Video: Visiting Japan in 2015

 

In January, 2015, I visited Japan for 8 days taking in the sights in Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima. I had always wanted to use the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) and finally got the chance when visiting Kyoto and Hiroshima departing from the Shin-Osaka station.

It was pretty cold as you can see from some of photos and I definitely wasn’t dressed for the occasion, having just flown out, after spending several months in Malaysia.

I stayed in a capsule hotel that had some unexpected and surprising features that I had not anticipated, but it was an interesting experience to say the least!. I spent the day in Kyoto and visited the Manga museum which is housed in a converted school. And I also spent the day at Hiroshima and stood where the bomb had detonated.

To find out more about my trip to Japan, and the rest of Asia, you can now get my book from Amazon on Kindle. The paperback version will be released in the coming days.

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I wondered what the noise was!

Walking the streets of Penang, in search of a Thali, looking around Little India, I found a place that does excellent food. Whilst I was waiting for my meal to be prepared, I heard music coming from outside the restaurant:

 

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Video: Road Trip 2011

My Father, his girlfriend and I set off from Chiang Rai for a 3 week road trip, visiting Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui. It was a fantastic trip, especially in Krabi, where we embarked on a speedboat trip around some nearby islands, including Phi Phi Island.

One evening, at a place called Ranong, we sat outside trying enjoy our evening meal when we we attacked by this hideous looking creature. Mostly, it kept trying to land in my dads hair! It was a relentless little thing though.

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Video: Underneath the sky 2010

The Cameron Highlands is a hill station area of Malaysia. Since it’s quite high above sea level, it was refreshingly cooler than the lower regions.

I took a trip trekking through the jungle to find a flower (fungus) called Raffleisa. I also visited a aborigine village, and got to have a go a using a blow pipe.

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Video: Deadbeat Holiday

This video was shot around Christmas, 2009. I had recently returned from Australia and wanted to be amongst family and friends for the New Year celebrations. My Father lived in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand.

Since then, Chiang Rai has become my home away from home.

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Video: India 2010

This journey started in a town called Tiruchirappalli, or Trichy for short. I spent a couple of days in Trichy before getting the train towards Kerala in Southern India, arriving at a town called Madurai.

Madurai is a holy city and, as luck would have it, a spiritual festival called ‘Pongal’ was in full swing as I arrived.

I make a comment about a cow eating cement outside a building site, but more than likely it was just a bag of flour left for the sacred animal. However, the goats are indeed eating plastic!

I met a group of young travellers on a program, teaching English in India for 10 weeks. It was one of the guy’s birthday, and we spend a few hours drinking in a couple of bars. Afterwards, I invited everyone back to my hotel room for a party.

(Unfortunately, my camera had mud in its eye, so some of the photos and clips are spoilt by a black dot on the inside of my lens.)

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Video: Koh Chang Island 2009

I find composing a short video, using photos, video clips and music really gives me something special to look back on. Since 2006, I must have a made over 20 of them. I’ve hand-picked some of my favourites for you to see.

Hopefully I will be able to make at least 3 more this year, for my upcoming trip to Asia, starting next week, and post them on to the My Wingin’ It Adventures blog. I already have some interesting ideas for Japan.

This first one is from 2009, when I visited the island of Koh Chang for 2 weeks. It’s one of my all time favourite videos and holiday destinations.

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