How to get to Wat Saket, Golden Mount via public transport

In my opinion, Wat Saket is a must visit when in Bangkok and its’ main attraction is Golden Mount. Golden Mount, from afar, looks like a temple on top of a walled fortress and is even more spectacular when seen at night. If you’re interested in looking at some more photos of Golden Mount, HERE’s my post on it

Now the train stop closest to Golden Mount / Wat Saket is on the MRT line (blue line) and the station you need to alight at is named Sam Yot. If you plan on staying late keep in my mind the last train scheduled for departure towards Sukhumvit station. I got there at about 11:45 pm and missed it.

If you’re on the Sukhumvit Line (light green line) then you will need to change trains at either Asok and take the short walk to Sukhumvit MRT station (I’ve outlined details of the walk in my post HERE regarding getting to Wat Arun without taking the ferry). Note: if you’re close to Siam station on the Sukhumvit line it may be a shorter travel distance if you change trains to the Silom line (dark green line) then alight at Sala Daeng station to take the train at Silom Station on the MRT line (blue line). It sounds confusing but one you check out the train map, it’ll be easier to understand.

Sam Yot, I think, is the nicest looking station I’ve seen in Bangkok so far as it looks like a more traditional shop house rather than a transport station. Here’s a photo:

I can’t recall how much the fare was but it should be around $30 Baht. Once you alight at Sam Yot station and exit the building you’ll see this:

That’s the direction you need to go. Continue on until you cross the heritage bridge (there’s a brown sign if you wanna read about it). Right after you cross the bridge you need to turn left and keep walking straight. You’ll need to cross the street about 3 times before reaching the Wat Saket premises. Should be about a 10-15 minute walk depending on how long it takes you to get across some of the intersections, I remember one being quite busy and there are no pedestrian crossing lights.

You’ll be looking for this entrance:

Have fun at Wat Saket and Golden Mount!

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Free On-Air Classes for all you creators out there – Week of 11/17

COME CHECK OUT THESE FREE ONLINE CLASSES !

For all you creatives, out there if you haven’t heard of Creative Live, you may be missing out. I always browse their site for anything to do with photography (including the legal and business aspects as well as the heavier side of image editing) and sign up for whatever I find interesting. I’ve watched many free tutorials and classes and have made a few purchases as well after watching the free live stream. I’m of the opinion that Creative Live is a very valuable resource even if you only watch the free classes!The above image was something I cooked up in Photoshop after being inspired from watching a free class on Creative Live. <a href=”https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=904911&amp;u=1152554&amp;m=59453&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack=”>Check Out CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes</a>.

I’ve included classes in other genre’s just in case anyone is interested in them and If you really haven’t heard about Creative Live, here’s their sales pitch:

Start learning for free today with the amazing selection of live and on air classes from Creative Live. You will learn creative skills from the world’s top experts – Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Oscar Winners, and New York Times best selling authors, thought leaders, and legendary entrepreneurs. With over 1,500 curated classes in Photography &amp; Video, Money &amp; Life, Craft &amp; Maker, Art &amp; Design, and Music &amp; Audio, there is something for everyone. Students can watch on-air broadcasts for free or buy a class and own the content for life.

Plus, you can get your daily creative fix on the iOS app with 1 free lesson of you choice , each and every day!

Free On-Air Classes – Week of 11/17

Class Name: Turn Your Etsy Shop into a Sales Machine

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Class Name: Anatomy of an Epic Photograph
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Class Name: Design Your First Newsletter with Adobe InDesign CC
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Class Name: Portrait Photography Bootcamp
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Just so you know, I’m a self taught, freelance photographer. I have watched many, many free classes on Creative Live and have purchased a few of them. I believe this resource has helped me on my journey as a photographer. I have some links to some of my works below, have a look if you have time. I hope this resource helps you as much as it has helped me.  Happy Learning, y’all ! ! !

FULL DISCLOSURE: Please note that the course/class links have my affiliate code in them and should you choose to purchase a class, I may get a referral fee. The links only direct you to the page where you can watch the course FOR FREE on the stated date(s).

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Golden Mount, I made it to the top!

After Travelfeed.io’s meetup at the Wanderlust bar in Thong Lo, I had the pleasure of tagging along with the awesome guys and gals to Golden Mount. It was awesome (Thanks, @Travelfeed!) but I didn’t get a chance to stick around and make the hike to the top. Both because it was really crowded due to the Loi Krathong festival and my prior arrangements that I was already late for.

I very much liked the overall “feel” of this wat and felt I needed to come back and check out the summit and the rest of the complex. So I went again the next day even though the festival was still going on. It was less crowded despite being the last day of the festival and the journey to the summit was free. I didn’t even know it was a ticketed venue…I just followed the crowd and went straight up. It was only after walking around later at night that I saw the signage regarding ticket prices. Getting up to the top was a fairly easy walk up the gradual stairs. The steps felt really oddly spaced apart and shorter than normal (for me) and I ended taking two steps a stride. There are places to stop and rest on the way up if needed as well as bells you can ring, lots and lots of bells differing in age, material and size.

