My Time Capsule: 2017

11.5.17

Hua Hin: For Art's Sake 4D Museum

Hua Hin, April 2017




When I was given the itinerary for #FamilyFunTrip by TAT, a visit to For Art's Sake 4D museum was probably the one I was looking forward the most. These past years I've seen many of 3D or 4D art museum popping out in various cities and yet I haven't really made some effort to visit one. Simply because I thought, "What's so exciting about taking pictures with some backdrop?" Boy, was I wrong! I had to eat my words because I actually was having so much fun during the visit.


Ouch!

documenting TAT trip

one arm handstand? easy! :p

I don't usually like being photographed because I'm just naturally awkward in front of the camera. I think I can never pull the right pose or my face looks unflattering. (I can't believe myself for asking Google 'Why I look OK in the mirror but bad in photos?' just now, lol!) Alrighty, perhaps I'm just being too harsh on myself. Now, back to the 4D museum!

It surprised me that when I was sorting out pictures for this post. There's actually tons of my pictures in some poses I could never imagined myself being able to do. Well thanks to the friendly For Art's Sake staffs who were enthusiastic telling me how to pose or where is the perfect spot to take good pictures.


Paper doll dress-up at Childhood Zone

Hua Hin Zone

Horror Zone!

Opened in 2014, For Art's Sake was the first 4D museum in Hua Hin. The artwork were painted by Thai artists and divided into some different zones such as Imagination Zone, Childhood Zone, Hua Hin Zone, Illusion Windows and last but not least, my favourite Horror Zone. I spent most of my time with my ghost friends and wanted to take pictures in all part of the Horror Zone. It wasn't easy to act scared when my face was all big grin and giggling and looked way too happy. So the staff asked me to whip my long hair front, covering my face and became a red headed ghost instead. Ahhhh that's easier! :))


Edy looked much convincing

huge fail while attempting to look fearful 

Sharena scored the best photo of course <3

Japanese ghost

Novy the pretty pixie 

I surely had a good portion of laughs while posing and taking pictures. Thanks to the air con for saving me from sweating buckets. It intrigued me how some paintings could create the illusions as if the objects were real and 'pop out'. They really are mind blowing optical illusions. Not only paintings, there's also some sculptures and art installations that visitors could play take picture with.


errr...a mutilated boyfriend? :p

now it's time to relax at Hua Hin beach :p

Would I recommend this museum for a family holiday destination? Absolutely! For Art's Sake is a combination of art with a splash of fun elements and some smashing photo opportunities. This museum can be fun for all ages. Best to visit with a group of friends or family for some Instragram-worthy pictures.


For Art's Sake
22/141 Phetkasem Road, Hua Hin
Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110

Opening hours: 10am - 8pm
Admission fee: 300 THB for adults and 200 THB for children

4.5.17

Travel Updates: Hua Hin With TAT




Sa wad dee ka!

So yeah, I was just got back from Thailand again!. After exploring Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai area in February, this time I was invited by Tourism Authority of Thailand to experience some highlights in Hua Hin. I was happy to join the famtrip because I've never been to Hua Hin before. Yayyy! I always love the idea of exploring new destinations.


Siam Kempinski Bangkok

Tourism Authority of Thailand launched a new campaign which named Family Fun Thailand. They invited participants from around the world to experience family fun activities in Phuket, Chiang Mai, Khao Yai and Hua Hin (for team Indonesia & team Australia New Zealand). Not only bloggers, they also invited media, journalist, travel agents and celebrities. Team Indonesia is a group of 4 travel agents, 1 media journalist from Kompas, 1 blogger and a celebrity family Ryan Delon, Sharena and their super cute son Ryshaka; accompanied by 2 personnel from TAT Indonesia.


cooking class!

