Seven hundred and fifty-three

Okay, I’ve decided to continue to blog.  Well, at least for now.  I’ve had a lot of support from online and real life sources, and I do believe that it’s important to have a variety of different voices out there in the blogosphere.  Besides, sometimes I just have to write and share my feelings.  Especially about topics I feel passionate about.  If I offend someone, I am sorry.  I will follow my internet rules of conduct (which I wrote as “code of contact” last week – oops, I guess I was feeling really passionate if I didn’t pick that up in my proof read!  I fixed it, but I’m happy I can laugh at myself and my own silly mistakes.) and be kind and be open to other people’s opinions that are not my own, even if I disagree.

With that said, I’m feeling in the photo mood and not as much the writing one.  (I’m actually formulating a good rant on a topic that is really upsetting me at the moment, but it needs some work and I’d like to post something this week.)  I’ve been looking through old photos to pick a few to put up on the walls in the new apartment and came across these gems.  These were taken with a small point-and-shoot camera in 2008 in the New Forest, in southern England.  My boyfriend-at-the-time and I were camping and I woke up early one day to find ponies grazing on the misty field right outside our tent.  It was so beautiful and peaceful.  In a time when the world can be an ugly place with bombings, hate crimes, complicated politics, pollution and too much anger, it’s nice to be reminded that some things are so serene and simple.  Looking at these photos brings me back to that moment and that feeling of calm and beauty that I need to deal with the onslaught of horrible things going on around the world.

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Seven hundred and thirty

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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

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Cocktails at one of our dinners in Ko Samui

Bar out of a van on a street in Bangkok

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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!

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Cambodian children, Ankor area.

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

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A monk on Baphuon temple, Ankor Thom, Cambodia

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Motorcycles in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Painting umbrellas at the Sunday market, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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

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

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

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

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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.