思乡


夕阳无限群鸟飞

挥之不散思乡绵

路上不见绿草青

只见异土遥不连

By Chang 

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Its all about relationship

udonthani-rice-field

I recently chanced upon a video clip from Youtube and that kept me thinking for a while. The video is about a university lecturer addressing his students. It was a science lecture and he was telling them that the basis of everything, or to be more specific the basis of life is relationship. Everything on this planet earth is all about relationship; one thing links to another. The mysterious thing about life is how all these things are interconnected and how, to a large extend, can’t do without each other. He explained that when God created the universe, He first created the physical elements that support life, such as light and heat, water and the air. These elements are then interconnected and eventually giving breath to other life-forms, such as plants, vegetations, living creatures and finally humans. After He created man, He found that it is not good for him to be alone, therefore He created a companion for him, the woman. There, humans are again interconnected through various kinds of relationships. When the man and woman fell from grace, this first relationship and the whole interconnectedness of things in the world changed.

Although shared from a biblical perspective, I find this whole idea of interconnectedness very mesmerising. The fact is we are more connected than we are divided. We need each other more than the fact that we are separated. And perhaps, we are more similar than the differences we thought we have.

Some years ago, I went through a very dark period of my life and I decided to cut myself off from the people around me. I did not physically isolate myself from them, but what I was going through greatly affected my relationships with them. I felt disconnected and life was very miserable. I went away for a period of time and started traveling from Thailand to Vietnam, Malaysia and eventually to Bhutan. In Bhutan, I found a very different kind of connection. I was connected back to nature, back to the mountains and back to the valleys. I was connected back to the living streams that gave life to the trees in the forests and the creatures that inhabit the ground.

In Bhutan, I was surrounded everyday by the Himalayan mountains and everyday I walked through the woods and passed through the rivers and streams. Each step I took and each breath I breathed in, I was making renewed connection with creations and rediscovering the lost connection. It was when I reconnected myself with nature’s energy, I realised how small and tiny I was in all of these networks of life; this vast interconnectedness that we are all living in. My Bhutanese guide often told me that Bhutanese do not see themselves as superior to nature, neither do they see themselves as inferior. They see themselves as all part of nature: the trees in the forests, the rocks in the field, the fish in the streams,  the creatures roaming in the woods and the humans that inhabit the ground, all are part of this whole networks of life and breath. We all breathe in the same breath and received heat from the same Sun and enjoy the coolness of the same moon.

When I came back from my retreat in Bhutan, the first thing I wanted to do was to restore my relationships with my family and friends. With the renewed relationships, I set to make things in order, set the wrong right all over again and slowly build up my strength to face the challenges of life all over again. We never have to live in defeat and despondence if we understand how interconnected we are and how we can draw strength from one another.

Chang, from Bangkok

水月 | Moon in the Water

I would always buy this flower wreath from a mute girl selling them near my area. The flower always reminds me of how temporal our world is and how everything will pass away like the snow after winter would melt away. They will change their state of being and become water, flowing into the streams and rivers. Everything good or bad thing is just a for a moment…nothing is eternal and nothing is unchanging. 

我经常会向在我家附近买花的哑女买这种花圈。它们常提醒着我,这世界的所有事与故都是暂时的。所有的一切都会向冬天的雪,随着春暖的到来,溶化成液体。它们会流向河川,流向大海,以不同的形体存在着。一切好事或坏故都不会长久,永恒是虚幻的,一切万物都无常。

我偷偷的哭了!- 爱@曼谷

  

  
坚强

我没有你们

想像的坚强。

对不起!

我终于哭了。

那个星期六的早上,

我偷偷在书房哭了!

我想着想着,

我看了看了,

眼泪就滑满两行。

我终于脆弱了!

我写的诗,

它们也偷偷的,

偷偷的为我哭了。

我把我的泪

化成一笔一划

的诗句流进

一纸一篇里。

每首诗成了我自己的安慰。

它们成了我的唯一救赎。

我写出了我的思念。

我写出了我的不安。

我写尽了我的伤心。

或许,有些事经过了

泪水的洗礼

会更清楚,更明白。

Sukhumvit Soi 38 – 回忆生活

Memories of Bangkok. 回忆曼谷!Oh, I have tonnes of memories with this city! Sukhumvit Soi 38 is certainly one of them! 哇,我有好多回忆在曼谷哦!Sukhumvit 38 小巷是其中之一!Here you can find a congregation of street food of Bangkok in one small road! And today is the last day of operation for this place! After today, the stalls will move to their various locations and give room to condo development! 小小的一条小巷,它聚齐了曼谷的街头小吃. 今天是这条小巷的最后一天的营业!过了今天,小巷就要让位给私人公寓发展商!可惜啊!

  

Fisherman’s Net – 回忆生活

Memories of Vietnam. 回忆越南!This was taken in Mu Nec, a not so well known beach resort area. 这是 Mu Nec,一个不是很多人知道的海滩圣地!Every morning,the fishermen would cast their nets in hope that it will be a good catch for the day! 清晨,渔夫们将网撒去大海里,希望这天会是满载而归的一天。I guess that’s a picture of hope! 我想这就是希望的画面吧