I Own My Phone


Haaark!

I own my phone. Congratulate me. Thank you.

For two years I paid my phone bill like a diligent citizen. Included on this was a monthly instalment that paid for the actual device. I couldn’t remember how much it was because when I bought it the salesman spoke very quickly, circled pieces of writing, and showed me a lot of pieces of paper, and all the time I just wanted him to give me the blasted thing so that I could go and touch it constantly. But today I checked my bill and low and behold the bill was a whopping 50,000 won less than normal. Of course this is splendid news for my pocket as I can now divert this sizeable sum to some other bill I struggle to pay every month.

Of course it’s my phone is only a glorified paperweight that I could arguably say I don’t need. In fact I’m very sure I don’t need it. But I do have it. So there. Anyway. It’s all mine now.

One thing though which has made my *ahem* life more interesting/better/exciting/or however you choose to describe it, has been the camera on my phone. For all the other things (with the exception of the twitter for those long lonely toilet breaks) there is nothing I value my phone more for. Anyone who follows me on the internet elsewhere (instagramtwittertumblr (which is basically my instagram feed), flickr) will know that I’m a little obsessive about photographs – but I’m lazy about it.

To celebrate my now 100% of my phone and my love of photographs, allow me to share with you a collection of some photographs which I’ve taken over the past two years with this simple (looking) device. Photographs span across six countries (Korea, Ireland, England, Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia) – I’ll do my best not to include too many sunsets!

(Hat tip to Craig Branch for getting me thinking about this post!)

 

(for some reason all my photographs won’t upload…maybe too many…but you get the idea!)

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Osaka January 2011


Recently I spoiled myself and paid for a pro flickr account so that I can take full advantage of the service. I take a lot of photos and I’m always looking for somewhere to put them, and with the limit flickr has on 200 hundred photos, it kind of forces you into paying eventually, that is if you don’t know another service that’s free (please don’t suggest one in the comments section until at least a year from now).

With this, I’ve began to go through my various folders of photographs which I never got around to organising and sifting through. These are photos I’d always meant to go through, but for whatever reason they got the old reliable and famed long-fingered treatment that is my modus operandi.

This set I’ve posted was from my second proper trip to Japan (I have taken one more overnight trip back in 2005), when myself and Herself travelled over at New Year for four days. It was kind of a Christmas surprise present for Herself, although she kind of knew she was getting it, as she had never been to Japan and we had been talking about it for years.

Despite a brief scare the night before we left because Herself was in the process of being knocked around by a serious dose of flu, I dragged her out of the bed and we drove to the airport and flew over to Osaka. Dodging the quarantine scanners that are a regular sight at Korean and Japanese airports, we eventually found our hotel where herself took a quick nap. When she woke up we went straight out to eat, and even though Herself was struggling we eventually found a sushi restaurant and began to make short work of the contents of the rotating plates. After a couple of huge pieces of jellied eel, Herself never felt better and we were ready to take on Osaka!

 

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Osaka January 2011, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
In December 2010, myself and my wife visited Osaka. We left Korea on December 31 and came back on January 3.

These are some of the photographs I took of the city.

Below are a couple of videos I have on youtube of my time there as well.

Powerscourt House, Co. Wicklow


I remember when I was doing the Leaving Certificate back in the day, the art history course I took talked a lot about Ireland’s Georgian architectural history. Many of the most famous buildings around Dublin are Georgian, and even when you go into the countryside these old relics are everywhere.

One of the most famous is called Carton House which was owned by the Dukes of Kildare, or the Firzgerald family, which also owned Maynooth Castle. This is only about fifteen or twenty minutes drive away from where I grew up.

When I was a young fella there was still a huge farm here, now it’s a golf course. But when it was still a farm, my old man would drive in there and every so often I would get a look at the big old house. I often hoped I could stop by for a look at the building. Unfortunately I never really got, or took many more chances.

This summer, myself and herself managed to visit and even more famous house in County Wicklow, Powerscourt House. While the original house acutally burned down in the 70s, it has now been rebuilt to resemble what it once looked like.

While the interior is now a restaurant and shop, most of the original decor was destroyed, including the ballroom which once entertained King George IV.

Anyway, I’d always wanted to take a walk around the gardens and I managed to drag a few people with me for the ride – there’s few more satisfying feelings than forcing culture on those who usually avoid it…

Here are some of the pictures of the magnificent gardens. Hope you enjoy them!

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Powerscourt House, Co. Wicklow, a set on Flickr.

 

An Irish Summer


During the summer I took a lot of photographs, especially when we went out to the coast. The fact that it really was a beautiful summer in Ireland this year made taking pictures all the more enjoyable.
These pictures are probably the pic of the bunch. Organised in chronological order they show the beautiful Derrynane Bay in Kerry where I spent many’s a summer with my family, Brittas Bay where I also spent many summers in my grandmother’s mobile home, and also around my grandfathers house just outside of Waterville in Kerr also.

The scenery in Kerry is some of the finest in Ireland, and some would argue, the most spectacular in the world. It certainly looks like that now from where I’m sitting now, right next to a busy multi-laned Suwon street with subway construction running down the centre of it.

Anyway, please enjoy these pictures and let me know what you think.

LifesaverMid bouleCastles in the sandI remember playing in this very rockpoolWatching the strandThe pier at Derrynane.
Looking out on Balinaskelligs Bay, Co. Kerry.The long straight road down to Waterville.Playing in the seaDrip dryingWatching the sea happilyMobile home evening
The white tideRuined view of the SkelligsThe tide out and the riverThe grass in the dunes.And clouds and wind on the otherWith blue sky on one side
Through the dunes it leadsFrom the dunes there is a path down to the seaStrollingWalking out with the tide 2Walking out with the tide 1Caravans by the river

An Irish Summer, a set on Flickr.