Himalayafan | Photography: Blog http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Himalayafan | Photography fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:14:00 GMT Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:14:00 GMT http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u6405966-o849414919-50.jpg Himalayafan | Photography: Blog http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 90 120 My Rolls Experiences http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/rolls-experience My Rolls Royce Experiences
 


 

I remember seeing my first Rolls Royce as a youth in Superior, Wisconsin. I was down-town riding in our families Rambler stationwagon when my father pointed it out to me. He said that it was Morgan Murphy's car and was hand-made and very expensive. Except for the grill and hood ornament the car didn't look that special to me. 
 

More than 50 years later, I spend winters in Thailand and have been able to attend numerous Motor Shows and have seen many exotic and expensive cars. Rolls Royce even has a show room in one of the downtown Bangkok Malls. It was quite devoid of customers so my brother-in-law and I went in to take a look. The price on the showroom model was 41 million Thai Baht or $1.2 million (I don't know if this includes taxes and delivery fees or not). Lets just say it is still very expensive.
 


 


 

Rolls Interior
 

Rolls Interior
 

Above is a view of the cars interior: first class materials but the design is a bit antiquated... Draw your own conclusions.
 

Too Cool
 

Image's Message: Friends Out For A Drive
 

So how do you a promote an expensive but conservatively designed automobile? With models or pretties as they call them here in Thailand. It is a formula that has been used around the globe to promote everything automotive and everything in general. As they say "Sex Sells".
 


 

And that is what started me to thinking: Who would ever believe that these beautiful Thai models would have any connection to Rolls Royce other than a working model relationship with the car dealer? Why are these models dressed as they are and not in formal elegant attire? Are they posing as Holly Wood type starlets? Could these models afford a Rolls? What kind of reality does this represent?
 


 

Questions, questions, questions.... 
 


 


 

Image's Message: I Love Posing In The Backseat Of A Rolls
 

A vision of reality only seen at Motor Shows and in daydreams. Wonder what the model is thinking? (How long till I am done for the day? I'm tired. I'm cold, when can I get out of these skimpy clothes? How do I look? Will this be my big break?)
 


 

Message: It's Just Me Sitting On The Fender Of My Rolls
 

What is this model thinking? (This fender is hard to sit on? Should I have put on more makeup? How is my posture? Do my socks match my outfit? Is my hat stupid?)
 


 

Message: Beautiful Sexy Me with my Rolls
 

The final image of a model who took extra time to pose, what is she thinking? (Do I look sexy enough? How much cleavage should I show? Will these images improve my portfolio, Who is that old guy taking pictures of me?)
 

So many questions and so many answers depending on one's perspective.
 

Will I ever buy a Rolls, even if I could afford it? No. But maybe a Maserati or a Lamborghini. The Maserati shop in the Mall says they accept Master Card (I wonder if they check the spending limits).
 


 

Are these images and their messages true or just illusionary? In fact they are just a dream designed to sell cars. It is telling that an old established company like Rolls Royce is taking this approach, but I guess they need to sell cars, models need to work, and we all need a daydream or two...
 


 

If he were alive, I wonder what Morgan Murphy (newspaper publisher) would think of all of this???
 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Cars Culture Himalayafan Models Motor Shows Photography Pretties Rolls Royce Selling Superior, Wisconsin Thailand Thoughts http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/rolls-experience Tue, 16 Jun 2015 03:11:04 GMT
Medical Tourism: My Experience http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/medical-tourism-my-experience My Surgery

 

On June 17, 2014 I underwent surgery in Thailand for the removal of three piles. What follows is my narrative of that experience.

 

My story begins on June 7th when I noticed a painful external hemorrhoid and on June 12th I went to Nonthavej Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand to seek treatment. Upon examination three hemorrhoids were discovered and the Doctor recommended that I have surgery as soon as possible. The surgery was scheduled for June 12th.

 

In my narrative I will describe my surgery with the hope of giving anyone considering medical tourism a little information and insight into this facet of health care.

 

On entering the Hospital I first went to reception, where my wife, Tina (a Thai Citizen), helped me with the initial paperwork. For those not so lucky to have a Thai wife, the hospital has competent foreign patient representatives who speak English. Here is the reception area and some of the personnel working there. 

ReceptionWaiting to serve you. How may I help you? Lets discuss this

 

After the paperwork at reception was completed one of the recptionists took us to the surgery department where a chest x-ray, blood work, blood pressure, temperature and an EKG were done. I then met with my cardiologist to discuss the surgery and my heart, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Follow me.

 

After testing we were taken to our private room on the 15th floor of the hospital. The room came with wi-fi, a refrigerator, a microwave, a hot water maker, a LCD television, a sofa for my wife, extra pillows.

