I’m currently in Asia while applying for visa in America, and I just recently spent 5 weeks in Seoul. It’s been 1 year since I was here last time and it was nice very to catch up with old friends and the endless amount of Korean BBQ, Soju and Makkeoli. I stayed in Hongade during my stay but always tried to explore more of Seoul. A thing I never get tired of are the late active nightlife of Seoul, where people drink and party even as the sun is coming up the next day. It’s a sort of feeling that passes on to other people, the energy of just continuing.
Amazingly enough, it’s already been 1 year since I left Norway on December 8 2013, starting with my first location of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam – and same place I would return to 1 year later. I have experienced so much, seen so much new, tried so much new foods and met a lot of good people from so many different countries. It has truly been an unique experience – which is not over just yet.
I stayed in Jakarta earlier this year for 1 week and here are a random collection of photographs I took during my stay. Jakarta was mix of different sides. Everything from more modern and sleek places to a lot of ghetto and chaos. Mostly the latter one. A lot of street food and general businesses operating on a street level. I was lucky enough to meet some nice locals during my stay as well.
It was a short stay of only 3 days in Kuala Lumpur, but still it was an interesting little trip there. First of all it was the first time I went to a Muslim country, except the airport in other middle eastern countries. Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur had a very mixed vibe. It was a mix between the middle east and south east Asia, with a heavy presence of Indians and Chinese people. Shockingly, only 50% of Malaysia are actually Malay, and this just shows how mixed the country is. Highly conservative in daytime, yet surprisingly open nightlife. Its a city of two worlds.
As described earlier, I called it “Hell in Paradise”. Originally when booking my trip to Phuket I had not prepared myself for what this would be. Without proper research I assumed it would be “The southern city in Thailand, close to a beach”, as Kaohsuing in Taiwan or Busan in South Korea. However, this is a completely different beast, on a touristy level beyond everything I have ever seen before. I have been lucky enough to be reserved from charter locations, but I guess not anymore after this. As I heard more and more “horror stories” from Phuket, I rebooked my stay, changing it from 6 days to only 3 days – and yes this was more than enough.
Phuket is still a very nice place, if you only look at the nature. There is a reason why it has become such a tourist machine. Just too bad this industry is eating up the place itself and killing what would otherwise be a wonderful place. Drunk tourists, “cheap” shops and hookers. Welcome to Phuket.
After Vietnam, Thailand was next and starting with Bangkok. This was my 2nd time here. I honestly didn’t enjoy Bangkok too much my first time here, but I had decided to give it another shot, this time with a bigger budget than my broke student budget from last time. Also, this time I had been lucky enough to get more insider tips of where to go and which places to check out – and this undoubtly led to me liking Bangkok a lot more this time around. I especially enjoyed Thonglor and Ekkamai area, a very hip and trendy area with a lot of locals hanging out.
The first destination of my Hello World travel was Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I have previously only been to Bangkok in Southeast Asia, so it was interesting to see both the similarities and differences. One thing is for sure, the traffic in Vietnam is absolutely crazy. Even at green light crossing the road you’ll have to dodge motorbikes coming your way, the stream of motorbikes just never ends – pretty much everyone has one. I found Vietnamese people to very kind and welcoming. And it was for sure a big contrast between rich and poor in Ho Chi Minh.
I was asked by the guys over at Piccsy to show what my essential items are as a designer on the go, and what would I always bring me in a bag. This was showcased at their promo “Essentials” website. You can see my submission to the project below. Some of my most important things are my wallet, iPhone, Macbook Pro.. and because I’m currently in Stavanger, Norway: Umbrella! To see the the website and check out other designers essential items then follow the link below.
Los Angeles to me was different from what I had expected but still true to many things I had heard about the city prior to going there. Its not as hot as you’d expect for a beach city, at least not when I was there. There is also a huge amount of homeless people around. Public transportation is slow and for me it was a choir getting around. However I did still have some nice times in LA with a variety of different sights.
