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The idea all started in a cramped 50 square meter high-rise condominium, dead center of the Metropolis that is Bangkok. It was decided that we were to leave the hustle and bustle of big city and book a flight to somewhere far, somewhere that would bring joyous tears to our eyes everywhere we looked. The search for beauty and grandiose was on.
There were many wonderful destinations to pick from. We bickered and gave each other Powerpoint presentations in our heads about which place would be best, but we eventually ended up with The Land of the Midnight Sun. And the only way to experience this majestic nation was to road trip it and camp along the way. We felt like teenagers again, about to explore something that was relatively unknown to us.
Daylight was on our side; we took our time and appreciated every road curve that revealed a glorious view of the lush greenery of the snowcapped mountains on our Norwegian road trip. Waterfalls came gushing down on either side of the E6 motorway that runs from North to South of Norway. It was as if the stunning views were trying to outdo each other as we drove through them. We were simply spectators to Mother Nature’s greatest achievement.
Most of the journey was to just go with the flow, although we had a couple of adventures that the trip was planned around: kayaking and glacier walk was on the agenda. The ice-cold chill was completely welcomed as it juxtaposed our over-bearing life back home. Each stroke of the paddle through the Styggevatnet lake was a jab at what we left behind – temporarily anyway. Once we reached the mouth of the Austdalsbreen Glacier and clamped on our crampons, our mouths became a little dryer and self-doubt began to creep in. Was this safe? Is this doable? Has there been an accident before? After the first few initial baby steps, it was clear – although this might not be the proverbial ‘walk in the park’ – that we were as safe as we could be with the right pros guiding us over this epic mass of 1000-odd year old glacier.
The trip wouldn’t have been complete without a pit-stop off at the Geirangerfjord, home of the thundering waters of the Seven Sisters Waterfall. Camping overnight and listening to the sounds of nature rumbling all night long with only a sheet of tent material between you and the outside world is really something that needs to be felt.
The Norwegian road trip surpassed our wildest expectations. We eagerly await the right time of year again to retrace as well as reroute through the meandering splendor.
The iconic Bryggen by the harbour in Bergen. Of course we had to take a picture here!
Camping here overnight was definitely worth the effort! The sound of the powerful waterfalls around put me straight to sleep in our tiny tent.
There’s a few fantastic viewpoints that overlooks Geiranger Fjords. Too bad the Seven Sisters was just around the corner!
It was blistering cold to go glacier walking and there was also the dangers of falling and slipping through cracks.
We were tied closely together with the whole group, in case one of us slipped!
The roads were endless. It that is not a complaint! Every turn showed us something different. Heck, even if it was all the same, I would take it!
Lumpini Park and her 360rai is located right next to the CBD of Bangkok and is very accessible as there is a MRT Station right under it as well as a large parking area if you were to drive there. It is open from 4am all the way to 9pm, with plenty of joggers and cyclists around. There are views to Silom/Sathorn as well as Ratchadamri/Ratchaprasong areas. It is a great place to get away from the busy streets around there and just a few steps inside the gates and you’re already transported to a more serene environment.
I got the privilege to photograph Eric and Aurore hanging out in Lumpini Park. We simply walked around and found various spots to shoot. It was actually an overcast day, but we managed to pull of some memorable photos.
You can’t talk about Lumpini Park without the (in)famous gym with the topless guys (and partially topless girls) pumping iron like there’s no tomorrow. Last time I was there, it was free for locals and 50 baht for foreigners. It is certainly a barebones ‘gym’ – if you can even call it that!
Bangkok Hardcore Open Air Weights Gym. Lumpini Park Bangkok Thailand. - YouTube
Everywhere you look in the park, there is green to be seen. Massive trees surround a man-made lake. It is possible to rent one of those swan peddle boats and have a romantic session, although it could get rather sweaty from the humidity and peddling itself! If you’re there at the right time, there are a couple of spots that do aerobics exercises where anyone can just hop in to get moving! That in itself is quite the sight, as there’s usually over 100 people following along to the instructor and her thumping music.
There are many temples scattered throughout Thailand, and Bangkok for that matter. But one that cannot be missed on your visit to The Land of Smiles is Wat Phra Chetuphon aka Wat Pho. It is located right next to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, but closes at a later time at 5pm, so what visitors usually do is visit the other two and then walk on over to The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Entrance to the temple is 100 baht only for foreigners. Just make sure you are wearing respectable clothing that covers shoulders, knees and closed shoes would be great, but you are required to take them off when visiting the Reclining Buddha anyway.
The Reclining Buddha itself is 46 meters long and has a nice glow to it as it is covered in gold leaf (unlike pure gold as the Golden Buddha in Wat Traimitr is). Of course, the Buddha was built first and then the resulting building around the statue at 15 meters high. Be sure to check out the feet of the Buddha, as it is covered in 108 ornate symbols representing the positive actions one must do to achieve perfection – all done with mother of pearl.
The Reclining Buddha represents the serene state he was in before leaving this world. It is the end of the reincarnations and about to enter nirvana.
If you are superstitious, it is worth donating (usually 20 baht) and picking up one of the bowls of coins to pick out and drop individual coins into larger bowls as you walk along and make wishes / think good thoughts. The money donated goes into the upkeep of the temple and you get to make merit for yourself and your loved ones. Win-win all around!
Around the courtyard of Wat Pho are beautifully decorated stupas (chedis) with colorful tiles. Inside them contains ashes of the royal families of past. They are scattered around the whole temple grounds and have 71 altogether, while another 20 slightly larger ones contains Buddha relics.
