Sunday, February 24, 2013

Japan: the little ones

Little lives that walked into my field of sight while I was in Japan.


little frog


コスモス - COSMOS

Happy Hiking Seoraksan (초): Ulsanbawi

Tree of Ulsanbawi

After more than one year of not doing anything about my Korea travelogue, and one day stumble upon this old picture of a tree in Seoraksan, I decided to revive the memory by continuing on to the Seoraksan National Park write up.

There were only three of us, Jess, Marcus and me. Effy was down with knee injury, and hiking is simply not MK's thing. Therefore they decided to stay at the youth hostel to rot away.

Armed with nothing more than a thin layer of T-shirt, shorts and a pair of jogging shoes, we began the hike. Too reckless. We saw the locals were at least still dressed with sweater.

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

It was not really difficult for the walk up to Ulsanbawi. The scenery was filled with all the Zen-ness and serene of the Far East. Not until we reached the Ulsanbawi rocky area, where the inclination suddenly increased to a point that any step being taken wrongly we would slide and permanently disabled, that we felt the vertigo swirling within. Of course, not forgetting to take a break, and take a picture with the buddies before heading up to the peak.

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

After another 30 minutes or 1 hour of steep climbings, through narrow staircase seemed to be precariously built on the rock, we arrived at the peak. The clouds were so thick at that time that we felt some drizzles. Bad ideas to wear like summer here. Luckily it did not rain.

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

Seoraksan: Ulsanbawi

I strongly recommend anyone interested in a hike to Seoraksan. This was totally the Asian experience I sought after in Japan and Korea!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Hey Chinese New Year 2013


2 years, I hadn't been back to the my grandparents' place, the place where dad grew up in. How time flies, so many things happened and so many things have changed but I felt like I went back just few months ago.

Looking back at the photo archives of 2012, indeed, there are so many missing pieces of memory I have yet to fill up into this blog. And, I haven't been shooting that much already. Work life really deviates my past interest.

Two years ago, I shot in iPhone 4 and also films on my Olympus OM1 in black and white. Too bad I haven't got a chance even now to scan the prints. There are pictures that I really love. This year, I shot mainly with my iPhone 5 and Olympus mju 2. I wont' know when I will go and develop that roll of film yet. It's such a hassle to shoot film these days even though I love the tone. How I wish I can have my own film scanner.

As usual, CNY is about reunions and a bit of firework!


The reflection.

Huge dragon stick

Dragon pillars

Palm oil shades, rubber trees, lime farm

Water snake weather

Cow herds and cow dungs

Running in the countryside. FUN!

Tiger's CNY

Photography taught me how to appreciate little things in life. Instead of getting myself confined and bored in the estate, I stepped out of the house, to run, to cycle, to walk cute poodle in the countryside. Yea, I could gone missing from the house for few hours then reappeared!