Once at the top there are Buddha statues in the room as well as a semi enclosed circular structure/room with four major Buddha statues inside that you can offer your prayers/donations to. The walkway around this circular “room” is very narrow, barely enough room for one person to walk so it can get congested very, very quickly.

Before you continue up to the roof to see the golden stupa structure, you can to get your fortune read by shaking a bamboo tube full of sticks on which there is something written and you go and get it translated/explained. I didn’t really get to see where to go as it was getting pretty crowded very quickly. Oh there are water vendors in there (not sure if its only for the festival though.

Also interestingly enough, you don’t have to take off your shoes up there. Making your way up to the roof you will have to climb some narrow stairs with a low entry arch. If you’re taller than 5’10, you’ll hit your head if you’re not paying attention.

The golden stupa is covered with red sheets on which people can write things on it. The sheets are at the base of the stupa and when it’s full it, gets wrapped around the stupa. It’s a nice view up top but hard to get to the edges as people stand and sit in front of it. I bet the view would be even better at sunrise or sunset. But I didn’t have the luxury to stay so long nor space to set things up so down I went to check out the rest of the wat.

If you’re every in Bangkok you should come visit Golden Mount and Wat Saket, even if your Google search for top wats/places to visit doesn’t return Golden Mount. I feel it’s well worth it! I would never have found Wat Saket and Golden Mount if I hadn’t attended Travelfeed’s meetup. If you’re at all interested in travel, you need to check out Travelfeed.io.

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Travelfeed.io website
Travelfeed.io’s Steemfest presentation
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What it’s like wearing my new metal partial dentures

What a weird topic to post about, right? To coincide with Steemfest I decided to get my dentures done in Bangkok, since I already have accommodations in Bangkok it was cheaper to have my partial dentures done in Bangkok rather than in Chiang Mai where I had all my previous dental work done. Yup, it’s all about cost cutting. Anyways, if you’re interested in a dental holiday, consider coming to Thailand. HERE’s my post about my dental work done in Chiang Mai. My last dental appointment/checkup in Bangkok is next week so the post regarding the clinic will be forthcoming.

Now the point of this post is to try and help anyone who is thinking about or about to get partial dentures but even after reading loads of stuff on Google, is still unsure about what it’s going to be like . . . Here’s my experience, hope it helps!

I’ve never had dentures before and had to Google the pros and cons of partial dentures before deciding to get the metal one as opposed to a fully acrylic one. I know it looks kinda gross, but it’s hard to explain without seeing it.

After agreeing the consultation and my agreeing for service, the dentist started making grooves / attachment points on my existing teeth then makes molds of my upper and lower teeth. So those metal hook looking things are what’s going to ‘clip’ onto my teeth to hold the dentures in place. It doesn’t look very secure but it fits snugly and securely because on the other side the acrylic is molded so your gums sit snugly in the groove. I haven’t had my partial dentures fall out or become dislodged yet and I can’t dislodge them using my tongue.

So it’s been 5 days since I’ve had my partial dentures fitted and frankly, it kinda sucks. The first day it was just a weird feeling and I found myself speaking a bit weird although everyone said they didn’t notice any speech impairment. It was neither painful nor uncomfortable putting in the partial dentures nor taking them out. The first thing I did after I left the dental clinic was find something to eat. My dentist (as well as everything I read on Google) recommends starting out with soft food so I figured rice with some thinly sliced beef should be ok. Just my luck, I was passing a Japanese restaurant so I ordered a beef don. My dentures wiggled a bit and see sawed if I only chewed on one side. Food seemed to be everywhere in my mouth. Even after swallowing the mouth full of food, it still feels like there’s food everywhere, much like sand in your swim suit. I think it’s because food catches on the ridges of the acrylic (top of the groove) as well as between the metal and the roof of your mouth. Having a glass of water on hand is helpful to rinse your mouth but for me nothing but a full on gargle gets the bits out.  Not something I’d recommend doing in a restaurant. I remember thinking, this feels so weird but at least it’s not painful. Later on, I decided to have McDonald’s for my “midnight snack,” I couldn’t even eat a fry, it was really painful to chew on both sides. So I waited until I got home to eat. After taking out the dentures, I ate my upsized meal without any issues, no soreness or pain anywhere. Weird, right?

Day two…putting on the dentures sucked. There was a slight pinch of pain when the clamps clamp on one particular tooth and I could feel the soreness around that tooth but it quickly went away. Chewing hurts and the pain is contingent on how much bite force I use. I’m pretty sure my denture is not sitting on my gums because with no food in my mouth I can bite down and there’s no pain at all but even biting a Pringles chip causes discomfort depending on how hard I bite. It’s been days now and still the same so I’ve pretty much resigned my self to eating noodles cuz those are the least painful (udon is the best, it’s thick but soft and there’s enough resistance so you can feel the bite and adjust). If I can’t find any noodles then it’s rice.

