Travel Photo Thursday

Amazing Animals at the Singapore Zoo for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Singapore, Travel Photo Thursday | 18 comments

Welcome! Here we are for week 224 of Travel Photo Thursday, and this week it’s a return visit to the Singapore Zoo!  Ms Computer continues to limp along, and I am treating her with kid gloves these days. Fingers crossed the ‘she’ continues to enjoy the special treatment and keeps sputtering along :) When I was thinking about Travel Photo Thursday earlier this week I bandied around a few ideas. However, it wasn’t until I started browsing through photos that I decided to bring some lovely animal shots out of my archive. I cannot believe that my Singapore Zoo adventure was way back in 2011. I initially wrote about it here, and that post is still relevant if you’re looking for zoo links, etc.  

I have to admit I am always leery about going to a zoo. We all know that they aren’t all created equal. Happily, Singapore goes over the top when it comes to caring for their critters. I think that these photos tell/show the tale.

The big cats…how can anyone resist?

 

This fella looks so docile. Hmmm…maybe I should sneak a little head pat :)

 

Spotted Leopard

 

Rub my tummy!

Rub My Tummy Please!

 

Out for a stroll…

Out for a Stroll

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Traditional Bali for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Bali, Destinations, Travel Photo Thursday | 29 comments

Welcome! Here we are for week 223 (04/16/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. For the past six weeks my workhorse of a computer has been, and continues to, show signs of wanting to be retired. This is not a good time to be contemplating a younger workhorse, so I have been coaxing her along. I’m at the point that I hold my breath every time I hit the power button. If I’ve been slow getting around to last weeks Travel Photo Thursday linkers, and haven’t commented to many who have left comments here on the blog recently, do accept my apologies! I will make it up to you, I promise! :) I’ve been to Bali a number of times over the years, and one of the things that I like about the island is the traditions that they maintain. Here are a few of my favorite photos depicting traditional Bali.

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Holidays and special events center around the temple. Anyone who has been to Bali knows that these ceremonies are not put on to entertain the tourists. However, at least in Ubud, the locals do welcome visitors into the temple during ceremonies. All they ask is that you wear appropriate dress.

I love this shot of these beautifully dressed ladies waiting to take their offerings into a temple in Ubud.

Temple Offerings, Ubud, Bali

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Beach Fantasies For This Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Destinations, Malaysia, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Welcome to week 222 (09/04/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. Last week I had readers lusting over Korea’s beautiful spring flowers. Well the flowers are still around, but we are now into that fickle time of the year where the temps go up and down. Right now they are down, way down. Of course there is a remedy for that …let’s go to the beach. Here are some of my favorite Asian beaches, and all with lovely toe warming sand and bathing suit temps!

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Langkawi’s Cenang Beach…

Believe it or not I ended up getting a flight from either Bangkok or KL on Air Asia for a penny! I’m not sure if Air Asia still offers their penny specials, but back in 2009 and 2010 I managed to snag a couple. If Cenang Beach was a person, I would say it has multiple personality disorder. Go to the left and you are on the side with all the normal, everyday holiday folks. The right side of the beach definitely has a well worn feeling. At least I thought so back in 2009. Take a wander to the right and it’s ritzville all the way. There were lots of expensive hotels, and comfy beach chairs stretching for a half mile or so, and not a person in sight. The shot below was on what I dubbed the ritzy side. I love this strange looking tree right smack dab in the middle of the pristine white sand. I was also extremely tempted to hijack one of the comfy beach chairs, but I was too chicken! One of the prettiest Asian beaches I’ve had the pleasure to visit.

Several hours later I managed to catch this awesome sunset…

Langkawi Sunset

 

Koh Lanta’s Long Beach…

Back in 2007 I got to wriggle my toes in the sand on this beautiful stretch of beach for two glorious weeks. The beach walking and swimming were also some of the best I’ve experienced in Thailand. I even flitted with the idea of getting ‘ship wrecked’ here for a few years!

 

On the Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand

 

 

Hua Hin, summer home to the Thai royal family is another fantastic beach option, and it is only a couple of hours out of Bangkok by train or bus. You can even catch a bus from the airport, which I’ve taken. The bus was clean, modern, fast, and cheap!

 

Fun on Hua Hin Beach

 

Stunning sunrises at Hua Hin Beach, and the added bonus of watching the fisherman at work.

