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Paradise beaches of El Nido – Postcard

Posted by on July 12th, 2013 in Asia, Destinations, Feature, Philippines, Postcards | 6 comments

Islands and beaches of El Nido are about as close to a paradise you can find on this planet. Little havens of tranquility hidden between the towering rocks sheltering them from the wind. Crystal clear waters full of colourful fish and life. All you need is a cold beer or a coconut.

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Hong Kong Never Sleeps – Postcard

Posted by on May 1st, 2013 in Asia, Feature, Hong Kong, Postcards | 17 comments

Hong Kong never sleeps, the neon lights shimmer thru the night as cars flow through the gaps left by the glowing sky scrapers. The roads, tunnels, bridges, even pedestrians move on multiple levels. There is too much going on to restrict the city to a single flat surface. The future is here, it’s Hong Kong.

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Yi Peng – The Beauty of the Floating Lantern Festival

Posted by on November 10th, 2012 in Asia, Destinations, Photos, Thailand | 29 comments

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha We were at the Yi Peng festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, also known as the Floating Lantern Festival. And while Yi Peng festival occurs at the same time as the better known Loi Krathong festival, it is a different festival with roots in the ancient Lanna kingdom. It was already quite late and dark, but as we lighted the torches surrounding us, the night grew brighter with the flames and everything felt warmer. We all sat down; the sea of orange flames stretching on indefinitely to each direction and we settled down for mediation, which, I do admit, is probably not that exciting if you haven’t really done any mediation before. I...

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Postcard – Rice Fields of Thailand

Posted by on November 2nd, 2012 in Asia, HDR, Postcards | 10 comments

When I was driving around Thailand on my motorbike, I saw a lot of rice fields. And I quite like rice fields. They just always seem so serene. Just views that make you want to go and sit down and just look at it. This photo I took on my road trip to Pai. When I saw this, I just knew I had to stop for a photo, which did happen quite a few times on that road trip if I’m honest. And this photo will also start a new series on my blog I’m calling Friday postcard! Which is pretty much what it  says on the tin. Something to hopefully cheer up your Friday and make your mind wander…   Which country has the most beautiful rice fields in your...

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Ha Long Bay – Where Ground Rises Sky High

Posted by on September 16th, 2012 in Asia, Destinations, Photos, Vietnam | 25 comments

“This wonder is ground rising up into the middle of the high sky” Nguyễn Trãi   We watched the majestic stone islands rising vertically from the calm sea. Straight rock faces ricing directly with lush green jungles pushing out where ever they could; such a bizarre sight and definitely one of the most popular sights in Vietnam. And here we finally were. Our journey had taken us from Saigon to Ha Long Bay, sort of like that Top Gear episode about Vietnam, except we didn’t drive the whole route with scooters and we went to Cambodia and Laos along the way. But I am quite interested in driving thru Vietnam on a motorbike; if anybody has done it, let me know. Anyway, we had gotten into a bus in the early hours of the day in Hanoi, which had...

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Shanghai World Expo 2010 – Photo Essay

Posted by on August 14th, 2012 in Asia, China | 5 comments

On my 2010 trip to China I ended up in Shanghai after a night train from Beijing; and since this was in 2010, the Shanghai World Expo was on. And World Expo is one of those things I haven’t quite ever figured out, so naturally I was curious. They have this huge area where all the countries come in and build a building for themselves and then they fill it with things they want to showcase about their country. And then people pay to come in to see the buildings and the stuff in the buildings. Which actually is quite like all the national houses in London during the Olympics. They were expecting about 70 million people to visit. That’s over dozen times the population of Finland; and a lot more than the population of UK. That to me...

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