Vientiane

Vientiane, is the largest city and capital of Laos. It is located on the banks of the Mekong river and on the opposite banks of the river is Thailand.

We stayed in Sabaidee @ Lao, a boutique hotel, with clean rooms and a nice courtyard where breakfast is served. The location of the hotel is very convenient as it is within reasonable walking distance to almost all of the attractions in Vientiane.

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Kuching, Sarawak

Kuching is the capital city of the State of Sarawak, Malaysia. It is situated on the Sarawak River, which dissects the city into north and south. The Kuching waterfront along the Sarawak River is about a 2 km long riverside esplanade, where you can have views of, amongst others, the Astana (the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak) and the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building.

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Street Photography in Hatyai

There are many definitions of street photography. It’s not a genre of photography that I have ever set out intentionally to do, like getting up in the morning or set out in the late afternoon and hit the streets with the sole purpose of capturing some images of interesting subjects, specifically, people.

However, when I am travelling I always have my camera with me and while out in the streets walking or sight-seeing, I am tempted to do some street photography but it is not an easy thing to do, for me at least.

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My Camera Gear

My list of Cameras and Lenses

(1) Cannon

Powershop S95 (2011)

(2) Olympus

Olympus E-PM1 and Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 IIR lens (October 2012)

(3) Fuji

Fuji XE-1 and Fujinon 18mm f2 lens (December 2012)

(4) Leica

Leica X2 (2013)

(5) Nikon Cameras

Nikon D610 (January 2014)
Nikon D810 (July 2014)
Nikon D5500 (October 2015)

(6) Nikon Lenses

35mm f2D
35mm f1.8G
50mm f1.8g
18-35mm f3.5-4.5g
24-85mm f3.5-4.5g
24-120mm f4g
70-200mm f4g

(7) Wish List

Nikkor 20mm f1.8g
Nikon 85mm f1.8g
Nikkpr 16-80mm f2.8-4

 

 

 

Hatyai

Hatyai is a city in Southern Thailand, near the Malaysian border states of Perlis, Kedah and Penang. Although Hatyai is the largest city of Songkhla province, the capital is actually Songkhla, the centre of administration and culture, while Hatyai is the business centre.

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Siem Reap Part 1

Almost everyone know that Siem Reap is famous for Angkor Wat. There isn’t much to write about Siem Reap except to fore-warn that you will probably be visiting one temple after another throughout your whole trip.

It can get a bit tiring and frustrating, especially that at most temples you will be faced with hundreds of tourist from all parts of the world rushing through and taking photos with their cell phones and whatnots. I find that if you are prepared to take your time and slow down just to savour the sights, you will find windows of opportunity when the serenity of the place will return after the hordes of tourist have rushed through.

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A Trip to Ipoh

Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh

We were supposed to fly to Langkawi by Air Asia. Because of the haze in October 2015, our flight out of KLIA2 was delayed from 11am in the morning and finally cancelled at about 8pm. Air Asia offered to put us up in the Palace of the Golden Horses Resort and Hotel in Kuala Lumpur for the night, where, after breakfast, we will be transferred by coach to KLIA2 for another attempt to depart for Langkawi.

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