Friday, October 23, 2009

The Tiger Kingdom!!

So, as the title suggests we also went to the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai. Well, I went...and dragged dean along with me :) I got to see and hang out with adult tigers and 4 month old baby tigers. For the baby tigers, we paid someone to snap a crapload of pics....I picked the best ones.

This is me behind the bars...eeek!!
Puuurrr big kitty :)
Just another day....chillin with I do it all the time ;)

How to piss of a tiger? They have a really good sense of smell....stick a flower near its nose when its trying to have its afternoon nap.

The results of a little play between tigers....doesn't look like fun to me....but hey

Tiger paw V.S. my hand.......although the tiger's paw is a little more dirty than mine...I have a thumb ;)
And now come the babies :)

They didn't want to do this...I kinda feel bad for the lil guys....they get pulled around all day by tourists and their trainers...poor lil guys.

Posed? Ofcourse...noooo the baby tigers are mauling me ?
When we were about to walk out of the tiger cages I decided to take a quick look at the two oldest tigers....while walking over there we caught a glimpse of some really really young baby cubs....I think they were about a month old or something....maybe less....still drinking out of a bottle and super duper cute!

That's the end of the tiger kingdom adventures :) Next post will be about Cambodia!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Finishing up the rest of ChiangMai

Just to finish up the pics of ChiangMai....
This is Dean's impression of a Zebra...I think. It's a fun camera game. Get the camera ready...tell someone that you are going to call out an animal name and they must act it the same that you call out the animal name...snap a picture.
Chiang Mai by day...
and by night...
A really old wall which used to surround the city with a moat around the city has grown past the walls of the old Chiang Mai.
I'm not really as pink as I look...
A shadow :)
Dean and I decided to be adventurous... well adventurous for us anyway.
We heard about this temple with 300 stairs and thought it might be fun to climb up it. These pics are of the largest number of the steps....went up a few and then stopped to take a few awe of the massive staircase ahead...

Giant Dragon and I just chillin.

I guess this is part of the temple being repaired.
Once we got into the temple we decided to take some pics inside. Dean was wearing shorts and figured that he probably shouldn't go inside of the temple because of the rules (even though I saw tonnes of tourists going in with shorts on).

Everything was gold. Gold statues, buildings, wall art....everything :) It was really amazing to see its too bad the pics don't do it justice.

I suppose you are wondering what the heck this is right? I wondered the same thing. Upon closer inspection I noticed that it was coins stuck on a board/stone/something. I think they use melted wax, dip a coin in it and stick it to the thingy....maybe its like a good luck thing or something....not too sure.

These guys were hard at work scraping old melted wax off one of the candle offering thingys....(I have great explanations right?)
And then I became hot...llike really my hanky was not enough to wipe off all the sweat hot...

All done and my cheeks are still shiny.

View from the temple down into ChiangMai.

And the walk down...

Met up with my friend Lez from Korea (she was doing a SE Asia stint before moving back to the US.) Miss her but it was awesome to see her there :)

Stay tuned for more....sorry that everything is from a long time ago...but nothing interesting is happening with my life right now.