The Historic Building D67, Hanoi

When I was in Hanoi not long ago, being the history nerd, I had Building D67 on my must-see list. Purpose-built in 1967, it was where the North Vietnamese generals based their headquarters during the Vietnam War (or the American War, as the Vietnamese call it). Among them was the great General Vo Nguyen Giap, … Continue reading The Historic Building D67, Hanoi

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

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 – Edge, Alignment & Glass

Playing catching up after a few days of being super busy, here's my Photo 101 post that combines Edge & Alignment and Glass into one. I had taken this in Melbourne, through the window of Coda, a quirky east-west restaurant in Flinders Lane. It was in the evening, and we were just heading in there for … Continue reading Photo 101 – Edge, Alignment & Glass

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 – Architecture in Monochrome

We visited Bordeaux last year when my husband and his friend went to run the Medoc Marathon. I can't say much about the marathon but I loved the little streets of Bordeaux, winding between stone buildings and opening up unexpectedly in piazzas. I took this shot from a cafe window as we were having some … Continue reading Photo 101 – Architecture in Monochrome