Hello hello and welcome to a new little photography project of mine. I've seen people doing project 365s a lot in the last couple of years and I've always thought I wanted to but never thought I'd manage to do it but I have found a way.
Instead of doing it on my DSLR (which is hard to take everywhere) or my phone (which doesn't have the right feel to it) I've decided to take a picture everyday on compact cameras. Right now I'm using disposable ones but I'm looking into non disposable compact cameras.

This does mean that the photos are going to be late (like these are a month later) but I think that using film is so much more fun, rewarding and you learn a lot more. So this is my little project for this year.

Though I did have one problem with January's... less than half the photos came out. So I didn't realise that you basically have to use the flash for all your photos using Disposable cameras because they just aren't good in low light but hey, I've learn that now and that's part of the fun of using new techniques. So there's only 15 photos but that's better than none and I can confirm I did actually take a photo every day. the only disappointing thing is none of the photos of me and my school friends came out but I'm sure I'll be able to take more.
Dyed my hair red to start the year of
Revision Revision Revision (it paid off though)
Where I took these outfit photos,
met lots of dogs, v good day
Last meal with my Mumma before going back to uni, 
Ikea Vegan meatballs are amazing
Of course the day we get back the fire alarm goes off
I have no idea what I was trying to take a picture of but what I did get was a picture of my finger.
Dunno why I have a picture of Georgie's feet, but I do
Some physics baes
Bus Home
We hadn't had hot water properly in like 4 days
This was a good shower
Playing sims all day instead of revising... oops

View from my window on a v sunny morning
More Physics Baes
The hall between my bathroom and bedroom
who knows why
Contemporary Art museum
No idea what happened to this photo but I like it
Glitter, glitter is important.

So those are all the photos that came out. They are all a bit weird, I took most of these in daylight or shop light and they mostly look like they've been taken in the dark. some came out super weird and it gives a kind of romantic nostalgic feel to things that only happened a month ago. I like that.

I also thought that these posts could be a chance to look back at the month and reflect. January was a month where I did very little, I spent a lot of days indoors revising, procrastinating, editing. I was quite lethargic, unmotivated, and drained for a lot of January but I got through it.

Good things that happened in January:
- Did three exams in one week, all without having a panic attack (big step)
- Got back into blogging twice a week
- Started exploring Nottingham more
- Dyed my hair myself, and made a ridiculous mess
- Learned some new recipes

And probably much more than that which I've forgotten.
I do remember how hard I found January but at the same time with these photos I can look back on it fondly, definitely glad I started this project and really I can keep it going.
January is a month that everyone seems to find tough and I'm happy to say that February is getting better. How was your January?

That's it for this Tuesday, I will see you for another travel post on Friday so stick around for that. 
Thanks for reading!

2017 in Compact: January

Tuesday, 28 February 2017


Hello hello and welcome to a new little photography project of mine. I've seen people doing project 365s a lot in the last couple of years and I've always thought I wanted to but never thought I'd manage to do it but I have found a way.
Instead of doing it on my DSLR (which is hard to take everywhere) or my phone (which doesn't have the right feel to it) I've decided to take a picture everyday on compact cameras. Right now I'm using disposable ones but I'm looking into non disposable compact cameras.

This does mean that the photos are going to be late (like these are a month later) but I think that using film is so much more fun, rewarding and you learn a lot more. So this is my little project for this year.

Though I did have one problem with January's... less than half the photos came out. So I didn't realise that you basically have to use the flash for all your photos using Disposable cameras because they just aren't good in low light but hey, I've learn that now and that's part of the fun of using new techniques. So there's only 15 photos but that's better than none and I can confirm I did actually take a photo every day. the only disappointing thing is none of the photos of me and my school friends came out but I'm sure I'll be able to take more.
Dyed my hair red to start the year of
Revision Revision Revision (it paid off though)
Where I took these outfit photos,
met lots of dogs, v good day
Last meal with my Mumma before going back to uni, 
Ikea Vegan meatballs are amazing
Of course the day we get back the fire alarm goes off
I have no idea what I was trying to take a picture of but what I did get was a picture of my finger.
Dunno why I have a picture of Georgie's feet, but I do
Some physics baes
Bus Home
We hadn't had hot water properly in like 4 days
This was a good shower
Playing sims all day instead of revising... oops

View from my window on a v sunny morning
More Physics Baes
The hall between my bathroom and bedroom
who knows why
Contemporary Art museum
No idea what happened to this photo but I like it
Glitter, glitter is important.

