This What's Jappaning Pt. 2 (AF Festival 2018)

This trip have exceeded my expectation. We topped our last trip by spending last night with the Japanese Cholos and Cholas, surrounded by low riders and hooligans hitting switches up and down the street. Then the Bosozuko Gang rolled through the streets revving their motors by the hundreds! I wished I got that on camera! We visit the Yamazaki factory Sunday morning, did the tour thing with the rest of the tourist. My translator device wasn't working so I went through the tour listening to Japanese, and can only guess what the tour guide was saying. The best part of the tour was the tasting room hahaha. Our new friend Ayumi from The Scandalers picked us up from the factory and took us to his house to do one last photoshoot of his low rider bike. Then we headed over to the AutoFashion Festival, a car show by The Auto Fashion USA fam. It was really nice to see the Auto Fashion Fam in Japan again. It was getting really cold we headed out before the sun set. Made it back to our home to change into something warmer for our night activities. We basically went out for dinner and got drunk, shit was really fun actually. If you follow me on Instagram you can watch it on my IG story. Apparently Japanese don't do Sake bombs here. Bryan being so American with loud voices and shit, wanted to do sake bombs and eventually got Ayumi to do one too haha. He called Bryan Number 1 Crazy American haha. 

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The Yamazaki Factory. 

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AF Festival 2018 In Osaka, Japan

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Osaka Tower

We did a prayer to the dead before we ate dinner, offer to the dead/ghost and ask for luck and stuff. Then we proceeded to drink and eat. Dinner was pretty fun and wild, made Ayumi do a Sake Bomb for the first time. Then we walked around and played some games, shooting games like the one from the Del Mar Fair but instead of Pellets, it shoots Corks. I won a few prizes, one I gave to the girl who works there cuz I had no desire to win anything, I just wanted to shoot shit down hahaha. So I had her pick one out and shot it down for her. Did some "gambling" in Japan, not sure how it works so we basically just pressed button and walked away not knowing if we won or lost haha. And we were drunk so, we probably didn't know what we were doing anyways. I got a couple of female undies from the Playboy vending machine. First of all, I didn't know what we were going to get, I just did it just to see what comes out of that shit. 

This What's Jappaning Pt. 1 (Osaka Low Lows)

We arrived to Japan last Friday afternoon with intention to hop on the bullet train and make it over to Iwakuni to stay at our friend Jay's house and see his new born. We couldn't get the train in time so we stayed in Tokyo, spent the first couple of hours searching for a place to stay. We eventually found a hotel, for about $85 a person, and it was a very small room too. It wasn't bad so we booked it, we needed a place to rest anyways. Being back in Japan started to feel familiar, we did the same thing we did last time we were here. Ate at the same place we ate because we love it that much. We took the bullet train to Osaka and still, everything felt similar until later in the evening. The homie Cisco from San Diego linked me with Ayoumi from The Scandalers Car Club so I can photograph the low rider scene in Japan. It started out with Ayoumi and his dad, two cars. And an hour later, some raced out Hondas showed up out of no where, took some photos of them too. They weren't there for me though. Then 5 Japanese Cholas showed up to chill, then a bunch of low riders showed up hitting switches up and down the street. Shit was fucking crazy!! At some part, it got chaotic where the cops were going to show up and we dipped out around midnight. Got to cruise in their cars! Three low riders gave us rides to our Airbnb, got dropped out in style my friends. Now that shit was a night to remember. I started thinking about how photography could be a waste of time, going against all odds makes you feel like giving up sometimes. Thought about all those times my parents and people had made me feel like photography was just a waste of time. But here I am, in Osaka, Japan surrounded by low riders that came out just for me! I guess I've worked up to this point in my life, not saying this is the finish line but this is the start to exactly where I want to be. Travel, take photographs, showcase them in my show, and sell prints. I'm very thankful for those who have been supporting me the whole time. I'm so glad I picked up my camera gain that one day I did quit photography. The future was once dark, but now I can see some light. 

First night in Japan we went to our usual spot for our "oil noodles." 

First night in Japan we went to our usual spot for our "oil noodles." 

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After a 4 hour bullet train ride we finally made it to Osaka, Japan. I think it was a 4 hour ride, maybe 5. This is our Airbnb. 

After a 4 hour bullet train ride we finally made it to Osaka, Japan. I think it was a 4 hour ride, maybe 5. This is our Airbnb. 

Walked around Osaka for a bit for lunch, we had Ramen from Icharan. Very good and very touristy as well. 

Walked around Osaka for a bit for lunch, we had Ramen from Icharan. Very good and very touristy as well. 

After walked around Osaka for a while we had finally had dinner at Coco Ichabanya. We now have this restaurant in California ya'll, very great curry. It was cool to have my first experience from Japan. 

After walked around Osaka for a while we had finally had dinner at Coco Ichabanya. We now have this restaurant in California ya'll, very great curry. It was cool to have my first experience from Japan. 

While everyone ordered the fried chicken up top, I ordered this Stewed Beef Curry. Different color curry, meaning different curry spices/flavor. I love this flavor the most. 

While everyone ordered the fried chicken up top, I ordered this Stewed Beef Curry. Different color curry, meaning different curry spices/flavor. I love this flavor the most. 

