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Junk Food

I just read that Dunkin Donuts is coming to Belgium.

Europeans, please! boycott American stores in Europe.

Americans, stop buying from European stores…

You are all ruining the fun of travel. I don’t want to find 7/11 all over Thailand (is Thailand going to become one giant 7/11?), the Gap in Athens, Starbucks in Kyoto, Le Pain Quotidien in New York, and SuperDry in Mulhouse. You don’t need Louis Vuitton and Hermes in Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, and Taizhou. These bags have so much more… class, when you buy them in Paris.

I actually enjoy discovering new things!

The food situation is the worst, now I can have junk food anytime, it’s not a guilty pleasure I enjoy once or twice per year when I visit North America. Those of you that travel to Bhutan, complain about the food and rant endlessly about McDonald’s, please stay home; and keep your corporations with you. Let’s maintain some decorum: bad food – UK; junk food – US; saucey food – France; bratwurst – Germany; Greek Yogurt – Greece (OK, OK, and Feta, no Feta in Denmark…); Soba – Japan; Chicken Feet – China; except Sushi, we should have fresh sushi everywhere.

So please people, try to discover and enjoy the countries you travel to for what they have to offer; enjoy coming home to re-discover what you left behind… eat waffles or frites with mayonnaise and don’t ruin it for the rest of us by going to Dunkin Frackin Donuts in Brussels!


Edit: now Burger King too… 😦




Posted: April 17, 2014 in Brussels, Photography
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It’s Bluebell time in the Woods of Halle @ the occasion of the Brussels Photoresk meetup.

Some photos in difficult light conditions.

Yoga, 10 positions

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Brussels, Photography
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[music: Three Times a Player – Pepe Deluxé]

Photo shoot at Haein’s new Yoga Studio in Brussels.

[music: One of these days – Pink Floyd]

Here is the final instalment of the use of Katha in Sak Yant Buddhist Tattoos. Mostly black & white to favour the contrast, I included some colour photos as Tattoo #1 includes some red lines that are nice to see.

Once again, a big thanks to Pat Dee Wan for allowing me to observe.

And listen to the music as you look at the pictures, it is what Pat plays as he works 🙂



Pat works to the music of Pink Floyd, which suits me fine.

While working on the previous post, I came across this link on Facebook, some beautiful tattoo photography.

Pics from the travellers from Paris, next up, the session.

[music: Pink Floyd]

Last week, I was invited to the Sak Yant (traditional thai) inking of a friend of mine. A Sak Yant is a prayer in the form of a tattoo that has powers of protection or good-luck that can be activated by a Buddhist Monk. In Brussels, you can have the activation done at the Wat Thai Dhammaram.

We met in the centre and headed to meet the only recognised Sak Yant Artist in Europe,  Pat Dee Wan at Ritual Tattoo.

After taking Pat’s dog our for a walk, we were ushered upstairs into his studio as he was finishing up with a young vietnamese man from Paris. We chatted with the young man and his friends while Pat finished up and gave some advice on what to visit before they headed back to Paris; most of Pat’s customers come from around Europe.

After a quick break, Pat got started and I spent the next 3 hours chatting with Pat about tattoos, baseball, and snakes… …and taking photos.

250 photos later we shook hands and I promised to think about close-up snake photography.

Here’s a montage of Tattoo #1; more pictures coming soon.

The Tattoo


Posted: June 24, 2013 in Brussels, Photography

@the occasion of Haein’s Opening Party, some photos.

AcroYoga: not all about flying, it’s mostly about teamwork, and so is partying 😉