The Cat of Hanoi

The streets of Hanoi are crazy, chaotic, vibrant and exciting. Every pedestrian walkway and space in front of the shops is either filled with tables and chairs for a street-side food stall, or with scooters squashed together handlebar to handlebar. There's really no place for a cat to find a foothold. But while on a … Continue reading The Cat of Hanoi

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Journey Back to the Ancestral Village

I headed back to my ancestral village in June. That's the thing about being an 'overseas Chinese'. We all have 'ancestral villages', where our ancestors lived and made that journey out of the poverty of China at the turn of the century.  In this case, the village I sought out and visited was my maternal … Continue reading Journey Back to the Ancestral Village

Photo 101 – Scale

This is my country. I had taken this panorama of the city area overlooking Marina Bayfront in August last year when Singapore celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence. Even when I look at this picture now, I feel a great sense of pride. A little country with no resources, we took ourselves from third world … Continue reading Photo 101 – Scale

Photo 101 – Moment & Motion

As a freelance travel journalist, I sometimes like to capture candid shots of people on the streets to catch the local flavour. But I am aware that some people don't like having their pictures taken by strangers, and in parts of Asia, the older folk in particular, can be a little superstitious about having their photo taken. To get round that, I sometimes … Continue reading Photo 101 – Moment & Motion

Photo 101 – Pop of Colour

Had a lovely lunch tasting today at St Pierre, Singapore's only Relais & Chateaux restaurant. It's a fine dining French restaurant at One Fullerton, overlooking the Marina Bayfront. Lunch stretched over three hours, ending with a magnificent dessert trolley of petit fours, from little cakes to macarons, jellies and chocolates. Here's my pop of colour … Continue reading Photo 101 – Pop of Colour

Photo 101 – Warmth & Light

The light outside today is not warm, but hot and glaring. So for today's assignment, I felt it best to pick something out of my heap of holiday photos. I think warmth and light from the sun is nicely captured here, illuminating one of my favourite desserts, Baklava, perfectly paired with sweet tea Turkish style. This was … Continue reading Photo 101 – Warmth & Light