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Feeding spirits in Bali

The Sidakarya mask feeds the spitits during the ceremony of ” house cleaning”.
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Warung Lembongan in Bali

On the way from Denpasar to Ubud I used to stop for a lunch at local eatery called Lembongan. Only fresh fish and fish soup is served there.

When visit Bali you should chose places popular among local people. Try to taste food at a typical Balinese warung.
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Riding from Pai to Pang Mapha

The road 1095 in Northern Thailand is spectacular and famous for its many curves.  There is 1,000 meters difference in elevation on 45 km stretch between Pai and Pang Mapha.

We reach a pass , the highest point of 1,431 meters above sea level on middle way. The temperature drops below 20 degrees C. October visibility is moderate.  The surrounding dark blue mountain ranges extending into Burma hiding in the afternoon fog.

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Pindaya Caves Buddhas in Shan State.

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The Burmese as well foreigners looking for luck or fortune leave their gilted bronze and alabaster Buddha images at Pindaya Caves.

The world around Bolilanga Island – Togian Islands

The Bolilanga Island – I would to recommend this island off the coast of Central Sulawesi for a vacation without hesitation.  However if you prefer to be in touch with somebody in the outside world – take with you a satellite phone.

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Doors leading to unlimited knowledge and atrial nirvana

Doors in a wat of Wiang Kum Kam lost city

Doors in a wat of Wiang Kum Kam lost city

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Wiang Kum Kam – a lost city in Chiang Mai

Wiang Kum Kam

Wiang Kum Kam

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Ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam was lost from historical records in 16th century.  The almost 900 years old city was rediscovered in 1984 near Ping river, 6 km from the Chiang Mai’s moat surrounding the tourist center.
You can visit the area dotted with  a few ruined temples in tuk tuk or hire a pony carriage at the front of main gate.

To become a prima ballerina in Thailand

Chiang Mai Ballet School

Tedious exercises at a ballet school in Chiang Mai.

Jumeaux

Twins

Les jumeaux d’un village des tribus montagnardes en Thaïlande du Nord.

Edward Snowden is a hero

” We are seeing an unprecedented campaign against whistleblowers and truth-tellers: it’s now criminal to expose the crimes of the state. Under this relentless assault by the Obama administration, I am the only person who has held them off and preserved his freedom. All the other whistleblowers I know have served time in jail, are facing jail or are already incarcerated or in prison.”

Thomas Andrew Drake ( by The Guardian )

Our hero

Our hero

” Since the government unchained itself from the constitution after 9/11, it has been eating our democracy alive from the inside out. There’s no room in a democracy for this kind of secrecy: it’s anathema to our form of a constitutional republic, which was born out of the struggle to free ourselves from the abuse of such powers, which led to the American revolution. “

Thomas Andrew Drake ( by The Guardian )

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Modern military technologies used in surveillance and espionage against civilians are effective and oppressive.

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