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From the Journals… Koda Belud, Sabah, Malaysia. March 2, 2019

October 25, 2019 - It was a bit warm during the night, but I had a good rest. I had breakfast overlooking the bay. I was talking to one of...
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From the Journals… Kundastang, Sabah, Malaysia. March 1, 2019

October 18, 2019 - The walls are thin in this place! A very large and loud family group is above me. I was up around 6 and walked to the vi...
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From the Journals… More from Sepilok, Sabah, Malaysia. February 28, 2019

October 11, 2019 - As I continued my walk around the grounds of the resort, I came to this very full and healthy-looking banana tree. Most...
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From the Journals… Sepilok, Sabah, Malaysia. February 28, 2019

October 04, 2019 - An early morning walk around the grounds of the resort before breakfast was a very peaceful way to start the day. Lots o...
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From the Journals… Still More from Bilit, Sabah, Malaysia. February 25, 2019

September 27, 2019 - A little while after the photo in my previous posts was taken, the sun came up. Its golden glow changed the look complet...
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From the Journals… More from Bilit, Sabah, Malaysia. February 25, 2019

September 20, 2019 - I played around with the image from my previous post to give it a more contemporary painterly feel. The mist adds so muc...
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From the Journals… Bilit, Sabah, Malaysia. February 25, 2019

September 13, 2019 - Up at 5:30 to face a long queue for the 6 toilets. We had a 6:00 boat ride on the agenda. The sun was almost rising and...
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From the Journals… Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia. February 21, 2019

September 06, 2019 - Up at 5:20, happy to beat my alarm so as not to wake my roommates. Bread, jelly, and coffee for my first breakfast, then...
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From the Journals… More from Dawei, Myanmar (Burma). February 12, 2019

August 30, 2019 - This is another image from the market by the river. To get a more painterly look I boosted the saturation, contrast, and...
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From the Journals… Dawei, Myanmar (Burma). February 12, 2019

August 23, 2019 - We went for a walk through the market again, then down to the market by the river. I found that more interesting and too...
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From the Journals… Dawei, Myanmar (Burma). February 11, 2019

August 16, 2019 - Up at 6 and out at 6:15. I walked to the Shwe Taung Za Pagoda. Even though it felt like 75 degrees, the humidity was eno...
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From the Journals… Kyaing Ywar, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2019

August 09, 2019 - After 30 minutes we arrived at Kyaing Ywar, a village which is the departure point for boat excursions upriver. There is...
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From the Journals… Near Thaton, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2019

July 26, 2019 - The train arrived at 9:15. It was a much slower train than yesterday. I would guess top speed was about 30 mph. It was m...
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From the Journals… Still More from Nampan, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019

July 19, 2019 - After a snack, I continued to prowl the market for photo ops. It’s always a challenge in a busy, crowed market. I have t...
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From the Journals… More from Nampan, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019

July 12, 2019 - I got a bunch of good shots at the 5-Day Market, and the girls stopped at 2 food stalls for snacks. Both were pretty goo...
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From the Journals… Nampan, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019

July 05, 2019 - We then went among the extensive floating gardens and houses on stilts. From then it was on to the 5-Day Market at Nampa...
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From the Journals… More from Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019

June 28, 2019 - My session with the fisherman continued. He was working it for the camera, and we came up with this different view, shoo...
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From the Journals… Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). January 28, 2019

June 14, 2019 - I was up at 4:40, well before my 5:15 alarm. Ko Shine, our driver, was ready for me at 5:45 am as promised for another s...
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From the Journals… Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). January 27, 2019

June 07, 2019 - I rented an E-bike and stopped at the Bagan Umbra Hotel to get pricing info for our tour. It turns out that we stayed he...
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From the Journals… Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). January 26, 2019

May 31, 2019 - Up at 5:15 to be ready for my tuk tuk driver for sunrise pix. We went to an area that I had identified on the map as pos...
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From the Journals… Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). January 25, 2019

May 24, 2019 - We pulled in around 4:15, about an hour earlier than expected. We walked the skinny gangplank and up the sandy bank and...
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From the Journals… More from the Ayerwaddy River, Myanmar (Burma). January 25, 2019

May 17, 2019 - As we continued down the river, I spotted this boat out fishing. I isolated it, then boosted the contrast, clarity and v...
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From the Journals… Ayerwaddy River, Myanmar (Burma). January 25, 2019

May 10, 2019 - Up slightly before my 5:15 alarm. I packed and had a cup of coffee. We were in the car and off by 6:13, not bad for a ta...
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From the Journals… More from Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2019

April 26, 2019 - At the U Min Thonze Caves, I found the curving line of Buddha images to make for some good pix. I worked it for a while,...
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From the Journals… Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2019

April 20, 2019 - Myo had arranged for a tuk tuk to take us to Saigang. It was a bit a chilly ride in the open air, especially for May May...
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From the Journals… Yet More from Singapore. February 27, 2016

September 17, 2018 - At 8:00, only about an hour after I took this photo, I got on the MRT and headed back to Changi. I had dinner, then retr...
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From the Journals… Still More from Singapore. February 27, 2016

September 14, 2018 - I had a productive late afternoon session, and got some good pix around Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay. I found a spo...
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From the Journals… More from Singapore. February 27, 2016

September 10, 2018 - Back in the Gardens by the Bay, I found yet another angle that gave me a great view of the dramatic Marina Bay Sands Hot...
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From the Journals… Singapore. February 27, 2016

September 07, 2018 - I dropped my pack off at Changi Airport and had a mango and sticky rice for lunch. It's really supposed to be a dessert,...
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From the Journals… More from Singapore. February 26, 2016

