The Birthday Party - Vee Speers

Yi Peng is actually a separate festival celebrated by the Lanna people of Northern Thailand, however, it coincides with Loi Krathong and the two are now often considered the same. Colorful lanterns adorn houses and temples, while monks, locals, and tourist launch thin paper lanterns into the sky.

The sky lanterns — known as khom loi — are made from rice paper and are heated by a fuel disk. When done correctly, the large lanterns fly surprisingly high, and often look like fiery stars at their peak altitude. Messages, prayers, and wishes for good luck are written on the lanterns before launch.

Lanterns can be purchased nearly everywhere during Yi Peng and Loi Krathong; temples sell them to tourists as a way of generating money.

TIP: Keep your head up, as some lanterns come with a string of firecrackers attached to the bottom. The fireworks often go wrong and drop into unsuspecting crowds!

My friends and I started the first day of kindergarten
with sweaty palms and runs in our tights
and Dillon got bashful when he saw me get on the bus
and hid his head in the seat.
And Michelle and I played dress up for hours in her mother’s closet
talking about what it would be like to act like
the big kids.

My friends and I started the first day of middle school
with sweaty palms and new jeans
and Dillon and I kissed under the jungle gym last year
but he liked another girl more than me.
And Michelle kissed all of her big brother’s friends
and tried to be just like
the big kids.

My friends and I started the first day of high school
with sweaty palms and big textbooks
and Dillon has been dating Hannah for two months
and gives me looks in the hallway.
And it seems like Michelle has been trying to play dress up in her mother’s
closet again
and all the boys look at her and she loves it.
And it seems like no one will take you seriously unless
you’re a big kid.

My friends and I said goodbye the last day of Senior Year
with fond memories and our graduation caps
and Dillon took his own life last year
because Hannah forgot they were dating
for a night.
And Michelle stays mostly home now
because her baby needs more than she needs her degree
and it scares me now
because we are
the big kids. 

Fontaine De Trevi - Unknown Source

Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome,Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, and is a popular tourist attraction.

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Bento (弁当 bentō?) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Bento boxes are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋 bentō-ya?), railway stations, and department stores. However, Japanese homemakers often spend time and energy on a carefully prepared lunch box for their spouse, child, or themselves.

Bento can be elaborately arranged in a style called “kyaraben” (“character bento”). Kyarabenare typically decorated to look like popular characters from Japanese cartoons (anime), comic books (manga), or video games. Another popular bento style is “oekakiben” or “picture bento”. This is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.

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