Plastics and Jelly fish in the Ocean

I have just had a short walk via a marina in Sri Lanka, but this could any marina around the world. I looked at the water and initially saw some fish, then the small jellyfish, but then looking a little deeper I saw the sad realization that the area had plastic and other debris in it, polystyrene, glass bottles, bottle caps etc. Now, I know there are turtles in this area as there is a small sanctuary on Lavinda beach not to far from where I was standing.

As turtle’s eat jelly fish, but when they look exactly like a white plastic bag, then we have problems. I can see in my minds eye the turtle eating this plastic stuff that mankind put in the water either by accident or deliberately I do not care. Plastic is not fish, turtle or anyone’s food, well would you eat a plastic bag?, Thought not.

The turtle will die eventually, so would we if we keep eating contaminated food.

So why does our sea life eat them, because it looks like food to them.

These photographs I took made me sad and we really have to stop using plastic bags in our lives, in reality we do not need them, there are plenty of alternatives out there. Lets get using the alternatives NOW.

Our Grandparents did not use plastic bags, so why do we have to? Clean out our drawers, cupboards under the sink etc and dispose of those plastic bags ASAP in the correct manner. Why not take them back to the supermarket and get them to dispose of them correctly, after all it is them who are responsible for giving them to us in the billions.

To all you supermarkets, there is no excuse now, stop giving them away or charging for them. Do something else than what the government tells you to do for the sake of the environment and your children’s future on this planet as we are suffering now, just think what your children’s future looks like if we do NOT do anything now.

I wonder which supermarket will be the first to do something different on this front?.

Take them off your inventory list and never order them again. Introduce better ways to carry out shopping home. Force us to do so. Even those plastic bags for life are no good, we want bags that are made to last that do not come out of plastic derived in any form. They are out there, you have to source them for us at a reasonable cost you can do it, you have the teams in place to actually do this, so why are you not doing this?

 

This blog is moving at the end of May 2017

Hello all

I have now set up a new blog  at www.michaelcrawfordhick.com and as of around the End of May 2017 this blog will be deleted.

On my new blog, there is a lot more travel, and photography posts, as I travel the world on an amazing trip as I have given up my main job and life in the UK to pursue a career as a travel photographer and digital nomad.

I will be also doing some Eco and volunteering projects as I travel, as I want to enjoy life and not be burdened by just earning a living.

You might ask why have I done this?, well initially the weather in the UK was getting me down (not a lot of sunshine), the work situation was hard, could not do what I really want to do and that is Photography full-time.

Here are my social media links, please feel free to drop by or subscribe to any of the feeds that take your interest.  The most active one at present is my Instagram page where I am posting photographs of all kinds of things I see as I travel and events that I attend in Asia.  The main website will expand what I have taken on that day, but due to the slow internet sometimes in Asia, this might take a few extra days to upload a full gallery of photographs.  I aim for everything to be up in 48 hours of an event happening.

I will now have stock photography available to purchase, via my main web site at

http://www.imagesfromaroundtheworld.com and Also at http://www.500pix.com/mchphoto2015

I will be listing where I am going to in the next few months, so if you have a particular photo request please let me know and I will see what I can do.  The next Stop from April 26th is Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

I invite you to subscribe to my blog, as I would welcome comments and look forward to the interaction I get from my readers.

Thank you in advance and please share where possible

Michael Crawford-Hick

 

 

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Just a few new photos from this year already

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Recycling plastic bottles as planters painted yellow

Random Light trails as abstract Art

If your dreams don’t scare you, then they are not big enough!

As I sit at my desk in my home town Bournemouth,UK, I look out the window and all I see is rain, wind and a rather wet day from this window. Then I look and find my inspirational folder on my computer and look at the images I have placed in there by other photographers, a lot of them are via the Matador network and come up on my Facebook pages on a daily basis.

