Many containers

Here at the David Alan Collection, we receive many containers of antiques, art and table slabs every year. Recently, we shipped a container from Thailand, and this post shares what “container day” is like at DAC. Teams from DAC in Thailand, Japan, and Bali pack and load our shipments; our team in Solana Beach empties the truck in less than a day. When you work at the David Alan Collection, “container day” is like Christmas, seven times a year! Continue reading “Many containers”

Balancing the Universe

From November 10th to December 3rd, 2017, Balancing The Universe: Shamanic Amulets, Instruments and Costumes, a collection of shaman pieces from across South East Asia, exhibited at David Alan Collection. We celebrated the opening of our exhibition with a party on November 9th, gathering friends and artists together at the Collection. The exhibition included a wide range of amulets, instruments and costumes personally collected by David from Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, and across the Indonesian Islands. Join us as we share glimpses into the universal healing and spirit world of the Shamanic traditions. Continue reading “Balancing the Universe”

Art San Diego

On November 5th, 2015, the David Alan Collection presented a selection of art and culture drawn from the warehouse in Solana Beach, and from around the world, at the Art San Diego exhibition, in Balboa Park. Artists, craftspeople, and the curious gathered in our booth to share the beauty and authenticity of these unique treasures.

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Summer Party, 2015

The David Alan Collection gathered together art from twelve unique Indonesian artists, featuring Lindu Prasekti. To prepare for the party, David completely repainted the Collection’s gallery on Cedros Avenue, in Solana Beach. This makeover involved more than just a simple paint, as you will see below. The remodel took place in two phases, which we captured in the following videos. We hope you enjoy them. Continue reading “Summer Party, 2015”

Osher Institute, Part II

On March 12, 2015, David shared his travels and life in a presentation at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, UCSD, in La Jolla, CA. His compelling stories and vivid images transported his audience to the Far East and Southeast Asia. This post is the second in a two-part series of videos of David’s presentation. To view the first set of twenty five videos, please click here.

We hope you enjoy David’s travel adventure in the short videos presented below. Continue reading “Osher Institute, Part II”

Osher Institute

On March 12, 2015, David shared his travels and life in a presentation at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, UCSD, in La Jolla, CA. His compelling stories and vivid images transported his audience to the Far East and Southeast Asia. Together, they sought treasures in the people, places, and cultures that David calls home. We hope you enjoy these videos, which are presented below. Continue reading “Osher Institute”

Poon Hill, Day Two

Today is the second day of the Poon Hill trek. The guidebooks indicate much of the trek would be climbing stone steps.  I’m glad the guidebook left out the details none of us really want to know ahead of time.  It would ruin all the surprises that may have given us second thoughts about starting out on whatever adventure is being described. “To Glorify and Enroll” should be the mandatory warning on the cover of most guide books. “Reader Beware.” Continue reading “Poon Hill, Day Two”

Rock Hard Pillow

Yesterday, at the guesthouse I had a rock hard pillow.  I used a rolled up jacket instead.  At breakfast I said, “Tomorrow I want a pillow that’s softer than the mattress.”  Last night I got my wish.  The pillow was just as hard as the previous night, but the mattress was like a slab of slate. The pillow was indeed the softer of the two.

David

 

The Kids: Poon Hill

Our two porters are college kids on break. They are from my guide Mahesh’s village, so they are known and trusted. They were shy the first day or so, but that has changed now. We’ve talked about their struggles in life, and I ask and prod, pushing the edge of what is in this culture possible to talk honestly about including their dreams and possible futures. Continue reading “The Kids: Poon Hill”