Artworks in New York City, New York

Artworks in New York City, New York

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

John and I went to New York City on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014.  John had his play “The Cranes Are Falling”, reading at Dixon Place, 160A Chrystie Street.  We took the Path train from Newark New Jersey to the World Trade Center, New York City.  We walked from the World Trade Center to Dixon Place which was good exercise for me but the more important purpose for me was to take video and pictures along the way.  I enjoyed seeing architecture and people.  As a person who loves art, the artwork on the walls and the graffiti fascinated me.  The following are some of the photos of the artworks that I captured on this trip.

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World Trade Center to Dixon Place

The Path train, Newark, New Jersey to World Trade Center, New York City, New York

World Trade Center to Dixon Place

New York City

On Wednesday, June 11, 2014

John and I took the Path train to the World Trade Center which is the end destination of Path.  We discussed our plan before we left to walk from the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan to Dixon Place at 160A Chrystie Street between Rivington Street and Delancey Street.  This is where John’s play “The Cranes Are Falling”, was to have a reading at 7:30 pm.  Even though it was a long distance we love to walk in NYC rather than taking the subway.  I love to see different architecture and the diversity of people.  We walked to Chinatown, buying some fried dumplings and sour soup for our dinner before the reading started.  I enjoyed taking pictures along the way.  The following are the pictures that I took of our journey on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

World Trade Center to Chinatown to Dixon Place, 160A Chrystie Street

New York City map

The World Trade Center construction, work in progress

We walked through the park by City Hall.

There are many interesting sculptures in the park

Thanks to the people that help to sort and collect garbage.  They help with conservation and earn a living at the same time.

Fatherhood, Happy Father’s Day John

Manhattan Bridge by Chinatown area

We walked a bit too far from Chrystie Street.  A lady told us how to get to Dixon Place.

Finally we reached to our destination.  Just in time for us to have our dinner, thanks to John for carrying our delicious food from Chinatown.

The Cranes Are Falling, a one-act play by John Watts

 On Wednesday, June 11, 2014

 At Dixon Place 161A Chrystie Street, New York City, New York              

  Portia Adney actor, Vesta Walker actor and Jim Armstrong reading stage directions

 Portia Adney, and Vesta Walker, two great actors.  I was mesmerized by their performance.

John Watts, Portia Adney, and Vesta Walker

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Vincent Van Gogh, Pineapple and D-Day Memorial Day

Vincent Van Gogh, Pineapple and D-Day Memorial Day

Friday, June 6, 2014

How to Cut a Pineapple with a Thai Design

Two of my artworks on the walls, Self-portrait with Thai classical motif and Perpetual Suffering of Vincent van Gogh.  Vincent van Gogh is looking at the pineapple on the table that I am preparing to cut.  

I wonder if Vincent van Gogh had ever eaten pineapple because it is a tropical fruit.  

John bought this pineapple when it was still green and fresh.  Usually I like to leave it for 4-5 days before I cut.  The fruit has a chance to ripen and tastes much sweeter than when fresh.

In general I wash my fruits quite well before I consume.  I use tap water to wash two times and for the third water I use filtered water and leave the fruits in the filtered water for a couple hours before I eat the fruits.  This is for fruits that do not require pealing, for example grapes, strawberries, apples and others.  For fruit that needs to be pealed such as mangoes, pineapples and others, I use only tap water but wash it well to remove all the residue of pesticide and other harmful chemicals.

I hope one of these days we will all have our fruits and vegetables or any foods consumed free of chemicals that can harm us.  Now we have organic fruits, vegetables and others organic foods items.  The majority of poor and uneducated people however do not purchase them because they are too expensive or they do not know the harmful affects of some chemicals used.

After I wash the pineapple well then I cut the top part out.  This top part can put in a container with some water.  Leave it in the water until the roots begin to form and we can plant in a pot as a decorative plant.  You need to change the water in the container often for the roots to develop.

An orderly design already exists on the surface of the pineapple. 

 When I was young in Thailand I loved to watch my mother cut pineapple.  I loved to see the design after it was pealed.  But there is a trick to get the desired pattern.  There are two types of patterns, one is spiral and other is not.  The above design is not a spiral and is not the Thai way of cutting.

