Monday, December 30, 2013

Recommended Documentaries

     Here is a list of documentaries I have seen recently or have watched in the past that I would like to share with all of you.  Unfortunately, some of these documentaries are not available for free on YouTube.  You will have to search for some of them yourself, but I believe it is worth it.  As I stated before, I don't always have a topic in mind and I am open to watching anything that comes my way.  If there are any documentaries you suggest I see, please write me!  Of course, some things I do go above and beyond to watch about.

The Two Escobars

     This is one of the best documentaries I have ever watched.  I think it is brilliantly done and incredibly interesting.  I watched it a few years ago and it really affected me.  I wasn't emotionally right for at least a week after watching this.  Seeing what Pablo Escobar did to the country of Colombia was insane.  What really hurt me as well was what happened to Andre Escobar, a footballer who played on the Columbian National Team.  You got to watch this documentary if you want insight into a Colombian Drug Lord, history of Colombia and if you are a football fan.  

The Class of '92

     This documentary was great!  The second I heard this was being released, I was beyond thrilled!  It was a bit difficult to find as this DVD was not even released in the American region format.  I had to search for it specially on the internet if you know what I mean.  These lads are all amazing footballers and they went on to have brilliant careers that can be recognized no matter what team you have allegiance to.  I happen to be a huge United fan, so I loved it even more.  There is no greater feeling than knowing I got to see United at Old Trafford the day they won their 20th Championship before Sir Alex Ferguson retired.  Paul Scholes announced his retirement the day I was there.  I will never forget that day!  Loved this documentary about these boys and what they accomplished together playing for Manchester United.

April 22, 2013

They Come to America
They Come to America II

     I really enjoyed both of these films.  They were extremely enlightening about what is going on in the United States of America.  A huge problem we have here in the States is biased media and I felt that these films are completely unbiased.  They are just stating the facts of the immigration problems we have in this country.  I found out information I never knew before.  Dennis Michael Lynch really has a passion to show the citizens of the United States what is going on at our borders.  Some of it is sad and a lot of it is sickening.  Enlighten yourself and take a stand on political views.  "More people know who is winning Dancing with the Stars than who is representing us in Congress".  Don't be one of these people!

The Bridge

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     I watched this film a few years back and it has always stayed with me.  Suicide is one of the saddest things in our world and to know how frequently it occurs can be shocking.  This documentary shook me.  If it doesn't shake you, you are not human.  Where I live is only about an hour and a half from San Francisco and I grew up going there my entire life.  I even walked across the bridge and earned a badge for Girl Scouts for doing so.  The things we don't know if we don't go out in search of more knowledge...  Remember, suicide is never the answer!  There is so much to live for and if you feel like you have no one, you are wrong.

"Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth". -Chanakya

Saturday, December 21, 2013

50 Images of My 2013 World Trip

     I love photography!  I love looking at other people's work and I love taking photos myself.  I am definitely an amateur and took only one semester of black and white film photography class.  I don't know very much, but these are just a few of the images I thought turned out quite nice on my travels. I barely bought souvenirs as I didn't have room to carry them around.  These photographs were my souvenirs and that was enough.

At a small restaurant with my family in between Suphan Buri and Bangkok, Thailand.

My cousin invited me on a holiday paid for by her company.  Wonderful time, beautiful sunsets in Phuket, Thailand.

My family's construction company was building a resort on this island, so I was lucky to spend a good amount of time here at Koh Phi Phi Island, Thailand.

Cultural experiences are what I live for and to be able to sit on the ground, have a beer and laugh with these Thai and Myanmar workers was a highlight of my trip.  -Koh Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Muay Thai- I've never seen athletes respect one another so much.  They fight in the ring and as soon as that bell rings, they honor one another. -Bangkok,Thailand

Siam Ocean World, wonderful aquarium in Bangkok, Thailand.

Rice farmers in the countryside of Vietnam.

Thai New Year with my cousins and their children.  Huge water fight in the streets for several days, people painting one another with buckets of flour.  Such a wonderful experience in Bang Saen, Thailand.

Changing of the Guard.  The ceremony is done strictly for tourists, but a sight to see nonetheless. 
-London, England

My first Premier League Game and Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-0 and won their 20th Championship.  A couple of weeks later, Sir Alex announced that he was retiring.  I cried...  Lucky girl! -Manchester, England

Visiting Liverpool, the city that produced one of my favorite bands and the song I was named after, Michelle. -Liverpool, England

North Sea near Newcastle, England.

Three day history in the Scottish Highlands.  Beautiful scenery, rich history. -Portree, Scotland

My friend Manuel outside a pub on my last night in Scotland.  Wonderful memories! -Edinburgh, Scotland

Beautiful place! -Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Every girl dreams of having her own castle!  -Cardiff, Wales

Stonehenge is so beautiful, I could have stood there and watched it all day. -Salisbury, England

A walk through the English countryside with my friend Susanna. -Salisbury, England

Parliament Building in Budapest, Hungary.

A beautiful church in Budapest, Hungary.

Walking around a beautiful city. -Krakow, Poland

Cute child enjoying all the pigeons in the town center. -Krakow, Poland

One of the most difficult things I ever say, but I am glad I did it in memory of all those who died in WWII. -Aushwitz, Poland

I was born on November 7, 1989 and the Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989.  To think how different this world was only 24 years ago. -Berlin, Germany

Church in a small countryside town. -Arlon, Belgium

A very touching piece of art, the Lion of Lucerne. -Lucerne, Switzerland

I was planning on going to Monaco.  Took the train too long and would up in Italy.  Beautiful mistakes! -Ventimiglia, Italy

The Spanish Guitar in Barcelona, Spain.

Portuguese men enjoying a game of cards in the park. -Porto, Portugal

Torre de Belem, where many great explorers left in search of more. -Lisbon, Portgual

Beautiful beaches in Setubal, Portugal.

Sunrise after a long bus ride from Portugal to Spain. -Seville, Spain

St. Michael's Cave in Gibraltar, Gibraltar.

Old way of life meets new. -Marrakech, Morocco

The second tallest waterfall in Africa. -Morocco

The history here...  Hard to wrap your mind around such a place. -Rome, Italy

Ancient City destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. -Pompeii, Italy

Part of Cinque Terre, five fishing villages along the Liguarian Sea. -Riomaggiore, Italy

Best view in all of Istanbul, Turkey.

Sunset at Sydney Barbor Bridge. -Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.  My favorite modern city in the world.

Cathedral Fig Tree in Atherton, Australia.

Great Barrier Reef from a helicopter in Cairns, Australia.

Whitehaven Beach, the most beautiful I have ever seen. -Whitsundays, Australia.

Maheno Shipwreck from a small plane. -Fraser Island, Australia

Laziest and cutest animals in the whole world. -Australia Zoo

Love to see animals in their natural habitat. -Milford Sound, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier from a helicopter. -Franz Josef, New Zealand

Pit stop on a bus journey up New Zealand.

Coastal Pacific, Kiwi Rail. -New Zealand

visited 27 states (12%)
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88% MORE OF THE WORLD TO SEE!  That is just in terms of countries, there is still so much more to see in the countries I have already been to!  So excited for the future!

"The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page". -Saint Augustine