September 03, 2018 - I took some normal shots, some HDR, and a couple of panoramas. While I was waiting for the right balance of light in the...
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From the Journals… Singapore. February 26, 2016

August 31, 2018 - We took the MRT to Marina Bay (Bayfront station) again (it seems to be our favorite destination). After checking the sky...
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From the Journals… Singapore. February 23, 2016

August 27, 2018 - Most days found me at Marina Bay, and today was no exception. It is a fascinating place, with so much to see and do. Sun...
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From the Journals… Yet More from Singapore. February 22, 2016

August 24, 2018 - We spent the afternoon walking all around Gardens by the Bay. I knew I wanted to capture some of the otherworldly-lookin...
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From the Journals… Even More from Singapore. February 22, 2016

August 20, 2018 - I keep being drawn to Marina Bay and the impressive architecture that surrounds it. As I was exploring around the Garden...
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From the Journals… Still More from Singapore. February 22, 2016

August 17, 2018 - I was visiting Chinatown again, which is where I had stayed 2 years earlier. Again, I happened to be here close to Chine...
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From the Journals… More from Singapore. February 22, 2016

August 13, 2018 - While I was inside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, people started filing in around the perimeter and then filling up the...
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From the Journals… Singapore. February 22, 2016

August 10, 2018 - I had poked my nose in here on a previous trip, but there wasn’t much going on then. Today, however, there was a festiva...
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From the Journals… More from Singapore. February 19, 2016

August 06, 2018 - We spent a few hours in the garden walking around. There is some beautiful landscaping with dramatic views of the city,...
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From the Journals… Singapore. February 19, 2016

August 03, 2018 - We took a bus and the MRT to Gardens by the Bay. Since we were hungry again, we walked through the park headed towards S...
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From the Journals… More from Sangker River, Cambodia. February 15, 2016

July 30, 2018 - We spent most of the day looking, talking with our fellow travelers, and resting. We stopped for a lunch and bathroom br...
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From the Journals… Sangker River, Cambodia. February 15, 2016

July 27, 2018 - Eventually we were picked up by a couple of vans and driven for about 30 minutes to the docks. We boarded our boat, a lo...
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From the Journals… Still More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 15, 2016

July 23, 2018 - I moved on to Ta Keo, but it was quite hot there and the light was harsh. Nevertheless, I climbed a good part of the way...
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From the Journals… Even More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 15, 2016

July 20, 2018 - Restoration work has been done here, which I guess is good so things don't completely fall apart. However, it takes away...
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From the Journals… More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 15, 2016

July 16, 2018 - Things were okay early, but when the groups of tourists started arriving around 9 it got to be overwhelming. Lots of Chi...
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From the Journals… Angkor, Cambodia. February 15, 2016

July 13, 2018 - Another early start for sunrise at Angkor. Still not early enough to get a good spot for pix at 5:40. I squeezed in wher...
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From the Journals… Yet More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016

July 09, 2018 - In addition to the “big picture” scale of the ruins, there are lots of smaller details that should not be overlooked. I...
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From the Journals… Still More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016

July 06, 2018 - I went to the West Gate accidentally as I was searching for Baphuon. I had to back track and park near the Terrace of th...
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From the Journals… Even More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016

July 02, 2018 - It was getting hot around 9 when I finished at Angkor Wat, so I had an iced coffee at one of the many restaurants on sit...
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From the Journals… More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016

June 29, 2018 - Although Lonely Planet says sunrise and early morning are time to beat the crowds, that certainly wasn't the case here....
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From the Journals… Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016

June 25, 2018 - An early start today to catch sunrise. I left the hotel on my motorbike at 5:15 to head to Angkor Wat. I was amazed at t...
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From the Journals… Ta Som, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

June 22, 2018 - This is such a cool thing to watch the buildings get sucked up by the jungle. Although this is an HDR image (see previou...
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From the Journals… Even More from Preah Kahn, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

June 18, 2018 - This is one of many images I took using a technique called HDR, or High Dynamic Range. It involves taking multiple frame...
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From the Journals… Still More from Preah Kahn, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

June 15, 2018 - Here is another devata carved into the stone blocks of the ruin. I like how the sunlight was spotlighting this one.
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From the Journals… More from Preah Kahn, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

June 11, 2018 - Tree by tree and wall by wall, the jungle is slowly winning.
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From the Journals… Preah Kahn, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

June 08, 2018 - I definitely prefer walking around the ruins that have not been restored. It gives me the feeling of discovering it for...
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From the Journals… More Again from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

June 04, 2018 - This is one of thousands of sculptures carved into the stone walls all around Angkor. This is a devata, the Hindu term f...
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From the Journals… And Yet Again from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

June 01, 2018 - It is fun to explore around these extensive ruins, especially when I was alone and didn’t have to wait for people to get...
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From the Journals… Yet Again from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

May 28, 2018 - As I was exploring, I would often be drawn down a hallway to check out what was behind each new doorway. In this case, t...
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From the Journals… Again from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

May 25, 2018 - Some of the ruins at Angkor have been restored and others have not. I think it’s more fun to poke around in the ones tha...
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From the Journals… Yet More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

May 21, 2018 - It seemed that everywhere I turned there was something else to photograph. I had been here in 1999 and loved it. On of m...
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From the Journals… Even More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

May 18, 2018 - I just love the way the roots of the trees were slowly winning the battle with the ancient walls, leaving the crumbled s...
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From the Journals… Still More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

May 14, 2018 - It was a crazy productive day! I started out exploring Preah Kahn. Early in the morning it was a comfortable temperature...
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From the Journals… More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

May 11, 2018 - At about 8:30 I could actually see the steam in the air as the sun hit the forest and I could feel it warming up. Next u...
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From the Journals… Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016