Spotted some super cars along the road. 

Spotted some super cars along the road. 

The homie Cisco from SD linked me with Ayumi to get some low riders together so I can photograph them. This is Ayumi's dad car. 

The homie Cisco from SD linked me with Ayumi to get some low riders together so I can photograph them. This is Ayumi's dad car. 

The Scandalers Car Club in Japan. 

The Scandalers Car Club in Japan. 

This is Ayumi's truck. 

This is Ayumi's truck. 

While we were chillin on this block waiting for more low riders to show up the Hondas also showed up. Pretty cool to see. 

While we were chillin on this block waiting for more low riders to show up the Hondas also showed up. Pretty cool to see. 

Ayumi. 

Ayumi. 

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Train Night Market - Thailand

It's been a week in Thailand already, I felt like I've been here for way too long but on our last day I felt kinda sad it's almost over. I'm extremely happy to leave this humid ass country but Thailand is a very cool place to visit. The night life, the people, the food was amazing!! We have Thai food back in the States but it's not as good as it is in Thailand ya'll. My family home cook meals are good too but most of it is pretty repetitive. I wanted to spend more time with my niece till she let me hold her. I wanted to get to know the locals more, take some pictures, meet some of the Thai girls out here. I'd love to come back but I definitely don't look forward to their heat though haha. One thing I won't miss is the smell in Thailand and the dirt roads, oh! And the heat haha. One thing I notice a lot in Thailand now is old white male with young Thai girls. No not hookers, young Thai women seeking a better future with White men to marry and live a life in the States, not sure how I feel about that but I won't even touch base on it. But of course theres plenty of those young ladies in the sex trades as well, shit is bananas B. I saw a lot of European men my age with Thai girls too, I guess the Asian girls out here is no different than the asian girls back at home, love them white men. 

We spent out last day with the homie Jay who now lives in Thailand, my cousin, my half brother, his wife, niece, and my cousin Maii. We walked around the street market and the new Train Night Market. That shit was pretty dope but I was sweating my ass off the whole time there, kind of a turn off if I wanna meet someone hahaha. A lot of young people hang out there as well, at the bars located inside. A lot of biker boys hang around the area as well, and most of the bars played American music. Saw some hipster shit, some greaser shit, barbers, food, nail salons, almost everything in this Train Night Market. Then we end the night with one last thing on our bucket list, Tuk Tuk through Thailand's street. That shit was pretty fun and the evening breeze was very cool. Oh and another thing, I did see a lot of lady boys. In case you're wondering why I even brought that up it was a part of my discussion or rant with my FB followers on the topic of Lady Boys in Thailand.

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Dinner inside one of the malls before we head to the Train Market. 

Dinner inside one of the malls before we head to the Train Market. 

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This is the cutest face I've seen in Thailand. 

This is the cutest face I've seen in Thailand. 

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This fried Laab/Larb is bomb as fuck ya'll. 

This fried Laab/Larb is bomb as fuck ya'll. 

Chanthaburi - Thailand (We Ate Bugs.....Again)

Today was a real chill day, we really needed some time to relax. First thing on the list was Gym, I have to build some muscles to break down my food and burn off some calories. Had breakfast at our hotel. My brother May picked us up at 10 AM and we went on a one hour drive to the country side to his house and shop. His shop is located right in front of the house actually. Where he would tune cars for a living...actually he tunes cars and race them for fun. A side hustle I guess. Cars and Racing really does run in the family, I knew he love cars like I do but I didn't know he owns a shop that tunes.  The shop also offer car wash and detailing. On top of that, his house is surrounded by exotic fruit trees, where he export them to China. I had no idea he was about that life. We chilled in the jungle near by, drank some Singha beers. My sister in law cooked us some meal and it was really nice to enjoy a home cooked meal in nature like that. We ate bugs again! Bryan had bugs for the first time. We actually liked it and kept eating it till it was gone. After drinking a few big bottles of beer, a little buzzed, probably shouldn't be driving but we ended up taking turns to drive May's race car that he won 1st place in a gymkhana race in Thailand. It was weird and difficult for me to drive on the right hand side. I missed shift 2nd and third gear, how embarrassing. Damn that was really fun though. 

Then we took another hour drive to the beach, to watch the sunset, kind of. I thought we were going to chill on the beach and actually go in the water but it was more of a PCH drive and rest stops to watch the sunset. It was still great to see it. 

My brother's car, he won first place in a Gymkhana race in Thailand. 

My brother's car, he won first place in a Gymkhana race in Thailand. 

Checked out one of his customer's whip, full carbon fiber front end. 

Checked out one of his customer's whip, full carbon fiber front end. 

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Sent one of the kids to get us some beer, enjoyed it with our lunch under a shade in this humid day. 

Sent one of the kids to get us some beer, enjoyed it with our lunch under a shade in this humid day. 

This bug actually taste good! Smelled like popcorn and tasted like popcorn, in a way. Sprinkled some soy sauce and goes great with beer. Country shit I guess. 

This bug actually taste good! Smelled like popcorn and tasted like popcorn, in a way. Sprinkled some soy sauce and goes great with beer. Country shit I guess. 

