My name is Paolo A. Santos and I am a photographer and video artist with a focus on environmental consciousness.
I was conceived in Hong Kong, born in the Philippines, grew up and became a Canadian citizen and lived in Toronto, Canada, learned a bit of French, met my wife in Montreal, Quebec and we have been living in Las Vegas the last 10 years.
I was trained as a classical painter, but started off my artistic path as a freelance music video art-director and set artist. Then moved on to composing and producing music for ballet and contemporary dance in North America, South America and Europe, but my real love is traveling and creating consciousness about the environment.
I hope my blogs will help inspire more travel and respect for the natural wonders of our planet.
I am new to this blogging thing so it will take me a while to post all my travels.
January 15th 2011
In August of 2010, my wife and I moved back to our house in Las Vegas. We had been living in our loft in Montreal for 8 months. Having both gone through pretty intense winter blues, we decided to go for a sunny break in Mexico. March was the opportune time for us to go, but we were reluctant as we knew it will coincide with March/Spring break and we would have to deal with the hectic and somewhat rowdy visitors. So we looked for a spot far down on the Yucatan for some peace and quiet. Tulum offered just these. In Maya Tulum means "Wall". It is definitely a place where you can reflect on life. Long lazy afternoons sitting on the beach, looking out at the surf can induce this. Once in a while, ... read more
July 30th 2009
In 2007 I went camping with my wife, Caroline, a French-Canadian Montrealer who is totally in love with Hawaii. I am too, and our dream is to one day buy ourselves out of all the noise and buy a large plot of land in Hawaii and live quietly and harmoniously with nature. We have visited Maui twice, Oahu and the Big Island some time ago, so now it was time for Kauai. The moment we landed, it definitely felt different from the other Hawaiian islands. It just felt a little quieter and definitely a lot more green and moist. We also found the beaches a lot cleaner and nicer. The locals, as well as the local transplants were more relaxed than the ones from Oahu or even Maui, but not much more than the ones from ... read more
July 24th 2009
ANTELOPE SLOT CANYONS In 2007 my wife and I went to Kanab, Utah to try to get a permit for "The Wave" through their onsite lottery system. We camped the day before and got to the Ranger station before it opened. There, close to 100 people from all over the world stood in line. They only gave out 10 permits and 4 went to a group from Norway and 6 went to a group from Germany. Having driven all the way from Las Vegas, we felt that we should lift our heads up and enjoy what was around. After a couple of hours of reading tourist infos, we discovered so many things to see there. One of them, was the Antelope slot canyons. I have seen pictures of this famous place, but I did not realize ... read more
July 24th 2009
FRENCH POLYNESIA In July 2006, my wife and I went for our honeymoon in French Polynesia. We landed in Tahiti first and stayed at the Sofitel Hotel in Papeete'. It was very nice and luxurious, but my wife and I prefer to rough it up every time we travel. We like to hang out with the locals and get to know their customs, eat their food and such. So after Tahiti, we flew off to the second largest atoll in the world, Rangiroa. We stayed at a pension where they served breakfast of baguettes and fruit, you are own your own for lunch and dinner was usually raw fish with some sort of marinade. You can rent a bike for the day and see the entire island in a few hours from end to end. Rangiroa ... read more
July 24th 2009
THE WAVE My wife and I had been trying to get a permit for about a year to get into "The wave". So finally after so many tries and rejections, we were granted permits for August in 2008. This place is absolutely amazing. So far, it is one of my favorite places on the planet. It has such good energy to it that I plan to go there again next year. It is a very delicate and serene place, carved out by spiraling winds. I hope that anyone and everyone who goes there will understand that it is a privilege to access this place. So, without trying to be preachy, please leave no trace on this place. Do not collect rocks or animals or plants as souvenirs. Do not trample on the desert flora and when ... read more