Kettle-On Travels https://kettleontravels.com Travel and Creative Blog Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:59:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 https://i2.wp.com/kettleontravels.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cropped-Photo-15-01-2017-23-36-04.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Kettle-On Travels https://kettleontravels.com 32 32 Making The Blog More Multi Purpose Themed https://kettleontravels.com/making-blog-multi-purpose-themed/ https://kettleontravels.com/making-blog-multi-purpose-themed/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:29:39 +0000 https://kettleontravels.com/?p=180 Current Blog: While I would describe the current blog as somewhat multi purpose I can see it becoming more and more so. When I started the blog not that long ago I envisioned it going through  a few changes before becoming what I wanted it to be. And that’s already started to happen. At first the focus was on travel and production. But I quickly added writing to that. And can see other changes happening soon as well. I like that the blog has a strong travel element to it. That’s something I haven’t done before. While I don’t really have any current travel to talk about I’m enjoying recalling old memories and when the travelling does start happening again I know there will be plenty of updates. But at the moment travel is something in the future not the present. The more present thing in my life is creativity. And that’s what I want to add more off to the blog. Making The Blog More Multi Purpose: So my aim going forward is to introduce a much bigger creative aspect to the blog. I will keep the categories simple enough still but am looking for them to contain more different things. Within writing I write scripts, short stories, poetry, am working on a novel and who knows what else. My previous blog site covered all these towards the end and I’m looking to make that a thing on this one straight away. Production wise I can’t wait to get to Taiwan and start directing music videos. But I’m looking to do stuff here and want to cover that more as well. Along with editing. And a lot of photography. I’m not sure how much personal stuff I’ll go into on here. That’s not really something I’ve done before. My blogs...

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Current Blog:

While I would describe the current blog as somewhat multi purpose I can see it becoming more and more so.

When I started the blog not that long ago I envisioned it going through  a few changes before becoming what I wanted it to be.

And that’s already started to happen.

At first the focus was on travel and production.

But I quickly added writing to that.

And can see other changes happening soon as well.

I like that the blog has a strong travel element to it. That’s something I haven’t done before. While I don’t really have any current travel to talk about I’m enjoying recalling old memories and when the travelling does start happening again I know there will be plenty of updates.

But at the moment travel is something in the future not the present.

The more present thing in my life is creativity.

And that’s what I want to add more off to the blog.

Making The Blog More Multi Purpose:

So my aim going forward is to introduce a much bigger creative aspect to the blog.

I will keep the categories simple enough still but am looking for them to contain more different things.

Within writing I write scripts, short stories, poetry, am working on a novel and who knows what else. My previous blog site covered all these towards the end and I’m looking to make that a thing on this one straight away.

Production wise I can’t wait to get to Taiwan and start directing music videos.

But I’m looking to do stuff here and want to cover that more as well.

Along with editing.

And a lot of photography.

I’m not sure how much personal stuff I’ll go into on here. That’s not really something I’ve done before. My blogs have always been about my work and my progress. But maybe at times if I deem it necessary I’ll slip some of that stuff in too.

A big change I’m looking to make is something that I set out to do from the start but haven’t really done yet,  and that’s promote other people’s work.

Especially the Taiwan Indie stuff.

But also anything that I love and find inspiring from all around the world.

Creativity is becoming a bigger and bigger part of my life in all areas and I want to continue to explore and share as much of it as I can.

When Are The Multi Purpose Changes Happening?

I’m not looking to make any huge changes to the way the site looks but more casually slip more multi purpose stuff in.

Just try a few more different types of blog posts.

I know that blogs are meant to be pretty niche but I’ve always struggled with that.

I like talking about everything.

So will just see how a few different blogs go and whether that starts creating different categories or tags that need to be made into sections.

Or whether it can continue working how it is.

Basically we’ll see how it all goes and how the blog starts taking shape.

But my aim at the moment is to make it more:

  • Creative
  • Focus more on writing
  • Share other people’s work
  • Try a few different posts.

Alongside this I want to continue to try to improve my blog writing ability and hopefully put together something fantastic over the next three years that really showcases my work and experiences while promoting others too.

So here’s hoping the blog continues to develop while I wait to travel, and beyond.

 

Stephen.

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Busy Week Out And About For Once https://kettleontravels.com/busy-week-out-and-about-for-once/ https://kettleontravels.com/busy-week-out-and-about-for-once/#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:59:31 +0000 https://kettleontravels.com/?p=172 Rarity Of A Busy Week: To say having a busy week out and about for me is rare would be an understatement. While I’m sure I’ll have plenty of them in the future, the present is a far different story. A busy week for me of late consists of writing, and generally staying indoors with my only venturing outside being going to work. It made a nice change to actually get out the house. To see people. See different places. Eat different foods. It’s what I want for myself, but just doesn’t happen very often. I’ve had one other week where I got out the house everyday so far this year and that was to go and stay at a friends. Was a great week, but again, rare. So this busy week really was welcome. Much needed. What Did I Do? After seeing a friend on Monday and losing at pool for the first time in ten years (He did district me by asking me to be his groomsmen and therefore I had to let him win, least that’s what I’m telling myself) I headed to London for a few days. This time of year isn’t great for me so I needed a distraction. And London is always a welcome distraction. I didn’t have any money spare but I’ve never been afraid of walking so I still got to see plenty. I hit up some of the normal spots I love, Soho, Leicester Square, Carnaby Street, but also took a long walk to Hyde Park. There was plenty of walking in my busy week but this was the longest. Leicester square to Kensington High Street via Hyde Park. With my headphones on and Taiwan Indie bands blaring away I took in the sights of London via foot. Despite it being...

