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Free On-Air Classes – Week of 10/6

COME CHECK OUT THESE FREE ONLINE CLASSES !

Black and white artistic rendition of a jack o lantern

For all you creatives, out there if you haven’t heard of Creative Live, you may be missing out. I always browse their site for anything to do with photography (including the legal and business aspects as well as the heavier side of image editing) and sign up for whatever I find interesting. I’ve watched many free tutorials and classes and have made a few purchases as well after watching the free live stream. I’m of the opinion that Creative Live is a very valuable resource even if you only watch the free classes!The above image was something I cooked up in Photoshop after being inspired from watching a free class on Creative Live. Check Out CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes.

I’ve included classes in other genre’s just in case anyone is interested in them and If you really haven’t heard about Creative Live, here’s their sales pitch:

Start learning for free today with the amazing selection of live and on air classes from Creative Live. You will learn creative skills from the world’s top experts – Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Oscar Winners, and New York Times best selling authors, thought leaders, and legendary entrepreneurs. With over 1,500 curated classes in Photography & Video, Money & Life, Craft & Maker, Art & Design, and Music & Audio, there is something for everyone. Students can watch on-air broadcasts for free or buy a class and own the content for life.

Plus, you can get your daily creative fix on the iOS app with 1 free lesson of you choice , each and every day!

Free On-Air Classes – Week of 10/6

Class Name: Fulfill Your Creative Purpose
Text Link: Fulfill Your Creative Purpose at CreativeLive
Start Date: 10/06/2019
End Date: 10/07/2019
RSVP Date: 10/06/2019

Class Name: Balancing Work, Family, and Photography
Text Link: Balancing Work, Family, and Photography at CreativeLive
Start Date: 10/07/2019
End Date: 10/08/2019
RSVP Date: 10/07/2019

Class Name: Storytelling: Using Story to Influence and Connect
Text Link: Storytelling: Using Story to Influence and Connect at CreativeLive
Start Date: 10/08/2019
End Date: 10/09/2019
RSVP Date: 10/08/2019

Class Name: Maintain Your Body for Long Lasting Health & Mobility
Text Link: Maintain Your Body for Long Lasting Health & Mobility at CreativeLive
Start Date: 10/09/2019
End Date: 10/10/2019
RSVP Date: 10/09/2019

Class Name: Stress is Optional
Text Link: Stress is Optional at CreativeLive
Start Date: 10/10/2019
End Date: 10/11/2019
RSVP Date: 10/10/2019

Class Name: Manage Stress Through Mindfulness
Text Link: Manage Stress Through Mindfulness at CreativeLive
Start Date: 10/11/2019
End Date: 10/12/2019
RSVP Date: 10/11/2019

Happy Learning, y’all ! ! !

FULL DISCLOSURE: Please note that the course/class links have my affiliate code in them and should you choose to purchase a class, I may get a referral fee. The links only direct you to the page where you can watch the course FOR FREE on the stated date(s).

Consider following me for updates to find not only my other travel bloopers, blunders and shenanigans but also photography related news/reviews and the occasional contest entry.

All the photos (unless otherwise noted in the post) were taken by me and are available for sale. If you’re interested in buying an image or three, 😃 please don’t hesitate to contact me for more details. Thanks in advance!

Comments & Critiques are always welcome, as are upvotes and resteems.

Thanks for viewing and best wishes!

PS. If you want to check out my other ‘works’, you can find them here:

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Tiger Street Lab – yummy food and beer

So I was killing time at Singapore’s Changi Airport and was getting hungry so I walked around the newest addition to the airport named “The Jewel” and found “Tiger Street Lab” on the top floor. You probably don’t know but I’m a big fan of beer and Tiger beer is one of my favorites, so finding this joint really made my week!

I thought it was just a bar with snacks but I was wrong. I had a glimpse of their menu, not too many items but enough for a quick light meal. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw some merchandise so I went to check ’em out first. There were some t-shirts, hoodies, baseball caps, bags/pouches and other stuff. Pretty cool looking designs but most of the items were, imo, kind of pricey. The décor looked pretty cool, I especially liked the tables and the carved tiger design.

There was a big sign promoting a new beer, Tiger Crystal. It looks good! Yes, I’m a sucker for cool looking marketing on beer containers. So I headed in and got a table. Once seated, I flipped through the menu and saw another Tiger beer that I hadn’t seen before, Tiger Dragon fruit Beer. This draught beer is sold in 1/2 pint or full pint glasses only and only at this location, The Jewel Tiger Street Lab. Well, I figured I can probably get the Tiger Crystal everywhere else so I ordered the Tiger Dragon fruit pint and a side of truffle fries. Dragon fruit is one of my favorite fruits. I prefer the purple ones over the white ones (I’m referring to the inside of the fruit). I’ve seen yellow ones too but haven’t had the opportunity to try those yet. Anyways, my beer is here!

