Summer in Tennessee

After our massive tour of New England and Michigan, we’ve settled in Tennessee at my mother’s home for a while. Her home is on a beautiful lake at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, about half an hour south of Knoxville. We really love being here – in most ways, it’s the complete opposite of Jakarta or Manila, and is just what’s needed after those mega-metropolitan cities. It’s exceptionally peaceful and relaxing, with the only noises coming from boats cruisingRead more

Returning to Jakarta; returning to reality

In little more than 12 hours, we’ll be departing for Jakarta once again after having spent 2 months in the States, traveling around six states. It’s been a wonderful summer; a much needed respite from the craziness and speed of Jakarta. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every day, and fortunately, were able to visit much of the extended family. Brief summary: Our first two weeks were spent in Michigan, followed by over a month on a gorgeous lake in EasternRead more

Smoky Mountain Woman

Novita and I visited the Smoky Mountains today, near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. She’s been enjoying the 40D that I surprised her with last month almost as much as I’m enjoying my new 35mm 1.4L. I very well may turn into a bokeh whore soon with this new glass. Absolutely loving it. Canon 5D | 35mm f/1.4L | @f/1.4 | 1/125Read more

Pardon my absence

Pardon my absence; been busy re-acquainting myself with my country. It’s been quite a while I’ve been away and a lot of things have changed. After a grueling 48 hours of travel time with only 3 hours of sleep in total, we arrived in Michigan. Having not stepped on U.S. soil in four years, I wasn’t quite ready for the warm welcome that is Homeland Security. Getting through Chicago’s security was a nightmare. A day’s relaxation at home was allRead more