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“We Italians like to say that a gesture is more valuable than a thousand words.” – Silvia Marchetti

Ma Che Vuoi? (“What the hell are you saying?”) and Ma Va Va (“Get Lost”) are just few expressions not told, but conveyed through hand gestures.

You don’t have to go to Italy to see how Italians use hand gestures. Just watch an Italian movie!

Don’t forget the Mafia sign Occhio (Eye) that means “Beware, I’m watching you every step you take”.

Believe it or not, I received the “Occhio” warning a couple of years ago from an IT director when I worked for a municipality – not in Italy, but in Canada!

You never know when you will get the “Occhio”, so be prepared: learn about the Italian hand gestures expressions from the excellent CNN article published by Silvia Marchetti.

Photos of patterns found in nature from countries such as Canada, Thailand, Japan, Romania and Cuba.

The featured image of the post shows the pattern and texture of a leaf, the parallel angled lines giving an optical illusion to the viewer.

“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.” – Natalie Angier

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Koh Mak Island

One hour by speed boat from Koh Chang Island, Koh Mak is a small, beautiful island, only 16 square meters. So wild and undeveloped, that even the Russians from Koh Chang didn’t venture here. But the Germans, Scandinavians and one Canadian – Romanian did, in search of adventure, peacefulness and close to nature living. Read More

It took me a while to decide about the name of the post. What is ‘Porn Bungalow’? And what is ‘Porn Resort’? Depending from where you are coming from, the word “porn” may have different connotations.

And now, that I’ve awakened your curiosity, let’s solve the mystery! Read More

Toronto Subway Photos

Photos taken last year in the Toronto subway – part of the “Subway” photo book, a Ryerson University project.

By using a small HQ camera I was able to capture moments in time and emotions without intrusion and preserving the surprise factor most of the time.

Camera used: Ricoh GR Read More

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur from Bangkok, the first impressions are of a quieter and cleaner city, with palm trees lining the streets and people walking in a leisurely pace.

  • What impressed me the most? The Petronas Twin Towers and the Batu Caves!
  • What surprised me? The night life in the streets of Jalan Alor: street food and music bands
  • What’s funny? The KL Monorail: you never know what to expect!
  • What I tried? Blue rice and stingray!
  • What I got? Food poisoning from mussels…

Let’s tell the story through Images. Read More

Impressions from Bangkok

What’s different, new and surprising for a foreigner in Bangkok in short stories and photos. Read More

Finally I did it! From a large variety of insects, worms, frogs, bugs and other alien looking creatures I tried three varieties here in Bangkok, under my own will and being in the right state of mind: fried frogs, bamboo and wood worms!

A certain quantity of Hong Thong (Thai spirits) helps.

Read the tasting review, and, if have a chance, try a little bug next time! Read More

The News

I am back in Bangkok, after days of intensive travel to Hua Hin and River Kwai in Thailand, to Pakse area and waterfalls in Laos and to Ko Lipe Island in the Andaman Sea.

Busy itineraries, an injury, lack of internet connection and romance in between prevented me to post new stories to the blog.

The photos are piling up, hundreds at a time. The process of selecting the best photos from almost 4,000 is tedious and takes a lot of time.

In Laos I hurt my left leg (ligament rupture). I am still recovering. Despite this, the search for adventure, romance and enlightenment continues! Read More

By Xue Feng

Or Why I travel?

First of all, let me give a big sigh. This is the fifth time I re-write the opening paragraph. I’d blame on my fever I just got as a souvenir in this not-so-cold season in Beijing.

I just flew back from Seoul, a city full of crazy shopping malls that open almost 24 hrs. per day. Before this, I was travelling in Taiwan for roughly two months. Actually this is the first time for me going on a half a year trip. My travel routine usually ranges from one week to one month. Read More