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Monk Chat at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Monk Chat at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan – Chiang Mai, Thailand

By Louise

On my third visit to Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, I stopped through the Monk Chat section of the temple grounds and spent 30 minutes chatting to Bin Bin, a Buddhist monk.

One of the main things I learnt from Bin Bin was to focus on the present and not dream about the future. A very wise comment ūüôā

Location of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

Photos from my Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan visit

Meeting with Buddhist Monk at Monk Chat (Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan) in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Celebrating Children's Day at a Hill Tribe in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Visit To A Thai Hill Tribe Village For Children’s Day

By Louise

We visited a hill tribe in rural Thailand (several hours outside of Chiang Mai) a few weeks ago to celebrate Children’s Day (they were also celebrating New Years’ at the village).

It was a fascinating insight into the village’s celebrations although we were fairly confused what was happening most times.

Here are the photos (and video) from that day:
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Photos of The Umbrella Festival in Ba Song, Thailand

By Louise

Bo Sang is village in the outskirts of Chiang Mai, Thailand, filled with umbrella shops, silversmiths, artists, and other artisans. And every year, they hold a very popular Umbrella Festival.

I got to attend the first day of the 33rd Umbrella Festival on January 15th, 2016 and below are some of my photos from the festival.

It was nice way to spend a few hours – the festival is not very touristy and is filled with locals. But there also wasn’t that much to see beyond the parade, floats, bands, food stalls, and of course umbrellas!
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Review of Failla Winery, Napa, CA – Photographs

By Louise

failla winery review napa california photographs

Second stop on our Napa winery tour – Failla Winery. This place is stunning. You’ll need to make a reservation for a tasting, but it’s great for medium sized groups.

What Failla is known for:  Pinot Noir.

Review of Failla:  The tasting takes place at a beautiful wooden table under the shade of trees. If you want some great photos and someone knowledgeable to quiz about wines, then this is the place.

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glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

Photos from Yomitan Pottery Village, Okinawa, Japan

By Louise

What is Yomitan Pottery Village?

Yomitan Pottery Village is quaint a community of artisan potters and glass blowers – you can wander around just admiring everything from huge glass pieces to cups, teapots, plates, and of course shisas (guardian dog/lion statutes, often found in pairs, that are placed on rooftops or outside doorways and gates in Okinawa to ward of evil spirits).

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According to some websites, you can even take glass blowing or pottery classes if you ask the potters.

The friends we were visiting live just around the corner from Yomitan Pottery Village (also known as Yachimun no Sato), and so we turned up on a cold windy and slightly wet day!

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Where is Yomitan Pottery Village?

The address on Tripadvisor is: Address: 2653-1 Zakimi, Nakagami-gun, Yomitan-son 904-0301, Okinawa Prefecture
But, here’s the Google Maps location:

Should you visit Yomitan Pottery Village?

This area is beautiful to walk around – each potter has their own home decked out with their wares and there’s a large glassworks studio as well. It’s not a huge area, so you can walk around it pretty quickly. If you like artsy things or want to buy some souvenirs, then this is definitely worth a visit!

There’a a very artsy feel to the village – one place even had an old bus that they used for storage:

old blue bus yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

plates and cups yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

Glass Blowing at Yomitan Pottery Village

I loved the glassworks place – we parked in the parking lot, which was right next to the glassworks studio. There was everything from function pieces like salad bowls and plates to decorative art pieces. Plus there’s a large structure near the road where you can see people do the glass blowing.
glass blowing yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass blowing yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works glasses yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

Even the outside of the glassworks studio is decorated with colorful glass.

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

glass works studio yomitan pottery village, okinawa, japan

yomitan pottery village man blowing glass okinawa japan photos

Photographs of Shisas

Shisas are highly popular in Okinawa – in fact, it’s near impossible to not see them everywhere! I really loved how many different designs there were of them, and the photos below are just a few of the¬†shisa designs I saw at¬†the Yomitan Pottery Village.

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

shisas lion dog statues yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

And one place had a real dog guarding the shop:
dog at yomitan pottery village okinawa japan

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Lightroom Tutorial – How To Import Photos Into Lightroom 5

By Louise

Importing photos into Lightroom 5 is probably the first step to processing photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Below is a super short video showing you the steps, or if you prefer reading, then below are step-by-step screenshot photos.

How To Import Photos Into Lightroom 5

STEP 1: Open Lightroom and click on “Library” at the top of the software if you’re not already in the Library module.
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STEP 2: Click on the “Import…” button at the bottom of the Navigator panel on the left side of the software (see arrow).
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STEP 3: If the left side doesn’t appear, then the Navigator panel might be hidden. You’ll see a small arrow on the left side of the software (see arrow below). Clicking on the small arrow will make the Navigator appear.
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STEP 4: After you click on the “Import…” button at the bottom of the Navigator panel, the left panel will change to show you the files on your computer and any hard-disks attached.
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STEP 5: Find the folder where the photos you want to edit are and click on it. Check any or all of the photos you’d like to import into Lightroom to edit. Then click the Import button on the bottom right of the software (see arrow).
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STEP 6: You can check the progress of the import by looking at the bar at to the top left of the software. When the import is complete, it’ll say “Task complete.”
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STEP 7: That’s it – you can start editing (or developing) the photos by clicking Develop at the top right of the software (which will change Lightroom into the Develop module). To edit any specific photo, click on one of the photos from the bottom row of photo thumbnails.
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