28 February 2012

Wat Bechamanabopit: Marble Temple in Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Bechamanobopit, better known as the Marble Temple, was the last I visited during my stay in Bangkok. It is made mostly of marble hence the name. It rained really hard when we arrived there so I wasn't able to take pictures outside.

The temple houses 33 original and 20 replicas of buddhas from different Buddhist countries. Buddha overload!

I really got a kick of taking photos of fancy doors and ceilings during this trip. Evrything was just so fancy!
Bet ko 'to gayahin sa kwarto ko. Haha!

Here's a photo of the whole group: the Malaysian kids, Rabbit and our group.

So this is my last Buddhist temple post and I leave you with my Buddha pose (as instructed by Rabbit haha).






26 February 2012

Wat Pho: The Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand

I've mentioned in my previous post that aside from the Grand Palace, one should not miss going to Wat Pho when in Bangkok. Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in the city. When Ayutthaya was destroyed, the image of the Recling Buddha was rebuilt in the new capital. Prior to the temple's founding, it used to be a center for Thai traditional medicine.
Buddha head

Malaysian kids

The statue was made of gold and mother of pearl.

Inside were these 108 bronze bowls representing the 108 auspicious characteristics of the Buddha wherein you drop coins for good fortune. You can get the coins for 20 Baht; these also help maintain the Wat. 

Well, being a sucker for all things that would (hopefully) bring me luck...
Please coins do your magic!!!
Anyway, I found this funny sign inside. I think it's kind of erm...racist? Haha!

When we went to Ayutthaya the day before, Rabbit introduced us to this oil which can soothe your stress. It smells minty, something reminiscent of old people but what do you know? It actually works. My mom asked where he got it and he said that it was from Wat Pho so we bought some ourselves. It was selling at 6 for 500 Baht.

So now I have my perfect hangover aid..and it's actually from Buddha. Coolness.

25 February 2012

Impulse

Last Saturday was my friend Lizelle's bridal shower. Lizzy has been my friend since I was 12, so that translates to a good 15 years! And doing the math, now you know my age. Haha! We were instructed to wear black so I did just that. However, I worked overtime that day and I realized that I was terribly underdressed for the occasion so I bought a bondage skirt at my fashion shrine, Forever 21. I was deciding between mustard yellow and red but went for the red because I was convinced that mustard would extremely define my very much birthing hips. To my surprise, it turned out that the venue was colored *drumroll* red and black.
i Candy top | Forever 21 skirt  and turquoise bracelet | VNC heels
Kandi Treats jellybean necklace | Bangkok  blue bangle | Swatch watch

I was actually hoping for a stripper but I guess Peter, the nude inflatable dummy, would have to do.
Censored. EEEEEP.
There were a lot of naughty games (of course this was a shower) and I actually was good at them. I leave it up to you to do your translation. Haha.

I jumped over to Fiamma where the Ateneo party was held due to the persistence of MBA friends. I actually did not have any plans of going and I was being such a cheapskate not wanting to pay the entrance fee because the open bar was long finished. Anyway, I won't be able to do that anyway since the registration people were diligently manning the entrance. I got tipsy in 30 minutes. Good job!

Work hard. Party much, much harder!

20 February 2012

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

Ask anybody who has been to Bangkok and they'll surely say that they have gone to the Grand Palace. It is the must see destination in Bangkok, schools even have their field trips here. When we arrived there were a lot of tourists there already.

The Grand Palace was patterned after the Royal Palace located in Ayutthaya. They wanted to retain the original structure and this was the result. The compound is divided into four courts: outer court, middle court, inner court and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It was so amazing that everything was made of gems and gold. The whole palace must be worth billions!
solid goooooold!!!


I also found this replica of the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Cambodia, by the way, is next on my travel plans.
One day I'll go see the real thing.
Walking a little more, we reached the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Just like all the other temples, you have to leave your footwear outside. Rabbit looked out for our shoes because apparently, there were people who steal footwear for a living.
lotus offerings
The inner court was off limits ever since one member of the Royal Family committed suicide. The middle court  was inspired by European architecture. The roofs of the buildings however remained Thai.

What should you wear in the Grand Palace? It is always safe to wear a top with sleeves and pants as respect to the Thai traditions. I figured that we were going to do lot of walking so I wore something comfortable.
Mango blouse and bag | Topshop pants | Charlie flats | Forever 21  sunnies
How to get there? Best bet is to take a cab to avoid having to ride the BTS then transfer to a boat  and walk after.

19 February 2012

Wat Traimit: The Temple of the Golden Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand

Our third day in Thailand was alloted to explore the different temples within the city. Originally, we were supposed to do this by ourseves but since we enjoyed Rabbit's tour the day before, we decided to join his city tour this time. It turned out to be a good choice because it rained really hard later that day. We were in the company of Malaysian kids who were on a holiday. 

Our first stop was Wat Traimit or the Temple of the Golden Buddha. The temple is located in the area of Chinatown.

The Golden Buddha has quite an interesting history. When Bangkok was established as the new city capital the statues of the Buddha were moved from Ayutthaya via the Chao Phraya river. Wat Traimit was actually the second location for the buddha which was casted in stone back then. It had to be transferred in the 50's because the temple which was its original location had to be vacated. Accidentally, the buddha slipped from the straps during transfer and cracked, revealing a Buddha statue cast in solid gold. Apparently it was a ploy to keep the Burmese from stealing it.
Ring the bells for good luck

How to get there: Take the MTR and get off the Hua Lamphong station. Walk to Wat Traimit from there. View the map here.

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