I am certainly not accustomed to taking selfies. With my DSLR on a tripod I shot this. I got a lot of nice feedback from friends who don't see me often enough.
Only later have I realized that I am squinting my left eye in a similar fashion as if I were holding the camera to my eye and shooting a picture in the usual way.
Eating lunch in a restaurant in Chiang Mai, this woman asked if wanted to buy a chain of jasmine buds. They are bought and offered to Buddhist shrines when you go to pray. I am not a Buddhist and so I had no interest in praying. But we made a deal, I would buy a couple if I could take her photo. She agreed. It cost me 20 baht.
A little over a year I bought my first DSLR I traveled to Yunnan. On a back street near the main public square there was a street market. This girl was selling traditional styled jewelry. I bought a few items like earring and a couple bracelets that I would later give to a friend as a gift. She let me take her picture. Only later have I come to appreciate what makes this photo outstanding.
The train station is usually my starting point for my travels. Train stations are infinitely more interesting than airports for all sorts of reasons. So this is where are start playing with my camera and reacquaint with all of the buttons and get in photographer mode.
For me Christmas is not sacred. If I were adamant about taking time off of work for Christmas, I would be all alone then inviting my workmates to Christmas dinner would be a little awkward. Christmas is for children and I am happy to don the red suit for them.