 

Fisherman, Hua Hin Beach

 

I’ll never forget beautiful Mabul Island in Malaysia. This is a divers paradise, and I did one of the best snorkeling trips of my life to world famous Sipidan. Even though I am not a diver, I hung out on the island for ten days. I snorkeled and enjoyed the beautiful beaches.

 

Bliss

 

Last but not least, Krabi’s Maya Beach, where Leonardo’s “The Beach” was filmed. All of the snorkeling boats in Krabi make a stop at Maya Beach. I’ve been on this little strip of beach a few times. Sadly, last time I was there someone had started charging about $7US for the honor! It’s still a gorgeous spot and the best vantage point for taking a gorgeous photo is from the boat (at least I think so)!

 

Maya-Beach, Southern Thailand

 

Other than Maya Beach I have never been charged to enter an Asian Beach. Beach chairs are almost always available, at very cheap rates.

What gorgeous Asian beaches have you had the pleasure of visiting? Please, tell us in the comments.

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Korea: Spring Flowers for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 28 comments

Welcome to week 221 of Travel Photo Thursday. My apologies that I am so late, but sometimes things just don’t go as planned. Korea is not blessed with a great climate. We east coast Canadians think that Canada is bad. Try Korea in the frigid cold winter, or the sickening humid summer…not nice. Thankfully, I miss a lot of that since I am able to leave for most of the winter and summer. However, I do love the spring here, and I thought that I’m share some new shots and some not so new of the springtime flowers in Korea.

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Yesterday was my day off, and rainy and damp. However, the magnolia and the cherry blossoms are blooming. Even the azaleas are beginning to make an appearance. What’s a little bit of rain when there’s flowers to enjoy. I didn’t have my “big” camera with me, but my trusty iphone does okay in a pinch. I didn’t have to travel far for these shots, and all they cost me was a bit of shoe leather, and my phone battery. That’s what I call priceless budget travel.

The spring flowers more than make up for Daejeon’s dreary gray buildings… Somebody at City Hall loves magnolias. They’ve been planted all over the city. Strange thing is the white ones are in full bloom, while the pink and white magnolia are still at the bud stage. They’ll be out in full force next week to keep the city basking in flower beauty.

 

Magnolia Collage

 

And, of course, our beautiful cherry blossoms. Some are in full bloom, while others are barely budding…

 

Cherry Blossoms, Daejeon, Korea

 

A few favorite shots from years gone by….

 

Finally.....A Hint of Spring!!

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PinkCherryBlossom

 

 

Rural Korea…

Rural Korea Springtime

 

 

If you do find yourself passing through Korea in April, do stop and enjoy the beautiful blossoms. You won’t be disappointed!

 

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Bangkok: Cooking with Poo for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Bangkok, Destinations, Food, Thailand, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 30 comments

Welcome to week 220 of Travel Photo Thursday. I spent this past Christmas in Bangkok doing one of my favorite things…cooking school! You may have done a double take at the title, but yes the name of the cooking school is Cooking with Poo, and the lovely owner and brilliant cook is Poo (short for “Chompoo” or rose apple). Poo takes any teasing about her name in good stride, and is always quick with a joke or a funny comment. Enjoy today’s tour of her cooking school and the delicious food that was made (some of it by me) last Christmas Day.

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Poo and her assistant waiting for the final students to arrive. We all met in the same place, so that kept any confusion to a minimum.

 

Poo Waiting for Students

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Chiang Mai: Delicious Ruam Mit for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Destinations, Featured, Food, Thailand, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 38 comments

Welcome to week 219 (03/19/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. Thais love their Khanom Wan Thai (dessert). This week I want to introduce you to one of my favorite Thai desserts, Ruam Mit. In fact, it could be my favorite! Sold from a family run stall in Chiang Mai’s Chinatown Wararot Market, I always make my way here every couple of weeks when I’m in Chiang Mai.

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Ruam Mit is a (delicious) mixture of a variety of different sweets, and (YES) vegetables. Floating in this delicious concoction, which has a faint flowery aroma, you will find tapioca balls (boba), corn, red beans, chunks of sweet potato, strips of shredded coconut, and (very sweet) gelatin strips. The mother and daughter team who run the stall, which is located just outside the entrance to Tom Lam Yai Market make huge stainless steel bowls of ruam mit everyday. I have never seen the stall empty of customers. I am sure it must be one of the most popular food stalls in the entire market, and rightly so!

Ton  Lam Yai Market

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