May 07, 2018 - We headed out towards Preah Kahn by way of Angkor Wat. The sun was a pinkish red ball just behind Angkor, so we stopped...
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From the Journals… More from Kampong Cham, Cambodia. February 9, 2016

May 04, 2018 - I walked back towards, and then a bit past my hotel to the Smile Restaurant where I am now writing this. I had a very ta...
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From the Journals… Kampong Cham, Cambodia. February 9, 2016

April 30, 2018 - We departed on schedule and arrived inKampong Cham shortly after 3. A tuk tuk driver offered to take me to the appropria...
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From the Journals… And Yet Again from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016

April 27, 2018 - I like the feeling of entering uncharted territory that this image conveys. I boosted the sharpness and contrast to show...
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From the Journals… Yet Again from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016

April 23, 2018 - My boat captain proudly poses with his trusty craft. He took me for a nice tour up the Kâmpôt River which led to this se...
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From the Journals… Again from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016

April 20, 2018 - I stepped off the boat for a bit so I could explore a very quiet wat, or Buddhist temple. This photo is the top of the g...
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From the Journals… Yet More from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016

April 16, 2018 - We rounded the corner into a small tributary of the Kâmpôt River and I found myself looking at this very tropical scene.
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From the Journals… Even More from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016

April 13, 2018 - Does this look like the perfect place to hang out?! I added a bit of a glow to give it a more romantic and dreamy feel....
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From the Journals… Still More from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016

April 09, 2018 - I loved the lush color in this with the morning haze partially hiding the mountain in the background. I pumped up the co...
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From the Journals… Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016

April 06, 2018 - I woke up before the alarm and got myself to the designated meeting place for my boat trip by 6:10. My boatman arrived o...
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From the Journals… More from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 7, 2016

April 02, 2018 - Since the light was rather subdued on my cruise up the Kâmpôt River, I decided that I would play around in post-producti...
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From the Journals… Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 7, 2016

March 30, 2018 - I had signed up for the sunset/firefly tour up the Kâmpôt River so I got picked up at 4:45 for that and was driven all o...
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From the Journals… And Again from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016

March 26, 2018 - This is a wrought-iron gate decoration going in to the Silver Pagoda. There is lots of detailed work everywhere I look....
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From the Journals… More Again from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016

March 23, 2018 - Another Buddha image in this peaceful oasis garden between the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.
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From the Journals… Again from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016

March 19, 2018 - To escape the heat even at this early hour of 10 am, I took refuge in a shady garden. There were many Buddha images in t...
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From the Journals… And Yet More from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016

March 16, 2018 - For this image of a palm near the Royal Palace, I played around in post processing. I increased the contrast, sharpness,...
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From the Journals… Yet More from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016

March 12, 2018 - Next up was the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda--no photos permitted in the main hall of either as I discovered once I wa...
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From the Journals… Even More from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016

March 09, 2018 - The monks in their colorful robes are something that I find visually interesting and culturally fascinating. Each mornin...
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From the Journals… Still More from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016

March 05, 2018 - Continuing with the motorbike theme from my last post, it’s not just what they carry on their bikes, but what they can a...
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From the Journals… More from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016

March 02, 2018 - This young guy had the unenviable task of taking these large bunches of sugarcane and somehow attaching them to his moto...
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From the Journals… Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016

February 26, 2018 - I started the day with a walk through the nearby Kandar market. I took some pix, then ended up putting together a patchw...
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From the Journals… Phnom Penh, Cambodia. January 31, 2016

February 23, 2018 - I woke up at 5:15 and did some journal entries. At about 6:30 I went for a walk out to Wat Ounalom, and shot a few pics,...
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From the Journals… More Again from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016

February 19, 2018 - On the way back up this road we stopped to photograph an older couple spinning and weaving. Again, we just invited ourse...
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From the Journals… Again from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016

February 16, 2018 - On the way back up this road we stopped to photograph an older couple spinning and weaving. Again, we just invited ourse...
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From the Journals… Yet More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016

February 12, 2018 - On the way back we stopped by a Cham area, populated by people of Cambodian descent. We cruised up and down this one str...
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From the Journals… Still More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016

February 09, 2018 - On the way back we stopped by a Cham area, populated by people of Cambodian descent. We cruised up and down this one str...
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From the Journals… Even More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016

February 05, 2018 - When I photographed this image, I kept a somewhat narrow zone of focus to have the flowers in the background go soft in...
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From the Journals… More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016

February 02, 2018 - I took one of my many images from this session (see previous post) and did some post-production work. I enhanced the sha...
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From the Journals… Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016

January 29, 2018 - Breakfast buffet at the hotel at 6, then we hopped on the motorbike to drive to the lily pond we had been to last night.
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From the Journals… More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 28, 2016

January 26, 2018 - Minh’s friend then hired a fisherman on a boat and directed him into position for dipping his net. It was amusing to see...
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From the Journals… Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 28, 2016

January 22, 2018 - We checked in to the Dong Nam Hotel and were met by Minh's friend at 4:45 to go on a shoot. Minh rented a motorbike from...
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From the Journals… Cà Mau, Vietnam. January 27, 2016

January 19, 2018 - Back in Cà Mau we picked up bus tickets for tomorrow and then went to visit Van's boss, who is a friend of Minh. He is t...
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From the Journals… Still More from Rach Tàu, Vietnam. January 26, 2016

January 15, 2018 - We stopped for an iced coffee, where I was the center of attention because some of these folks have never seen a tourist...
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From the Journals… More from Rach Tàu, Vietnam. January 26, 2016

January 12, 2018 - We got to our intended destination, and soon hired a private boat to take the 3 of us to Rach Tàu. It is a town just 2 m...
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From the Journals… Rach Tàu, Vietnam. January 26, 2016

