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Foto Friday: Monkey See Monkey Do

Nikko, Japan
July 2009

Monkey see monkey do

It was a wet afternoon at the Akechidaira plateau. I was walking about alone trying to catch a glimpse of the famed Lake Chuzenji and Kejon Waterfall and saw neither; it was too foggy and could barely see anything 10 metres in front of me. Seeing how I had wasted my time and money making the trip up to the plateau, I headed to the bus station to take the next bus back down to the city centre of Nikko.

There was no one else around, save for one person who was manning the visitor centre booth. Or so I thought.

I heard a scream and saw two tourists, about the same age as I, running. After a few metres, they stopped, turned around and whipped out their cameras and began snapping. There they were, a family of five Japanese macaques.

What follows was the second smallest one (not pictured here) chasing and scaring the sh*t out of the three of us. The other four did not bother much about us, thankfully. I would not have wanted to leave Nikko mauled. Here’s the father macaque and youngest macaque standing by the side of the bridge we were on, staring out into the distance. The cutest sight ever. Would not have been too cute if they did chase us too though.

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Every photograph we take contains a story, but we often do not spend enough time sharing that story with others. Hence, Foto Friday was born to give some recognition to these forgotten photographs and the memories they hold. Taken over many trips (2004-present) using my crappy cameras and whatever minimal photography skills I have, these photographs serve to give you a little insight into my travels. And if you haven’t realised by now, they’ll be out on Fridays.

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Foto Friday: The Swanlake

Hamburg, Germany
May 2010

The Vain Swan

We were sitting by a pond in the middle of the city watching the swans and ducks swim about as we waited for our turn to go for the Hamburg Rathaus (City Hall) English tour. Occasionally, some passersby would stop by the pond and feed the birds some pieces of bread. This swan, probably upon seeing that it was getting quite an audience, decided to strike a ‘pose’ for us.

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Every photograph we take contains a story, but we often do not spend enough time sharing that story with others. Hence, Foto Friday was born to give some recognition to these forgotten photographs and the memories they hold. Taken over many trips (2004-present) using my crappy cameras and whatever minimal photography skills I have, these photographs serve to give you a little insight into my travels. And if you haven’t realised by now, they’ll be out on Fridays.

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Foto Friday: Tibetan Grandfather and Grandson

Somewhere in Tibet
June 2010

Tibetan grandfather and grandson

We had taken a stop at a tsampa (barley flour) mill when we met this Tibetan grandfather and grandson waiting by the side of the road for someone to stop and bring them to their destination. A few vehicles passed by and none ever stopped to give them a ride. I can’t recall where they were going to exactly but they were headed in the same direction as we were. My friend asked our guide (it’s mandatory for foreigners to hire a guide and a bus/van when travelling in Tibet) whether they could join us on the bus, but our guide said no, explaining that tourist vehicles were not allowed to pick up locals. When we left, the Tibetan grandfather and grandson were still standing there waiting for a kind soul to pick them up. I wonder whether they ever managed to hitch a ride.

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Every photograph we take contains a story, but we often do not spend enough time sharing that story with others. Hence, Foto Friday was born to give some recognition to these forgotten photographs and the memories they hold. Taken over many trips (2004-present) using my crappy cameras and whatever minimal photography skills I have, these photographs serve to give you a little insight into my travels. And if you haven’t realised by now, they’ll be out on Fridays.

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Foto Friday: A Theatre Carved out of a Cliff

Near Porthcurno, Cornwall
June 2008

Can anything be better than watching a play facing the Atlantic Ocean on seats carved by hand?

I sat down on these hard rock “seats” and waited for the modern version of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” to begin. It was a summer day’s evening and the Minack Theatre was quickly filling up with other theatre-goers. In front of us was a small stage, and behind that stage, the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop.

I was unfamiliar with this Shakespearean play, but felt that it was indeed entertaining and worth the watch. However, the main purpose of my visit there was not to watch the play, but to just be there, sitting on a “seat” of this magnificent work of art, this theatre on a cliff carved by hand by just one woman. Her name was Rowena Cade.

