Sunday, October 25, 2009

Vacation Pictures

After over 2 months, I've finally had all my film developed and scanned. A selection of the 1,800+ pictures from a month of travel are now on Flickr, here and here.

Looking back at these now, it is hard to put into words just how stunning some of the sights were. Although I have a huge number of pictures, they still don't capture nearly enough. I would encourage anyone who gets the chance to go explore that part of the world. You can find my notes from during the trip on this site, but a few things I want to highlight:

Sapa remains one of the most beautiful places I can imagine. It's incredibly painful to get that far up north, but after 6+ hours on the night train you find yourself in a different world. The local tribes still live in small huts dotted amongst the rice fields, and life goes at a much slower pace.

Luang Prabang, again hard to get to but worth the effort. I've made the comment before that it has a religious life which holds to its traditions. The wonderful part, however, is that the locals don't do this to attract tourists, but rather because it is part of their lives.

Out of everything I saw while traveling, the ruins of Angkor are the one thing I would cross the globe for. I can't say it enough - get there before tourists destroy it!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


While I am unsure whether many of you know that each year 35,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK alone, I am sure you are familiar with mustaches. Movember is an annual charity which combines these two - participants grow a mustache during the month of November to increase awareness around men's health issues, and raise funds for prostate cancer research.

After three years of wanting to find out if anything would form on my upper lip, as I am now a student I am planning on finally growing a Mo. I am leading the London Business School Movember team, consisting of roughly 60 other students who have all committed to joining me, and looking slightly funny by the end of next month. Together, we aim to increase awareness of men's health issues, raise funds for critical research, and have some fun along the way.

I would greatly appreciate your support in this effort, and offer you three levels of incentives for donating towards this cause:

- GBP 10; picture of my end of the month Mo
- GBP 20; daily update picture via email so you can track the growth
- GBP 30; voting on how I style my Mo (assuming one grows in)

You can donate here.

Thank you in advance, together we will be able to change the face of men's health around the world!