The move to Amman

So this has been a long time coming. So much has happened since my last post in May 2013. I went to a Ace Camp video-making workshop with Tiger in a Jar in Asheville, NC (which I should really write a post on) and made a video on it. I quit my job in London. I moved back to Singapore. I went to China and also made a video of the community work we did in a village there. Lots of big, life-changing events. The biggest being my move to Amman, Jordan, earlier in March this year, to study the Arabic language with not much prior knowledge of it, apart from a vague and dusty memory of its alphabet/characters. Fast forward six and a half months and I'm almost halfway through my 15-month course, having learnt lots but barely scratching the surface at the same time. I haven't really recorded much of my time here, but it's been amazing and a huge blessing, to be learning Arabic from some really great teachers and to have met lots of interesting people and to have made some really good friends during my time here.

I have not been taking as many food photos here in Jordan as I usually do, as I don't have all my props, clothes, plates, cutlery and such, to be able to style as I would like to. And in the beginning, I took quite a few photos at the places we ate at, but then I lost my phone, and after that, I really didn't take that many photos in general, especially with my DSLR. Mostly, I didn't want to constantly look like a tourist, in a country where people have no qualms about staring at you. And that's really quite strange to me, having lived in London, where people avoid eye contact on the tube. But here are some photos that I managed to dig out from the past couple of months.

Mansaf - Jordan's national dish, a rice dish with lamb and yoghurt.

Mansaf - Jordan's national dish, a rice dish with lamb and yoghurt.

All buildings in Jordan are pretty much the same colour. Sandstone.

All buildings in Jordan are pretty much the same colour. Sandstone.

One of the first pictures I took when I first arrived in Jordan.

One of the first pictures I took when I first arrived in Jordan.

Arabic sweets at Habiba.

Arabic sweets at Habiba.

In Petra.

In Petra.

A meal we had after a field trip to Ajloun Castle.

A meal we had after a field trip to Ajloun Castle.

Our trip to Wadi Rum, back in May

Our trip to Wadi Rum, back in May