I look a the photographs and think why am I not in these exotic places photographing these wonderful colours that our planet has to offer? The only conclusion I come to is the lack of money for the trip I really want to do. The motivation is there but the funds are sadly lacking. So I think how can I raise the funds to do what I want to, well as a start I have set up my own photo Library at www.imagesfromaroundtheworld.com and I want to live up to the name of the web site, I have done some preliminary travel in Thailand and Malaysia over the past few years, but what was going to be a 5 month holiday turned into a 19 month adventure, but the latter part of that trip was down to survival instead of enjoying what these countries have to offer most of the time.

Yes, I took a number of risks on the money front as I had planned 5 months worth of travel and I still do not know the real sequence of events that came into making this a much longer trip than I planned. Looking back I did not have any real plan for the initial trrip, the basic idea was to got to Bangkok, then to Phuket in Thailand to find a beach, but after that I had nothing in my mind on where to go or what to do etc.

I gladly went along with some friends I met in Thailand, by going to the beach and generally hanging out with all kinds of people. Then I went to Penang, Malaysia and found Nirvana in the terms of food and eventually good friends along the way. I happily accepted the terms that the world gave me, in the form of friendship, food and peace when I really needed it. I learn’t a lot of things on that trip, how kind the locals can be even if you are only going for a coffee in a local shop, they greet you as a long lost friend and treat you as such and always with a smile!!

All I know is when the day of the return flight was upon me and I was laying in bed (when I should have been at the airport) it was a wonderful decision not to go back to the UK, as I had nothing to go back for and that was a truly wonderful moment in my life, that I was free of the 9-5 daily grind, luckily I had just secured some money and was set up for at least the next month and that was enough for me at present!

I miss those times when I can sit and watch the world go by at a slower and more peaceful pace for life, nothing was done in a hurry and no one expected you to do that right now, but in your own time. The only things you had to be on time for was transport when you wanted to move to the next town or country, other from that everything was OK, come around 12 so a few minutes before or after was OK, no one was clock watching you which makes a big change to your life compared to the UK and other westernised countries. There was no hurry to woof down your food or coffee, you did not need to rush even general shopping as no one was in a real hurry and you were not carried along by the rush of daily life.

On that note, why are we packing so much into our very short free time?, when instead of doing 5 things quickly, we could do one thing and enjoy it more. Do you feel short changed when you have not done a lot in your spare time?. What do you feel like when you have done one thing instead of 5 in that afternoon? – is it necessary to do all the things? Or can you combine these things differently? – Only you can answer this and I believe you can lead a more relaxed life compared to what you are doing at present.

My goal is to raise enough money and earn some money via my web site along the way, so that I am on a mission not to come back to the UK for a long time if ever, when I have said this to my friends they look at me and say I am mad, yes a little, but I do not have any real ties to the UK, where as they have ties and cannot see beyond them, they are not willing to make a real leap of faith, as for example in 2008 relocated to France basically on a whim, and with little money, my friend Ian who had much more money and could do it better than me, said I could not do what you are doing – “I do not have the guts”, was his response and he was in the same position as me with no real ties, but he did not want to leave the comfort of a secure job, life etc, to go out and see the world. Which is a shame, but later I did hear that the company he worked for sent him to Canada for some time, and perhaps that was the catalyst he needed to go and explore the world, but I have doubt he has done anything more exciting than that.

So what are your goals for your current life?, do you have a bucket list yet, if not why not?, I have had a bucket list of sorts since around 1998 and I have achieve around 40-50% of the goals on it, I need to revisit my current one to see what I have done in the past year.

I am looking for easy ways to raise some money via the internet, as working for a company the current pay is so poor that after taxes, travel and basic living expenses and all the rest etc. Working for any company it would take me many years to save the money to do what I really want to do, it’s an unrealistic. So essentially I need to raise some capital to start the trip and then somehow generate a income of around £500-800 per month to fund my travels. As I think of ways to do this, I am thinking of putting together photography guides, but as there are so many free ones out there, why will they buy mine if I am going to charge them for each subject, mmm here is my dilemma, people can get free photographs on the internet, so why buy mine?, this is where the internet is killing talent of a lot of people, photographers, journalists, web designer and a lot of more professions aside,the free side of the internet is Killing a lot of peoples business, and we have to find other revenue streams to make ends meet.

