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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Tiger Temple, Thailand

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The Tiger Temple is a remote Buddhist temple in Thailand near the Myanmar border. It was founded in 1994 as a forest temple and sanctuary for wild animals. Most of the animals residing there are tigers, many rescued from poachers or orphaned due to illegal poaching activities.
The tigers are handled by Thai monks, international volunteers and the local Thai staff. Once a day, they are walked on leashes to a nearby quarry. Originally they would roam around freely, but nowadays with the increase in visitors and the number of tigers, they are chained for safety. The staff closely guide visitors as they greet, sit with, and pet the cats. They keep the tigers under control and the abbot will intervene if a tiger becomes agitated. The temple started off with a single rescued cub in 1994 and currently has 102 tigers that have a fighting chance of survival under the protective guidance of the monks.
Most of these tigers are Indochinese Tigers except 'Mek' who is the only rescued Bengal Tiger at the monastery. The image depicted shows the outline of 'Mek' who I managed to spot being taken for a stroll away from visitors with the Abbot who found him as a cub. To me, it symbolizes the perfect harmony between man and animal and the fight for the survival of the Tiger species by increasing its dwindling numbers.
The Tiger Temple is a haven for tiger lovers to get close to these wild majestic animals and fall in love with them all over again. Nothing soothes ones soul like the purring of 220 pounds of muscle at the palm of your outstretched hand – touching the mesmerizing stripes knowing the unknown can befall you if you are careless.
This was quite the experience for me as a nature enthusiast – gradually growing from seeing tigers in captivity when young, to in the wild in India, to the final frontier of the real mc'coy in Thailand at close quarters. A must visit for every tiger lover.

©Nolan Mascarenhas

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Sunday, 27 December 2009

Holidaying with an Elephant

You mean you spent your holiday looking after an elephant?” my friends ask incredulously before bombarding me with dozens of questions.

Yes, it’s true; I spent my holiday this year with my very own elephant! It all came about when I decided I needed to get away and try something new. They always tell you a change is as good as a rest and I was hoping that was correct, because after working extra hard for the past 12 months since the start of the ‘credit crunch’ I felt I deserved some quality relaxation.

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My birthday found me mid-jungle at the border of Burma and Thailand. I had a bit of a party, with native monkeys and various vermin celebrating with me.  I was just a girl and a backpack, trying to forget about things like passing birthdays.

Gning and Gnung, my two Thai tour guides warned me about the "tiny buffalo" or what the hill tribes termed the “tiny beasts” one must grapple with in order to get from place to place;  the masses of slimy black jungle leeches.

Published in inept
Friday, 08 June 2007

The Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Coming from a Southeast Asian country myself, I find it difficult to think of any destination in Asia as “exotic” or completely removed from what I know. The intermingling of cultures in our corner of the world is so beautifully prevalent that, standing on a busy sidewalk in the humid tropical weather of Bangkok, with car horns blaring and vendors displaying their wares, I almost fancied myself back home in my native Manila. The familiarity of Thailand and its warm, welcoming atmosphere was altogether comforting.

Published in inhale
Tuesday, 01 May 2007

Can you Spare a Square?

Have you seen the Sienfeld episode, “Can you Spare a Square”? In Sienfeld they were talking about toilet paper - however in Thailand - I’m referring to a napkin. Thailand has this weird mix: the spiciest food, and the smallest napkins. This may not seem like an issue, however, when your sinuses are running like a faucet due to the spicy food; you need more than a tiny napkin.

Published in in good taste
Monday, 04 December 2006

Magical Thailand

Bangkok is a magical place. It’s a bustling and colorful warren of small alleys, grand boulevards and intriguing market places where the air smells of incense and spice. The friendly locals have a zest for life and a very different idea on how to live it. As you drive through the streets-horns blaring and your life flashing before your eyes- you realize that the taxi drivers are high on a little more than life.

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