Eating some Longan fruits straight from the tree. 

Eating some Longan fruits straight from the tree. 

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We visit a temple somewhere inside a jungle. 

We visit a temple somewhere inside a jungle. 

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Everything hand carved. 

Everything hand carved. 

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One hour drive just to check out the sunset at the beach. No one plays in these beaches. More for sight seeing I guess. 

One hour drive just to check out the sunset at the beach. No one plays in these beaches. More for sight seeing I guess. 

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We had a family dinner at this place right here. They raise their fishes in these water. 

We had a family dinner at this place right here. They raise their fishes in these water. 

Soft shell crab curry. 

Soft shell crab curry. 

Shrimp cake, I love this one. 

Shrimp cake, I love this one. 

I love that seafood soup right there. 

I love that seafood soup right there. 

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Ayutthaya - Thailand

I just went through my photos for this post and realize there are no food pictures! We were on the road a lot actually. Took a three hour drive to Ayutthaya to check out the Ancient Temple and Bryan wanted to ride the elephant. The rest of us didn't ride the elephant, part of us felt guilty and bad for the elephants.  The worst part was, Bryan asked me to take some photos of him on the elephant so I'm guilty by association. We ate fast food while on the road, KFC, 7-11, and McDonald's. Yo! McDonald's over here had a family meal with have Fried Chicken and fries combo! Hahaha that's crazy! It was pretty damn good! It was a very hot day too, well 80s and humid, I don't like anything above 73 haha. So I spent the whole day sweating and feeling sticky. 

On one of our pit stop came across some car guys. Two of them are from China, and a couple of cars from Thailand joined the mini meet. I wonder what the Chinese are doing in Thailand with their stanced out whips. I woke up the next morning and my homie Pancaks tagged me in a IG video of the Benz, pretty wheel known whip in the car scene I guess. This post will be pretty short, I'm playing catch up on my blog, its been very tiring but adventurous. I really want to take a real vacation to Mexico again, that shit was a real vacation. 

Morning view during our breakfast at The Loft. 

Morning view during our breakfast at The Loft. 

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This one is also from China. 

This one is also from China. 

This one is also from China. 

This one is also from China. 

This car is my favorite. 

This car is my favorite. 

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Hahahaha. Got ya'll!

Hahahaha. Got ya'll!

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Spotted a Monitor Lizard. 

Spotted a Monitor Lizard. 

Pattaya Is Like TJ

Good day everyone!!! I crossed another bizarre food off my list. The other one was the Mantis Shrimp, and next we had Sea Cicadas!! A sand crab that is hard to catch/find and is only served at one location, Jakkajan Seafood. Used to be located on the beach, near the airport but they closed down and moved to a bigger building. We paid a good amount for the shuttle driver to take us there and eat before our flight at 12:40 PM. The ride was supposed to take us straight to the airport but I must have this Sea Cicadas, this was very important to me. I saw it on Andrew Zimmern's show Bizarre Food and for some reason, he made it sound really good. Well, it was!! It was delicious as fuck! So happy I get to try this one and a life time food. I feel its a once in a life time because I don't think I'll be coming back, anytime soon. Not that it's bad or anything, it's just one of those places I'd visit and move on. 

We landed somewhere near Chanthaburi and our half brother who reside in Thailand picked us up from the airport. All the locals in this area was staring at us, not sure if it was a good kind of stare or bad. I met my niece for the first time ya'll! She's soooo cute! So adorable! I'm sooo in love! OMG!! I wanted to cry! This was a big deal, very important meet. We basically didn't have any control of the day. My brother may took us on a long drive and I wasn't sure where. We kept stopping by all the tourist attraction. First was the Vineyard, we didn't drink wine but we drank Grape soda and ate cookies made with Grape jelly, kinda weird but cool. That place was filled with Chinese tourist. After that we went to a place called The Water Market. A place designed for tourist to experience the boat market, personally I prefer the real thing but I guess people automatically wants to take any visitors to a tourist attraction. The bad thing about tourist attraction is that the price is jacked up a little bit. I finally ate Scorpion! Another bizarre food checked of my list. It was disgusting!! I believe it was chef's error. I believe she cooked it with old or used oil and the scorpion was not fresh, been day for days maybe weeks. it tasted dry, burnt, and bitter. I'm down to try it again at a more legit spot. After driving for hours we had dinner at seafood buffet. They didn't have much to offer and didn't have much seasoning or sauce to offer as well. Everything was kinda bland. Plus I've been eating all day so I wasn't even hungry but I forced myself to eat some more just to have our first family dinner together. I checked off another bizarre food off my list, the Horseshoe Crab. I feel guilty for cooking it alive and also, I should've done more research before I ate it. It didn't have much meat to offer, just eggs, you eat just the eggs and it didn't look appetizing. I definitely fucked up on this one and my vegan friends would hate me for this one. We were supposed to spend some time in Pattaya, drink at the bars one the beach front but unfortunately my brother from Thailand didn't plan the trip well so we spent a couple of hours looking for a hotel. Eventually we got tired of it and took control and booked three rooms at The Loft. He was looking for a cheap place, what he doesn't understand is that, the rooms we booked was expensive to him but in reality it cost us $38 person. Oh! And we stayed in a city called Si Racha. I didn't know there's a place called Si Racha, if you don't know what that is, Siracha! The hot sauce! The reason why I said Pattaya is like TJ, well it's just like TJ with "street vendors." And the whole area look and smell just like TJ, but with Thai people. And everyone was telling me that it's like TJ. 