January 08, 2018 - Up at 4:45 to get picked up by Minh's contact, Van, by taxi. We took a short ride to the water taxi station and soon wer...
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From the Journals… Still More from Cà Mau, Vietnam. January 26, 2016

January 05, 2018 - On the way back to the hotel we stopped and had a bowl of noodle soup for our dinner which was quite good. It's early, a...
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From the Journals… More from Cà Mau, Vietnam. January 26, 2016

January 01, 2018 - I was poking around the market, and really playing with the backlight coming in from off the river. I got a few shots th...
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From the Journals… Cà Mau, Vietnam. January 26, 2016

December 29, 2017 - At 4 o'clock we were picked up by a taxi and went to an area near the market and hired a boat and got on the river. Afte...
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From the Journals… Even More from Phung Hiep, Vietnam. January 26, 2016

December 25, 2017 - Our next location was to shoot from a moving boat so we hired one right outside the building where we have been photogra...
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From the Journals… Still More from Phung Hiep, Vietnam. January 26, 2016

December 22, 2017 - Our next location was to shoot from a moving boat so we hired one right outside the building where we have been photogra...
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From the Journals… More from Phung Hiep, Vietnam. January 26, 2016

December 18, 2017 - When I was setting up for our morning shot with my tripod, I realized that not only did I forget the quick release plate...
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From the Journals… Phung Hiep, Vietnam. January 26, 2016

December 15, 2017 - We left the hotel at 4:30 this morning and were picked up by a motorbike driver who shuttled us over, one at a time to o...
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From the Journals…More from Sa Dec, Vietnam. January 25, 2016

December 11, 2017 - We got back to the hotel around 10:30 to shower and pack. At 11:15 our driver--Hue's nephew picked us up. We went to a v...
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From the Journals…Sa Dec, Vietnam. January 25, 2016

December 08, 2017 - We were up for breakfast before 7. There was a good breeze at the hotel's outside restaurant and it was 70 degrees. Minh...
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From the Journals... More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 8, 2014

June 16, 2017 - With my wife and her cousin Hain, we traveled across town in rickshaws to Shwe Aung Yu Pagoda for sunset. It is situated...
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From the Journals... More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

June 12, 2017 - After a lunch of noodle salad at my mother-in-law’s house, I went to Kha Khat Wain Kyaung. It is a large monastery and I...
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From the Journals…Still More from Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011

May 22, 2017 - I was out the door by 6:00am on a rented bike from the hotel. (Too low, and the seat kept falling back.) It’s scary ridi...
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From the Journals…Bhamo, Myanmar (Burma). January 27, 2011

April 28, 2017 - Our friend Zikola (sp?) and his mother were so kind to us today. After my buffet breakfast on the hotel roof, I went to...
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From the Journals…Bodhi Tataung, Myanmar (Burma). February 10, 2014

April 24, 2017 - I met my motorbike driver for my afternoon tour. It didn’t start off too auspiciously, as we discovered that because of...
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From the Journals…Still More from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 12, 2011

April 21, 2017 - Having just arrived from my long flight from New York, I woke up on my first morning and took my jet-lagged body to the...
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From the Journals…Even More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011

April 17, 2017 - After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fa...
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From the Journals…Still More from Kyaiktiyo, Burma (Myanmar). January 14, 2011

April 14, 2017 - We got herded into a cattle truck is the best way to describe it. Slats of wood for seats, so close together there was n...
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From the Journals…More from Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011

April 10, 2017 - We went to the temple of North Guni for sunset photos. There were only 2 other tourists there. We were a bit too far for...
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From the Journals…Hué, Vietnam. February 1, 1999

April 07, 2017 - Feeling very rushed on trip in general—trying to fit too much into a short trip. Up at 6:20, then breakfast. Walked to...
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From the Journals... Still More from Pindaya Caves, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2011

March 27, 2017 - It was a one-and-a-half hour taxi ride from Kalaw to Pindaya. When we arrived we explored and photographed the roving 5t...
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From the Journals…Even More from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 12, 2011

March 24, 2017 - Having just arrived from my long flight from New York, I woke up on my first morning and took my jet-lagged body to the...
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From the Journals... More from Mawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2014

March 06, 2017 - This is the view outside the market, taken before 7am. It is getting me to revise my thoughts from yesterday about timin...
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From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 4, 2014

March 03, 2017 - I woke up about 7 and quickly got dressed and moving. I went to the White, a breakfast place mentioned in Lonely Planet,...
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From the Journals... Bagan, Burma. January 31, 2011

February 27, 2017 - We hired a horse cart, and decided that enroute from Nyaung U, where the bus arrived, to New Bagan we would stop for sun...
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From the Journals... More from Ayeyarwady River. January 29, 2011

February 24, 2017 - The boat stayed anchored the whole night, which put us behind schedule (or at least my idea of the schedule). I was unab...
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From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2014

February 17, 2017 - I spent most of the afternoon hiding from the heat and talking to my fellow travelers on the balcony just outside my roo...
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From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 4, 2014

February 13, 2017 - I met my new-found friend, Naing Tun at 5:15, and he took me on his motorbike to a pagoda on the river, Pher Mel Taung....
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From the Journals…More from Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011

February 10, 2017 - We went to the temple of North Guni for sunset photos. There were only 2 other tourists there. I try to be flexible and...
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From the Journals…More from Kalaw, Burma (Myanmar). February 6, 2011

January 27, 2017 - I slept in today—until 7:00! No bus or taxi to catch, no sight to see, no sunrise pix. I had breakfast downstairs. I we...
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From the Journals... More from Pindaya Caves, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2011

