Kandy, some 2 hours south of the Cultural Triangle, is called the cultural capital of Sri Lanka.
We went to the town to see the Temple of Tooth.
Beautiful and happy family.
Morning school time.
Traditional vs Modern.
What’s up buddy
I found a lot of old Japanese cars in Sri Lanka like this.
I could eat all those pineapples.
Had a fancy breakfast with some herb soup.
Photo session after breakfast.
I found this in men’s room, creative and inspiring design.
Nini really loves her papi.
People keep telling me stop giving money to those beggars, because they’ll use it to get drunk.
Nice couple told us where to park.
Nini and her papi.
Elephants and tourists, I don’t find it really lovely.
That’s a lot of TATA.
Fresh juice and nice nap.
What the flipping heck is wrong with this clock tower.
Flowers for offering.
We found some monkeys.
Devoutly praying woman.
This is where we keep the Tooth.
This pigeon was following me everywhere.
Are you sad, buddy?
I got fresh papaya juice and lime juice.
A guy’s doing seamstress work.
There is a something behind the cloud.
There you are, my friend
I stand in a place where I can reach out towards the sky.
I open my hands and release everything I got.
I keep myself warm with moonlight, and it give me strength.
Eventually I find the answer about my dreams.
The answer that I have known since the first day.
My future can only be brightened by myself.
Je me tenais près du haut du ciel.
J’ouvre mes mains et je relâche tous ce que j’ai.
Je me chauffe à la lune, qui me donne de la force.
Enfin je me suis rendu compte que la réponse de mes rêves est toujours dans mes propres mains.
On peut seulement briller par son propre esprit.
P.P.S. Je suis toujours en vie, ma poule…
An early start.
Because it’s time to beachinnnnnng…
Two guys from Sweden, a bar tender and an engineer.
Something bit my left foot when I was in the water, taking pictures. It really hurts.
A couple from Brussels, Belgium, Céline and Bernard. They invited me to hang out with them. I had a great French afternoon.
Céline and Bernard found a little buddy.
We had lunch together.
The coolest tuk-tuk driver of Unawatuna.
Devil dances of Sri Lanka.
A leisurely boat excursion.
This guy got his own island and he showed us how to make some cinnamon products.
Got back and went to the beach again.
It’s time to go home.
Sometimes you just need to see something from a new perspective to give you inspiration..
Let the adventure begin..
Instruments used in a hot air balloon: the altimeter measures height above sea level, the pyrometer measures the temperature at the top of the balloon’s envelope and of course the compass tells which direction you are heading.
The main components of a hot air balloon are the envelope (balloon), fuel system, and gondola (basket). Most envelopes are made from ripstop nylon which is similar to the material for parachutes. One difference is that the ripstop is coated inside to contain the hot air. It is open at the bottom to receive the heating flame and have a deflation port, a large opening at the top that allows the hot air to escape during landing.
The fuel system is composed of the heater, which burns propane to heat the air in the envelope, fuel tanks, which are carried in the basket; and hoses, which connect the two. The basket is constructed of wickerwork rattan and is connected to the envelope by cables.
P.S. Pour garder la tradition française, à la fin de chaque vol, après l’attérissage, le champagne coulera afin de fêter dignement l’événement.
I found a rice factory in Dambulla.
I wanted to see some wild elephants. They were too far away, why didn’t I have a telephoto lens? Why? I know why…
Another female road builder.
Chinese technology always makes people laugh.
Golden temple of Dambulla.
A cute catty.
This guy got some problems on his eye.
I wanted to shoot some sunset pictures.
On my way back.
A family invited me to have a cup of tea.
The entrance of visiting area.
The museum of Polonnaruwa.
I wanted to take a shower.
The medieval capital city of Polonnaruwa was once protected by 3½ miles of walls. The many sculptures, friezes ruins, temples etc are contained within a family compact area.
Big lizard photography.
Look at what I found
The glory of Anuradhapura was destroyed by the South Indian invaders compelling the Sinhala monarchs to establish the capital in a different location Pulatthinagara - modern Polonnaruwa. The architectural features, sculptures, paintings and writings on stone have its own identity of Polonnaruwa type influenced not only by Buddhism but also by Hinduism as well.