Room 1518
Room 1518

 

My surgery was scheduled for noon, about 11:15 am the anesthesiologist came to my room, introduced himself and asked if I had any questions. At noon an attendant came to the room with a wheelchair to take Tina and I to the surgery wing on the second floor of the hospital. There I was prepped for surgery, then taken to the operating room given a local anesthetic, oxygen, and connected to monitor my blood pressure / heart rate. The surgery took about 2 hours and I was returned to my room and helped into bed.

 

One of my many Nurses Tina and a nurse

 

The care I received from the many nurses and other staff members was phenomenal: it included twice daily sponge baths, at least 12 blood pressure / Temperature tests per day, three hospital gown changes per day, at least one bedding change per day, two room cleanings per day, and three meals and one snack per day. During the day there were at least five nurses at their station to care for 25 private rooms in this ward; at night at least three nurses were present. I only had to wait a few minutes after calling for a nurse, and they always arrived with a smile and gentle touch. It is amazing the care that can be given by an adequately staffed hospital.

 

Me with one of many competent nurses.

 

I had three doctors attending me: a surgeon, a cardiologist, and an anesthesiologist. All three visited me at least once a day during my stay and answered my every question and concern.

 

My surgeon with his assistant

 

My surgeon and his assistant

 

 

My Anesthesiologist and his assistant

 

 

My Cardiologist and his assistant

 

For those of you interested in Medical Tourism in Thailand: a summary of the billing for my surgery and two day hospital stay is here.

 

When I return to America I will submit a claim to Medicare and they will coordinate with my other insurance companies. Hopefully the coverage will be as good as what is covered in America. I will update this blog when reimbursement of my out of pocket expenses is made. At this time I am very satisfied with the cost and quality of my treatment.

If you have any general questions, feel free to contact me. I am no expert but am happy to relay the results of my experience to help you sort out the pros and cons of medical treatment in Thailand.

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Costs Health Care Himalayafan Medical Tourism Surgery Thailand http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/medical-tourism-my-experience Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:48:37 GMT
Limited Edition: April 2014 http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/limited-edition-april-2014 Himalayafan's April Limited Edition

These 5 Images are now

Happily Retired!!!

It has been my good fortune to travel and photograph some beautiful places. I will take you to four places this month: Wisconsin USA, Singapore, Thailand, and Nepal.

I was raised in Northern Wisconsin and have enjoyed the beauty of it's out of the way places. It is a harsh land and desolate in many places, but also pure, fresh and beautiful with good friends and good clean air...

Singapore is in many ways the antithesis of Northern Wisconsin. It is a big city crowded onto a small tropical island, a sort of urban utopia: clean, safe, well planned. Singapore is spectacular.

Thailand has beautiful islands and oceans, cool highlands, a complex mixture of ancient and modern cultures, and the best food in the world.

Nepal is where I lived for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the 1970's. The people, places, and event I experience there are a cherished part of me.

The 5 images in this collection will be available until April 30, 2014 when they will be retired.

 

 

Black Lake SunsetImage taken June 2013 in Southern Douglas County Wisconsin with a Sony RX1 camera.

 

Northern Wisconsin is where I was raised and I've always had a love for it's forests and Lakes. This image was taken at sunset while canoeing. The early summer sun is still shining the last rays through the Tamarac Bog. This image prints best as a canvas print at 16" x 20" or on quality photo paper at 8" x 10".

 

The Eye of SingaporeImage was taken December 2013 from the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore with a Sony RX1 camera.

My son and daughter-in-law live in Singapore. While visiting them we took a stroll through "The Gardens By The Bay". On our return from the gardens, the city lights and the Eye of Singapore were spectacular. This image prints best at 24" x 16" on canvas or 8" x 12" as a metallic print.

 

The BeachThis image was taken March 2014 on the beach in Prachaub Khirikhan Provence, Thailand with a Canon camera and a wide-angle lens.

Thailand is my winter home now and I have come to love it's highlands, cities, and oceans. This image was taken with a 14mm lens and processed to make a painting like image, it is a personal favorite. This image prints best at 8" x 12" on quality paper or  as a 16" x 24" canvas print.

 

 

I was very lucky to have been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal from 1974 to 1977.  Since then I have been to Nepal many times: gone trekking in the mountains, traveling the country side, and visiting friends. Pokhara is my favorite city in Nepal. It is very close (12 miles as the crow flies) to the Himalaya (really big mountains: the abode of the Gods) and also one of the few places in Nepal with a lake, Phewa Taal. Here is an image taken on a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, Nepal. The mountain on the left is Annapurna South (7219 m or 23,684') and the one on the right is Fang (7647m or 25,089').

This image prints well on canvas at 30" x 20" or at 10" x 8" on quality photographic paper. 

Annapurna South and FangThis image was taken November 2011 on a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, Nepal with a Canon 5D Mk II camera.

