A pyroclastic flow is a mixture of hot ash and gas that flows down the slope from a volcano like a liquid. Mount Sinabung in Indonesia is regularly producing them - lava is slowly oozing upwards to form a dome at the summit and as that dome gets too big, pieces of it break off and tumble down the mountainside as pyroclastic flows. Since its lava breaking off, the material is still incredibly hot, hundreds of degrees C, and will destroy anything it touches. Look at the tracks from other pyroclastic flows on the ground as you watch this awesome video of a Sinabung Pyroclastic Flow being generated on July 27.


Blue Lava!


Bucket List. Bucket List. Bucket List.

Thursday, 30/07/2015

The Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his friends on 🎣 fishing trip 🐟🐡

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Beyonce was in Bali, Indonesia

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The True Cost

“Fast-fashion” is ever popular in the modern, “first” world. Forever 21, H&M, Zara, Gap, ETC. never fail to supply us with new, stylish clothing for cheap(er) prices… but where are our clothes really coming from?

I recently watched the documentary The True Cost. As far as I’m concerned, it’s fairly new to Netflix, and I figured I’d give it a watch. I’m glad I did.

After watching this documentary, I began to think twice about the t-shirt, bra, underwear, socks, shoes, and yoga pants I sport at home, and the clothing I wear to school — where do my clothes come from?

The answer is simple, but the situation is complex. All you have to do is read the tags — MADE IN CHINA, INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, CAMBODIA, VIETNAM, INDIA, THAILAND, BANGLADESH… The list goes on.

Human beings are single-handedly being exploited by these huge fast-fashion corporations, not ensuring that these individuals, over 75% of whom are women, are earning a living wage. The system of capitalism has failed them. These corporations only seek to make money, therefore the well-being of their “employees” is simply ignored and neglected.

What’s extremely unfortunate is the fact that it’s difficult to escape the reality of the world we live in. Wholesale clothing, flash sales, Black Friday and the like are attractive to us consumers, as we seek to save our money. However, the clothes are cheap at the expense of another individual’s ability to simply live and possibly support a family.

Here in the U.S. (or in any other “first-world” country, for that matter), we wouldn’t even THINK of allowing citizens to work in such conditions, assumably earning less than $150 USD a month. Sadly, this is the reality of MILLIONS of children, women, and men in developing countries. They usually do not have a say in their working conditions, wages, etc. Many who attempt to form unions and submit demands are often met with wage cuts, and even violence.

Hell, I’m 17 (almost 18) years old. It pains me to see people desperate for work being subjected to such neglect and exploitation at the hands of greedy CEOs and corporate executives. If I had the power, the money, and the support to advocate for these individuals, to advocate for systemic change, I 100% would… but there’s only so much I can do.

There’s only so much we can do.

But so long as attention is being drawn to this issue (for it has been largely ignored for the better part of 50+ years), I believe that’s where change starts.

Akmal Azmi
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Akmal travels indeed! Where are some of your favourite places you have visited, and why?

It is very hard to pin point a favourite as each place has its own interesting character and story. When I travel alone, I try to observe and clear my mind from thoughts of knowing, if that make sense. Everything is new and different although somewhat familiar. A practical act of skin peeling. When I meet more people and places, it becomes easier for me to understand differences between mindsets and behavior.

I guess, the best places for me are ones that have a feel of authenticity to it. I feel that these places do not try to put thoughts of how things should be, rather, by how we see and feel the place as it is. In other words, a place with identity. One such example was my trip to Bangalore, India. The place was smelly, noisy, and dusty to say the least but that is what the place is. It was interesting to physically see the vast difference between the rich and the poor. I get to observe firsthand the lifestyle of families of 6-7 living in houses the size of a car parking slot. Seeing the lifestyles I only heard of before was emotionally moving to say the least. I guess this is what I meant by skin peeling. 

Could you tell us a story of an adventure that you learned a lot from? Where were you and what happened?

I always learn new things every time I go on a trip. One that I particularly remember was when I was in Venice. I was there for The Venice Biennale in 2012. It was a 2 day trip and I thought it was a good time to try and be homeless for a night.

After exploring the whole day, I tried to sleep on a chair in an open plaza whilst hugging my back pack in an attempt to keep warm. It was midnight in mid-October so it was fairly chilly. I was very tired, but I only managed to sleep a few hours as it was cold and uncomfortable. So, I tried walking around Venice since I could barely close my eyes. It intrigued me on how different Venice was at night compared to the day. Of course, theoretically all places are different at different times. Nevertheless it was interesting to feel a different side of Venice. Lively and vibrant by the day, creepy and serene by the night. As interesting as it was, I only wanted lie down in my room at home. Even the floor would be a massive upgrade.

I had a taste of what it was like to be homeless for a single night at a foreign place and I barely survived. I only can imagine what it is like for some people to be homeless every day. I was glad I went through the experience, but I do not think I would want to go through it again alone.

Hoping for more new adventures soon. I am inspired by stories from other travelers and I hope I can inspire at least one of you to explore and share to the world. Enjoy!

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