Nepal and my Fujifilm X70 part 3

So here we are, part 3, If you haven't read my first and second part, you can do so here with these links 

Part 1

Part 2

So on our second day, our guide/good friend Santos told us that it would be the hardest day out of all. (even though that very same evening he would tell us that the third day would be less steep but harder due to a few descents, and my dear friend Suman told us we could trust him.)

Our alarm clock was giving us a weird look.

Our alarm clock was giving us a weird look.

Some were not so keen on the climb that day. 

Some were not so keen on the climb that day. 

We did manage to climb up steadily and take a few breaks in between. The point is not to rush and just take it easy but being a stupid man, I just wanted to get there as quick as possible therefore I was pretty knackered by lunch time. 

take a break in style. 

take a break in style. 

Up to this point my X70 has been performing superbly, no glitch, no hiccup but I did notice that due to the cold weather my battery doesn't last as long as it was in a warmer climate which was to be expected. I was stupid enough to travel with one battery and one SD card as I thought to myself I would be clever about how I shoot and I was confident enough that I could definitely go through the whole trip with this set up, so far so good. 

finishing the "first hill"

finishing the "first hill"

After a massive meal and a few snicker bars later we made our way through a few "Nepali Flats" which took us through a nice little forest walk before we got to Ghorepani 

A view from our dining hall.

A view from our dining hall.

On the next day we climbed from Ghorepani in the dark up to Poooooonnnn hill to catch the sun rise. If you want to get a good spot for your camera, do get up about 30 mins before what the guide suggested as the way up does get super congested. The view was breathtaking, literally. 

The red glow only last for so long so bring your high speed continuous burst camera. 

The red glow only last for so long so bring your high speed continuous burst camera. 

After enjoying a good amount of Poon......hill, we then had a quick breakfast back at our ice block lodge before setting off for more walking. At this point after much charging and possibly too much Poon, my camera decided to die, well not dead dead kinda dead but it stopped itself from reading of the card and I wasn't really sure whether it was writing or not so I didn't want to risk losing all my photos, queue the iPhone 7 plus.

one of a few last photos it managed to take before it died. 

one of a few last photos it managed to take before it died. 

For the next part, I will cover the rest of my trip and a little review of my iPhone 7 plus and how it saved me in the mountain. 

Nepal and my Fujifilm X70 part 2

So I assume you have read part 1 and you came back for more. If not then you're quite a rebel but not to the level of rogue one kinda level which is alright, we can't be Jyn Erso but we all can embrace our inner Jar Jar Binks. Anyhow enough ranting and let's carry on with our little trip/camera review. 

Pokhara lake can be quite a spot for thrill seekers. For an additional thrill, don't wear a life vest when you're on a boat.

Pokhara lake can be quite a spot for thrill seekers. For an additional thrill, don't wear a life vest when you're on a boat.

We took a bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara on a tourist bus which is full of tourists. It was a comfortable ride that consisted of 2-3 stops which is good for our bladders. The passage prior to our first stop was the most mundane part of the bus ride as we had to get out of Kathmandu which can be quite a headache as the road in and out of Kathmandu can be heavily congested. We decided to go with the bus as it was suggested to us that the scenery is amazing and "It'll be worth it". I would suggest that if you have enough cash to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara you should do it as you won't miss much. After a few hours and many naps, we got to Pokhara. 

no 10 bath coins needed for laundry.

no 10 bath coins needed for laundry.

We took a little cab from the bus depot to our hotel on the main strip by the lake but due to the 18th Pokhara street festival our cab couldn't get into the main strip therefore if you have data on your phone and your luggage isn't that heavy, just walk. I was quite excited about the festival as it promised to be "the festival" to go to so we put our bags away in our room and hit the street right away. This was my third time out with this little camera at night and it does very well in low light, I shot at iso1600+ the whole night and the raw files are super good, even at 6400 it's still usable. A great little traveling camera indeed!

street fooooodddddddd

street fooooodddddddd

The next day will be our first day on the trek which starts in Nayapul, about an hour drive from Pokhara. Once we got there we had to check in at TIMS (Trekkers information management system) and show our passes to the Annapurna national park officers before we head off on our trek. 

Our porter, because we are too weak to carry our own luggage.

Our porter, because we are too weak to carry our own luggage.

School kids have to trek up to their school everyday. 

School kids have to trek up to their school everyday. 

Our first day was the easiest as it consisted of a few small ascents on dirt road up to our first stop in Tikhedhunga. Once we got there, we found a little path which lead us to a waterfall. It was a bit too cold for a dip but we hung around by the river to enjoy the warmth of the sun, the very last bit of warmth before we hike up to the cold. 

Next part will be consisted of how my X70 gave up on me in the mountain. 

Singapore trip

So i had a chance to go to Singapore for the weekend to witness the one and only James Blake who was headlining St.Jerome's Laneway Festival. 

I also checked out XXYYXX and he was killing it even though he did have a minor issue with the set up.

Daughter was heart touching and brought out the melancholia from the huge crowd, which was a good thing before Chrvches came out and gave us hope to live again. 

James Blake was phenomenon and beyond words, if you have a chance to see him live. Please do. 

I shot the whole trip with my bessa therefore I have to do the grandpa thing i.e. develop the film and what not before I can put them up here. 

Hopefully the photos will turn out ok, I used an Ilford delta pan 100 on my first night there and was being a little creepy hiding in alley ways to capture the innocent victims on the street while they were walking home, drunk. Apparently Singaporean police had a tougher penalty for chewing a bubble gum than for those being creepy and taking photos of strangers while they were not acknowledged of your presence. 

The second day I used lomo B&W 400 for pretty much while the sun is up and switched to the colour 800 one at night. I think i went through the whole roll shooting purely Mr.Blake's set. 

Anyhow here are some of the photos I took with my x100s on the way to the airport prior to flying to Singapore. 

The sign reads "wake up Thai people, Don't let this incompetent government destroys our country" 

The sign reads "wake up Thai people, Don't let this incompetent government destroys our country" 

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