So those are all the photos that came out. They are all a bit weird, I took most of these in daylight or shop light and they mostly look like they've been taken in the dark. some came out super weird and it gives a kind of romantic nostalgic feel to things that only happened a month ago. I like that.

I also thought that these posts could be a chance to look back at the month and reflect. January was a month where I did very little, I spent a lot of days indoors revising, procrastinating, editing. I was quite lethargic, unmotivated, and drained for a lot of January but I got through it.

Good things that happened in January:
- Did three exams in one week, all without having a panic attack (big step)
- Got back into blogging twice a week
- Started exploring Nottingham more
- Dyed my hair myself, and made a ridiculous mess
- Learned some new recipes

And probably much more than that which I've forgotten.
I do remember how hard I found January but at the same time with these photos I can look back on it fondly, definitely glad I started this project and really I can keep it going.
January is a month that everyone seems to find tough and I'm happy to say that February is getting better. How was your January?

That's it for this Tuesday, I will see you for another travel post on Friday so stick around for that. 
Thanks for reading!
So I ended my last post on my first day in Siem Reap, shopping in night markets so this starts off at 4:30am (yep that was the meeting time) and we took a sleepy bus over to queue for our tickets for the Angkor Wat complex.
It was a long, tiring but rewarding day and I have an awful lot of photos (plus a video) to show you guys so keep scrolling.
So once we'd queued for our tickets we headest straight to the main complex for sunrise, it was probably about 6am at this point and I was not awake, I was taking in the beauty of pre sunrise Angkor through slightly blurry eyes and an even blurrier brain but it was nice.
And of course everyone was there to get their Angkor sunrise reflection picture, everyone was gathered around the two pools in front of the main complex though sadly it was a bit cloudy, so my photos for the whole day didn't come out like I'd wanted them to. Not the end of the world though as it was still an amazing experience.
 Then we ventured inside and explored, some people got good luck bracelets done by some of the monks in this part of Ankor Wat and we learnt a bit about the history of the place, It's honestl so much bigger than I imagined it to be and it's grand and beautiful now so I can't imagine what it would have looked like just after it'd been built.
This part of Angkor is designed as Hell, earth and Heaven so the lower area is Hell, the middle if Earth and the very top bit (which had ridiculously steep stairs) was heaven, so we climbed up to heaven and guess what? There were cats there yes there are cats in heaven, and they're adorable.
Then we climbed all the way back down to hell, learning more about Buddhism and the building of Angkor Wat. And as were were taking some group pictures at the back of the first complex there was a monkey sat perfectly for a photo, thank you monkey.
Then it was off to the next temple, Ta Prohm, also known as the Tomb raider temple due to Tomb Raider being filmed there. I didn't get a lot of photos of Ta Prohm due to the cloud just ruining all of them, but I do have a lot more views of it in my video below if you want to see more.
Ta Prohm is currently undergoing restoration work, so there were bits cordened off, a little crane in there and all the rubble was numbered to try and work out how to get the pieces back where there belong.
The reason it is falling apart is because of the trees, the beauty of the place is that these trees grow into and from the structure of the building but they're also causing the place to fall apart.
And then it was my favourite part of the day, Bayon. This is a temple that is covered in serene faces of the Buddha and although it's smaller than the other two parts of Angkor we visited I found it the most beautiful. I am a big fan of symmetry and Buddha so add the two together and you've got yourself a winning combo in my eyes.
But that wasn't even the best part of it, There is a small Buddhist temple inside one of the Buddha heads where I went to have a look in and a brief meditate (as we had ten minutes before we had to leave), I sat on the outside as there were already men sat on the inside section, and I wasn't sure of the rules on tourists, but as one man stood up the monk in there invited me inside. He didn't speak much English but he very kindly showed my how, in Cambodia, they worship Buddha and lit incense for me.
Honestly this is why Bayon was my favourite, I was having a day where I just felt so content and present and then there was this monk inviting me over and making me feel so welcomed. Amazing.
And then after this we all went back to the hotel and napped before heading out for dinner, we had a bit to drink, sang a lot of karaoke, sat on a skate ramp on top of an eight story building and went to a reggae club. A pretty successful night if you ask me and one of my favourites in Cambodia (I say that but I had a lot of favourite nights the whole trip).
So that is that, if you want to see more then I have a video below which has lots of shots of the temple and a little bit of our night out. 