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Rarity Of A Busy Week:

To say having a busy week out and about for me is rare would be an understatement. While I’m sure I’ll have plenty of them in the future, the present is a far different story. A busy week for me of late consists of writing, and generally staying indoors with my only venturing outside being going to work.

It made a nice change to actually get out the house.

To see people.

See different places.

Eat different foods.

It’s what I want for myself, but just doesn’t happen very often.

I’ve had one other week where I got out the house everyday so far this year and that was to go and stay at a friends. Was a great week, but again, rare.

So this busy week really was welcome. Much needed.

What Did I Do?

After seeing a friend on Monday and losing at pool for the first time in ten years (He did district me by asking me to be his groomsmen and therefore I had to let him win, least that’s what I’m telling myself) I headed to London for a few days.

This time of year isn’t great for me so I needed a distraction.

And London is always a welcome distraction.

I didn’t have any money spare but I’ve never been afraid of walking so I still got to see plenty.

I hit up some of the normal spots I love, Soho, Leicester Square, Carnaby Street, but also took a long walk to Hyde Park.

There was plenty of walking in my busy week but this was the longest. Leicester square to Kensington High Street via Hyde Park.

With my headphones on and Taiwan Indie bands blaring away I took in the sights of London via foot.

Despite it being the middle of a week there was still people everywhere but nothing to overwhelming.

The sun was shining as I hit the park for the first time in a long time.

My last visits to Hyde Park would have been for the winter wonderland. I don’t think I’ve seen sunshine there since a Foo Fighters gig a long time ago. (Amazing gig for the record. Hearing Everlong and My Hero live is a highlight of my life and something truly special to me).

After taking some photo’s around Hyde Park I met my friend in Kensington and we celebrate his birthday with some lovely Pakistani food and a gorgeous cake.

What Else Did I Do in London:

My busy week continued the next day as I got to see Brixton for the first time.

I have to say, I loved it. Such a great vibe there. My kind of place.

My friends moved close by to Brixton so I’m sure I’ll get to see plenty more in the future and finally get to go to the Ritzy as well. Something I’ve always wanted to do. Love Picture house Cinema’s.

After some gorgeous Asian street food elsewhere I went to my first poetry open mic evening. My friend was performing so was more there for him to begin with, but ended up having a great night.

I didn’t know what to expect.

Had an idea in mind.

And will admit that the hip hop part of the evening didn’t sound appealing.

But that part of the evening didn’t really exist either.

It was just all fantastic performance from the open mic and the headliners.

Beautiful poetry that covered a wide range of important topics but also emotions. Really was just a fantastic evening with a friendly vibe. Highly recommend.

The event was called Word on the Street and is hosted by Underworld Konnect.

Hopefully I’ll get to attend again in the future. I’m not sure I’d ever perform my poetry there as I’m more of a behind the camera instead of in front of it kind of guy.

But was definitely inspiring.

Rest Of My Busy Week:

After leaving London on Thursday I managed to still keep myself outdoors a fair bit but also found myself consuming a lot of coffee and writing in various coffee shops.

I had already been toying with the idea of putting a poetry book together and the last few days had inspired me to work on that.

So I did.

Spent the days editing and sorting out the order for them.

I’m sure it’s still a little way off definitely becoming something but I think it will happen.

Had the added inspiration of the sun being out as well. Man I miss the sun.

In-between all this I worked plenty of hours at my night job and wrote a few different articles. Good balance all week. But tiring.

That said I hope for plenty more weeks like this one as I really do need to get out the house more especially with travelling still a few months away.

And I enjoyed myself.

So why wouldn’t I do it more often.

Stephen.

 

 

 

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First Holiday And Already Using It As An Escape https://kettleontravels.com/first-holiday-escape/ https://kettleontravels.com/first-holiday-escape/#respond Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:04:26 +0000 https://kettleontravels.com/?p=46 My First Holiday As I start to look forward and think more and more about my future travels I can’t help but look back at my first holiday. My first backpacking trip without my parents would come many years later, but for me, my first real trip on a plane and visiting a brand new country came in the form of a family holiday to Majorca (Mallorca) I was nine at the time and couldn’t have been more excited despite not really knowing what to expect. The timing of the holiday was difficult, my Nan had died a week earlier and we were due to be on holiday during her funeral. I don’t know how difficult a decision to make it was for my parents, especially my Mum, but for me this first holiday already represented a chance to escape from the troubles of everyday life. Something I still always use them for. Would travel everyday if I could but that’s another blog (and hopefully future). Jumping on a plane for the first time we jetted off to Majorca… …and to my first peek at something different. Majorca Been about 25 years since this holiday so my mind might be a little blurry on this one… … But I remember loving Majorca. Was before it became more of a young persons party place and had enough new experiences to entertain me. I remember The Caves of Drach being a particular highlight. There where some ruins. A few Mountains. Multiple water parks (I think). And a swimming pool at the hotel which in hindsight is the norm but totally new for me at the time. The place was warm and sunny and the beach was a short trip down the steps of the hotel.  Everything nine-year old me wanted. (Although I...

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My First Holiday

As I start to look forward and think more and more about my future travels I can’t help but look back at my first holiday. My first backpacking trip without my parents would come many years later, but for me, my first real trip on a plane and visiting a brand new country came in the form of a family holiday to Majorca (Mallorca)

I was nine at the time and couldn’t have been more excited despite not really knowing what to expect.

