Travelfeed.io’s meetup in Bangkok was awesome!!!

I’m sitting here (smiling much like the lady on the carousel in the photo below) trying to write how I feel about the Travelfeed.io’s meetup in Bangkok, post Steemfest, but I can’t get anywhere because snippets of memories keeps interrupting my train of thought. That and I don’t think I have the words to fully describe everything but I have to start somewhere so I’ll start with the people.

I finally got to meet @for91days he’s one of the first people if not the first person who I actually had correspondence with on Steemit and for sure the person who led me down the travel blogging path. Not only that, he taught me some of the tips and tricks of using the steemit platform as well. I’m pretty sure I would have bailed on Steem if it wasn’t for him and Travelfeed. My only regret thus far is that I only got to buy him one beer and I didn’t even get to buy a beer for @wanderein or @jpphotography it was truly a pleasure chatting and having that photo walk with those two awesome people. I must say that I truly appreciate everyone’s efforts, thank you!

Then there’s @waybeyondpadthai I’ve seen her posts and vids before and recognized her but didn’t know her username. I’ve always wondered how much effort it takes to vlog and always thought it was a lot of work (I hate doing video work) but then out of the blue she turns on her cam, equipped with a dead cat’d mic on a gimbal and “one take” makes an entry, right in front of me! I was like DAAAAYAAAM that was awesome! She made it look so effortlessly easy! I also met some of TeamMalaysia’s members @elizacheng, @fitinfun, @littlenewthings and a few others that I only remember the names of but haven’t found their blog yet. I’m so glad to have met these 3 ladies and chat with them because the Steem positive energies they radiate is contagious! I also got to have meaningful conversations in Cantonese (something I haven’t had in years), which made me homesick a bit.

There are still some people that I didn’t get a chance to talk to. Well, that’s a lie, I did have chances to speak to everyone but I’m the type of person who only starts conversations when I have a question (read: kinda shy). My apologies. Also I must apologize to those people that I did talk to but can’t remember their names and/or handles.

I just came up with a bigger regret. I don’t have any pictures of these wonderful people I met and shared time with, not a single one. To put things in perspective, I’m a photographer, it’s my job to take pictures but I was so enthralled with everyone, I didn’t get around to it! So I guess I’ll have to adorn this post with pics of my fav images I took while on my photowalk at Golden Mount which I never would have gotten if I had not attended Travelfeed.io’s meetup!

Thanks again, for the memories! You “guys” are all so awesome, I can’t wait to meet you all again somewhere, sometime!

If you haven’t checked out what Travelfeed.io is all about, you really should and I highly recommend making it to one of their meet ups!

Here’s some Travelfeed.io links:
Travelfeed.io website
Travelfeed.io’s Steemfest presentation
Travelfeed.io android app

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Finally I got to jump in the pool!

The above pic is what I’ve been looking at everyday when I take the elevators to head out whilst in Bangkok and everyday I think to myself, that looks so refreshing especially since it’s SO HOT here. So as Steemfest 2019 has come and gone as are the meetups. I found myself with nothing to do today. Full disclosure, I didn’t purchase a ticket for Steemfest, I just went to the venues to see if there were any booths and stuff like most conventions have, sadly there weren’t so I just walked around looking at stuff.

So today, swimming I went. The water looked so refreshing and inviting, I went straight to the deep end and jumped in. That was a huge mistake! The “deep end” of this pool is not at the end, it’s in the middle and even so, it’s not deep. That’s not even the biggest shocker. As refreshing and cooling as the water looked, I didn’t expect it to be freezing or pretty darn close to it. I could literally feel everything shrink, lol. Needless to say, I got out of there pretty fast. Lucky it’s so hot here that I immediately felt better, unlike the time I fell into the Fraser River in Canada, in the middle of winter! If you must know, my brother and I got dropped off onto some logs so we could lay some crab traps and do some fishing. Never in a million years would I have thought that my brother would decide to be a lumberjack and at that moment, start a log rolling competition without telling me. Yup, I lost and we didn’t get picked up for another 2 hours or so.

