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Friday Photo 004- Beach Bum

This is a slightly rare one. I usually do not do photos with me ‘posing’ in front of wherever. I have been to alot of amazing places but I feel weird taking pictures with me in them, suppose it is the rebel in me, saying just because youv’e been to this place doesn’t mean you have to be in all the pictures . I feel like there is almost a pressure to be  taking these pictures to prove that  was actually there.

I dug this rare one out as I’m getting excited for my upcoming beach adventure next week in the Philippines. I think that this particular picture was on Hua Hin, Thailand early this year.

Friday Photo 004- Beach Bum

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TEDx in Bangkok

I was honored to be an attendee at the recent TEDx in Bangkok. A gathering of  big thinkers, artists, entreprenurs, grass roots changers, musicians, and amazing minds. I highly recommend you watch the two videos on this page, you will be educated, inspired and blown away.

What is TED ?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

What is Tedx ?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. This event wass called TEDxKrungthep, where x = independently organized TED event. At the TEDxKrungthep event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combined to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

I will be posting videos and pics of this event on this blog later this week, in the meantime get a taste for what’s in store by watching these two classic TED talks below. At 10mins and 20mins, so if you don’t have the time, make the time and watch these when you get a chance. Seriouly excellent stuff. Enjoy

Adora Svitak: What Adults can Learn from Kids

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

See more like this at TED.com Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.

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Friday Photo 003- Khaosan Road

Khaosan Road

Friday Photo 003

Khaosan Road, Bangkok.

I’m really not keen on this place at all, a bit too touristy for me but, according To Wikipedia ;

“Khaosan” translates as “milled rice”, a reminder that in former times the street was a major Bangkok rice market. In the last 20 years, however, Khaosan Road has developed into a world famous “backpacker ghetto”. It offers cheap accommodation, ranging from ‘mattress in a box’ style hotels to reasonably priced 3-star hotels. In an essay on the backpacker culture of Khaosan Road, Susan Orlean called it “The Place to Disappear.” It is also a base of travel: coaches leave daily for all major tourist destinations in Thailand, from Chiang Mai in the North to Ko Pha Ngan in the South, and there are many relatively inexpensive travel agents who can arrange visas and transportion to the neighboring countries of Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia, as well as Vietnam.

Khaosan shops sell handcrafts, paintings, clothes, pirated CDs, DVDs, and second-hand books, plus many useful backpacker items.

Khaosan Road in recent years has become popular with local residents, especially artists and art students. There are several pubs and bars, where backpackers meet to discuss their travels. The area is internationally known as a center of dancing, partying, and just prior to the traditional Thai New Year (Songkran festival) of April 13 to April 15, water splashing that usually turns into a huge water fight. One Thai writer has described Khaosan as “a short road that has the longest dream in the world.

Khaosan Road

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Friday Photo 002- Friday Market Madness

So far so good, thats two fridays in a row… 

Friday Photo 002.

Aug 27th 2010

Friday Market. Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

A typical Thai outdoor food market. Busy, noisy, smelly and all round  pretty mental. But there are an endless amount of new spectacular foods to try. Of course if you are feeling brave there is always some of the usual weird bugs, intestines, frogs and all that funky stuff.  Keeping it still adventurous (without being daft) there is also an incredible variety of fruits and vegetables. I still to this day, keep discovering new fruits and vegetables that I have not seen before.

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Friday Photo – Frog in the Bathroom

Read belowSo here we go, right here right now today I am making a commitment and taking on a challenge.

It is a very simple and beautiful yet challenging thing that I am about to take on.

Drum Roll…

As from now on, every Friday I will publish a photo.

You may think that ain’t that special or challenging, well read on my friend.

Welcome to The Friday Photo.

The reason I came to this is because I was thinking that I seem to always take pictures, and store them on my computer, but they never really ever get any further than that. I will some times post a whole load of them on facebook but then for months I don’t really put any pictures out. I love photography and in my Art college days was I was fully capable in a dark room, and deep into experimental abstract photography.  Of course these days with digital photography it is so much easier. So I have no excuses on the technology front and I used to be a real budding photographer.

This idea of me doing a Friday Photo every week is something that I have been considering for a long time.  It is a mini goal of mine, to share more pictures and on this regular basis, and that is the challenge here.

Can I stick to it ? A picture every Friday ?

Before I go deep into my whole master-plan behind this mini project, let me just shut up and do it.

So here it is, the very first (number 001) Friday Photo….

Friday Photo 001. Aug 20th 2010

Frog in the Bathroom

This little chap I noticed had moved into my bathroom, he actually stayed from about 3 days before I had to help him find his way back outside. He had maybe gotten lost or was on the run from some mafia frogs, or he was wanted to watch me in the shower. We will never know.

friday photo

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