Early this month I returned from traveling for almost a month in America. This was my first time going there, and I did the route of New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. I had a lot of fun and met a lot of nice people traveling there also. New York had my highest expectations which is also why I spent the most time there, almost 2 weeks. I stayed in an apartment, pretty much in east village. NY was really a cultural melting pot as I already knew of. I had a hard time defining what is “American” there as most of places I went seemed to always originating from somewhere else. It was the place I felt most at home in USA, and the only place I would want to return to.
The Grafill Sommerfest 2013 in Stavanger took place on June 7th and was a summer party for everyone in the design, advertisement and illustration business in Stavanger. I was part of organizing the event and also did the visual identity, which you can see in it’s full presentation here. The party started on a boat which took us over to the eastern Stavanger were we went to Tou Sceene and had a presentation by TwoPoints.Net before we continued to party.
In the easter of 2013, I returned to Taiwan and Taipei, merely 3 months after my first trip there. I really enjoyed it there last time and was the highlight of the China countries I went to in December, however I was there for only one week. This was a nice chance to visit the things I didn’t get to see and do last time. Now I got to see more of the areas on the outskirts or even outside the city. A little village in the mountain, an old Japanese era village etc. It was a nice break from my work to just travel, enjoy life and have fun. As always, I brought my camera with me and covered the trip.
I came to Shanghai straight from Taiwan… and it was a cold change of pace to say the last. Coming from +25 C and to -5 C gave me a cold welcome to Shanghai. Sadly this made me catch a cold right away after arrival which didn’t make my stay the most pleasant. It was hard exploring the city and staying outside that much when it was so cold. Still, I had some good moments in Shanghai. Good food, nice views, interesting Chinese nightclubs, museums and shopping in both modern and old settings. And this… concluded my journey in Asia 2012.
This December I had a little round trip in Asia for 3 weeks. First stop was Hong Kong, including a 1 day trip to Macau. Hong Kong, a melting pot and where west meets the east, business and monkey talking. Macau was all about casinos and gambling, almost like the whole country(even if it’s quite small) was a theme park. Here are the photos from my first stop on my journey.
Recent photographs from Stavanger, Norway in the fall of 2012. Exhibitions, street art festivals, Stavanger concerthall and drinks. A collection of random shots from different event.
My return to Tokyo, 2 years after I was there last time. This time I had just been in South Korea 2 weeks before going to Japan, and I was traveling alone, only together with my camera by my side. Tokyo is still a wonderful place and always new things to see and experience. An urban jungle.
I was South Korea very recently, I stayed there for 2 weeks and had a really great time. I bought a new camera for the trip which I got put to the test. The Olympus OMD E-M5. A small and handy mirrorless system camera. South Korea left a lot of different impressions on me, both good and bad. But overall I really enjoyed the place and I will undoubtedly return one day. It’s a mix between modern and old cultures. Technology and temples. Seoul was the main attraction of my stay there, and I tend to seek out these megacities. Seoul has a almost a population of 24 million people in the metropolitan areas, making it one of the most populated cities on earth. Lots of people and lots of things happening.
Even though I just returned from South Korea and Japan, just 1 month before I left on that journey I was a weekend trip to Riga in Latvia. It’s about time I publish some of the photos I took there before I move on to the other material. This was a “leisure trip” together with Procontra, just for relaxation and team building as a design team and ad agency. It was an interesting and fun trip to the ex-soviet country.
I went to Lisbon, Portugal in my easter holidays. Here are the highlights of the way too many photos I took while I was there, capturing my experience of Lisbon.
Fenomenon is a Norwegian electronica band from Stavanger. Together with Petter Skogheim, we designed their newest album, simply called “Fenomenon”. We decided to build on the idea of a phenomenon, and saw that in light casting and refractions. So the cover itself shows inverted light refractions, which is a quite subtle and beautiful phenomenon.
You can listen to the album here: Fenomenon on Spotify.