Sea Cicadas are only available at this location, Jakkajan Seafood. Hired a driver to take us here and to the airport. Offered him to eat with us but he kindly refused. 

Sea Cicadas are only available at this location, Jakkajan Seafood. Hired a driver to take us here and to the airport. Offered him to eat with us but he kindly refused. 

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Sea Cicadas, google it, looks weird. 

Sea Cicadas, google it, looks weird. 

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One hour later, we laded in Chantaburi. Meet my Niece. 

One hour later, we laded in Chantaburi. Meet my Niece. 

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The Water Market. 

The Water Market. 

She charges to take pictures with her. 

She charges to take pictures with her. 

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Spicy Gator. This one here tasted really good. 

Spicy Gator. This one here tasted really good. 

She did a great job seasoning the gator. 

She did a great job seasoning the gator. 

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Ate a Scorpion, gross! Chef's error, I'm sure it would taste good fresh or from a better chef. 

Ate a Scorpion, gross! Chef's error, I'm sure it would taste good fresh or from a better chef. 

Seafood buffet, I've always wanted to try these. 

Seafood buffet, I've always wanted to try these. 

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Naka Street Food - Phuket

During our shuttle ride from the ferry to our hotel we encountered a night market. We dropped a pin to mark the area so we can hit it up as soon as we get back to our hotel. The reason why didn't get dropped off there was because we had other people in the shuttle that needed to get dropped off. We wanted to shower as well, Phi Phi was hot and we were sweaty, and a nice shower was much needed. After an hour of rest we called a taxi to drop off us at the night market. We got dropped off at the wrong night market but fuck it, it was good enough to check out anyways. This one had stuff you can buy such as clothes, souvenir, bootleg shoes, and food! So this was more like it! This is what I travel for, FOOD! Food and photography. I used a lot of film photographing the locals out here. Also I'm getting sick, not sure from the food, water, or weather but I'm doing my best to fight it. Our "vacation" are normally very challenging, it's a lot of traveling, no rest, very tiring. So its important we take care of ourselves so we can physically explore the country. The food out there in Thailand is very familiar since I am Thai, but the flavor is very different, different chef with different personalities, and you can taste it in their food. I guess nothing beats authentic food. 

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Yo! Mantis shrimp!! Scary looking motherfuckers, Praying Mantis of the sea, taste like a fucking dream come true though. 

Yo! Mantis shrimp!! Scary looking motherfuckers, Praying Mantis of the sea, taste like a fucking dream come true though. 

Got damnit, doesn't look appetizing but I promise, the shit they cook it with, BOMB as fuck!

Got damnit, doesn't look appetizing but I promise, the shit they cook it with, BOMB as fuck!

This was good but I can't get past the texture in the center. Soft and mushy, like a rare steak. 

This was good but I can't get past the texture in the center. Soft and mushy, like a rare steak. 

This is Nam Khao, we have this at home. But the way they cooked this was really different. Tasted much better too! More crunch, more sour and spicy, but the ginger though, got to go cuz ginger is wack. Well it's not, I just hate ginger. This was one of my fave dish from the night food market. 

This is Nam Khao, we have this at home. But the way they cooked this was really different. Tasted much better too! More crunch, more sour and spicy, but the ginger though, got to go cuz ginger is wack. Well it's not, I just hate ginger. This was one of my fave dish from the night food market. 

They got all the dope bootleg shoes. 

They got all the dope bootleg shoes. 

My brother Dook and Bob bought these "supreme yeezy" just to fuck with Hypebeast back at home. I wanted one too, but my brother got the last 9.5. 

My brother Dook and Bob bought these "supreme yeezy" just to fuck with Hypebeast back at home. I wanted one too, but my brother got the last 9.5. 

Mocked shrimps, didn't know it was mocked shrimp. 

Mocked shrimps, didn't know it was mocked shrimp. 

This beef look and feel raw, but I swear she cooked it right in front of us. Weird but taste kinda good. 

This beef look and feel raw, but I swear she cooked it right in front of us. Weird but taste kinda good. 

Potatoes on a stick. 

Potatoes on a stick. 

Fake crab meat in Wonton. 

Fake crab meat in Wonton. 

Soft Shell Crabs, it's crazy because they look hard. We're just so used to eating the crabs with very hard shells. These are edible, all of it. Eat it with the chili sauce and its delicious as fuck. 

Soft Shell Crabs, it's crazy because they look hard. We're just so used to eating the crabs with very hard shells. These are edible, all of it. Eat it with the chili sauce and its delicious as fuck. 

Meat ball with the chili sauce, nothing new, but very very good to eat. 

Meat ball with the chili sauce, nothing new, but very very good to eat. 