January 23, 2017 - It was a one-and-a-half hour taxi ride from Kalaw to Pindaya. When we arrived we explored and photographed the roving 5t...
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From the Journals…Even More from Kakku, Burma (Myanmar). February 4, 2011

January 20, 2017 - I was up just after 6. The hotel owner had found us a taxi driver. We had a quick breakfast across from the hotel, then...
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From the Journals…More from Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). February 2, 2011

January 16, 2017 - Our driver came by at 4:00 to take us out for sunset pix. We went to Yinmana Paya. It’s an interesting complex that is o...
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From the Journals…More from Shwegu, Ayeyarwady River Trip, Burma (Myanmar). January 26, 2011

January 06, 2017 - I woke up with sore hips and lower back. The mattress in the bunk is thin, but for some reason I wasn’t bothered the fir...
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From the Journals…More from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 12, 2011

January 02, 2017 - Having just arrived from my long flight from New York, I woke up on my first morning and took my jet-lagged body to the...
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From the Journals…Even More from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011

December 30, 2016 - I had breakfast downstairs in the hotel restaurant and got caught up with my journal. Myo Myo (my wife) joined me after...
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From the Journals…Still More from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011

December 26, 2016 - I read for a while, but then felt guilty for not trying to do anything while in Mandalay. I decided to take a walk to th...
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From the Journals…More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 18, 2011

December 23, 2016 - As I was wandering the streets after just arriving in town, I came across this group of young nuns asking for alms. It i...
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From the Journals...Tay Ninh, Vietnam. January 22, 1999

December 12, 2016 - Our tour bus driver was very candid about life today in Vietnam. It isn’t the rosy picture the government would have us...
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From the Journals...Phan Thiet, Vietnam. January 24, 1999

December 09, 2016 - Up at 4:20 to depart at 4:40. Too early! Lots of stars We drove back to the dunes, and spent a few minutes waiting for...
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From the Journals… More from Mui Ne, Vietnam. January 23, 1999

December 05, 2016 - After a large lunch and siesta, we drove into Mui Ne to take pix at a fishing village, but we were told that the action...
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From the Journals… More from Binh Duc, Vietnam. January 20, 1999

December 02, 2016 - We walked around a small Moslem settlement, and got to watch some weaving. Also had a brief visit to a mosque before ret...
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From the Journals…Chang Mai, Thailand. February 17, 2003

November 28, 2016 - I went out to Bo Sang, and viewed factories for lacquerware, silver, umbrellas, and woodworking in the hopes that I migh...
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From the Journals…Still More from Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004

November 21, 2016 - We visited 4 temples in the morning, including Shittaung, which is reminiscent of Borobudur on a smaller scale. The othe...
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From the Journals…More from Kyaiktiyo, Burma (Myanmar). January 14, 2011

October 03, 2016 - We got herded into a cattle truck is the best way to describe it. Slats of wood for seats, so close together there was n...
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From the Journals…Lampang, Thailand. February 11, 2003

September 30, 2016 - I got a songthew to Wat Phra Tat Lampang Luang. It was okay, but not as good as I thought from the description in Lonely...
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From the Journals…Sukhothai, Thailand. February 10, 2003

September 26, 2016 - I had a second round of breakfast, then rented a bike and rode to Wat Si Chum, in the northern section of the park. I to...
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From the Journals…Bangkok, Thailand. January 18, 2003

September 23, 2016 - We took a ferry across the river to do a walking tour centered around the Grand Palace. We wandered into Wat Pho, and ha...
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From the Journals…Koh Panyi, Thailand. March 11, 2003

September 02, 2016 - I disembarked from the boat at Koh Panyi, the Muslim fishing/tourist village. It was hot as I was lead to my “hotel” roo...
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From the Journals…More from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 20, 2003

August 08, 2016 - Although the plan was to go to the Shwedagon Paya before breakfast while it was still cool, and although we woke up on t...
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From the Journals…Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011

July 15, 2016 - We went to the temple of North Guni for sunset photos. There were only 2 other tourists there. We were a bit too far for...
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From the Journals…Kyaiktiyo, Burma (Myanmar). January 14, 2011

July 11, 2016 - We got herded into a cattle truck is the best way to describe it. Slats of wood for seats, so close together there was n...
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From the Journals…More from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011

July 08, 2016 - I read for a while, but then felt guilty for not trying to do anything while in Mandalay. I decided to take a walk to th...
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From the Journals…More from Lashio, Myanmar (Burma). January 20, 2011

July 04, 2016 - I really enjoy exploring local markets. There is so much stimulation for the senses--sights, sounds, smells. It’s a grea...
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From the Journals…Still More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011

July 01, 2016 - After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fa...
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From the Journals…Kalaw, Burma (Myanmar). February 6, 2011

June 24, 2016 - I slept in today—until 7:00! No bus or taxi to catch, no sight to see, no sunrise pix. I had breakfast downstairs. I we...
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From the Journals…Still More from Kakku, Burma (Myanmar). February 5, 2011

June 20, 2016 - I was up just after 6. The hotel owner had found us a taxi driver. We had a quick breakfast across from the hotel, then...
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From the Journals… More from Sukhothai, Thailand. February 9, 2003

June 10, 2016 - It has been a nice day so far. I rented a bike and drove around, getting off to view the temples. I had an early lunch o...
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From the Journals…More from Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004

June 06, 2016 - We visited 4 temples in the morning, including Shittaung, which is reminiscent of Borobudur on a smaller scale. The othe...
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From the Journals…Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 19, 2003

March 25, 2016 - The late afternoon destination was the Shwedagon Paya, just to get some photos from the western side. We took another ta...
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From the Journals… Sukhothai, Thailand. February 9, 2003

