Film, Digital, & Vacation Photos

Just got the last of my film developed (yes, developed ūüôā )¬†from Thailand/Cambodia.¬† This roll was b&w of Angkor.¬† I’ve posted the ones¬†I liked. On the camera¬†front, some news:¬† I’ve just ordered my very first digital camera,¬†a Fuji V10.¬† This means I’m officially retiring my trusty 8 year old film point¬†& shoot.¬† I’ll still be using my¬†film SLR… but I suspect that once Nikon’s digital SLRs, like the¬†D200, come down to a reasonable price (AKA not $1600) I¬†will¬†probably be¬†swayed.¬† The practicialities of digital are hard to deny…¬† Not carrying around a 10 lb SLR w/ a bag of film.¬† Preview …

Back in Seattle

It’s difficult to grock that “this morning” (well, 41 hours ago — that international date line can really mess with you) I was in Bangkok. Tomorrow, I’m back at work. Vacation is over. ūüôĀ Thailand and Cambodia are beautiful countries. I highly recommend. p.s. I’ll be back posting more pictures & stories in the next week or two.

Bangkok – It’s All in the Name

One of my favorite tidbits from the Lonely Planet: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit That’s Bangkok’s official name.¬† The rough translation is: The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn In Thai, it’s truncated to Krung …

Last day on the beach…

A couple highlights: The beach that we’re on is probably about¬†half a mile long.¬† (I’m really bad at guessing distances — it takes about 15 minutes to walk it.)¬† The most people we’ve seen on the entire beach at a time¬†is about 75. Got my first thai massage two days ago.¬† It’s amazing… this women uses her elbows, feet, knees.¬† At some point I was hanging¬†practically upside down.¬† The massage is done on this covered platform on the beach.¬† There was a breeze, soft thai music playing, wooden wind chimes, and the ocean lapping.¬†¬†An¬†hour massage for 6.50 USD.¬† I’ve gotten …

New Digs on the Beach

We decided to upgrade our bungalow to an uber deluxe beachfront hut.¬† There’s a patio, air conditioning, and hot water.¬† It costs a whopping 1600 Baht (40 USD).¬† For another 2 bucks, we bought a hammock to hang on the patio. The view at sunrise was beautiful.

On the beach!

Arrived in Ko Samui two days ago and stayed one night in Chaweng. It was awful. I’ve never been to Cancun… but it looked like they could have filmed MTV Spring Break there. Yesterday, we caught a ferry to Ko Phan Ngan and are now on a small beach called Thong Nai Pan Noi. We’re staying in a small bungalow in a place called Baan Panburi. Our hut costs 650 baht a night (about 12 bucks), and comes fully equiped with fan, mosquito netting, and cold water. ūüôā It’s beautiful. The beach is quiet, there’s lots of sun, and the …

In Transit…

In Bangkok airport again, on our way to Ko Samui and some quality beach time. The Angkor ruins were magnificient — truly amazing. I took something like 6 rolls of film. The low-light of Angkor Wat? A flat bike tire about 2 miles away from help. ūüôā

Angkor in B&W

Just got my black and white film developed….¬† ¬† The children running through wasn’t intentional… but ended up really liking the symmetry of these two shots The above¬†door is a close¬†up of the following entrance.¬† ¬†

Ta Phrom at Sunrise

My favorite temple was Ta Phrom. We got there at about 7:15am (by bike!). The place was entirely ours: there were¬†(maybe) 6 other people there and it was cool (in contrast to the afternoon’s humid/sticky/unbearable afternoon heat). Unlike the other temples,¬†restoration efforts¬†did not remove the trees that had grown in and around the¬†ruins. The result was¬†a sensation¬†of stumbling upon an ancient¬†temple¬†in desolation¬†while walking through the jungle. ¬† The “Tomb Raider” tree.

Phnom Bakheng at Sunset

Phnom Bakheng is one of the recommended sunset sites.  As such, we were definitely not alone: You could see Angkor Wat in the distance.