I started this blog back in Feb 2013 which has been exactly one year today! The idea came after shooting pre-wedding photos for Rin & Charles back then, thought it would be a good place to keep track of things, travel photos, random stuff, etc. To celebrate this guy's birthday and to reflect on what happened in 2013, let's take a quick chronological tour of each month highlight! January- My mum and I took a trip to the northern part of Thailand, Chiangrai where we stayed over for the yearend celebration (not much celebration there really). We went around several attractions including a bordering Thai- Burmese city. This picture was shot at the Black House, home to the Thai national artist, Thawan Duchanee. I was lucky enough to meet the teacher while he was on his awesome throne (kind of) teaching stuff to kid.
February- This was when I started blogging. Rin & Charles, friends from a grad school in Niigata asked me to take their pre-wedding photos to recap their memory together in Tokyo and use for their wedding presentation. I was quite confident in doing it, but wasn't so sure it would be 'good enough' for the big party. Anyway with the help of Director Karens, the result was satisfactory, we had some great shots and lots of fun! This shot was obviously taken in Daiba.
March- I would usually put up some ume (plum) flower pictures during this month, however it turn out to be an early arrival of sakura. I kinda like this photo a lot, it gives a totally different perspective of a sakura scene in Tokyo (Iidabashi).
April- Doesn't matter what people say and think, in Japan (or at least to me), this month stands for sakura viewing and partying underneath. I didn't take many sakura photos this year, but have some interesting ones to take home. This was taken at Showa Kinen park before it started to pour down..
May- For a change, we went to Kamogawa in Chiba over a weekend to relax and break away from Tokyo's mood. It happened to be the day where there was Kamogawa Minato Matsuri which happens every 30 years or something. Well, think it's probably enough to have it once every 30 years…was fun to see thro.
June- Nothing is worth writing more than a visit of my best bro from Thailand and NZ. He came with a family where we had a nice day out in Kamakura and Ginza. Good to see you mate!
July- This trip was a real deal, among many places Karens and I want-to-visit list, Mongolia appears on both of our list, so it it. Too bad, we didn't get a chance to meet our IUJ friends there since it was a national holiday season. The trip was great and very refreshing to be close to the nature again.
August- Another not-so-exciting month, there was no big event besides my birthday :) Anyway, we just bought a ticket to Disneyland at night, it was kinda different experience and atmosphere..but there were still wary too many people queuing for the ride.
September- I had another visit to Kinchakuda in Saitama. if you think red spider lily, this is the place to be! Free admission, massive flower field, highly recommended when you are bored in September.
October- Here comes the trip we had been waiting for, the classic golden triangle in India (Delhi, Jaipur, Agra). We actually had a great time there and like to visit other place/ region in India again one day. It's like my heaven to take photos: lots of cool happenings, colors, interesting people, etc.
November- Can't really escape from putting up a foliage photo in November. Although I tried to avoid taking a tourist shot, I couldn't resist this one..@Yamanashi (forgot the specific place's name)
December- Too many things going on this month..Christmas illumination, some left over foliage, trip to Indonesia..etc. Regardless of political motive, I need to select this event to be my highlight for December and to end the year of 2013. The demonstration in Bangkok where millions gather to get things right.