography inside the temple was not allowed . so I scan a view photos from guiding book.

scanned from white temple guiding book

scanned from white temple guiding book

scanned from white temple guiding book

scanned from white temple guiding book

scanned from white temple guiding book

scanned from white temple guiding book

scanned from white temple guiding book

scanned from white temple guiding book

scanned from white temple guiding book

scanned from white temple guiding book

When visitors walked out, they feel they leave the demon behind and going towards the highest level of dhamma, where people will not reborn, to meet the Lord Buddha at the edge of the universe.

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Next to the white temple, on the other side of the pond, is also a the “Gharavasa” (the layman quarters) where an Art gallery, a preaching hall and a “golden toilet” are located, I think that is the most beautiful public restroom, and free to enter and admire, many people took photo of themselves in front of this toilet.



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The temple-like building is supposed to represent the Body (as opposed to the white temple that represents the Mind). Charlemchai built the two bots (white and gold) in hope to teach people to let go and not cling to substance or money, and not to perceive the physical body as an assumed identity.

Ajarn Chalermchai builds this  temple is different from other temples that are golden. He believes that gold is suitable to people who lust for evil deeds. The Lord Buddha represent purity, and he use small mirrors throughout  the building is symbol of wisdom (Dharma) that shines throughout the universe.

“I want to build a heavenly garden (happiness) for humans to stroll in. I want all visitors of whatever religion to have feeling of peace, happiness and at the same time get to understand the meaning of Buddhism that can be seen all over the temple whether it’s in the architectural, the drawings , or the molding works” said Ajarn Chalermchai

Whether or not his message will reach visitors’ soul, Wat Rong Khun is scheduled to be completed by 2070 , remains one of the most unusual and interesting places of worship I have ever visited.

When it is completed, Wat Rong Khun will be a symbol to one man’s dedication to his country, his religion, and his present King, with a deep meaning behind every statue, corner or architectural design representing the wild creativity and vision. one day, it will also became a heritage of the world.

” I discipline the mind to train me toward being a good person with clear thinking, speaking well, and doing good deeds, We are all human, and I want to give goodness to people. If we have love and forgiveness in our hearts, it will come out naturally. You need to practice patience before you can control your own mind.” said Ajarn Chalermchai.




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Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals

Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the world

1. Change

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.

2. Control.

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

3. Forgiveness

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

4. Action.

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

5. The present moment.

“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.”

6. Everyone is human.

“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”
“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.”

7. Persist.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

8. Goodness.

“I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.”
“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.”

9. Truth

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.”

10. Development.

“Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.”

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Posted by on September 1, 2011 in lesson from the expert, Spiritual life, wisdom


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High Park, Toronto, Spring 2011

According to the official City of Toronto website ,  over one million visitors annually come to high park. High Park is the jewel of Toronto’s park system. The park, over one-third of which remains in a natural state, is home to many species of wildlife, including birds, fish and animals. Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites within the City of Toronto, the park contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species. The park offers many popular attractions as well as activities for visitors to enjoy.

High Park’s 399 acres in the middle of Toronto is an excellent getaway for young and old people equally. There are many designated children’s playgrounds, sports facilities, 18 picnic areas, hiking trails, large green spaces, waterfront trails, benches galore and the list goes on and on.

High Park attracts many visitors in the spring to admire the beautiful cherry blossoms, and May is the best time to see the cherry trees in full bloom: Most of the Sakura cherry trees are located around Hillside Gardens and there are a few by the Duck Pond as well.

Sakura trees also known as cherry blossom trees are known for their elegance and beauty. Unfortunately they are also known for their short blooming periods. Approximately one week after the first blossoms appear, ‘kaika’, ‘full bloom’ or ‘mankai’ is achieved.

photograph by Michael Gunawan

photograph by Michael Gunawan

photograph by Michael Gunawan


Posted by on July 16, 2011 in Canada, Flower, nature, photography, travel


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Happy Mother’s Day


“8 May 2011, Happy mother’s day mom, with hug and kiss”

Ucapan manis yang aku terima lewat bbm tepat jam 00.00 WIB, dari Michael, sebagai  ungkapan cinta yang tulus, dan aku mendapat Magnum dan coklat dari Sharen disertai  ucapan  “Happy Mother’s day, I love you Mom”

