Asia (2005)
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Countryside near the Perfume Pagoda

Village near the Perfume Pagoda

The boats to go to the Perfume Pagoda

Putting beans out to dry

A boy rows with his sandals

The women await tourists and locals

Slow boat journey to the Perfume Pagoda

A falcon flies over the river

Scene on the river

Strange man on a bridge

Work on the river

H??ng T?ch Cave

Altar in the cave

Prayers

Incense on an altar

View inside the cave

The cave entrance from within

Building a cable car station to the cave

Entrance to the Thi?n Tr? Pagoda

A welcoming temple entrance

Charm of this place of worship

Thi?n Tr? Pagoda

View from the pagoda

Inside the pagoda

The altar of Thi?n Tr? Pagoda

Beautiful doors

In the Thi?n Tr? Pagoda grounds

Chinese influence at the pagoda

Water lily flower

Reaching for the skies

Fake money offerings

Flames consume the fake hundred dollar bills

Temple bells

Women waiting to row back

Tortoise Tower on Hoan Kiem Lake

Ngoc Son Temple on Hoan Kiem Lake

Street in the Old Quarter

Activity in the Old Quarter

An internationally acclaimed artist

Bustle of shopping

Ngoc Son Temple

Altar in Ngoc Son Temple

Fine door

Men playing

Entrance of Ngoc Son Temple

Old colonial prison

A funerary service

Small back streets in central Hanoi

Flag Tower

Courtyard of the Army Museum

Statue of Lenine in central Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Couple praying at the One Pilar Pagoda

Old men passing time near the One Pilar Pagoda

Putting together flower arrangements

Students gathered at the Temple of Literature

Main alley to the Temple of Literature

Chinese influence at the Temple of Literature

Stelae of the graduates

Some of the 82 stelae left

Peaceful setting in the temple grounds

Temple of Literature

A fine day lights up the scenery of Sapa

Children at play

Going down in the beautiful valley

View of Sapa

The valley near Sapa

Paddy terraces

Houses amongst the fields

Walking down the valley

Horse in a paddy field

Talking to our guide in the scenic paddy fields

Contrasting colours and light of Lao Chai

Young Hmong girls along the tourist trail

Meet the village children

Down in the valley

Hmong villagers observing the construction of the new bridge

At work on a concrete bridge

Moving up a hill in a village

Children running across dry rice fields

View of Lao Chai and the road from Sapa

Hmong clothes put out to dry

Piglets and sow

A Hmong house

Leaving a village

Hmong woman resting

Smily Hmong woman after a rest

Follow the guide

Irrigated paddy terraces

Always joking around with the locals

Sweet potato patch

Bamboo irrigation

A peaceful buffalo

Are you sure this is a good idea?

Checking out the buffalo

Finally on the buffalo!

I finally climbed on the buffalo

Hmong women ready to sell to tourists

Getting to know each other

A nice young Hmong at the home stay

Preparing sweet potato

Helping out with the cooking

Unpacking the groceries

Preparing dinner

All around the kitchen fire

Dinner is nearly ready

Staying warm in the kitchen

Late evening around the fire

Our guide Chi sits by the fire

Late night TV and smoking for the men

Pancakes for breakfast

Morning pancakes for breakfast

Quiet country scene of ducks

Walking through a bamboo forest

Beauty of the bamboo cover

Our guide after a mad race down a hill

Red Zai women waiting for tourists

Drowning the tourists with offers

A cute village pig

Hmong silverware for sale

Red Zai woman by a waterfall

Chi's amusing face

Red Zai woman

A watermill to pound rice

Chi shows the cute horse she just made

Village life along the paddy fields

Our guide and I

Girls playing with simple shuttlecocks

Coming back up the valley

Our room in Sapa

Colourful chilis

Misty local food market of Sapa

Cold morning in Sapa's food market

Main square of Lao Cai

An old woman stretches in the early morning

Morning exercises of Tai Chi by the lake

Fast preparation of banh cuon

Hanoi's opera house

Typical urban sprawl of Jakarta

The national monument

Central Jakarta roundabout (BI)

My former house

Where I played basketball

View of Singapore from the 70th floor of New Asia

Mac Ritchie Reservoir

A local neighbourhood

Men watching a game

The amazing choice of live seafood

Low clouds on Singapore

The harbour, seen from the M Hotel

Liveliness of a seafood restaurant

Full mode eating

Picking at the food

The pool of our Papillon Hotel at night

Beach front of the Papillon

The lovely setting of our room

The Big Buddha Bay

The dive boats are ready to depart

About to head off to Sail Rock

Koh Samui and the Big Buddha

On board the dive boat

Paradisiac islands - Koh Phangan

Moored at Sail Rock

Our dive master Gunther

Birds on Sail Rock

Surface interval near Sail Rock

The pool of the Papillon

Chaweng Beach at low tide

Last view of our room...

A welcoming statue

A thai kid has fun with the foreigners

Beautiful plants at the hotel

Lunch on Chaweng Beach

Curious bird

Airport departure waiting room

The transfer bus to the plane!

Decorative flowers in urns

Mount and Lake Batur, gradually covered in clouds

Batur Temple

Entrance of Batur Temple

The centre of Batur Temple, with worshippers

Praying in the centre of Batur Temple

Demon statue

Children rehearsing for dances

In full rehearsal, at Ubud's palace

Learning gamelan

Goa Gajah site

Fountains of Goa Gajah

Beautiful Hindu statue

Goa Gajah entrance

Ganesh statue in Goa Gajah

Goa Lawah - the bat cave

Worshippers at Goa Lawah

Swarms of bats in Goa Lawah

Cave ceiling covered in bats

The cave entrance and shrine

Resting bats

Statue at the entrance of Goa Lawah

The new Extra Joss campaign is everywhere!

