My Inspiration

I find that the really good part of being "trapped" in Planet Earth, and the one that makes me want to jump!, is that we get the chance to explore the many wonders and awe striking phenomena of nature -which can sometimes really bring tears to my eyes and move me in very special transcendental ways- plus, we have the benefit of having at our disposal an immense array of human production, from architecture to gastronomy, from design to literature, every aesthetic manifestation of our great creative potential; art in its different forms can occasionally have that divine little thing that makes me feel flabbergasted, touched or even changed. I hope to share some of the "God on Earth" practical experiences that I've collected during my travels through this humble blog.

29 may. 2012

Friendly Lovely Thailand

Thailand is one of the friendliest places on earth, one of the many countries in Southeast Asia that offers an amazingly rich and colorful culture, embedded in a beautiful and exuberant tropical environment. Nevertheless, Thailand stands out because of its people. Thais make foreigners feel welcomed and at home with their kind, interested and open attitude towards the rest of the world, a positive and loving vibration that definitely marks a difference.
A visit to Thailand is a non-stop exciting adventure full with color, beautiful folk and traditional art, incredible and moving traditions, exquisite and delicate cuisine, electrifying nature, and a curious blend between ancient history and modern life, all involved in human warmth.
One of the most attractive art forms you will see in Thailand is Buddhist art, which comprises a vast catalogue of architectural gems and awe provoking sculptures that can´t help but astound its observers. As it well deserves, I have dedicated a whole article to Buddhist art, in which I show a taste of the amazingly detailed creativity and beauty of Thais' inventiveness in what religious art is concerned:
Buddhist Art in Thailand: Bangkok´s Main Buddhist Temples

A graphic overview of Buddhist Architecture & Sculptures in Bangkok's Main Buddhist Temples: Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho and Wat Arun. This article includes an extended picture catalogue.

Chang Mai Street Photography and Buddhist Temples
Chang Mai Old City in Northern Thailand, its unique Buddhist temples and the contrast between rural and westernized influences mingled in today’s folk culture.

Furthermore , because of the fact that Thailand wouldn´t be the same with the charm and kind nature of Thai people, I have dedicated a second article in which Thais' personality is analyzed through their religious beliefs´, how their Buddhist teachings shape the way they see life, and generate paradigms that filter through in everything they do, including  their friendly behavior towards other human beings:
 A brief essay that explores Buddhism in everyday Thailand and how its deeply engrained ethical and philosophical ideals give shape to Thais' happy, positive and friendly personality.

24 may. 2012

Vietnam´s Natural Wonders

Halong Bay, Vietnam
Vietnam has a very accidented landscape, which has been sculpted and transformed by natural forces, throughout centuries, to bring about some of the most unusual and beautiful environments I have seen. Two examples of these amazing sites are "Halong Bay" and "Tam Coc". Both of these natural wonders are analogous archipelagos with bizarre and huge rock formations that protrude from the sea (in the case of Halong Bay) and the land (in the case of Tam Coc), but different in that "Halong Bay" is located in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Tonkin in north Vietnam, which means it is a sea attraction, while "Tam Coc" is embedded amongst emerald rice-paddies and the Ngo Dong River.

Tam Coc, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam

I´ve already posted a link to the article which describes and gives information on Tam Coc, with beautiful images of the whole experiential visit; nevertheless, I´m posting it again for those who missed it:

Sunset Halong Bay
Now you can compare the Tam Coc scenery and experience with Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will take you on a fantastic epic journey through beauty and adventure:

  If you are traveling to North Vietnam, I would recommend visiting both places, each one has unique and picturesque qualities that are very enjoyable and surprising!!!

17 may. 2012

Ubud, a Cultural Hub in Bali, Inodonesia

 Ubud is considered the “Capital of Balinese Culture” in the tropical and beautiful Indonesian Island of Bali. It is a town located in a lovely mountainous area and surrounded by an incredibly green tropical environment, with luscious vegetation and charming country sides.

Besides its natural beauty, Ubud is a good base from which to visit many Hindu temples and take in the historical background of this culturally rich area. While visiting the archeological sites, one can also witness the religious traditions of Bali´s population and the country lifestyle.

Ubud also has several art galleries and museums, “Wayang” Puppet Theater, interesting local music and Balinese dance performances that are everything from extremely mold-braking and bizarre, particularly so for the occidental culture, to an explosion of artistic beauty and attention to detail. Balinese Dance, accompanied by gamelan music, portrays some of the most fantastic and imaginative characters this art form can produce.

The article “Ubud, Indonesia: Capital of Balinese Culture“ has a more detailed overview of Ubud: Indonesian culture, including its different art forms, things to do in Bali; photographs of Hindu temples, Ubud´s art scene, traditions and countryside, a Bali Map, Accommodation and Indonesian Food.