The timing of the holiday was difficult, my Nan had died a week earlier and we were due to be on holiday during her funeral. I don’t know how difficult a decision to make it was for my parents, especially my Mum, but for me this first holiday already represented a chance to escape from the troubles of everyday life.

Something I still always use them for.

Would travel everyday if I could but that’s another blog (and hopefully future).

Jumping on a plane for the first time we jetted off to Majorca…

…and to my first peek at something different.

Majorca

Been about 25 years since this holiday so my mind might be a little blurry on this one…

… But I remember loving Majorca.

Was before it became more of a young persons party place and had enough new experiences to entertain me.

I remember The Caves of Drach being a particular highlight.

There where some ruins.

A few Mountains.

Multiple water parks (I think).

And a swimming pool at the hotel which in hindsight is the norm but totally new for me at the time.

The place was warm and sunny and the beach was a short trip down the steps of the hotel.  Everything nine-year old me wanted. (Although I will confess it wouldn’t be my ideal holiday now).

I was still a little fussy of an eater at the time but being that the main holidayers (is that the right word) to Majorca are British and German there was plenty of simple food on offer (None of which I’d really eat on holiday now).

There was a kid clubs ran by the hotel that my brother and I also enjoyed.

While not visiting water parks and hanging at the beach we drove around the islands insanely un-barriered mountain roads and got to see every day life on the beautiful island.

I was hooked.

Thoughts Thinking Back On It All

While it’s not a place I’d visit as an adult it definitely worked as a first holiday. For the next few years after that we visited plenty of European islands and each of them had their own thing going on.

I’ve never been on a holiday I didn’t enjoy.

And my first holiday was no exception.

I loved the sun, hearing a different language, meeting new people. Just the whole vibe of being in a hotel complex, away from school just worked for me. I explored as much as my young age would let me there and am pretty certain I would have wandered off to see more if I was allowed.

It gave me my first taste of life outside the UK.

For that I will always be grateful.

 

Stephen

 

 

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Previous Holidays Before I Can Look Ahead https://kettleontravels.com/previous-holidays/ https://kettleontravels.com/previous-holidays/#respond Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:32:08 +0000 https://kettleontravels.com/?p=156 Intro To Previous Holidays: While a massive part of me is trying to look forward all the time I’m always going to be someone who can’t help but look back. Future travels are a real possibility now but I know I’m not quite there money wise yet and for the moment my travel blogging is going to have to consist of previous holidays and travels. It gives me a chance to reflect on where I’ve been. How important these places where to me And how they influenced me. (Which a lot of them have). All while sharing with everyone details and experiences of amazing places that I’ve visited and what I done there. So Where Have I Been ? Before I was old enough to set out by myself and pay for my own travels my previous holidays mostly consisted of family holidays to European islands and a big trip to Orlando Florida roughly every four years. My very first holiday was to Majorca. (When I was nine) After that was Rhodes and Malta before that first trip to America. Malta was probably when I first really fully caught the travel bug. While Majorca felt like a theme park half the time and Rhodes was a sleepy island Malta had some real life to it where we were staying. Suddenly I was trying new foods and talking to people and seeing an actual town rather than a hotel complex. I loved it. It was also a longer holiday than the previous two and that worked for me as well. After an amazing America trip we went to Zante and Gran Canaria before returning to America for a second time. Zante was a beautiful place and one of two European islands I’ve been too that I’d love to visit again. Following...

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Intro To Previous Holidays:

While a massive part of me is trying to look forward all the time I’m always going to be someone who can’t help but look back. Future travels are a real possibility now but I know I’m not quite there money wise yet and for the moment my travel blogging is going to have to consist of previous holidays and travels.

It gives me a chance to reflect on where I’ve been.

How important these places where to me

And how they influenced me. (Which a lot of them have).

All while sharing with everyone details and experiences of amazing places that I’ve visited and what I done there.

So Where Have I Been ?

Before I was old enough to set out by myself and pay for my own travels my previous holidays mostly consisted of family holidays to European islands and a big trip to Orlando Florida roughly every four years.

My very first holiday was to Majorca. (When I was nine)

After that was Rhodes and Malta before that first trip to America.

Malta was probably when I first really fully caught the travel bug. While Majorca felt like a theme park half the time and Rhodes was a sleepy island Malta had some real life to it where we were staying. Suddenly I was trying new foods and talking to people and seeing an actual town rather than a hotel complex.

I loved it. It was also a longer holiday than the previous two and that worked for me as well.

After an amazing America trip we went to Zante and Gran Canaria before returning to America for a second time. Zante was a beautiful place and one of two European islands I’ve been too that I’d love to visit again.

Following the second America  trip was Lanzarote (The other island I’d go back too) and Salou where I experienced being hangover at a theme park for the first time.

Rounding off the family holidays was Crete, and Orlando once again in a bigger family trip.

Travelling Without My Parents

While I loved all my previous holidays with my parents my world opened up further when I began to travel without them. I replaced the holiday islands with cities and started seeing a lot more of the real Europe.

My first experience of this was in 2003 when a friend and I Interrailed around Europe for 22 days. I was 20 at the time and knew that my life was really beginning with this trip.

It’s a cliché I know.

But backpacking changed my life.

I’ll go into greater detail on a future blog but this experience was one that will live with me forever.

Following that was city breaks with my girlfriend at the time to Prague (for my 21st birthday), Paris (A year after my inter rail began there), Rome, Vegas, LA. Morocco.

And within that a second Interrail on my own for another 20 day which covered a lot of places I’d missed. (But again more of that in the future).

Just nothing but amazing places.

