Camping Weekend

This was our first camping trip this year, the weather is cool during the day and cold at night.

My dad didn’t particular care for this lot since it sits on the hill, but Easter weekend was packed and we’re fortunate to get any spot at all. I told him it’s a good exercise, not sure if he bought it.

It’s early AM and most campers were still asleep.

It bugs me to see people taking picture of flowers, and the focus was on the dirt background.  I can assure you this is not my intention at all, I shot this with a wide angle lens and this is the best I could do.

This is much better.

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I have been wanting to try long exposure shot of the water falls and never had the opportunity. It’s odd how I’m seeing this spot differently, I must have walked past this water falls at least 20 times in the past years, but never thought to shoot long exposure shot here until now. I’m glad I did, the cascades of the water falls look so much calmer and nicer.

I didn’t have my tripod with me, and used the bridge railing instead.  I think it did a good job.

Our meal was simple, I made spicy papaya salad (Tum Mak Houng) and my sister made grilled chicken.

We did lots of walking and hiking.

You either love camping or hate camping, but I think Lee hasn’t decide.

As for me it’s the life, it’s definitely a happy trail.

Photos behind the scene of Tuff-N-Lite Showdown of the Unbeatables

Showdown of the Unbeatables on National Geographic Channel features the very best American Companies competing with their prized products for performance grades.Tuff-N-Lite is a division of Supreme Corporation that manufactures patented life saving cut, slash, and abrasion-resistant safety clothing went up against an Ohio-based company Cold Jet, a manufacturer of ice blasting technology. When I was asked to photograph behind the scene for Tuff-N-Lite last October when NatGeo came to film in Conover, North Carolina I was thrilled beyond belief. I also shot behind the scene video and didn’t have time to edit the video yet.

The cut and slash test was filmed in the morning of October 10, 2013 at Supreme Corporation.

This Keel Jacket used in a cut and slash test below is a cut level 4 and 5 on the ASTM-1790 scale, so the Mashadi knife is no match for the Tuff-N-Lite garment. If you watched the show you will see that the Mashadi knife couldn’t cut through the jacket fabric, David Nerman slashed the Keel Jacket several times and no compromise at all.

The Glass Guillotine test was next.

It’s nice to see a Mark II being used as one of the filming cameras.

We had a surprised visit flying above during the Glass Guillotine test, I think the helicopter was checking the power lines.

This was also a cut and slash test, the Tuff-N-Lite garments worn in Glass Industry have saved lives and the Glass Guillotine test mimics real life situation.  This dummy was carried away without a single scratch.

All Tuff-N-Lite products are created with Supreme Corporation’s innovative composite yarns at their manufacturing facility in Conover, North Carolina.

The abrasion test was done the next morning at the Hickory Motor Speedway.

The Tuff-N-Lite truck dragged the two dummies, one wearing street clothing, and the other wearing the tuff-N-Lite garments for 1/3 of a mile at 60 MPH.

The result is unbelievable, below are photos that I photographed of the NatGeo Showdown of the Unbeatables TV show.

And seeing it in person is unbelievable.

The showdown first aired on National Geographic Channels on April 11, 2014. If you missed the show it will air again Saturday April 19 at 1 AM ET, and Friday April 25 at 4 PM ET. I photographed these photos below from the TV show.

Tuff-N-Lite was asked to make their cut, slash, and abrasion resistant fabric for the Showdown. From left to right, David Nerman, Matt Kolmes, and Bill Bowling.

A piano was hoisted into the air, and the ropes were being protected by the Tuff-N-Lite fabric. The photo below is from NatGeo, source.

Cold-Jet has a cool technology, they can remove and cut through almost anything.

The challenge was to cut the ropes behind the Tuff-N-Lite fabric, this should be an easy job for Cold Jet if the fabric is a hard surface and since it is not, they have met their match.

Within the first minute this was all the damage that Cold Jet could do to the Tuff-N-Lite fabric, you can barely see the tiny hole.

After Tuff-N-Lite had won, the producer allowed Cold Jet to continue cutting the Tuff-N-Lite fabric. Cold Jet had to fill 2 loads of dry ice and after 15 minutes of cutting they were able to cut the first rope. If you watched the show, you would get the impression that Cold Jet was able to cut through this much in 1 minute, but in reality it was 15 minutes of cutting.

I am not surprised that Tuff-N-Lite won, Supreme Corporation is a leader in innovation in textile, yarn and protective apparel products and the company is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. I am extremely proud of what we do at Supreme Corporation.

It looks like Cold Jet got frustrated and went straight to the ropes above the Tuff-N-Lite fabric.

Down came the piano, and congratulation to the Tuff-N-Lite team.

Songkran Festival 2014 at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated a Southeast Asian New Year at our local temple Wat Greensboro on Sunday April 13, 2014. We had a good turnout and the weather was exceptionally nice, it was in the 80s. Songkran is one of the biggest events at our temple. It is the time of the year for a new beginning, and for some of us it is the time to wash away the rust that has been clinging to our hearts and souls, learning to let go of the past and to start fresh with the new beginning. I am the temple photographer and do love the colorful and rich culture of the event.

Some photos were converted to black and white due to the orange cover above making everyone’s faces looking orange.

People brought in foods to offer to monks, we only had three monks holding the service so there were plenty of foods for all of us.

For the love of photography you can’t have enough photography gear. P’Odd carries this many gears on a regular basis, perhaps this might be on his light side.

The photo below was taken by P’Odd. It was nice of him to offer to take a picture of me pouring water on the monk’s hand.

We songk nom pra or pour water over monk’s hands for blessing.

This young man asked the monk to bless his tattoos.

I think it’s still debatable if tattoo is just a body art or a cultural sacred design.

Jaydee Cide or sand stupas.

Lee has grown so much this year.

Looking back to the time when she was 6 year old, these two photos below were taken in 2008.

Lee paid homage to the birthday Buddha status or the Day Buddha status.

Time has changed, but this temple remains the same sacred ground for us.

Instead of splashing water, shaving cream is still popular in this part of the country.

Khmer classical dance

I’ve posted more photos at Wat Greensboro’s Facebook page, please click here to see more Songkran Day Festival 2014 photos.