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Blessing my new motorbike
I did just buy a new motorcycle and just like new cars (or houses) it should be blessed by a monk. So we went to a nearby temple but they told us they "do not do motorbikes" because ladies are sitting on it. But we could go to another nearby temple. So we drove to that other temple where indeed we could have my new motorcycle blessed .... but today was not a good day. We had to come back another day.
Protected from all evil?
So in morning my wife went to a "temple shop" in the village to buy some flowers, some joy-sticks and some small pieces of "gold" paper. At the temple I parked my bike in the shadow under a big tree. One a bit older monk came from his small house and did put all the things on a chair next to the motorbike. Then he started to walk around the bike and sprinkle some water over the bike while with his other hand touching the bike. Then he did "write" some Buddhist marks on the windshield of my bike and he did put the "gold" paper pieces (3) on the windshield. He did walk once more around the bike and then my wife and I had to kneel down to the floor and he did sprinkle some water over us to bless us also.
I come from a little country in Europe where having access to healthcare for all people in society is part of society. And I think that is a very good system. Thailand is a little bit different. First of all I am not Thai, but just a guest of this country. In Thailand there is an National Health Care system where people can go to their local hospital and get medical service for almost free. That sounds good but in reality it is not really working. Hospitals are busy, there are long waiting lines and upcountry hospitals are many times far away. And there are not much doctors and nurses working.
But there are very good private hospitals in Thailand if you have money. So when living here you can choose to ignore the risk for medical service and spend your money on other things. But when I moved to Thailand I had what we call an Expat Healthcare…
It was time again to extend my Carbon tyre-print so I planned a short week for a small loop in North Thailand. The plan was (but failed a bit) to redo a trip I did last year but due to bad weather the trip last year was a bit foggy and wet. No rain this year but at some points (of course high in the mountains a big foggy). A small loop of total 1091km in 4 days. Following is a trip report with photos. For more Motorbike Trips reports click HERE.
Day 1 : From Tha Wang Pha to Mae Sai
I left a bit late at 7:30 in the morning and took route 1148 and had again breakfast at Phu Lankha, also called Magic Mountain. After breakfast I continued to Chiang Kham for a pit-stop at the PTT Gasoline station for both the motorbike and me. After that I took a bit weird route to Mae Sai via route 1020 and somehow I manged to get on route 1290 passing Chiang Sean and the famous Golden Triangle where I had lunch while overlooking the mighty Mekong River. After Chiang Sean I continued on route 1290 and th…
As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land and preparing it for building our house. This is part 8, to read the other parts click Rice Field.
As you might remember we had made electricity connection to our land from the nearest public electricity pole. See the posting Getting Electricity. The final thing to do was now to make electricity from the electricity meter on the cement pole along the road to our land. Two things were important with this installation : First of all I want all electricity wires to be in the ground.Secondly I want to be prepared for the near future as of what we will be needing.
So the first thing to do was to find a shop who would be selling the material we needed and then find people who can install everything. Preferable people who have a license for electrical installation. Well we found both at a local electrical installation company who is actually famous all over Nan province. Amazingly they have a better sele…
Something I wanted to do a long time ago but I finally did it .... this travelblog is now also accessible via a URL that is a bit easier to read & remember : www.Traveling2Thailand.Com. That will mean I also will change in the near future the logo of my travel-blog.
Within this travel blog is so much hidden information that I thought "How to make that easier to find and in a comprehensive presentation?". Well as you might have seen at the menu header a new item has been introduced Travel Guides. A link to a page with Travel Guides by The Little Elephant, based on more as 15 years of travel experience in Thailand. At the moment there is only one Travel Guide about Nan province in North Thailand, but hopefully soon followed by Loei, Phrae, Phayao, Chiang Rai and maybe Chiang Mai or other provinces with my personal favour. Have a look and let me know what you think of it.