Busy in Bangkok

Posted on 24th March 2018 in adventure, wandering

It seems like ages ago now when I was first in Bangkok. At the time, it was definitely a blur. I had just landed from Canada and in the process of trying to wrap my head around the fact that I was in Thailand. Do you know that feeling when you get to a new place by plane and realize that just the day before you were walking the streets of where you came from, likely a point a fair distance across the map from where you stand now? To regain my bearings, I usually try to lay low, just wandering the local streets trying to figure out where a good place to eat is.

I had a few friends in Bangkok that I met up with over the week I spent there, which is always good for me because they tend to have a list of things they want to do or see and I can just accompany with a smile. I left Bangkok in the same fashion, I had one friend, Alex, up there already for Loy Krathong, and another, Donovan, wanting to go up for work and to also catch Loy Krathong. When the latter asked me for the second time if I wanted to take the 12 hr train (turned into about 14 hrs) to catch the lantern festival (Loy Krathong), I decided to go on this journey.

So I ended up staying then in Bangkok for about 5 days. I wandered many streets and thoroughly enjoyed Chinatown. Such a busy area with vibrant storefronts and markets that I could walk through. I did a whole bunch of street photography with Donovan, since that’s his style of choice, which you’ll see soon in a photoblog of its own. Often, I’d find myself just wandering, wandering, wandering and running straight into a marvelously decorated temple or busy market. Each night, my sandals would come off, my dirty feet would be washed, and I’d collapse into my bed wondering how I’d get some relief from the humid and warm temperature I don’t think anybody ever can quite adjust to.

I resisted leaving because I didn’t feel I had explored the city as I had hoped. I think I’m learning that I never really feel like I’ve explored any place I’m at fully, and I think I’m ok with this. I think this is a great outlook for life to be on an adventure even in one’s own backyard.

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

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Mushrooming with Leiah Luz

Posted on 12th October 2017 in lifestyle, micro adventure, wandering

I asked Leiah Luz (previous posts, instagram, fb) if she would go on a Micro Adventure with me through North Vancouver, and she agreed. It was hard for me to really explain to her what I was interested in shooting, since it’s much different than a regular shoot. Leiah’s so rad though, she’s always been keen on shooting if she’s around, so she was pretty easy to convince I guess. At that time, I wasn’t calling them micro adventures, more a hang-out-session-afternoon-walkabout-thing. Like a romantic date filled with adventure. Instead of deliberating over clothing choice, we deliberate over where the most interesting location would be to adventure to.

Adventure was what we wanted, through the great outdoors. We wanted to stick to the West Coast theme, that much was clear, and wanted to try and capture all of the elements: earth, air, water, fire. We literally captured this by traveling on the Sea To Sky highway. Oh, and we found oyster mushrooms. I have been looking for them for a long time now, and we just stumbled upon a whole bag full of them without even trying. A good omen?

tech specs // Sony a7 / Super Multi Coated Takumar 28mm f3.5 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8

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Spring in Shawnigan Lake

Posted on 11th April 2017 in explored, nature, wandering

Shawnigan Lake is where I’ve been calling home for a while now. It’s a beautiful community along the Victoria Watershed, just north of the Malahat and Victoria, on Vancouver Island, in beautiful British Columbia.

Being an outdoors man, naturally I’ve taken to wandering with my camera in hand. Every month I get a collection of wander-clickings I’ve captured, and if you follow any of my social medias, you’ve maybe seen some of these images pop up at times. You know, when the mood hits.

Ever since I was first exploring these lands with my parents on summer vacations of y’or, I have always been incredibly fascinated with these old growth forests. They are unlike any other I’ve experienced, which isn’t to say they are better, but just that they have a special place in my heart that started when I was young. The giant roots crossing single-track trials covered in cedar branches and fir needles, with oregon grape and salal flanking as I meander up and down valleys. Oh, the depths of canyons found within trunks of a thousand year old fir trees.

This is what I’ve come upon.

tech specs // Sony a7 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8 / Jupiter 11A 135mm f4 / Super Takumar 28mm

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Tyna and the Butterflies

Posted on 13th March 2017 in lifestyle, micro adventure, wandering

I like those days where we just get in the car and go. Where you plan a bit, with maybe some water and fresh batteries and destination, but the rest is serendipity.

Tyna Kottová (IG) and I picked the Butterfly Gardens just north of Victoria, BC.

Everybody is different, some of us plan for everything – my mom has always been notorious for having the biggest basket of toys heading to the beach, while others let plans go with the wind and hang on for the ride. I’m definitely of the former, though I like to tell myself I only plan the framework, the skeletal of what’s to come.

Can you guess what type Tyna is?

tech specs // Sony a7 / Super Multi Coated Takumar 28mm f3.5 / Super Takumar 55mm f1.8

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Forests for the World, Prince George, BC

Posted on 22nd May 2016 in adventure, nature, wandering

In Prince George, there is a region of forests they’ve dedicatedly labelled: Forests for the World. I’ve linked there to the Tourism PG‘s website that explains it fairly effectively.

When I was living last in Prince George, out our back door were trails that led me through this land, or more technically, to this land. On days I was feeling particularly ambitious, I would hike all the way up past the University of Northern British Columbia to the officially designated trail system.

In the news the other day, a man was attacked by a black bear along these trails, and survived because of his valiant dog! And it’s true, there are animals a plenty there. I remember one morning taking my dog, Angus, for a walk and we had an interesting encounter. There is a stretch along a path where there’s a big culvert separating two trails that go parallel. One the one path I walked, and on the other path was a mother moose and her little calf! I was happy it was blistering cold and by this time both Angus and I were b-lining it home as silently and quickly as possible. We would some mornings wake up and see that our composting buckets had been upturned by a bear at some point in the night. I remember one day my father and I cleaning muddy bear paw marks off the fence he had just built!

For this hike, I had a German Couchsurfer staying with me, and I took her up to see what the wilderness of Prince George, Northern BC was like.

A walk through Forests for the World by Ned Tobin in Prince George British Columbia Canada

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