From this point things started to slow down a little.

(Although did also get a week in New York)

I took a couple of trips to Belgium for music festivals and my last family holiday to date with my parents to Orlando again in 2008 but other than that I haven’t been on a plane since.

I’ve had a couple of incredible breaks to Caen, but even that is a few years ago now.

Series of Blog on Previous Holidays

So my plan for these blogs isn’t to go holiday to holiday…

…but more pick places and moments that have helped shape me.

I want to talk about the two inter rail trips in greater details as to date they have been the biggest travels of my life, but also they’re the places that helped me discover myself more.

Hopefully by the time I finish this series of blogs it will coincide with me going on new adventures and being able to talk about travel in a present tense rather than past but for the moment reliving past travels will have to do and that’s not the worst thing as I’ve never been on a holiday I didn’t love.

Stephen

 

 

 

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Music Video’s I’ve Directed So Far https://kettleontravels.com/music-videos-ive-directed-so-far/ https://kettleontravels.com/music-videos-ive-directed-so-far/#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:58:55 +0000 https://kettleontravels.com/?p=146 What Music Video’s Have I Made So Far: I’ve always loved music video’s and found myself becoming increasingly more interested in making them over the last two years. Finally last year It was clear that the time to make one had arrived. Given short notice by a friend of ours in Taiwan we were set the task of making a music video in a day so it could be shown at a festival in Taiwan that weekend. Luckily I’d brought all my camera equipment with me (Shoot on a Canon 700d with a 50mm prime lens) and we had the day to ourselves. Surely it was just meant to be. So that day we set about making our very first music video “The Train”. (Will speak more about the shoot below) The second music video came about after hearing Paul’s latest song and just having an image in my head of how a video for it could play out. Had the house to myself for two days and everything I needed for the video so once again seemed like it just had to be made. Had more time to edit this one but was all done in a weekend. That video is “This Song is About You” Shooting “The Train” Without having to much of a plan for the shoot due to the short notice we set out to spots that we’d scouted for other projects. The idea behind the video was mostly to capture the vibe of the song. We didn’t have the time for anything to fancy but I’d spent the whole of the summer learning how to use my camera better and now was the right time to put that to the test. Spending about half an hour to an hour in each location we tried out...

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What Music Video’s Have I Made So Far:

I’ve always loved music video’s and found myself becoming increasingly more interested in making them over the last two years. Finally last year It was clear that the time to make one had arrived.

Given short notice by a friend of ours in Taiwan we were set the task of making a music video in a day so it could be shown at a festival in Taiwan that weekend. Luckily I’d brought all my camera equipment with me (Shoot on a Canon 700d with a 50mm prime lens) and we had the day to ourselves.

Surely it was just meant to be.

So that day we set about making our very first music video “The Train”.

(Will speak more about the shoot below)

The second music video came about after hearing Paul’s latest song and just having an image in my head of how a video for it could play out.

Had the house to myself for two days and everything I needed for the video so once again seemed like it just had to be made.

Had more time to edit this one but was all done in a weekend.

That video is “This Song is About You”

Shooting “The Train”

Without having to much of a plan for the shoot due to the short notice we set out to spots that we’d scouted for other projects. The idea behind the video was mostly to capture the vibe of the song.

We didn’t have the time for anything to fancy but I’d spent the whole of the summer learning how to use my camera better and now was the right time to put that to the test.

Spending about half an hour to an hour in each location we tried out a few different angles and different parts of the song. Having already accepted that without a solid plan we’d have to rely on it coming together in editing it was all about the shots themselves.

Must admit, I liked it that way.

Was a beautiful day weather wise, along with being a week day, so we had the perfect overhead conditions and few interruptions.

All came together well and was definitely a positive experience to get the ball rolling on our music video’s career.

Editing “The Train”

With plenty of footage shot and the afternoon ticking away the editing process began. I’ve seen plenty of music video’s but this was the first time editing one since my school days. (Wish I still had a copy of that).

Along with getting better using my camera I’d spent a fair chunk of the summer learning Final Cut Pro X.

I’ve always been an adobe person but changed when I got my Mac.

This was my first big test with it.

And have to say I loved editing the music video on Final Cut. Felt very instinctive and soon the story started coming together.

It became clear early on that what we shot worked well as an almost making off music video. That the video itself was about the creative process (something we’d picked up on early in the shoot). We hadn’t the time to play and perform the song over and over so knew there wasn’t too much to match up but was enough snippets to put a performance together and almost show the song forming.

The edit took most of the night and there’s definitely things I’d change about it especially after some very constructive feedback, but overall am very proud of our first effort.

Shooting “This Song Is About You”

A few years earlier we’d made a stop motion short for a 48 hour film challenge and I’d always wanted to go back and do another.

The second I heard this song I knew this was the time to do it.

I loved how charming the song was and knew a stop motion style would suit that.

With the house to myself and armed with my camera’s (added a canon 500d since the last shoot) I set about making the stop motion on my own. I’m no animator so I wasn’t interested in doing it perfectly as knew that wouldn’t happen no matter how hard I tried.

Instead I just wanted to capture the charm of it all.

I felt the movements being a little ropey would help that.

So over two days I shoot the video in order spending plenty of time on each scene without going into great detail. Two of the scenes I’d definitely do a little different but overall everything looked the way I wanted it too.

Half way through the shoot my tripod exploded which wasn’t fun. But luckily I was able to fix the broken head and carry on, although I still had the spider rig as back up.

I had to completely change the last scene as the stars refused to do what I needed them to do.

