On the way home.

New Zealand was good! Got some useful work done, met lots of nice people and generally really enjoyed things as they came. Though I initially didn't know how long my world trip would be for, I'm pleased to say I'm now on the journey back home. As a final stopover, made my way to Mingle for twelve more days: in line with all previous experiences, still my favourite spot.

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New Zealand.

Kia ora! Made it to New Zealand last week and it's even better than expected. Currently busy applying for jobs, whilst meeting tons of people and producing portraits almost every day. Have a look at the extended film, recently released, which basically consists of behind-the-scenes shots. I probably won't be writing as much anymore, just to maintain focus on productivity. Do keep your eyes open for new work though, as regular updates will still happen. Have a good day!

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Hong Kong and moving on.

Heaps of good news. Went to Hong Kong for ten days, caught up with mum and it was great. The modern design hotel (Ovolo Southside), amazing food and slightly cooler weather all made for an even more pleasant stay, with plenty of room for both fun and more serious development. My New Zealand Working Holiday Visa has now been approved: going there next month, applying for jobs in the meantime, making plans for settling (up to one year). Truly excited about that!

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Revision.

Two very productive weeks have passed in Bangkok. Mostly went hopping through the city, exploring its massive surroundings, eating at the best local restaurants for a dime with Sinleong and friends. On top of that, all work is now up-to-date. I took into account recent feedback I got on the website and decided to overhaul both blog and portfolio, whereby focus has shifted more towards the professional aspect of travel photography. Definitely have a look at the revised selection of our work and general.

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Urban life.

We're back on the road. Flew to Singapore, caught up with Hanna, went clubbing at a fancy rooftop bar (free drinks included). Had burgers, overpriced kebabs (because it's Singapore), but also the cheapest Michelin-starred meal in the world (a welcome exception to the rule). In addition to that, the hostel was totally fine and affordable. But hey, just got into Bangkok and that's even better.

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New Year's.

Lovely new year to everyone! I recall how 2016 started on a one-way journey to London, not knowing how long I'd be there for or where I'd go after. Then, I rather suddenly found myself going between the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Andorra, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia. Regardless of what the upcoming time brings along, I'd always be aiming for similar vividness. The next step will be to add more sustainability in order to keep this privileged freedom of life on the road viable in the long run.

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Mingle all the way.

I'd say this visit to Malaysia's proven to be a solid choice. Not only am I having the best days of my trip so far, everything's cheap too. Just when you think you've pretty much seen all of hostel culture, there's still room for surprise. My new local home, Mingle, is one of those places you simply want to be at. A genuinely safe base, right in the middle of Chinatown (currently losing its dodgy edges), where the owner personally takes you out on day trips, for lunch and to super-hip coffee spots. People are not only nice, but generally more mature and experienced than most you'd meet along Australia's east coast.

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Departures.

Last week I decided to head for Asia sooner rather than later, as my travel budget got eaten alive in Oz. So booked a flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. That's where I arrived today, finally living up to the onward travel plans I've been wanting to pursue ever since I started this trip (to visit new destinations around the Pacific region). Australia's been great and I'd happily return, but I'm also confident the upcoming chapter will be no less than equally as good. The big difference, however: more delicious food, diverse cultures and amazing value hostels I can actually afford.

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Back to Byron.

Ten years have passed since I last went to Byron Bay. Amazing how time flies. Even better to see how last week's probably been the most sociable one of this trip so far. Of all places I've previously visited in Australia, this nifty beach town has the honour of being first on the list of second visits. Wrapped up in a single line: it's good to be in Byron.

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Gold Coast.

Being one of Australia's most-visited getaways, the Gold Coast surely has a lot to offer. After two days in Southport, I found myself (or well, booked a place) in Surfers Paradise. Though it does occasionally live up to its not-too-flattering reputation (think bogans, schoolies and dodgy clubs), most of what I've seen was really nice. And so were the people. The hostel I spent my last night at is literally a one-minute walk from the beach, and basically all of the beach is awesome. Tons of space, white sand, proper waves, long boardwalks and high temperatures.

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Breezy Brissy.

Though it's been some time since I last wrote, here's a post to make up for it. Nearly two weeks ago, I flew from Perth to Brisbane and that's where I'm still based. That is, until tomorrow, as I'll be taking a train to the Gold Coast. Time really does fly, and these weeks have been no different from the previous ones. Good news is there's been heaps of room for enjoyment, social bits, creative development and lingering in a sundrenched, subtropical environment.

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Weekend in Freo.

Hello there! Yet another warm greeting from Australia: not Perth this time, but quirky Fremantle (more commonly known as Freo). Quirky, as there's more of an alternative vibe to it. Located right at the seafront and only half an hour from the city: a brilliant weekend getaway. Main reason for going here is that I moved out of Richard's place (the show must go on) and had to come up with a plan. Against most odds, I'm making my way to the east coast sooner than anticipated. I'll be flying to Sydney and then straight on to Brisbane tomorrow.

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Rather marvellous.

Greetings from Down Under, where life's good, people are friendly and weather's brilliant (disregarding some floods, though not here). As we're located in the Southern Hemisphere, winter's ending, slowly turning into spring (peaking over thirty degrees tomorrow).

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Made it to Australia.

G'day, arrived at last! For the first time since 2006, I made my way back to Australia. The trip went very well. Though customs are known to be tough, going through was a breeze. It put a smile upon my face and made me realise again how much it's been worth looking forward to.

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One week in Bali.

Bali's become one of those places everyone seems to be visiting at some point. That, with no doubt, comes with both good and some better-to-avoid sides (don't go to Kuta, for example). Upon arrival, you'll be overwhelmed with taxi drivers, which quickly reminds you there's no shame in bargaining or walking away. Reason for a one-week stopover was to have a relatively mild start in Indonesia: despite busy traffic, numerous pavement gaps and those taxis being offered every second, it's a nice, sunny place to be. Once you get the hang of it, things are easy-going, affordable and well-enough organised.

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Two days in Bangkok.

Quite a bit of moving about it's been so far. Did you know Amsterdam-Oslo-Bangkok is not the most straightforward connection? Affordable it surely was, and to be fair, both legs have been very comfortable. But a fifteen-hour layover in Oslo while travelling on a shoestring does require a bit of improvisation. The airport magically turns into a subtle-yet-practical hotel, where leather seats become ones favourite pal. Just keep looking after those bags and everyone's happy to let you stay overnight, no charge.

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Introduction.

Good news. You made it to the first post. On this blog, I'll be taking you on an adventure through the Asia-Pacific. That is, anywhere between Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and perhaps some nifty Pacific Islands. With new stories being published regularly, there's always something to keep your eyes open for.

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