I sat here for an hour.
This is now my favorite place in Bangkok.
If it wasn't for the uncushioned benches,
I'd have stayed for hours.
If you put a time lapse of me sitting there,
You'd have seen hundreds of visitors passing by. And me a still image in the frame.
There's no where like this, not even Tokyo:
Furthest from the temple mount in the horizon
is the long line of Skyscrapers
Which are the makeup of Bangkok's expansive skyline.
I wanted to see a skyline for the trip
And there I got it at the golden temple mount.
This view was incredible because
Just beneathe my eyes,
I could see at least 13 temple complexes.
And then there are all the movements and goings-on within the temples and on the old Bangkok streets.
I could see Everything.
And I was observing all the activities in every crook and cranies.
Birds were flying at my eye level or below;
I could see prayer-makers directly down below at the foot of the hill,
I could see people dining at a table under the canopy inside the biggest temple below;
I could see a guard sitting on the narrow old Bangkok street side on a chair,
If he didn't move his all-outstretched legs,
His feet wouldve been ran over by cars;
I saw girls doing different poses for the camera, and someone holding the phones;
I could see burnt and abandoned buildings,
I could see temples of other religions;
After half an hour I started noticing the unique designs of some of the skyscrapers that I didn't see before.
I sat for so long that the weather changed from ☁️ to 🌥️, the sky turned blue,
The heat rose and wind blew the clouds sparse.
Not even Tokyo has such clearly layered scenes,
where there's a contrast of the business district in the great distance,
Forming a skyline,
And over here,
an expanse of temples and old houses...
It was so wonderful.
It was amazing how peaceful I was despite all the noise there:
The hundreds of small bells that hang on the roof top rang in the breeze;
All the bigger louder bells being struck by people's hands as they go up and arriving on site;
The stupid recitation on loud speakers by a man, ruining ;
Ceaseless shaking sound of fortune sticks by different people...
I wondered what they hoped for,
And it reminded me of the film I saw on the plane. Where the protagonist Toru got a Great Luck, yet he passed away anyway...
I wondered how people entrusted so much of their lives with the great beyond, and what their lives were like that dictated such faith.
Amidst all the noise and chaos and passing people,
I was so still, in complete contentment.
Just sitting and staring as I can.
If there ever was someone you know who is so much like a cat
That'd be me.
And funnily enough,
The shirt dress I wore was covered with cats.
You wouldnt be able to tolerate all this sitting and staring by me if you came along.
I thought, only 1 being would be able to sit with me like this.
That would be Binah.
Binah would look at at first and I'd be holding her,
Then she'd greet everybody that comes, wagging her tail at them, getting pets and possibly photos.
Then when she's bored of all of that,
She'd just lay next to me and nap.
She wouldn't leave or complain.
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