Having the dentures in my mouth doesn’t feel awkward or unnatural. For me, it’s only the metal bar across the roof of my mouth that I can feel and since the plate is narrow and slim it doesn’t feel like it taking up space. I suppose over time, I wouldn’t even notice it’s there. Does my partial denture make me feel like gagging? No. Although once, on the first day, right after I left the clinic and was waiting for my food, I was using my tongue to ‘fidget’ with the dentures and that brought on a gag reflex. Needless to say, I don’t do that anymore.

The wiggling around of the dentures while chewing can feel disconcerting which is probably why there’s denture glue? At the moment I’ve found that taking smaller bites than normal and trying to chew evenly, as in have food on both sides of my mouth to even out the pressure helps prevent my dentures from wiggling to the point where I wonder if they are going to get displaced. Smaller bites also helps me to remember not to bite so hard. I don’t notice any temperature difference of the metal (or acrylic) when I’m eating hot or cold foods either.

The care and cleaning of my partial dentures is what gives me the most problems, my dentist said, “just soak in water when you take out at night and brush them (regular toothpaste is fine) before you put them back in, in the morning. Also best to take them out and rinse them after each meal.” Yeah, I’m not taking them out after each meal when I’m out but honestly there has been times when I really felt like I needed to. A few discreet gargles solved that problem. There’s so many conflicting info on how to “properly” clean dentures, that I gave up reading and just did what I feel like. My routine is so far is, I take them out, rinse them off with water, (it’s really amazing how much “stuff” I can rinse off. It’s pretty gross, haha). I then brush them (as part of the 2 minute per quarter cycle of my electric toothbrush) then dip them mouthwash (Listerine) for a bit then rinse and store with plain water. In the morning I take them out, rinse with water, then mouthwash, then brush them. Oh I usually use alcohol free mouthwash but I bought the wrong one this time and I don’t really know how big a difference that makes.

Anyways, I figured I’d add my 2 cents in on this topic since I can relate to the apprehension, even though I read up on it and had gotten solid advice from my bro, who’s a dentist. He recommends that I just use the partial dentures but it’s such a pain, literally but it is nice to have a fuller set of teeth though. Anyways, I’m hoping I’ll get used to the pain soon or the the pain will go away, if not, I’m not entirely sure I won’t stop using them.

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Travelfeed.io’s meetup in Bangkok was awesome!!!

I’m sitting here (smiling much like the lady on the carousel in the photo below) trying to write how I feel about the Travelfeed.io’s meetup in Bangkok, post Steemfest, but I can’t get anywhere because snippets of memories keeps interrupting my train of thought. That and I don’t think I have the words to fully describe everything but I have to start somewhere so I’ll start with the people.

I finally got to meet @for91days he’s one of the first people if not the first person who I actually had correspondence with on Steemit and for sure the person who led me down the travel blogging path. Not only that, he taught me some of the tips and tricks of using the steemit platform as well. I’m pretty sure I would have bailed on Steem if it wasn’t for him and Travelfeed. My only regret thus far is that I only got to buy him one beer and I didn’t even get to buy a beer for @wanderein or @jpphotography it was truly a pleasure chatting and having that photo walk with those two awesome people. I must say that I truly appreciate everyone’s efforts, thank you!

Then there’s @waybeyondpadthai I’ve seen her posts and vids before and recognized her but didn’t know her username. I’ve always wondered how much effort it takes to vlog and always thought it was a lot of work (I hate doing video work) but then out of the blue she turns on her cam, equipped with a dead cat’d mic on a gimbal and “one take” makes an entry, right in front of me! I was like DAAAAYAAAM that was awesome! She made it look so effortlessly easy! I also met some of TeamMalaysia’s members @elizacheng, @fitinfun, @littlenewthings and a few others that I only remember the names of but haven’t found their blog yet. I’m so glad to have met these 3 ladies and chat with them because the Steem positive energies they radiate is contagious! I also got to have meaningful conversations in Cantonese (something I haven’t had in years), which made me homesick a bit.

There are still some people that I didn’t get a chance to talk to. Well, that’s a lie, I did have chances to speak to everyone but I’m the type of person who only starts conversations when I have a question (read: kinda shy). My apologies. Also I must apologize to those people that I did talk to but can’t remember their names and/or handles.

I just came up with a bigger regret. I don’t have any pictures of these wonderful people I met and shared time with, not a single one. To put things in perspective, I’m a photographer, it’s my job to take pictures but I was so enthralled with everyone, I didn’t get around to it! So I guess I’ll have to adorn this post with pics of my fav images I took while on my photowalk at Golden Mount which I never would have gotten if I had not attended Travelfeed.io’s meetup!

Thanks again, for the memories! You “guys” are all so awesome, I can’t wait to meet you all again somewhere, sometime!

If you haven’t checked out what Travelfeed.io is all about, you really should and I highly recommend making it to one of their meet ups!

Here’s some Travelfeed.io links:
Travelfeed.io website
Travelfeed.io’s Steemfest presentation
Travelfeed.io android app

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