But It just gave me the opportunity to try something different. No problems just creative solutions type deal.

Although given the time I’d probably would have preferred the original ending.

Either way I liked the end result.

Editing “This Song Is About You”

The editing process for this music video was unlike anything else I’d done before where it was all still images. I’d looked up how to do it all beforehand so that I could jump right in (although it turned out the way to do it was exactly what I’d already worked out).

I’d laid the track down first and worked out how long each image best worked on-screen.

Like to think I got the balance right on that one but am sure there was a few different ways I could have done it.

Had to cut out some scenes that didn’t play, but that all felt part of the process.

Over the weekend I put together a rough cut and could feel it coming together.

After that I spent some time with the rough edges and colour corrected the whole thing before nervously showing it to a few people in the industry.

Luckily the reaction was great as I can truly say that, quality good or not, I really put my heart into this one and was happy with the work I’d put in.

As always there are things I’d change, but I tend to leave things alone once I put them out there.

What Music Video’s Would I Love To Shoot In The Future

The short answer is there are a lot of music video’s I’d love to shoot in the future. Most of my favourite bands are releasing albums this year. The quality off music video’s in Taiwan is getting stupid.

So many of them already this year have been amazing…

…And I want to get over there and be apart of it.

I watch them all the time.

Have also set up a playlist on our YouTube channel of our favourites.

But what I really really want is to be over their making them.

That’s my dream.

So many bands I want to work alongside.

Hoping that the work I’ve done so far can be part of the process towards living that dream.

Stephen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beginnings Of My Poetry Writing https://kettleontravels.com/beginnings-of-my-poetry-writing/ https://kettleontravels.com/beginnings-of-my-poetry-writing/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:13:25 +0000 https://kettleontravels.com/?p=141 Beginnings Of Writing Poetry: I’ve found myself writing a lot of poetry of late. Not sure where that’s come from but suddenly it’s become a part of my everyday life. Wasn’t like I set out to do it in any way, just had a few things that I needed to express in words and suddenly it all came pouring out to the point that I’ve written more than one on notes while walking to work. Seems my brain has locked itself into the idea now so it’s always ticking away in the background. I wrote a few back in the summer, maybe 3 or 4, but have probably written close to forty this year. Have ranged from the obvious things like love and romance to what I want for myself in the future, and waiting for that to happen. Have even written two about my old job that contains more than one swear word as it’s about someone in particular. (I’m not normally negative or hateful in any way but couldn’t help myself on that one). Have found myself really enjoying writing poetry. Isn’t just something to pass the time. Am even floating the idea in my head of putting together some kind of ebook or something in the future if I ever build up the courage to share them with more than a couple of friends. Any Good? The problem I have is I have no idea if they’re any good or not as all feel quite personal. Like I’m too close to all of them to judge in any way and wouldn’t know what to look for quality wise anyway as my taste in poetry (Like photography) is all over the place. They all have a lot of meaning to me rather than being about things that inspire me....

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Beginnings Of Writing Poetry:

I’ve found myself writing a lot of poetry of late. Not sure where that’s come from but suddenly it’s become a part of my everyday life.

Wasn’t like I set out to do it in any way, just had a few things that I needed to express in words and suddenly it all came pouring out to the point that I’ve written more than one on notes while walking to work.

Seems my brain has locked itself into the idea now so it’s always ticking away in the background.

I wrote a few back in the summer, maybe 3 or 4, but have probably written close to forty this year.

Have ranged from the obvious things like love and romance to what I want for myself in the future, and waiting for that to happen. Have even written two about my old job that contains more than one swear word as it’s about someone in particular. (I’m not normally negative or hateful in any way but couldn’t help myself on that one).

Have found myself really enjoying writing poetry.

Isn’t just something to pass the time.

Am even floating the idea in my head of putting together some kind of ebook or something in the future if I ever build up the courage to share them with more than a couple of friends.

Any Good?

The problem I have is I have no idea if they’re any good or not as all feel quite personal.

Like I’m too close to all of them to judge in any way and wouldn’t know what to look for quality wise anyway as my taste in poetry (Like photography) is all over the place.

They all have a lot of meaning to me rather than being about things that inspire me.

They’re more about experiences or something that represents something close to an experience. I find that the only way to write when it comes to poetry. I can cover genres and make stuff up all day long when it comes to script writing or fiction, but not poetry.

But I definitely think that it’s something that’s going to stay with me now.

Has been somewhat therapeutic while also being another outlet for my writing that seems to be growing everyday. Give it a month or two and I’m sure I’ll be writing Haiku’s or short stories (although do already have one or two of them).

Current Writing

Feel like this current stretch of writing creativity has been the longest in my life without burning out, and needing a break, and wonder how much of that is because I’ve mixed things up a little.

Spent six months pretty much non stop working on a couple of different scripts which is normally when I burn out for a month or two with the mental strain I put on myself, and lack of sleep.

But now I’ve taken a break from that to write a book and plenty of poetry.

Maybe that’s the key to keeping it going. Just needed to change format for a little bit.

Am itching to get back to script writing but can feel the break from it is doing me well while I’m also getting other writing done.

Long may it continue.

Stephen.

