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Jul 10

Farewell Guilin…and Watch Out!

As much as I had with family and friends in Guilin, it was good to pick up a coupla more shots before returning to Singapore.  No matter where you look, there’s stunning terrain in every direction.

Even crossing a bridge in the downtown area offered a pretty decent view of the topography…

Of course, the kids can only take so much of this “boring” sightseeing so it was time for them to huddle up and decide what to do…

In a heartbeat, the little people unanimously decided that “Being Cool” was the way to go so we cruised to the Gui Hu Lake…

..which felt like the entire city showed up for a dip.  And even though I couldn’t squeeze myself into a donut-shaped flotation device…

…I still had a blast playing Tag! with the little people.

One last thing…if you do decide in the future that you would like to visit Guilin, then please DO NOT use this person and his travel agency:

Louie Yi
Expedition Specialist  (I love this “title” he gives himself too!)
Lotus Travel, Inc.
5990 158th Ave., SE, | Bellevue, WA 98006 | (: 425-223 4641 | 7: 425-484 2133 | *: louie@lotustours.netwww.lotustours.net

This greedy and unscrupulous individual was horrible to deal with and WILL rip you off.  I don’t want to get into the details, but you know how they say, “You Get What You Pay For?” Well, it definitely did NOT happen this time when he charged an exorbitant amount of money for this trip and offered the complete opposite in terms of service and accommodations so I sincerely hope that all of you who read this do not suffer the same fate.

And on that note…it’s time to take a deep breath and emanate some positive vibes!поисковая оптимизация сайта как

Jul 10

Amazing Animals

I’m back with some more amazing animal acts from my trip to Guilin.  I got to see more than my share of tigers lounging around and hanging out in the bathhouses cuz it was just too muggy…

I even got to see some bear cubs wrestling, which reminded me a lot of human kids playing around too…

And now it’s performance time!  We start with bears walking on their two hind legs the entire way like their human counterparts…

Later, these bears starting pretending that they were blowing trumpets from the Chinese medieval age.  Wait…was there ever a Medieval Age in China?

Have you ever seen a bear walk on its “hands” all the way around a racetrack?

Next, we’ve got a horse galloping down the stretch with a bear on its back!

I really enjoyed a monkey sitting on his trusty “steed”…

And the next thing you know, he’s coming up this pole to welcome all the guests sitting in the higher rows!

Of course, we can’t forget the bicycling bear!

As long as I didn’t think too much about how the animals were probably treated to perform and perfect such amazing acts, I was in awe of them all.продвижение сайта веб дизайн

Jul 10

The Presidential Seal of Approval

I recently came across this quote from a U.S. President describing Guilin:

“No Place in China is More Evocative of the Beauty of Your Country than Guilin.”

Do you know which President visited and showered this city with such a complement?

All I need to say are two words, and I am sure you will know…

Monica.   Lewinsky.

Yep…it was good ole Bill Clinton who sang these words of praise to Guilin.  And when I can wake up to a view like this every morning from my apartment, I can definitely start to see why…

It’s not really the buildings that are impressive but the mountainous terrain that lies just before the horizon.  On a clear sunny day, I’d be blown away.

One day, I went up to Chuan Shan mountain and pounded some sort of peanut-based honey candy with the locals…

I think they were a little surprised that I requested to do some hammering myself, but these guys definitely put in the elbow grease for some delicious treats.

On another day, we set out to the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village.  I Twitter-ed previously that this 300,000 square meter area contained over 1,500 tigers after one of the workers there spouted out this number.  Sure, this picture does have quite a few tigers…

…but I think the number is more around 80 tigers or so.  Regardless, it was quite an “interesting” attraction where the Chinese even got various animals to perform circus tricks.  Have you ever seen a goat walk up a ladder?

How about walk on a tight rope?

And to top it off, marvel at this goat balance all four legs on a small wooden table while a monkey does a handstand on its horns!

Wow…Amazing.  All I can say is, “I definitely ain’t in Kansas no more!”

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Jul 10

Reed Flute Cave

I’ve had a coupla days to admire the surroundings around this city Guilin in China.  All around the bustling city center is an eye-catcher of a landscape surrounded by various rock formations and mountainous terrain.  Many historical Chinese paintings of landscapes and scenery have been inspired from the beauty of this city.