Phuket Phi Phi Island

We are now in Phuket but we didn't get to do much on our first day here since it took some time to get settled in. We hung out at the hotel, ate dinner there, and talked about what we had planned for our morning adventures. All the locals on this island are a lot darker than the Thai in Bangkok or the city. It is a little more humid down here, closer to the equator, a lot of Malaysian here as well. They all think I'm Malaysian because of my beard, it fits their religious profile. Phuket is more of a country side down here, it's pretty cool to see, reminds me of the Philippines or Guam, funny I used them to compare since I've never been there. I've only seen it on the internet. 

I'm going to tell you about the biggest event of our day in Phuket and it's gonna sound like a bummer, it is but it's not. I tried to make the best out of it, soaked in all the beauty, took a lot of photos. At the end of the day, I don't recommend anyone to do the Phi Phi Island tour. Why? You know how everything on social media always look better? But it never tells the true/full story of the picture. Like its all fake, if you look at Phi Phi island on Instagram its all beauty there and spacious. Of course it's beautiful! But I was caught off guard by how the tour worked. Its a system created to milk money from the tourist. You pay for the shuttle, the boat ride, to an island to see more boats where people congregating on a small beach in a stand still like seals on the beach at La Jolla Cove. And smaller boats every where, they were there to witness the beauty, and I felt like we were there to witness tourist witnessing the beauty. At this point I'm still being optimistic, excited to see Phi Phi Island. As soon as we docked the ferry we had to pay 20 Baht for clean up, and 400 Baht to go on the beach, all in a straight line like a concentration camp haha. Poor choice of word but it reminded me of it from the movies. We didn't pay 400 Baht because we just walked right through. And they were charging tourist to use the bathroom, this whole tour thing is to gather the tourist to come spend money and they are successful at it. Sounds like any other place right? But I was looking forward to enjoy the beautiful beach too. When we got to the beach, it wasn't like how I saw it on social media. You had to take a smaller boat to the other side of the island to enjoy the other beaches. The beach we were small and some areas closed off for people to go in the water, it was packed full of tourist. I felt tricked into coming here, but fuck it. Dook and Bryan took a kayak and took some "Instagram" photos while me and Bobert walked around looking for Sea Cicadas and drank a tall beer on the beach. While watching beautiful girls walking by. I don't know, this is only my opinion, but I WOULD NEVER do this again. It had a bit of a controlled feeling, I hate feeling controlled by a system. 

At the airport in Phuket. Foreign girls look just like in the movies. This one is Russian. 

At the airport in Phuket. Foreign girls look just like in the movies. This one is Russian. 

So many taxis that are lowered and fixed up. 

So many taxis that are lowered and fixed up. 

Spotted a GTR. 

Spotted a GTR. 

Our room. 

Our room. 

The restaurant located at our hotel. 

The restaurant located at our hotel. 

Pad Thai Goong Sod, in a crispy eggroll wrapper. Weird but tasty!

Pad Thai Goong Sod, in a crispy eggroll wrapper. Weird but tasty!

Morning time, now I can take a picture of the pool area. This is our balcony. 

Morning time, now I can take a picture of the pool area. This is our balcony. 

Breakfast time. 

Breakfast time. 

Our shuttle was late, i hate being late. So we went down to look for him lol.

Our shuttle was late, i hate being late. So we went down to look for him lol.

Found him, he was bumping some Thai music all loud lol. 

Found him, he was bumping some Thai music all loud lol. 

If you're gonna do this tour, its good to pay a little extra for the VIP seats. AC and shelter from the wind and splashing water. 

If you're gonna do this tour, its good to pay a little extra for the VIP seats. AC and shelter from the wind and splashing water. 

I didn't want to step out to take this photo cuz I feeling sick so I shot this through my window. The tour said "look to the left" and I'm like, what is there to look at? lol.. Humans on the beach and small boats everywhere. 

I didn't want to step out to take this photo cuz I feeling sick so I shot this through my window. The tour said "look to the left" and I'm like, what is there to look at? lol.. Humans on the beach and small boats everywhere. 

These ladies took a selfie at every corner of the boat lol. Silly. Stunting 101, I bet they have a FB too. 

These ladies took a selfie at every corner of the boat lol. Silly. Stunting 101, I bet they have a FB too. 

Oh look! One of the island a part of the tour lol. 

Oh look! One of the island a part of the tour lol. 

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Me and Bobert watching Dook and Bryan doing Instagram whore shit lol.

Me and Bobert watching Dook and Bryan doing Instagram whore shit lol.

Took a lot of pictures of the Vans because the homie Kenny wanted to see more of it. 

Took a lot of pictures of the Vans because the homie Kenny wanted to see more of it. 

Their job was to hold whatever they are hauling. Tough. 

Their job was to hold whatever they are hauling. Tough. 

Bangkok - City Of Life Pt 1

Get ready for an intense intro ya'll! We covered a lot of grounds on our first day in Thailand. We definitely don't know how to pace ourselves. We can potentially burn ourselves out and I think I have. That's why our vacation is so tiring because we just don't know how to chill. By the end of our trip we'll eventually slow down and chill when we can't think of anything to do. Or we might just be too tired to go out one day. We'll sleep when we die I guess. 