 

The last image is of the Night Sky as seen from deep with in the northwoods of Northern Minnesota. The Milky Way was spectacular that July evening.

This image prints well on canvas at 16" x 24" or on quality photographic paper at 8" x 12".

 

Lakeside's Mountain ViewThis image was taken in the Summer of 2013 deep in the woods of Northern Wisconsin with a Canon 7D camera.

 

 

If you have any questions or comments about these images or places, please feel free to contact me.

If you would like to purchase one of these limited images, please do so before May 1, 2014. Please note that you will receive a 20% discount on any of these five images by entering the code " AprilLimited " during the check out process.

In addition I will donate 10% of my profits from the sale of these images to the United Methodist Churches Advanced Specials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) America Himalayafan Images Nepal Photograph Photography Singapore Thailand Travelog http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/limited-edition-april-2014 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:40:32 GMT
Limited Edition: March 2014 http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/limited-edition-march-2014 Please Note: these images are now retired and unavailable.

Himalayafan's March Limited Edition

It has been my good fortune to travel and photograph some beautiful places. I will take you to four places this month: Wisconsin USA, Singapore, Thailand, and Nepal.

I was raised in Northern Wisconsin and have enjoyed the beauty of it's out of the way places. It is a harsh land and desolate in many places, but also pure, fresh and beautiful with good friends and good clean air...

Singapore is in many ways the antithesis of Northern Wisconsin. It is a big city crowded onto a small tropical island, a sort of urban utopia: clean, safe, well planned. Singapore is spectacular.

Thailand has beautiful islands and oceans, cool highlands, a complex mixture of ancient and modern cultures, and the best food in the world.

Nepal is where I lived for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the 1970's. The people, places, and event I experience there are a cherished part of me.

The 5 images in this collection will be available until March 31, 2014 when they will be retired.

 

 

 

Northern Wisconsin is where I was raised and I've always had a love for it's forests. This image was taken at sunset in Douglas County. The early summer sun is still shining the last rays through the Tamarac Bog where the skeets are humming! This image prints best as a canvas print at 32" x 18" or 16" x 9".

 

My son and daughter-in-law live in Singapore. While visiting them we took a stroll through "The Gardens By The Bay". On our return from the gardens, the moon and city lights highlighted the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This image prints best at 16" x 20" or 8" x 10" either as a canvas print or a metallic print.

 

Thailand is my winter home now and I have come to love it's highlands, cities, and oceans. This image was taken at sunrise while climbing a hill to Samroi Yad National Park on the Gulf of Thailand. This image prints best at 16" x 20" or 8" x 10" on canvas or quality photo paper.

 

 

I was very lucky to have been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal from 1974 to 1977.  Since then I have been to Nepal many times: gone trekking in the mountains, traveling the country side, and visiting friends. Pokhara is my favorite city in Nepal. It is very close (12 miles as the crow flies) to the Himalaya (really big mountains: the abode of the Gods) and also one of the few places in Nepal with a lake, Phewa Taal. Here are two images taken in Pokhara.

 

 

This image was taken at Lakeside in Pokhara during a Hindu Religious festival. The boats were originally used by the Gurungs to carry goods across the lake to their farmsteads. But now they are used to take tourists around the lake and to go to the Barahi Temple on an island in the lake.

The tents on the right side of the image are where the priests preach and the pilgrims worship. And finally the raft in the left center of the image is used for ritualistic bathing.

This image graces my dinning area...

This image prints well on canvas at 24" x 16" or quality photographic paper at 12" x 8" or with cropping at 20" x 16" or 10" x 8".

 

 

 

This is the view of the Himalaya from Lakeside. Even though I've been to Pokhara many times, Fishtail mountain and the Annapurnas always take my breath away. It is a view like no other...

This image will print best at 20" x 8" with adjustments it can also be printed larger or cropped to 12" x 8" or 10" x 8".

 

If you have any questions or comments about these images or places, please feel free to contact me.

If you would like to purchase one of these limited images, please do so before April 1, 2014. Please note that you will receive a 20% discount on any of these five images by entering the code " MarchLimited " during the check out process.

In addition I will donate 10% of my profits from the sale of these images to the United Methodist Churches Advanced Specials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) America Himalayafan Images Nepal Photograph Photography Singapore Thailand Travelog http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/limited-edition-march-2014 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 05:42:27 GMT
Happy New Year 2014 http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/happy-new-year-2014 Happy New Year 2014

 

As another year passes I sit, reflect and feast on old music and images. It has been a year of both frustrations and also triumphs... All years are like this I guess.

We have our favorite memories of the past year and also those gone by... And with the passing of time I have come to value the olden days more and more, while still appreciating the present days... Which I guess is why most of the images in this video are monochrome:

 

 

Here are the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne as written by Robert Burns in 1788:

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne ?

CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup ! and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes, and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend ! And give me a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne.


 

Dear family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances may you know your true worth and importance. Here is my New Year's Wish for you:

 

May the year 2014 bring you happiness and strength to be happy no matter what life may bring to you this new year.... BLESS YOU ALL!

 

Fred

AKA Himalayafan

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) America Family Himalayafan Portrait Thailand black and white images memories monochrome http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/happy-new-year-2014 Sun, 29 Dec 2013 06:48:30 GMT
Northland Summer http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/northland-summer  

Northland Summer

Summer has brought me back to the Northland of Wisconsin and Minnesota. My 87 year old mother and I have taken a number of short "Photography Trips" this spring and summer... Here are some of the images:

 

Spring

 

 

People, Events, and Celebrations

 

Around the Northland

 

Wisconsin State Parks

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) America Duluth Events Himalayafan Photography Landscape Minnesota Nature People Summer Superior USA Wisconsin images http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/northland-summer Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:30:24 GMT
Kagbeni, Nepal: Ancient Gateway City http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/kagbeni-nepal-gateway-city

One of my favorite places in Nepal is Kagbeni.

It is a very old town mentioned in the ancient Hindu scriptures as Salligramon. A place where the salligrams ( "voice of god" pictured above ) fossils are found in the nearby Kaligandaki  River. Now days however you can buy salligrams in Kathmandu and Pokhara, which beats carrying them in your backpack.

When I first came to this area of Nepal in 1976, the only way was by foot, following the "Mul Bato" (Main Road) from Shyangja District to Baglung then along the Kaligandaki River through Tak Kola (homeland of the Takalis) to Jomsom and finally Kag Beni a 5 day walk as I remember.

More recently an Airport has built in Jomsom and a rough jeep road has been made from Pokhara to Baglung to Tatopani to Jomsom to Kagbeni and even Muktinath. By air it is a spectacular (see above) 17 minute flight to Jomsom followed by a 3 or 4 hour hike to Kagbeni.

 

Kagbeni is the gateway to Upper Mustang (One of the last strong holds of Tibetan Buddhism) and Mukhtinath (A ancient pilgrimage site). Here old Buddhist and Bon traditions are mixed with the modern. I hope the following slide show will give you a taste of the Kagbeni I know and love.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this visit to Kagbeni. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them.

Till next time all best,

Fred Johnson

AKA Himalayafan

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Buddhist Culture Himalaya Himalayafan Kagbeni Mountains Mustang Nepal Photographs Photography Religion Show Slide Tibetan http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/kagbeni-nepal-gateway-city Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:49:51 GMT
Songkran http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/songkran

 

 

Songkran is Thailand's New Year Celebration. It is celebrated on April 13th with the next day being Family day. This year Songkran fell on Saturday, which made for a 4 day holiday (April 13-16).

 

Songkran is celebrated with trips home and giving water to elders and also water spraying and squirting by many...

 

There is a massive exodus from Bangkok, resulting in most neighborhoods being deserted and most local shops and eateries closed.

 

Those left in Bangkok head downtown to the malls as Tina and I did to shop, eat, and take photographs.

 

So please join us for our trip to downtown Bangkok and the Terminal 21 Food Court...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand is know for it's delicious food and Pier 21 (the food court at the Terminal 21 Shopping Mall) is very popular with Thais and foreigners alike. There is an amazing variety of foods, expertly prepared at reasonable cost. Tina and I had 4 dishes, 1 desert, ice tea, coffee, and water. We left full and satified with a very good meal at a cost of 217 Thai Bhat ( $7.56 US). Let me begin by showing you some more images of this modern food court and then images of some of our sampled foods.

Pier 21 at Terminal 21 Shopping Mall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tina selected our first dish: BBQ Pork with Sesame Noodles, pickled ginger, and vegetables in a tasty sauce. It was absolutely delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a hard time deciding on a second dish, but finally selected:  Buried Chicken with Yellow Curried Rice and a mild chicken soup. This dish is from Southern Thailand is similar to Indian Chicken Biriyani (but seasoned a bit differently). It was delicious. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tina was patient and waited in line for our next course always popular Papaya Salad. This salad is made from green papaya, dried shrimp, tomato, green beans, peanuts, chillis, lemon juice, garlic and other seasonings. Absolutely delicious and low in calories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We finished our meal with Mango Sweet Sticky Rice. Tina also had a Thai desert: Thai Mellon with Taro (not pictured).

 

Also not shown are Ice Lemon Tea and Oliang (Traditional Thai Coffee).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After finishing our meal, we let the food digest and then went by Skytain to Homepro Plus to shop for a lamp. The young people (and not so young too) were out in force with their squirt guns, waterproof cell phone and money holders. Some even had traditional Thai cooling powder...