After a very pleasant stay in Siam Kempinski Bangkok, the next day we hopped on our van and headed to Hua Hin which is only about 2,5 hours from Bangkok. Depending of the traffic of course. First activity, cooking workshop! We were taught how to make Kaotang or Thai traditional style rice crisps at Sukantha. Though we didn't make it from scratch, we were excited to garnish our own Kaotang and bake them. And not to forget, take picture of it and show it off on Instagram :p


Camel Republic

smize, Alpaca...smize! :D

Feeling famished after the cooking workshop, we had a lunch stop at 1000 Sook Food and Farm which has a very interesting architecture. They serve both Western and Thai food. There's a bunch of animals like ponies and rabbits for the children to play with. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to explore the farm as it was time for us to visit Camel Republic.

Camel Republic is a combination of a mini zoo and a theme park. Not only camel, I also got the chance to interact with alpaca, sheep, flamingo, bunnies and various birds. My travel mates had fun trying some of the rides. One of them was Eagle zipline. Woohoo!


Hua Hin night market

For Art's Sake 4D museum

I've never knew that visiting a 4D museum would be so amusing. Specially when I enter the room full of characters from horror movies. Yessss, I felt home! I love horror movies so much and judging from my pictures above, my face expression is a huge fail. Instead of looking scared, I looked a bit too happy seeing the ghosts, lol. Next time I will definitely take my family and friends to visit this museum again and take tons of tricky pictures. Oh, by the way they use some special paint for the moon so it shines and looks real.


Vana Nava Water Jungle

Asia's first water jungle! I gotta admit that I love the idea of their theme, water jungle. The trees saved me from the scorching heat while I was doing the inspection. First thing first, upon paying the entrance fee, visitors will get a RFID wristband. This wristband will make your time in the water park a lot more easier. Not only for getting in and out the park, visitors use this wristband to scan their locker and to purchase some food & beverages. No more hassle of bringing cash or wallet while having fun. One of the zone that attracted me the most was this surf simulator. Though it looks so easy peasy, I knew that I would look like a towel being tumbled inside a washing machine once I hop on the board. So, no thanks. I'd better saving everyone's time and energy by just taking picture from the terrace :p


high tea at the Tea House, FM outlet

Plearnwan

I don't know how many times I already mentioned in this blog that I super love love love night markets! I did visit the Hua Hin night market in the previous day but Plearnwan was the one that blew my mind. I adore the vintage ambiance. When I walk through the rusty tin pieces and wooden planks, I couldn't help myself to think that I was flown by a time machine back to the 50's! Not until I found out that the Thai name itself means plearn (enjoy) and wan (yesteryears). Besides clothes and cute little trinkets, visitors are also spoiled by various Thai traditional snacks to nibble.


art workshop. Can you spot my voodoo doll? 

On our third day in Hua Hin, we had an art workshop at Baan Sillapin artist village. I was quite nervous honestly. At school I've never scored good in painting. I would just pour a tin of paint on a paper, splash some colour here and there aaaand voila! I called it arts. Though I thought it didn't look that bad, my art teacher had always felt unhappy about my works. Oh well. Upon arriving at the artist village, we were allowed to choose either a plain doll, a canvas bag, a t-shirt or even a mask to paint. I chose a cat shape doll which later with my magic it was turned into a voodoo doll look alike, lol. Please stay tuned for more information about this artist village. I still have some blogpost coming up about this Family Fun Thailand trip *wink*


the Chocolate Factory

Let's Sea beach-front restaurant

the Barai spa at Hyatt Regency

pretty spa room

When you stay in Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, I'd suggest you not to miss a visit to their spectacular spa called the Barai. With a total area of almost 4 acres, it's considered one of the largest spa in Southeast Asia! The exotic and elegant architecture somehow reminds me of Morocco, Angkor Wat and India. So gutted that my schedule was so busy that I didn't get the chance to try their spa service. But there's always next time, right?


Indonesian celebrities were being interviewed by Miss World Australia & Queen Elsa

Team Indonesia! 

Back to Bangkok for the big event where all the participants and celebrity families from 7 different countries gather to share our experience. And to fit their new campaign Family Fun Thailand, the event was held in Siam Park City amusement & water park. How fun! I'm honoured to be able to meet Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Deputy Governor and also the gorgeous Miss World Australia, Madeline Cowe.


private beach at Hyatt Regency

Well that's basically my 6 days trip to Bangkok and Hua Hin in a nutshell. I am now working on my next piece about For Art's Sake 4D museum that I'm going to publish probably next week.
Thanks so much TAT for giving me the opportunity and wonderful experience that I will treasure forever. Thanks Mrs. Ana and Miss Devi from TAT Indonesia, also Khun Montika and Khun Bew from TAT Thailand for your warm hospitality.


