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Diving the Maldives

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The Republic of Maldives is a wee tiny chain of islands southwest of the southernmost point of India way out in the Indian Ocean. There are a few interesting facts about the Maldives that you may not know. First, it is the smallest country in Asia both in size and population. Second, it is made up of 1,192 coral islands in a chain of 26 atolls spread out over ~35,000 square miles. Third, the highest elevation in the entire country is just under 8 feet, making it the lowest country in the world, which also means that when there is a tsunami warning anywhere in this hemisphere the locals clench up a bit – unsurprisingly, there are few, if any, climate change deniers living in the Maldives. Lastly, the Maldives is a Muslim country so the culture is rather conservative especially when it comes to drugs, alcohol, showing skin, and many other things that people like to do when they take their vacation, however, the big resorts have worked out a deal where they can serve alcohol and people can rock their teeny bikinis, but god help you if you try to smuggle in drugs or alcohol because the punishment is dire. Read more

A Vacation From My Vacation

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We have landed back in the cold northeastern corner of China and already we are planning our next escape to warmer climes. I did, in good faith, write up a blog post last week but had some technical issues with my tablet as well as some connectivity issues (yeah right, A-Hole) on location in the Maldives – did I mention that we went to the Maldives? Now that post is completely lost somewhere in the ether so instead I will just post a few pics and then give you something to look at next Monday once I remove my head from vacationland (my ass) and get all the photos edited. I also shot some film there as well so hopefully that all comes out looking good. Working with older cameras is such a weird feeling for me because you never know what you have until the film is processed. Lastly, I was also able to shoot some underwater photos as well and let me tell you something – I am not very good at it. It is so hard to keep everything still and in focus. A first-world problem if there ever were one. Read more

Chinese New Year

Renmin Road near midnight.

Renmin Road near midnight.

Chinese New Years day was last Thursday, the 19th of February. Much like new years celebrations in the west the night before is a time to gather with friends and family so we can eat, drink, and set shit on fire in the streets at midnight. Ok, so maybe we don’t set off tons of explosives in the streets on New Years Eve in the west, but we should really think about doing it from now on because it is awesome. Our personal celebration was pretty low-key compared to the locals. We had a late nap, a nice big dinner, tacos I think – very Chinese, and sat around waiting for midnight to come so we could grab the cameras and hit the streets looking for action. We didn’t go far because our hotel, as well as many in the district, had fireworks displays of their own – and by fireworks displays I mean they block off a section of the main road in town, The People’s Road, set out scores of boxes containing 20-50 mortars apiece, and then light them up at the stroke of 00:00. Read more

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