Ăr ivĂ€g ett par dagar fĂ¶r att plĂ„ta till ett reportage i grannlandet Kambodja. Kanske blir det sista resan i regionen innan det Ă€r dags att packa vĂ€skorna och flyga hem till den svenska sommaren. Det skall bli spĂ€nnande att se hur vi acklimatiseras oss hemmavid. Livet blir naturligtvis inte mer intressant Ă€n man tillĂ„ter den att vara â oavsett var i vĂ€rlden man Ă€n befinner sig. Men bara genom att bo och jobba hĂ€r i Sydostasien, Ă€ven under en kortare period som vi, fĂ„r man per automatik ett intressant vardagsliv. Vilket alldeles sĂ€kert kommer att skapa ett slags vakuum nĂ€r vi lĂ€mnar den hĂ€r vĂ€rldsdelen om nĂ„gra veckor. Kommer att sakna Frangipani-blommorna…Kommentera
Utan nĂ„gon egentlig uttalad kreativ plan, bĂ¶rjade jag fĂ¶rra Ă„ret filma sommarscener i och runt VĂ€stra Hamnen. Den korta filmen ovan Ă€r ett sammelsurium av dessa scener â ackompanjerad med musik av vĂ€nnen och musikern, Peter TegnĂ©r. Kommer att fortsĂ€tta med videodokumentationen med samma opretentiĂ¶sa mĂ„l; att dela min inspiration fĂ¶r ett av Sveriges vackraste omrĂ„den.Kommentera
ErkĂ€nner att jag inte tycker att musiken eller artisterna i den moderna tappningen av Eurovisionsschlagerfestivalen tilltalar mig nĂ€mnvĂ€rt. Men nĂ€r vi blev inbjudna till SWEA:s Ă„rliga vĂ„rfest hĂ€r i Bangkok med det fĂ¶r Ă„rstiden pĂ„passliga temat, “Schlager”, hakade vi pĂ„ med nĂ€stan lĂ¶jligt stor entusiasm. Och efter ett par turer till det intensiva men allomfattande klĂ€ddistriktet Pratunam Market, utkristalliserades ganska snart en slags Ă¶msint parodi av paret Svenne och Lotta Hedlund frĂ„n tidiga 1970-talet. Ett perfekt tillfĂ€lle att inviga mina Stan Smith frĂ„n samma era. Det blev en riktigt lyckad fest med god mat och snapsvisor och mĂ„nga gamla Ă¶rhĂ€ngen pĂ„ dansgolvet. Charlotte och jag vann dessutom priset fĂ¶r bĂ€sta kostym! Det Ă€r mitt alter ego Svenne, som stĂ„r till hĂ¶ger.Kommentera
Det hĂ€r Ă€r kanske den ultimata lunchen. BĂ„de visuellt och kulinariskt. Komponerade tallrikens ingredienser frĂ„n en diger skaldjursbuffĂ© under en lunch i sĂ¶dra Thailand fĂ¶rra helgen. AvnjĂ¶t den fĂ€rska hummern, sushi-rullarna och musslorna med ett vĂ€lfyllt och iskallt glas Chardonnay. Ăter mĂ€rkligt nog ytterst sĂ€llan skaldjur hĂ€r i Bangkok. Detta trots att vi har en av stans mest kĂ€nda skaldjurskrogar bara nĂ„gra hundra meter lĂ€ngre ner pĂ„ vĂ„r gata. DĂ€r hĂ€nger en stor skylt med texten; “If it swims, we have it”.Kommentera
After two gorgeous days with plenty of fresh air, open skies and refreshing swims in the ocean (and in our suite’s mini-pool), it’s quite the contrast to be back in the concrete jungle of Bangkok. The Andaman Sea (Phuket) was unusually calm for this time of year, so any hopes of surfing were literally flattened. Will likely have to wait with that hobby until I get back to Santa Monica later in the year.Kommentera
Back from a brief assignment about one of Phuket’s first and most well-known boutique hotels, Twin Palms Resort for Swedish travel site, Thailand Living. It’s been a few years since my last visit to Surin Beach and back then, this short stretch of Thailand’s beautiful south coast was relatively peaceful. Surin is still a beautiful, laid-back refuge â at least when compared to the hysteria that has come to define places like Patong and Kata. But today, you’ll find several chic, Ibiza-style beach clubs and a dozen or so really good restaurants here. This shot is from Twin Palm’s Catch Beach Club where they offer an amazing Sunday brunch buffet that includes lobster, oyster and sushi.
From Wednesday’s charity shoot at Food Academy Bangkok, F.A.B. â deep in the slum of Bangkok’s Jet Sip Rai area. My grandmother Agnes made a decent SmĂ¶rgĂ„stĂ„rta â the classic Swedish sandwich cake. But the one created by the academy’s staff (all natural ingredients) was almost unbelievably tasty. Did I mention how filling it was? The trick with SmĂ¶rgĂ„stĂ„rta is that you really have to go easy with how much of it you eat. Too much and you’ll likely only remember how unbelievably full you were. Visit F.A.B. here and order your cake today!Kommentera
Can’t really explain my obsession with Adidas Stan Smith. I suppose it’s part the minimalistic design and the simple fact that they offer great comfort. Over the years, I’ve probably owned 10 pair. About a year ago and with some hesitance, I threw away my latest Stans. They were worn and torn beyond what any white shoe paint could camouflage. Shortly after, I learned that my favorite footwear â and the world’s most successful tennis shoe (introduced 1973) had been discontinued by Adidas. The other day, while walking in the myriad of alleys and narrow lanes that make up Bangkok’s Weekend Market, I spotted a pair of gleaming white sneakers placed high up on a shelf in a dimly lit vintage shop. They weren’t in mint condition, but the fit was perfect. So, after a minute or two of customary haggling, the storekeeper let me have the Stans for about $20. Haven’t worn them yet, though. Waiting for a special occasion. Just read on “Sneaker Report” that Adidas has reintroduced the model and is now selling them through their online store. I mention this in case there are other Stan fans out there.
