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| Just go with the flow and learn to ride the waves that life throws your way. 

Even all the “hellos” and goodbyes” I’m encountering are coming at me in waves. | 


#travel #Asia #Taipei #Taiwan #amselcom #igminimal #ig_closeups #keepitsimple #patterns #minimalmood #urbanromantix  (at 三重某個角落)
| 🎶 Someday we’ll find it…
that rainbow connection…
the lovers, the dreamers, and me 🎶 |


The rainbow tower from my usual bike path along the river trail going north/south bound; it always calls for a double take. 

I’m posting this 🌈latergram as the big typhoon that has caused the city to shut down businesses & schools tomorrow is rattling my windowpanes right now.☔⚡

Thinking of: @pketron @bhaberer (from that 🚲 day) and @thesaladdays (🐸)


#Taipei #Taiwan #Asia #travel #urbanromantix #justgoshoot #sky_lovers (at 社子大橋自行車道)
| “What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” |


A reminder to myself that I can’t always plan for “what’s next?” when I can’t see around the corner, and don’t forget to enjoy the journey I am on in the present moment trying to get myself “there” (where ever that is).


Going through some older photos on my phone from my travels I have yet to post. This was taken on my way to Odaiba while backpacking in Japan.


#Tokyo #Japan #Asia #travel #extremedepth #ic_bw #rsa_bnw #urbanromantix #vanishingpoint  (at Rainbow Bridge (Tokyo))
| We Are All Connected… | 


Here’s a bridge that I often ride my bike under along the river path; I love the bold red and design in the suspensions.  

This shot, however, was taken when I actually crossed the bridge on foot a little while back when watching the Dragon Boat races. I leaned out quite a bit with extended limbs (and somewhat awkwardly 😁) to get this the way that I envisioned. 


#Taipei #Taiwan #Asia #travel #archdaily #arkiromantix #bridges #extremedepth #keepitsimple #lookupclub #urbanromantix  (at 大直橋上)
| Listen To Your Heart…|


…it has a lot to say.


A latergram from part of my Korea travels with my “Seoul sister” @pketron.  This shot was taken around 6AM on our way “home” after a sleepless night at a jimjilbang (Korean spa/bathhouse).  We got our spa beauty treatment, but minus the beauty sleep. 😅


#Seoul #Korea #Asia #travel #streetart #keepitsimple #travelphotography #urbanromantix  (at Hongdae Seoul South Korea)
| Little Ups & Downs |


A latergram of this long escalator tunnel while on my way to Yongdusan Park/ Busan Tower 용두산공원 부산타워. 
It was fun to ride and shoot for someone like me who likes escalators, stairs, and #vanishingpoint 😁; I waited patiently for the coast to be clear for some shots…but then decided to wait for the right #busystranger.

This was also a very memorable rainy day for me, because I happened to befriend some friendly strangers in this area who were interested in my travels and photography. One girl saw me trying to take photos while awkwardly holding my umbrella with my shoulder and chin; balancing my messenger bag so it didn’t fall forward or get wet in the rain; all while squatting for a low ground shot; and she decided to just walk up to me, remove my lop-sided umbrella from my chin and shoulder, and held it for me while peeking at my snaps. I was pleasantly “startled” since I didn’t see her coming towards me!


#Busan #Korea #Asia #travel #extremedepth #arkiromantix #bnw_life #humatrix #travelgram #urbanromantix  (at 용두산공원)
| I can see clearly now the rain is gone… |


#Taipei #Taiwan #Asia #travel #puddlegram #wicked_flip #ic_reflections #urbanromantix  (at 捷運新店站)
| Bubbly Rapids |


…in mah face!
Here’s a water shot from our river tracing adventures out near Neiwan/ Hsinchu area.  
@pketron @splendidmemories @ternbicycles (2 other friends) and I went trekking upstream the river through various rapids; leaping and skipping over rocks; climbing and crawling through mini waterfalls and confined rock clusters; jumping and flipping into the deep ends; and we were rewarded with a nice big waterfall at the end. 
Thankfully, my iPhone survived with me. 😊