Cade began work on the Minack Theatre in 1932 and worked on it till her passing in 1983. From a simple garden, which was originally Cade’s backyard, the area evolved into a full outdoor theatre with seats and a stage. Patrons from around the country would travel down south to Cornwall during the summer to catch a glimpse of this theatre and the plays that were performed there. Almost eight decades after the first stone was laid, I, a foreigner, was there too, embracing the hard work, blood and sweat that the remarkable Cade had put into constructing this impressive piece of work.

You can read the whole history of the Minack Theatre here.

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Every photograph we take contains a story, but we often do not spend enough time sharing that story with others. Hence, Foto Friday was born to give some recognition to these forgotten photographs and the memories they hold. Taken over many trips (2004-present) using my crappy cameras and whatever minimal photography skills I have, these photographs serve to give you a little insight into my travels. And if you haven’t realised by now, they’ll be out on Fridays.

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Foto Friday: Wild Strawberries

Annapurna Range, Nepal
May 2010

Wild Strawberries

Wild strawberries lined the tracks of the Annapurna sanctuary. One could literally walk along, pluck some fruits, and pop it right into one’s mouth like a snack. These round strawberries were small, no bigger than a centimetre in diameter, but boy were sweet, juicy and very refreshing, a perfect treat for a walk under the harsh afternoon sun.

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Every photograph we take contains a story, but we often do not spend enough time sharing that story with others. Hence, Foto Friday was born to give some recognition to these forgotten photographs and the memories they hold. Taken over many trips (2004-present) using my crappy cameras and whatever minimal photography skills I have, these photographs serve to give you a little insight into my travels. And if you haven’t realised by now, they’ll be out on Fridays.

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Foto Friday: Winning 2kg Toblerones, or not

Göteborg, Sweden
May 2008

Now that's a huge-ass Toblerone

Two kilograms worth of Estrella (Potato Chips), Toblerone, Marabou, and Daim Chocolate Bars – These were prizes up for grabs at the several game booths all over Liseberg Amusement Park. All one had to do was to place a “bet” on a number at the counter, and spin a wheel. If the wheel landed on the number, one would win that two kilograms worth of goods.

Seven of us had gone to the theme park together. We eyed other visitors carrying boxes and boxes of these around and decided that we simply had to give it a shot to get our own box of chocolate. We went to the Toblerone booth and each chose a number and placed a “bet”; there were only three other people there who took the remaining three numbers, so our chances of winning were pretty high. Apparently someone up there did not want us to die of chocolate-overdose as we did not win that bet. We tried over and over again throughout the night, but not one of us even won a single bar.

We walked away that day empty-handed (without chocolate, potato chips, or cash, having spent all on the “bets”), but knowing, thankfully, that we would be safe from choco-intoxication.

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Every photograph we take contains a story, but we often do not spend enough time sharing that story with others. Hence, Foto Friday was born to give some recognition to these forgotten photographs and the memories they hold. Taken over many trips (2004-present) using my crappy cameras and whatever minimal photography skills I have, these photographs serve to give you a little insight into my travels. And if you haven’t realised by now, they’ll be out on Fridays.

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Foto Friday: “Donate” a Bra for Free Drinks?!

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
July 2009

Bras for sale?

A bunch of Couchsurfers and I went to a dingy bar in the middle of Shibuya for some post-dinner drinks. We were most intrigued  by the row of bras hanging on a metal bar above us. We asked our Japanese host, who was a regular at that bar, why there were bras hanging in that manner. She informed us that everyone (presumably a female) who was willing to remove their bra would receive drinks on the house in return. The best part? Everyone else present who still had their bra in place (or didn’t have one to remove in the first place) would get free drinks too.

Do you have a tatty undergarment you would like to give up? I’m going with you to that bar.

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Every photograph we take contains a story, but we often do not spend enough time sharing that story with others. Hence, Foto Friday was born to give some recognition to these forgotten photographs and the memories they hold. Taken over many trips (2004-present) using my crappy cameras and whatever minimal photography skills I have, these photographs serve to give you a little insight into my travels. And if you haven’t realised by now, they’ll be out on Fridays.

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