It took us 25 hours to get to Thailand from LAX ya'll. The plane ride was gruesome. I finally got some sleep after our layover in Japan on our flight to Thailand but ANA Airline got some fucked up seats. It was like they didn't offer much cushion on the seat so my ass was hurting! I watched so many damn movies on the plane too. That was the cool party, finally go to see some of the movies I haven't seen and some. We landed in Bangkok around midnight and got picked up by my half brother who lives in Thailand. I've met him once before but this was Dook's first time meeting him. Also your first time hearing about him, I didn't tell ya'll that I have a brother in Thailand, my dad had a family before the genocide in Cambodia where he seek refuge in the US as a refugee with his parents and siblings. We rented out a Condo in Thailand at The Tree Interchanger where there's a 7-11 on site!! First thing we did when we dropped our bags off we went back downstairs and hit up the 7-11. Yo, there's a lady that works there all day all night. No matter what time of the day we go, she's there! I just want to tell her to go home and get some sleep! 

After pigging out in our living room we went to bed around 3 AM and three hours later we woke up and worked out. We had our first full day in Thailand yesterday and it was very tiring. The traffic here is horrible! traveling 6 miles in a Uber can take up to an hour! anything that is more than 10 miles away is considered very far for the locals. So far every food we ate is great and everyone has been very nice so far. We have an infinity pool at our place that we have not jumped in and probably won't get a chance to since it's our last day at this location. We're going to Phuket today for a few days and back to Bangkok to hang out with my brother and visit the country side. I'll post the photos below and attached a little back story on some of them. From morning to evening, you'll see we did a bunch of shit in one day. 

A shot of Robert sleeping on the plane. 

A shot of Robert sleeping on the plane. 

Dook, May (our half brother), and I. 

Dook, May (our half brother), and I. 

Car spotting in Thailand. A lot of Honda with JDM wheels. This one has Enkei RPF 1. 

Car spotting in Thailand. A lot of Honda with JDM wheels. This one has Enkei RPF 1. 

A lot cars in Thailand has Volk Racing Wheels. 

A lot cars in Thailand has Volk Racing Wheels. 

Our lobby where the WiFi is. 

Our lobby where the WiFi is. 

Crickets for sale. 

Crickets for sale. 

Pool area. 

Pool area. 

We didn't get to jump in. 

We didn't get to jump in. 

Views. 

Views. 

The gym. 

The gym. 

Theres a spot down the street that serves bomb ass Wonton and Pork soup. Like cursing outloud good! Went there twice already for breakfast. 

Theres a spot down the street that serves bomb ass Wonton and Pork soup. Like cursing outloud good! Went there twice already for breakfast. 

Coffee shop across the way. 

Coffee shop across the way. 

Ford Ranger. 

Ford Ranger. 

At the MBK Mall. 

At the MBK Mall. 

Fried Chicken and sticky rice at the Burger King Thailand. 

Fried Chicken and sticky rice at the Burger King Thailand. 

Cool fanny packs. 

Cool fanny packs. 

There was a long long line at Vans just for a sale. It's crazy how the hype on regular retail items are out here, its not even the exclusive stuff that the US kids normally line up for. 

There was a long long line at Vans just for a sale. It's crazy how the hype on regular retail items are out here, its not even the exclusive stuff that the US kids normally line up for. 

Look , "nice to meat u" and "Seoulcial Club" 

Look , "nice to meat u" and "Seoulcial Club" 

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Mexican Food truck inside the mall!!

Mexican Food truck inside the mall!!

After walking for miles at the mall we took a long Uber ride to a boutique store called 24 Kilates. Thats 24 Karat in a Thai accent haha. Shit is too funny, the R are L in Thailand. It's in a residential area, the store is located in the front yard of the owner's house. He has Two Aplinas on his driveway, who ever he is, he has money. 

The store is like a vault. 

The store is like a vault. 

Bryan told us about this store, he left empty handed cuz there was nothing for the big boys. 

Bryan told us about this store, he left empty handed cuz there was nothing for the big boys. 

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Came across this beauty. We weren't hungry but since when did I ever eat cuz I'm hungry? I eat just to eat! 

Came across this beauty. We weren't hungry but since when did I ever eat cuz I'm hungry? I eat just to eat! 

I picked out the Wagyu Ribeye just to taste. After tasting it we ended up ordering a 45 day dry aged beef. BOMB AS FUCK!  

I picked out the Wagyu Ribeye just to taste. After tasting it we ended up ordering a 45 day dry aged beef. BOMB AS FUCK!

 

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My homie Bryan first time having "fancy" steak. It was a great experience to have shared this meal with him. 

My homie Bryan first time having "fancy" steak. It was a great experience to have shared this meal with him. 

The kid staring at Bryan lol.

The kid staring at Bryan lol.

HAHAHA every kid has an ice cream except the one crying. 

HAHAHA every kid has an ice cream except the one crying. 

Drank some Singha Beer for the first time with Bryan, well it's his first time having Thai beers. 

Drank some Singha Beer for the first time with Bryan, well it's his first time having Thai beers. 

After an hour drive on a 6 mile drive, we finally made it to Jay's house. The man who designed my Hanuit logo and graphic tees. 

After an hour drive on a 6 mile drive, we finally made it to Jay's house. The man who designed my Hanuit logo and graphic tees. 

