Lonely lamp lit night wanting someone to stay with me #music #samsmith

More often I find myself entering a bubble lit by a lantern, which I can control the brightness and extinguish when ready. The flickering light surrounds the room, shadows appear in corners. Collectively what I see around me, and feel inside, I think deep into my heart and ask.

Stay with Me.

Think about past lovers, potential lovers, and moments when you wished you weren’t alone. The differences between the pursuit of lust over love, and people being honest with what they truly seek out. …. “Stay with me….”




2015 Check In…

Another year passed and I gave debate on sun setting astriker.com. Facebook came along, Twitter and Instagram and I pondered whether this has any purpose. I often have something to write but then I over think, make it more in depth, then the moment gets past me. 

Unsure if or when I will update but I can recall many questions that crossed my mind to spur content. 

Hope everyone is having an enjoyable 2015. 

Cheers – Douglas

( Photo: King and Queen building in the fog this evening) 

Quote | Home, Pueblo Indian Prayer, Family & Love, values.com 12/22/14 #passiton

Another share from values.com aligned to Family & Love. This particular share moved me with the words resonating to me of holding on to what is good, what you believe in, even if you have to do such alone, far away from here, even if I am no longer with you.


“Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe, even if it’s a tree that stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do, even if it’s a long way from here. Hold on to your life, even if it’s easier to let go. Hold on to my hand, even if I’ve gone away from you.”

Pueblo Indian Prayer



Photos | #tbt , Sydney 2006, first trip Down Under

A #tbt from Sydney, looking back on my first trip to Sydney in 2006 with Robyn. The trip covered Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, good memories. Back when they allowed you to pet the koala’s. Click on the photo below for 4 photos~



Photos | A room with a View, Downtown Sydney from Potts Point

Each day when I wake up, I am most likely jet lagged but open the curtains to see one of the most breath taking skylines that I have been fortunate to experience. Having stayed in Old Sydney, CBD and Potts Point, the beauty is breath taking.

The same view from my room throughout the day, it leaves me inspired as I hear no sound but see the world below and sparkling lights on the horizon.

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Photos | Journey to Bangkok #BKK , farewell #Atlanta

Departing Bangkok on 11-September for Bangkok on KLM. The route from Atlanta to Amsterdam must be one that does not warrant a newer plane as the seats were very dated. My time in Bangkok was short before flying back to London, but I would return back to Bangkok on Friday.

Upon departing Bangkok to London, KLM neglected to check my bag through so I received an arrivals and departure passport within 30 minutes!

Rest assured, when I asked the very nice KLM representative working the transfer desk, I explained I had 90 minutes. Her reply is “well Run, Run, Run….” . Very kind of her, they pride themselves on going above and beyond. A common theme of the airline, was beyond disappointed.

Photos | #tbt , Round the World Trip – 2010

I thought it would be only fitting to have a #tbt to my first trip Round the World in 2010, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore and London over 3 weeks. The trip timing was similar, mid-September to early October. Made long lasting bonds throughout the journey and memories that will last me a lifetime.

Bucket list was to ride in a 747 and travel a trip round the world at 30 or younger. Check!


Bouncing Around the World, Bangkok Check-In

Good Morning, or Evening from Bangkok!

It has been months since I have posted anything on my site. All too often I have so many thoughts on what to post, keep track of what, then never do. Possibly I just need to let the brain tell the fingers what to type and be done with it.

Excited to see that we are encroaching into the cooler temperatures of fall in Atlanta. I am looking forward time to open the windows and let the house air out. I will have some more photos and posts soon. Cheers!

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