Capture The Colour: A Travel Photo Blog Competition
It was fun looking through old travel photos and reminisce and see how my photography varied with the different cameras I used throughout the years in an attempt to find suitable entries to the Capture The Colour contest. :)
Once in a while, I’ve come across an admirable brand or company on this trip through Cambodia, Thailand & Laos (so far), but none has left as indelible an impression as Ock Pop Tok, a progressive and principled textile-weaving company in Luang Prabang.
[Taken with my Black Slim Devil and Provia film in February 2010 of water lilies outside the walled city of Intramuros in Manila, Philippines, a site / city often neglected by travelers, but definitely worthy of your time, especially if you go on an animated tour with Carlos Celdran.]
[Taken with my LX5 in August 2012 at Vientiane, Laos at a buddhist temple]
[Taken with my departed Nikon D80 in June 2010 at the peak of Mt. Pulag in Benguet, Philippines]
[Taken with my Black Slim Devil and Velvia film in July 2010 at the railway station of Osaka, Japan]
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My First “Real” Couchsurfing Experience
Couchsurfing isn’t a new concept to those who, like me, constantly lust for travel, but never have thick wads of cash to spend. To those unfamiliar, Couchsurfing is a website connects “surfers” a.k.a. travelers to hosts in the country to be visited.
While I thought this would be an idea I would immediately gravitate towards, given my cheapskate-ness, I didn’t actually have my first “real” Couchsurfing experience until my 45th day of traveling, while I was in Luang Prabang, Laos.
Though I’ve met up with some Couchsurfers in Siem Reap, Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang, and got hooked up with Hariharalaya Retreat Centre thanks to a Couchsurfer, this would be my first time to spend the night at a host’s home.
Utopia in Luang Prabang, Laos
August 2012 - Luang Prabang, Laos
Tucked away somewhere inside the small and narrow streets from Phomma That Road is this dreamy, almost surreal, hidden (yet popular) Eden in Luang Prabang aptly called Utopia, a peaceful and inviting environment for everyone, whether you’re into yoga, reading, writing, having alone time, enjoying good food and drinks, or hanging out with friends and playing board games.
Languor in Luang Prabang, Laos
August 9-15, 2012
I find that some of my favorite places are those in which you can really just while away by hanging out at more affordable neighborhood cafes with wi-fi or bookshops with friendly and accommodating owners, walking along streets with nostalgic charm, visiting the occasional exhibit/museum, watching the sunset by the Mekong River, and partake of food from the night market.
Read the rest of this post for some cheapskate tips and lazy snaps c/o this lethargic traveler. :P
My First Recommended To-Do in Luang Prabang:
Slow down, Stay Another Day
August 9, 2012 - Luang Prabang, Laos
When traveling, it’s so easy for tourists to cram “all” possible activities in a matter of 2-3 days. The perhaps not all-too-mainstream Stay Another Day Exhibit on the second floor of Kopnoi in Luang Prabang is one of those things that I recommend travelers to visit and learn from on their first day in Luang Prabang.
“Up” and About: An Age-defying Love & Adventure Story :)
On the long bus ride from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, I also couldn’t help but notice the couple seated in front of me through the gap between their seats. I’m a sucker for old couples, so I was really curious about their story.
When we got off the bus and boarded a tuk-tuk to the centre of Luang Prabang, I was fortunate enough to be in the same tuk-tuk as they were in. My Luang Prabang travel-mates, Yasuko, Mako, Jenney and I then learned that they’ve been traveling for 10 years now, with their sailboat. :) SOBRANG SWEET.
I knew at that moment I had to take their picture and get their full names and email address. I knew I’d have to write about them.