Where are you??

Nowadays, "Where are you?" and "Where you been?" are often asked to me.  Actually, I'm so out of it sometimes it takes me a second to remember.  I'm rarely home, even when I in Cali.  And when I'm in California, I'm usually buried in my room working or out with friends catching up.  With Christmas right around the corner, many conversations revolve around last year.  People talk about last year, last December and last Christmas, and I can't seem to remember any of those memories. Duh.

I was in Thailand and Cambodia for the first 23 days of December.  (And before that I spent most of last year's November in Seattle and DC).  When I returned home for Christmas, I literally slept through Christmas.  Spending three weeks in another country really kills your internal time clock.  Anyway, instead of reminiscing about last year's Christmas (which I really have no memory of except for pictures), I'll remember the adventure I had in Thailand and Cambodia on the Raddest Photo Trip Ever.  I didn't know it at the time, but I would meet friends who'd become very dear to me.  Over the past year I've been able to visit most of the ones I'm closest to.  I'm so amazed with my unforgettable experiences and super awesome, caring friends. word.

These pictures are courtesy of the lovely Richelle Dante

RPTE 33: Film

Raddest Photo Trip Ever


Aside from a few minor inconveniences, I actually really enjoy shooting with film. I still get excited when I develop my film, wondering how each picture will turn out. I shot my europe trip with a fisheye Lomography camera and that was loads of fun, but the camera was rather bulky. For this trip I decide to use my ultra-wide and slim camera. In hindsight I should have tried to shoot more close up shots (most of these pictures were landscape photos). Anyways... here's some of the pictures I got developed. (the pictures shot on 800 film turned out better than those on the 400 film) 

*Click on the images below for a larger view

At the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Enjoying a refreshing beverage on the beach of Phi Phi Island near Phuket, Thailand

On the train from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi

Taking tuk tuks to our hotel in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

The view of my elephant as I straddled his neck.

On another tuk-tuk

In a car on another adventure

At Angkor enjoying the sunset at the ruins

One of my first glimpses of the ruins of Angkor. Amazing.....

At the Tomb Raider and Raiders of the Lost Ark ruins... Bayon Temple, I think?

On a hike to some "underwater" ruins and a waterfall.  This is favorite shot from my film.  Dane and Josh climbed a rock to snap a great picture of the surrounding scenery.

To see other pictures from other photographers on this trip check these out..... Bobby Earle // Richelle Dante // Erika Lindroth Amy Martin // Katie Lewis

RPTE 26: The Perfect End

Raddest Photo Trip Ever Day 8: Phuket

After our adventure with the snakes, we headed out on long boats to Freedom Beach. Bobby and his wife had never been there before, and I was excited to experience something new with them. The trip on the boat was amazing. As the boats raced to the beach, I saw that it was small, beautiful and secluded. At the moment I felt like I was truly experiencing Phuket.

We took two boats and here's the group on the other group!

I love the pieces of fabric wrapped around the boat for good luck.

We had to bury someone in the sand!

On the beach, a long set of stairs led up to this fabulous cliff/lookout point that overlooked the beach and ocean.  In the background, you can see our two long boats.

Amy sits enjoying the beautiful view.

The sunset was so gorgeous, I didn't have to process this image at all.

The view from our boat as we left our secluded island.

To see other pictures from other photographers on this trip check these out..... Bobby Earle // Richelle Dante // Erika Lindroth // Amy Martin

RPTE 25: Cobra Crazy

Raddest Photo Trip Ever Day 8: Phuket

On this particular day, we headed out to the snake farm to see some awesome cobras. I really love snakes. I'd say pythons are my favorite. The snake farm was a two-fold activity. First we toured the farm and checked out the different animals they had. A river otter named Harry surprised us as he wandered freely throughout the area. The second part of the visit consisted of a show where a man made cobras get angry so the cobras would lunge at the person. I joined in of course! (click the pictures for a larger view)

Nick holds the most gentle snake alive. The snake's skin is gorgeous and iridescent in the sun. Here's the pit the guy was in.  As you can see the cobras are angry.  Little known fact:  the cobras don't have those wide cheeks normally (like I thought); their cheeks flare up when they're angry.  Bad news:  you might run into a cobra in the wild and not even realize it.  Good news:  cobras don't see very well and can only detect motion, so if you run into one, just stay still and you won't get hurt!

The cobra was beautiful.

Here I am intimidating the snake! Woot. The only girl who did it..! It was so exciting!

Pretty self-explanatory.  This is SOOOo amazing.  He was kissing the snake for a long time.

Cutest kid ever holding the most gentle snake ever.

This kid really loved that snake.  When someone tried to take the snake away, the little boy started to cry.  So cute!

Later we met another momma elephant.  This one is cute.  I like the freckles.

Check out how I felt about the whole experience here.

To see other pictures from other photographers on this trip check these out..... Bobby Earle // Richelle Dante // Erika Lindroth // Amy Martin

RPTE 24: Sink or Swim

Raddest Photo Trip Ever Day 7: Phuket

When I first saw the trip on Raddest Photo Trip Ever, I noticed in the intro video that there were a lot of water activities, so the first thing I asked Bobby when I was deciding whether or not to go was "If I don't know how to swim, will I die?"

His response was no, and that's how I decided to come on this trip! This day in Phuket was our snorkel day, so as everyone else jumped and splashed in the water, I slept and tan on the boat (I'm really tan now, by the way). The nap recharged me after the long boat ride, and I snapped these few shots while everyone else was in the water.

To see other pictures from other photographers on this trip check these out..... Bobby Earle // Richelle Dante // Erika Lindroth // Amy Martin