Moments in Malaysia: Les Portes de Penang

Arches. Bars. Cracks. Colors.

Welcome. Stay out.

Beckoning curiosity.


Canon Street

temple door


P1050209February 2014


Hong Kong Diaries: One the Way to Soho

Above ground. Underground. Dim. Lit.

Affluence Escalates Homesickness.

Backyard. Bamboo. Soho.

View from our room - Goodbye Hong Kong, Hello Soho!
View from our room – Goodbye Hong Kong!
Central station
Central station
Apple pit stop
Apple pit stop
At first glance, we thought these were homeless women. But when we noticed how many there were (everywhere!), and also how organized they looked (many playing card games with each other; delicious meals prepped and being served…) we realized there must be another story. Here it is: Filipino migrant workers in Hong Kong recreate urban spaces

Soho escalator
Soho escalator
Bamboo scaffolding
Soho scaffolding
behind Soho
behind Soho
Sooo Soho
so long Soho

Closing the Hong Kong Diaries.

– April 2013

Hong Kong Diaries: Wandering the Streets

Tradition. Red. Haze. Hustle. Bustle. Lights. Stars.

Tin Hau Temple
Ladies' Market
Ladies’ Market
The Great Wall
The Great Wall
Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour
the one and only
Double-deckers and the night haze – walking away from Avenue of Stars

April 2013

Hong Kong Diaries: Settling in

Imagination. Reality. Convergence. Hong Kong.

Macau to Hong Kong
Arriving in Hong Kong from Macau: April 2013
Tonight's Dinner
Our first meal in Hong Kong was as much a feast for the ears as it was a feast for the stomach: loud, Cantonese, food.
A little Hong Kong luxury
Living in luxury for a few nights. Yes, that is a harpist.

Trip date: April 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (East or Japan?)

For this week’s challenge, a few shots on our way to and from Fukuoka, Japan via the waters of this sea that shall not be named.

Names are a hot topic here…

… except mine I think. ;-P

boarding pass

Leaving Pusan


leaving Pusan

Leaving Fukuoka

view from the ferry

Photos taken in August 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways (Tin Hau Temple, Hong Kong)

Look up. Mind your breath. The incense smoke is thick. Now light a spiral stick for the Tin Hau Temple goddess of the sea. Look forward. Bow three times.

A challenge about perspective taking, Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways, with the fine folk at The Daily Post.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

On Sunday, I saw my dear friend, Soon-Seon, get married. Her smile radiated throughout the whole event: from the pre-ceremony picture taking, to the buffet hall walk through in her hanbok.

Soon-Seon's day

I remember thinking her smile could be the subject of this week’s photo challenge, but then on the way back home this happened.

Rainbow view from the MugungHwa train
rainbow beyond the lotus fields
if there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, that apartment complex is pretty lucky.
the stormy backdrop makes a wonderful contrast for the sunlit apartment buildings
the golden hour begins on the Yeongcheon tracks
sun setting in the rice fields


This was perhaps one of the best lead ups to a sunset that I’ve ever experienced. There definitely a lot of gold on this day. :)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves of Hong Kong and Macau

A few urban curves from Hong Kong and Macau for this week’s photo challenge. Also see my first entry to the curves challenge, Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves on the Streets of Macau.


Curves of Hong Kong

Architectural curves of Macau

Lisbon Casino

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination in Seoul

One perspective on how a “Seoul” illuminates.

– submitted to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

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