Went out on my bike last Saturday to see the famous Lantern Festival a couple of kilometers outside Chiangmai City. I'm not much a festival goer anymore and to be honest I didn't feel like going to what would undoubted be an evening of too many people trying to be at the same place simultaneously. A nightmare for my antisocial self, often bringing out the grumpy old demon in me. Festivities and spectacles not my way of having fun if I out it that way. However, regardless the hoards of excited Thai and falangs, the moment when the Chief Monk (it is a Buddhist festival after all) declared it a "GO" and thousands of people lit and released these white paper lantern I was in awe, pretty spectacular. Got caught in a thunderous rain storm half way back home, so a rather memorable evening out after all. Wish I had my Canon gear with me though. The Panasonic GX1 is a handy little thing and handles many situations well, but focusing and night scenes not being it's strong point at all.
Had to escape down to Malaysias Georgetown the other week. The return leg of my journey is coming up. Walking around the deserted city under a blazing sun, a melt oven in old brick and rickety and fading wood structures. Had some good Indian chicken tikka, some of that funky "OldTown White Coffee". The sound track of tramping this old but functioning city kept coming back to the timeless Ethiopian jazz tune Yegelle Tezeta by Mulatu Astatke, don't ask me why…
Still don't really "do" people if I don't have to, if it doesn't "give" something to the image. Especially when tramping aimlessly in a place like Georgetown.
Hey…ain't notting to it, Gangsta rap made me do it…(Ice Cube)