NaBloPoMo!

Would you believe that my return to the blogosphere coincided with the first day of NaBloPoMo?!

Complete coincidence, but surely a sign from the blogging Gods.

And so, I am embarking on National Blog Posting Month once again – where I shall be writing a post a day fro the duration of the month of Novemeber.

Technically I didn’t manage to make a post yesterday as firstly, I was completely unaware that it was NaBloPoMo at all and secondly, I was cowering under the pile of work that has manifested itself over the half term break which was making for a rather unpleasant Monday morning for all who crossed my path (my car also broke down twice on the way to work, but that is a whooole other story, which I surely shall tell when I realise that I have signed up to post once a month and run out of things to say about my life).

So here goes, a post a day – surely this will re-ignite my blogging spark.  And if it doesn’t… then nothing will.NaBloPoMo_2015_0

If you have a blog, join me and have a go!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

Another photo challenge has taken my fancy…

Thresh·old (thrĕsh′ōld′, -hōld′)
noun
1. A piece of wood or stone placed beneath a door; a doorsill.
2. An entrance or a doorway.

I could have gone metaphorical with this week’s challenge from the Daily Post, but as it would happen I have recently been on a little walk with my camera around Phuket Old Town which is filled with stunning, colourful Sino-Portuguese buildings.  So I have plenty of pictures of the thresholds into homes and shops alike.  Take a look – it just goes to show that Phuket is more than just buckets of booze and ladyboys, if you know the right places to look.

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Travel theme: Statues

I haven’t participated in one of these in a while but when I saw what the theme was this week over at WheresMyBackpack I couldn’t resist; statues.

Having spent the past 18 months or so in Thailand, I have taken a huge amount of photographs of statues at the many temples that I have visited.  It’s almost obligatory when you visit a temple to take a picture of the statue even if that means that you end up with hundreds of very similar images of buddhas stacked up in your hard drive!

Here are some of my favourite statue images from the depths of my temple files.

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A Word A Week Challenge: Yellow

This week’s theme over at A word in your ear is YELLOW.

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You can’t see for the yellow garlands that have been adorned on this statue at a Hindu-Buddhist- temple in Hat Yai, Thailand.

In Thailand yellow is considered not only the colour of Buddhism but also the colour of royalty.  People wear yellow shirts to show adoration for the King, fly yellow flags to show support for the royal family and lay garlands of yellow flowers at auspicious Buddhist ceremonies.

Yellow is such a bright colour evoking energetic, happy feelings – of course it is synonymous with the Kingdom of Thailand.

 

Computer says NO.

Ah, crap bags.

I am without laptop and therefore without the tools needed to update le blog daily, as required by my second consecutive blog challenge – NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month.  Left with only an iPad ONE (basically obsolete and unable to do anything) I shall have to admit defeat until I am back up and running in the technological sense.  It’s a NaBloPoMo NO NO.

The laptop will be away being fixed for an unknown amount of days (remember, this is Thailand).  Actually I don’t know if it’s being fixed or replaced (remember, this is Thailand), but considering the guys in the shop were happy to sort it out free of charge (remember, this is Thailand) without a sniff of a receipt (remember, this is Thailand), I don’t really mind.  I think our white faces were proof of purchase enough, as they recognised us immediately and no questions were asked (the benefits of being the only foreign customers they have had all year).  Remember, this is Thailand!

It’s a bit annoying as I had put aside the entire weekend to put all my lesson plans for the term together.  I mean, I could use a good old pen and paper but without the comfort blanket of a google search or my favourite resource websites (post to come on that soon actually) I am unable to pull anything concrete together.  It’s like I can’t rein in my ideas without a word document and a template.  Maybe I will do a mind map, I do like a mind map.  I’ve got some paper and I’m sure I’ve got a rainbow of half empty felt tips…  ooooh yes, a Sunday morning mind map, with illustrations of course!

It’s only a bit annoying as instead I can finally try to finish Doctor Sleep, Steven King’s sequel to The Shining.  I’ve been finding it hard to get through it; I was expecting another scary read but instead it’s all sci-fi and strangeness.  It’s been a bit of a chore and I’ve only really stuck at it because I’ve read the first one.

So, that’s my Sunday sorted – reading a book and making a beautiful mind map.  Happy days!