Message in a Bottle

I’ll send an SOS to the world…

“Walked out this morning

Don’t believe what I saw

A hundred billion bottles

Washed up on the shore

Seems I’m not alone at being alone

A hundred billion castaways

Looking for a home.”

– Police, “Message in a Bottle

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Toronto Subway

Toronto Subway Photos

Snapshots taken in the Toronto subway – a Ryerson University documentary photography 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.

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Little Italy Good Friday Procession

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In Toronto the commemoration takes place in Little Italy. The Good Friday procession is a reenacting of the 14 stations of the cross, symbolizing the path Jesus walked before the moment of his crucifixion.

The preparations for the procession take place at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Hundreds of people line the streets of Little Italy to watch the procession where parishioners are dressed as Jesus, Roman soldiers and disciples – carrying statues and banners telling the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Read More

Strange Taipei - frog meat

Take a Walk on the Wild Side of Taipei

There is something exciting at every corner in Taipei! Something new, something cool, something you may want to try or something you may want to keep distance from it.

Get lost at night wandering through night markets, snake alleys and massage parlours. Try a snake soup or enjoy a dinner in a toilet restaurant!  8 strange and cool Taipei experiences.

“What I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it.” – Juliette Binoche

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May, Lake Baikal

A Thai Girl Winter Adventure in Siberia

Meet May

Sawatdikha! This is May from Bangkok, Thailand. Businesswoman, photographer, traveler and occasionally photo model.

May, Lake Baikal

May, Lake Baikal

“Travel Is The Most Valuable Thing To Do” – May

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Hikawa Maru

Yamashita Park, Yokohama

“She rode on a ship from Yokohama pier, taken away by a foreigner.” – Akai Kutsu

Yamashita Park in Yokohama is the place where the luxury passenger liner Hikawa Maru is docked and where you can find the famous “Little Girl with Red Shoes On” statue.  Read More

The wonder of Angkor Wat

Memories of the Past

In a previous life, perhaps I was living in Asia since the connection to this continent is so strong.

After the “shock of arrival” to Asia via Hong Kong in 2003, I started exploring one country at a time: China, Thailand, Macau, Japan, Nepal, India, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Taiwan.

Each country brings memories of adventure, love, discovery…

In Cambodia is Angkor Wat – trully impressive, a masterpiece from the past.

Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world. It took me two full days to visit the nearby temples by bicycle, plus one day with tuk-tuk to the beautiful Banteai Srei.

The temples replicate the spatial universe in miniature. The one I like the most, the Bayon, has 54 Gothic towers decorated with 216 enormous faces.

Parts of the old ruins are “hugged” by big tree roots that give the unique charm to the Angkor temples.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Angkor Wat temples through the power of images and inspirational travel quotes. Read More

Halong Bay

Halong Bay Photo Cruise

No trip to Vietnam is complete without a visit to Halong Bay – UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I think you can measure the level of excitement by the number of photos you take. And in the two days Halong Bay cruise I took a lot of photos.

2,000 limestone islands rise like towers from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and the views are stunning. Old wooden ships called “junk boats” (that look more like pirate ships!) are sailing between these incredible karsts formations, passing by beautiful caves and grottoes that are waiting to be explored, slowly moving fisherman boats and sleepy floating villages.

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Havana, Cuba

The Best of ‘100 Travel Stories’

Three years of blogging and 100 stories! Memories of travel and adventure from hundreds of destinations. It is difficult to select the top 10 travel posts. Analytics are helpful, but subjective. A post may have better keywords than other. Or it may have been promoted. Some destinations are more in demand than others.

The top posts are the most original ones, with unusual and striking content – informational and visual.

“You have very short travel blogs, and I think there’s a split among travel writers: the service-oriented writers will say, ‘Well, the reader wants to read about his trip, not yours.’ Whereas I say, the reader just wants to read a good story and to maybe learn something.” – Tim Cahill

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Koh Lipe

Welcome to Koh Lipe island, in the Andaman Sea, Thailand!

White sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters are an invitation for exploring and relaxing.

Take a photographic tour of this beautiful small island once inhabited by sea gypsies. Read More

Travelling to Japan, you cannot stop noticing the difference between Japanese and Western signage. The signs in Japan can be cartoonish, funny, blunt and creative. But they do attract the attention of the intended target, both children and adults.

Here are the funniest 20 signs spotted throughout Japan, from Tokyo to Kyoto to Okinawa.  Read More

Pokhara Phewa Lake

The Place

Pokhara is a beautiful, quiet, lakeside town in Nepal, where – if you are adventurous – you can try to live the hippie life as in the past, even if for few ephemeral moments.

The town is the starting point for trekking in the Annapurna Mountains. From Kathmandu I fly to Pokhara in a small Yeti Airlines plane. The view of Pokhara, Phewa Lake and Annapurna range from the plane is striking.

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Canada fall colours

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

The best time to visit Canada is in the fall. Warm weather and beautiful autumn foliage, with gold and red coloured leaves.

Get a glimpse of a Canadian fall through photos and quotes.

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Bakery addiction

Photography by Xue Feng

“Bread are sexy and seductive to me.” – Xue

Xue embarked on a bakery tasting adventure in Asia, following the aroma of fresh bread and pastries from Canada to China and Japan. From bakery to bakery, Xue discovered, tasted and documented a wide variety of delicacies. Her “Bread Freak in Kobe” is an introduction to ten bakeries from Kobe, Japan.

“Bakery Addiction: A Visual Poetry” is a series of close-up photos of Asian bakery and not only.

See the texture, feel the shape, imagine the aroma and guess the taste! Read More

Toronto Downtown - aerial view

First Flying Lesson

Time to fly! It is that time in life when you want to do something exciting, something dangerous.

“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

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