 

 

 

 

 

These guys wait at Ashok Skytrain Station, full of confidence, and fully loaded squirt guns...

 

The girls in the background plot last minute strategy and the train bound for glory approaches...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This girl, squirt gun in tow, rides the Skytrain while communicating with her friends...

 

Thai teachers do not have to control all of this water squirting mania as all schools are enjoying a two and a half month vacation.

 

It's a good thing too, as even my legendary grade and high school teachers and fellow teachers would have a hard time controling all of this....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this brief visit to the food court and the brief glimpse of Thai culture. Till next time, all best...

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Asia Bangkok City Cuisine Culture Food Himalayafan Modern Photography Thailand Travelog life lifestyle http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/songkran Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:55:27 GMT
Bangkok Motor Show: a collage of Cars, Models, and People http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/bangkok-motor-show-a-collage-of-cars-models-and-people Motorshow 2013

 

I have attended a number of "motorshows" in Thailand and found them to be full of energy, cars, motorcycles, and of course models ("Pretties") looking to advance their careers and help sell the event and the vehicles.  It is an extravaganza. 

So enjoy the images, may they give you a feel of the motorshow...

Some of the vendors go for a sophisticated look (as this Porsche model left). Others a low key sensual look (as this BMW motorcycle model right).

 

 

 

And of course there are cars. Here is a Lamborghini sports car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a Harley Davidson Motorcycle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the models are flirtatious and others sexy, it's all about selling...  Be it an exotic car or a family car or a modeling career...

 

 

An elegant model poses with a Rolls Royce (above left). A vivacious model poses with a Bently (above right).

 

The costumes worn are varied and some are unique like the Captain's outfits (above).

 

 

Some of the displays show creativity, the Mini Cooper display is shown above along with a view of Impact Challenger (Above).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The motorshow attracts hundreds of thousands visitors during it's week long run. This causes traffic jams and travel delays, as a result many of the models rent one room condominiums near Impact Challenger. This off duty model  is having beakfast at a local eatery and discussing her modeling portfolio with another model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satirical costuming is also popular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is also a pagent that occurs with the motor show, Miss Motorshow and her court make appearances at the shows vendor sites and pose for the cameras...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curled hair of red and blonde with head pieces are popular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Vietnam War brought many changes to Thailand, these include quite a lot of "Westernization" including beauty pagents, clothing and a more materialistic society. Chevrolet and Ford both have Thailand operations. Here three Thai Models show that "Sensuality Sells Cars" and I guess a big reason for the Motorshows.

There are two shows a year, they are well attended by Thais and Expats alike. And are one of the few events at the Impact - Challenger Center with an entry fee: 100 Thai Baht ($3.33 US).

I like attend to practice making portraits, hopefully I am learning and my images are improving. Feel free to leave me comments and critiques...

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) 2013 Automobiles Bangkok Commentary Culture Life Models Motorshow Photography Portraits Pretties Thailand Travelog http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/bangkok-motor-show-a-collage-of-cars-models-and-people Sun, 14 Apr 2013 13:14:20 GMT
A Brief Visit to the Beach http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/a-brief-visit-to-the-beach  

In March Tina and I took a one week vacation to visit Thailand's Andaman Sea Coast.

 

We traveled by overnight Bus to Khaolak, Thailand arriving in the middle of the small village at 5 am. One "Taxi ride" (100 Thai Baht or $3.33 US) later we were at our resort. The staff was very helpful and accomodating and by 7:30 am we were in our bungalo, Sadly the AC in that room was very weak. The resort handyman tried to fix it but didn't have the refrigerant it needed. We were promptly moved to another bungalow which was much better and we had an ejoyable stay at the Baan Krating Resort. It is truely a great place to stay in many ways: food, accomodation, and service. We will stay here again.

Baan Krating Resort

 

 

 

We had wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the peace and solitude at Khaolak.

 

Khaolak, Thailand

Then we rented a car and drove to Phuket Town. As most of the hotels were full due to a large convention, we ended up staying in the city center near the old market and a truely unique traditional Phuket style eatery. Phuket has wonderful dimsum and seafood.

 

Food Phuket Town Style

 

We stayed two nights in Phuket Town, but on our second day we drove around the island, visiting Bangthao, Kamala, Patong, and Cape Phromthep. We were both amazed at how developed the beaches have become.

Especially Patong Beach where Tina had worked at the small Patong Jupiter's Inn next to the Patong Beach Hotel right in the middle of the beach. In those days there was only well water and electricity for the Bungalows from a small generator.

The bungalows and hotel are now gone, replaced by big hotels and 5 star resorts as well as all the branded shops and eateries of Europe and America. Such is development on Phuket Island. It must be my age, I prefer the peace and quiet of Khaolak.

I did enjoy the Cape Phromthep and a spectacular Sunset.