I went to Angkor Wat as part of a tour with G Adventures, who I highly recommend, you can view and book it for yourself here.
Thank you for reading this, the next instalment of my adventure through Cambodia will be next Friday but I will have a post up on Tuesday so stay tuned for that. Have a wonderful weekend, I need to pack as I'm off home tonight.
Thanks for reading!

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat, Kind Monks, and Cat Friends

Friday, 24 February 2017

So I ended my last post on my first day in Siem Reap, shopping in night markets so this starts off at 4:30am (yep that was the meeting time) and we took a sleepy bus over to queue for our tickets for the Angkor Wat complex.
It was a long, tiring but rewarding day and I have an awful lot of photos (plus a video) to show you guys so keep scrolling.
So once we'd queued for our tickets we headest straight to the main complex for sunrise, it was probably about 6am at this point and I was not awake, I was taking in the beauty of pre sunrise Angkor through slightly blurry eyes and an even blurrier brain but it was nice.
And of course everyone was there to get their Angkor sunrise reflection picture, everyone was gathered around the two pools in front of the main complex though sadly it was a bit cloudy, so my photos for the whole day didn't come out like I'd wanted them to. Not the end of the world though as it was still an amazing experience.
 Then we ventured inside and explored, some people got good luck bracelets done by some of the monks in this part of Ankor Wat and we learnt a bit about the history of the place, It's honestl so much bigger than I imagined it to be and it's grand and beautiful now so I can't imagine what it would have looked like just after it'd been built.
This part of Angkor is designed as Hell, earth and Heaven so the lower area is Hell, the middle if Earth and the very top bit (which had ridiculously steep stairs) was heaven, so we climbed up to heaven and guess what? There were cats there yes there are cats in heaven, and they're adorable.
Then we climbed all the way back down to hell, learning more about Buddhism and the building of Angkor Wat. And as were were taking some group pictures at the back of the first complex there was a monkey sat perfectly for a photo, thank you monkey.
Then it was off to the next temple, Ta Prohm, also known as the Tomb raider temple due to Tomb Raider being filmed there. I didn't get a lot of photos of Ta Prohm due to the cloud just ruining all of them, but I do have a lot more views of it in my video below if you want to see more.
Ta Prohm is currently undergoing restoration work, so there were bits cordened off, a little crane in there and all the rubble was numbered to try and work out how to get the pieces back where there belong.
The reason it is falling apart is because of the trees, the beauty of the place is that these trees grow into and from the structure of the building but they're also causing the place to fall apart.
And then it was my favourite part of the day, Bayon. This is a temple that is covered in serene faces of the Buddha and although it's smaller than the other two parts of Angkor we visited I found it the most beautiful. I am a big fan of symmetry and Buddha so add the two together and you've got yourself a winning combo in my eyes.
But that wasn't even the best part of it, There is a small Buddhist temple inside one of the Buddha heads where I went to have a look in and a brief meditate (as we had ten minutes before we had to leave), I sat on the outside as there were already men sat on the inside section, and I wasn't sure of the rules on tourists, but as one man stood up the monk in there invited me inside. He didn't speak much English but he very kindly showed my how, in Cambodia, they worship Buddha and lit incense for me.
Honestly this is why Bayon was my favourite, I was having a day where I just felt so content and present and then there was this monk inviting me over and making me feel so welcomed. Amazing.
And then after this we all went back to the hotel and napped before heading out for dinner, we had a bit to drink, sang a lot of karaoke, sat on a skate ramp on top of an eight story building and went to a reggae club. A pretty successful night if you ask me and one of my favourites in Cambodia (I say that but I had a lot of favourite nights the whole trip).
So that is that, if you want to see more then I have a video below which has lots of shots of the temple and a little bit of our night out. 