I love sweet king coconut.
Amongst many rock carvings the Galvihara images of Buddha are the most remarkable. The delicate features of these carvings are apparent to this day and their size–standing 7m tall, 14m reclining – truly impressive.
Two guys from London, spent already 2 months in Sri Lanka.
I found a Buddhist school far from the residential area by myself. I was so lucky.
How to carve a Buddha.
Something was keeping telling me it’ll be a great day.
Ploughing and sowing.
Weerasinghe Textiles & Tailors workshop. Kurunegala Junction, Dambulla.
A female road builder.
I had my lunch with this kiddo.
Sigiriya was no mere fortress, gloomy and forbidding. At the brief height of its glory, it was a royal citadel for more than 18 years, from 477 to 495 A.D, one of the loveliest that have graced this land.
Around the base of the rock are beautiful water gardens within a walled enclosure, ponds and fountains and boulder gardens with rock carvings, a legacy of its time as a monastery.
I did a survey with these students.
The wonder and beauty of Sigiriya – The Lion Mountain is North of Dambulla. To wonder around where the remains of a 5th Century amazing fortress palace sits 200m above the surrounding country.
A cute Chinese girl.
Then I climbed.
At the summit the view is spectacular.
The tales surrounding King Kasyapa have been passed from generation to generation and still have the power to instill respect, admiration and the greatest monument to his memory the remnants of his palace in the sky. Perhaps this is why Sigiriya is such a major tourist attraction right throughout the year.
A 30 years old chained male elephant.
At this moment, he’s not chained and he’s 1m away from me. I was just taking pictures and didn’t move. He blinked and reached his long trunk to my camera, then he approached me standing face to face, eyes staring on me for a few seconds. I guess maybe he’s just lonely and want to find someone to play with. A sudden shout drew his attention off, he turned around and started to work.
Time to work.
Spent a few hours in a 1800 years old temple.
A monk was reading.
Look at his eyes.
A thirsty cat.
I love sweet fresh milk.
Wow, those are some big fishes.
Pumalli the cat, 1.5 years old.
Exciting day for an experienced rafter like me. The water of Kelani river is warm. Let the adventure begin.
Morning photo session.
Before getting some challenging rapids, let’s have some food.
Exhilarating ride of my choice.
Squirrel, bunny and what the flipping heck is this guy?
P.S. My Gopro Camera failed to record when I was floating in the lower section of river. Lesson learned : next time, I’ll bring at least 2 Gopro.
P.P.S. If Gopro got a product designer like me, they won’t have these problems.
Children, vendors, teenagers, lovers, kite flyers, merrymakers… Welcome to Galle Face Green promenade.
Where are the surfers?
Be cautious, bathing in the ocean is dangerous. You’re joking, right?
People indulge in their favorite pastimes next to the sea under the open sky.
Got hungry, went to a Sri Lankan Burger’s King.
Sri Lankan lottery. Since buying these, people have been living in clover.
Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2016 is :
It’s the time to see some nice places, hence I walked.
After 3h, got tired and went home.
When I left :
When I got back :
I guess some guy is always enjoying their happy life. I need a cup of sweet tea
I found my posing model : Mr Subramaniyan.
He might not know that, but he’s absolutely the best in this business, I’ve got nobody like him who can pose without moving even a little bit in the blazing sun.
Hi, majiang, how you doing
What’s with all these clothes?
I stayed with Mr Subramaniyan while he’s working. Here everything becomes clear, and the world makes most sense. I’ve put myself out there, and I returned with something new. I’ve imagined if I could work like him, and I can’t give myself a sure answer. But it doesn’t matter anymore.
Something doesn’t belong here.
Because of my eye, I didn’t go out yesterday. Just another beautiful day of pig life.
The mosquitoes are the pure real Dracula. I eat, they sleep. I sleep, they eat…
I hope this magical Diuul Kiri (Wood apple juice) would help me to conquer the bloody world.
Sick of being mosquitoes’ servant, we went out even though it was raining.
Time is waiting for me.
Got hungry, Go nuts with donuts.
