Enter the Dragon

The dragon snuck up on my this year.  I knew the new year was coming but then it came and before I knew it we were in the dragon’s belly.

The above picture is from the temple in Sri Racha, ChonBuri, Thailand, the same temple that the Sea Turtles are from.  We went there while the classes were on leave for Chinese New Years.  Many of my fathers students went back to China to spend the holiday with their families.  It was a bit lonely for me because of that, but when they came back they brought presents, like chocolate!

In BangSaen it was pretty quite, but they did hang the iconic red lanterns down the main straight outside the campus.   I hope this year is just as nice of a New Year for everyone!  Welcome year of the Dragon!

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Two Years Past

 

It’s hard to believe that it’s coming up on two years since I left for Thailand.  It was such an adventure, though truly challenging at times.  I know I failed a good number of those challenges, but I also had some great experiences along the way.  It two years sometimes it can feel like so much has change, and barely nothing has changed.  When my father talks about going up to the temple I still remember the area so vividly, but I know if I were to visit again it would be very different.  For starters Jayron, the monkey pictured above, who had been rescued by the monkeys had been one of the most exciting parts of visiting the Temple.  How often in life to you get to be up close and personal with a wild monkey?  Last year they released her though, she was strong enough to be in free in the wild.  Which makes me wonder what would be my favorite part of a visit if I went there again?  It presents a whole new adventure, which hopefully I can have some day.

Mt Hakone

While visiting Tokyo we had to take a side trip to Mt Hakone.  The last bit of the journey up the mountain you take in an aerial gondola and get to look straight down onto the mines.  I never imaged that sulfur mines would look so cool.   It’s truly an amazing site.  I think it may have even been a more amazing view than the view from the top, Mt Fuji.

Okay, I guess that was a pretty amazing site too!

It’s A New Year!

It’s a new year, and time for new adventures!  In 2011 I barely even left the state (I think I went down to Ohare airport once).  This year I’m aiming to at least make it to Austin at some point.  Hopefully in 2012 a Wings Eye View can show some of America.  Until then I will celebrate with some burning incense from the temple of SriChang.  These were burning in front of the line of Buddha’s shown in A Buddha A Day.