I went to Angkor Wat as part of a tour with G Adventures, who I highly recommend, you can view and book it for yourself here.
Thank you for reading this, the next instalment of my adventure through Cambodia will be next Friday but I will have a post up on Tuesday so stay tuned for that. Have a wonderful weekend, I need to pack as I'm off home tonight.
Thanks for reading!
With all the thigns going on in the world politically, from brexit and an unelected Prime Minister here in the UK to Trump causing havoc for many minority groups in the US it's easy to believe that the world... well that it's going to shit a bit. Sometimes it feels like thigns are just getting worse and yes for Muslims, Women, Trans people and other marginalised groups in the US it is getting worse (though hopefully not for long) but I wanted to bring a little bit of optimism into the world and talk about the Gates Letter.

This is something I had no idea existed but Bill and Melina gates write an open letter ever year to the world about how to make it a better place. This year they focused a lot on children, on child mortality, vaccinations and contraceptions. But the also focused on positivity, in seeing that the money people in richer countries are giving to those in the developing world is actually making a difference. Seeing that the world is getting better and to encourage people to keep trying to help to keep donating which stuck with me.

So the world is actually getting better, in a lot of ways, and that's what I wanted to talk about in this blog post because I want to end up living a life where I can help people but I lose hope sometimes and wonder if I ever actually am going to be able to achieve this. But reading about the world actually getting better just gives me more hope, and determination and that's something needed with the way politics is going in the western world at the moment.

This post is going to be talking about some of the statistics in that letter, the big ones that make you sit back and think "wow things are improving" but also to talk about optimism.

Gates' Letter: The World is Actually Getting Better

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

With all the thigns going on in the world politically, from brexit and an unelected Prime Minister here in the UK to Trump causing havoc for many minority groups in the US it's easy to believe that the world... well that it's going to shit a bit. Sometimes it feels like thigns are just getting worse and yes for Muslims, Women, Trans people and other marginalised groups in the US it is getting worse (though hopefully not for long) but I wanted to bring a little bit of optimism into the world and talk about the Gates Letter.

This is something I had no idea existed but Bill and Melina gates write an open letter ever year to the world about how to make it a better place. This year they focused a lot on children, on child mortality, vaccinations and contraceptions. But the also focused on positivity, in seeing that the money people in richer countries are giving to those in the developing world is actually making a difference. Seeing that the world is getting better and to encourage people to keep trying to help to keep donating which stuck with me.

So the world is actually getting better, in a lot of ways, and that's what I wanted to talk about in this blog post because I want to end up living a life where I can help people but I lose hope sometimes and wonder if I ever actually am going to be able to achieve this. But reading about the world actually getting better just gives me more hope, and determination and that's something needed with the way politics is going in the western world at the moment.

This post is going to be talking about some of the statistics in that letter, the big ones that make you sit back and think "wow things are improving" but also to talk about optimism.

So we're finally in a new country with blogging! I feel like I have been blogging about Thailand for a while now but it's finally time to move onto Cambodia, ok this post also includes some of Thailand because I didn't go straight from Chiang Mai I flew into Bangkok stayed a night there then crossed the border to Cambodia but still... a new country!
So I spent just over twelve hours in Bangkok and spent most of the day there in bed and meeting my new tour group, I went to one seven eleven and a restaurant so it's safe to say I didn't experience Bangkok so not much will be said about that. I do want to go back, no matter how many people who tell me they hate it I loved the look of all the skyscrapers and would love to just wander around for a few days doing street photography there.

But after meeting my new tour group it was a very early start to catch a bus to the Thai Cambodia border... oh I didn't miss the hecticness of 'yolo' tours. On the way we filled out forms for our visas, saw some monks going about their daily business of asking for food, visited the very pretty Cambodian embassy and spend a lot of hours in a minibus.

Then came the border cross... now I thought that the India to Nepal cross was horrible and this was worse, though for a completely different reason. When crossing the border we were being wolf whistled at, and grabed by homeless kids who would cry at us and not let go, then there was a huge queue on the cambodian side to get our passports stamped and I was really worried that I'd never see my bag again at several points that day.

Then we got onto a "government" bus that took us to the dogiest bus station I have ever seen with barely any people in, just a few weird older men, and I've since heard that this is a place where lots of tourists get scammed. But I was on an organised tour and so we just went there to catch our next bus.
Still I didn't like any of that experience, I would have been so scared if I'd been alone or just with friends and it just all felt really dodgy to be quite honest but it was an experience and I was ok! So that's all that matters.