Candi Dasa's lily pond

The stunning paddy fields of the east

Great egrets just landed in the paddy fields

Layered paddy field terraces

Tulamben beach

Boats on top of the Tulamben wreck

Reception area of our hotel

Our room in Tulamben

The area between our hotel and the dive center

Ahmed beach, with the pinisi

Waves lick Ahmed beach

View of this eastern part of Bali

Young Balinese calf

The typical Balinese cow

Market activity near Ahmed

An old woman looks after her wares

Fertile land between two volcanoes

Smiling child in the midst of the rice fields

Beautiful rice terraces

Pura Besakih temple complex

Hindu statue on the way up Besakih

The demons guard the temple

Besakih towers

Guarded entrance to a temple

Simple beauty of Besakih temples

Smiling child, and woman with offerings

The main temple of Besakih

Making pinha colada

What am I going on about? Xime, Caro and I

The amphitheatre of the night show

A skilful otter helps recycle plastic

Place famous for its chicken rice ball

Driving up to Melaka

Asleep in the car

Old colonial street

Colonial arcades

Chinese shrine

A small river runs through Melaka

Derelict building in central Melaka

Christ Church

Kitsch of the rickshaws

Stadthuys and central square

The old Dutch Stadthuys

Contrasting city centre

Old Chinese houses of Jonkers area

Well kept peranakan houses

A man walks past a beautiful peranakan house

Colourful Chinese area

Deep inside a peranakan house

Street lanterns

Chinese temple

Selling peanuts

Waiting in a shop

Wedding pictures in a temple

The bride and groom prepare the photos

Orang Utan House

A brilliant mirror effect

Relaxing and eating in Melaka

Christ Church

Statue at St Paul's Church

Children pose for a group photo

Old Dutch tombstone

Picture for a school group

Saying goodbye before the return to Singapore

Rushing to eat dinner

Sunrise as we near Pulau Tioman

The Indonesian boatman

Pulau Jahat

Nesting terns

A haven for birds

Bahara Rock

Sunset near Pulau Aur

On the dive boat's sun deck

Sunrise over Pulau Aur

Glowing light of the sunrise

The sun comes out

Bungalows on Pulau Aur

Singapore, as seen from the new National Library

Raffles Hotel and Raffles City seen from the Carlton

In the heart of the Mekong Delta

Mushrooming town along the Mekong

Towns eating up the rice fields

Vietnam's endless rice fields

Generations of vehicles

Fishing in the Mekong

Wishful fishing

The ferry across the Mekong

On board the ferry

The crossing

Plantation house arcade

The reception area

The altar

New orange and papaya trees

Ripening papaya

Fish pond

Dragonfly

Plantation house, trees and pond

Brick factory by the river

Crossing back on the ferry

Shopping for prawns at the market

A local fish seller

Gasping mouths of hundreds of eels

Fish stalls and women

The online game shop

Packing up in Benh Thanh market

On board a dinner cruise boat

Fast boat on the Mekong near Saigon's harbour

Riding in a rickshaw

Morning rises on business Beijing

Busy Cantonese restaurant

Cyclists on the way to work

Worker village west of Beijing

Outskirts of a small worker village

Railway bridge

Wall painting

Coal stock for the winter

A derelict house

View towards the west of Chuandixia Village

Inside a house's courtyard

Perched house

An abandoned house

Morning rises on Chuandixia Village

The village is nested in the valley

Old village well

Carrying water to the houses

Alley in Chuandixia Village

Entrance to another hutong

Corn put out to dry

Pile of beer bottles

Charm of the village

Beauty of the roofs

Lanterns and pots

Still life of cooking objects

Small dog warming up

Closed exhibition hall

Inside the abandoned hall

Firewood

Neat layout of hutong homes

Hutong courtyards

Scenic easter end

Cultivated hills in the mountains

Picturesque village houses

Stunning setting of Chuandixia Village

Isolated temple

Inside the small temple

Expressive images

Beauty of this well preserved village

A passionate local artist

Buddha face

Inspiring constructions

A restored and inhabited hutong

Village heights seen from a courtyard

Chuandixia Village seen from the opposite hill

Front view of some homes

A final view

Typical view of western Beijing

Picking ice in the river

Ice-packed river

Admiring the ice from the river bed

Industrial outskirts of Beijing

Ceremony bell

Charms for luck outside Jietai Temple

Entering Jietai Temple

Prayers in front of a temple

Hall of the Heavenly Kings

Burning incense in front of the Hall of the Heavenly Kings

One of 4 temple guardians

One of 4 temple guardians

Another temple in the Jietai complex

Incense burner

Typical roof animals

Close-up on animal figures

Avalokitsevara Buddha

Relief in a pilar stone

Main altar temple

The main altar and Buddha

Little statue below the altar

Charming pine trees and setting of the main altar temple

Jietai Temple complex

Inside the Tanzhe Temple complex

Charms for luck

The main Tanzhe Temple

Beautiful sunset light on a small prayer hall

The sun sets on Tanzhe Temple

Guard reading the papers

Gong bells

Pagoda at Talin Temple

Charming setting for the Talin Temple pagodas

Old cannons near Marco Polo Bridge

Walkers on Marco Polo Bridge

The lions on Marco Polo Bridge are all different

    
Close-up on a lion

This is the bridge Marco Polo used to enter Beijing

Fortress opposite Marco Polo Bridge

Dim sum brunch

Dim sum on offer

The dim sum dishes for brunch

    

 

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