Capture the Colour 2013

This is my entry for the Capture the Colour photo contest run by Travel Supermarket.

Each color will be judged individually and the category winners will get their choice between a 128GB iPad with Retina Display, a Fujifilm digital camera + lens, or £750 to spend with Arc’teryx. And the overall winner receives a £3,000 travel fund!

I thought I’d take my chances and enter some of my favorite travel photos.

If you’re interested in entering, you can find all of the details on the Capture the Colour contest page.

Part of the contest is to nominate 5 other bloggers to participate. My nominees are:

Kimmy from Afterglobe
Nicole from Suitcase Stories
Jessica from A Passion and A Passport
Anna from The Legendary Adventures of Anna
Kathleen from Our Favorite Adventure
*Note: You don’t have to be nominated to participate.

Capture the Colour 2013 Red

Red – Poppies in Ulsan, South Korea

Capture the Colour 2013 Yellow

Yellow – Buddha Statue in Phuket, Thailand

Capture the Colour 2013 Green

Green – Boseong Green Tea Plantation

Capture the Colour 2013 Blue

Blue – Maiko in Kyoto, Japan

Capture the Colour 2013 White

White – Lotus in Gyeongju, South Korea

Say WHAT?! Wednesday is back!

After a summer hiatus, Say WHAT?! Wednesday has returned. I know you’ve been missing it so I’ll get straight to it…

Last March, a group of us went to Daegu to a place called Woobang Tower Land. It’s a really fun amusement park. There is actually a tower and at the top of it there is a revolving restaurant. We decided to venture up to have some lunch. As it turns out, none of us were in the mood for “robster” so we decided to pass.

robster

Tokyo Tower

It’s been such an amazing week. Dave was off work so we spent a long weekend in Tokyo and then enjoyed the rest of the week relaxing and exploring. Couldn’t have wished for a better week… just sad that it’s come to an end and Dave has to go back to work tomorrow.

Here’s a sneak peak at our trip to Japan, the view from Tokyo Tower…

Tokyo Tower Japan

Tongdosa Temple, South Korea

In my last post, I told you a bit more about what Haeundae Beach is like during summer. My next summer time recommendation is Tongdosa Temple. It’s located in Yangsan, just between Busan and Ulsan.

There’s a stream near the entrance that is quite popular among the Koreans.

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The Men of Haeundae Beach

As you learned in my last post, Haeundae Beach (Busan, South Korea) in the summer is more than a little overwhelming. If you find yourself at this chaotic beach in summer, my advice is to soak up the scenery…

Men of Haeundae

… then head towards the Westin Chosun Hotel.

Don’t forget to people watch along the way!

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Take a left just as you see the Westin and head towards the rocky end of the beach. Once there, it’s now time to check out what I’ve decided to call, “The Men of Haeundae.” They are an interesting bunch!

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Summer Chaos at Haeundae Beach

Curious what Korea’s best beach is like during summer?

The Korean students are out of school for the summer so this is the week that most families take vacation. Many businesses even close so that the owners and employees can enjoy some well deserved time off. Many of them head to Haeundae Beach in Busan.

The beach is completely lined with umbrellas as far as you can see… because who wants to get sun at the beach, right? And the sea is full of yellow floats.

Haeundae Beach in summer

The Backpacker Chef – Pocket-Friendly Recipes For Backpackers Anywhere In The World

The Backpacker ChefThis week I asked Jacqui, author of The Backpacker Chef, to tell us a bit more about her new book. She has started a crowdfunder campaign to get her book published and she would love all of the help she can get. If you’re unfamiliar with crowdfunder campaigns, it’s a way for someone to raise money for a project with a little help from people like you and me. In this case, Jacqui needs to sell 1,000 pre-orders of her book (by September 7) in order for it to be published. If Jacqui is unable to reach her goal of 1,000 pre-orders, anyone who purchased a pre-order will get a full refund — no questions asked. If she does reach her goal, they’ll get an awesome book. Personally, I think any traveler (of places near or far) would get a lot of use out of having this at their disposal! I’ve already pre-ordered and I hope you will consider pre-ordering, too. Here’s a bit more information about why The Backpacker Chef is perfect for you.

The Backpacker Chef

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Lotus Ponds in Gyeongju, South Korea

The lotuses are out in full bloom in Gyeongju, South Korea and it’s a beautiful site. Not only did I get to see some amazing lotuses, but the Shilla Flower Gardens were full of beautiful pink and purple flowers and there were also tunnels covered in hanging gourds. Full blog post will come later, but here’s a sneak peak.

white lotus

Gorgeous Maiko in Kyoto, Japan

I’m working on sorting through my Kyoto photos and stumbled across more photos of maiko (apprentice geisha). As you may know, seeing the maiko was the absolute highlight of my trip so I couldn’t help but share another photo with all of you.

Japan maiko geisha Kyoto

Buddhism in Thailand

Phuket was amazing… Loved seeing how different Buddhists in Korea look from these Buddhist monks in Thailand.

Buddhist Monk Phuket Thailand