The funny thing is, that’s not even my worst cold water mishap I’ve had! So my buddies and I whilst in Victoria, BC Canada in March, were sitting in the indoor hot tub at a Red Lion inn and someone thought it would be a good idea to jump into the pool outside. Oh, if you didn’t know, March in Canada is still very cold. So off we went. I took a running start and jumped in, landing near the middle of the pool. It was so cold that my whole body felt like I was being stabbed with knitting needles. I was literally seeing stars and felt close to blacking out. When I surfaced, I was too late to shout a warning as I see two of my bro’s in the air about to hit the water. One jumped in close to the side and was ok, getting out almost immediately but the other landed close to where I did and since I hadn’t made it out yet, I went back to get him. After punching each other, trying to decide who’s stupid idea it was, we kinda looked up at the same time and realized the inn’s restaurant had the pool as a backdrop and it seemed everyone was staring at us. Some people looked astonished / some shocked and some were laughing really hard at us. So we waved and made our way back into the hot tub.

This recent experience brought back so many memories, I just had to share. Hopefully, my mishaps can spare someone a similar incident although it was kinda fun! Oh, I almost forgot, while taking pics in the pool, I slipped and almost dunked my camera! Lucky the pool was so shallow. Although the pool is mosaic tiled, there was enough “slime” on the bottom to negate the grip of the grout lines. Anyways, that’s another thing worth checking before starting any shenanigans in an unfamiliar pool, haha.

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Free On-Air Classes for all you creators out there – Week of 11/10

COME CHECK OUT THESE FREE ONLINE CLASSES !

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. <a href=”https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=904911&amp;u=1152554&amp;m=59453&amp;urllink=&amp;afftrack=”>Check Out CreativeLive’s Free On-Air Classes</a>.

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 &amp; Video, Money &amp; Life, Craft &amp; Maker, Art &amp; Design, and Music &amp; 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 11/10

Class Name: iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit
Text Link: iPhone Filmmaking: From Shoot Through Edit with CreativeLive
Start Date: 11/10/2019
End Date: 11/11/2019
RSVP Date: 11/10/2019

Class Name: Color Techniques for Drawing
Text Link: Color Techniques for Drawing with CreativeLive
Start Date: 11/11/2019
End Date: 11/12/2019
RSVP Date: 11/11/2019

Class Name: Drawing Basics
Text Link: Drawing Basics with CreativeLive
Start Date: 11/12/2019
End Date: 11/13/2019
RSVP Date: 11/12/2019

Class Name: How to Make a Living Selling What You Make
Text Link: How to Make a Living Selling What You Make with CreativeLive
Start Date: 11/13/2019
End Date: 11/14/2019
RSVP Date: 11/13/2019

Class Name: Build a Successful Creative Blog
Text Link: Build a Successful Creative Blog with CreativeLive
Start Date: 11/14/2019
End Date: 11/15/2019
RSVP Date: 11/14/2019

Class Name: Sell Your Products to Retailers
Text Link: Sell Your Products to Retailers with CreativeLive
Start Date: 11/15/2019
End Date: 11/16/2019
RSVP Date: 11/15/2019

Just so you know, I’m a self taught, freelance photographer. I have watched many, many free classes on Creative Live and have purchased a few of them. I believe this resource has helped me on my journey as a photographer. I have some links to some of my works below, have a look if you have time. I hope this resource helps you as much as it has helped me.  Happy Learning, y’all ! ! !

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Public transit to Wat Arun without taking a ferry

Ok, so if you’re adverse to sea travel, like me, then you may find this post useful. Even if you don’t get “seasick” you may want to consider this route and make Wat Arun your first stop of the day if you plan on visiting the Grand Palace and or Wat Pho since the ferry straight across the river will only cost you $4 Baht. However, I make that recommendation with mixed feelings having already visited Wat Pho (HERE’s the link to that post) and the Grand Palace (HERE’s the link to that post). I’ll post my trip to Wat Arun shortly. If you’re interested in taking public transport to Wat Pho / Grand Palace, I’ve posted about it HERE and HERE.