So is my fries. The fries were ok, you can taste the truffle oil on them. The dish comes with a mayo based dip but I asked for ketchup instead. What I got looked like ketchup but it wasn’t tomato ketchup maybe it was banana ketchup, my fault for not specifying. It wasn’t bad tasting or anything I just prefer tomato ketchup. Having a closer look at the menu, I think this place is called ‘Street Lab’ because the food is akin to street food. I was still hungry so I wanted to order some food (not bar, finger food) but the kitchen was closed for meals between 3 and 5 pm (only snack items were being served). I don’t know why but I saw a coffee spare rib dish and I really wanted to try it but It was only 3:30pm. So I decided to wait and opened up my laptop to do some “work” while I waited, all the while enjoying my beer and fries.

So 5 pm rolls around and I order the dish, I smelled it before I saw it and boy did it smell good! Just like waking up to the smell of fresh gourmet coffee, so nice! It tastes as good as it smells, the meat is so tender! After a few pieces, I found it too sweet and savory to eat on it’s own so I asked if they served steamed rice, they didn’t. Although the dish was really yummy, I have to say it was a bit of a chore to finish the last few pieces, lucky the beer did a fantastic job washing it all down. It didn’t taste weird at all, well I didn’t find it weird, haha.

I think the ambiance is as close as you can get to an outdoor street food stall/bar venue without actually being outside. There was plenty of staff and the food came quickly. If you don’t mind paying airport prices for food then go check out the Tiger Street Lab (the beer prices around avg I think). At least you’ll be indoors ample space between tables and air conditioning so strong you may need a light jacket. The airport setting pretty much guarantees there won’t be any hooligans or drunk shenanigans goin on, lol.

If you’re wondering what’s so special about The Jewel at Changi Airport, other than the shopping and eats, it supposedly houses the world’s largest indoor waterfall. I thought the one inside Gardens by the Bay or even the one at the Jurong Bird Park was bigger but anyways this one looks the coolest, by far. I’ll describe the features in a later post but here’s a couple of pics for now.

Consider following me for updates and to find not only my other travel bloopers, blunders and shenanigans but also photography related news/reviews and the occasional contest entry.

All the photos (unless otherwise noted in the post) were taken by me and are available for sale. If you’re interested in buying an image or three, 😃 please don’t hesitate to contact me for more details. Thanks in advance!

Comments & Critiques are always welcome, as are upvotes and resteems.

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My accidental visit to the Grand Palace complex and the surrounding vicinity.

Although I would like to tell you the most efficient and inexpensive way to get to Wat Pho, Grand Palace etc. I can’t. Due to my time constraints as well as there being no BTS station close enough (the closest, on the same side of the river, being Sanam Chai) to walk from I chose to take a Grab taxi. As usual nothing goes exactly as planned (well for me anyways), my plan was to get a Grab taxi to and from Wat Pho, piece of cake, right? I managed to get a Grab taxi pretty easily and quickly from where I was staying (near On Nut BTS) at a cost of $271 Baht which is an acceptable fare if I had been dropped at the correct location.

The journey towards the Grand Palace was relatively quick traffic wise but that all changed when you get close, specifically around the the large oval field. The sight of things was both spectacular and scary. The streets became “managed” as in funneled and directed by gates, barriers and security check posts. Starting from the huge parking lot of tour buses and fences to herd, I mean, direct people in an orderly fashion towards the Grand Palace which is a good 15 minute, mostly uncovered, walk without any crowds.

Having gotten through the traffic choke points, my Grab driver indicated we had arrived so I paid and got out in front of the Ministry of Defense building. If you’re interested in a vast display of cannons, you’ll enjoy the view here. On the opposite side of the road was a wall and behind it I can see the roofs of wat styled buildings. I had a choice go left or right. Since I saw the majority of people going right plus the Grab driver should have dropped me at the closest entry point to my destination (Wat Pho), following the crowd was the correct choice. Well, it turned out it wasn’t (going left would have taken me to Wat Pho). After about a 15 minute walk back from the direction I came including wait time (I had to get into the line that I had passed while in the taxi) I got to the entrance gate. It was here that I realized (after seeing the guards in full military uniform) that I was about to enter the Grand Palace Complex. What else could I do? I was already there, so I went to the ticket counter and paid my entrance fee of $500 Baht and proceeded in. The details of which I’ll put in a separate post.

