Remembering

12 03 2012

Sending Japan all my love…

For Japan With Love





Thinking of Home

2 11 2011

It is heart wrenching to try to find news on Thailand floods.  There isn’t much media coverage here in the states.  People barely knew of what I’m talking about.  One third of the country has been under water for the last 3 months.  My mother has lost her childhood home and my parents’ work in Bangkok is also flooded.  I just want to share with you some images of the crisis in Thailand.  My heart is broken.

Englada, the daughter of Thawatcha Busabim, is carried by a relative during Thawatcha’s funeral procession at the Wat Preak Prachkor temple in Pathum Thani province, a suburb of Bangkok. Thawatcha, 30, was electrocuted when he tried to use an electric appliance at his flooded home in Pathum Thani.  (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

A cat drinks from a walkway in a flooded neighborhood in central Bangkok.  (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)

People paddle toward food dropped by a Thai army helicopter to their village isolated by floods in Ayutthaya province near Bangkok. (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)

People row their belongings through floodwaters during an evacuation from a garbage-strewn flooded market in Bangkok. (Reuters/Sukree Sukplang)

Floodwaters stretch to the horizon on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand. (Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

A woman hangs onto a street sign in chest deep water along the flooded streets in Rangsit on the outskirts of Bangkok.  (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

A family floats back to their house on a handmade raft in Klong Luang on the outskirts of Bangkok.  (Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images)

This is the university of where my parents are teaching.  It is now flooded.

The campus has turned into a shelter for flood victims.

You could still help your Thai neighbors by donating to Thai Red Cross here.  Much of clean water and food is still needed.  We lost 381 people at this point.  Please help make a difference.





Beads Please!

19 10 2011

New beautiful beaded necklaces from Nigeria, Kenya, and Ivory Coast.  They are stunning.  I can’t get enough of them.

Thanks very much to everyone that came out last weekend to support us on raising money for flood victims in Thailand.  I’m still hoping to raise more donation this week and including this weekend for my beloved country.  I’m sorry to report that things are not improving.  The flood is now in the outskirt of Bangkok.  It is heading toward the city.  Over 50 provinces are under the water.  The flood had killed more than 300 people at this point.  There is so much suffering around the globe.  Sometime all of us feel helpless.  The best we could do is to help in anyway that we can.  The act of reaching out and helping is what matters.  Also being happy in your own life is much more productive and helpful to the rest of the world.  Kindness, peace, and happiness is the key to sharing the hope.  Sending Thailand love and light.

Wishing you a lovely Wednesday.  Hope to see you soon.





Flood Victims

15 10 2011

We are donating 50% of our weekend sales to the flood victims in Thailand.  At least 283 people have been killed and more than 110,000 people left homeless by floods that have destroyed crops and livlihoods across Thailand. You could also make your contribution to Thai Red Cross here.

Image via BBC.

Thanks very much for everyone good thoughts on Thailand.





Thinking of Home

14 10 2011

I’m sorry to report that the flood in Thailand has gotten worst.  The flood is heading into Bangkok.  I feel helpless.  There is nothing that I could do from here except donate as much as I could to Thai Red Cross and pray for everyone safety.

Images from BBC.

I will donate 50% of IDOM clothing sales from this weekend to Thai Red Cross.  Please help our flood victims.  Sending my country love and light.





Monsoon

5 10 2011

Thinking of home and all the people.   It is Thailand’s worst monsoon floods in decades have killed 224 people and affected three quarters of the country.  Authorities were meanwhile battling to stop the floods reaching the centre of low-lying Bangkok, as forecasters warned of more wild weather to come.  Two months of flooding have inundated 58 of 77 provinces -with 25 still severely affected -and damaged the homes and livelihoods of millions of people.

Photos via  AP/Sakchai Lalit

Last week the government announced the deployment of about 10,000 soldiers, backed by 500 military vehicles and more than 100 boats, to help victims.  Army bases will also take in evacuees.  In total about 14.8 million acres of land have been inundated around the country.

My mother’s childhood home is also in middle of the flood.  We are trying to come to term that we probably will loose the house.  At least our friends and family is doing okay and hanging in there.

Also thinking of our neighbors Vietnam, Cambodia, and India during this awful flood.  To read more check out BBC here.





Thinking of Pakistan

18 08 2010

My thoughts are with people of Pakistan and China flood victims.  So far it has been worst in Pakistan.   The floods have submerged tens of thousands of villages, killed around 1,500 people and affected 20 million others.  The floods hit first in the northwest, wiping out much of its infrastructure, and then the bloated rivers gushed toward the south and the east, displacing millions more people.

Pakistani villagers pull their belongings through deep floodwater on the outskirt of Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan on Wednesday, 4 August 2010. This year’s monsoon season has prompted the worst flooding in Pakistan.

