This monkey is very happy with himself because he just stole a bag of chips. Later I fought it for my water bottle. #blog http://ift.tt/1h8cg9y
I tried to be as open and honest as I can in this post. Happy Holidays and the upcoming New Year, friends!
This past year was very special for our little business. Until very recently, it was a part-time endeavour mostly aimed at showcasing Dmitri’s and his friends’ photography and artwork. This year Dmitri left his job, sold everything that he owned and took off to travel Asia and South East Asia. This created a unique opportunity for him, the business, the artists , and the customers. This year Artsocket has become a “do or die” project.
First and foremost, Dmitri is an artist and designer with some extra skills that allowed him to build ArtSocket from scratch. Business and sales is a very new endeavour for him and everyone involved in the project. No doubt we’ve made some mistakes in the past. We are still finding our voice and are constantly looking to improve and better our services like becoming more accessible and offering better selection.
Merry Christmas from Cambodia everyone! This year it’s fireworks and paper lanterns at the beach. Warm wishes from tropical South East Asia!
Christmas Day 2013, Serendipity Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Dmitri Tcherbadji and Betty Dai.
Reached Sihanoukville. Perhaps the most beautiful place on on earth. The sand is as white as good printing paper. The sea is bright emerald that turns silver on the horizon. The sky is blue and the clouds are bright white like glowing magnesium.
It is hard to believe that just 30 years ago millions died in this very country at the hand of some local asshole. And there are still so many who are very very poor and desperate.
As I travel I work. Sometimes it seems like a good idea, other times it does not. And then there are times when it’s like: PAUSE - kind of like now.
Ever since the first day in Cambodia nothing seemed the same. It is a normal feeling to get once you enter a new country and are generally staying away from resorts and shops aimed only at tourists. But it is much more intense here. In the same day you can visit a place of almost unearthly beauty (like the Royal Palace) and a man-built hell on earth (like S-21 torturehall-prison where thousands perished at the hand of Khmer Rouge).
This place also has a very surreal vibe.
For the first portion of my journey, I planned to stay in Dalian, China for a few months to be close to my family. I also wanted to try my hand at teaching. I had tutoring experience and my friend who had worked in China before assured me that it was ridiculously easy to get a teaching job. He…
Funny, sad and quite angering. The story of wide-spread incompetence, vanity and racism in China.
I have been travelling non-stop for the past six months. Very busy times. Although my goal has always been to share the details of every one of my adventures, time constraints have pushed it further and further away. My job as a CEO at ArtSocket and COO at Eureka has been extremely rewarding - but it did not leave much time to properly write something worth reading. So instead I am publishing my Instagram feed here with some of the best images from various countries across Asia and North America.
Let’s start where I have left off: California. After spending couple of weeks there I took off on my way back to China, but before landing back in Dalian I spent a day in South Korea:
This article was written a while ago but I edited it very recently to be a ‘more tolerable read’ - with help form Betty. Hope it makes sense. If not I would really love your suggestions on how to make it more clear. New posts coming soon: lots of travel was done, lots of stories and pictures to come!
The following article is written by Dmitri Tcherbadji, founder of ArtSocket. He shares his opinions, experience and facts about the value of artwork in our lives.
As a young boy I thought that art was limited to museums, orchestras and theatres. I also thought that it is an optional element in our lives. I am now older and wiser (I think) and I’ve made a complete 180 on that thought.
Art is virtually everywhere, up to the point that some things like solving math problems could be considered as an art form (crazy, right?). Art appears to be instrumental in our understanding of our surroundings; it can inspire us and alter our moods. As our lives get more complicated, art helps us to relax, think positively (or from a different point of view) and reorganize our thoughts.
I like to stay positive on this blog, after all life as a traveller is usually quite adventurous and fun. But sometimes it is good to let the world (or whoever is listening) know about some things that should not be happening. This post is a warning to anyone who is planning to use China Eastern Airlines.
This is a short video to describe my latest experience using China Eastern Airlines during the connecting flight MU505 on August 1, 2013 at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
On August 1, 2013 we took China Eastern Airlines flight connecting through Shanghai to Hong Kong from Fukuoka, Japan.
During our transit in Shanghai our flight was delayed by 7 hours with no explainations or projected times of departure.
The passengers received no answers no matter what they did.