18.4.17

Switzerland: Küsse Aus Luzern

snowing on a Christmas eve


Luzern will always hold a special place in my heart, simply because I used to called it home.

17 years ago, I boarded my first long haul flight heading to a new country in a continent I had never been to before. It was the first time ever I travelled alone without my family nor friends. It was my first time moving to a foreign place with no one I was familiar with and the language I could barely speak. It was when my solo adventures began. The period of a lot of firsts in my life. At that time I just wanted a new chapter after a frightening plane incident I experienced the previous year that shook my life.  It caused me psychological scars and I started to have a severe phobia of flying and being enclosed in a small space...and the rest is history.

"Will I be okay? How will I cope when I miss my family?" Those questions kept playing on my mind when I cry silently during the 12 hours flight from Singapore to Zurich. At that era, the information I could gather from internet was limited thus I really had no idea what to expect. So I was surprised just how well I survived. Luzern welcomed me with a bright warm smile. This city has a relaxed atmosphere. There was always people approached me whenever I was lost or needed help. I began to fall in love with the city. I love the lovely weather. I love the scenery from my balcony which facing to Luzern lake with snowy mountains as a background. I love the quacking noises of ducks and swans by the lake that greeted me every afternoon when I brought a huge loaf of bread for them. I started to make friends at school and dormitory. After a while I called Luzern as my home. Every time I sent letters and postcards for my friends and family in Indonesia, I'd wrote down "küsse aus Luzern" which means kisses from Luzern.

Long story short I was ecstatic when my family asked me to arrange a Christmas holiday to Switzerland two years earlier. I've missed Luzern too much. I couldn't wait to see how the city look like after I left ages ago. Unfortunately it was snowing really really hard throughout the week that I had to cancel most of my itineraries. I stayed warm in my hotel room most of the time. Here's some pictures I managed to snap during my stay. Decided to edit my pictures different from my usual style which is mostly vibrant. If you've seen my instagram account, you would have notice that I love playing with colour. As far I remember I hardly shared black & white picture before. I guess some colourless pictures for a change would be interesting so I played a bit on my phone using Snapseed app.

Please let me know your thoughts, okie? :)


Kapelbrücke

Kapelbrücke


view from my room balcony

Jesuitenkirche

buried in snow

Des Balances, pretty hotel I was staying at

shopping area Hertensteinstrasse

frozen lake

Old Swiss House

snow everywhere

Löwendenkmal or the Lion Monument

always love leafless snowy tree :)

Luzern city from across the lake

Luzern

Seebrücke Luzern 


Luzern, I will be home again...hopefully sooner rather than later :)


9.4.17

Chiang Mai: Witnessing Gruesome Torture In Hell

*Contains graphic violence, nudity and adult situations. Viewers discretion advised and please read with an open mind.*


what the hell!


"Welcome to Garden of Hell, Heaven and Golden Land of Buddhism."

Yai, my local friend translated what's written in Thai alphabet; above the gate I was about to enter. There's no ticket booth or any staffs on sight. We just need to put 10 baht coins into the slot machines and the automatic gate to the hell will be opened for you. We were the only visitor that afternoon in the garden full of demonic-looking life size statues. Though the garden was bright with sunshine, I found the quietness was rather blood-curdling.