The people work in Gonuts showed me a 1944 central bank of china made 500 yuan.
Gangaramaya, I’m coming.
I wish I could take him home when I found this little cat.
One of his legs is broken.
He just crawled to me and reposed upon my legs. I guess he’s cold and wanted to find some place warm.
I didn’t have guts to take him home. The chance may never come again.
Happy birthday, Digini. Subha upan dinayak !!
I had a nava cake and a cup cake.
My left eye need to get rest. So day off.
I’m such a couch potato.
There’s always room for jello.
Monkeys are really fast.
I’m still wet behind the ears. Something bad was going on to my left eye, and I just let it go without doing anything. The result is : I’m blind, partly.
All happened two days ago. When I was playing with Nicole, she scratched my left eye with her little paws. My eye got infected and started to become really reddish and sensitive to light.
So today, Diyath decide to bring me to the hospital to do some eye check.
But without exception, I started the day with a little session of snapshots.
Diyath got some haircut.
Sri Lankan style newspaper. People here are really enjoying their life. With a cartoon styled newspaper, you can’t be unhappy. Not to mention, with this beautiful lady.
What I found on the way.
My best shot of the day.
A man begged for money, I gave him 100 rupees. Diyath told me that he said some good words to me and wished me a good life. I want say the same things to him, but I don’t speak Sinhala…
Here is Diyath’s girlfriend : Michiko. She brought me all over Colombo to make sure that my eye’s going to be OK. I found she looks a little bit like that lady behind her, so I did something to the photo. I hope she doesn’t mind though…
Then my camera got out of battery. Fuck me. I fell asleep when I got home yesterday because of my eye, so I didn’t charge the battery.
Then I heard this guy telling me : Don’t worry, you’re just gonna be OK.
Life was suddenly full of possibilities, not to mention a few unexpected surprises. One of the wheel rims was fucked, we have to repair it.
That’s why Diyath called upon his tuk-tuk friend : Suranga.
We were heading to a local tyre repairing store.
There I found some Chinese equipment.
Mr Lijijamandar took a quick look at the tyre and started to work.
Then he told us this tyre can still work for a while, but we’d better replace it with a new one.
The service was charged for 100 rupees = 0.6 €.
Then we went back to have some lunch.
The girls had to go to some private maths class this afternoon. They told me that we were about to go in 20mn after lunch. I took like 30mn further to charge my Gopro camera and transfer all those files. Kana gaatui !! There won’t be a next time.
But the girls seemed all chillax even though they were late for the class.
Later, I had some Sri Lankan kebab with Diyath, Suranga, Irish : Shawrama.
I was a little bit tired and there was something going on with my left eye…
Diyath and Irish had something to do, so they told Suranga to drive me home and also to pick up the girls.
My first tuk-tuk experience with Suranga was very exciting, he’s absolutely the best tuk-tuk driver in Colombo, just look at how close we are to the car. It was like 30mph, and Suranga didn’t hit the brake at all.
While I was amazed by Suranga’s driving skills and enjoying the cool wind on my cheek, I found this.
Hey girls, here is your tuk-tuk guy…
P.S. My left eye was burning and reddish, tears started to shed like a river. Help, I got a problem.
It’s been 22h without water, enough is enough. I told Diyath that we have to fix the problem and kick some serious monkey’s ass.
But before doing anything, we eat. All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. Hi, my coconut friend, you look like very tasty.
Then we were heading to a store to buy stuffs for repairing the pipeline. We took a shortcut across the field.
We love kids here in Sri Lanka.
Finally, we got what we needed.
On our way back, a cow was really interested in my camera.
And I’ve told him if he looks like these two ladies, he might have a chance. I’m just kidding.
Shower and lunch. Since I was always asking what’s in all these food, the grand chief showed me the real secret of Sri Lankan food : spices.
I took a walk to digest. Miss Thebuwanage agreed to accompany me.
After a “long” “arduous” walk, we got the right to have some yami Sri Lankan 100% milk yogurt : cuaid !
Afternoon, 35°c, the only thing to do is…
I got another idea though : another sweaty long walking.
I wish I have a 300mm telephoto lens.
