The Changing Seasons – October 2018

The Changing Seasons – October 2018

The Changing Seasons post, inspired by the lovely Sarah at Secret Art Expedition and hosted by Su at Zimmerbitch.

At last, the rainy season is behind us and now we are looking forward to the best season of all – the cool season. Warm days, cooler evenings, and less humidity. It really is the best time to be in Thailand. Have we seen any evidence of this? Not even so much as a sniff! Hopefully it will get cooler as the days go on. One can but hope!

In October, I went to the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre to see an exhibition called Imaginarium, by Oleg Shuplyak. A very talented artist who paints pictures within pictures. Most of them are of the faces of famous people from history, which are not always apparent when you look up close. I had to stand back before I could make the faces out. He has, very cleverly, hidden features in his paintings – a bird, a house, even a person turns out to be part of the face. You could, and I did, stand there for a long time, giggling each time another part of the painting becomes apparent.

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Imaginarium by Oleg Shuplyak

I also went in search of street art which was part of the Pipat Banglamphu Street Art Festival. It was such fun to wander around the streets following the map. There were 12 pieces of art and the walk took me along main roads, and down small, leafy alleys, hidden from tourists and filled with friendly locals. Some of the locals said hello and asked me where I was from, but all of them were curious about why I was there – made apparent by their stares. I went down the wrong way in places, by-passing them more than once, which only added to their curiosity. It was so nice to explore new places (even though they were just a stone’s throw from the busy Banglamphu area.)

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Pipat Banglamphu Street Art Festival
Things to do in Bangkok
Pipat Banglamphu Street Art Festival
Things to do in Bangkok
Pipat Banglamphu Street Art Festival

The rainy season was in full swing in October and I went out one day to give some old clothes to a charity across the other side of Bangkok. Once I had done that, I got on a motorbike to take me to my favourite place for lunch. No sooner had we set off, the heavens opened and torrential rain soon flooded the busy streets. I was soaked to the skin, so I gave up, got off the bike and sheltered in a nearby market until the storm subsided. Once it did, I walked the rest of the way to the restaurant – the rain hadn’t quite stopped and I looked like I’d just got out of the bath, fully clothed! I didn’t mind that so much – it’s nice walking in the rain sometimes. 🙂

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Caught in the rain!

By the time I got there, I was hot and sticky, drenched, and my shoes were filled with water. It didn’t take long to dry off and I enjoyed the rest of my afternoon watching the changing colours as the day became evening. The simple pleasures in life are the best ones! 🙂

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The changing colours of the day
Things to do in Bangkok
The changing colours of the day

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.

If you would like to join me and the others in this challenge, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic)

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

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