Recently I got to spend a few days in Chiang Mai, Thailand, at an EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Schools) conference.

What an interesting country!
I was there to present a workshop about  publishing, based on my experiences publishing my own books in Kindle and paperback formats. 
In the evenings and on the last day after the conference was over, I used every spare moment to explore Chiang Mai and do all the touristy activities I could. 
My coworkers and I visited nearby “walking streets” several times. 

Click here to watch a short video I took of live music being played on a walking street.

Much more touristy than the night markets where I live in Taiwan, these walking streets sold not only food and clothes but souvenirs of all sorts.

Speaking of food, click here to watch a short video I took of a woman at a roadside stand preparing a delicious snack for me: chocolate banana rotee!

The gorgeous artwork below was cut from and painted on pieces of cow and buffalo hide!

These delicate flowers were carved from soap!

Aluminum cans find new life in these little model vehicles.

This is one of the real vehicles the models are based on.  A “tuk tuk” is a tiny taxi with open sides and seating for two passengers (three in a pinch – but don’t expect a comfy ride!).

The view from the back seat of the tuk tuk.

Words of wisdom from and about the driver.  How nice to know he’s a good man!

My favorite part of the trip was a tour package I enjoyed on my last afternoon there.  Click on the links below to read my posts about three exciting experiences (okay, two exciting ones and one beautiful one)!
Mae Sa Elephant Camp
Tiger Kingdom
Orchid Nursery

I recently had the privilege of attending a teachers’ conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference was great and I learned a lot, but I especially enjoyed seeing Kuala Lumpur. The Petronas Towers and Batu Caves were two of my favorite sites.

At 88 storeys, the Petronas Towers are the world’s tallest twin towers. They’re connected by the world’s highest, longest double-decker skybridge. Stately during the day, they gleam like a fairy tale palace at night. Pictures don’t do them justice, but if you ever go to Kuala Lumpur, you’ll see what I mean!

The Batu Caves are a series of large caverns that have been turned into a Hindu religious site. The gold-painted statue in front is 140 feet tall! After crossing the courtyard in the temple complex, you climb 272 steep steps to get to the main cave entrance. There are cute but annoying nearly-tame monkeys all around the steps begging and grabbing for food.

Inside the high caverns are a number of shrines, statues, carvings, etc. depicting various Hindu religious scenes.