We never had to do this in the past, we found some overtime to pay for that item we needed or sold a few items at home to generate a little extra cash, it was done on a low key basis, we never complained about the money going out as we do today. As those small revenue streams we used to have are now but all but gone, thanks to the internet and all these people offering free stuff – The question is how do these people live when they give away their stuff for free, Yes there are some small adverts on their web sites, but can that generate enough cash to live on, when the click through rates range from £0.01 to £1.50 or more, you need a lot of visitors to generate even a basic wage, so what are people living on?. Credit I presume and eventually that has to be paid back doesn’t it??

So come along and visit my web site at www.imagesfromaroundtheworld.com and see if you can buy a photo or two to help me along in my dream of getting out there and doing what the world wants me to do and not an employer telling me what to do for a pittance of a wage.

Enjoy life , Make changes you will not regret it

Michael

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I found this on the internet somewhere I would love to credit the photographer and the quote, but cannot – Sorry

Melaka Hari Ini

Hi

I have been featured in a local Malaka English Section of the news paper, the actual copies are of the newspaper below.

Go to pages 12-13 for an interactive version on this link

http://www.mhi.com.my/paper/APRIL/130412/index.html

I wonder what will come of this if anything,

enjoy

Skydiving Adventure Package

Hello all

Firstly I have to thank you all who voted for me, I had around 50 in total, but the winner Channel had over 700.  So I did not win 😦  BUT there is more…….

I made this decision just after I had posted the competition on line, and I said why not do it anyway, so that’s the plan, sometime later this year, I will do the skydive jump for charity.  I have to select a venue and country and of course get there.  I have even had a friend who would do this with me, so there is an incentive for me to do it.

So watch this space for details of when and where I will be doing this.
http://www.youthcancertrust.org/

You can Donate here http://www.justgiving.com/Michael-Crawford-Hick

ITEM FOR SALE 10% to Youth Cancer Trust
On another note I have a domain called http://www.spiritoftheocean.com and I am selling this at £1200 or near offer with 10% going of the final sale value going to this cancer charity upon completion of its sale.
Please tell all your friends to make me an offer for this domain, so the charity can continue its fantastic work.  I know Brenda and Jim will appreciate any help with any extra funds anyway, and their wish list can be found at http://www.youthcancertrust.org/wish-list.aspx   Can you help them with a donation anyway?
Calendar’s for Youth Cancer Trust
I will also be producing a desk top calendar for them this year, as I have done it before and I raise around £125 in that year, once Youth Cancer Trust has made a decision on its theme / photographs of the calendar, it will be done.  However I need someone to help me with the printing and postage costs of this calendar approx £150, so they can sell them at around £7 each and profit from that whole sum of money. See this link as regards the calendars https://mchphoto2011.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/calendar-for-youth-cancer-trust
Thanks
Michael

Permission required to have fun and relax

When you arrange a trip of say 6-12 months or more i.e. you are dropping out of mainstream life and going to alone or with a partner to visit the big wide world. All the guidebooks and web sites, tell you what you can you, e.g. this activity, OH you must visit this place and so on.

What they do not tell you is that you are allowed to relax and have fun, e.g. days off from sight seeing, and all the activities of a new country can offer.  This was a dilemma that presented to me around the 2nd week into this trip, I had flown into Bangkok, and hoped to ease myself into Asia culture slowly etc, for a week I did this, but I knew this was a stopping off point only.  I wanted to go to Phuket and go to the beach.  I arrived there no problem, found a few things that I needed etc.

Then I decided to explore the different beaches along the coast, now according to the map it looked around 3km from Patong to Karon beach, I said no problem I easily walk that, so headed off in the general direction, hoping for some signs to the beach.  I had been walking for around an hour on what I was thinking was the correct road, but I think I was getting lost at that stage, then around 2 hours I said I have to stop, ask for directions etc, I saw the road going from made up (tarmac) to a dirt track, this did not look like the main road – then I knew I was on the wrong road or was I?.  A few more minutes walk and I came across a resort called “Paradise beach and restaurant” I asked how I could get back to Patong, she said a 400 baht taxi ride now or a 100 baht lift at 4pm.  I could enter this area for 100 baht and that was for a sun bed on the beach, at that point I was very hot sweating, and did not want to go even for a taxi ride back. I needed a rest.  So I paid the 100 baht for the chair and went in, got a drink and laid down on the chair, but within 15 minutes I was starting to get restless (not used to relaxing) and then decided to go for a swim to cool off.