 

 

From Phuket we drove to Phang Nga Province were we had a great lunch at the Phang Nga Bay National Park. There are bungalows for rent and reasonably prices tours to James Bond Island and Panyee Island (and other's in this beautiful bay with its limestone cliffs). It is a place I would like to visit again.

 

Phang Nga Bay National Park

Also in Phang Nga Province we visited the old town of Takuapa. Had lunch at the market and did a bit of shopping.

Old City Takuapa

Traditional Thai Shop

We returned  to Khaolak, turned in our rental car and spent two more days exploring the area.

Around Khaolak

 

I hope you enjoyed this brief visit to Southern Thailand and may you also visit this beautiful area...

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Andaman Sea Asia Beach Himalayafan Images Khaolak Photography Thailand Travelog Tropical http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/a-brief-visit-to-the-beach Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:10:28 GMT
Abstractions of a Classical Dancer http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/abstractions-of-the-dance  

 

I have started to experiment in abstract images. This set of three I think would be nice on the wall of a large room.

 

Thai Classical Dancer Abstractions

What do you think?

These and my other abstractions can be found here.

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Abstract Color Dance Dancer Decor Image Images Life Monochrome Thai Thailand Traditional Travelog Woman smile http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/abstractions-of-the-dance Wed, 27 Feb 2013 02:48:51 GMT
Himalayafan's February 5th http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/himalayafans-february-5th February 5th, 2013

 

This year for my birthday we did something different: checked into a high rise hotel on Bangkok's riverfront, took photos, and went to the newly developed Asiatique.

 

 

Chatrium Riverside Hotel Bangkok Thailand

The Chatrium Riverside is a combination of Hotel, Residence, and Condominium in three separate towers on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. I made reservations based on hotel reviews in the Trip Advisor. Tina and I had a fantastic time there.

I wanted a room on a high floor to facilitate photography. The hotel staff was wonderful and with a small increase in price, we ended up in a Junior Suit on the 32nd floor with a nice view of the Chao Phraya River and the Bangkok skyline.

 

During our stay we visited Asiatique a shopping and eating center done in historic waterfront style. It is a great place to explore...

 

Now come and join Tina and me for some moments at Bangkok's riverside:

The slides in this show can be found here.

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Asia Asiatique Bangkok Chao Phraya River City Himalayafan Images Life Nightlights Photography Riverside Skyline Slideshow Thailand Travelog http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/himalayafans-february-5th Fri, 15 Feb 2013 01:04:59 GMT
I love the Annapurnas http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/featured-annapurna-himalaya  

My love affair with mountains began in grade school when my family bought camping gear and we started traveling during Dad's  summer vacations. I was happy reading the AAA guide books and taking family photos of our vacation adventures. In particular I have fond memories of Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Olympic National Parks.

Colorado 1960

After graduating from college in 1973, I decided to join the Peace Corps to serve my country, help others, and to see the world. There were several possibilities: Honduras, Malaysia, and Nepal. In the end I chose Nepal, because of my love of the mountains. In October of 1974 I arrived in Nepal with my Peace Corps Group N/45 and began an almost 40 year connection with Nepal and her mountains.

 

Nepal 45: 1974-1977

 

Now off to the Annapurna Massif in Central Nepal:

Annapurna is a collection of many peaks, six of which are 6997m (22,956 ft) or more. Annapurna I at 8091m (26,545 ft) is the tallest and was first of the world's 8000m peaks to be summited. The Massif is large, to walk the Annapurna Circuit takes 17 - 21 days, covers 160-230 km (100-145 miles) and reaches an altitude of 5416m (17,769 ft) at Thorong La.

 

Buddhist prayer flags wisper to the wind in the Manang Valley.

 

Annapurna I and Annapurna South rise above their foothills.

 

Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare) as seen from Pokhara.

 

Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Fang shimmer in early morning sunshine.

 

Annapurna Sunset

The sun sets on Annapurna II.

 

These five images are favorites and are offered for sale here: http://bit.ly/WGvquc

 

During the month of February 2013 these Annapurna images will be available at discount of 49% using the coupon code " wheniam64 " while checking out.

 

Namaste,

 

Fred Johnson

Himalayafan Photography

 

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Annapurna Massif Asia For Sale Himalaya Himalayafan Photography Images Landscape Mountains Nepal Snow http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/featured-annapurna-himalaya Sun, 03 Feb 2013 04:35:04 GMT
Portugese Khanom: History in a Cupcake http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/history-in-a-cupcake History in a Cupcake

 

I love food, in fact my family loves food: growing it, baking it, cooking it, and of course eating it. Recently I had the good fortune to sample some cupcakes that have more than a 200 year history. So let the story begin:

The Portugese were among the earliest of the European explorers to come to Thailand. They arrived in the 1500's to trade and because of war time assistance to the Thai King, were given a plot of land near his new Capital, Thonburi, now part of Bangkok. Here they lived, inter-married with Thais, and established a Catholic Church now called Santa Cruz Church.