Mother’s day adalah hari istimewa untuk mama yang telah melahirkan, membesarkan dan mendidik kita. aku melihat kembali hubungan ku dengan mama. suatu hubungan yang tidak semanis hubunganku dengan anak-anakku.  sejak kecil aku merasa mamaku tidak mencintai aku sebesar cintanya kepada adik laki-laki ku, Aku selalu berusaha melakukan segala sesuatu yang terbaik dan aku ingin sekali mendengar dia mengatakan “mama sayang kamu’, tetapi kata itu tidak pernah aku dengar. semua berjalan biasa dan aku juga sampai hari ini tidak pernah mengatakan “Happy mother’s day” karena memang rasanya bukan kebiasaan kami untuk saling mengungkapkan perasaan.

Bandung 1966

Foto ini diambil ketika aku berulang tahun yang ke 1, mama yang cantik, mama yang sederhana, dengan segala ketulusan hati membesarkan dan mendidik aku. Tuntutan hidup mengharuskan mama untuk berjualan di Pasar, kami hidup sederhana, dengan segala suka dukanya, terutama untuk biaya sekolah, tapi semua dapat dilalui dengan baik.

Seringkali timbul pertengkaran antara aku dan mama, tentang siapa teman-teman dekatku, aku merasa, mama terlalu turut campur, dan mama merasa mama sudah berpengalaman jadi tahu lebih banyak. Hubungan kami menjadi tidak harmonis, aku memilih tidak banyak bercerita tentang apapun.

Bagi aku, mama bukan sosok ideal, bahkan amat tidak ideal. dalam hati aku berniat, kalau aku punya anak kelak. Aku akan menjalin hubungan yang baik dengan mereka, akan selalu ada pernyataan cinta, dan tidak ada rasa prasangka telah diperlakukan sebagai anak emas antara seorang dengan yang lain. Selalu menjadi sahabat bagi anak-anakku, singkatnya semua hal yang aku inginkan dari seorangn mama.   Aku akan menjadi mama yang baik bahkan yang terbaik yang dapat aku lakukan.

Waktu aku kuliah, mama masih berjualan makanan di Pasar, pagi hari aku mampir untuk mengantarkan sesuatu, aku mendengar percakapan seperti ini ” Bu, anak saya sih kuliah di Unpar, anak saya mah pinter.”

” Jurusan apa bu?” tanya pembeli, “Wah… saya sih kurang ngerti, pokoknya jurusannya susah deh.” Aku  terdiam, dan tidak bisa mengatakan apapun. Memang, mamaku tidak pernah tahu akan jurusan kuliah aku, atau kegiatan apapun yang aku lakukan, tapi ternyata diam-diam dia membanggakan aku.

Setelah menikah dan melahirkan Michael, dan aku harus bangun tiap 3 jam sekali untuk memberikannya ASI, dan itu amat melelahkan karena waktu tidurku banyak tersita, dan ketika suatu malam, aku memberinya ASI, aku memandangi Michael dan merasa betapa akupun mendapat perlakukan  yang sama ketika aku bayi.  Malam-malam sekitar pukul 1, aku menelpon mamaku,

Dengan kaget mama bertanya “ada apa?” aku menjawab “Tidak apa-apa Ma, hanya mau minta maaf dan berterima kasih karena sudah menjaga dan merawat saya.” Mama menjawab “Minta maaf kenapa? kamu baik sekali kok, dan menjaga serta merawat anak adalah kewajiban orang tua, sekarang sebagai balasannya kamu harus menjaga dan merawat anakmu.”

Sejak peristiwa itu hubungan kami menjadi lebih baik, aku mulai mengerti akan sikapnya selama ini, rasanya memang karakter kami berbeda, tapi aku mulai faham akan sikap dan pandangannya yang sebetulnya bijak dan baik, sederhana, dan menerima apa adanya, mama merasa dirinya tidak bisa bersekolah tinggi karena waktu kecil juga terhimpit kesulitan ekonomi, dan aku yang penuh ambisi untuk melakukan ini itu.Aku mulai mengerti apakah gunanya  pengungkapan cinta dengan  menuntut suatu pernyataan lisan yang sebetulnya tidak penting. Rasanya tidak adil, dan prasangka bahwa mama lebih mencintai adik laki-lakiku adalah pikiranku sendiri yang selama ini membelenggu pikiranku.

