Thursday, April 23, 2015

This is later ....

well back in Canada...via San Diego , California

Not sure how long I am here , there are things to be done.
Am living in a fluid state of not sure where to be or what to do.
Though I ain't complaining.

Really have to say I feel like I am living in the now.
I do have plans to be completed , goals to achieve , but really it's about right now.

While heading to the airport in San Diego,  because of hotel location , they had to call a driver for me.
After we got on the highway I noticed his coffee mug.

Nothing special except being one of those " I am a travel mug, but look like a camera lens"
It of course opened the door for conversation , " are you a photographer?"
We would expect the answer.

Actually he is a painter of abstracts.
We got into discussion about , where, what and who we are.
Painting being a relatively new pursuit for him.
A desire to let out what he feels and sees.

He suffers as we all do being creative, finding that spark to do what we do.

Our discussion lead us to why we were talking and what we were talking about.

I cannot even begin to recant everything we said , but it really came down to the moment , making a connection with someone and leaving that time and space , feeling like you learned something.

After I was dropped off , while waiting in line to check in to my flight, my new friend Momo appeared. Now realize he is a mountain of a man , parked in the drop off zone, hurrying through the Departures area, a man on a mission.
To tell me that the coffee mug was mine, that sharing that , passing it on, a symbol of those moments.

Because of a simple question I have made a good friend., a fellow artist , learned something and took some of what was said to heart .

That moment was in the now, you reading and taking something away from this , is in the now 


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Getting Connected

Lots to write about.

but lots of time to do it.

For now just a quick update , some pics from the last weekend.

Living in Xiamen, China, southern part of the country , just across the water from Taiwan.
Been here since end of November and getting settled, though easier said than done sometimes.

Did get my first volunteer experience here, got to take photos for the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chia Foundation.


They were distributing basic personal items (tooth brushes, soap etc) and food (rice, oil, noodles) to the Elderly and disabled living in one apartment complex on Gu Lang Yu, an island off of Xiamen.

The island has no cars or bicycles and one of the top tourist places in China, though there are about 20,000 people living here.

We were only in one place for the day and left after all the residents had come to get the donations.

Good to see people trying to make a difference, in a place that has a tendency to bypass and forget those who are in need or not able to make do for themselves.

This is definitely a place I would like to come and spend a day or more walking around, it does have quite a history. Of course there are enough people walking the streets to attract the camera

And no lack of color in peoples fashion choices


Friday, November 28, 2014

Shanghai Bound

Shanghai bound , once again.

Even though just got back at the end of July and it's been 4 months back in Canada, it feels like it was yesterday.

This trip will be a little longer.
Visa good for 90 days multiple entry, which is something new.
Last visa was only 60 days and 2 entries and I had to leave every 30 days.

There is more work and things to do.
New things to see and new things to learn.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Getting Back into it !

Was not back a few days, barely had my head back on and was out taking pics.

Friday night was the fabulous Irene Toress and the SugarDevils.

This girl could sing !!

And the band was not bad either.
The drummer is actually local session guy, Ted Peacock, who filled in for the night - was hard to believe , he was tight and on the mark, all night 

Gotta like big electric hollow bodies !

Got those out of the camera and then got an invite from my #1 customer at Chanel , The Bay Masonville, tho grab some shots from the Gala on the 26th that happened all day .

Nice to see some girls all dressed up and out enjoying the day !
These two girls were in all decked out and looking good.

Gotta like the shoes.
Of course we know how the Canon loves red.

The Anita Norris Model Agency was out , doing a fashion show with their lovely models and The Bay fashions.

 Not bad for first weekend back.

Admitting it is tough getting back into the swing of things when away for so long, and yes 25 days away is a long time not taking photos.

More to come as always.


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Back home !

Made back home !

Got things to write about but still getting my head back on straight

this trip kicked me good
Sleepless nights,
Endless moving around

Will catch my breath
and get back in gear shortly

and speaking of gears !!
Another Lambourghini in VIP parking at Mall of The Emirates


Sunday, April 20, 2014

been awhile....

Been awhile since I have done any kind of update.
Feel like i will be repeating myself , though I do have a couple reviews that I want to post and small updates to make.

Am sitting in Dubai after a whirl wind tour of Bangladesh and India.

Kind of last minute trip.
So last minute, I received my passport back from getting required Visa's on Mar 28th , the morning of my flight to Bangladesh.
Cutting it close was not the word for that one.

Saying that if you are looking at applying for a VISA to travel anywhere , check out VisaHQ , these guys were awesome at managing the whole experience, and even let me apply for two VISAs required in one easy step, saved me a few bucks and best of all monitored my passport as it moved around.

Will do something more unsubstantial as the mood strikes me.
Right now need some rest and relaxation , this was a real ball breaker of a trip !!

Stopped at Mall of the Emirates to have a Venti Americano and some food.

You know your in Dubai when ......
You see Maserati and Ferrari at the Mall !!
and lets not forget the Bentley that pulled in as I was leaving
quick snaps with ipad


Friday, September 27, 2013

India all done - headed home

Two weeks in India , quickly passed.

I think I have the words Maruti Suzuki (very popular small cars in India) firmly imprinted on my butt.
Couple of 10 hour drives into the back roads of India will do that to you !!

Will write some more once am rested  and relaxed.
I spent a lot of sleepless nights this trip, waking up early, way to early.
And Indian food does get to me after awhile, as much as i enjoy some of the flavors and tastes, the style does not cooperate.
My stomach has been in constant state of turmoil since landing haha (but not sick)

Did have one free day in Delhi and managed a small adventure.

Have managed to conquer 2 of the 7 wonders of the world. Go figure
If you had asked me a few years ago, if I would ever see these places would have said no, yet here I was