Dude look like Nick Jonas. 

Dude look like Nick Jonas. 

This guy got poked in the eye by a Cambodian fighter. All the Thai people wanted to jump in the fight lol. It was fucking intense!!

This guy got poked in the eye by a Cambodian fighter. All the Thai people wanted to jump in the fight lol. It was fucking intense!!

After the muay Thai fights we walked over the the Cowboy street. Which is where they filmed Hangover 2. And its the red light district. So not into it, soooo intense and grimy, some pretty ladies of the night and of course there were some lady boys too. 

FILM By Nitty Beat

 

 I got bored and decided to pimp myself out and made these magazine cover looking thing to help promote my photography. I guess it helps with keeping myself busy and my mind distracted I just have to keep doing something, staying "creative." I don't know what's in store for me in the future, or where photography will take me, and I can't convince myself to shoot digital when it comes to street photography, fashion photography, whatever this is called but I would shoot digital for the blog though. Well I guess I'm saying if you're looking for some "old fashioned" type of photography, a different feel to your photos, if you like how film looks, holler at your boy and lets work. 

Shoot On Sight

These are some photos I took of Christina yesterday, I think they came out great but I'm not truly satisfied with them. Why? For one, I'm forever working on my craft trying to perfect it. Though perfection doesn't exist, I understand that. But the day I control the result of the photos I'll be happy with them. What do I mean by that? Well for one, I shot with my Canon AE1 yesterday because I love how the photos comes out. But I'm having trouble figuring out why the photo kinda get washed out above. The color kinda fade as you look from bottom to top. But maybe I'm hard on myself as usual because I shot these photos at F-Stop 4 and 2.8 during sunset in a shady area and I shot both with Shutter speed 250 and 500. So maybe I do have a bit control over my photos and I kill myself for the ones I don't like. I will never understand why I'm this way.

I like how it sorta look like a painting and not a photograph, or a mixture of two. The digital camera would give it a crisp, clean, and sharp look, where the colors will pop, but I prefer this look. I can't get pass it and convince myself to shoot digital. Maybe for business I would shoot with a digital camera, but my heart will always be set on film. 

Christina changed up her hair color and I wanted to shoot her again in front of a colorful back drop. I found a yellow wall and a light pink wall in Golden Hill. Originally I wanted to shoot in front of a red wall but I couldn't find it, I still can't remember where I saw a bright red wall. I swear it was in Golden Hill. 

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Cars, Coffee, & Photoshoot.

Today's weather was really weird. I had to turn my AC on driving this morning. I wanted to complain about how warm it was till I thought about how cold it is in the East Coast. I hope ya'll stay warm and alive out there. Today was a surprisingly warm consider it's still Winter, it is San Diego after all, till the sun set then the fog start rolling in and gets a bit cooler. Went to BRI Motorsports grand opening to "stunt" with my boys. Ate some free burgers, Thank you BJ and his staff for a wonderful time, Ps. no flex zone huh? Took me a lot to hold myself back BJ, I got mad respect for you so your wish is my command. 

 

Left around 3 PM to get some coffee because I was still trying to wake up. Got to Krakatoa for some coffee and then did a photoshoot of Christina on the block. Now I'm currently at Moniker General writing this blog. I don't know why I even post my day to day but I've been told It's interesting to some, sooooo, I still don't understand why we do this, telling people what we do everyday but fuck it! And in a sense, it also makes me feel connected to the readers, even though I don't really know who reads but once I run into them, that's when I see how connected we are. 

Real Integra Type-R

Real Integra Type-R

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Did a shoot wtih Christina today in front of a yellow wall and also a light pink wall. I can't wait to get those photos developed. 

Did a shoot wtih Christina today in front of a yellow wall and also a light pink wall. I can't wait to get those photos developed. 

Japan Show 2017 Recap

I'll be leaving for Thailand and Japan next Wednesday ya'll. Going to take some photos out in Thailand and also linking up with a Low Rider crew in Osaka, Japan to take some photos of them. I have three shows planned for 2018. A Japan x Thailand photo show, Japanese Low Rider show, and Food Porn Vol. 2. I'm looking forward to see all your faces there! I can't wait to show you what I capture, I just hope I like it. Last year show with Bojangles was a great one. With our cars parked inside and our pictures on the wall. Might not be at the same location guys. I have a great opportunity to move the show around, this way it helps with exposing each other to new audience. I planning on having the Thailand x Japan show at ACD Gallery, Japanese Low Rider show at Por Vida, and Food Porn Vol. 2 will be at 5&A Dime. I'm focused, no distraction, I'm ready to put in work. 

ACD Gallery To Under Belly

Have ya'll ever been to ACD Gallery? If not its worth the visit. A small boutique shop in North Park that carries stuff you won't find in other stores in SD. Every Thursday the shops stays open till 8 PM (Normal hours is 12-6 PM), and would feature a local DJ to play some tunes for a couple of hours. Beatnick blessed us with some music last night, it happened to be Keith's (ACD Gallery owner) wife birthday so it was a fucking party!!! I had a great time, Thank you Keith for having us over! 

DJ Beatnick.

DJ Beatnick.

