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Phi Phi Cats, Thailand

Apart from plenty of tourists on Koh Phi Phi,  there are also hundreds upon hundreds of other little residents, much to my delight…………

Cats! Oodles of them!  A cat snapper’s paradise.  So this one’s for you Gerald, I know how much you love the cats!

You quite often see the shopkeepers tipping out bags of food on the ground for the cats, and you’d also see little ‘charity pots’ on counters labelled ‘Money for the cats’ so I guess they help each other out!

I started snapping the cats as I usually do, but there were so many I dedicated an entire afternoon to finding the furry little friends, lazing about steps, preening and washing, meowing and sniffing around for food, and more lazing about.

One particular kitty that struck a chord in my heart was this little kitten, a poor wee mite with a nasty wound on his leg, skinny as anything.  He stumbled across my path, and I couldn’t walk on by doing nothing.  I had spoken to a girl in a nearby dive shop earlier, and saw she had cats in there, so I took him in there to see if she could do anything.  She dressed his wound with iodine to at least try and stop it from getting infected, and I went to the shop and bought and few pouches of food to give him.  He wolfed it down, and seemed to settle in the shop for a little bit, until he took to the street again on his own.  It broke my heart to leave him standing in the street but it was all I could do.  I saw him the next day sitting on the step which made me happy.  The girl in the dive shop said he needed a name, so I called him Oreo.   After the next day I didn’t see him again. I hope nothing bad came of him 😦

Little Oreo

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Curled up on my lap with his poorly leg

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Enjoy!

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Yes, that is a painted foot you see!

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Goodbye…..

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Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples, Cambodia

25th – 28th September 2014

This, unfortunately  will not be the post I had hoped it would be.  This is the only section of photos that I didn’t get many back from, and probably the one I wanted most.  However, I will always have the experience with me, and maybe one day I’ll get to go back there.

I had managed to already back up the Angkor Wat sunrise photos as they were separate from the others.  We got up at silly o’clock to watch the sun rise with Angkor Wat as the backdrop.  It was absolutely beautiful.   And as expected I took hundreds of pics as the sun came up! Continue reading Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

21st-23rd September 2014

Our arrival into Cambodia along the Mekong River and then onwards by bus took us into the Southern city of Phnom Penh. The landscape was quite similar to that of Vietnam,  although I felt a little more green and lush. After checking into our hostel we decided to go for lunch. Here we were introduced to the city’s main transportation mode – the tuk tuk! Tuk tuks come in different shapes and styles. Continue reading Phnom Penh, Cambodia

All was not lost, but a lesson learned, as always.

This was going to be my next post:

“Absolutely gutted are the only words I can use as to how I feel right now. I have just spent an awesome day trekking in the Malaysian jungle, and have excitedly booked a trek with a group tomorrow too.  So, feeling quite content, this evening I thought I’d catch up with some things I needed to do,  and so thought I’d get the photos off my SD cards and onto my tablet.  Four cards I went through,  and afterwards I formatted each card for the next use. The last card I formatted I didn’t think had worked properly.  So I did it again.  Unfortunately what I didn’t realise was that I was just about to format the storage card on my tablet, deleting 90% of the photos I had taken in the last six weeks. 

At first it was disbelief, then this lead to the realisation that I had actually just done this, and suffice to say I have spent much of the evening in tears.  Those that know me, and those that follow my blog, I expect realise, how much my photos mean to me. There’s photos of sunsets and blue beaches that I’m really not going to get upset about and I can get any day, they’re ten a penny, but what sticks in my mind is my visit to the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, and my two days spent in the amazing temples of Angkor Wat. Yes, I know I could potentially revisit these places one day, but both experiences were special,  and I know I had some equally amazing pictures.

I know over the next few days/weeks I will remember other great pics and videos I have taken, and now lost. I know it’s not the end of the world but I can’t help being so upset about this.

