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    Traveling in the Philippines and Thailand. Pastel painting. Photography. Building websites. Meeting people. Drinking San Miguel Beer!

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  1. smb

    Noisy Neighbours

    If you don't want to hear your neighbours above, below, left, right, behind or opposite you - then don't have neighbours above, below, left, right, behind or opposite you! That's easy!! 😁 So go and live on top of a mountain - or on a desert island or something? 😂 I'm not kidding... Last night - (or in the early hours of this morning, to be fair...) Sitting on my balcony, still jetlagged at around 01:30 Hrs. Lights on, of course! Quietly minding my own business and studying one of my books... I dared to cough?!! (Well, it wasn't really anything more than just clearing my throat. To the best of my knowledge, I don't have TB?) Oh, and I am not sure but it is not entirely impossible, by the way, that I might have committed the ultimate crime of the century, by accidentally dragging my chair? Just a tiny little bit? If I did - Sorry! It wasn't intentional. I am usually pretty quiet at that time of night. And I wasn't drunk. I didn't even have a single beer in the fridge. And if I did, in fact, scrape the chair around at all, I wasn't even aware that I had done so. OK? No. I'm pretty sure it was clearing my throat that was the final straw for my poor old long-suffering neighbours; a full 20, maybe 30 metres away from my balcony. Oh, you should have seen the commotion! On came their lights. The occupants - or at least, some of them - stood at their window gabbling away in Thai. Had they realised that I can get by quite nicely in the local lingo, they could have easily cursed me in their own language! But they didn't. (I wonder what would have happened if I had been a local? Probably, nothing at all...) Anyway; so instead of saying anything to me directly, they just closed their curtains again. Then, out of sight, all I could hear was a very loud: "Hoy!! 😕Well, sorry that I breathed then! ...I just finished the passage that I was working on, in my book; quietly went inside, and put the balcony light out... Now, I can understand one of my other neighbours not liking the smell of my cigars - so I don't smoke them on my own balcony anymore. (It helps that I can't afford the damn things at the moment, anyway...) But now, I am not even allowed to sit outside and get some fresh air after dark? Thailand - the "Land of Smiles!" 😀😀😀
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    High rise buildings on the banks of the Jao Praya river - (or Chao Phraya, if you prefer!) Photo taken from the Saphan Taksin Bridge. I didn't have my tripod with me but, after many attempts, I actually managed to get this shot without any camera shake. 'Pure luck in the end - but quite an achievement with all the heavy trucks thundering by and shaking the bridge every few seconds! (I had a well-earned beer or six, after taking this one!!)
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    Night Photography

    Night photography, including Lights and colors reflected in water.
  5. The original 1.6mb version of this image file can be downloaded for free in the artfreaks.com Downloads module of the site, at:
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    Close up photo of one of the orchids that I bought in a floating market in Bangkok a couple of years ago. Orchids and other lovely flowers line both sides of the driveway to an apartment where I stay whenever I am in Bangkok. This is a free download of the original, full image file, of a reduced file size version of this photo that I posted in the artfreaks.com Gallery
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    Purple flower

    The closest flower is a bit blurred... I need to work on my focusing a bit! Never mind... Practice makes perfect, as they say!
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    Flowers and plant life

    An album of photographs of flowers and other plant life.
  9. Check out the full resolution original image file of this in the Downloads module of the site: Despite getting bitten by mosquitoes and nearly falling over in the mud, I was quite pleased with this!!
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    Close-up of a beautiful pink tropical water lily, growing in a ditch beside the road in a quite residential street in the center of Bangkok, Thailand. (Soi Sukjai, between Sukhumvit Soi 40 and Sukhumvit Soi 42, near to Egamai and Thonglor roads in downtown Bangkok) This is the original, full resolution image file, from which a reduced file of the same photo was derived, when I uploaded it to the artfreaks.com Gallery.
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    Beautiful pink tropical waterlilies, growing in a ditch beside the road in a quite residential street in the center of Bangkok, Thailand. (Soi Sukjai, between Sukhumvit Soi 40 and Sukhumvit Soi 42, near to Egamai and Thonglor roads in downtown Bangkok) This is the original, full resolution image file, from which a reduced file of the same photo was derived, when I uploaded it to the artfreaks.com Gallery.
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    Beautiful pink tropical waterlilies, growing in a ditch beside the road in a quite residential street in the center of Bangkok, Thailand. (Soi Sukjai, between Sukhumvit Soi 40 and Sukhumvit Soi 42, near to Egamai and Thonglor roads in downtown Bangkok) This is the original, full resolution image file, from which a reduced file of the same photo was derived, when I uploaded it to the artfreaks.com Gallery.
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    Just me playing with my old camera. This is the original, full resolution image file, from which a reduced file of the same photo was derived, when I uploaded it to the artfreaks.com Gallery.
  14. smb

    any Batman fans?

    Nice one!
  15. smb

    White Shinkansen Bullet Train!

    These things move away so fast, I was just snapping continuously in the hope of getting a decent shot of the back of the train as it came into view. The train was rapidly accelerating as it pulled out of Hakata Station, on it's way to Kagoshima in the South of Kyushu Island, Japan. (I could, of course, have just used the "burst mode" on my cellphone - but this would have churned out an awful lot of photos to then have to go through and either edit or delete...)
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