March 07, 2016 - It has been a nice day so far. I rented a bike and drove around, getting off to view the temples. I had an early lunch o...
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From the Journals… Ayutthaya, Thailand. March 10, 1989

March 04, 2016 - We had a good day at Ayutthaya. We started out with a Wat and then the Ancient Palace complex. They are nice ruins—old a...
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From the Journals… Singapore. February 24, 1989

February 29, 2016 - We slept until 8:30, then went to the same Chinese restaurant and pastry shop as we went to yesterday. It was a long bu...
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From the Journals…More from Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004

January 22, 2016 - We visited 4 temples in the morning, including Shittaung, which is reminiscent of Borobudur on a smaller scale. The othe...
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From the Journals…More from Kakku, Burma (Myanmar). February 5, 2011

December 18, 2015 - I was up just after 6. The hotel owner had found us a taxi driver. We had a quick breakfast across from the hotel, then...
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From the Journals... More from Saddar Cave, Kayin State, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

December 14, 2015 - A new-found friend with a motorbike took me here as part of his tour. This was a large cave that actually went all the w...
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From the Journals… Lampang, Thailand. February 11, 2003

October 02, 2015 - I got a songthew to Wat Phra Tat Lampang Luang. It was okay, but not as good I thought from the description in Lonely Pl...
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From the Journals… Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2003

September 25, 2015 - In the morning, we went to the Palace compound at Mandalay Fort. The fort is enormous, roughly 2 miles by 2 miles. Insid...
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From the Journals…Sukothai, Thailand. February 8, 2003

August 21, 2015 - I rented a bike and rode to Wat Si Chum, in the northern section of the park. I took a few pix, checked out another wat...
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From the Journals…Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011

July 10, 2015 - I had breakfast downstairs in the hotel restaurant and got caught up with my journal. Myo Myo (my wife) joined me after...
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From the Journals…Still More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011

July 06, 2015 - After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fa...
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From the Journals…More from Luang Prabang, Laos. February 12, 1999

June 08, 2015 - Lying awake during the night. I have a cold, and was blowing my nose all night. Then the rooster started. Finally up at...
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From the Journals…Chang Mai, Thailand. February 17, 2003

June 05, 2015 - I went out to Bo Sang, and viewed factories for lacquerware, silver, umbrellas, and woodworking in the hopes that I migh...
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From the Journals... Even More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

May 15, 2015 - After a lunch of noodle salad at my mother-in-law’s house, I went to Kha Khat Wain Kyaung. It is a large monastery and I...
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From the Journals... Kalaw, Myanmar (Burma). February 6, 2011

May 11, 2015 - I slept in today—until 7:00! No bus or taxi to catch, no sight to see, no sunrise pix. I had breakfast downstairs. I...
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From the Journals... Pindaya Caves, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2011

May 08, 2015 - It was a one-and-a-half hour taxi ride from Kalaw to Pindaya. When we arrived we explored and photographed the roving 5t...
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From the Journals… Mui Ne, Vietnam. January 23, 1999

May 04, 2015 - After a large lunch and siesta, we drove into Mui Ne to take pix at a fishing village, but we were told that the action...
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From the Journals… Binh Duc, Vietnam. January 20, 1999

May 01, 2015 - We walked around a small Moslem settlement, and got to watch some weaving. Also had a brief visit to a mosque before ret...
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From the Journals…Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 5, 2003

April 20, 2015 - Alarm at 6:30. Breakfast and get ready for 7:30 start. More temples today, surprise, surprise! Cloudy all day, so few p...
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From the Journals…Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 18, 2011

February 23, 2015 - As I was wandering the streets after just arriving in town, I came across this group of young nuns asking for alms. It i...
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From the Journals…More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011

February 02, 2015 - After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fa...
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From the Journals... Still More from George Town, Penang, Malaysia. March 6, 2014

January 30, 2015 - Later in the day, after recovering from my morning expedition, I went down the street from my hotel to the Camera Museum...
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From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

January 26, 2015 - I took some photos at Kyauk ka lat, a pagoda on top of a limestone outcropping surrounded by a manmade lake. I made vari...
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From the Journals…More from Angkor, Cambodia. January 14, 1999

January 16, 2015 - Departed hotel at 8:10 after breakfast--another day at the ruins. So extensive--what a large civilization--about 1 milli...
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From the Journals...More from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. January 15, 1999

January 12, 2015 - We arrived in Phnom Penh shortly after noon, and in the short scramble off the boat and the short ride into town, I brok...
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From the Journals…More from Hong Kong. January 1992

December 05, 2014 - Continuing my nocturnal adventures from my previous post, I came across this scene, which is a popular destination becau...
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From the Journals... Even More from Singapore. March 10, 2014

September 26, 2014 - This image (the watercolor version) just won “Best in Show” at the Westchester Professional Photographers Association in...
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From the Journals... Yet More from Singapore. March 10, 2014

September 22, 2014 - I continued my journey up to the Fullerton Hotel, a beautiful old building originally used as the General Post Office. I...
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From the Journals... Still More from Singapore. March 10, 2014

September 19, 2014 - As I was walking around, I came across this public art installation, one of many in the city. This is called “Shimmering...
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From the Journals... More from Singapore. March 10, 2014

September 15, 2014 - I then went down the street (Maxwell Road) to the Red Dot Design Museum. I saw some cutting-edge designs of various prod...
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From the Journals... Singapore. March 10, 2014

September 08, 2014 - I took the subway to Raffles Place and got in position to shoot the Marina Bay Sands at dawn. I got some good shots earl...
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My New Book is Available!

