Links, blogs, videos or pictures, this category is just interesting stuff I might have found online.

Lhasa, Tibet – The Jokhang and Barkor

The Jokhang Monastery (ཇོ་ཁང་) is the most holy of Tibetan Buddhism’s holy places.  Unassuming from the outside, one needs to connect with the enthusiasm of the throngs of pilgrims walking around it to feel its allure.  As it probably will be for you, visiting the Jokhang is a once in a lifetime experience for many of the pilgrims.  Unlike you, many of these pilgrims walked to be there… and some of them even walked in a special way to show their devotion: They take three steps, say a prayer, and lie face-down on the ground.  Then they stand up, take three more steps and repeat the process.  The act of taking a prostrating pilgrimage can take the devotee years to reach the Jokhang from their home towns.  But many do it, as a sign of devotion and a way to help improve their karma in this life and the next.

Tibetan Buddhist Praying

Pilgrims and merchants walk and pray in the juniper smoke early in the morning on the Barkor at the Jokang Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet.

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Quick Notes and Housekeeping

Just a few quick notes today:

I’m happy to report that I’ve had another photo picked up by National Geographic.  It’s a photo of Keelung’s Miakou Night Market I shot while on assignment a few years ago.

I’ve also recently won an award from the website Taiwanderful for “Best Taiwan Photography Blog” along with Craig Ferguson.

Craig and I are also jointly starting a virtual stock photography agency currently called Asia Stock Photo Agency (I know, clever name).  It’s in its infancy and we’re still uploading tons of photos, but already we have nearly 2,000 photos from all over Asia.

At the same time, I’ve been busy processing, keywording and captioning thousands of stock photos from my travels and my commercial work so have a look at my new website when you get a chance.

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Formosa Adventurers

The Formosa Adventurers got a write-up in today’s China Times!  We haven’t been able to find an online version, but if you can read Chinese, pick one up and check out page A10!  Woo Hoo!

Also, if you want to follow the Formosa Adventurers on Twitter, click the link below:

If you really want to help us out, go to our contest blog, give us a vote, watch the video and leave a comment.


Here’s Phil’s translation of the China Times article:


觀光局初步認為有特色及網友回響多的參賽組中,來自英國及美國的四個大男生組成英美聯軍“FormosaAdventurers” (美麗島探險家)擁有高人氣的影片點選,他們規劃運動探險記原住民文化體驗的旅遊主題,包括花蓮溯溪,泛舟,臺東高臺飛行傘,入住原住民部落,體驗臺東知本及金崙溫泉


UK and USA United Forces

Taiwan’s tourism bureau believe so far that the team with the most special qualities and a lot of interest online is the Formosa Adventurers. Comprising of four guys from the UK and the USA, the Formosa Adventurers have had a lot of people watch their introductory video. They are planning a adventure sports and aboriginal culture-themed trip including river tracing and white-water rafting in Hualian, paragliding and visiting an aboriginal tribe in Taidong as well as experience Zhiben and Jinlun’s hot springs.

A combination of Taiwanese adventure and aboriginal culture that is very authentic Taiwanese. The team also write about Taiwan’s natural beauty and their own interesting travel experiences in their blogs which are written in English and Chinese.

Thank you!!!
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Formosa Adventurers

Formosa Adventurers” is the name of my and my friends’ group for Taiwan’s “Best Trip in the World – 世界最棒的旅遊” contest.  It’s a contest set up by Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau to promote tourism in Taiwan.

The way the contest works is that everyone who wants to give it a try uploads a travel plan, video and group introduction to the website.  From there, the contest organizers select 50 groups to complete their plans.  They give them 28,000 NTD (about $800USD) to do it.  After you finished with the 4 days, you upload a video and blog showing what you did.  Then, one group wins the grand prize of 1 million NTD (about $30,000USD) and gets to travel in Taiwan for a month, blogging on their experiences.

Not a bad deal.  And since this is what we do all the time anyway, it sounded perfect for us.

Our itinerary is (approximately) as follows:
(I’ll update this later, I don’t actually have the real one sitting in front of me now):

Day 1:
Train from Taipei to Hualien.  River tracing through one of the beautiful canyons down there.  Then that night, a visit to the night market.

Day 2:
White water rafting in The Rift Valley.  Followed by a train ride to Taidong and a visit to the night market and a few other sites in the city.

Day 3:
Paragliding just north of Taidong.  Then a visit to an aboriginal village for a cultural show and some Taiwanese Aboriginal Food.

Day 4:
Hiking through an ancient forest to a wild hot spring.  Then, the train ride back to Taipei.

So please watch the video below and go vote for us at Taiwan’s “Best Trip in the World” contest.


