Showing posts from October, 2018

The Temple in front of the Royal Pyre

From Wat Thammikarat, the tuk tuk driver took us to yet another  still functioning temple, Wat Na Phra Men; translated literally into the temple in front of the royal pyre. Executed royal prisoners apparently were cremated here, hence it's name. The Buddha image here was rather special for it wears a royal attire; signifying a late Ayutthaya period; and boy, does it have a rather long name - Phra Buddha Nimitr Vichit Maramoli Sisanpeth Boromtrailokanat. Some of us who were Buddhist, paid our respect and then we all left hastily for our next destination, missing out yet another unique seated Buddha image of the Dvaravati period called Phra Khantharat, a well preserved Buddha carved out of green stone. I suppose a knowledgeable guide would always come handy in visiting ancient places like Ayutthaya...                                                                          6

Off to Olympic Park

In Leyton, first we dropped all our belongings in our rooms, freshened up a little and our Leyton's hosts treated us to some hot cross buns. Tea was marvellous and when it ended, it was just for us to catch a bus to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The park contains among others, the athletes' Olympic Village and several of the sporting venues including the London Stadium and London Aquatics Centre. The park of course was built to cater for the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Now that the games were over, it is open to the public. Ah Chuan, I understand, goes to the aquatic centre to swim in the Olympics-size swimming pool on weekends. The park wasn't exceptionally beautiful but it was nice to walk with friends in the cool weather and clean environment, watching the children play or the people taking a boat ride in the the River Lea. While there, you may also want to climb up the ArcelorMittal Orbit and view London from the viewing platforms or take …

Danok's Dinosaur Park

Imagine a park featuring dinosaurs in Danok! It wouldn't  be any way like Jurassic Park or Jurassic World of course. Instead of cloned dinosaurs, you'll get life size animatronic ones which use robotics to move the heads and sway the tails. Not very frightening of course even though they  grunt and snort; but great for taking photographs and sending squeals of delight especially from kids and the young at heart. After dinner in the Asian Cultural village, some of us made our way there. I remember paying  just 10 ringgit for the ticket. Some people complained they take just fifteen minutes to reach the exit. Think it's nicer to visit at night when the weather is cooler and the lights play tricks on your eyes and the dinosaurs look more real and menacing.      4

Roses in Leyton

In Leyton, you'd probably take that with a grain of salt; that roses are mostly native to Asia.
My friends and I stayed in a residential area in Leyton. The front compound of the house seems rather small but where there is a rose shrub growing, you'd be surprised to see how attractive the place could be. The roses in Leyton are rather big and showy and come in various hues. There are red, yellow, white, purple roses; all blooming profusely that you'd think that they have always belonged here. In the place where I put up the night, the compound at the back was rather big, unkempt too if you care to see; and if it were not for the roses, we would not be lured out in the morning  to have a cuppa there!