Summer has finally come out of hibernation and bestowed the northern hemisphere with it's long days and warm sun rays. For most of us, it's a saviour from accumulated seasonal affective disorder. For me, whether it's the brutal cold winters in Beijing, or the seemingly long dark cold and wet winters in UK, I am no outsider when it comes to my mood being influenced by the temperaments of winter climate.
As you know, my recent travels to Thailand and Koh Samui have been my first experience of warm tropical weather in what feels like half a year. When it comes to getting beach and tanning time, you don't have too many options other than travelling to exotic places such as Samui so I had to take advantage of the spectacular private beach facilities W Hotel has on offer.
So, without further ado, let's take a look at what you can expect from the beach resort of W Hotel. Does the beach ooze luxury and class like the rest of the hotel? Let'
Time for the next part in the set! If you haven't been following along, start off by checking out part one here, and then part two here. If you're in the mood for some humour, @joseph also made a parody of my photos here!
Part 3 will distract a little bit away from me ogling skyscrapers all day long, and instead get a bit artsy, wandering around Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. So, let's get started!
Formally known as the Cloud Gate, this reflec
Today, urban areas continue to absorb explosive population growth while facing a slew of uncertainties regarding health, safety, identity and preservation of culture. This article highlights an intersection of these topics by examining a new town project called Naya Raipur.
In 2012, I travelled to India for a city-planning workshop. I arrived with a team of about two dozen planners, architects and engineers tasked with developing a growth strategy for a brand new city called Naya Raipur. At the time, Naya Raipur was just a handful of massive highways. Broad carpets of asphalt sat empty, ominous and completely out of scale w
This is an streetfood dish i always love to taste, a great soup with beef (called Pho Bo) and spring onions.
Often you can also find other versions with ie chicken (called Pho Ga).
This are two bowls i ate not long ago.
Up here with spring rolls with shrimp and vegetables and vietnamese coffee. Look how big this bowl is!
If you will have a chance try this soup, its amazing!
You can try to make it at home but takes long hours to cook. Sometimes i make a
fake quick version which you can find here http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-quick-vietnamese-beef-pho-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-215118
but nothing better than going to original vietnamese shop and trying it.
Sidenote: Today is my little sister's (one of them) birthday, she's turning 19. I am trying really hard to get her on to steemit. Throw some encouragement her by leaving me some comments, please.
Today, I'd like to continue with my scenic tour of Koh Samui, an island belonging to Thailand that puts paradise on the cusp of reality.
I have some footage I made with my drone of the sunset and sunrise here at Samui! I hope you all like it!
Even though the island has been well documented throughout history, it's really only been a tourist hot spot in the last 20 years or so.
Today, it still retains the once idyllic and natural atmosphere which gives it a distinct flavor contrasting with that of it's metropolitan counterparts. For finding a nice quiet place to relax by a tranquil sea, there simply is no better choice than Samui.
The W Retreat Koh Samui is
What is there to do on a Sunday afternoon? Well, if you're with me and my wife, going to look at fancy cars and eating some gourmet food might be in the cards for you. Here are some photos from our afternoon under the tents.
There were a few different Lexus cars on display. This was under the tent. It's the Lexus LC500h (a hybrid).
It took me over 30 years before I finally found a newt up in Wisconsin, but here in Arkansas, I find a lot more of them a lot more often. This one was dropped off by a neighborhood boy.
Newts are a type of salamander, and like many other salamanders, they lay their eggs in the water. Tiny larvae eventually emerge and look almost like little “lion-salamanders” since they breathe through gills under the water.
Newts are very peculiar in that they have a larvae stage, and have two options as an adult. Either the newt will mature in the water and remain aquatic for the duration of its life, or it will crawl onto the land as an eft, and then mature into a terrestrial adult.
We are going to test out a change with the SPC. In order to facilitate a more sustainable SPC in terms of prizes, we are now going to allow 2 weeks for entries giving time for the post rewards to pay out to be used as the prizes.
I will give clear dates for deadlines from hereon.
The deadline for entries for SPC41 is now June 7th 04:00 AM UTC — Just make sure you get the entries in before Tuesday June 6th in your timezone and you’ll be fine. Winners will be announced on Friday June 9th.
Again, this is to make the SPC more self-sustaining in terms of payouts going towards the prizes.
It also means that you have more time to plan your shoots and get new images in, which will be great!
If you have suggestions, leave some comments :)
The theme was
What cooking means for you? For me cooking is mostly about combining taste, smell and visual presentation. Definitely I have my own preferences, habits and such that influence what I’m cooking and in what way I’m doing it.
This time I wanted some really original taste. I've heard recently that fresh thyme combined with lemons or limes give meat very original aroma and taste, so I just wanted to try that concept cooking whole chicken. I must tell you it was absolutely delightful.
Season chicken generously with pepper, salt and garlic powd
Make sure you start off by checking out part one here, if you haven't seen it yet! Today for part two, I'll continue with more pictures from my first day in Chicago. This first day, I took a tour bus, which zoomed around the city, allowing me to marvel at the skyline of Skyscrapers through Chicago. A tour bus was totally worth it -- especially on the first day -- as the guide gives you an overview of cool places to check out no matter what your tastes are. And as someone who loves taking shots of architecture and landscape, the vantage point on the second floor of the bus is fantastic! So, let's get to it.
Mindlessly snapping photos of the skyline, these two birds seemed to have decided to come right into focus as they flew by. I actually had no idea I took a picture that looked like
It's a hermit crab without a shell!
We don't see this very often, so I took the opportunity to grab some photos.
I've been putting off showcasing this trip for a while, being a bit overwhelmed of how many pictures I took that I needed to sort through. With life getting stressful, I ended up sorting through them somewhat mindlessly... One of those procrastination moments where you know you have work you should be doing -- but you'd rather do something else (a bit less) productive. Ever cleaned your room instead of studying? It's just like that.
Anyways, I have now picked my photos, and I'm ready to show off my next photo series: Chicago! Almost a year ago to-date, I went the the IPDPS conference to present a paper I published a year before. Staying there for the whole week, I had just enough time to breeze around the city and take a slew of pictures. Chicago is known for being the birthplace of the skyscraper, and the skyline is full of them, both new and old. Being from a city with very few skyscrapers (Vancouver: and those that exist, aren't very tall), and with most of my