Adieu, Adios.

Good morning, all my Faces and Places and Wide Open Spaces friends.

You are probably wondering where I’ve been…actually, scratch that, you’ve probably forgotten all about me!

I have shamelessly abandoned this blog due to the massive commitments of my other blog, The Paperbook BlogI would like to say that I am determined to make more time for this blog, but we both know that’s just not true. So, it is with regret that I am shutting this bad boy down, to hopefully be re-opened again in the future.

I really suggest you pop over to The Paperbook Blog if you haven’t already, and check it out. I am currently publishing an online magazine out of that blog, called The Paperbook Collective. Click here for issue one. Issue two is due to be released in 48 hours time, so stay tuned.

Whether you are a photographer, a designer, an artist, writer or poet, your work could be featured in The Paperbook Collective. I accept submissions from all over the world, so there is no reason YOU can’t be included in issue three!!

For information on how to submit, visit this page.

Thank you all for your support of this humble blog, I hope to see you over at The Paperbook Blog soon.

But for now, I say adieu.

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Cheers, jaydeashe.

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Daily Prompt: Nourishment

I thought this was a really interesting prompt from The Daily Post: If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?

I’m sure in this age of dieting, food fads, weight loss pills and supplements many people would be putting their hands up to say ‘hell yes!’ But I myself am completely and utterly, unashamedly in love with food.

I love everything about it: growing it, preparing it, cooking it, buying it, paying for it, but mainly, eating it. Going out for dinner is one of my favourite things to do in the world. I adore trying new things that I have never tried before, particularly if it is from another country. There is something so satisfying in preparing, cooking and sharing a meal with people you love. There is something so indulgent in having food prepared and cooked for you.

_MG_5181Scallops with parsnip puree, balsamic reduction, parsley jubes and toasted pinenuts – Hayman Island._MG_5206Oak smoked salmon presented and served tableside by the chef – Hayman Island._MG_5174Let’s not forget the drinks that nourish us: for me, a crisp gin and tonic with lime or cucumber is the most nourishing, refreshing drink of all._MG_5244Half of the pleasure of food comes from its presentation – ‘We eat first with our eyes…’
French martini sorbet served in an ice igloo – Hayman Island.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABaskets of fruit sold on the beach in Koh Samet, Thailand. The most delicious, cheap fruit that money can buy.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASeafood extravaganza served at the beach front restaurants in Koh Samet – eaten while sitting on a cushion in the sand. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFruit stalls on the road between Thailand and Cambodia. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMeat markets in Siem Riep, Cambodia.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m still not sure exactly what this meat was, I will be the first to admit I was too scared to try it. Has anyone been to Siem Riep, Cambodia and knows what this is?  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFish drying road side in Kampot, Cambodia. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe most delicious and spicy meals that I had in Asia came from this stall in Hua Hin, Thailand. I could buy a bag of rice, a selection of vegetables and a bag of mince for around 30 baht, or around $1 AUD.  IMG_2319I can’t leave coffee out either, it nourishes and sustains me every day. I absolutely love it, and I am utterly addicted to it. We had coffee and schnapps at the Bavarian Bier Café, Manly.

And now my mouth is watering.

Daily Prompt: Vacation

Vacation.

This word is beginning to sound as foreign to me as Latin. I haven’t had a vacation, a proper one, for well over a year. For someone who used to travel overseas or across country at the drop of a hat, it is becoming slightly depressing.

But this is a time to work hard, I know, and so I vacation vicariously through my old photographs. And now The Daily Post has given me the perfect prompt to share some of them, so here are some of my past Vacations.

_MG_5957Sydney – Australia_MG_6130 Sydney – Australia_MG_8076 Lake Rotoroa – New Zealand_MG_8933Wanaka – New Zealand   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhnom Bakheng – Cambodia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWat Bayon – Cambodia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKep – Cambodia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARabbit Island – Cambodia  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHua Hin – Thailand IMG_1049Hayman Island – Queensland OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMelaka – Malaysia  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABatu Ferringhi – Malaysia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALangkowi – Malaysia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALangkowi – Malaysia OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMelaka – Malaysia Sth Africa Tour -Kelsie 034Tamboti Tented Camp – South Africa

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Daily Prompt: Lost

I get lost in many ways. I get lost reading, writing, gardening, running, listening to music, looking through blogs…

But one of my favourite ways to get lost is taking photographs. Most of my family cannot understand, or stand, for that matter, my habit of taking endless photos. They don’t understand why you would photograph the same sunset forty times, always searching for that shot you haven’t quite captured yet. They get embarrassed going places with me, when I am down on one knee or walking backwards and forth in front of a subject, searching for the elusive angle.