No matter if it’s rain or shine, the temple is open for tourists and locals alike to visit and pay respect. There are certainly quiet parts of the temple that are perfect for candid snapshots.
You cannot visit Wat Pho without experiencing the home of the traditional Thai massage. The building is a little tucked away from the busier temple grounds, so you’ll have to be on the lookout for it when wandering around. There are numerous masseuses in there waiting to massage your stress away. Unfortunately there is no reservation, so you’ll just have to wait in line, although it does not take long usually. The longest wait I have had is 25 mins. They go by queue number.
Wat Pho also boasts the largest collection of Buddha statues. There’s one in every direction you look. Rows upon rows.
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is a top choice to get photographed in as it showcases one of Thailand’s top destinations and you get to experience the culture at the same time.
OK, this couple was just adorable to shoot. I went to meet them at the trendy Sala Rattanakosin Hotel right across from The Temple of Dawn. Of course we couldn’t just leave without shooting a few shots with Wat Arun in the background. It was a photo begging to happen.
Just chilling across from The Temple of Dawn. Ryan and Elias did mention that they haven’t done something like this before but we got straight to to business and everything was all natural! I made sure to be out of their way when they were interacting and just captured the purest moments.
Ryan had found me on a directory amongst other Bangkok photographers and luckily I stood out from the crowd! He emailed me just over a month before the actual shooting date and was able to lock something in easily. – The wonders of planning ahead!
Of course at a location such as Wat Pho, there were always going to be crowds of people that unknowingly walk into the shots. We kept our cool and carried on though. I learned to wait for the right moment and crop them out from the shots.
We bounced around a few places within the area, but the main part was walking through The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. You simply can’t go on a holiday to Bangkok without getting some memorable photos with the giant Buddha statue.
There’s certainly a few hidden spots in Wat Pho that other tourists ignore. Their loss was definitely our gain though, as we got to secluded places to shoot some awesome photos. I guess the crowd mainly comes to see the reclining buddha and then leave.
I miss my family and my country a lot, my family is the first thing I put in my life, I’m always in touch with them. I’ve been traveling a long time and even before I was already living by myself in Brazil, so for me is not so hard to be far way from home, because I’m used to being far from my parents since I was 16 years old when I moved out of the house to have an independent life, go to university, work and take care of myself
I was 15 years old the first time someone stopped me on the street and asked me if I wanted to be a model – that time I didn’t go for it. After that, there were many other times someone stopped me at the shooping mall and in the street telling me that I could be a model .
Once I was around 17 a well known agency in my hometown texted me to see if I could go to the agency for a model casting. I went there and I signed a contract almost immediately. And then I started some modeling jobs, but I didn’t take it too seriously cause that time I already had another job and was also at university .
In 2014 when I was 19 I had my first international casting, and I got a contract 3 days after the casting for three countries: Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand . Then in the middle of 2014 I flew to Singapore for my first modeling season.
My dream is to work well, make good money, so then i can invest in something, possibly start a business …
I always try do to my best everyday in everything I do in life ! I always go for what I want.
For me nothing comes easily if you don’t put in the effort, so now my focus is work so then I can have what I want
I start modeling around 3 and a half years ago when my Mom put me in school for Miss Venezuela! . I stayed there around 6 months and after that my current manager found me on Instagram
Bangkok is my happy place, I love to come here a lot (it’s my 4th time in Bangkok – 3 times for work and 1 time solely for holidays ). There’s plenty of food, lots of places to go and the amazing people that you meet here with their pure souls. I am hooked!
I dont really have a plan on what to do next with my life! I just keep going with ideas that I have on my mind or head to countries that I know I can get a decent amount of work and ones I want to visit anyway. I like to be in Asia so much so I may stay more around here and after move to America or Europe!
It’s soo different for me here because I always have been living with my family and doing everything with them; now I’m living alone, I obviously have to do everything by myself. In the beginning it was hard, but after a while you get used to it and helps you to understand all the things that my family did for me and I get to appreciate everything more. Even the little things!
I went on an amazing once-in-a-lifetime bikini fashion photography mentorship on Koh Samet with the legendary Tada Varich of Vogue Thailand (among other publications) fame. As expected, he was very inspirational and gave such practical advice. There were also a few insider gossip and tips on how to succeed in the Thai fashion photography industry and how it differs from the west. I took in all the information he was spouting like a sponge. It was nice to rub shoulders with photographers from different fields and many were there to share their own knowledge too. The hotel we stayed at pretty much had it’s own secluded beach and photographing models in bikinis was a breeze as there weren’t many prying eyes and they were comfortable in the private setting.
It was made pretty clear that the whole purpose of the trip was not to update our portfolios, but to rather, watch and learn. There were definitely some sighs and moans as Mr. Varich mentioned that! Some people were looking forward to use the images to their advantage, but alas, the model’s contract’s weren’t inclusive of such things. We did get about an hour around each model to try and get some interesting photos though. But as you can imagine, it was a difficult task with so many other fashion photographers squeezing each other to try and get the right framing for their own shots.
I’ll have to admit, I did say “once-in-a-lifetime bikini fashion photography” workshop, but it looks like the Tada Varich crew will be holding it annually but that’s not to say, it’ll always be on the beach with imported bikini models!
The fruits of my labour
We got the chance to see the master himself do a fashion shoot on several different models – some were Russian and some were local ones. Here are some that I shot in a 2-3 minute time limit:
The sun was rapidly setting in this shot and some rays were peaking through the leaves of nearby trees. It was a shot waiting to be taken!
This model had a nice and ambiguous Asian look. You couldn’t tell which country she was actually from.
This photo is pretty much SOOC / unedited. You can see how hot the shoot must of been! The shadows were fun here.