Got up at dawn yesterday and headed down to the Taksin Bridge. Walked parallel with the river until I hit the old fire station/customs house where this amazing wooden staircase is. Without a doubt, the Ban Rak area from the Oriental Hotel to where Chinatown eases into Old Bangkok at Rattanakosin, is my place of choice for street photography in the capital.Kommentera
From yesterday’s aforementioned culinary adventure with Khun Champoo â affectionately known as “Poo” â and what surely must be one of Thailand’s most famous cooking classes, Cooking with Poo. The day started early with a guided tour of the massive Klong Toey Market where we took in the sites, sounds and smells from a few of the market’s many sectors. The cooking classes take place in a house along a narrow alley of Klong Toey, a sprawling slum area where 80-100,000 people live. Together with her team, the amazingly enthusiastic and energetic Poo taught the class how to make Lemongrass Salad, Phad Thai and Massaman Curry. And after buying her popular cookbook, I’m hoping now to finally be able to make a few Thai dishes that come close to tasting as good as what the class made yesterday with help from Poo. Click through the chronologically reversed collection to get a glimpse! Right-click to save and share.Kommentera
It’s still scorching hot and only an hour or so after sunset does it start to cool down here in Bangkok. So most days, I’ll just settle for a cold-pressed, vegetable drink for lunch. Today though, I opted for the Pad Thai Tofu the restaurant in our building offers. In Santa Monica, we actually found a place that served up a decent version of this classic Thai dish. Hopefully by tomorrow, after documenting the famous Chef Poo, I will learn the inner workings and secret sauce that make such a basic recipe taste so great here in Thailand.
Like most megacities, you never really catch up with Bangkok. The abundance of venues is overwhelming. Like the open-air mall and amusement park, Asiatique Riverfront south of the Taksin Bridge. We spent a few hours there yesterday and we were just about the only Europeans there. The Raboff’s enjoyed a beautiful sunset, a very local atmosphere and a scrumptious Easter seafood dinner. Start with the young lady we met by the pier and then click your way through to the amazing ferris wheel which I couldn’t resist giving a spin.Kommentera
Despite being a veteran consumer of Thai food, I consistently make the mistake of assuming I can manage a reasonable level of chili without consequence. Tonight’s dinner at “The Never Ending Summer” â a new restaurant next to the Millenium Hilton â on the Thonburi side of Chao Phraya River â was no exception. Having neglected to ask for a less spicy version of the crunchy egg noodles and fried tofu in coconut cream that I had ordered, I found myself soaking from head to toe with perspiration after just a few chews. When will I learn? Still, it was definitely a Good Friday Dinner!Kommentera
In Bangkok again after a surprisingly smooth, long-haul flight with Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner. Considering it rained 90% of the time, I still feel I had a productive visit and accomplished more than expected. My mother’s sister passed away while I was working in Sweden â which was surely a coincidence as aunt Lillemor was likely unaware of me being in the country. Still, you never know. The saddest part of her passing was that she never got to meet our daughter Elle â an amazing young woman that would of impressed her on many levels.
Shot this morning using a hovering, so-called hexacopter at about 100 meters above MalmĂ¶ Harbor. The recipe? A combo of perfect weather conditions, an interesting perspective, an extremely agile pilot and a bit of enhancement work in Adobe Lightroom. There you have it, the cover shot for my new book, “VĂ€stra Hamnen 2014″.Kommentera
Still on the waiting list for better weather but dealing with it relatively well. At least creatively. The weekend’s looking promising and so, I’ve booked a hexacopter pilot to help me get a few really interesting perspectives of new projects in VĂ€stra Hamnen.Kommentera
From yesterday’s excursion to the Oresund Bridge with Freddy. When it comes to having good photography weather for exterior projects, I’m usually reasonably lucky. So far during this visit to MalmĂ¶, not so much. Persistent rain showers, gusty winds and clouds dispersed almost mockingly even above VĂ€stra Hamnen is what I’m up against here. Being the measured optimist that I am, I still have hope that the rest of the week will align with my usual, aforementioned meteorological luck.Kommentera
Back in the hood for a spell. Woke up severely jetlagged at first light and stumbled out for a lengthy walk. Unsurprisingly, I discovered several new building projects in various stages of completion â like the entirely new and mostly residential area on VĂ€stra Varvsgatan adjacent to Ankarparken (pictured above). Curious to see which projects make it into my new book, “VĂ€stra Hamnen 2014″. In a week, I’ll know.Kommentera
The wide range of entrepreneurship along the crowded sidewalks of Bangkok continue to amaze me. Like this fellow whom has identified the popularity of shaved ice with syrup topped off with condensed milk and found a means to exploit the seemingly endless demand for this frozen desert. Last time I enjoyed shaved ice was a couple of years ago at the Matsumoto Shave Ice shop in the North Shore village ofÂ Haleiwa on Oahu, Hawaii. During our most recent visit, the lines were just too long.Kommentera
We’re in the midst of summer here in Bangkok and it is hot, hot, hot! Oh, and did I mention the insane humidity? On the bright side, it’s peak season for those of us that can’t get enough of the King of Fruits, the mango. I’ll be flying to Sweden soon and plan to bring with me a few ripe and juicy samples â should the urge for a thick, Mango Ginger Mojito arise whilst I’m in the not-quite-so-warm-and-humid MalmĂ¶.