Unfortunately the next few blog posts won’t have many pics on them,  if any. I have a handful of photos on my phone, but not many 😦 ”

Fortunately things weren’t quite as bad as I first thought:

Now, after chatting with a couple of people I was well informed that I should be able to get the photos back, with the use of a computer.  So whilst in Kuala Lumpur I took my memory cards into a computer shop.  I managed to get a whole bunch of corrupted photos back, some had been salvaged ok, but not many.  The next day I took all my memory cards in to see what I could get back from them, and luckily I did get a fair few more from them.  I had most of the Elephant Nature Park photos, but as hard as I wished I really didn’t get many of the Angkor temples photos.  Probably about ten out of…..er…..probably around 300!  Truly gutted about this as I had two of the best days of my entire trip in these magnificent old ruins, they really were something else.   I was even thinking of going back there to retake the pics I lost, but it would cost a bit to go back there obviously, and I came to the conclusion I can visit again one day.  So the awesome day and photos I took (which I never got to see myself as I hadn’t even had chance to sit down properly and look through them!) will remain confined to my memory, bar a few saved ones. 

I know it is not the end of the world, but it certainly wasn’t my best week I must admit, especially as I have cloud backup in case of such idiotic occurrences….but last time I did the backup, it hadn’t worked properly, and I hadn’t kept on top of it and checked it. 

Unfortunately I didn’t have a second back up in case of two idiotic occurrences…..

Tough lesson learned.  It’s always after the horse has bolted isn’t it……?!

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Hoh Chi Minh City – Scams, War History, and a whole lotta mopeds!

7th – 11th September 2014

On arrival in Hoh Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), I got off the bus to be greeted, as usual, by eager taxi drivers/motorbike taxis, people transporters etc etc.  I had searched on my GPS for the street I was looking for, and it showed me it was about 3 miles away.  I asked a taxi driver how much it would be, and he said ‘it’s on the meter’.  Oh good, I thought, as this is usually the best rate!  I emphasise the word ‘usually’.

Continue reading Hoh Chi Minh City – Scams, War History, and a whole lotta mopeds!

Da Lat, Vietnam. Mountains, wine, and a cat called Mau

3rd – 8th September 2014

I had to choose between another beach destination or Da Lat, an inland mountainous region with beautiful scenery.  Of course I opted for the mountainous region, as much as I love beaches I probably love a mountain’s views and the challenges they possess even more so!

The climate in Da Lat was a lot cooler, so much so that for the few days I was there I could straighten my hair again! 

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Continue reading Da Lat, Vietnam. Mountains, wine, and a cat called Mau

Trip to the Gobi Desert, Mongolia. Part One – beautiful horses and the sacred mountain Zorgol Khairkhan

There were six of us on this trip, in two separate Russian mini vans.  This was a good job because a lot of the next 6 days were to be spent in these vans traversing bumpy, sometimes, rollercoaster-like dirt tracks.  The drivers?  They only know one speed…..I expect you can guess which one that is!  If you’re still a little unsure, check out Gobi Desert Part Two (to follow) to see the results of such speed!

In the group were Stefan (UK), Sebastien, Cecile, Thomas and Djena, all French, and all speaking fantastic English. 

Not far out of the city appeared the start of the countryside and the Mongolia I had come to see.  We started to see gers (or yurts as I used to know them) dotted about the countryside.  On the first day we drove for about eight hours through a lush green landscape and some beautiful mountain scenery.

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Sebastien getting comfy!

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Traffic…

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We stopped off for lunch and had some camel milk tea, not bad actually!

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A right character in the cafe

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Along the way we also stopped at a sacred mountain of Mongolia, so sacred that the guide could not say the name of the mountain while we were next to it, for fear of bad luck.  It was called Zorgol Khairkhan, no one is even allowed to walk up the mountain.  At the foot is a large pool of water, filled with nearly a hundred horses all bathing in the hot midday sun.  Inquisitive creatures they were, quite often staring into the lens of the camera, posing for their beauty shots!

Zorgol Khairkhan

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Specially for the horse lovers!

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In the evening we arrive in a little village, and all six of us stayed in a ger next to a Mongolian family.  It wasn’t quite the nomadic experience we may have expected, as we had no interaction with the family, but nonetheless it was a comfortable bed and a good night’s sleep.

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Stefan

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Cecile

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