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A Ray of Light in Dark Times

Sometimes it’s strange being an American expat.  I certainly think that I look at the world and America’s place in it much differently than most Americans… but then again, I think I always did.  Anti-Americanism is rampant in the world.  Whether it’s coming from Westerners, Easterners, or Middle Easterners, it’s everywhere.

Well, I can’t help but be very proud of my country as these two days pass.  For those who don’t know, today, January 19th, is Martin Luther King Day in America.  He is without doubt one of the finest Americans that ever lived and someone the whole world should celebrate.  And tomorrow, Tuesday January 20th, is the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama II… America’s first African-American president.

In the dark days that the world is facing right now, with the economic crisis, the Gaza Strip, and so many other problems… I’m happy to see a ray of light.  That ray of light is the knowledge that America, and therefore the rest of the world, can evolve into something better.

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Testing, Testing, A, B, C…

I just got a new Nikon D700 and have started testing it.  Like I said in an earlier post: I’m not a reviewer, but I’m very happy with my initial test shots and thought I’d share them with you.

Ok, Ok…  The truth is, I just so happen to teach English to a bunch of the cutest kids in the world and I wanted to show them off.  Almost all of the following pictures are shot with the D700 and a Nikon 50mm f1.4 set at 1.4.  Needless to say, I’m happy with the camera so far.

For more pictures of cute kids, go to my Flickr photostream.

More cute kids after the jump…

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Inspirational Photography Links #3

A lazy, long holiday weekend has led me to some cool on-line discoveries.  I probably shouldn’t call this post “Inspirational Photography Links,” just “Links” or maybe “Nerdy Links” but I like to try to keep everything neat and orderly.

The first one is just cool…  And by “cool” I mean all my fellow nerds out there will like it.  It’s a page with some pictures from NASA’s landing rovers on the surface of Mars.  Scroll down about 6 pictures until you come to the animated gifs of dust devils rolling across the screen…  How cool is that?!?!

Number deux is one that the skaters and design nerds will like.  It’s a blog called Club Mumble and features the work of some talented skateboard photographers, designers and other nerds.  It gets updated, like 20 times a day so it’s a good one to check often.

Number 三 is for the all the professional and semi-pro photographers out there.  It’s a link to the U.S. Copyright office.  Copyrighting your photographs is incredibly important for many reasons, but basically if someone steals one of your pictures off the internet and tries to claim them as their own, it makes it a lot easier to prove that the picture is yours.  In these days of Flickr, facebook, and the crappy economy, you should protect yourself.  Even if you’re not a American citizen, I think this is still your best option.  It’s easy and cheap, so quit being lazy (like me) and get you pictures properly copyrighted!

The last one is for the travel nerds.  We can all bitch about how bad Lonely Planet Guidebooks can sometimes be, and yet we’re all out there carrying them around.  Well, they did something pretty cool for once; They are now allowing you to download specific sections from different books.  So if you’re going to visit a small part of China, you don’t have to buy the whole book and carry that heavy-assed thing (trust me) around with you. Just download the chapter you want, and pint it on your own printer… nice.

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My New Website

Hello everybody,

I re-tuned my website with some fancy flash galleries, some new pics and the other stuff I listed below.

New Website:
I added some fancy new flash galleries and cleaned everything up a
bit.  There are new pictures in many of the galleries, but you’ll have
to sift though to find them, sorry.

New Book:
It’s nothing fancy, but I self published a book with pictures from my
travels.  It’s a little self-serving (complete with pictures of me in
the back), but it’s pretty cool.

Order Prints:
I’ve been a member of this photographers’ thingy for a while and just
realized that you can order prints from it.  If you ever wanted one of
my photos, here’s you chance.

I was in the USA a few weeks ago, and I wanted to say “Thanks again” to
everyone that I saw and “sorry” to everyone that I missed.  I had a
great time and I wish I had more time to hang out than I did.  Now some
of you need to come here and visit!

If you have any problems with the website or anything, let me know!
Also, if any of you have any links you’d like to share, Email me!  My
“Friends” section is looking a little bare!

Cheers, and Thanks for all the support over the years!

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An Awesome Video

I found this video on another blog…um, sorry, forget which one!

It’s well worth the wait (if it takes a long time to download).

It’s inspiring, to say the least.

I did a bit of research and came up with this info on the dancing guy:

Matt Harding

And some more videos on youtube.

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Autumn Colors in the US

Well, it’s 5 am and I’m sitting at my computer, wide awake.  That must mean I just got back from somewhere far away.  And indeed, I just returned from a two week trip to the USA to visit family and friends.

A 150 year-old covered bridge.

A 150 year-old covered bridge.

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