On with the directions. The final train station that you will need to get to is Itsaraphap MRT station (dark blue line) so if you’re already on the blue line or your closest train station is an MRT station, you won’t have to change train lines. If you’re on the light green line, which is the Sukhumvit BTS line, you will need to alight at ASOK station and make your way (roughly a 5 min walk) to Sukhumvit MRT station. When you get off the train, look for the blue signage and get to EXIT 3. Then look for the blue signs that point the way to Sukhumvit Station. The first sign you’ll see points to a stair case leading down (it’s outdoors) to Sukhumvit Station but if you walk past that sign you’ll notice there’s a second blue, Sukhumvit MRT sign and that one leads to the down escalators (which is indoors). Both converge at the escalators heading down to the MRT trains. Here’s some pics to help you out:

Once you get down to the ticketing area, you’ll need to buy the train token. The ride cost me $37 Baht each way. I suppose if you have the MRT version of the BTS Rabbit card, you can use that instead. Anyways, tap your token on the gray part of the gantry below the lcd panel. Head down the escalators and check the signage to make sure you’re getting on the correct train, Itsaraphap MRT station should be around 9 stops away.

Alight at Itsaraphap MRT station and take EXIT 1 if you plan to walk to Wat Arun. Once you get onto the street, and if you’re facing the street, go right. By that I mean walk in the direction opposite traffic, see photo below. If you plan on taking transport then you should take EXIT 2 because traffic flows towards Wat Arun on that side of the street. I walked so I don’t know how long transport will take or how much it will cost. Walking to Wat Arun took me about 20 minutes which included me stopping to look at food and buying a drink. Here’s some pics:

When you see the overhead pedestrian bridge, you need turn right at the T-junction just after it.

Then continue straight until you reach the traffic lights. You’ll have to cross the street still going straight. This intersection does not have pedestrian signals so be careful when you cross. I waited for 2 cycles of lights before I realized there’s no pedestrian lights and I only noticed because the locals just crossed when they could.

After you cross the street you’ll see the Navy base, just follow the road as it curves left and becomes a one way street. Looking down the street you’ll find shops on the left and people/vehicles turning into a lane on the right.

The taxi coming out onto the street in the photo below is where you need to go, so turn in there and walk down the lane and at the end you’ll find the back entrance of Wat Arun. This lane is narrow and vehicles use it too, so be careful.

The photo below shows the back entrance to Wat Arun and just inside the entrance on the right is the ticket booth where you’ll pay the $50 Baht entrance fee. There’s also a security guard there that checks that your attire is proper, if not, there is a booth to the right under the green umbrella’s (just visible in the photo below) where you can get what you need to enter.

Enjoy your time at Wat Arun ! ! !

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Free On-Air Classes for all you creators out there – Week of

COME CHECK OUT THESE FREE ONLINE CLASSES !

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 11/3

Class Name: Advanced Drum Production
Text Link: Advanced Drum Production at CreativeLive
Start Date: 11/03/2019
End Date: 11/04/2019
RSVP Date: 11/03/2019

Class Name: Create an Instagram Paid Ad Strategy
Text Link: Create an Instagram Paid Ad Strategy at CreativeLive
Start Date: 11/03/2019
End Date: 11/04/2019
RSVP Date: 11/03/2019

Class Name: Advanced Lightroom Adjustments
Text Link: Advanced Lightroom Adjustments at CreativeLive
Start Date: 11/03/2019
End Date: 11/04/2019
RSVP Date: 11/03/2019

Just so you know, I’m a self taught, freelance photographer. I have watched many, many free classes on Creative Live and have purchased a few of them. I believe this resource has helped me on my journey as a photographer. I have some links to some of my works below, have a look if you have time. I hope this resource helps you as much as it has helped me. 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!

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