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SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

Going through some old photos in my computer, I came across film picture I took during our tandem summer trip in 2014. Mattie and I biked 10 days in French basque country in the sound of France. It was a tough ride since there were so many hills and mountains in this region (and tandem is a heavy bike with two people plus all the bags in the back), but that also comes with a beautiful landscape with amazing food.

A film camera makes you picky about the photos you take, so you photograph only those moments which are really special. Thanks to that each of these photos holds its stories and feelings which I still remember vividly. All the beautiful landscapes we biked through, animals we came across, picking fruits, swimming in the coldest but also the purest river in the world (or at least it felt that way that moment), cooking and eating in the nature, all the amazing camping spots we found, waking up in the tent…

Summer’s on its way, and I can’t wait for our next tandem adventure : )

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

SUMMER 2014 / TANDEM - angdoo.com/blog

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SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

I’m back as I promised from the last post. In fact, I just came back from Megève, a small town in the French Alps. Friends and I spent a week snowboarding, skiing and eating way too well. But the best part of it all was the snow! So much snow has fallen for a few days before we arrived that the whole village, streets, roofs, mountains, tree branches, cars, street lights, mailboxes, fences, leaves… were completely buried under impressive amount of white powder snow. And the view was stunning everywhere I looked.

I was excited to snowboard in the French Alps, which is several folds grander than Mountain High or Big Bear (mountains near LA where I used to snowboard when I was still living in LA). However I was also slightly apprehensive since I haven’t boarded for several years prior to this trip, plus I was never great at it to begin with. But as soon as I got on my dozen-year-old board, I was happy as a kid.

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

SNOW / MEGEVE - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

We usually rode off the tracks, looking for virgin powder and adventure in between the trees. I fell often and had to crawl my way out of heavy pile of snow. It was awesome : )

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V&D TUTORIAL - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

I just finished making a director’s cut of the films I’ve directed for V&D in Amsterdam, Dutch department store all over the Netherlands. The work was loads of fun as it was full of DIY, gift wraps and holiday cosiness, but also intense since we had to realize two TV commercials and three online tutorial films in just a few weeks. You can see the complete credit list on my portfolio site.

So  here are the final online tutorials. Hope you get inspired by these tutorials and turn your gift wrapping to an art form this holiday season ; )

And here is one of the TV commercials for the Sinterklaas season.

I’ll post some behind the scenes photos soon.
Here are some photos of behind the scenes. Enjoy!

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BACK HOME - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

BACK HOME - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

I just returned home to Paris after a month long of holiday.

A month of traveling, biking, swimming, eating well (and a lot), living in nature, being carefree left me with a pair of worn-out espadrilles and a bad tan on top of my feet which makes me smile.

How was your holiday?

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By the way, the self-watering system I’ve set up for my plants before going on holiday failed this time. Bigger plants survived, but the smaller ones didn’t. I’m especially saddened by my tomato plants : _ (

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TANDEM ADVENTURE BEGINS - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

Mattie and I are getting ready for the tandem trip, which we will depart tomorrow. This will be our fourth trip on our handsome tandem. Our previous trips were around Dordogne in southwestern France. This time we are planning out trip in Pays basque (French Basque Country). I hear it is beautiful down there, but also mountainy. We shall see : )

The trip will be about 10 days long. We don’t really plan much about our path. All I know is that we will bike, enjoy the nature, pick fruits and vegetables, swim naked in the river, take naps under the trees, visit stunning villages and camp in the wild.

I won’t be able to post here while I’m on the trip, but I’ll update on Instagram from time to time so follow our trip there : )

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The picture above from our previous trip. 

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MONTALIVET MARKET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

Montalivet has the biggest and the liveliest market around this area, which opens everyday throughout the summer. Especially around the holiday season, it is overcrowded with vacationers. There are two stands I must stop by whenever I come to this market. First is the oyster stand.

MONTALIVET MARKET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

MONTALIVET MARKET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

MONTALIVET MARKET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

MONTALIVET MARKET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

MONTALIVET MARKET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

MONTALIVET MARKET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

The second is the fougasse stand. These breads are fresh out of the oven and are amazing.

MONTALIVET MARKET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

MONTALIVET MARKET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

MONTALIVET MARKET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

MONTALIVET MARKET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

This one is with sun dried tomato, basil and feta.. the second one is with chorizo and emmental.. the third is with goat cheese and honey.. Mmmmm

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MONTALIVET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

MONTALIVET - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

Visiting Mattie’s family in their summer home in Montalivet is filled with a lot of good food, a lot of play time with the little ones (Mattie has three very little awesome siblings), a bit of surfing and a lot of handstand trials at the beach (my recent obsession is to do a handstand which I am completely bad at).

While I’m here, I’m detached from anything electronic and often forget to take photos. But I managed to grab these two photos from one dinner – a super tasty paella and a Mattie’s grandma’s homemade pear liquor with a whole pear inside the bottle.

And here are two questions for you:
1. How come paellas never have enough chorizo? (I don’t have the answer to this)
2. How did Mattie’s grandma put the whole pear in the bottle? (I have the answer to this)

Hope you also have some time away from electronics.

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AWAY FROM HOME - ANGDOO.COM/BLOG

Mattie and I took a 6am train down to Bordeaux. We will be here and around for a month to spend time with Mattie’s family, go on a tandem/wild camping trip and go to Corsica with friends.

Before we left home, this is our shower situation. We set up a homemade self-watering system for the plants. I didn’t realize we housed these many plants until we gathered them together in our little shower. I was proud and also worried at the same time since we will be gone for a month. We’ve already tried this self-watering system before when we were away for 10 days, and it was successful, and I hope that it will work its magic again this time for a month.

If you are curious how this works, on the left out of the frame, there are two big buckets filled with water. One end of each string is submerged in water and the other end is buried in soil of each pot.

Cross your fingers with me : )

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Mattie and I went down to Bordeaux last week to visit Mattie’s family, but also to help his mom work on the family house in Aureilhan, a small village next to Mimizan. So we spent few hard working and equally relaxing days in the countryside. We mowed the grass, cleaned two hundred year-old trees, cooked and ate well, played Tarzan, explored the old barn and found some treasures, walked into the forest, painted a little and collected a lot of wild flowers. 

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Self-watering system for the plants

A few days ago, Mattie and I came down to Bordeaux to visit his mom. As you might already know from this blog, I’ve started housing some plants, and recently I’ve planted some herb seeds which started to sprout. It’s my first time planting seeds, and it is amazing to observe! But I’ll talk about that in another post. So since we planned to leave home for ten days, the plants became my biggest worry. After much research and reading on internet, I’ve found a home made self-watering system using bucket of water and ropes. Above photo is how we left them on the morning we took the train down to Bordeaux. It’s been about five days now, and I wonder (worry) how they are doing. Would they be alive and green when I’m back or a biggest puddle of mess? I have no idea… Any of you tried this method before?

Otherwise, I’m doing wonderfully here. Since I’m mostly away from my computer on my holidays, I won’t be able to update this place until I’m back home. Till then, you can follow my everydays on my Instagram instead.

Some Instagram photos of past few days.

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