Wat Mae Kaet Noi or famously known as the Hell temple is located on the outskirts of Chiang Mai city. It's pretty challenging to find for the first timer because we couldn't find any sign board or direction to this temple. Phi Ton, our chauffeur drove carefully through some narrow street before we finally saw a couple of skull statues greeted us in front of the gate. What I knew about Buddhist temples are, usually displays beautiful and tranquil elements but this temple is the opposite. Wat Mae Kaet Noi is loaded with disturbing and gory statues so the visitors could take a peek what will hell be like.


gigantic pimple-loaded statue

I watched a short documentary film about this temple sometime last year (scroll down to watch the video) and instantly put it on my bucket list. Some of you who have been following my journey might have noticed that I have a special interest in horror thingy, cemeteries and skulls. While travelling, I usually try to squeeze time to visit haunted places or admiring some tombstones on graveyard and one of my fave is Catacombs of Paris that I visited a few years back.


horrid torture

thieves got their hands chopped off

Heaven and hell. Angel and demon. No one has ever scientifically proved they exist but some religions believe it. And of course every religions have different ideas about this. I can't say that I'm a fully believer either but most of the time I have big curiosity of these topics and I am intrigued to find out. However it irks me when I see people fight each other, so persistent that their religion is the best. Why can't they settle with the idea that everyone has their own opinions? Oh well, who am I to judge what's right and wrong though? I, myself a grown up woman who cries over cartoon movies or gets upset when my fried chicken skin is snatched by other. Doh!


that looks awfully painful 

boiled alive

Nope, not Moana. It's Nang Tani, the spirit of the Banana Tree

The head monk Pra Kru Vishanjalikon once stated that the scariest thing is our mind. He built this temple to remind people about goodness and morality. Also to share his vision about the scary punishment in Naraka or hell when you do sinful acts during life. Every so often, students are taken to this temple for a school trip so they can learn about the consequence of leading a bad life. Yai told me that there's 5 prohibitive articles in Buddhism, which are:

1. To abstain from taking the lives of living beings.
2. To abstain from taking that which is not given.
3. To abstain from sexual misconduct.
4. To abstain from telling falsehoods.
5. To abstain from distilled and fermented intoxicants, which are the occasions of carelessness (which also includes drugs).


Phya Yom, the Death King

the punishment for a cheating wife

What I learnt from the temple was the punishment in Buddhist hell are specific to the crimes committed. Like the one from the picture above, a cheating wife got something that looks like a humongous eggplant inserted to her vajajay. Thieves got their hand hands chopped off by a chainsaw. Some murderer got their body processed inside what looked like a meat grinder or their body split in half. Some souls got boiled alive inside a huge bubbling vat. And so on. Some tortures are way too vulgar to describe. I even had to looked away because I can't bear to imagine how excruciating it is!


ouch!

the Krasue

The detail of the statues are mind-blowingly fine that I almost got a heart attack when I turn my head around and suddenly there was a Krasue swinging loosely only 5 centimetres from my face. Gosh! Even more, some of the exhibits have mechanical and electric light components which can be activated by inserting a ten baht coin into the slot. The frightening-sounding audio plays some spine-tingling painful screams and crying from the aborted babies.

In the Southeast Asia folklore, Krasue is a nocturnal spirit in a form of a beautiful woman with her internal organs hanging down. The Krasue in under a curse that makes her always hungry and hunting every night for a flesh or fresh blood. Besides attacks cattle and chicken, the Krasue also preys on pregnant women and feeding on unborn babies with vampire-like teeth, causing miscarriage.
That's scary! Why doesn't she suck belly fat instead?


labour and birth while some Krasue waiting eagerly


the baby tree!

After spending a good 1 hour taking pictures of those heart wrenching and demonic statues, I kinda relieved when I finally arrived at the peaceful garden of Heaven. The sun suddenly seemed shine brighter and the surrounding felt peaceful. No more desperate agonising scream sound torturing my ears. There's not much to see here though so I just walked around for a while amongst the smiley-faced statues, together in heavenly happiness.



peaceful and smiley face

The Hell Temple is an interesting alternative if you want to see something different other than tons of gorgeous temples in Chiang Mai. Even if you don't believe in any religions or the existence of heaven and hell, I do still think people could learn a lesson or two about this life. Please do visit with an open mind though. After all this world would be a better place to live when human beings learn to stop hurting each other. Don't you think so? :)





Wat Mae Kaet Noi
Highway 1001, Tambon Pa Phai, Amphoe San Sai
Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50210
Thailand
Opens from 8am to 6pm

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