It’s my 2nd 2013 New Years celebration in Bangkok this year – Songkran, the Thai new year. A tradition of pouring small amounts of water onto elder family member’s hands has morphed into full on water dousings. Certain areas in Bangkok are designated for wet celebrations. I spent an hour or so on Silom Road …..
Better late than never. There are plenty of options for a night out on New Years Eve in Bangkok. When a small party took shape at the end of my soi (think small car free alley way) behind the old Suanplu market, I knew where I would spend the first part of the night. I …..
I’ve been living in Bangkok since mid August and have neglected my website for some time. I haven’t made too many photographs either. I’m living in a renovated shophouse in a very traditional Bangkok neighborhood. Although I’m living in a nice modern space t’s very different than your typical high rise condo. Some day I’ll …..
I read about a heat wave on the east coast in the newspaper . Some people on Facebook complained too. At the moment there isn’t a heat wave in San Francisco. Yesterday at Crissy Field it must not have been above 60 F, which means it is OK to dress like it is 30 F. Summer …..
Another brief escape from Bangkok – one night in Bangsaen Beach. It takes a bit over an hour or a five to seven hundred baht (15$ – 22$) taxi ride to reach Bangsaen from central Bangkok. It’s not your postcard perfect Thai beach. Leave your snorkel, flippers, YSL hand bag and pretense at home. What …..
A quick escape from Bangkok – two nights in Koh Yao Noi and a night in Phuket Town. It was mostly about sleeping, eating seafood, and a visit to my cousin’s place on Koh Yao.
You won’t experience this at the San Francisco Ferry Plaza farmer’s market, your local Safeway, or Whole Foods. I fell asleep really early last night and as a result I woke up very early today. Feeling well rested, I decided to grab a camera and visit Klong Toey market, which I’ve written about in the …..
There was a large rally in Bangkok yesterday, marking the two year anniversary to the end of the spring 2010 demonstration/occupation. Upwards of 45,000 people participated in the Ratchaprasong shopping district in central Bangkok. Personally, I’m not too familiar with the history of Thai politics and government, so I don’t have an informed opinion on …..
Songkran, the Thai new year, is celebrated from the 13th to the 15th of April (at least in Bangkok). It’s known for large celebrations with lots of water and white face paste. But there is more traditional beyond the popular water celebrations and the same new year is celebrated throughout southeast Asia, but in different …..
People running – different shapes, sizes, suits, shoes and colors. My achilles has been preventing me from running most days but I still go down to the park for a morning or evening walk, camera in hand.
It was another sunny winter day so I grabbed the dogs and camera and drove over to Crissy Field. Here are a few photographs from the morning.
Board games and political debate are favorite pastimes along Prospect Svobody in Lviv, Ukraine. Walk through the area any weekend, holiday, or some evenings, and there will be small groups of older men, and a few strong ladies, participating in some pretty intense political debate. I’m told this pastime took root, at least in public …..
Going through photographs of older guys playing chess and practicing political debate along Prospect Svobody in Lviv, Ukraine, I ran across this memory. It’s said that photographs of sunglass reflections are cliche. So be it.
This has to be one of my favorite runs – start anywhere along the San Francisco water front and head across the Golden Gate bridge. I’ve done it so many times yet I still do not take it for granted. Yesterday I started near the St. Francis yacht club and shot a few pictures along …..
Odds are you haven’t been to a market quite like Klong Toey (Toei) market in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s a place where you can get anything food related, and all of the food is very fresh - produce, fish, poultry, and meats, some of it arriving at the market alive. The market is popular with small …..
I doubt most people think of tall redwood trees when they think of Oakland but up in the hills there are plenty. Some time ago these were old growth forests, but were cut down for timber. Some of it could be in my old house. One hundred or so years later and it looks like …..
What do you do when your are fourteen timezones from home, take a late afternoon nap but wake up after midnight, you aren’t going back to sleep anytime soon, and Anderson Cooper 360 is showing on CNN International?
Sometimes a great time happens when you least expect it. Rohatyn is a small town about five miles away from Cherche, the tiny village where my ancestors are from. There are two hotels in town, about ten rooms each, inexpensive, and nice enough. I splurged and stayed at the fancier place, about twenty five dollars …..
During a recent visit to Lviv, Ukraine I mentioned that I wanted to wander around a Soviet era housing complex when someone suggested that I visit “Santa Barbara”. When I heard the name I knew I had to go. Its official name is СИХІВ, which is pronounced as Suhiv, but it also has the …..
Late one afternoon last August, I ventured out to Prospect Svobody in Lviv, Ukraine to photograph the older guys playing chess and having political debate. But I ended up photographing young ladies walking around the place. The Beatles weren’t kidding when they wrote the song titled Back in the U.S.S.R.. During my recent visit to …..
I left my house early August and returned last Monday – three months away from Oakland. Minus an unplanned return trip to Arizona in October, I spent my time around Lviv, Ukraine and Bangkok, Thailand. I visited Lviv to spend time in the village my father’s parents came from. I’m impressed by how people in …..
There have been flood warnings for the entire Thonburi district of Bangkok for a week or more – the Thai government predicted the entire district would be submerged in a meter of water. Although there is significant flooding in the district, a lot of it is dry. A good friend of mine lives in the …..
Expecting normal Bangkok, Thailand traffic, I took a motorbike taxi over to the Grand Palace side of the Pinklao bridge yesterday. The motorbike wasn’t necessary since the normal afternoon Bangkok traffic was no where to be found. I planned to walk around some of the areas I did two days earlier but ended up catching …..