There’s been a lot to see, and I even had an opportunity to explore inside some of these hills at a popular tourist spot called the Reed Flute Cave Scenic Area, which is located approximately 6 kilometers from downtown Guilin.  Honestly, I was a little apprehensive about what to expect, but once you step inside the “air conditioned” taverns, you’ll be impressed with the various rock formations highlighted with colored lights…

The organizers made it difficult to take any pictures ourselves, but I still managed to “borrow some light” to show the tourists around me that you can do anything!

Taking this tour through the Reed Flute Cave brought back memories of my school days when I was still trying to remember the difference between stalagtites and stalagmites.  Once you know that the “t” in stalagTites stands for the top, then you know they’re the ones that come from above.  Here’s a few more shots I popped off with my new Samsung EX1 kick~ass cam…

Once the cave tour was completed, it’s back into the heat to explore more of this incredible terrain…

I still don’t think I have done justice to Guilin with my current crop of pictures so my goal is to share some more soon.  Til then, have a great day cuz you know I will!


Jul 10

Wham! Bam! Thanks to my new Samsung Cam!

Recently, I’ve been taking a lot of pictures from my travels overseas, and I noticed that my Samsung WB500 camera has been experiencing some “growth.”  In other words, I’ve got some friendly white friends colonizing inside the lens of the camera.  While the pictures still turn out great, I sometimes get this whitish “orb-like” image on certain shots.  Can you see it in the lower right quadrant?

Okay, this pictures wasn’t too obvious.  How about this one?

Well, there is no time like now to upgrade and outfit myself then with Samsung’s newest bad boy camera, the EX1.  I’ve just started using it, and I can say this gadget is sleek in every sense of the word…

I must confess that I am not really into all the “techs and specs” of every electronic equipment so this writer sums it all up pretty well http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/sam-ex1.shtml

Sure, you might say a camera is still just a camera.  But does your camera come with a 3-inch swiveling AMOLED screen for crazy clarity?

This feature makes it cake to take photos with the camera low to the ground, high above your head or for candid people shots.

And on that note, thanks again to Samsung and I’m off to pop off some shots before I head back to China with more to share next time!


Jul 10

Polishing Off the Blue Steel

First, I need to apologize for not posting up any new blogs for a period of time.  Surprisingly, I spent the better part of my time in airports and getting over jet lag so it’s great to be able to just sit down and hammer out a brand new blog for you all.

Today, I spent the good portion of my morning in an audio suite so I could do a good amount of voiceover work for any upcoming show in China that is destined to send ripples into the entertainment industry, The Amazing Race China Rush.  I had the pleasure of sneaking a peak at some of the footage for the first episode, and I think that this race has all the workings to turn some heads.  Of course, we will all find out for ourselves when it telecasts on Channel ICS (International Channel Shanghai) on August 8, 2010.

In the meantime, I actually had fun getting back in front of the camera to do a photoshoot for the magazine Singapore Women’s Weekly.  Yeah, you are probably wondering why is a dude shooting for a “women’s magazine?”  Well, it just so happened that the publication has a section entitled “Hunk of the Month.”  And since they probably didn’t get who they really wanted, then WU else but moi!

No worries…I’ve seen Zoolander more than a few times so I take my instructions like any decent, hardworking model (for a day!)…

…and after explaining to me the finer points of how to flash and capitalize on the three looks I’ve worked on for years (Blue Steel, Magnum, and Ferrari), I was ready for action!

Sure enough…the shoot was quick and painless.  I am assuming we all had a great time, especially since we were able to wrap it all up so quickly…

…or maybe the editors were more than ready to get rid of me!  But then again, maybe I have created this impression that I can take these lying down…

Now, on a more serious note, I must confess that I have had a few beers so I may come across as a little more than just excited to be blogging again.  Hopefully, this exercise won’t deter you from visiting this website again.

And trust me…if you are not scared or annoyed, then you’ll be in for a treat as I can soon loosen up the reins on some ridiculously “amazing” images of what I’ve been doing and where I’ve been over the past year.

Til then, have a great night and now it’s time for me to check out my kick ass new gear from Samsung Electronics.  You guys totally rock!