About a fifth of Pakistani territory has been affected.  The northwest is the epicenter of Pakistan’s fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban, and attacks by militants late Tuesday and overnight highlighted the threat they still pose.  Pakistani girl Rukhsana sits with brother over a rubble of her house destroyed by heavy flooding in Nowshera in northwestern Pakistan.

The UN has said it has now raised nearly half of the $460m it needs for initial relief efforts.  Survivors have criticised the government’s response to the disaster, saying aid has been too slow to arrive and there are increasing reports of victims staging protests to demand help from the government.

UN officials say the floods are now covering an area the size of England. At least 1,600 people have been killed, with health officials warning the toll could rise as water-borne diseases spread.  “Two million dollars are needed every day to provide water – this is not sustainable. We don’t have two million dollars a day,” said Unicef’s regional director, Daniel Toole.

Pakistani flood affected woman stretch their shawls to receive food provided by Pakistan army soldiers to break their fast on the first day of Muslims fasting month of Ramadan in Muzaffargarh near Multan, Pakistan on Thursday, 12 August 2010. Pakistani flood survivors already short on food and water began the fasting month of Ramadan on Thursday, a normally festive, social time marked this year by misery and fears of an uncertain future.

Pakistani children seen with their grandfather sits aside of rubble of his house destroyed by heavy flooding in Nowshera.  Pakistani officials have said it could take five years and up to $15bn for the country to recover.

IDOM will donate 20% of this weekend and next week sales to Mercy Corps for Pakistani flood victims.  You can donate to Mercy Corps here. All images courtesy of AP.

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News from home

29 05 2010

The Thai government finally lifted the curfew in Bangkok and other 23 provinces.  The city according to my parents have been quiet and a bit eerie.  Here are some pics of many people including my parents cleaning up the city.  Everyone is trying to make the best of one of the worst situation.  Life must go on.

Hundreds of Bangkok residents participate in a Bangkok clean up sweeping up the streets with soap and water  At least 86 people have been killed in clashes with military forces since mid-March when the political turmoil took hold. Bangkok experienced its worst political violence in decades during the Red Shirt occupation ending with the military crackdown on the camp causing the redshirts to take revenge setting fire to buildings, including the country’s stock exchange and biggest shopping mall,  the Central World.

Read more on BBC here.

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The day after

20 05 2010

Many hours of worrying and trying to ring my parents.  I finally got through to them for few moments late last night.  They are alive and hanging in there.  There were 31 building burning all over the city.  The red shirt protesters set fire on banks, shops, malls, tv station, and hotels.  A night time curfew put in place on Wednesday in the city and 23 other provinces has been extended for three more nights, in a bid to prevent a resurgence of unrest.

The fire by our house in Bangkok.

Smoke rises from the fires that burned all night at Central World shopping mall, attacked by red shirt protesters venting their anger against the government.  Yesterday’s operation finally evicted the protesters after a six week takeover of Bangkok’s major shopping district. So far over the past several weeks 44 people have been killed and 400 injured during the endless political turmoil that has plagued the capitol city.  Unfortunately this building finally collapsed.

The gutted Siam Theatre in Siam Square.  This cinema has been one of my favorite childhood place to go see movies.  I literally grew up in this area hanging out in cafes, museums and shops.  I still can’t believe some of these places are completely gone.  I’m truly heart broken.

In front of Zen Department store at Ratchaprasong.  The building is now collapsed as well.

My parents tried to make sure that our amazing sewers are okay.  They have only been able to get through to 2 sewers, Pi Aoy and Pi Chutima.  They are both hanging in there as well.  The shops that I often buy my knit fabric are now gone.  Due to this unfortunate unrest in Thailand.  Our production process is extremely effected.  My new pieces for summer will be delayed.  The post and shipping companies are all shut for the moment.  As my dear friend Evangelina putted it so well.  Thailand is an IDOM life line.  Without our small village of sewers, textile makers and my parents.  There won’t be beautiful treasures for any of us to enjoy here in the states.

There is so much division and anger amongst Thai people.  It will take time to heal the wound.  I’m praying that peaceful resolution will be reached soon.  Many thanks to all my sweet friends for their good wishes to my family and to the beloved country.





The longest night

19 05 2010

I’m sorry to report that things have gotten worst in Bangkok.  I still can’t get through to my parents.  Hopefully I’ll get to hear their voices soon.  The red shirt group leaders have surrendered.  Unfortunately the protesters refused to go home.   The troops stormed the barricades of the red shirt group.  There were over 20 burning buildings through out the city.  One of my friend’s shop was burned down in central Bangkok.  The city looked and sounded like war zone.  There is a curfew tonight in the city.

Please forgive me for my sad post.  I know that this is not your usual fashion blog kind of content.  I just feel that this is an important part of my life.  It is life reality for me.  There are some great days and some really bad days.  Hopefully we will get through it and move forward.  I can then have more beautiful things to share with you.

All photos courtesy of BBC.  You can read more about Thailand here.








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