My Asia • eBook (iPad version)

There are tourists and there are trav­el­ers. The tourists are afraid of the unknown, the dif­fer­ent. You see them eat­ing at Sub­way or McDonald’s right next to the local food mar­ket. Trav­el­ers adapt to local cus­toms, eat what the locals eat, enjoy try­ing new things, push their bound­aries, embrace feel­ing uncom­fort­able, and have a blast get­ting lost.

This mag­i­cal book is a true traveler’s photo jour­nal in South East Asia.” The Arm­chair Traveler.

Click here to pur­chase My Asia • Photo eBook (iPad)now.
The PDF ver­sion is avail­able here, and the printed ver­sion from Blurb is here.


Discovering Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas: Visual Serendipity.

I recently met two acro­bats from one of the eight shows in Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas. A multi­na­tional spec­ta­cle, Cirque du Soleil uses the imag­i­na­tion, arts and cre­ative tal­ent to present a show like no other. (more…)


Maps and the end of distance.

Maps are hot. Or that’s what it seems, since Apple is ditch­ing Google Maps soft­ware on its lat­est iOS 6 and bring­ing turn-by-turn direc­tions, 3D fly­over, local search, Siri inte­gra­tion and more to iPhone and iPad users some­time this fall on their own Maps app.

Google, never the shy one, release an update to Google Maps with amaz­ing 3D fly-over tech­nol­ogy, bik­ing and walk­ing direc­tions (I use both all the time), indoor maps, live traf­fic, and pub­lic trans­porta­tion (includ­ing sched­ules!). The best new fea­ture? Offline Maps: users can see and inter­act with the maps, even if with­out inter­net con­nec­tion. All devices run­ning Android OS 2.2 and above will be supported.

It is amaz­ing that in cities like New York or Los Ange­les dis­tances deter­mine where we live and work, on which activ­i­ties we engage, the areas we dis­cover and even our dat­ing pat­terns. Due to the good pub­lic trans­porta­tion in the Nether­lands dis­tance has become irrel­e­vant. “We can reach almost any des­ti­na­tion by train eas­ily and rel­a­tively quick. In our busy lives we now think in time rather than dis­tance. There­fore the cur­rent maps, as we know them today, are obso­lete. Think­ing in time affects a map and hence the shape of the Nether­lands also depend­ing on the per­spec­tive from which we look.”

Maybe one day we will have some­thing like this in the U.S. Or maybe not.


Visual Serendipity.

Serendip­ity: noun; the occur­rence and devel­op­ment of events by chance in a happy or ben­e­fi­cial way.

Chi­na­town at Dusk” is the sec­ond pic­ture on our “Visual Serendip­ity” weekly series. The goal is to post a new cell phone image every week (click here to see last week’s pic).

New York City's Chinatown

For years I’ve been fas­ci­nated with Chi­na­town. So many things going on, so many col­ors, smells, and sounds at a some­what iso­lated place in the hearts of very dense cities like New York, Chicago or San Fran­cisco. What intrigues me the most about eth­nic neigh­bor­hoods like Chi­na­town is to walk into a cor­ner store (how do you say “bodega” in Chi­nese?), and see things that I can’t tell if are veg­eta­bles, ani­mals, med­i­cine, food, toys or decorations.

An added bonus the restau­rants which are amaz­ingly good and cheap! One of my favorite spots is Vanessa’s Dumpling House, what’s yours?


Around Europe in 3 minutes.

Three weeks trav­el­ing in Europe, frozen into 270 images, and com­pressed into 3 min­utes. Fan­tas­tic music by Astor Piaz­zolla. Some of the cities vis­ited: Berlin, Milan, Gar­gag­nago, Verona, Venice, Frank­furt, Cologne.

Euro­pean Jour­ney. from Eduardo Angel on Vimeo.