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Silvia

Argentine, civil engineer by profession, ex-city planner by choice, amateur photographer and travel writer by chance; without speaking any English, I moved into Pattaya because of my husband's job in March 2003, along with our fifteen -years old son. With great conviction, will power and a great group of friends, those hard times are part of the past. Slowly, I started to find my own space, to recognize and feel Pattaya as my own city, I started to have a ...home, so far from Home.

Tierras de dragones y dioses, de sus hijos y nietos…

Tierras de dragones y dioses, de sus hijos y nietos…

  ‘Comprender los orígenes de un país es importante A veces, estos orígenes vienen en forma de historias transmitidas de generación en generación … ‘ por Tien Ly ‘Con 4.000 mil años de historia en su haber, el tesoro literario de Vietnam es muy abundante, incluyendo innumerables mitos, leyendas y cuentos populares. Crecí escuchando estas historias de mi madre, las leía ...[Read More]

Land of Dragons and Gods, their children and grandchildren…

Land of Dragons and Gods, their children and grandchildren…

    ‘ Understanding a country’s origins is important. Sometimes, these origins come in the form of stories passed down from generation to generation…’ by Tien Ly ‘ With 4,000 thousand years of history under its belt, the literary treasure of Vietnam is very plentiful, including countless myths, legends, and folk tales. I grew up hearing these stories from my mothe ...[Read More]

Hanoi, una ciudad legendaria

Hanoi, una ciudad legendaria

“… Por ahora, espero, confiando en el auto y su conductor, a medida que pasa violentamente a otros autos, tan imprudentes como el mío, pasando las nuevas mansiones del lago ‘West’ que se ven desde la carretera y los viveros llenos de árboles de quinotos. Hanoi llega a mi encuentro. Su imagen se extiende como un banquete de bienvenida, ofrece las mejillas de sus grandes edif ...[Read More]

Hanoi, a fabled city…

Hanoi, a fabled city…

  ‘…For now I wait, trusting the car and its driver as it hurtles fatally past others reckless cars, past the grand new houses of West lake visible from the road and the nurseries full of cumquat trees. Hanoi arrives to meet me. Its picturesqueness spread like a welcoming banquet, it offers the cheeks of its grand buildings, the outstretched arms of its people. The afternoon light ...[Read More]

Un sulky , una bicicleta y la historia de Ava.

Un sulky , una bicicleta y la historia de Ava.

    ‘La vida te da sorpresas, sorpresas te da la vida…’ Pedro Navaja tenía razón. Tiene razón. La vida, como la historia, toma giros sorprendentes e inesperados. Muchas veces. Casi sin habernos dado cuenta, estábamos viviendo en Tailandia, en el sudeste asiático. Desde el sur del Sur, al sur de Oriente. Y, casi sin darnos cuenta, mudados e instalados en la nueva casa, e ...[Read More]

A Horse-cart, a Bicycle and Ava’s history …

A Horse-cart, a Bicycle and Ava’s history …

  History, as life, takes surprisingly, interesting twists. As soon as we moved into Thailand, we were anxious  for knowing about our new home – country’s history and culture.Thus  we learnt  that Ayutthaya, the old royal capital, had  being besieged and attacked in different occasions until  they got it done. Siam’s great capital city was destroyed by the kingdom’s hi ...[Read More]

From Bagan to Mandalay, the last five Royal Capitals of Burma

From Bagan to Mandalay, the last five Royal Capitals of Burma

‘ By The old Moulmein Pagoda, looki’ lazy at the sea, There’s a Burma girl a – settin’, and I know she thinks o’ me; For the wind is in the palm – trees, and the temple – bells they seay: ‘Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!’ … Everything started with my husband’s suggestion: ‘ We could visit  Burma ...[Read More]

‘Dragons appear on Ha Long Bay’

‘Dragons appear on Ha Long Bay’

    An old, popular legend repeated hundreds, if not thousands, of times says that  … ‘…Many years ago, when Vietnam was just starting to develop into a country, they had to fight against invaders. Seeing this, the Gods sent a family of dragons as protectors and so, to help the Vietnamese defending their country… This family of dragons began spitting out jewels an ...[Read More]

Bencharon Journey: from China to Siam

Bencharon Journey: from China to Siam

The tittle  called my attention:  ‘Bencharon Journey: from China to Siam’. It was  an article dedicated to a rare Bencharon  exhibition. Over 150 pieces of Bencharon  and related objects in other materials made exclusively for Siam in the 18th and 19th centuries had been assembled from private collections, including items housed at Chakrabongse Palace, and galleries exclusively for thi ...[Read More]

A Royal treasure: the Javanese Batik collection of King Chulalongkorn of Siam

A Royal treasure: the Javanese Batik collection of King Chulalongkorn of Siam

  All began in 1910. His Majesty King Chulalongkorn of Siam had passed away. His possessions were carefully kept in the Treasury of the Inner Court of the Grand Palace. More than a century later those trunks, which had remained unkown and unseen for over 100 years, were opened. A treasure was discovered: a whole collection of Javanese Batiks, all of them in excellent state of conservation. In ...[Read More]

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