Clouds Over Koh Samui, Thailand

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Our days in Koh Samui, Thailand have been very relaxing.

Lazing by the beach, watching the sea and the clouds were part of our enjoyment.DSC_0630

One evening, we walked by the beach and was stunned by the colorful storm clouds that were hanging low over the horizon.DSC_0629

The clouds looked dramatic. Looking at how the clouds and sky change their color as the sun was setting was really memorable.

When the sun has almost set, the sky exhibited an almost red color.DSC_0640

We didn’t know these were the signs of a heavy storm that night. When we were back at our hotel and were ready to sleep, thunders began to roar. With the heavy rain, there was continuous lightning too.

In the midst of all the thunders, suddenly there was an electricity  blackout. The whole area, including our bungalow was pitch black – we couldn’t see a thing. There was some panic, as we…

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Koh Samui – Islands Hopping

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There are many aspects of Koh Samui that entice us. The best ones include its stunning beauty, peaceful atmosphere, views of lovely seas, water sports, white sandy beaches, warmth of the native people. While we didn’t mind staying all week on Koh Samui, we decided to venture out to the other islands, only to discover that they are in no way less beautiful than Koh Samui itself.

We took a speed boat to the Marine Park and were impressed by the very calm and clear water.

The speed boat raced out to the open sea and suddenly accelerated and veered to one side. Our hearts went throbbing and nearly fell out. The boatman was laughing;  he was  trying to show off his steering skills. Then the boatman gave us a very close up view of some of the islands. The rock formations of the island were layered which we surmized was sedimentary rock. 

Then we came to this…

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The Challenge of Travelling

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Have been travelling for the past couple of weeks, covering Switzerland (Geneva), Hungary (Budapest, Szentendre), Croatia (Plitvice National Park, Split, Hvar Island and Dubrovnik) and France (Annecy).

This journey is different in that we also have my Father-in-Law (FIL) of age 80+ travelling with us. While the planning of the trip has tried to be as less strenuous as possible, the trip did require quite a bit of walking up and down. We intended to cover all 16 lakes of great beauty in Plitivice National Park (below) and the 2 km (730 steps) walk on top of the Dubrovnik Castle walls in Dubronik, not to mention the daily walking of several hours when we were not travelling by car, catamaran or Ro-Ro ferry.

It was a test of will and strength for my FIL, as before the journey, he has developed a reluctance of climbing up or down even one flight of staircase between two stories in a…

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Waterfalls ( Big vs Small)

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Here are two photos , both of which show waterfalls.

One was taken at the Niagara fall, the water was crashing down in all its mighty.1275803_1384422941789507_1141519837_o

A boat full of visitors was edging towards the waterfall while a rainbow appears to the left. The picture was taken by my classmate KC Ching.DSCF2943A

The second picture was taken by me at the Nine Dragons Group of Waterfalls in Yunnan, China.

The pictures are in dialogue, speaking to each other – with a similar theme but at a different scale.

Instead of a motorized boat, the second picture shows a small sampan being maneuvered near to misty waterfall.

Please enjoy 🙂

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