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Brighton, Oh How I’ve Missed You https://kettleontravels.com/brighton-oh-ive-missed/ https://kettleontravels.com/brighton-oh-ive-missed/#respond Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:36:10 +0000 https://kettleontravels.com/?p=135 Brighton I’ve missed you: It’s been over a year since I’ve been to one of my two favourite places in England but yesterday I finally got myself into gear and went to Brighton. I won’t go into the reasons why it’s taken me so long to get back to Brighton but I really have missed the place. I love the Lanes, the beach, the food, especially Ben’s Cookie’s which I made sure I visited right away. The whole place just has a vibe I love. If I ever saw myself in England for the rest of my life Brighton would be where I settle. The Trip Like many of my trips to Brighton once again the sun was not shining. It had every day before when I’d been working but typically for my day off no sign of the sun at all. Not because it was raining. It literally could not have been more misty if it tried. I hoped all the train journey down there that it would lift, it had the previous day. But no chance. Just got worse and worse. Wasn’t a total bust as hanging underneath Brighton Pier with my camera and that level of mist did give me a chance to take a few spooky shots. Also a couple I thought really worked well with the total white backdrop. So that was fun. But looking out to sea I couldn’t see more than 10 foot in front of me at times. The lanes didn’t fare much better. A cover of white remained all day. What Did I Do? Other than exploring the lanes once again, and seeing that a few things have changed since last time I was in Brighton, the main thing I wanted to do was go to the beach. It wasn’t exactly beach weather...

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Brighton I’ve missed you:

It’s been over a year since I’ve been to one of my two favourite places in England but yesterday I finally got myself into gear and went to Brighton.

I won’t go into the reasons why it’s taken me so long to get back to Brighton but I really have missed the place. I love the Lanes, the beach, the food, especially Ben’s Cookie’s which I made sure I visited right away.

The whole place just has a vibe I love.

If I ever saw myself in England for the rest of my life Brighton would be where I settle.

The Trip

Like many of my trips to Brighton once again the sun was not shining. It had every day before when I’d been working but typically for my day off no sign of the sun at all.

Not because it was raining.

It literally could not have been more misty if it tried.

I hoped all the train journey down there that it would lift, it had the previous day. But no chance. Just got worse and worse.

Wasn’t a total bust as hanging underneath Brighton Pier with my camera and that level of mist did give me a chance to take a few spooky shots. Also a couple I thought really worked well with the total white backdrop.

So that was fun.

But looking out to sea I couldn’t see more than 10 foot in front of me at times.

The lanes didn’t fare much better. A cover of white remained all day.

What Did I Do?

Other than exploring the lanes once again, and seeing that a few things have changed since last time I was in Brighton, the main thing I wanted to do was go to the beach.

It wasn’t exactly beach weather between the mist and the cold but I just like being by the sea. Luckily where I live the sea is pretty accessible, but I fancied sitting on a different beach looking out at a different view (Even though that didn’t exactly go to plan).

I had a lovely coffee in a place called Marwoods which I’d definitely go back to with my laptop to write. (As mentioned in previous post a cliche I like to do) and also finally got to do something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time…

… Each noodles out of a carton.

Yes I have ambition 🙂

But honestly I’ve seen it done in nearly every movie I’ve ever watched ever!! and yet never see a place that actually does that. Is it a movie thing or just not something that exists where I live?

Guess I’ll find out when I start travelling again in the future.

How Was my Day Overall?

Overall I had a lovely time in Brighton. I didn’t really do any shopping but just being around the lanes and in the city again was enough.

I get to caught up writing at times and so rarely get out the house that I promised myself all week that I would go no matter what, and I did.

Hopefully the place will feature plenty in my future as I started to venture back to the outside world more and regain control of my life after a year pretty much spent inside.

So now that I’ve finally got back there I don’t think it will be long before I return.

 

Stephen

 

 

 

 

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Coffee Shop Writer: Yes I Know It’s A Cliche https://kettleontravels.com/coffee-shop-writer-yes-know-cliche/ https://kettleontravels.com/coffee-shop-writer-yes-know-cliche/#respond Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:59:56 +0000 https://kettleontravels.com/?p=129 Coffee Shop Writer: I know I know, it’s a cliché. But I can’t help it. I’m a Coffee Shop Writer. Just works for me. I like the background noise (Despite often listening to music). I like the movement of the place, the vibe, the atmosphere… …The coffee. It just works. I find myself getting plenty written. There’s almost less distraction writing in a coffee shop than there is in an empty house at home. Less reason to procrastinate. Don’t have to distract myself with watching a film before I start writing or doing the washing up, or whatever. Being a coffee shop writer takes all that away. Just me and my mac. What Else Appeals? Other than the general atmosphere and lack of distraction I find being a coffee shop writer helps me focus. I can really zone in on the story or characters. I generally seem to be in a more creative frame of mind. It’s hard to explain, but it’s like a better space for me or something. Maybe the nice coffee helps light up my brain. Who knows. But I definitely feel my work is stronger when I’m writing out and about. I can be stuck on a scene or a story problem for ages and then I can sit in a coffee shop and the answer comes to me pretty quickly (My other two favourite places for working out problems are walking and the bath, both of which aren’t mac friendly). In a coffee shop when the solution hits me I can be writing straight away rather than fumbling around on my iPhone notes desperately trying to not walk into a tree or drop my phone in the bath. So less tears this way. Expensive Way to Write? Truth be told I don’t get to write in...

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Coffee Shop Writer:

I know I know, it’s a cliché. But I can’t help it. I’m a Coffee Shop Writer.

Just works for me. I like the background noise (Despite often listening to music). I like the movement of the place, the vibe, the atmosphere…

…The coffee.

It just works.

I find myself getting plenty written. There’s almost less distraction writing in a coffee shop than there is in an empty house at home. Less reason to procrastinate. Don’t have to distract myself with watching a film before I start writing or doing the washing up, or whatever.

Being a coffee shop writer takes all that away. Just me and my mac.