September 01, 2014 - Burma: A Hidden Gem by Eric A. Wessman | Make Your Own Book I am very happy to announce that Burma: A Hidden Gem has...
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From the Journals... Yes, More from Singapore. March 9, 2014

August 29, 2014 - My very productive photographic evening continued. Singapore has many festivals, and what was currently happening was th...
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From the Journals... Still More from Singapore. March 9, 2014

August 25, 2014 - Not too long after my previous photo of the Central Business District, the light had changed and I was able to capture a...
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From the Journals... More from Singapore. March 9, 2014

August 22, 2014 - As I continued my visual exploration mentioned in my previous post, I turned my camera to a different part of Marina Bay...
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From the Journals... Singapore. March 9, 2014

August 18, 2014 - I took the subway to the Marina Bay Sands, found a good spot on the deck, and then hung out until sunset. I got some dec...
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From the Journals... More from Singapore. February 27, 2014

August 15, 2014 - Taken a bit later than the photo in my previous post, here is a different view of the Marina Bay Sands Casino and the Ar...
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From the Journals... Singapore. February 27, 2014

August 11, 2014 - In the late afternoon, I found Kam, a Canadian I had met at the hostel. We went out for a quick dinner, then took the su...
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From the Journals... Singapore. February 25, 2014

August 08, 2014 - I had a good, short (3 hours seems short after the 26 hours it took to get to this part of the world) flight from Yangon...
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From the Journals... More from George Town, Penang, Malaysia. March 6, 2014

August 04, 2014 - Later in the day, after recovering from the little expedition in my last post, I went down the street from my hotel to t...
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From the Journals... George Town, Penang, Malaysia. March 6, 2014

August 01, 2014 - I took the funicular to the top of Penang Hill--a very steep ride. I discovered that it was very hazy and the view from...
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From the Journals... Even More From George Town, Penang, Malaysia. March 5, 2014

July 28, 2014 - Still out on the same walk mentioned in my previous post, I came across this unique work of art. As part of a public art...
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From the Journals... Still More From George Town, Penang, Malaysia. March 5, 2014

July 25, 2014 - After a small breakfast in the hotel, I headed out around 8:15 to do the walking tour suggested in my Lonely Planet gude...
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From the Journals... More From George Town, Penang, Malaysia. March 5, 2014

July 21, 2014 - Moving just a bit down the street from the location of my previous post is the Tokong Hainan Chinese Temple. I had passe...
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From the Journals... George Town, Penang, Malaysia. March 5, 2014

July 18, 2014 - I did a lot of walking around today, and one of my first images was just down the street from my hotel. As I was getting...
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From the Journals... Even More from Melaka, Malaysia. March 1, 2014

July 14, 2014 - It has been a long day of exploring this town--very interesting, and somewhat exhausting. I was checking out the Jonker’...
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From the Journals... Yet More from Melaka, Malaysia. March 1, 2014

July 11, 2014 - I was walking all over the city today museum-hopping (there are about 20 museums in this rather small city), and somewhe...
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From the Journals... Still More from Melaka, Malaysia. March 1, 2014

July 07, 2014 - Still at Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese temple (see previous post), I continued my never-ending search for cool little details...
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From the Journals... More from Melaka, Malaysia. March 1, 2014

June 30, 2014 - Following up from my last post at Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese temple, this was another image captured there. I felt that the...
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From the Journals... Melaka, Malaysia. March 1, 2014

June 27, 2014 - I had a leisurely cup of coffee this morning as I sat in the upstairs deck overlooking the river and watched the day beg...
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From the Journals... Pathein, Myanmar (Burma). February 18, 2014

June 23, 2014 - I went to the tea shop across from my hotel to have a coffee and figure out plans. I was approached by Soe Moe Aung, who...
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From the Journals... More from Pyay, Myanmar (Burma). February 15, 2014

June 16, 2014 - As a continuation from my last post, here are a couple of photos of the Buddha image at Setatghyi Paya taken from Shwesa...
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From the Journals... Pyay, Myanmar (Burma). February 15, 2014

June 13, 2014 - After a late lunch I went back to my hotel to get my tripod. I then walked about a mile to the Shwesandaw Paya and Setat...
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From the Journals... Kalewa, Myanmar (Burma). February 13, 2014

June 09, 2014 - Since my last trip to Myanmar in 2011, when I had taken a great trip on the Ayeyarwady River, I had been curious about e...
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From the Journals... More from Monywa, Myanmar (Burma). February 10, 2014

June 06, 2014 - Southeast of Monywa is Bodhi Tataung, which translates to “1000 Buddhas”. However, there are two main Buddha images of i...
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From the Journals... More from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). February 10, 2014

June 02, 2014 - Protein anyone? As I continued to explore the morning market in Mandalay, this display caught my eye. I like the soft li...
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From the Journals... More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

May 30, 2014 - I really like this market. There is so much going on here. Remove the plastic bags, and this scene could have been happe...
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From the Journals... Still More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

May 26, 2014 - Here is another image from that productive day when my new-found friend gave me a tour of the countryside with his motor...
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More from the Market... Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

May 23, 2014 - It was a very productive morning for me in the market. It seemed that everywhere I turned had something interesting to o...
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From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

May 19, 2014 - I was up at 6 and out the door at 6:30. I went over to the morning market. The light was good and there was plenty of ac...
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From the Journals... Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). February 10, 2014

May 16, 2014 - I was up and out early to explore one of the markets in Mandalay. At first, the light wasn’t great, so I didn’t take my...
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From the Journals... Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 8, 2014

May 12, 2014 - With my wife and her cousin Hain, we traveled across town in rickshaws to Shwe Aung Yu Pagoda for sunset. It is situated...
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From the Journals... Monywa, Myanmar (Burma). February 10, 2014

