Saturday, July 26, 2014

Singapore Botanical Gardens

An oasis amongst the desert of metropolis, the Singapore Botanical Gardens acts not only as a regional park but as a tourist destination and botanical institution. It is commonly regarded as one of the world's top parks, consistently voted as the best in Asia, and is currently nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site distinction.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More Fun Surf for Indonesia

Surfers in Indonesia are enjoying a great Dry Season. This is probably the best season in recent memory with consistent swells gracing the country's shores. I took a few shots at this fun lefthander the other day.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Veraison - A Major Turning point in Berry Development

California's warm spring weather and the ongoing drought have sent some winemakers scrambling to prepare their facilities for harvest weeks in advance.

The reason: the early onset of veraison. But what's the big deal?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Padang Cup 2014 - The Wait is On

The prestigious Padang Cup has opened its 6-week waiting period for 2014 as Bali moves into the winter season. The entire event will continue to be held on one day with a swell deemed perfect for the Padang Padang, but Rip Curl has made a few changes to this flagship event, most notably decreasing the field of competitors vying for the prized trophy, replacing the 32-strong field with just 12 international invitees (including previous winners Chris Ward and Jamie O'Brien) and 12 Indonesian surfers (including last year's winner Mega Semadhi and Balinese surf icon Rizal Tanjung).

Indonesia has been blessed with an impressive run of swells recently, and the Indian Ocean is showing no signs of slowing down. Nevertheless, Padang Padang does require some specific conditions to light up. Surfline, who has fortunately been appointed as the new official event forecaster, recently uploaded an interesting article about what it takes: Mechanics of Padang Padang.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wildlife in San Luis Obispo

California's human population is primarily focused in southern California and the San Francisco Bay area, so it's no surprise its animal population likes the central coast. San Luis Obispo has a great mix of terrestrial and marine ecosystems that provide a lot of wildlife viewing opportunities.

So, let's play a game: have a look at this picture and see if there is anything special or out of place.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Spring in California

I know, California has already set into summer. I've been preoccupied with too much since my quick trip home in April, so I thought I would share a few photographs I took during a train ride through central California. Better late than never, right?