Baan Chang Elephant Park Part 2: How To Train An Elephant (Or Try At Least)
After an awesome first day at Baan Chang, it was time for the “main event”!
Time to train, trek and bathe with the elephaaaaants!! Gaaahh!
Now, I was wary about joining just any mahout training course because the last thing I wanted to do was help fund the inhumane treatment of elephants (similar to Mali’s case).
So, I tried to research as much as I could online, and I also wanted to talk to the Baan Chang tour coordinator in person to express my concern for the elephants’ well-being, and well, my power as a blogger (albeit not a super popular one, but still) to expose malicious acts to my readers. But you’ll never really know what they will be like until you get there.
Baan Chang Elephant Park Part 1: Waterfalls, Rapids, Rafts & Lanterns
At $100 for only 2 days, this was the single most expensive thing I paid for in my trip so far, and I couldn’t be happier about the decision to push through with it.
I initially just wanted to take mahout training (elephant whispering), but when I saw Baan Chang’s packages, I figured I’d take 1 “adventure” day as well. Let me take you step by step through Day 1. :)
Washi Craft Project for Heima Paper Club
Dec. 17, 2011 | 11AM
Weeee!! I was so thrilled when I got an invite from Bong Rojales of Heima in my inbox last Saturday. :) So here’s the scoop as excerpted from Bong’s e-mail:
“Good news. We have decided to finally carry the MT Washi Tapes from Japan at our stores.
And we plan to launch this to coincide with a Design Discussion / Design Party event on December 17, 2011 ( 1PM to 8 PM ).
An idea came up to invite select craft and design enthusiast and friends who think would enjoy crafting together.
The concept is simple, we would provide some Washi tapes and some other materials.
The participants can make a collage or design something that uses the Washi tapes together with your ideas.
An exhibit of the output will be done right after and will last until 8PM only.”
So there! I have no idea what I’m going to make, and not to be melodramatic, but I really do not have much confidence in my crafting skills, and I must admit I feel some pressure in coming up with an idea beforehand so I won’t be grossly, shamefully “outcrafted”.
I also feel really privileged *blushes* to be among the invitees. Bong said they wanted to keep it between 6-8 crafters, so yeah, exclusivity is always kind of exciting. :P
So yay! I’m looking forward to meeting my fellow crafters (if I can properly call myself one). No matter what my final output ends up looking like, I’m sure it will be fun!
I hope I can make a little video out of this session. :D
Cut and tape,
FUN! A vintage TLR pencil sharpener!
Because I need to blog about random, not necessarily necessary things.
Check out these other nifty office accessories (which in my dreams of nomadic management are totally useless, but for now are happiness- and good vibes-inducing).
Mustachioed Glasses Holder
Turntable Tape Dispenser