The Enduring Virtues of Southeast Asia: Luang Prabang
Jul26

The Enduring Virtues of Southeast Asia: Luang Prabang

Not long after Southeast Asia was sold as the ultimate, exotic adventure, it began to be derided as trashy and tourist-saturated. Those who have travelled further along the road – or at least been on the road for longer – sneer at the 18 year olds finding their spiritual self in Phi Phi, drinking mushroom shakes on Koh Phangan, and slurping milk fresh from the coconut while traipsing about the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh. Despite the...

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Editing Star Photos from Mongolia with Lightroom 5
Jul26

Editing Star Photos from Mongolia with Lightroom 5

Mongolia has been more of a challenge than I thought it would be: long distances, bad roads, and very little electricity outside the capital.  But where it hasn’t been a challenge has been in the skies.  The stars in Mongolia, on the couple of clear nights we had down on our trip to the Gobi, were amazing.  It gave me a couple nights to mess around with one of my favourite forms of shutter art: star photography. Of course, the...

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Photographing the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar
Jul23

Photographing the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar

I’ve been asked a lot of late why I’ve been racing around Asia desperately for the past couple months without taking any sort of break. The answer, of course, as to why I have, is the Nadaam Festival here in Mongolia.  Though I’m not usually one to travel around certain events or festivals, after hearing about the “Mongolian Olympics”, it seemed wise to push to make it happen.  Thus, for the past couple...

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Phuket Preparing for the 10th Anniversary Remembrance of the 2004 Tsunami
Jul23

Phuket Preparing for the 10th Anniversary Remembrance of the 2004 Tsunami

“That’s where I nearly drowned like a trapped rat,” Hank said, pointing to the two-story cottage at the corner of Patong Beach in Phuket. “That’s where Pen and I were staying. We’d been out at a friend’s party that night and slept in the next morning. The next thing I know, I’m woken up by this angry unstoppable force of water rushing into the bedroom. What I remember was how surreal it...

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Top Things to Do in China: The Off-the-Beaten-Path Edition
Jul09

Top Things to Do in China: The Off-the-Beaten-Path Edition

I really cannot believe that my time in China is over.  It has been insane, it really has.  There have been some amazing things to see in China, for sure.  And well much of it was a bit what I had expected it to be, there was so much that I really had no clue existed.  There are so many amazing places in China that I really don’t think foreign tourists are aware of.  Sure, most tourists know of places like Beijing, Shanghai, the...

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