Oh, unlike the soldiers in front of the Ministry of Defense building, the soldiers at and around the Grand Palace don’t appreciate, like or permit their picture being taken. If you ask they will say, “NO” if you don’t ask and get caught, they will just yell, “NO PHOTOS” at you. I decided not to press my luck so I stopped.

After the Grand Palace, whilst walking around the complex, looking for Wat Pho, I was able to find 2 ferry boarding points, to take you to Wat Arun, (which is another top 5 spot to visit in Bangkok) amongst other places and a historic river side, dried seafood market. Although it was quite interesting to see, the aroma was a bit too strong for my liking and coupled with the fact that I still needed to find Wat Pho, I didn’t explore it. Eventually, I managed to find and enter Wat Pho, but I didn’t find the amulet market. I wish I had more time or had properly planned to visit this area but as luck would have it I didn’t and plus it was raining hard which limited exploration and photo taking. If I had to do it all over again, I definitely would plan a whole day in this area.

Here’s some tidbits of info. Due to the size of the complexes, it could be a long walk between destinations. I didn’t notice many taxis or tuk tuks around but there were a few here and there at the areas with shops around, like the ferry access points. Be wary of the tuk tuks as they will try to tell you of places they think you should go and will probably take you there even if you say, “no.” There aren’t many people walking around this area at night and it’s not that well lit in most places. I’m not sure why, but Grab taxi in Bangkok is not as convenient or efficient as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai or even Singapore. It took me an hour to get into the 4th Grab Taxi I booked as the first three cancelled. Maybe it’s just my luck or lack of it but it would be less stressful for you if have an exit plan.

Consider following me for updates and to find not only my other travel bloopers, blunders and shenanigans but also photography related news/reviews and the occasional contest entry.

All the photos (unless otherwise noted in the post) were taken by me and are available for sale. If you’re interested in buying an image or three, 😃 please don’t hesitate to contact me for more details. Thanks in advance!

Comments & Critiques are always welcome, as are upvotes and resteems.

Thanks for viewing and best wishes!

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Public Transport to Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi Airports

Close up of the Don Mueang Airport signage

Here’s a quick guide for getting to Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi Airports using public transport. Specifically via the Sukhumvit BTS Line (the light green line on the maps). Hope all you Steemfest goers find this helpful. For more tips on Bangkok, consider checking out my other posts. You can find them on my Travelfeed profile.

Don Mueang Airport

If you’re already in the city, ride the BTS until you get to Mo Chit station where you’ll alight and exit the station. You’ll be looking for and exiting at exit 3 with signage saying something along the lines of “bus stop to Don Mueang Airport.” Check out the signage regarding the buses you can hop on at the bus stop. In the picture below is what it looked like for me when I was there. The other picture below is the numbered stop list (for the full list go to the website, the URL is in the photo) .

Get on the bus and wait for the attendant to get to you. Tell them where you’re going and give them the amount they say, kind of sketchy to me, but I guess that’s the way it works. I took Bus 510 which had air conditioning and it cost me $20 Baht to Don Mueang Airport. Non air conditioned buses are cheaper but probably older too, the choice is yours. Inside the bus there was a screen that indicated the next stop.

Get off at the stop named ‘Wat Don Mueang’ and keep in mind that the bus might drop you off at the actual bus stop or in the middle of the road near the bus stop (depending on traffic). We alighted in the middle of the street which was more convenient to get up to the overhead walkway as the stairs were in the meridian.

You can see the airport across the very wide road and to get there you should use the overhead walkway by going up the stairs located in the meridian. Keep going until you reach stairs going down and head towards the ‘Family Mart’ convenience store then turn right and go past the flags and security guards. You should come up to the huge Blue T1 signage.

Coming back from the Don Mueang Airport I took the Airport Shuttle to Mo Chit in an air conditioned bus for $30 Baht and it took about 20 minutes, this was around 10:30 pm. There are a few shuttle buses going to a bunch of places, have a look at the pic above for more details.

For comparison, taking a regular taxi or grab from around the Ekkamai BTS station will range from: $400 Baht to $600 Baht depending on the time and traffic. I started my journey at 10pm and traffic wasn’t bad and it only took me an hour and a half.