May 09, 2014 - It was a 3-hour bus ride from Mandalay to Monywa. After checking in to my hotel, eating lunch, and a short nap, my motor...
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From the Journals... Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 9, 2014

May 05, 2014 - My wife and I were having breakfast at a small restaurant open to the street. Just outside there was a vendor deep-fryin...
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Still More... Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

May 02, 2014 - After a lunch of noodle salad at my mother-in-law’s house, I went to Kha Khat Wain Kyaung. It is a large monastery and I...
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A Continuation... Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

April 28, 2014 - As I was exploring the market in Bago, I wandered up a dead-end side street that bordered on the property of a pagoda. I...
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From the Journals... Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

April 25, 2014 - There were some train horns during the night, but the prayers from the mosque next door at 5:30 am weren’t as loud as I...
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From the Journals... Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 6, 2014

April 21, 2014 - I packed up my stuff before I went out to photograph in the market. I stopped at the teahouse for a quick breakfast, the...
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From the Journals... Kyauk Ka Lat, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

April 18, 2014 - I took some photos at Kyauk ka lat, a pagoda on top of a limestone outcropping surrounded by a manmade lake. I made vari...
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From the Journals... Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). Morning of February 4, 2014

April 14, 2014 - I woke up about 7 and quickly got dressed and moving. I went to the White, a breakfast place mentioned in Lonely Planet,...
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From the Journals... Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

April 11, 2014 - Following my new game plan, I got up early to beat the heat and get the best light of the day. I explored the morning ma...
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From the Journals... Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 4, 2014

April 07, 2014 - I met my new-found friend, Naing Tun (see my earlier post) at 5:15, and he took me on his motorbike to a pagoda on the r...
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From the Journals... Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2014

April 04, 2014 - I spent most of the afternoon hiding from the heat and talking to my fellow travelers on the balcony just outside my roo...
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From the Journals... Mawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2014

March 31, 2014 - This is the view outside the market, taken from my hotel balcony before 7am. It is getting me to revise my thoughts from...
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From the Journals... Mawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma). February 2, 2014

March 28, 2014 - I was awake a lot during the night, still recovering from jet lag. I had breakfast at the hotel, then at 8:00 met my mot...
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From the Journals... Saddar Cave, Kayin State, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014

March 24, 2014 - We visited this cave just a few hours after the cave mentioned in my previous post. This was a much larger cave that act...
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From the Journals...Hong Kong. February 1992.

December 06, 2013 - Back in the day I had the opportunity to fly as a courier to a number of exotic destinations for very little money. Hong...
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From the Journals… My Son, Vietnam. January 31, 1999

November 11, 2013 - It was a rushed day today, not what I would have liked, but we saw a few interesting things, including these Cham monume...
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From the Journals… Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 28, 2003

November 08, 2013 - After lunch we walked around the fort wall in the heat until we decided it was time to get a taxi. We took it around to...
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From the Journals...Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004

September 02, 2013 - We visited 4 temples in the morning, including Shittaung, which is reminiscent of Borobudur on a smaller scale. The othe...
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From the Journals...Hoi An, Vietnam. January 30, 1999

August 30, 2013 - Went out wandering and shooting. People pix on the bridge, in market, and at waterfront. Lots of neat restaurants, espec...
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From the Journals...Kakku, Burma (Myanmar). February 5, 2011

August 26, 2013 - I was up just after 6. The hotel owner had found us a taxi driver. We had a quick breakfast across from the hotel, then...
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From the Journals...More from Shwegu, Ayeyarwady River Trip, Burma (Myanmar). January 26, 2011

August 02, 2013 - I already posted another image from this morning on the blog, but also wanted to share this one. Although it can sometim...
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From the Journals...Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011

July 29, 2013 - After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fa...
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From the Journals...Luang Prabang, Laos. February 12, 1999

June 07, 2013 - Lying awake during the night. I have a cold, and was blowing my nose all night. Then the rooster started. Finally up at...
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From the Journals...Shwegu, Ayeyarwady River Trip, Burma (Myanmar). January 26, 2011

May 31, 2013 - I woke up with sore hips and lower back. The mattress in the bunk is thin, but for some reason I wasn’t bothered the fir...
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From the Journals...Phnom Penh, Cambodia. January 15, 1999

May 27, 2013 - We arrived in Phnom Pehn shortly after noon, and in the short scramble off the boat and the short ride into town, I brok...
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From the Journals...Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 12, 2011

April 08, 2013 - Having just arrived from my long flight from New York, I woke up on my first morning and took my jet-lagged body to the...
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From the Journals...Angkor, Cambodia. January 14, 1999

March 29, 2013 - Departed hotel at 8:10 after breakfast--another day at the ruins. So extensive--what a large civilization--about 1 milli...
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My Winning Photos from the WPPA Image Competition, February 26, 2013

March 02, 2013 - Good news! At the quarterly image competition of the Westchester Professional Photographers Association this week, 2 of...
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From the Journals...Lashio, Myanmar (Burma). January 20, 2011

December 31, 2012 - I really enjoy exploring local markets. There is so much stimulation for the senses--sights, sounds, smells. It’s a grea...
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From the Journals...Ou River, Laos. February 9, 1999

December 17, 2012 - Although we had promised ourselves a day off after 2 hard travel days, plans changed. They are fluid, like the river. I...
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From the Journals...Ayeyerwady River, Myanmar (Burma). January 24, 2011

November 19, 2012 - I had a fitful sleep because I was so concerned about waking up on time. We did wake up before the alarm. It’s a good th...
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From the Journals...Phan Thiet, Vietnam. January 23, 1999

October 22, 2012 - Up at 4:20 to depart at 4:40. Too early! Lots of stars We drove back to the dunes, and spent a few minutes waiting for...
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