A Journey with 4 Legs – Short Film

Hi all. Hope your day is going really well. 🙂

Here’s a really nice short film on Elephant Nature Park and the other projects Lek Chailert has put into place in South East Asia. Take a look – it’s very inspiring.

A Journey with 4 Legs (Save Elephant Foundation)

One of the beautiful eles at Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

One of the beautiful eles at Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Camera Rambles: And Now For Some Elephants – Faa Mai Leads the Ditch Appreciation Project

While I was at Elephant Nature Park, Jodi and I happened across Faa Mai and a few of her friends indulging in some ditch-diving. Faa Mai was enjoying herself so much she got in and out about three times. Little Dok Mai was very happy to copy what her big herd-sister was doing. Here’s some of the footage I got…

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Free Shadows!!

It is our right – the right of all beings – to cast our own shadow where we wish, a shadow that has no cuffs, no chains, no cage sides. A shadow that is business only between us and the sun that shines. This is the right of every creature, every being on earth, from the tiny ants to the largest beings on earth. Who is man to change that shadow? Rather, let us put our energy into ensuring that, as soon as possible, every shadow is free. If we insist on seeing ourselves as guardians of the earth, then let this be our aim.

Do what you can, from your little corner of the universe, to remove the things that shouldn’t be in anyone or anything’s shadow – no cuffs, no chains, no cages. Yell out for those who have no voice. Stand up and help whoever and whatever you can to have Free Shadows!

Early morning walk, Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai

Early morning walk, Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai

Camera Rambles: Hunting Dog – Elephant Nature Park

Just a series of photos I took of one of the Park dogs hunting goodness-knows-what in the grass while we worked nearby. The ‘Platform Dogs’ – ones that roam freely around the Park – often follow the volunteer groups around and lie down or play nearby. It was such a nice setting on this morning – early morning sun, green grass, dragonflies flitting by – that I had to capture this little moment in Paradise on camera.


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Yawwwwnnnnnn – I Luvs Travelling, I Does…

After being on a bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai all night, we arrived at Bangkok at 7-something this morn. It’s now 10-something this morn and we’re sitting around our hotel waiting to check in, which isn’t supposed to happen untl 12 noon. I’m typing with one hand and holding one eye open with the other. I just looooove travelling – it’s so great to get outside one’s comfort zones from time to time. Did I mention I was starving too? Yawwwwwn…

My left toenail for a coffee…

Yeah, alright. Betcha you don't look so great in the morning either.

Yeah, alright. Betcha you don’t look so great in the morning either.

Thailand 2013 (3) The Mad Inventor’s Toasting Machine and the Train Journey that Wasn’t

Gosh I'm tired. Think I'll go have a nice quiet snooze beside the railway track...

Gosh I’m tired. Think I’ll go have a nice quiet snooze beside the railway track…

I love that even moderately-priced hotels have idiosyncrasies galore in Asia. When going to the hawng nam (toilet) in the lobby of our hotel, I had to physically pick up the sliding door and heft it across the doorway before locking it with one of those safety chains that are often used on people’s front doors. In the breakfast room, they have a fascinating toaster that looks like it’s out of a mad inventor’s workshop. Your bread goes up a conveyor belt, is toasted under hot elements, then the toaster spits your toast back out the bottom. Unless it doesn’t, in which case you are required to perform delicate surgery with a pair of long metal tongs, potentially receiving a free new hairstyle courtesy of the hotel. Service plus around here…  Continue reading

I Want to Ride my Bicycle…

We survived the visa run to Myanmar and now we want to hire bicycles and ride around Old Chiang Mai. Many mysterious lanes abound. Looks like rain though, so we might walk instead and do a bit of a recon. It has nothing to do with sleeping in a tad and wasting half the morning already. Nor is grinding to a halt over coffee and banana pancakes relevant…