Here are some of the sights and sounds from a night market in Keelung, Taiwan.
My first experience with the (somewhat infamous) Taiwanese food, chodofu.
A Taiwanese flautist rocks out.
A quick glance at main street Kenting... as seen from the back of a scooter.
Honestly, there's way more sobriety in this video than you'd probably expect...
A quick drum exhibition before the Pacific Rim Pro Fighting Event: Destiny vs. Demons.
Fight #3 of Pacific Rim Pro Fighting event: Destiny vs. Demons. The white guy (right corner) is Callum Cooper (from New Zealand). The Taiwanese guy's name is printed in Chinese characters in the program, so I don't really know what it is. The fight was fairly controversial (1 of 2 controversial fights on the card) because there was some confusion regarding whether or not the fight should have been stopped earlier (see around 1:48). Unfortunately (mild spoiler), the REAL knockout takes place in a corner almost totally obscured from my ringside seat and my camera. Still cool though. Gotta love violence... and the ring girl.
Some sites and sounds from the end of our ferry ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap along the Tonle Sap River and Lake in Cambodia.
These musicians were outside one of the Angkor temples in Cambodia. As the sign towards the end of the video informs, they are all landmine victims.
During our time in Thailand, we decided to take an organized camping trip to Maya Bay beach, the site where much of Danny Boyle's film The Beach (starring Leonardo DiCaprio) was filmed. We partied on the beach and slept under the stars. Some of our guides also put on a pretty impressive fire show. Check out the two videos below to see some Thai natives handle hot flames like it's their j-o-b (which it apparently seems to be).
We rode elephants! Rich and I decided to name ours Chang, in honor of the Thai beer that uses the image of elephants on their cans. Mmmmm... elephant beers.
We were also able to feed the elephants after the trek. Those elephants were bananas for our bananas! Cue the laugh track.
After a week in Thailand we decided it would be a good idea to close things out with a night in Bangkok. And after a few drinks, we decided it would be a good idea to eat some bugs (scorpions, crickets, meal worms, cockroaches... whatever). I apologize for the low volume on these Bangkok bug-eating videos -- totally my fault. I accidentally set the camera's mic gain to low. Woops! I don't have any proper video editing software on my computer, so you guys are just going to have to jack the volume up a little higher. Trust me, it's worth it! I hope you enjoy the videos as much as we enjoyed the bugs! Um, okay... I hope you enjoy them a little more.
This trio of blind Taiwanese jazz musicians was kind enough to let me sit it on bongos for a few tunes. Here's one of 'em!
During my tour of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, we were transported from one little, rural island back to the river's main area through this small channel. Enjoy the ride!
Ubud's Monkey Forest (Bali, Indonesia) is a nature preserve that
offers a unique opportunity to interact with the hundreds of Crab-eating
Macaque monkeys that inhabit it. They're pretty cute and generally unfazed by
humans. In fact, maybe a bit too unfazed. I purchased bananas outside to feed the monkeys and within thirty seconds I was swarmed by three or four monkeys who climbed all over me and stole all my bananas! Later, a big one tried to steal my camera! Little thieves. Anyway, here's a video of them acting a bit more passive.
Every morning at around 6am, the main street of Luang Prabang,
Laos is lined with people kneeling and offering alms (generally rice)
to the procession of local Buddhist monks. With the help of my Swedish friends, Erika and Mia, I actually managed to wake up and see the procession. Hooray for culture and tradition! (Not so much for early mornings.)