 

They practiced baking using charcoal ovens, simple ingredients and traditional recipes. These have been passed on from generation to generation within the community. I will share some of the details of my visit in this blog.

Lets start with the cakes (Khanom) and the bakeries. The cakes are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and are among the best of Thailand's bakery products. The cakes are only made in the small Santa Cruz Community but distributed widely. Here are a few images of the Communities bakeries:

The Santa Cruz Community is small and beautiful, it is the product of over 200 years of evolution. After enjoying the Portugese-Thai bakery, do take some time to walk around the community. It is truely unique and will give you a glimpse into this rich aspect of Asian History.

I hope you enjoyed this brief visit to the Santa Cruz Community in Bangkok, Thailand. May you be able to taste these cakes from history and walk the lovely lanes of this community.

Google Map of the Area     http://bit.ly/TPxmBV

One version of the Kanom recipe http://bit.ly/WL7rYE

 

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Bangkok Community Cuisine Culture Food Portugese Khanom Recipe Santa Cruz Catholic Church Thailand Traditional http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/history-in-a-cupcake Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:50:02 GMT
Thailand's Railway Market http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/thailands-railway-market Thailand's Railway Market

Many places have markets or shops located near train stations, but the one in Samut Songkhram, Thailand is unique. The shops are literaly located on the train tracks. Eight times a day trains come to the station and each time the shopkeepers must pull up their awnings and move the sale items to let the train pass. Then they quickly set up shop again.

This is truely amazing to witness. As you watch the video: you will see that some goods are underneath the train as it passes and how quickly the awnings go back down after the train passes.  

Railway Market HD

HD Version

Railway Market SD (No Audio)


Standard Definition without audio

 

I enjoyed my trip to the market and making this video, I hope you will also experience the unique and interesting in your life.

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Asia City Himalayafan Life Lifestyle Market Railway Thailand Tracks Traditional Train Video http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/thailands-railway-market Sat, 10 Nov 2012 00:16:12 GMT
A Weekend in Singapore: A Photo Essay http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/a-weekend-in-singapore

I recently visited my son, Fred, and his wife, Priya, in Singapore. I hadn't been there in 10 years and it was wonderful to go back again. In this photo essay I will share some of my experiences and images.

 

My low cost flight from Thailand on Scoot Airlines was comfortable enough but landed 11:30 pm. The trip through immigration and customs was very quick and efficient. After a brief wait for my luggage, I was ready to go to my hotel, but since the subway had closed I needed to take a taxi. The trip was quick and the fare was $27 SD (or about $22 US). Even better the return trip to the Airport via the subway was only $2 SD (or about $1.63 US). I should note that Singapore limits cars and traffic in this city of 5 million is much lighter than traffic in Minneapolis, Minnesota (less than 1 million). And as you might guess the mass transit system is excellent. (Here is a link to the Singapore MRT http://bit.ly/R0wOBU ).

 

I checked in at Swissotel: The Stamford asking for a room on an upper floor and was given a room on the 53rd floor. The night lights and views were spectacular.

The next day I met my Fred and Priya for a snack at a sandwich shop in the Hotel's complex. (The Stamford, Fairmont, and Raffles Tower are all in the same complex along with a subway station, a grocery store, and a mall. Very convenient.

After the snack we went by subway to the Botanical Gardens ( http://bit.ly/SjJbMM ) where we enjoyed a nice walk, took some photos, and had lunch.

Singapore's Botanical Garden

After returning to my hotel by bus, we decided to take in the Nightly Laser Show at Marina Bay ( http://bit.ly/XWUVGE ). The show takes place 2 or 3 times every evening and consists of the Laser Show, Music, and also images projected on to water spray in the Bay. This first night I took photographs from the bridge facing the bay.

After the show and a dinner at a food court overlooking the Bay we made plans for the next day: to visit the Little India (for Nepali Food) and view the light show close up.

 

Oh, I almost forgot our night visit to the Gardens by the Bay (http://bit.ly/PsAO3p) and the Cloud Forest Dome (http://bit.ly/XXDjKJ), so let me share a few images of this wonderful place.

On Monday Fred had to work, but Priya and I visited the Malls by the Bay. Later we met my Son for Lunch at Marche (http://bit.ly/S7BgmD) an International place with a Swiss motif.

 

After lunch, Priya and I returned to The Stamford and visited the area around the hotel.

 

Later we went to the Night Safari ( http://bit.ly/S77ajg ) It was a good experience, but sadly there was not enough light to take good photographs of the animals I did however take a nice photo at the "Fire Show".

I returned to the Gardens by the Bay, the day of my departure.

