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Bustling Bangkok

I had the opportunity to visit Bangkok during the last weekend with my cousin and I found it to be an amazing and bustling city with something for every type of traveller.

On the first night we visited the tallest rooftop bar in Bangkok atop the Baiyoke hotel.  From the 84th floor one can have a breathtaking view of the city.  The revolving floor offers a 360 deg view of the Bangkok skyline.

baiyoke

On the 2nd day I took a short half-day tour of the city covering the Grand palace, the Wat Pho temple of the reclining Buddha and the Golden Mount temple.

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Wat Pho2

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In the evening we went on a Chao Phraya river cruise.  This is a memorable cruise of 2 hour duration.  During buffet dinner on board the passengers are treated to a live music and dances.  One also gets a view of the the Wat Arun temple and the Grand Palace.  The transport to and from the hotel is also included in the package.

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The city is bustling with the shopping malls  and other tourist attractions attracting visitors from all over the world.

MBK

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Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

June 2, 2016 1 comment

I disagree with the premise of this topic.  It assumes that being a genius can only bring worry and sorrow and that all simpletons are happy and joyful.

I would choose to be a joyful  genius.  I think there is no greater joy than that experienced by a genius in his/her moment of serendipity.  The ecstatic moments of Archimedes and Kekule show that they experienced great joy on their discovery of ‘the principle of buoyancy’ and ‘the Benzene ring’ respectively.  They did spend years working out their problems and when they took a step back and relaxed, they had their moments of intuition, their ‘Eureka’ moment.  Such men like Einstein, Edison, Archimedes and  Kekule have discovered the workings of principles that have benefited mankind as a whole.  Is there a greater joy than this?

A fool or simpleton on the other hand lives a self-centred life.  They may be content but they have to be prodded to work.  They may appear happy but many of them have been known to harbour great sorrow.  The point is that you may be a simpleton or a genius but if your work can touch another soul and make them happy then you have made a difference.

Jack Ma the founder of Alibaba, told his son –“ you don’t need to be in the top three in your class, being in the middle is fine, so long as your grades aren’t too bad. Only this kind of person [a middle-of-the-road student] has enough free time to learn other skills”

A genius is not defined by grades or society.  Many of the great geniuses were college dropouts.  They thus found more time to tinker around with their hobbies and passions till their problems became their life goals and they started dreaming of these problems – many a time sacrificing their sleep.  Many of us think that their discoveries were moments of magic forgetting the hard work and sweat that these great men of genius put in!

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