Sunday, July 31, 2011

The chicken feet made it!

Every week, National Geographic chooses between thousands of photo submissions from the general public to publish photos on their website and in their magazine. I have been keeping up with them over the last year and submitting some of my favourite pictures. 

Well, I am happy to announce that this week they chose my photo of chicken feet that I took while visiting Sapa, Vietnam. It was one of my favourites and I am very very shocked to see it on such a world renowned photo publishing company. 

To see it it full action, click here -----> National Geographic, and look under July - Week 4. Scroll across to see the lovely chicken feet. It may make you want to become a vegetarian though!

Pray for me that it makes it into their magazine at the end of the month :)


First Exposure!

I just checked out the BVI local Property and Yacht Guide and found some photos I took over my recent visit to the British Virgin Islands in the August addition of their magazine! I am stoked! Here is a look of what fun pictures I took under the sun!

Click here to read the article!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Thailand - Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Khao Lak

I have spent the last 10 days in Thailand, and each place I have been to is different from the rest! We started out in the north, in Chiang Mai. This place was a lot bigger than I was expecting, and there was so much to do! I am not kidding you, I was expecting a little village with barely running water, and to my surprise, there was a McDonalds and Starbucks on every corner! So I indulged in westernized food!

We began by visiting Tiger Kingdom and had the opportunity to play with one month old baby tigers. This was the experience of a lifetime! Later in the day we did some extreme sports, like the XOrbit Ball and ATVing through the jungle! 

To finish off our experience in Chiang Mai, we took a Thai cooking course and went to watch some Thai Boxing. It was the busiest day of our life! And completely worth it!


























After Chiang Mai, we headed to the big city of Bangkok. Bangkok is one of my favourite cities and since my last time being there, I was surprised to see how much had changed! We stayed in the very futuristic area near the Siam plaza. I am sad to say that I didn't take enough pictures in Bangkok. It was very hot and hard to carry a camera backpack with all the walking (and shopping) we did. But here are a few:












































Finally, we flew down to Phuket to stay in Khao Lak. This area was severely hit by the Tsunami in 2006, but since then, the community has managed to rebuild and start fresh. We were hoping for sunshine, but got a lot of rain. We managed to get one very nice day, so I took a couple beach shots, and enjoyed the sunset.







Before / After

I love before and after shots! It is so enticing to see how a photo can be altered to get a better product! One of my most favourite parts of photography are editing, so take a look at this one! This makes me think about my recent trip home to see my family. I remember showing my Dad how I edit photos and he was blown away by what can be done!


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Good old Thailand Music


In Thailand at the moment and this song is playing on the radio. Not going to lie, I laughed so hard at the lyrics of the song, but I had to share it with you! Enjoy!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Laos

Over the last week, I spent some time in Laos, in particular, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. Both areas are more central-northern and give many opportunities for seeing the country's natural beauty and taking part in extreme sports.

Vang Vieng was a lot of fun, as we did the most famous activity, tubbing! I can't even describe to you how unique this little area is, and travellers come all over to experience tubbing down the river with others. We happened to find a little family owned restaurant, and by family, I literally mean the children were playing Nintendo in the same room we were eating, and the dog cuddled up to me are I enjoyed my traditional Lao dishes. The prices were so reasonable in Laos, that it is a budget traveller's dream!

Luang Prabang is a UNESCO world hertiage site. The entire city is filled with Buddist temples and monasteries. It is quiet the experience with the young Buddhists in their orange cloth. We spent a day with the elephants, trekking through the rainforest, feeding and bathing them. It was an amazing adventure! The night market is also quite the experience. You may load your plate with a variety of foods for just $1! I was in heaven!






































Sunday, July 17, 2011

When Travelling Through Asia...

Well, I learned the hard way that there are many things in life we don't need to take with us when (backpacking) through Asia. Here are ten things you should NOT bring when wanting to travel lightly:

1. Jewellery - biggest mistake.
2. Half your camera equipment - here's where I planned ahead! I left behind random chargers, my flash and  extra batteries. Best decision I ever made. I could have done without one extra large lens as well. Stick to the necessities!
3. High heels - I wouldn't even bring these to Europe, Las Vegas - yes, but here no!
4. Fancy flats - I just bought a fake pair of Havaianas and they are by far the most used shoe I could have in my bag, fancy that!
5. Underwear - limited yourself to 7, and bathing suits - 3
6. Make up - I'm not kidding you, the only things I have put on my face is mascara. I should have left the make up bag and its contents at home.
5. Books - lets be realistic, the only reading you will get done is sitting on a beach, but don't expect it when hiking through mountains, site seeing and travelling place to place every three days.
4. A backpackers bag - my man has been complaining since we left about how he's gotta take everything out of his bag just to get to one thing in the bottom. When deciding on a bag, bring a rolly :) or if you choose a backpack, make sure it opens vertically and not just at the top!
3. Sweater - only one and ditto to pants.
2. Hair dryer - I ditched mine within the first 4 days and have stuck to air drying.
1. A watch - time doesn't matter here in Asia :)

When deciding on what to bring, stick to what you can live with if you are trying to be a simplest. Once we reach Thailand, I am shipping half this baggage back to Canada so I can live lightly. What's most important is that I've got my camera on my back to capture all the important parts :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vietnam

What a trip we've had so far! In one week, we covered four amazing Vietnam spots! Hanoi, Ha-Long Bay, Sapa and Ha Noi. Take a look a what I captured from each!

Hanoi was a busy city and a lot bigger than I was expecting! The locals mainly use motor bikes to get around and the sound of honking is loud and never ending. We took a walk through the city to be greeted by vendors selling pretty much anything you could imagine, and stopped to relax at the old city "Hoan Kiem Lake." I gotta say, it was busy, smelly, very hot and we were ready for water and less people!




Ha Long bay was a breath of fresh air - literally! We boarded our "junk" with 8 other people and set sail into the beautiful green waters, surrounded by hundreds of limestone haystacks. Our tour included a one night stay aboard our vessel, sea kayaking and cave exploration. It was so nice to finally kick start our adventure in sun and good living! 




Next, we left the coast and headed up north on a 8-hour night train to the Sapa region. We were greeted by the local villagers. This was by far a major highlight of the trip as the people were so unique with their clothing, stories and exuberant personality! It was nice to chat and get to know different cultures and see their villages. We hiked through the mountains on a trekking experience, and withstood the heavy rain, mud and steep hills.





Finally to end our Vietnam experience, we headed south to Hoi An. This is the place to go if you want custom clothes made and boy did we do just that! I had shoes, shorts, a dress, and pants made all for $50.  We also found Hoi An to have the best dishes, and took advantage of the locally made food from street vendors.