This is a spiral design.

  Use a sharp knife to peal the skin of the pineapple.

This is not the correct pattern for the Thai method of cutting.

Correct spiral for The Thai method.

After the outer layer is pealed away then the spiral design is cut to remove only the eyes of pineapple.  For a very ripe pineapple we will see small seeds located here.

This is the way Thai people cut pineapple.  I think besides the beautiful appearance one can minimize waste, leaving more pineapple meat.

The more yellow pineapple is sweeter than the light pale color pineapple.  If I happen to have the sourer and less sweet pineapple then I add few table spoons of honey to the pineapple after I cut it into smaller sections and leave it in refrigerator for a day before we consume.

This very ripe pineapple is so sweet.  I love pineapple and John loves it even more than me because he can eat it without tasting acidic juice biting his tongue.  He loves mango also but has an allergic reaction to apples, peaches and some other temperate climate fruits.  He loves and can eat all topical fruits that he has tried.

Cut the pineapple into small sections to eliminate the hard core.

Information from Wikipedia

The pineapple (Ananas comosus) is a tropical plant with edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries,[1] and the most economically significant plant in the Bromeliaceae family.[2] Pineapples may be cultivated from a crown cutting of the fruit,[3] possibly flowering in 20–24 months and fruiting in the following six months.[3][4] Pineapple does not ripen significantly post-harvest.[5]

Pineapples are consumed fresh, cooked, juiced, and preserved, and are found in a wide array of cuisines. In addition to consumption, in the Philippines the pineapple’s leaves are used to produce the textile fiber piña– employed as a component of wall paper and furnishings, amongst other uses.[6]


Raw pineapple is an excellent source of manganese (76% daily value (DV) in a one US cup serving) and vitamin C (131% DV per cup serving).[14] Mainly from its stem, pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme, bromelain, which breaks down protein. If having sufficient bromelain content, raw pineapple juice may be used as a meat marinade and tenderizer. Pineapple enzymes can interfere with the preparation of some foods, such as jelly and other gelatin-based desserts, but would be destroyed during cooking and canning. The quantity of bromelain in the fruit is probably not significant, being mostly in the inedible stalk. Furthermore, an ingested enzyme like bromelain is unlikely to survive intact the proteolytic processes of digestion.

In 2009, Brazil produced 2,206,492 tonnes, closely followed by the Philippines, which produced 2,198,497 tonnes, and Thailand, 1,894,862 tonnes. Total world production in 2009 was 19,488,240 tonnes. The primary exporters of fresh pineapples in 2001 were Costa Rica, 322,000 tons; Côte d’Ivoire, 188,000 tons; and the Philippines, 135,000 tons.[24] Since 2000, the most common fresh pineapple fruit found in U.S. and European supermarkets is a low-acid hybrid that was developed in Hawaii in the early 1970s.[citation needed]

In commercial farming, flowering can be induced artificially, and the early harvesting of the main fruit can encourage the development of a second crop of smaller fruits. Once removed during cleaning, the top of the pineapple can be planted in soil and a new plant will grow. Slips and suckers are planted commercially.

Ethical and environmental concerns

Three-quarters of pineapples sold in Europe are grown in Costa Rica, where pineapple production is highly industrialised. Growers typically use 20 kg of pesticides per hectare in each growing cycle,[25] a process that may affect soil quality and biodiversity. The pesticides – organophosphates, organochlorines and hormone disruptors – have the potential to affect workers’ health and can contaminate local drinking water supplies.[25] Many of these chemicals have potential to be carcinogens, and may be related to birth defects.[25]

Because of commercial pressures, many pineapple workers – 60% of whom are Nicaraguan – in Costa Rica are paid low wages.[quantify] European supermarkets’ price-reduction policies have lowered growers’ incomes.[25] One major pineapple producer contests these claims.[26]

Storage and transport

Some buyers prefer green fruit, others ripened or off-green. A plant growth regulator, Ethephon, is typically sprayed onto the fruit one week before harvest, developing ethylene, which turns the fruit golden yellow. After cleaning and slicing, a pineapple is typically canned in sugar syrup with added preservative.[citation needed]

