Seven hundred and thirty


I couldn’t resist putting in one last photo of Thailand.  It’s so beautiful it almost looks fake.  Alas, I am back to my restaurant job serving beer and nachos in a kilt; the cold weather; the realization that I wasn’t picked for the Amazing Race Canada (sigh); and some very exciting news… My boyfriend and I are moving in together!  It’s a big step and one that makes me both happy and scared.  I have lived with two other boyfriends in the past, but this seems different.  The other two were while living in another country or for convenience and I was young.  This is meant as a step towards a more permanent part in each other’s lives (!!!!).  I am so confident in our relationship, but combining two very independent lives into one home is a challenge.  I will keep you posted on the struggles and triumphs, but for now I just want to bask in my own glow of happiness.

(Let me pause while I try to stop smiling enough to concentrate on typing the rest of this blog… Oh screw it, I can’t stop smiling!  I’m going to enjoy these moments, because once we start the heavy lifting I might be regretting my decision!)

Although I do miss the warmth and beauty of my adventures abroad, I’m happy to be back into the routine a little bit.  I’m working on final edits to the book and hopefully meeting with my agent soon to push even harder to get this thing published.  I’ve also started working more on a fiction book I’ve been writing in my spare time.  Writing is an escape and de-stresser for me, so why not try some fiction.  I’m convinced I will be able to support myself with my writing, one way or another!

I’m also trying to figure out what direction I want to go with this blog.  Concentrate on photography?  Continue to do the “mixed bag” thing I’ve been doing?  Start another social experiment project?  If anyone has any suggestions, ideas, things they like or don’t like, please let me know.

This post is a bit all over the place, I realize.  I’ve just arrived in Montreal after a six hour drive and am feeling very restless and wanting to be up and walking.  I will leave it at that for today.  I hope everyone who celebrates Easter has a wonderful time this weekend!

Seven hundred and twenty-three

Thailand and Cambodia photos

Part Three: Food, the City and a Monkey

It was a difficult decision, but for my third and final post about my favourite photos I took while traveling in Thailand and Cambodia, I chose to focus on food and the city (and a monkey for good luck).  The food there was amazing, especially the street food.  We often had fresh Pad Thai or banana chocolate pancakes (my favourite) made in front of us on a cart on the sidewalk or at a market on the street.  And as much as I loved the beaches and the islands, the cities have a certain beauty about them as well.  I hope you like the photos!

Curry in a coconut near Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Banana pancakes in Siem Reap, Cambodia



Cocktails at one of our dinners in Ko Samui

Bar out of a van on a street in Bangkok


My travel companion making Pad Thai at our cooking class in Chiang Mai

How can I not end with a cheeky monkey?!

How can I not end with a cheeky monkey?!

Seven hundred and nine

Thailand and Cambodia photos

Part One: People

It is so hard to sort through twelve hundred photos and pick my favourites to share (the joy and annoyance of digital photography).  I know I have to, though.  We’ve all had to suffer through long slide shows of holiday photos, where we are forced to look at multiple shots of the exact same thing, from every different angle with some out of focus, because the photographer thought it best to include every single photo they took.  Or worse, when someone puts online six hundred photos of their recent trip, most of them duds, because they “didn’t have time to sort through them”.  Well, we don’t have time to sort through your stupid photos either!  I am partially joking, just in case that isn’t clear through the keyboard, but they say there is usually a truth in every joke.  I love to see my friend’s photos and will sit through six hundred photos, but I’d much rather see their favourite one hundred.  My ooo-ing and ahhh-ing will be way more genuine in those first one hundred, then in the last five hundred!

That being said, I must practice what I preach.  I am in process of whittling down to one hundred of my favourites to share with my friends and family over Facebook, and I’ve chosen thirty to share on the blog.  I’ve divided them into three categories that I will put up over the next couple of weeks.  Part one is “people”.  I hope you like them!


Cambodian children, Ankor area.


Fire-thrower on the beach on Ko Tao, Thailand.


A monk on Baphuon temple, Ankor Thom, Cambodia


Motorcycles in Siem Reap, Cambodia


Painting umbrellas at the Sunday market, Chiang Mai, Thailand


Security guard at the top of Ankor Wat temple, Cambodia.


A tuk-tuk driver having a nap in Ankor area, Cambodia.


Street bartending at Bophut Fisherman Village night market, Ko Samui, Thailand.


Two tuk-tuk drivers taking a break, Chiang Mai, Thailand.


On the beach on Bamboo Island, near Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand (and yes, that is me).  Credit for this photo goes to my wonderful traveling companion, BMT.

Seven hundred and two

Back from my month in Thailand, Cambodia and Australia!

I can hear the wet snow hit the window and my socks are still slightly damp from the tiny leak in my winter boots that caused the ankle-high slush outside to seep in.  It’s quite the difference from the sweltering heat I was in last week, but I’m still glad to be home, snow and all.  Not that I didn’t have an amazing time, but four weeks away from my man and my own bed was a long time.

There’s always something about coming home that is comforting.  As much as I love the excitement of traveling, learning about different cultures, and changing hotel rooms every few days (well, maybe not the latter as much), home and routine is just as wonderful.  When my boyfriend came to pick me up at the airport, after the airline lost my luggage on my connection in Tokyo and I’d flown eighteen hours having hardly slept, the comfort of having his arms around me made it all better.  I’ve been back since Sunday afternoon and I’ve been back to work, got all my laundry done, have caught up on a few emails and phone calls, and snuggled a lot with my bf, all with a little jet lag butt-kicking haze.  Nothing exciting, but just perfect, especially with this crazy storm going on.


Of course I have so many stories and inspirations I’ve returned with.  Although very touristy, Thailand and Cambodia were beautiful, the food was fantastic, the people were lovely (once we got past the “please give us money or spend money here” dance).  We traveled from Bangkok to Phuket to Ko Phi Phi Don, back to Phuket, then on to Ko Samui, Ko Phangan and Ko Tao, up north to Chiang Mai, south to Siem Reap, and back to Bangkok.  I finished off my trip with a week visiting friends in Melbourne, Australia, where I used to live.

We fed and bathed elephants, had fish bite the dead skin off our feet (which I found incredibly ticklish), learned to cook Thai food, ate rice out of a pineapple and drank watermelon “fruit smoothies”, had the best massages ever, played a crazy shoe game with Cambodian kids, snorkeled with sharks and fish surrounding us, rode a longtail boat a few times, relaxed on the beach, went on 5 ferries, 15 flights and countless tuk tuks and cabs.  We saw breathtaking temple ruins in Angkor Wat, ornate Buddhist temples throughout Thailand, and the majestic Grand Palace in Bangkok.  We learned lots about the history and culture and met some fascinating people.  And at the end I got to spend time with old friends that brightened my day.  I am so fortunate that I had this opportunity and am grateful for every moment I had.  It was a trip I will never forget.


I took quite a few photos, but haven’t had the chance to sort them all out.  On this post are a few from our first couple of days.  I will post more soon.  Photos don’t really do it justice, though.  It was beautiful!