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My brother and I are true fat asses. We were kinda hungry and kinda hungry was good enough to eat something. I've heard good things about North Park Under Belly. And heard their Buns are really good, so we went to try it. 

Eggplant, for Flo, heard it was good. I'd like to try it. 

Eggplant, for Flo, heard it was good. I'd like to try it. 

Pork Belly, which is my favorite!!!!!!!!

Pork Belly, which is my favorite!!!!!!!!

Fried chicken, this was good too, but not my favorite. Nothing bad about it, i just love the Pork Belly too much haha. 

Fried chicken, this was good too, but not my favorite. Nothing bad about it, i just love the Pork Belly too much haha. 

Nitty The Chef?

Everybody know by now I'm addicted to food. There's no limit to how far I would travel for food and when the money is right, I'd over pay for a burger and a piece of steak. It's just one of those things I'm willing to do to get a taste of happiness! It doesn't give me anything to show for but I have the memory to smile about for days. 

Eating out gets very expensive. People are always talking about I should save some money by cooking at home. I just paid $14 for some Salmon and I was thinking this shit is expensive too! But I did cook three Salmon out of $14 but that shit is all gone now. So at the end of the day I'll be spending money as much as eating out anyways. I eat too much. Anywayyys, I'm not doing this to save money though, I'm doing this to drop some panties in 2018 motherfuckers! Hahaha. It's about time I learn how to cook, I watch cooking shows every damn day. So in my head I'm a fucking expert till I practice cooking it's a whole different story. I'm not sure why I decided to cook Salmon, I love my Salmon raw. I guess it's because it is the easiest to cook. I've been watching how Gordon Ramsay cooks it so I did what he does. 

I got half a pound of Salmon from Bristol Farm, gave it a little slice on the skin side to have the seasoning deep in the fish. I seasoned it with Paprika (because I didn't have Cajun spice), Salt, Black Pepper, cooked it with oil. Skin side down first till it's ready to flip and then I add garlic and butter. The butter will keep the Salmon moist too (that's what she said). Then Flip it one last time back on the skin side on low heat to make sure that shit is crispy as fuck. Then take it off the heat and let it sit in the pan for about 6 minutes. Forgot why but maybe I heard it wrong but that's I think Gordon said to do lol. I cooked some Cauliflower for the sides. I blanch it for about 6 minutes. Then drown that shit in ice cold water to stop the cooking. Throw that shit in the pan to make the outside crispy and the inside will be soft. Season it with Salt and Black pepper. Throw some butter in it and garlic, and shower it with hot butter B. Boom, you got yourself some tasty fucking Cauliflower. I got this shit from Cork and Craft, unfortunately it does not look or taste like Cork & Craft. I'm still working on that haha. 

Organic Cauliflower, who the fuck cares about organic or not. lol. I just happened to buy the organic one. Wait, maybe I should care huh?

Organic Cauliflower, who the fuck cares about organic or not. lol. I just happened to buy the organic one. Wait, maybe I should care huh?

Here it is on the pan after trying to crisp the shit out of it, should've cooked it longer. Butter bath. 

Here it is on the pan after trying to crisp the shit out of it, should've cooked it longer. Butter bath. 

Boom!

Boom!

Salmon seasoned in Paprika, Salt, Black Pepper. 

Salmon seasoned in Paprika, Salt, Black Pepper. 

I cooked it skin down, for about 4 minutes I believe. After I let it sit till it reach room temperature. 

I cooked it skin down, for about 4 minutes I believe. After I let it sit till it reach room temperature. 

Skin got stuck on the fucking pan so this is how it look, rolling my eyes as I look at this. 

Skin got stuck on the fucking pan so this is how it look, rolling my eyes as I look at this. 

Then put butter on it and garlic. Scoop some butter and shower it on to the fish. Flip it to the skin side one last time on low heat. 

Then put butter on it and garlic. Scoop some butter and shower it on to the fish. Flip it to the skin side one last time on low heat. 

Not pretty but it taste really good!

Not pretty but it taste really good!

Damn that shit is ugly. 

Damn that shit is ugly. 

Raveena - If Only | A COLORS SHOW

Found her music on Spotify and immediately fell in love. I had to find her on Instagram to know what she look like and to learn more about her. She barely had any followers then, now shes reaching 4100 followers, yes very brand new to the scene. We've been staying in contact since and offered her photo shoots and to show her and her team around SD food scene if she ever goes on tour in California. Beside her angelic voice, her lyrics really touched my heart. Got me in the feels. 

FoodPorn Vol. 2 2018

It has been a long time coming! I've been shooting for FoodPorn Vol. 2 for almost three years now! I can't say I've accomplished my mission because I am still shooting more photos as I'm not satisfied with the material I have. If you know me, you'd know how picky I am, but I promise there will be a Food Porn 2 this year!! I'll be going to Thailand and Japan in a week, so I'll have a show for those photos as well. 

Here is the featured model, Jasmine. I picked her because I just love the photos we created together. So I'll have four prints of her hanging on the wall and this image will be used as the flyer. Last year's featured model was Monique a.k.a DopeMo. Congrats to Mo and Bam on their beautiful baby girl! I love ya'll. One love! 

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