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The Prophet said, "Whoever disapproves of something done by his ruler then he should be patient, for whoever disobeys the ruler even a little (little = a span) will die as those who died in the Pre-lslamic Period of Ignorance. (i.e. as rebellious Sinners). 🛑SahihAlBukhari | Hadeeth No. 6603- Narrated Ibn Abbas | Sahihalbukhari.com | SPUBS
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(BLOG ALERT) Good morning, and goodbye Bangkok. It has been quite a ride, literally and figuratively. In this year-long journey I've already totaled over 1 month in this amazing country. From the historical town of Kanachanburi where the Bridge over the River Kwai resides, reminding us of the brutality of WWII in Southeast Asia, to the beautiful countryside and hilltribe villages of Northern Thailand in Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai where the slow and simple village life brings out smiles that are more true than any of the ones I've seen in NYC. And then there's Bangkok, a charming SEA capital where you can spend days marveling at its gleaming temples, sampling local foods at every humbling street stalls, and enjoying a slow boat ride down the Chao Phraya River to a rooftop bar to catch the sun setting on the other side of the river. .
As my Thailand journey ends, I come to moment of reflection. Thailand may be different for everyone. The younger crowds seek out beaches and parties. The older crowds seek out other forms of pleasure. But for me it has been uniquely life changing. The word "connections" may mean something back home, in the corporate setting, for selfish gains to vainly speak, as we put on a fake self with one another so often that we forgot our true selves. But my time in Thailand made me realize the true meaning of connections, to connect with the nature, connect with the people, and slowly reconnect with yourself. The introvert in me kept me away from the loud drunken crowds and meaningless hangovers, but it brought me close connections from all over the world, Thai, European, Asian, American (the majority half), Asian-American, and of course best of all Canadians. As we laughed and cried and dined and Chang-ed, forgetting our struggles or embracing our struggles, the connections were on a true personal level, just like how we made friends in grade school when no one was an actuary or a doctor or a lawyer or a weed farmer. It was simply "I like you". No matter what age you are, or where you are in your walk of life, Thailand is truly a magical place for everyone.
Next stop, Cambodia!
"In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful." - Abram L. Urban