Living on the Edge

In this Blog we record some of our experiences, perspective, thoughts and research, as well as tips about photography in general, landscape and portrait photography, travel, and experiences both local and across the globe. The life we know now will change in a year. There will be new discoveries, new technology, and new experiences to be had! Let's discover them together and put on display the beauty of this world, this community, and culture that is uniquely local, but connected globally. 

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Things that I’ve learned from traveling… so far - May 19, 2021 - By: Amahl S. Azwar

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Traveling to different Countries or even within your own can do so many different things for a person. It can inspire, bring people closer together, and even teach us valuable life lessons. Today we hear one man's perspective and what he has learned from travel. Amahl S. Azwar tells his story:

To be perfectly honest with you, I’m probably one of the worst guys ever to give anybody a piece of advice when it comes to traveling. I’m 33 and so far I’ve only been to a few countries - all of them in Asia.

A friend of mine actually lifted me up when I told him about this. “That’s cool, you know. It means that you’ll still experience many ‘firsts’ in your life… including travel destinations,” he told me, putting things in perspective......

In the name of ‘likes’: Instagram’s game-changing influence on travel, tourism - May 5, 2021 - By: Amahl S. Azwar

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Instagram allows travel aficionados to share stunning photos and videos that capture their experience and destination. The social networking service inspires wanderlust… but is it always a good thing?

Alexander Thian, 39, an Indonesian photographer and social media influencer, began to use Instagram, an American media sharing social networking service, to document his traveling experience back in 2012. At the time, he shared his pictures and videos watching British rock band Coldplay in a concert in Australia.

With his eyes for beauty and skills in photography, Thian, nicknamed Alex, began to take snapshots of his travel destinations and upload them on his blog and social media accounts. Alex’s quirky writing skills allowed him to tell stories from each experience through the captions......

Traveling to Shanghai - February 8th, 2019 - By: Derek Garcia

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I didn't stay long in Shanghai and in fact it was a long layover before heading to Indonesia. Nonetheless, I feel that I should share my experience here separately and save Indonesia for another post as there was much to see even in a short amount of time (2 days, 3 nights). China does have different rules around visas so make sure you are aware of them before heading there. Even Americans with a strong passport have to get a visa. They have a 24 hour, 72 hour, and 144 hour transit visas for short term visits. I went for the 72 hr for my stay. Here is a good source on countries this applies to and any other considerations you may have to take:....

Traveling to Malaysia - January 15, 2019 - By: Derek Garcia

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We all have that very first trip out of the Country. At least, I hope everyone should have the opportunity. Nonetheless, we all have a trip that is our first, one that sets in motion the desire to continue doing trips like it. Mine was going to Malaysia.

It was my first time out of the country and I really had no idea where I wanted to go. All I knew is I wanted to go and to go somewhere non-touristy. This meant somewhere rural, somewhere lost, but still accessible with enough research. A few choices later I landed on Kota Kinabulu Malaysia, on the Borneo Island.

My flight took from Colorado, to Las Angeles, a lay over in Seoul Korea, and then finally into Kota Kinabulu. Now, I have to say, if you ever get the chance to go through Seoul's airport you are in for a treat. It is by far the best airport I have been through. Like a huge mall, there is a ton of shopping and food to explore while you wait. Efficient as well, I don't think I waited more than 10-15 minutes the whole time......

Reflection and a New Year - January 2, 2019 - By: Derek Garcia

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Life moves fast. Quicker as the years go by it seems. Another New Year in the books with 2018 in the rearview mirror. If you are anything like me, I am often left with an empty feeling inside as the clock nears midnight. Especially with the many New Years spent alone. I feel as if I could have done better and I think to myself “Is this it? I could have done more.” This post is for the dreamers out there like me who think too much. Those who question the adequacy of their life and forget to celebrate the achievements and strides they have made......

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