It sometimes causes quite an annoyance, like on the day I took these pictures. I told my boyfriend that I was going for a short walk around Lake Wanaka to take some photos, and I would be back soon. Three hours later, and we had missed our dinner reservations.

I took roughly 250 photos walking around the lake, of all sorts of bits and pieces. I wandered around in my own little dream world, so happy to be in a place of such beauty with a camera in my hand. I had no idea how long I was away for, I was completely lost in the moment.

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Weekly photo challenge: The sign says…

As soon as I saw this challenge from The Daily Post I knew exactly what photograph I would choose.

This is one of the best signs I have ever seen, threatening and entertaining in equal parts. I found it completely by accident on the wall of the Pudu Prison, Kuala Lumpar.

This prison was built by the British Colonial Government between 1891-1895. It was used by the Japanese to hold POW during WWII. It was closed down in 1996, briefly used as a museum and occasional holding area for prisoners, before the Malaysian government decided to demolish it.

We visited it in November 2009, before the demolition had begun. Apparently now, only the gate and some external walls remain, but even these will soon be destroyed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADEATH! That’s the mandatory sentence for and dadah (drug) trafficker in Malaysia.

So be Forewarned

I love everything about this sign. The bright colours, the impact of the statement: DEATH! The fact that they have used the Malaysian word for drugs, but translated it for us. The exacting correctness of the English used is endearing, especially the final sentence: So be Forewarned. I also love the pretty font they have used for this grim and ominous threat…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking down an external wall.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGraffiti on the prison wall

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy camera at the time was a cheap point and shoot, and I took this photo from a long way away in dim light. It is a shame how poor quality it is. However you can make out the warning sign painted onto the left corner of the wall. This photo also shows the roofs of the internal buildings, which have now been destroyed.

I do think it is a shame that this building has been demolished. Of itself it is an interesting and unique prison, with plenty of vivid history. When asked why the prison was not being preserved for heritage reasons, the Deputy Finance Minister Awang Adek Hussain replied: “To our opinion, it’s not something to be proud of.” Which is fair enough, I suppose.

Nature in Macro

Often I am so busy standing back to take photos of glorious landscapes that I miss the beauty that is right under my nose. Nature is just as amazing in macro, intricate, delicate, delightful.

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Tree bark – Lake Wanaka

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_MG_8206Pancake rocks – New Zealand.

_MG_7685Tree trunk – Blenheim.

_MG_7651Rocks on the shore – Blenheim.

_MG_7617Lichen – Blenheim.

_MG_6766Kauri tree trunk – Coromandel.

Daily Prompt: Journey

As soon as I saw this Daily Prompt I begun tearing through old photographs. I have been on so many journeys in my life: physical, mental, spiritual. I had so many photographs to fit this theme that it was overwhelming, so I decided to narrow it down to one small, yet significant, journey.

These photographs were taken five years ago on my trip through Laos. This was when the party scene was first erupting in Vang Vieng, luckily when I was there the town still held a small amount of its traditional local charm. In an effort to avoid the beer, the backpackers and the endless re-runs of ‘Friends’ playing in every bar, I set off on a journey to find the heart of Vang Vieng. This is how I got there.

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 First I had to pay 4000 kip to cross this bridge over the mighty Mekong River. Locals cross for free, but hey, I can part with 54c when its asked of me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI assume the cattle don’t pay either. This little fella was out for a stroll, unconcerned by the pedestrians, bicycles and moped’s whizzing past him.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI found myself out in the countryside, following the faintest path that  wound through the paddocks. The path was signposted by bits of torn cloth mounted on sticks, you can see one in the distance.

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Tiny, abandoned huts littered the paddocks, waiting for the seasons to change and the farmers to move back in. A beautiful setting against the mountains.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was bound for these cliffs, which apparently had caves, creeks and swimming holes at the base.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASomeone had arrived before me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe bridges from here on in got slightly more rickety, requiring nerves of steel to cross.

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I found my creeks and swimming holes, untouched by the commercialism that was slowly creeping into Vang Vieng.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had this pond to myself…well, almost. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA journey to paradise.