Setelah Sharen lahir dan mulai besar, aku sering merasa kesulitan menghadapinya, dengan sikap yang aku anggap keras kepala dan selalu membantah. Aku bercerita pada mama dengan berurai airmata. Mama hanya tersenyum dan mengatakan “Sharen persis dengan kamu, dan menurut mama yang tua yang mesti mengalah” Aku kaget dan sadar, jadi seperti ini posisinya ketika hubungan aku dan mama selalu ribut, Mama mengalah dan aku tetap pada kemauanku, merasa diri lebih pintar dan bisa melakukan banyak hal.

  Uluwatu, 2011, photograph by Tonina Rikin.

Aku sadar, mama tidak akan pernah membaca tulisan ini dan mama juga tidak akan pernah tahu secara lisan apa yang telah terjadi di antara kami, tetapi dengan menuliskan hal ini, aku lebih mengajari diriku sendiri untuk lebih ber”dischernment” (istilah yang digunakan oleh Romo pada kotbah pagi tadi), mencari kehendak Tuhan dalam diri saya, menjadi pribadi yang lebih baik dan lebih bijak.

Pada Mother’s day ini, aku berdoa untuk mamaku, semoga selalu bahagia dan sehat, Tuhan selalu melindungi dan menyayangi nya seperti mama menyanyangi aku.  Hari ini , untuk pertama kali dalam hidupku, anak-anak mengajari aku bagaimana caranya mencintai mama. Aku bersyukur telah dilahirkan, dididik dan dibesarkan, oleh seorang yang amat sederhana dalam bertindak, sederhana dalam berfikir.  Semoga masih banyak waktu kebersamaan kami, memperbaiki hubungan yang kurang baik, dan ada cukup waktu untuk membahagiakan mama.

Mungkin aku berusaha menjadi ibu yang baik, tetapi aku bukan anak yang baik, unutk  membalas semua jasa dan budi baikmu yang kini aku usahakan adalah mencintai anak-anakku dengan sederhana seperti teladanmu selama ini.

Teriring salam untuk semua Mama di dunia ini, Semoga berkat Tuhan selalu menyertai para Mama. Mama yang selalu mencintai dengan sederhana, seperti kata penyair Sapardi Djoko Damono :

Aku ingin mencintaimu dengan sederhana
dengan kata yang tak sempat diucapkan
kayu kepada api yang menjadikannya abu

Aku ingin mencintaimu dengan sederhana
dengan isyarat yang tak sempat disampaikan
awan kepada hujan yang menjadikannya tiada.

Terima kasih Mama…


Posted by on May 8, 2011 in my spiritual, wisdom



The Beauty of Rose

“Beauty is not in the flower itself, but in the heart of the beholder.”

I love these words. most people think of passion and love when they see a red rose. In a white rose we see purity,  for me  I feel love and friendship when I see the yellow one.  Looking at flowers especially roses makes me feel happy, sometimes relaxed and comfortable. I try to capture the beauty of roses through my lenses. All photos are taken at Nirmala tea plantation, at Taman Nasional Gunung Halimun Salak, Indonesia.







  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Class   : Magnoliopsida
  • Order   : Rosales
  • Family : Rosaceae.

Rosa occurs indigenously in the north temperate zone and in tropical mountain areas, usually as erect or climbing shrubs with five-petaled fragrant flowers. Sometimes the foliage also is fragrant, as in the European sweerbrier, or eglantine.

From many of the wild species have been developed the large number of cultivated varieties and hybrids having single or double blossoms that range in color from white and yellow to many shades of pink and red.

Since many species are highly variable and hybridize easily, the classification of Rosa is sometimes difficult, and the wild type of some modern forms is not always known.

The rose has been a favorite flower in many lands since prehistoric times. It appears in the earliest art, poetry, and tradition. It has been used in innumerable ways in decoration.