#Hsinchu #Taiwan #Asia #travel #rivertrekking #water_shots #water_captures #travelingram #justgoshoot #natureshots (at 尖石小錦屏)
| 請勿跨… |


“Do not cross…”
The train station officer on the platform down at the end kept blowing his whistle at me and waving me in as I took this shot on the ground, but I didn’t “cross”! 
I was just “on” the yellow line! 😁

The sexy legs to the right belong to @pketron @splendidmemories (& @ternbicycles ) after an exciting day of river tracing and waterfall chasing out in Neiwan.


#Hsinchu #Taiwan #Asia #Travel #lowgramz #bnw_taiwan #colorsplash #wicked_flip #extremedepth (at 台灣高鐵新竹站 THSR Hsinchu Station)
| Catch Me If You Can |


Urban fishing at the Han River.  

A latergram from Seoul:
This guy had three rods going with his bicycle as his resting anchor; repeating between checking his lines, reeling in, re-hooking bait, re-casting, and back to his lounging-shaded-area several steps back from the river to patiently wait. 


The parks and paths along this river provide some of the most scenic views (in my opinion) offering a little “getaway” from the city to tune it out, yet having the cityscape right there with you. 


#Seoul #Korea #Asia #travel #urbanromantix #ic_minimal #justgoshoot #minimalmood #rsa_faceless #travelingram  (at 한강 산책로)
| Daydream - Thoughts Bubbles |


Dare to dream.  Dare to pursue. 


Pei @pketron and I traveled in Seoul together for a few days and this was one of the spots we lost track of time in (which turned out can happen quite easily and frequently between us) 😁, so here’s another post from this beautiful building.
📷🌞🎈🎈🎈🍃🌿


#Seoul #Korea #Asia #travel #urbanromantix #arkiromantix #architecturedesign #justgoshoot  (at Seoul City Hall)
| 10 Seconds Empty |


Leaving Busan for Seoul.


#Busan #Korea #Asia #travel #arkiromantix #bnw_life #justgoshoot #rsa_bnw #travelingram #urbanromantix  (at 노포역 (Nopo Stn.))
| Whimsically Wispy |


A perfect Seoul sunset to gather my thoughts and blessings on my last night in Korea.  
Korea has been so kind to me; I’ve met some really amazing, generous, and sweet people in Seoul and Busan whom I am grateful to have as friends in my life.  They’re the main reason I’ve fallen in love with this country more than I had anticipated.  (& the delicious food! 😋)

Some memories of the briefest encounters with kind strangers where no words were exchanged, but lots of smiles, laughs, expressions and gestures were mutually understood still brings a smile to my face.

As with most of my fondest travel memories, it’s not where I go, but who I’m with that has made the biggest impressions on me. 
Note to self: I must return to Korea with a one-way ticket someday… 


#Seoul #Korea #Asia #travel #globe_travel_ #justgoshoot #travelingram #travelphotography #urbanromantix #worldingram (at Shinchon Korea)
| Lego Clusters |


Nicknamed “Korea’s Little Santorini”.
This village is a bit of a labyrinth once you “go in”; narrow staircases that zigzag, weave, and loop you around like a maze; walking alongside people’s “front” doors and climbing on their rooftops; your main sense of “direction” is either “up” or “down”.  The small alleys have colorful pictographs and murals as well, and it’s quite impressive seeing the local elders (tiny grandmas and grandpas) slowly climbing up/down the narrow stair passages while holding the walls for balance. 


#Busan #GamcheonCultureVillage #Korea #Asia #travel #manythingsbing #urbanromantix #arkiromantix #globe_travel_ #ig_captures_landscape  (at 감천문화마을 Gamcheon Culture Village)

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