2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 59,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 22 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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TOKIDOKI GETS A SHOUT OUT FROM WORDPRESS.COM!

From Ben Huberman’s blog: http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/unbound-art-blogs/

on WordPress.com

From painting and photography to performance art, the art scene on WordPress.com is thriving. Practitioners of every imaginable art form are inspiring visitors with their creativity, using striking themes and neat features like custom galleries to showcase their work. Ready for infinite gallery hopping (no walking shoes necessary)? Here are a few places to start exploring.

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TOKIDOKI

Street art is notoriously difficult to curate and archive: you can’t take down a wall whenever you see a cutting-edge mural, after all. Enter TOKIDOKI, a globetrotting traveler and avid photographer, who documents the textures of urban landscapes from Mexico City to Beirut. Stencil art, stickers, tags, posters: the blog channels the raw energy of the city with loving attention to detail.

Mickey Mouse Resiste, photo by TOKIDOKI

a Lebanon Cedar

A post from one of my favorite fellow bloggers! Thanks, Michel!

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Sometimes, when looking through the flags of visitors of this blog, I can see the flag of the Lebanon, which shows a cedar as a national symbol. This reader from Lebanon is Jacqueline Hadel, https://jacquelinemhadel.wordpress.com a photojournaliste, actually working in Beirut, highlighting street art and culture all over the world by excellent photography work, and today I like to dedicate this “old” picture of a Lebanon cedar at the castle’s garden of Bad Homburg to her.

lebanon_0706The cedar was planted in 1820 in front of the “Koenigsfluegel” (front wing) of the palace of Bad Homburg. The tree was a present made by the Duke of Cambridge to his sister on the occasion of her marriage to the Landgraf Friedrich VI. Joseph. Today the cedar has a maximum girth of 6,40 meters (about 19 ft) and a hight of more than 20 meters (about 65 ft). The crown of the tree…

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BLOG NEWS: 1,000 FOLLOWERS!

When I began this blog in September of last year, I never could have imagined it would have garnered 100 people, let alone 1,000. I was genuinely thrilled with the seven or so faithful followers I had for the longest time. Two special ones which I’d like to give special attention to:

http://cindyknoke.com/ 

http://retireediary.wordpress.com/

Cindy Knoke and Michael Lai: I sincerely appreciate your support! Please check out their wonderful photography blogs!

And another shout out to a very special fellow blogger…the one and only one to show so much excitement (and purchased!) over my first publication, “Bogota Street Art”:

Resa! Obviously, I’m hooked if it’s about street art! Check her blog out: http://graffitiglam.wordpress.com/ 

And to the most frequent commenter, Michel! I so look forward to his “take” on my posts. And he doesn’t hesitate to share: http://fredonnezmoi.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/petit-train/

And I’d also like to introduce you to two fairly new followers that have shown such enthusiasm and been so complimentary about my blog (they make me blush):

An unbelievably talented artist: http://agatasartcorner.com/about/

And for some of the most beautiful step by step pictorials of food/dish creation: http://laurieslovelyliving.com/2013/07/15/homemade-chicken-broth-mm-mm-good/

For everyone that’s reading this, please know that I appreciate each and every one of you. And please follow TOKIDOKI – I always follow back! 🙂

Image25JUL13. Currently in Beirut, Lebanon.

REBLOG FROM HACHEGE: “50.- The traveller”

This is a shot from one of my favorite bloggers, Hachege, who does street photography. This is special.

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He was taking a rest to smoke a cigarrette, five minutes later he started to pedal again and my eyes lost him into the crowd.
Where could he be now?

EL VIAJERO
Se tomaba un descanso mientras fumaba un cigarrillo, cinco minutos más tarde comenzó a pedalear de nuevo y le perdí de vista entre la multitud.
¿Donde estará ahora?

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MATURIN GRAFFITI: PIG POLITIKS

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A cool painting of a pig. Beside him, is a blacked-out stencil of Capriles Rodonski, Hugo Chavez’s opponent in last year’s presidential election.

27JAN13. Maturin, Venezuela.

What a cool couple!

Ron Scubadiver's Wild Life

These photos were captured at about 6:30 AM local time in the golden light of morning at a game reserve near Mossel Bay, South Africa. Range was about 10 meters and there were no barriers between me and the lions.  After seeing Lions up close in their natural environment I have come to believe they are the most beautiful of all wild animals.

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2012 IN REVIEW

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

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