The rose is the emblem of England and the national flower of the United States.

In ancient Rome, the rose, the flower of Venus, was the badge of the sacred prostitutes. The rose additionally symbolized silence.

Eros, in Greek mythology, presents a rose to the god of silence. Things spoken under the rose or sub rosa were the secrets of Venus’ sexual mysteries, later generalized to refer to keeping any secret.

The use of red and white roses symbolized the sexually active and virginal goddess respectively and set the stage for the later Christian sexual symbolism possessed by the rose.

That symbolism survives today in the predominate use of roses at weddings and as gifts for Valentine’s Day.

In Christian Rome it was the custom to bless the rose on a certain Sunday, called Rose Sunday. The custom of blessing the golden rose came into vogue about the eleventh century.

The golden rose thus consecrated was given to princes as a mark of the Roman pontiffs’ favor. The Christian use of the older rose symbolism achieved its most artistic expression in the rose windows of the medieval cathedrals.

See the American Rose Annual, issued by the American Rose Society; R. Genders, The Rose: A Complete Handbook (1965); S. M. Gault and P. M. Synge, The Dictionary of Roses in Color (1971).
Walker, Barbara. The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1983.
Wilkins, Eithne. The Rose-Garden Game. London: Victor Gallancz, 1969.
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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in nature, photography


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Comfort Zone, a story about a Squirrel and Verrell


Photograph by Sharen Adeline


Verrell sedang berjalan-jalan di sebuah halaman hotel di kawasan Nusa Dua, Bali, Tiba-tiba ia melihat seekor tupai  di atas pohon, dan Verrell sangat tertarik untuk melihat tupai itu dari dekat, segera ia menghampiri mamanya yang sedang makan siang dan meminta sepotong kentang goreng.


Verrell segera  memandang pada tupai itu dan  mengulurkan tangannya yang berisi sepotong kentang goreng. Tupai itu memandang Verrell dari kejauhan.

Tupai merasa ragu, apakah dia berani turun dari pohon dan menghampiri Verrell, yang terus meyakinkan tupai ” ayo… sini tupai… ini makanan enak lho….”


Dari atas pohon  tupai  tampak ragu-ragu untuk menghampiri dan mengambil makanan itu, tetapi akhirnya tupai perlahan-lahan turun dari pohon dan dengan rasa was-was, ia  turun melalui batang pohon, sampai di tanah tupai mengendap-ngendap, melihat ke sekelilingnya, dan lambat-lambat ia mulai mendekati Verrell dan mengambil kentang goreng dari atas tanah, setelah mendapatkannya, tupai  itu segera naik ke atas pohon dan memakannya.

Dari foto-foto cantik ini bisa dilihat bagaimana visualisasinya.



photograph by Sharen Adeline

photograph by Sharen Adeline

photograph by Sharen Adeline

photograph by Sharen Adeline

photograph by Sharen Adeline

photograph by Sharen Adeline

photograph by Sharen Adeline

photograph by Sharen Adeline

Saya melihat ada hal yang menarik dengan sikap tupai ini, dia harus meninggalkan “Comfort zone” nya, yaitu di atas pohon- suatu tempat yang aman dari segala  gangguan-  untuk turun dan mengambil kentang goreng, dia harus mengalahkan rasa takutnya untuk menghampiri Verrell. Ini adalah suatu tindakan yang berani dengan mengalahkan rasa takut, dia harus mengambil resiko dalam usaha mencapai tujuannya yaitu mendapatkan makanan, dengan menghadapi resiko kemungkinan seseorang akan menangkapnya.

Hal ini juga terjadi dalam kehidupan kita, ada kalanya kita harus mengalahkan rasa takut, dan meninggalkan comfort zone kita untuk mendapatkan sesuatu yang kita inginkan, atau mencapai tujuan kita.  Tentu saja dengan memperhitungkan segala resiko yang akan kita hadapi  dengan segala kesulitan dan  tantangan,  kita harus siap melangkah dan menjalani kehidupan ini  sebagai suatu petualangan.

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing”

Many thanks to Valentino Verrell, my nephew, and Sharen Adeline, my daughter,


Posted by on March 31, 2011 in nature, Sharen's Project


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