What Else Appeals?

Other than the general atmosphere and lack of distraction I find being a coffee shop writer helps me focus. I can really zone in on the story or characters. I generally seem to be in a more creative frame of mind. It’s hard to explain, but it’s like a better space for me or something.

Maybe the nice coffee helps light up my brain. Who knows.

But I definitely feel my work is stronger when I’m writing out and about.

I can be stuck on a scene or a story problem for ages and then I can sit in a coffee shop and the answer comes to me pretty quickly (My other two favourite places for working out problems are walking and the bath, both of which aren’t mac friendly).

In a coffee shop when the solution hits me I can be writing straight away rather than fumbling around on my iPhone notes desperately trying to not walk into a tree or drop my phone in the bath.

So less tears this way.

Expensive Way to Write?

Truth be told I don’t get to write in a coffee shop as much as I’d like for this very reason. It’s not like it cost a fortune but when you’re saving to travel and trying to clear debt three pound for a coffee when you have a jar at home can look like an unnecessary expense.

So I look at being a coffee shop writer in a slightly different way.

I see it as a place to go when I just have to get out my room. When I need this new space.

But also, It’s a treat. Or a reward.

It’s something to look forward too. I can write as much as possible at home. Really get the nuts and bolts of the story down and work myself into the ground and then once or twice a week I can break free of them four walls and get myself into a coffee shop.

Is a release.

So I know it’s a cliché. But it really works for me. In just about ever since of the word. I think if I had the money I’d just go to a different coffee shop every day to write. Do a cinnamon latte tour.

Can only imagine how much more I’d get done.

 

Stephen

 

 

 

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Travel Drought That I Just Have To End https://kettleontravels.com/travel-drought-that-i-just-have-to-end/ https://kettleontravels.com/travel-drought-that-i-just-have-to-end/#respond Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:30:25 +0000 https://kettleontravels.com/?p=118 Travel Drought: Travel drought might not quite be the right phrase as I’ve been to Caen a few times over the last couple of years and a music festival in Belgium, but it’s now been eight years since I’ve been on a plane. It’s not that travelling by boat doesn’t count, it does, it’s just these where weekend trips to one place. Not what I consider travel, or at least not what I want to consider travel. Before this eight year travel drought I’d go on holiday two or three times a year, for weeks at a time. I travelled round most of Europe, seen a fair bit of America and went to Morocco. It felt like a start… …Then it ended. And really I only have myself to blame. Why Did The Travelling Stop? The main reason for the travel drought is money. Isn’t it always. I hated my job, quit it because I really really did hate it (after previously loving it. The first of two times this has now happened to me) and rather than get a new job straight away I lived off my credit card for a while creating a lot of debt. After a break up I continued to be unemployed for a while and still living off my card before finally getting a part-time job. I wanted full-time but it seemed at the time that they just didn’t exist anymore, or they did but in the shape of a soulless call centre job and I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for that. (I tried, lasted two weeks and cried everyday. Not for me). With my debts mounting travel just kind of stopped. I went to America with my parents the first week of this new job and had an awesome time enjoying Disney World...

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Travel Drought:

Travel drought might not quite be the right phrase as I’ve been to Caen a few times over the last couple of years and a music festival in Belgium, but it’s now been eight years since I’ve been on a plane. It’s not that travelling by boat doesn’t count, it does, it’s just these where weekend trips to one place. Not what I consider travel, or at least not what I want to consider travel.

Before this eight year travel drought I’d go on holiday two or three times a year, for weeks at a time. I travelled round most of Europe, seen a fair bit of America and went to Morocco.

It felt like a start…

…Then it ended.

And really I only have myself to blame.

Why Did The Travelling Stop?

The main reason for the travel drought is money. Isn’t it always. I hated my job, quit it because I really really did hate it (after previously loving it. The first of two times this has now happened to me) and rather than get a new job straight away I lived off my credit card for a while creating a lot of debt.

After a break up I continued to be unemployed for a while and still living off my card before finally getting a part-time job. I wanted full-time but it seemed at the time that they just didn’t exist anymore, or they did but in the shape of a soulless call centre job and I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for that.

(I tried, lasted two weeks and cried everyday. Not for me).

With my debts mounting travel just kind of stopped. I went to America with my parents the first week of this new job and had an awesome time enjoying Disney World and such like, but that was the last time I stepped on a plane eight years ago.

Am depressing myself just typing that.

Anyone who’s had a huge credit card bill and part-time job will know that you’re then essentially stuck.

I was basically paying back the interest each month and barely covering the minimum payment. I had gone from managing two Blockbusters to working part-time in a card shop. This remained the way for too long.

The Trips I Did Take?

The little bit of money I could save went towards an incredible stag do at Rock Werchter, (A weekend I’ll never forget) and then another trip there two years later…

… Then nothing for a while.

Just before the second trip I managed to get a loan to cover my credit card. Previously I hadn’t been able to get one but this time after working a lot of extra Christmas hours I managed to get a five year loan at an incredibly better interest rate than my credit card was.

Now was time to start trying to fix things.

Getting myself out of this slump took time, but I had plenty of motivation and support.

Eventually after a year of trying I got myself a better job, albeit still part-time, and began to work my way back up to management. During this time I took a couple of boat trips to Caen with my ex, one of which included a day trip to Paris,  and that travelling feeling was starting to come back to me.

I missed it.

I love being in new places.

Honestly don’t know how I survived this travel drought for so long.

Where Am I Now?