When I was back, I put my Gopro Camera on the roof to record some time-lapse snapshots.
And I found this guy.
When I was setting up my Gopro. There was Miss Malini singing. For quite a moment, I stopped asking myself questions.
Every time when the sun goes down I think of …
P.S. Ashly is sick, we tried to feed him some milk since he didn’t eat the whole day.
Good day to everybody.
Early in the morning, got a face like this made me feel really good :
Can’t remember where am I exactly, I walked around in the yard so that I could have some fresh air.
If you ask me why the sky is so bluey, didn’t you use some retouch software? Then you’ll be eating this : a clear atmosphere intensifies the blue of the sky !!
Ridiculously delicious lunch.
And some juicy papaya.
Then Diyath gave me a ride in Colombo, who could have known that it took the whole day.
Are you thirsty, cow boy ?
I’m glad I got my camera. It’s hot out there, 34°C, but we were fine in the car.
Diyath taught me how to buy 1000 rupee’ gasoline. The station is ran by a man and his son.
We had to pick up a friend, Irish, who works as a cameraman in the country’s biggest sports television channel.
Then I found this, a BMW 730 with a VIP red number plate.
Sri Lankan beauties.
In Sri Lanka, every student have to wear the uniform, even in college. I found it a little bit funny when I saw
these grown up men in their cute little blue ones.
You can see a lot of temples like this in Colombo.
Diyath told me this is the president’s house.
We went to pick up a cousin sister who wanted to change some money. I changed all my euros to Sri Lankan
rupees : 90€ = 15030 LKR. The number seems pretty exciting though.
The others were hungry, we went to a Domino’s. The Sri Lankan people are really the happiest ones, they just
don’t stop laughing.
The Sri Lankan Domino’s menu.
Dig in then.
When we stepped out of the Domino’s, it’s already night out there. We were heading home, so was the cow.
Those two little things in the plate is called “Modam pooja”, a Tamil festival food, the left one is sweet, the
other one is salty. They are both amazingly delicious. Tamil gods are really lucky.
And yes, it’s a bottle of wine, and it’s for later that night. So children please go to bed, because the really scary
night story was about to happen…
P.S. About the wine : Rockland Old Arrack, 100% coconut wine, 34°, and only from Sri Lanka. Saudi ye puremu !!
I woke up with an aching neck and back at 4 in the morning on the airplane’s seat, the monitor in front of me was showing : “Time To Colombo : 2h37″. The air hostess started to serve the last meal : “Chicken or Fish?”, “Chicken, please.”, said I, laughing. I took fish yesterday, so… When I was putting those delicious tagliatelle into my mouth, I started to think about this blog that I wanted to build for my journey. I’m not kind of guy who writes some stuff daily, actually not even once in a year. I’ll just keep it simple, so that I won’t get tired of it.
Anyway, I decided to start with day 2. Day 1 is not going to be missing though, I’ll try to upload it later.
The flight landed in Colombo at 6h36 a.m. local time. I stepped out of the plane and suddenly I felt a hot and humid air. I’m back, Asia.
At the Exit Hall, there is some television people.
I waited 30mn to get my baggage. A Canadian couple from Montreal was right next to me, I didn’t miss the chance of speaking french for the last time, and I picked up a really cute Quebecois accent, proud of me.
Diyath, my Couchsurfing host in Colombo showed up like an angel when I was standing outside of the airport, staring at the overcast sky, while the rain was pouring down non stop. I got on a car with Diyath’s cousin sister and her adorable baby girl who was born in Delhi.
Diyath and his driving friend took me for a ride about 3h in Colombo. I’ve enjoyed this excellent chance for shooting some first photos of Sri Lanka. It turned out to be like this :
Then we arrived in his place.
The house helper:
His younger sister:
What a family !
And this is my room, holy cow, it’s more than perfect :
Basically, I got everything I need:
And it’s all free. You can imagine how I was smiling when Diyath told me : “Hey, bro, you can stay here for no matter how many days, and if you need anything, just ask.”.
“Paradise” said I to myself, and heard it resound the rest of the day.
P.S. Am I the cuttest?