Came back to the chair and tried to relax, quite hard for me, but after I had a beer, I was thinking, why cannot I not relax and enjoy this beautiful cove here in Thailand? its warm +30 deg C, I am on a wonderful beach, sipping a beer under a palm tree and my friends are back in the UK and Europe freezing and I have at least another 4 months of this, so why cannot I relax.  The answer did not come immediately, but just after lunch, as I headed back for an afternoon snooze.

The answer was not 42, but I had not given myself personal permission to relax, and enjoy the surroundings, I was still thinking that I had a job, life to go back to in a few weeks, but that was so far from the reality, I was kidding myself.  I had left my job, life back in Europe and the UK when I flew out of London on January 1st on this new adventure.

So sitting there watching the world go by in front of me, I eventually said, what the heck I give myself permission to enjoy these surroundings, it took me until around 3pm to work this one out, so only had a relaxing time of 1 hour on this beach before I headed back to Patong.

However the days that followed when I went to a beach, or sit on a hill side, I have slowly learnt to sit and do nothing for a few hours, I still feel this is a guilty pleasure and I should not be doing it at times, even after 15 months away.  I need to do something, but it is OK to do absolutely nothing e.g. sit on a beach or hill and think about nothing, just let your mind wander and see what pops up, it might just surprise you.

So just give your self permission in every day life to take time off from those hectic days, you need a physical and mental break for a few hours per week to recharge your body, life and soul – just remember to turn off those mobile phones, otherwise you will not relax for those few hours.

Enjoy the switch off from normal life.  Give yourself permission to relax and have fun.

Photos from the beach/cove ( more photographs of other places I have visited, please visit www.imagesfromaroundtheworld.com)

Dropping out of main stream life

A friend of mine made this statement last night

“It is so great that you have managed to travel for so long”

My reply to her was

me traveling for so long?, well it was a 5 month trip initially, now it is the start of month 15.  things get a little scary on the finances from time to time, this being one of those times, I know it will work itself out just in time to pay a bill etc.  It seemed to have worked for the past 5 years, as I have not really worried about money to much so far, but this week is a teaser and is frustrating me a bit, as I have things to come to me (money) but they are stuck in various systems and I am not getting the answers I need.  That’s enough of that.  I would like to do more traveling now, as I have been stuck in the place for too long, hopefully something will turn up soon, so I can move on to say Malacca (7 hrs from here).

Once you take yourself out of main stream life e.g. Job, fixed house, fixed friends, it’s amazing what happens, you get new friends, meet great people, eat good food, see new things and enjoy life.  I have an invite from a friend of mine Sofia a Danish woman who is fun, and I may be traveling with her across the Australian outback later this year or early next year.

That’s what happens when you drop out of main stream life you forget about the 9-5 routine, the traffic jams, the paying of bills, the only thing you have to think about is yourself, what food you will have today, accommodation and where and what to do that day.  There is no one telling you what to do, e.g. go there do this and I want it by tonight.  No over time, if you want to sleep in or gt up early that’s YOUR choice.

If you stay in a backpackers style hostel, there are always people around, I have met people for just a few hours, and some a couple of weeks, some remain friends, some disappear into the world somewhere.  Best thing is ask around the place you are staying for places to eat, and quite often you will get to go out to supper with new people every night if you want to, no more dinner for one, unless you really want to do that.

So the hardest thing for anyone looking at a trip this long, is making that initial break from main stream society, going out of your comfort zone and into the unknown – Yes it scary, but fun, I do not think I could work another 9-5 job again, Monday to Friday except to earn some money for a trip to somewhere else – I have the travel bug and you cannot get rid of this one with pills, lotions or any other method only traveling cures this one.

If you want to see a what it’s like as a backpacker , or world traveler then look this up

Enjoy, as this is my 100th Blog Post Great mile stone for me

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