This week’s photo challenge theme reminds me of my adventures in Thailand almost four years ago.
One of the most unforgettable experiences I had was the visit at Samphran Elephant Ground Zoo. It is located at Nakhon Pathom province about 56 kilometers outside Bangkok. Aside from the crocodile show, I was awe-stricken during the Elephant show. I had a roller-coaster ride of emotions!
We arrived at Bangkok on December 7, 2007, two days after the 80th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, one of the most powerful and wealthiest monarch in the world. Having reigned since June 9, 1946, he is the world’s longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. The streets were filled with shrines, beautified with lots of golden flowers for the Royal Couple, the King and the Queen. Even the billboards didn’t have much of the business ads, but with the portraits of the King. It was a very fascinating! I’ve never seen such devotion and loyalty of the mass people for their beloved King. Almost all houses and buildings have the portrait of the Royal Couple and the Royal Family. Living at a prime age and reigning the kingdom more than half his life has been possible for the King!
On December 9-14, 2007 the Southern Asia Union Mission’s 8th International Pathfinder Camporee was held at Saraburi, Thailand. Young ones and young at heart gathered from different parts of the world. I was blessed enough being one of the delegates of the Philippine contingent and a counselor of the AUP (Adventist University of the Philippines) Academy Drill Team. Despite of some hindrances, God made it possible for me to be part of the wonderful event that happens every four years!
With such seemingly elusive dream, I am grateful for the privilege of visiting one of the modern kingdoms in Asia. It was wonderful because I shot three birds at one stone! I watched one of the events during the SEA Games (we were advised to cancel our booking/flight via Philippine Airlines because they prioritized the Philippine athletes, we rode Thai Airways) , I experienced an aftermath of the king’s 80th birthday and I enjoyed the awesome camporee and camaraderie of friends from different continents.
Truly, with God, everything is possible! MISSION HIMpossible!
Note: All photos were taken by Jeruel Ibanez and was used with his consent. The author own the copyright of some of the photos. These can’t be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.