After four hours of waiting we were promised a plane which was then given away to a different flight.
We were fed salty dry chicken for lunch, 300RMB in compensation and a lot of empty promises.
But there was still no plane 6 hours later, neither there was any explaination of what was happening and why.
No one took responsibility. Passengers who tried to phone the airline got hung up on. Other flights kept departing (some with shorter delays).
We have never received any formal apologies or an explaination as to what happened.
After the flight finally came in we were promised a shuttle since it was 3:30am and the transit was closed in HK. It never showed up.
Our luggage got the same treatment as construction waste and some items were missing or stolen.
I’ve been traveling across Asia for a few months now (and it is not over yet). This particular detour is quite different because it is a business trip, and it is a long flight all the way back to North America.
A 14-hour flight back half-way across the world (and back) is not something that one usually plans on doing during their vacation. However, an opportunity to meet some of the most influential people in tech business doesn’t come on a daily basis - so it had to be followed through. So I was on my way to Hollywood to meet some very rich people with my friend and partner Arjun and to create new opportunities for our startup: AppGeek.
Los Angeles is a city of contrasts: in part it is a home to terrible ghettoes and high crime rate. On the other hand it is an incredibly beautiful city with amazing beaches, palm trees and posh walking streets. I stayed in the better part of it (City of Santa Monica), though in a shared room with no windows, on the top bunk. It was an amazing experience. Did I mention that there was an orange tree with ripe fruit in the yard?
One of the most amazing things about traveling to America is that almost anywhere I go I feel like I am in a familiar place. And it is not because I’ve lived in Canada for most of my life. I don’t mean North America, I mean USA… like in the movies. The Hollywood has been telling its stories for a century now and I have been watching. The States are its home base (LA even more so), where most of the scenarios take place and I could not help but feeling like I’m inside a movie set.
One of the most surreal experiences was walking by the giant fallen solider mass grave (I stayed across the street). Thousands. Dead in agony or without ever knowing, in a hospital or at the battlefield, believing that they were protecting their country or forced to fight. It is simply incredible.
Have you ever seen oil pumps right next to vineyards? I have been in California and now I have. There is not much to discuss about this - I might be crazy wrong here, but it has been beaten to death: America is addicted to oil, California produces some of the finest vine in the world. It is an interesting sight though and is worth a mention.
Back to business: AKA the reason I flew to Cali all the way from China.
After spending few days in Los Angeles I was on may way to San Francisco with my long time friend and a business partner for our series of meetings. On that drive myself and Arjun learned a few things about ourselves, business world, and AppGeek (an online app recommendation system for iPhone, designed by yours truly).
It was an eight hour journey during which we had a chance to talk about the tech industry and our place in it. It’s funny that travel makes you re-evaluate yourself and what you do from a global point of view. It is especially a good practice if your business is online, operating without borders. You can not claim to sell products worldwide without actually seeing the world: how different is it from the same old hometown you stayed at for the past fifteen years. People are not the same everywhere, they never want or expect the same things. We must adjust and be prepared for change. Visiting foreign places makes you realize exactly what you are supposed to be ready for in terms of those changes.
This trip has definitely done good for AppGeek. I can’t exactly spill all the corporate secrets here but we have found a way to make the app what we have always hoped it could be - one of the best and most useful downloads for mobile devices. It will take a lot of work but we are well on the way.
After a sleepless night getting ready for a day full of meetings we were set on the way back to “City of Angels” for more. I’ve already talked about how being in US constantly reminds me of movie scenes, but have I mentioned how beautiful this country could be? No doubt there are a lot of raunchy places, but the state of California is simply breathtaking. Tired, on the long drive back we were rewarded with the amazing vistas of endless golden fields, valley oaks and a fiery sunset that has put us into an absolute aw.
I was very lucky to have my camera with me. As cumbersome and a pain in the ass to carry, it is one of the few things I own that is capable of catching something like this. Absolutely breathtaking. A probably more worthy description of this event is on ArtSocket.com: another startup of my own. You can even buy this image as a 20x35” giant eco-friendly canvas print there if you wish - it is definitely worth it if you ask me.
We had to stop driving to just get out and enjoy the view.
So there you have it, a trip to one of the sunny California, all the way from China. For business, but which ultimately turned into pure pleasure. One of the many journeys never to be forgotten.