 Pineapple: Fruit

The pineapple is a tropical plant with edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced       berries, and the most economically significant plant in the Bromeliaceae family. Wikipedia

Nutrition Facts: Pineapple

Amount Per 1 fruit (905 g)

Calories 452

            % Daily Value*

Total Fat 1.1 g


Saturated fat 0.1 g


Polyunsaturated fat 0.4 g

Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g

Cholesterol 0 mg


Sodium 9 mg


Potassium 986 mg


Total Carbohydrate 119 g


Dietary fiber 13 g


Sugar 89 g

Protein 4.9 g


Vitamin A


Vitamin C






Vitamin D


Vitamin B-6


Vitamin B-12




*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Sources include: USDA

 Link to Wikipedia for more information:

While I was cutting the pineapple I watched the C-SPAN broadcast on the D-Day Memorial and I took some of pictures from television, the following are some of the pictures:

— U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders paid tribute to World War II veterans at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany.

 Link to VOA News:

President Barack Obama delivered a speech at Omaha Beach on the coast of Normandy, France on Friday, June 6, 2014

Please visit BBC News for more pictures and information

In Pictures: Remembering D-Day

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Veterans of World War II, world leaders and royalty have been gathering ahead of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the biggest amphibious assault in military history.

Many UK veterans will sail on HMS Bulwark from Portsmouth to Normandy on Thursday, while a parade made up of former troops, cadets and serving members of the armed forces is taking place in Portsmouth.

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Ing’s Peace Project at CLOUD CYPH Event Part 3

Ing’s Finished Artwork of the Peace Project Comments

From, Them Cloud Kids Event Participators

Ing’s Shadow of Peace

Ing’s Shadow of Peace and Nelson Mandela

I wrote three projects about Nelson Mandela on my Blog Page and the links are as follow:

Ing’s Shadow of Peace, Nelson Mandela and Them Cloud Kids

Ing’s Shadow of Peace, Nelson Mandela, Them Cloud Kids and their Philosophy

Information about, “Them Cloud Kids”:

Them Cloud Kids™ is a non-profit organization started by 6 Rutgers University students who aim to unite, uplift and empower all through Ubuntu.


Them Cloud Kids™ is a pro-people service organization that is currently starting a youth empowerment movement by raising awareness of the Ubuntu lifestyle. Ubuntu is the South African belief of human kindness and compassion made popular by Nelson Mandela. We envision a world where we can unite, uplift and empower all through Ubuntu. Through community outreach, after school programs and our radio show we hope to create a new positive way of thinking and being which is Ubuntu.

Ing’s Shadow of Peace, Nelson Mandela, Them Cloud Kids and their Philosophy

And Them Cloud Kids Event Participators’ Comments

On Friday, May 16, 2014

Peace is a lifestyle that displays positive energy in one whole being.  Universal love

Peace is brotherhood.

Peace is serenity, happiness, & becoming one

Peace: Togetherness

Finding love within differences …

Peace is the happiness with you 🙂

Peace Means Kira

Peace is togetherness

Pleased with one’s self so that love is able to doze out into the world.  Spreading Love and Happiness

ON QWE$T FOR PEA$T                       Peace is Respect

Peace is Equality and Love.                         Peace is All Love

Peace is the serenity that you have & maintain in your world.


Peace is unity

Peace is contentment with yourself!          

Peace means Happiness 🙂                                             

 Love IS PEACE; GOD IS LOVE                        Peace is Love & Love is Blessed

 Peace is complete happiness with yourself.

Peace means unity                           Peace: CALM, SERENITY, HAPPINESS……

Peace is the innocent child born into such a disturbed World.

 Peace is being able to sleep a night.

In order to have or attain peace, you must build a foundation with peace as the root, then and only then can you shadow and spread your peace to others

Peace = Ubuntu

Peace is INDY!!

Peace = life-death =/= rip on + shirts Period.