Suvarnabhumi Airport

This ride is even simpler. From any station on the Sukhumvit BTS Line head to Phaya Thai BTS station and get off. There’s a short walk (with English signage pointing the way) to the connecting station on the Airport Rail Link (ARL) that will take you to straight into Suvarnabhumi Airport. You have to purchase another ticket too at a cost of $45 Baht at the gantry of the ARL station. It’s actually a plastic token rather than the usual paper ticket (you can’t use your Rabbit pre paid card), anyways, at the end of your journey just slip the token into the gantry to exit.

Airport Rail Link station at Phaya Thai BTS station

That’s what the Airport Rail station looks like (at Phaya Thai) it’s fully covered unlike any of the BTS stations that I’ve come across on the Sukhumvit line. It’s really straight forward so don’t worry, if I didn’t get lost, you won’t either, haha.

Consider following me for updates and to find not only my other travel bloopers, blunders and shenanigans but also photography related news/reviews and the occasional contest entry.

All the photos (unless otherwise noted in the post) were taken by me and are available for sale. If you’re interested in buying an image or three, 😃 please don’t hesitate to contact me for more details. Thanks in advance!

Comments & Critiques are always welcome, as are upvotes and resteems.

Thanks for viewing and best wishes!

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Free On-Air Classes – Week of 9/29

COME CHECK OUT THESE FREE ONLINE CLASSES !

Artistic rendition of the giant ape from DBZ raging up at the sky

For all you creatives, out there if you haven’t heard of Creative Live, you may be missing out. I always browse their site for anything to do with photography (including the legal and business aspects as well as the heavier side of image editing) and sign up for whatever I find interesting. I’ve watched many free tutorials and classes and have made a few purchases as well after watching the free live stream. I’m of the opinion that Creative Live is a very valuable resource even if you only watch the free classes!The above image was something I cooked up in Photoshop after being inspired from watching a free class on Creative Live. Check Out CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes.

I’ve included classes in other genre’s just in case anyone is interested in them and If you really haven’t heard about Creative Live, here’s their sales pitch:

Start learning for free today with the amazing selection of live and on air classes from Creative Live. You will learn creative skills from the world’s top experts – Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Oscar Winners, and New York Times best selling authors, thought leaders, and legendary entrepreneurs. With over 1,500 curated classes in Photography & Video, Money & Life, Craft & Maker, Art & Design, and Music & Audio, there is something for everyone. Students can watch on-air broadcasts for free or buy a class and own the content for life.

Plus, you can get your daily creative fix on the iOS app with 1 free lesson of you choice , each and every day!

Free On-Air Classes – Week of 9/29

Class Name: The Beginner Photographer’s Crash Course
Text Link: The Beginner Photographer’s Crash Course at CreativeLive
Start Date: 09/29/2019
End Date: 09/30/2019
RSVP Date: 09/29/2019

Class Name: Develop a Creative Mindset and Write!
Text Link: Develop a Creative Mindset and Write at CreativeLive
Start Date: 09/30/2019
End Date: 10/01/2019
RSVP Date: 09/30/2019

Class Name: Creative Composition
Text Link: Creative Composition at CreativeLive
Start Date: 10/01/2019
End Date: 10/02/2019
RSVP Date: 10/01/2019

Class Name: Personal Branding for Creative Professionals
Text Link: Personal Branding for Creative Professionals at CreativeLive
Start Date: 10/02/2019
End Date: 10/03/2019
RSVP Date: 10/02/2019

Class Name: Cost-Effective Creative Shoots
Text Link: Cost-Effective Creative Shoots at CreativeLive
Start Date: 10/03/2019
End Date: 10/04/2019
RSVP Date: 10/03/2019

Class Name: Build a Successful Creative Blog
Text Link: Build a Successful Creative Blog at CreativeLive
Start Date: 10/04/2019
End Date: 10/05/2019
RSVP Date: 10/04/2019

Happy Learning, y’all ! ! !

FULL DISCLOSURE: Please note that the course/class links have my affiliate code in them and should you choose to purchase a class, I may get a referral fee. The links only direct you to the page where you can watch the course FOR FREE on the stated date(s).

Consider following me for updates to find not only my other travel bloopers, blunders and shenanigans but also photography related news/reviews and the occasional contest entry.

All the photos (unless otherwise noted in the post) were taken by me and are available for sale. If you’re interested in buying an image or three, 😃 please don’t hesitate to contact me for more details. Thanks in advance!

Comments & Critiques are always welcome, as are upvotes and resteems.

Thanks for viewing and best wishes!

PS. If you want to check out my other ‘works’, you can find them here:

Portfolio
Blog
Fine Art