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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 9th 2014

At 5pm, my classmate, Keith the ozzy guy that is also big time into photography, and I met in Hua Lampong Station and walked towards the river. Our plan was to photograph Wat Aron at sunset. The walk though China Town is longer than we calculated and I was starting to think that I was going to collapse under Bangkok’s heat just when we made it. I wanted to photograph the Temple from a restaurant across the river that I found the previous Sunday. But Keith pointed out that the sun was setting slightly to the right of the Temple so we needed to find a location a little bit East from it. We walked through some interesting local wholesale markets and temples but purposely ignored all of them. We were on a mission. We tried ... read more
Wat Arun at sunset
Wat Arun at night  in Bangkok
Young monks in Wat Arun at night  in Bangkok

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 5th 2014

Besides having to look for accommodation and the nightmare of thinking to transport my two trunks full of dive and photo gear I had another issue. I was down to the last couple of pieces of clean laundry. I’ve heard next door to the school there is a super affordable laundry place…I put my stinky clothes in a bag and carried them all the way over on the subway. It rained during class and the clothes wash lady dries the clothes under the sun and I couldn’t get my stuff back the same day. I was starting to think that if I wanted to wear clean clothes I was going to have to buy something on the side of the street. I wanted to look at 2 places to move to that I had found online.One ... read more
Yummy Thai Lunch
Yellow Curry
Yellow Curry

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 2nd 2014

Today I decided to try to walk to school again. I thought I could take a short cut that I saw in the map. But when I got there the street went thru the middle of a construction lot and I ended up almost going back to my starting point. I decided to keep walking to the BTS station just for the excersise. I walked about 1 hr and 15 minutes before I got to the station then It was about a 5 minute ride to the station close to my school followed by a 12 minute walk. Of course I was melting by the time that I arrived. I wish I had a change of clothes but at least I brought deodorant and extra sunscreen. Today we prepared another 5 dishes from scratch. I shot ... read more
Panang Curry
For Pomelo salad.
Fish and Shrimp

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 2nd 2014

We did 3 dishes in the morning and had them for lunch and then cooked 2 more in the afternoon and were done by 3 pm. I filmed video with my go pro and I caught a good overall of the action but tomorrow I will try to get closer to the ingredients rather than us. I also took photos of all the ingredients for each dish and the finished product as a memory aid. We made everything from scratch and super fresh. Yummmmmm! Nothing gets better than that. After today I realized that no Thai food that I had in the past was actually Thai. We started by straining our own coconut cream and coconut Milk. Then we macerated curry paste from scratch to make chicken curry with garnish and seasonings. The second dish was ... read more
Classroom preping station
Basket with basic ingredients for the day

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 2nd 2014

The night before I was super exited to start my Professional Chef Thai Culinary school the next day. I even made sure I went to bed just before midnight. I woke up early to pack up my camera extra batteries and the go pro with the tripod so I could catch all the action. The Thai Culinary Academy is only 2 miles away but because of the speedways walking is an option I decided to give up. I took the BTS (Sky Rail) because I was already familiar with it. I set a timer as I walked off the door. It takes me 15 minutes to walk to get to the station. And only then I realized that I had to go 2 stations further to trasfer to another line that would take me to the ... read more
Different types of Ginger: Western traditional, finger ginger and Thai ginger
20140601-THA_0444 - By Xi 1000-72 - FB
20140601-THA_0446 - By Xi 1000-72 - FB

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 1st 2014

I had plans to wake up really early and go visit the Grand Palace. But a little bit after midnight a heavy storm woke me up with loud thunders. I jumped out of the bed. Something clicked in my head. Lately we have been amazed at a few lightning shots we had seen in magazines. As a photographer I have always been passionate for well-captured lightning images. Not only they are a fun challenge because of the technicallity but because lightning photography is not produced by an ideal situation that you can plan or stage ahead of time. You must have to get be fast grab your camera and shoot while the storm is happening eventhough there are plenty of chances to miss the shot. I was asleep when I heard the storm. I jumped out ... read more
20140601-_THA0236 Lightning for timelapse - By Xi 1000-72_
seafood kept on ice

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok May 31st 2014

I only slept a few hours and at 8:30 am in the morning I quite awake again. I tried to force my self to sleep but it didn’t work. Also I had a bit of a headache because of the strong AC in my room. I decided to go out for some breakfast and have a chill day and maybe walk the Lumphini park after 4 pm when the sun is not so strong. I was about to go out when I run into my roommate. We had a cup of coffee and went over the maps and places to visit. Lumpini Park: After our chat, I changed plans and decided just to go out and force my self to stay awake until the nighttime to correct my sleeping schedule. I left just before noon ... read more
Bangkok, Thailand
Lumphini Park, Bangkok, Thailand
Therminal 21, Bangkok, Thailand

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok May 30th 2014

My passport finally arrived with my new visa the week previous to my departure. The process was pretty fast an uneventful except for the fact that the Thailand embassy called me to have me explain in writing why I wanted 2 entries. I got nervous for a couple of days and thought I wasn’t going to get my passport on time. Anyway, I got my passport; but my head didn’t really sink in the fact that I was moving to Thailand for 3 months until the day before of my departure day: when I had to pack and decided to bring all my scuba gear in case I decided to do some diving and maybe a quick trip scape to the Phillipines and use up that trip I won in LAUPS. I also brought an ... read more
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Sky Train - Bangkok

North America » United States » Florida May 11th 2014

Wakodahatchee, in Delray Beach, Florida, is one of the main recreation wetlands for bird lovers around our area: 50 acres of land with a three-quarter mile boardwalk that crosses natural bird habitats providing incredible opportunities to observe birds. Our friends visit the area often and the world travels quick when something special is found. This Spring there a lot of nests and new chicks everywhere. Diane, the "video" specialist in the group showed us a pretty interesting behavior that she was filming that afternoon. Nature never cease to impress and we decided to have a bird day, wake up at a decent time in the morning and go a take some fun photos of the new babies. "Red Wind Blackbirds are one of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the m... read more
Redwing Blackbird chicks feeding- By Ximena Olds
Redwing Blackbird chicks feeding- By Ximena Olds
Male Redwing Blackbird-By Steven Kovacs

North America » United States » Florida April 27th 2014

One of my favorite locations for Photography and to get away from home, is the Florida Springs. We travel often to enjoy the trees and the fresh water and this time we found wild flowers that were growing on the side of the fields.....They had beautiful colors, purple, pink, yellow. I couldn't resist to stop and play with the flowers and take a few shots. While at it we saw 3 beautiful horses on the other side of a fence in a huge property. We pulled out a bag of apples that we had for the road trip and called them over. Madi quickly slipped into a pretty dress and I grabbed my camera out of the front seat. We fed the horses and pet them. One of them was very friendly and delicate. Obviously used ... read more

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