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Big Buddha Phuket

The 45-meter tall white marble statue, known as Big Buddha Phuket, will surprise you not only with its gigantic size but also with the view of the islands that surround Phuket.

The panoramic view, coupled with the wind thanks to the altitude, is a must-have experience if you’re ever in Phuket, Thailand. 

Big Buddha Phuket

Having driven all the way up to the Big Buddha Phuket, I was surprised and loved the view. It was also a great ‘escape’ from the highly humid weather of April as the breeze up there was really cool and lovely.

There are souvenir shops as well as many indoor things to look at at this Buddhist temple. It’s a beautiful place with breathtaking sceneries. 

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Playing Euro Truck Simulator 2 on 5K iMac

Who says you can’t game on an iMac?

Okay, I admit, it’s not a gaming machine. In a similar price range, you can get a much more powerful desktop computer having the ability to play all the latest triple-A titles. But that’s not what I got the iMac for. So I was fine with not having the ability to play all the triple-A titles.

However, it was still great at playing some of the titles that I enjoy. Euro Truck Simulator, as seen here, plays smoothly without any drama. I’m glad that it does. It’s one of the most relaxing video games that I ever played and I can’t get enough of it.

Fun fact: When I shot this photo, as you can see, it was raining in the game world. It had been raining in the real world as well! Adds to the experience, you know!

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Crowne Plaza, Belgrade

While attending WordCamp Europe 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia, I had the opportunity to stay at Belgrade’s Crowne Plaza hotel. It was a nice hotel with a fairly well-decorated room. Took this shot while I was looking at it from my bed.

Isn’t it wonderful that we can travel the world with ‘our world’ on that piece of technology?

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Scattered Clouds

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Amex Lounge at Shahjalal International Airport

One of the perks — not that there are many — of getting a City Bank American Express Credit Card (Gold) is that when you’re leaving the country, you can enjoy a somewhat luxurious lounge at the Shahjalal International Airport.

The lounge is pretty calm and beautiful. It has a good selection of free food that you can eat before you start your journey. There’s free WiFi with adequate speed to do some heavy browsing.

The lounge is accessible after you cross the immigration point, so you will likely not be spending a lot of time in there as you can only cross immigration after you’ve checked in, which is no more than a couple of hours before the departure time.

Why did I say that there aren’t many perks of getting an Amex card? Well, turns out, in Bangladesh, most merchants accept either Visa or MasterCard. American Express is not accepted as widely as Visa and MasterCard. Not that you can live without carrying cash in Bangladesh, but those places that do accept card transaction, they usually don’t support Amex cards, which is a bummer.

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Ginger Ale and Mac

Ginger Ale happens to be one of my favorite drinks that I have every time I’m abroad. The other favorite drink is Dr Pepper. Dr Pepper is not available in Bangladesh at all. Some brands of Ginger Ale can be found in some of the superstores in Dhaka, but they taste so bad that it’s better to keep waiting for the next time I’ll fly abroad.

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Arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka

The arrival area at the only international airport in Bangladesh. Having traveled through so many international airports abroad, where you have to walk painfully long distance inside the airport to get from point A to point B, when coming back to Bangladesh, this airport feels ridiculously small. But, when you come back from a 30+ hour journey, a small airport makes it that much easy on the body.

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OnePlus 5 Dual Camera

Purchased this OnePlus 5 phone as my secondary Android phone. I always keep a secondary Android phone, but this time, I have one that takes quite good pictures. You’ll see some of them in the coming days right on this photo blog!

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Cloudy Morning in Whistler

The last day before you leave when you’re out traveling is always the saddest. It was no different for me. Coming from an unbearably hot and humid weather, the cloudy and drizzling weather in Whistler on the day before I was going to leave made me miss the calm and beautiful place even more. The photo wasn’t even taken in early morning. I believe it was about 8-9 in the morning when I took this shot.

One look at all that cloud and you could tell that the rain was coming. (And it did indeed come later in the day.)

But the most surprising part for me was the fact that the weather forecast 7 days earlier so darn accurate. In Dhaka, the forecast can be hit and miss. But every time I travel to the west, I’m surprised by the accuracy of the forecast. I wish we had that here too.

(And as a side note, I’ve been playing with Affinity Photo on my new iPad Pro and edited the picture above. Here’s the original photo for reference.)

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Given that I wasn’t shooting RAW and it was shot on an iPhone 6s, the transformation was really cool to see. I’m not even expert at Affinity Photo yet, so imagine what the possibilities are if you know the ins-and-outs of this app!

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UK Border

While traveling to Canada, getting from one terminal to the next in London’s Heathrow International Airport, where I had a layover, needed me to board an airport bus that drove right next to the airport border. I could see the British road and cars driving past me. But this picture makes it more clear how I had to leave the UK border before I could officially enter it.