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Balinese Hinduism

Balinese Hinduism

At its core, the hindu people of Bali are following exactly the same religion as the masses in India. But at their absolute core, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism all are pretty much the same as well. It could be due to the relative isolation that being an island came along with in years gone by but on the surface these Hindu rituals are unlike those in the religions motherland, India. Picture yourself walking down the street and all of a sudden your standing in front of a beautiful temple built with traditional Balinese architecture. You want to go in but a local…

Good Morning Ubud

Good Morning Ubud

Breakfast – lunch – dinner – it’s all here at the market. The market itself, however, is only there from 4am-730am. So my mornings here in Ubud, Bali consist of a mosey on down the street to get hassled, bargain like champ, and eventually end up paying (only?) 2 times the local price instead of 10 time the local price. Like most asian countries, bargaining is common practice here in Indonesia. And it’s also similar to most other asian countries that have experienced the tourism boom of the last 20 years in the sense that locals who live in areas heavily trafficked by…

Parking People

Parking People

When we find ourselves in a new place or situation there is usually a lot going on – internally as well as externally. Overwhelming is the word that comes to mind. Where to stay? How long to stay? Where to next? Where to eat? How to meet people?  What should I be doing here? Yes, overwhelming, that definitely fits. Arriving in Ubud, Bali was no different. Walking down the main street for the first time awakened some emotions, the strongest being frustration. How did I end up walking down a ‘spiritual chic 5th Ave’ – a street lined with shops selling…

Things Made with hands

Things Made with hands

Things made with hands. My hands. Sure there are many hands making far more beautiful things in Bali, being that it’s arguably most concentrated area of skilled crafts people and artists in the world. Just stroll down any street leading in or out of Ubud and you’ll find yourself in jaw dropping awe at the mastery of wood sculptures, and not just in one or two shops.  But I blame my father for showing my how to use a piece of sandpaper. A friend asked me to fix some spelling errors in the menu of his cafe, they were created…

‘The Million Rupiah Photo’

‘The Million Rupiah Photo’

“Take me a million Rupiah picture”. That’s what she said to me as we moseyed along a Balinese beach as the sun set. So I took a picture. Is the photo actually worth one million rupiah? What about helping a selfless family who picked me up off the streets of Kathmandu and gave me a hot meal and a place to sleep when I was lost? If anyone will pay one million Rupiah for this photo ($85) then I will donate the money to my friend, Sunil Thapa, in Kathmandu. His house was destroyed in the recent earthquake, that’s it in the photo…

“Vincent is a wise man, he doesn’t take showers, he is saving the water for the next generation”

“Vincent is a wise man, he doesn’t take showers, he is saving the water for the next generation”

Finally! Someone who understand me. That is one of the favorite sayings of my friend Iwan. Others include “My coffee makes you happy, if your already happy than my coffee makes you happier” and “I know you! You like coffee”. Lets not for get about this one “My english is bad, the coffee is better!”. My personal favorite? “I am addict” this usually comes about after pulling his nose out of a freshly ground jar of his freshly roasted beans. Iwan calls this his ‘barking shop’ and he sells with a passion that the corporate world has been trying for decades…

1 of 17,000

1 of 17,000

A more accurate title may have been 1 of 68,000. Through a highly complex mathematical equation I have estimated that each of the 17,000 islands of Indonesia has an average of four beaches, and these are photos from one beach on one island. So there is much more of this archipelago to explore but here are a few shots from the island of Lombok. Its been described as being similar to what Bali was like 15 years ago, and maybe that’s accurate, but in the words of Jack Kerouac ‘comparisons are odious’ so my words are useless here, the photos will have…

Nepal Taught Me How To Walk & How To Sit

Nepal Taught Me How To Walk & How To Sit

A taxi driver in Ubud, Bali sat on the side of the road with a laminated piece of paper that read ‘TAXI’ – so I gave him a high five. He asked where I was from and I told him Nepal (what can I say – it feels like home more than anywhere else) and he told me how lucky I was to not be there because of the earthquake. I asked him if he was talking about the earthquake that happened a couple months ago – the small tremor that shook the ground for about 6 seconds and caused…

Villages Around Annapurna

Sometimes when I look at a photograph the image streams through my eyes and finds it way directly into my heart. So naturally I want to share it. But I don’t always know how. Blindly hurling it into the universe  of social media doesn’t feel like doing it justice. Perhaps I think too highly of my work. Or perhaps I simply know the feeling of scrolling down through Facebook just quickly enough to click ‘like’ here and there. I don’t wish for these photos to gain hundreds of likes, I want them to be seen. Not seen for publicity sake, or…

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