UCYPHE = Peace = Love

Peace means to find love within all aspects of everything… To only love and not look for the love of power…

Peace is every day understanding its when the war inside subdues.

My little Peace-head people accompany my Peace Poem that I translated into my native language, Thai.

Link to Ing’s Peace Poem page:

The cloud on the bright sky reflects on the peace symbol while Nelson Mandela cheerfully laughs knowing that Them Cloud Kids follow in his footsteps to keep UBUNTU, kindness and compassion alive.

My eyes were sore from doing too much artwork, so I stopped working for a while.  I went to our backyard garden to relax and visited my spring flowers. As the sun moves close to the horizon in the evening backyard garden it is the best place to enjoy the nature with a light breeze of gentle wind.  I spotted these beautiful light yellow mixes with soft pink blossoms.  I ran inside and got my camcorder to capture the flowers.  These flowers are as beautiful as Them Cloud Kids, who blossom into productive and valuable human beings.

First spring roses are larger and prettier than the following blossoms.  I love all kind of flowers but roses are my favorite ones.

Link to Ing’s Garden page:

I decided to rearrange the comments in my artwork.  It was easier for me to design and arrange by removing all the comments and bring them in later.

Roses, Rhododendrons and other spring flowers from our garden this year

Ing’s Finished Artwork of the Peace Project Comments

From, Them Cloud Kids Event Participators

On Friday, May 16, 2014

Them Cloud Kids-Ubuntu

Them Cloud Kids-Ubuntu!!!

Hey, that sounds good

 What does it mean?

Where does it come from?


Ubuntu means kindness and compassion

And comes from South Africa


Look! Nelson Mandela is smiling and laughing

He is happy that Them Cloud Kids

Follow in his footsteps


But everybody heard about kindness and compassion before


Oh, yes we always hear all kind of words

But do we ever practice it?


Nelson Mandela makes the words

Come alive again

He is so glad that his voice travels loud and far

Over the sea to different continents

It landed at Rutgers University

Newark, New Jersey

To Them Cloud Kids


Oh, yes we always hear the words

Of kindness and compassion

But do we ever practice it?


They took Ing’s Peace project

To their gathering

What does peace have to do with Ubuntu?


Peace is another word that we hear all the time

But do we ever practice it?


The war in Syria, South Sudan

And other places in the world

That are fighting and killing

Do they have kindness and compassion toward each other?

If they practice Ubuntu

They will have peace in their countries


In USA if we walk on the streets in

New York City or other cities

We see homeless living on sidewalks

And probably millionaires and billionaires

Walking by on the same streets


Do they practice kindness and compassion?


People working in full time jobs

And many in pastime jobs

Companies or Universities

Do not want to hire full-time employees

Because they do not want to pay benefits

These workers have families and children

They are suffer from small incomes to survive


Workers protest

“We need to increase the minimum wage”


Companies and politicians

Who received the donation from these companies

All say “No! No! You will ruin the economy”

We cannot hire more workers!


What they want are more slave workers

So they can make more profits

And get richer


Tuition is so high

That student loans pile up after graduation

University become a business

Rather than a place for education

Interest on student loans grows bigger

And jobs cannot be found

But government loans to banks

For zero percent

Or at least much less than student loans


If the defense budget is not too high

Citizens can get an education for lower cost

Or even free


Do companies, universities and some politicians

Practice kindness and compassion?


There will be no peace

Without kindness and compassion

And if no kindness and compassion

Then peace will not exist


Thanks to Them Cloud Kids

Who practice Ubuntu


Let us all not just say Ubuntu

But practice it for ourselves and others

And for our world to be more peaceful

For humanity and animals alike

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Monday, June 02, 2014, 11:50 PM

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 Spring flowers from our garden, during late May and early June 2014

I love this flower. I have to find out the name of the flower.

Pink roses

Pink yellow roses are larger than the other roses.  They are about 6 to 8 inches in diameters but fewer flowers are produced in a year.  The pink and yellow climbing roses produced more flowers; the velvet red climbing roses produced the most flowers all year long.


Velvet red climbing roses

These yellow climbing roes blossom before other roses in the beginning or mid May but the flowers last only few days.

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