MY WORK

My work, in fact a big chunk of my life, revolves around travel, writing and photography.

On any given day, I may be photographing an exotic villa on the island of Koh Samui, doing a yoga practise or shopping in a local market, but never without my camera and my pen.

On other days, I may be on a plane to somewhere like Luang Prabang, the heritage town in Laos.   I may even be writing a feature about hiking on Hong Kong Island having just hiked the 1000 steps from Happy Valley to Stanley.

Sometimes my work involves submitting an entry for a writing or photography competition.  A large part of my time is spent writing, organising my photography or meeting with prospective clients.

Presently I am working on a visual and factual guide to South East Asia.  I have just started a blog on Live, Love Taste Thailand to be able to share the delicious recipes that I continue to discover and what its like to live here for a big chunk of the year.  The people of Thailand and SE Asia are so hospitable and friendly and the abundance and variety of fruit and vegetables in Asia are incredible.  As and when I experience something new or test my culinary skills, I’ll post a blog.  I invite you to join me on this new, exciting venture.

Whether taking photographs, writing or just sorting out all the material on hand, I feel very privileged to be able to do what I love each day.

In my work, travel and interaction with people, I try to always look for the good in others.  I see the beauty and harmony in everything around us but very often I have to question the injustices, inequality and problems that surround us all over the world.

I hope my work will shed some light on what is happening in SE Asia, the communities and the environments.  By writing these features, blogging and taking photographs of what I see, I hope to create greater awareness of the issues present in these parts of the world.  I would like to know that readers of my work are paying more attention to those that are less fortunate.  My work is not  about beautiful places and beautiful people, 5 star hotels and elaborate villas.  So often I see around me people and their families with very little, genuinely struggling.  However they seem happy and content with what they have.  This is a testament to my mantra:  “Less is More”.

Even though there is so much poverty and sadness in the places I visit, happiness, love and care are so much more powerful than material wealth will ever be.   If I see something that stands out, something that needs to be spoken about, exposed, I will raise the issue and present it through my work.

 

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