Let me leave you with a few more images of Sinapore as I look forward to my next visit to this world class city nation.

I hope you enjoyed my photo blog. if you like these images they are available here http://bit.ly/Pdt05u

Fred Johnson

Himalayafan

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Botanical Garden Gardens by the Bay Himalayafan Light Show Marche Marina Bay Night Saffari Photographs Singapore Swissotel: The Stamfore Tourism Travel http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/a-weekend-in-singapore Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:46:13 GMT
Tennis: Thailand Open 2012 http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/thailand-open-2012  

Thailand Open 2012, Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes life gives us unique opportunities: recently I was able to attend a the Thailand Open because of the kindness of one of Tina's friends. Thank you very much Pi El...

I had played a little recreational tennis in college, so I knew a little about the game. What surprised me was the: speed and precision of the professional game and also the technology involved in judging the matches (The challenge cameras literally measured ball placement to the neares millimeter!)

We saw two matches:

R Gasquet (France) vs B Tomic (Australia)

M Roanic (Canada) vs J Nieminen (Finland)

 

 

 

Impact Arena

R Gasquet vs B Tomic

R Gasquet

R Gasquet won the Thailand Open 2012. He is 26 years old and ranked the #14 singles player in the world.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Richard-Gasquet.aspx


 

 

B Tomic

B Tomic is 19 years old and is ranked the #39 singles player in the world.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Bernard-Tomic.aspx

Match Results

 

M Raonic vs J Nieminen

 

J Nieminen

J Nieminen defeated M Raonic. He is 31 years old and the #35 ranked singles player in the world.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Jarkko-Nieminen.aspx

 

M Raonic

M Raonic is 21 years old and ranked the #15 singles player in the world.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Milos-Raonic.aspx

 

Match Results

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) ATP Australia Bernard Tomic Canada Finland France Gasquet" Impact Arena Jarkko Milos Raonic Nieminen" Richard Sports Tennis Thailand professional http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/10/thailand-open-2012 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 07:22:51 GMT
The Northshore: A Hidden Gem http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/the-northshore-a-hidden-gem Minnesota's North Shore

America is a large country with large distances between many senic attractions. One area that is sometimes overlooked by travelers is America's Midwest and specifically the Northshore of Lake Superior.

As the heat of summer builds across the United States, the northshore is a wonderful place to visit. It is usually cool and refreshing. There are wonderful views of rocky shorelines and woodlands; canoeing and camping; and the opportunity to see wildlife in this pristine part of America.

Air travelers can fly into Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota MSP or Duluth, Minnesota DLH to begin their Northshore adventures...

 

Gooseberry Falls

 

Some useful links:

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/map.html

http://www.nps.gov/state/mn/index.htm?program=parks

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) America Cliffs Images Lake Superior Minnesota Nature Northshore Panorama Travel Blog http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/6/the-northshore-a-hidden-gem Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:23:30 GMT
High Water: The Power Of Nature http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/5/high-water-the-power-of-nature Heavy Rains Produce Raging Rivers

It has been a cold rainy May here at the head of Lake Superior. But with the rains come high waters and the chance to do a little photography.

The high waters have attracted spectators; I was told by a resident that the St. Louis River has not been this high since 2002. I feel fortunate to make images of the river and hope that you will enjoy my attemps at videography.

 

Jay Cooke State Park has breath taking scenery: lush forest, rocky gorges, and with the rains a raging St. Louis River. The first video was shot at park headquarters near the famous "Swinging Bridge".

St. Louis River At Jay Cook Park

The second video was shot in the town of Thomson at a dam used to control the river for recreation and electic power generation, a few miles upstream from the park. The power of the river here is truely amazing.

High Water: Thomson Dam

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Carleton County Landscape Minnesota Nature Park Rapids St. Louis River Video http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/5/high-water-the-power-of-nature Thu, 31 May 2012 17:13:51 GMT
Changes and Contrasts http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/5/changes-and-contrasts Contrasts

They say that everything is in a state of constant change, it is just the nature of things. Well in traveling from Thailand to Northern Wisconsin, the weather around me definitely changed. It went from summer heat (85 F - 100+ F) in Thailand to cool wet spring in Wisconsin (35F to 55F) with lots of wind and rain mixed with a few glimpses of sunshine.

And you know it feels good here, no need for air conditioning. I still have recollections of the Thailand heat and that memory feels good too. I think a range of experiences helps one appreciate the situation at hand.

 

So here is a pictorial contrast (Tropical / Temperate) for you the reader:

 

 

 

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fred_c_johnson@yahoo.com (Himalayafan | Photography) Change Contrast Lake Northern Superior Thailand Weather Wisconsin http://himalayafanphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/5/changes-and-contrasts Sun, 06 May 2012 16:02:47 GMT