So fast forward to the present and once again I’m no longer a manager (and know now that I never will be again because of way to many reasons to list here). I have a part-time job, but more importantly I spend my days writing, filming and taking photos. All the things I love.

The five years since the loan have passed, and that’s paid off, but unfortunately there is a little on my card again.

But…

… I’m in the best position I’ve been in for ten years. Financially.

So now I’m saving quickly, and dreaming of stepping on that plane once again.

I think I’m someone who just has to travel. The two trips round Europe on Inter rail are still on my mind all the time. I can feel myself smiling when I talk about them. There’s just a positivity and happiness in me that mainly exists when I’m travelling and/or creating.

Hence the new blog.

I need both them things to be a constant in my life.

It’s a large part of who I am.

Now that I’m close to being back to that person. I can’t let it go.

What Next?

Plenty of incredible things have happened to me over the eight years since I last boarded that flight to America. I’m not one for regrets and I believe that all the decisions and paths we take, better or worse, make up who we are so I understand that the absence of travel may have been necessary in my life.

But I’m 100% certain that it’s now time for it to return.

While I’m still months away from that happening, I can start smiling at the thought again that it no longer feels impossible and that the travel drought is coming to an end.

Stephen

 

 

 

 

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Reset Button: How I’m Starting My Life Over https://kettleontravels.com/reset-button-starting-my-life-over/ https://kettleontravels.com/reset-button-starting-my-life-over/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:06:51 +0000 https://kettleontravels.com/?p=35 The Reset Button: I’ve never been one to overly focus on the negatives in my life, so I won’t here, but what I will say is this journey began for me during the worst year of my life. 2016 sucked for a lot of people, I was no exception. My entire life changed, largely self-inflicted, partly not. Either way the reset button had been well and truly pressed in every area my life… …except money, while everything else changed, sadly my stupid debt remained. I’m not sure at what point I made the decision. Probably after I quit the job I once loved and now hated more than anything else ever, but once the thought properly entered my mind, there was no turning back. It was very obvious to me what I should do with my life… … I will move to Taiwan and start a production label. Sounds random when I put it like that, crazy even, but there is a method to it. Why am I doing this? I was already planning a trip over there, a few weeks to visit some friends I’d made and to explore what looks like a gorgeous country. But a few weeks weren’t enough anymore… …Not with how my ambitions where growing, despite my life feeling static after the reset button. I listen to a lot of Taiwan indie music, along with other Asian music. Watch a ton of cinema from what part of the world (mostly Korean, but increasing Hong Kong and Taiwanese), binge watch music videos from there. Keep an eye out for plenty of photography and live gigs. Basically a large portion of my artistic viewing is from Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan. And all of this has made me want to go there to do my own work. I want to join in...

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The Reset Button:

I’ve never been one to overly focus on the negatives in my life, so I won’t here, but what I will say is this journey began for me during the worst year of my life. 2016 sucked for a lot of people, I was no exception. My entire life changed, largely self-inflicted, partly not. Either way the reset button had been well and truly pressed in every area my life…

…except money, while everything else changed, sadly my stupid debt remained.

I’m not sure at what point I made the decision. Probably after I quit the job I once loved and now hated more than anything else ever, but once the thought properly entered my mind, there was no turning back. It was very obvious to me what I should do with my life…

… I will move to Taiwan and start a production label.

Sounds random when I put it like that, crazy even, but there is a method to it.

Why am I doing this?

I was already planning a trip over there, a few weeks to visit some friends I’d made and to explore what looks like a gorgeous country. But a few weeks weren’t enough anymore…

…Not with how my ambitions where growing, despite my life feeling static after the reset button.

I listen to a lot of Taiwan indie music, along with other Asian music. Watch a ton of cinema from what part of the world (mostly Korean, but increasing Hong Kong and Taiwanese), binge watch music videos from there. Keep an eye out for plenty of photography and live gigs. Basically a large portion of my artistic viewing is from Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan.

And all of this has made me want to go there to do my own work.

I want to join in with the vast creativity.

I feel more in sync with the work being produced there than in the UK or America.

Plus I’ve always wanted to try living abroad (Grown tired of England) and have never travelled to Asia, so why not go all in, after all no point pressing said reset button and just living the same life.

The Plan:

So the plan is simple. Although I know the execution won’t be…

…Move to Taiwan and get a part-time job to support myself while I create music video’s, short films, mini documentaries and a dozen other things I like to make for my own production label. The work can be either paid, or not, as long as I’m making stuff. (Although fingers crossed for a happy balance of both).

It would require me finding a place to live, getting a  job when I don’t speak Mandarin (have started learning but years away from being any good), networking with the artists I’d like to work with their and creating my own production company/label that shows of my work along with spreading the love of other people’s work I admire.

Couldn’t be easier 🙂 … Right?

Some of the details are a little fuzzy in my head, others like finding a job job out there make me very anxious, but one thing is for certain… This all feels right.

This is exactly what I should be doing for myself.

Upcoming Prologue:

I will go through a few things on different blogs during the build up to the journey. A prologue before my true adventure begins later this year. Then the travel aspect of the blog will fully begin alongside my life changing forever. Hopefully this will create an interest blend of travel and creativity that I can share with you all and keep as a record for myself to fondly look back on.

I’m certain as excited and positive as I am that things will be difficult.

I’m taking myself way way outside my comfort zone, but I know this is right.

It combines my love of writing, creating and travelling all together and is an experience I welcome.

Will be in a permanent state of buzzed and nervousness i’m sure, but will be happy and proud of myself on top of that.

So… lets see how this goes 🙂

Stephen.

(Have expanded this blog more on my About Page)

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