Feb 23, 2016 – [Tuesday] Black & White: Man with the lanterns

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Hoi An, Vietnam, taken on December 25, 2015

Continuing on with the “people of Southeast Asia” series, we have here a man with many lanterns at a market in Hoi An. I believe he is the vendor manning this lantern booth. This is one of those photos where colour and the lack thereof makes a big difference to the entire mood. (See the original photo in colour.)

Feb 16, 2016 – [Tuesday] Black & White: Children

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Sapa, Vietnam, taken on December 31, 2015

Trekking into and out of the mountains of Sapa in Vietnam, many children of the surrounding villages joined us in our hike. Without their help, many of us would have slipped in the rainy mud, but for them, it was just another day of having visitors bypass their homes. (See the original photo in colour.)

Feb 02, 2016 – [Tuesday] Black & White: Lady at the market

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Hoi An, Vietnam, taken on December 26, 2015

The markets in Hoi An are filled with so many interesting, picture-worthy people. This elderly lady is but one of the many people whose photos I managed to capture. (See the original photo in colour.)

Jan 17, 2016 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet

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Hue, Vietnam, taken on December 27, 2015

It is pretty amazing that while many languages use the same letters of the alphabet, different combinations of letters – or the same combinations – mean such different things. Vietnamese is particularly intriguing to me because while it is an Asian language, it uses the Latin alphabet (with a few exceptions and modifications) but is a hybrid language that contains elements of many cultures, like those of France and China. I saw this board, presumably part of an elementary school, when I was passing by a rural area in the city of Hue in Vietnam. I gotta say…they learn some pretty complicated words. “To be ruthless”? “To imbue”? (I don’t even know what that means.) “To be manufactured with skill”? Not gonna lie, but I’m impressed. One thing though – please tell me what “to be life shortening” means…???

Jan 15, 2016 – [Friday] Anything Goes: Terrace

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Sapa, Vietnam, taken on December 30, 2015

Though it was raining and the trek into the mountainous villages of Sapa was difficult, the view of the surrounding terraces was still breathtaking. The rain even brought about a bunch of little cascades scattered throughout the terraces – what a sight!

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