Then a few more hours driving and we were finally in Siem Reap! Let the exploring begin. I don't feel like I took much of Siem Reap in but I did like it, this day was a little bit of a blur I will be honest.
But one we'd arrived at our hotel we got picked up by tuk tuks and drove through the red streets of Siem Reap (a lovely drive) to our place for dinner for the night. Here we got a tour from some local people of the area we were in and met the cutest cows I have ever met, not that I've met very many cows.
The dinner I had was one of the nicest I had in my whole two months of travelling, they had a few different dishes and had made loads of veggie dishes, I ate so much rice and so many beans I was just so full and so happy and really looking forward to Angkor Wat the next day (which is coming in the next post don't you worry).
But the fun didn't start there, oh no it was a very long and very lovely day. We went out to explore the night markets and see where the best clubs were for the next day. I bought a new t shirt that I wore basically every other day for the rest of my trip and saw just how much the Cambodians like eating insects and spiders (they really do they're everywhere).
It was a very eventful first day in Cambodia and a very long one so it was then a relatively early night ready to be up for Angkor Wat the next day. Which as I said is coming up in the next post so stay tuned next week for that.
This part of my travels was part of a Cambodia and vietnam trip by G Adventures (which I highly recommend) and you an view here.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!
Thanks for reading!

Hello Cambodia: Border Crossing,Home Cooked Food, and Night Markets

Saturday, 18 February 2017 Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

So we're finally in a new country with blogging! I feel like I have been blogging about Thailand for a while now but it's finally time to move onto Cambodia, ok this post also includes some of Thailand because I didn't go straight from Chiang Mai I flew into Bangkok stayed a night there then crossed the border to Cambodia but still... a new country!
So I spent just over twelve hours in Bangkok and spent most of the day there in bed and meeting my new tour group, I went to one seven eleven and a restaurant so it's safe to say I didn't experience Bangkok so not much will be said about that. I do want to go back, no matter how many people who tell me they hate it I loved the look of all the skyscrapers and would love to just wander around for a few days doing street photography there.

But after meeting my new tour group it was a very early start to catch a bus to the Thai Cambodia border... oh I didn't miss the hecticness of 'yolo' tours. On the way we filled out forms for our visas, saw some monks going about their daily business of asking for food, visited the very pretty Cambodian embassy and spend a lot of hours in a minibus.

Then came the border cross... now I thought that the India to Nepal cross was horrible and this was worse, though for a completely different reason. When crossing the border we were being wolf whistled at, and grabed by homeless kids who would cry at us and not let go, then there was a huge queue on the cambodian side to get our passports stamped and I was really worried that I'd never see my bag again at several points that day.

Then we got onto a "government" bus that took us to the dogiest bus station I have ever seen with barely any people in, just a few weird older men, and I've since heard that this is a place where lots of tourists get scammed. But I was on an organised tour and so we just went there to catch our next bus.
Still I didn't like any of that experience, I would have been so scared if I'd been alone or just with friends and it just all felt really dodgy to be quite honest but it was an experience and I was ok! So that's all that matters.


Then a few more hours driving and we were finally in Siem Reap! Let the exploring begin. I don't feel like I took much of Siem Reap in but I did like it, this day was a little bit of a blur I will be honest.
But one we'd arrived at our hotel we got picked up by tuk tuks and drove through the red streets of Siem Reap (a lovely drive) to our place for dinner for the night. Here we got a tour from some local people of the area we were in and met the cutest cows I have ever met, not that I've met very many cows.
The dinner I had was one of the nicest I had in my whole two months of travelling, they had a few different dishes and had made loads of veggie dishes, I ate so much rice and so many beans I was just so full and so happy and really looking forward to Angkor Wat the next day (which is coming in the next post don't you worry).
But the fun didn't start there, oh no it was a very long and very lovely day. We went out to explore the night markets and see where the best clubs were for the next day. I bought a new t shirt that I wore basically every other day for the rest of my trip and saw just how much the Cambodians like eating insects and spiders (they really do they're everywhere).
It was a very eventful first day in Cambodia and a very long one so it was then a relatively early night ready to be up for Angkor Wat the next day. Which as I said is coming up in the next post so stay tuned next week for that.
This part of my travels was part of a Cambodia and vietnam trip by G Adventures (which I highly recommend) and you an view here.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!
Thanks for reading!

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