23apr14. Osaka, Japan. (Shinsaibashi)
Tag: Canon 550D
KOBE, JAPAN: KUMANO SHRINE
KOBE, JAPAN: KANTEIBYO TEMPLE
In 1887, the overseas Chinese community living in Kobe, established Kanteibyo. It is dedicated to Guan Yu, a famous Chinese warrior from the Three Kingdoms Period. He is known to the Japanese as Kan-u. On 5 June 1945, Kanteibyo was destroyed by allied bombing in WWll. On 16 January 1977, it was destroyed by fire, and then again, in 1995, it was damaged by the Kobe earthquake. The last restoration was 14 February 1999. (http://www.chinatownology.com/kobe_kanteibyo.html)
8apr14. Sannomiya/Motomachi area, Kobe, Japan.
“I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us.” ― Hermann Hesse, Peter Camenzind
5MAY13. San Diego, CA.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: OCEAN BEACH
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN
SELF-PORTRAITS: SAN DIEGO
CANCUN, MEXICO: PLAYA DELFINES, “EL MIRADOR”
Considered an escapists beach, this is one of the less populated beaches in the hotel zone. It is beautiful. Immaculate. You have to walk it. The water is pretty rough, though, so be very mindful of heavy currents and rip tides, stay close to the shore.
I got there on the R1 bus coming back from the El Rey Ruins. So easy.
21DEC12. Cancun, Mexico.
CANCUN, MEXICO: EL REY RUINS
Rather than opting for a long bus journey yesterday, I decided to take the day off and stay local. So glad I did. It was a great day. First, I found out the the R1 bus takes me to the El Rey Ruins and to Porto Juarez where I can catch the ferry to Isla Mujeres. The bus is very easy to catch. A minute walk to Tulum Ave. from my hostel. About 8 pesos for a bus ride. The bus was never crowded, either. First stop: El Rey Ruins, the only Mayan ruins site actually in Cancun…basically smack dab in the hotel district.
You may read some comments from people saying it’s not worth it, but I disagree. Having been to Chichen Itza the day before, El Rey was a welcome change. More quiet. I was able to enjoy some solitude. You can climb all over these ruins and really explore. The ambience was spectacular as there were dark clouds looming overhead making everything seem so gray, which in itself, made everything seem older.
El Rey dates back to the 1300-1500 a.d. period. It was a trading port and high officials apparently lived here.
It’s open every day from 8am-5pm and it costs $42 pesos for entry (under $4 usd.) I hear that it’s free on Sundays, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Hundreds of iguanas roam the site. You can get quite close to them as they are not that afraid of people. The caretakers of the site feed them tortillas daily. So in an iguana’s mind: a person = a tortilla = not so bad. They do very simple math.
21DEC12. Cancun, Mexico. Canon 550D,Lens EF18-135mm