An amazing component that comes along with travel is that I gain an exposure to local artistry. There has been countless times when I want to bring some back as souvenirs or gifts for family and friends. However, at the end of the day, I cannot buy them all for financial reasons or practicality, especially now with the luggage allowance surcharges. So I have decided to capture them with my camera and share them this way…
Here are some Works of Art that I found while traveling in Turkey back in 2010.
Hand painted ceramic plate
On the way home from a concert Saturday night…
Moving along King Street West, on board a streetcar…
Passengers sound asleep. Motionless yet moving…
I spent a few gorgeous Spring days island hopping within the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador back in 2008. Live was perfect when I am within a pristine natural environment. Everything comes to life in spring!
Blue skies. Bright sunshine. Fresh air. Mating season. New born babies….
Here are a few photos I captured during a Blue-footed booby mating dance. Someone was getting all hot and heavy!! haha Continue reading
Back in October 2008, I was very fortunate to have crossed the border from Nepal and visited 4 cities in Tibet; Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse and Sakya.
Tibetan Buddhism is sacred to me. Though I do not claim to be a Tibetan Buddhist yet in this life.
Every now and then though, I would recite one of Tibetan Buddhism’s oldest and most sacred mantra: Om Mani Peme Hung. In Sanskrit, it is Om Mani Padme Hum. This mantra is associated with Chenrezig Bodhisattva and it means “Om, jewel in the lotus, hum.” Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara (Sanskrit) is the embodiment of compassion.
When this mantra is recited (aloud or silently) or seen visually, it invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig.
While traveling between cities, I captured these photos…
Tibetan Buddhism mantra – Om Mani Peme Hung
Signage are very important, especially for travelers in a foreign land. They provide information, humour, inspiration and creativity.
Here are some that caught my eye on my travels…
Heart – written in Traditional Chinese
Buenos Aires of Argentina have so much to offer…
From a design and typography point of view, they offer an unique style of their own called Fileteado Porteño. Beautiful, stylized lines and flowers drawn in bright colours are used to decorate signage in and around the city.
In some of the touristic areas, replicas can be found for sale as souvenirs.
Fileteado Porteño – Mysteriosa
Kathmandu Diwali 2011 – Rangoli path
On the Eve of the Diwali festival – Hindus decorate their doorways and pathways to guide Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth into their home.
Diwali or the Festival of Light is a very important Hindu celebration as it marks the end of their calendar year. It is recognized as a national holiday in India and Nepal and the celebration typically lasts 5 days. Continue reading
Vancouver is the gateway to Western Canada. It offers access to the Pacific ocean and excellent views of the Canadian Rockies. In 2013, it was ranked as the world’s third most-livable city – behind Melbourne and Vienna.
Granville Island of Vancouver
Spending a sun shining Sunday at the Feria de San Pedro Telmo is a must when visiting Buenos Aires, Argentina.
San Telmo Sunday Market Banner
Panoramic view of Angkor Wat at sunrise
In some ways I can be considered a morning person. Most days I naturally wake up around 7:30am – without an alarm. I might take a nap later on if my schedule allows and I mean really, who doesn’t like a nap?! Though I have noticed I wake up earliest while on the road, traveling (with the assistance of an alarm or morning calls). There have been many occasions where I woke up at 3 or 4am for a sunrise hike or early early flights. Mind boggling at first thought, all worth the experience in hindsight!
Back in April 2013, I woke up at 4am to arrive at 5am at Angkor Wat (Cambodia) for one of my treasured sunrise experience.